people

  • Arnavaz Aga
    Chairperson and Founder Trustee, Teach For India
  • ARNAVAZ AGA | Chairperson, Teach For India

    Anu Aga is a Director on the Board of Thermax Limited, an engineering company providing systems and solutions in the areas of energy and environment. Prior to this role, she was in charge of the company’s Human Resources function from 1991 to 1996.

    As Chairperson, Anu anchored the turnaround of Thermax through four major initiatives: reconstitution of the board, shedding of non-core activities, rightsizing of operations and increased focus on the customer. Since her retirement in 2004, Anu has been focusing on social causes and is closely associated with the Thermax Foundation. Her area of interest is education and she is keenly involved with the Akanksha Foundation, an NGO promoting education for underprivileged children in Mumbai and Pune and serves as the chair on the Board of Teach for India.

     
  • Divakar Sankhla
    Student leadership; 21st century skills
  • Organization : Alohomora Education

    Location: Gurgaon, Haryana

    Area of focus: : Student leadership; 21st century skills

    Organization Vision:: All children can and will realize their innate potential and become active world citizens

    Website: http://www.alohomora.org/

  • Shaheen Mistri
    CEO and Founder Trustee, Teach For India
  • Shaheen Mistri | Chief Executive Officer

    Shaheen is the founder and CEO of Teach For India. Prior to this role, she founded and led the Akanksha Foundation for 17 years, where she worked to provide a quality education to children from low-income communities. In 2008, Shaheen founded Teach For India, with the vision of providing an excellent education to all children across India by building a pipeline of leaders committed to ending educational inequity in the country.

    Shaheen is an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and an Asia Society 21 Leader. She is the author of Redrawing India. Shaheen serves on the boards of Akanksha, Design For Change, the India School Leaders Institute, the Thermax Foundation, and Teach For All.

     
  • Shaheen Mistri
    CEO and Founder Trustee, Teach For India
  • Shaheen Mistri | Chief Executive Officer

    Shaheen is the founder and CEO of Teach For India. Prior to this role, she founded and led the Akanksha Foundation for 17 years, where she worked to provide a quality education to children from low-income communities. In 2008, Shaheen founded Teach For India, with the vision of providing an excellent education to all children across India by building a pipeline of leaders committed to ending educational inequity in the country.

    Shaheen is an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and an Asia Society 21 Leader. She is the author of Redrawing India. Shaheen serves on the boards of Akanksha, Design For Change, the India School Leaders Institute, the Thermax Foundation, and Teach For All.

     
  • NANDITA DUGAR
    Founder Trustee
  • NANDITA DUGAR

    Nandita has over 15 years of work experience in the nonprofit education sector. She is currently on the board of the Akanksha Foundation. She was a part of the core founding team at Teach For India, and was involved in creating the strategic blueprint for its launch in India. Nandita has also served as the interim-CEO of Akanksha in 2008. Her prior experience includes working in the UK and India at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Unilever, and HDFC Bank. She has a Master's degree in ‘Engineering, Economics and Management’ from Oxford University.

     
  • Kshitiz Anand
    Education through art and storytelling
  • Organization : Happy Horizons Trust

    Location:Saharsa, Bihar

    Area of focus: : Education through art and storytelling

    Organization Vision:: One day all schools will offer quality education that focuses on the overall development of the child.

    Website:http://www.happyhorizons.org/

  • Shyaam Subramanian
    Chief Program Officer
  • Shyaam Subramanian | Chief Program Officer

    Shyaam leads program design, research, strategy and learning at Teach For India. This includes supporting the heads of Fellowship recruitment, selection, training and Alumni impact teams in the organisation.

    Prior to joining TFI in 2014, Shyaam spent 11 years in the private sector - as an IT services professional with Cognizant Technology Solutions and then as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers for close to six years where he advised clients on improving their financial and operational performances through rigorous goal setting and structured monitoring.

    Shyaam believes in the power of collective action and movements as agents of social change.

  • NEEL SHAHANI
    Founder Trustee
  • NEEL SHAHANI

    Neel is the Head of Equities at JP Morgan India. Prior to this role, he served as the Head of Equities at Barclays India.

    Before moving to Barclays, Neel led Sales Trading at CLSA and IIFL and has more than 25 years of experience in the industry. He is currently on the Boards of Teach for India and Akanksha Foundation.

     
  • Pramod Kumar
    Technology in Education
  • Organization :Prakash Academy

    Location:Gopalgunj, Bihar

    Area of focus: :Technology in Education

    Organization Vision:: To give equal opportunity to every child of this world.

    Website: http://www.prakashacademy.co.in/

  • Dimple Gujral
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Dimple Gujral | Chief Financial Officer, Finance

    Dimple brings over 18 years of leadership experience in financial planning, governance & risk management to Teach For India. She has worked with well-known organisations like Cleartrip, FedEx & Kuoni. Dimple has a Commerce degree from Narsee Monjee, Mumbai, and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. She believes in the power of quality education for every child and is passionate about driving the Teach For India vision.

     
  • Sandeep Rai
    Chief of City Operations
  • Sandeep Rai | Chief of City Operations

    Sandeep came to Teach For India in 2009 after having worked as a fundraising consultant with Ashoka and teaching secondary science in Washington DC, as a Teach For America corps member. His experience in the classroom deepened his resolve to contribute to the educational reform movement and motivated by the same - he has led the creation and implementation of Teach For India’s first Institute. Sandeep has also worked in a number of different capacities across Program, City Operations and Knowledge. He has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Economic Policy from Columbia University, New York.

     
  • Vinayak Mali
    Science and Math experiential learning
  • Organization : Vidyoday Muktangan Parivaar

    Location: Kohlapur, Maharashtra

    Area of focus: : Science and Math experiential learning

    Organization Vision:: We envision a society where the Education of Children transforms them into a youth who are better equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitude and motivation to address our societal needs and problems

    Website: http://vidyoday.org/

  • Romana Shaikh
    Director, Training and Impact
  • Romana Shaikh | Director, Training and Impact

    Romana was a part of Teach For India’s first cohort of Fellows (2009). Her belief in the power of leadership led her to join the Training & Impact team straight after graduating from the program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s, Mumbai. Romana has designed the literacy curriculum & assessment, led the development of the leadership framework for the Fellowship and is working to establish a stronger impact evaluation for the program. She is keen to strengthen the program and build leaders who will strive for equity in education and work to ensure that all children get the excellent education they deserve.

     
  • ZIA MODY
    Founder Trustee
  • ZIA MODY

    Zia Mody is the Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners. She previously worked as a corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie in New York for five years and returned to India to establish the Chambers of Zia Mody in 1984, which then became AZB & Partners in 2004.

    She is the Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director of the HSBC Asia Pacific Board, a member of the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), foreign arbitrator on the Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), a member of the World Bank Administrative Tribunal, Washington D.C. (2008-2013), and a Vice President and Member of the London Court of International Arbitration (2010-2013).

     
  • Ravi Dhanuka
    Tutoring
  • Organization : iSaksham

    Location:Munger, Bihar

    Area of focus: : Tutoring

    Organization Vision:: A society where people from excluded sections are well educated, skilled and self reliant.

    Website:http://www.i-saksham.org/

  • Sriharsha Ganti
  • Sriharsha Ganti | 2015 Fellow

    Before joining Teach For India, Sriharsha worked for Accenture. He studied Engineering at Vidyavardhini's College of Engineering and Technology. He is currently teaching grade 4 in Hyderabad.

  • Tanya Arora
    Director, Selection
  • Tanya Arora | Director, Selection

    Tanya moved back to India after graduating from Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania, with a degree in psychology. Inspired by the movement, she joined the Teach For India’s team as a Recruitment Associate. She subsequently managed the organization’s recruitment efforts for its West, East and International portfolios, before transitioning to lead the organisation's Selection process. Tanya is committed to ensuring that the best candidates are brought on board the program – those who will transform the lives of their students and will strive to put them on a different life path.

     
  • NISABA GODREJ
    Founder Trustee
  • NISABA GODREJ

    Nisaba is the Executive Chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products. She has been a key architect of GCPL’s strategy and transformation in the last decade.

    Nisaba is passionate about identifying and developing the talent required for the Godrej Group’s future growth. She also spearheaded the Group’s Good & Green agenda to drive more inclusive and sustainable growth. Her previous assignments within the Godrej Group have included the successful turnaround of Godrej Agrovet and the creation of a Group strategy function to oversee the Group’s portfolio. In addition to GCPL, Nisaba is on the Board of Directors of Godrej Agrovet and Teach For India.

     
  • Vivek Kumar
    Mindfulness; 21st Century Skills
  • Organization : Kshamatalaya

    Location:Kotra, Rajasthan

    Area of focus: : Mindfulness; 21st Century Skills

    Organization Vision:: To actualize a rural India in which children successfully make a transition from compulsory school education to life afterwards and go on to live happy and productive lives.

    Website:https://www.facebook.com/Kshamtalaya/

  • MEHER PUDUMJEE
    Founder Trustee
  • MEHER PUDUMJEE

    Meher Pudumjee is the Chairperson of Thermax Ltd. Meher served as the Chairperson of Pune Zonal Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and represented India at the Asian Business Women’s Conference in Osaka in 2006. In 2008, the World Economic Forum selected her as a Young Global Leader for her professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. In 2009, she was selected CEO of the Year by Business Standard.

    She also serves on the boards of Imperial College India Foundation, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and Pune City Connect Development Foundation. Committed to the cause of educating the underprivileged, she works closely with NGOs operating in this space. She is on the Board of Akanksha Foundation and is a Trustee of Teach to Lead, Mumbai.

     
  • Sandhya Gupta
    Science and Math experiential learning
  • Organization :Aavishkaar

    Location:Palampur, Himachal Pradeshg

    Area of focus: : Science and Math experiential learning

    Organization Vision:: One day all children will be empowered to tinker, create and innovate.

    Website:http://www.aavishkaar-palampur.org/

  • Aditi Rao
  • Aditi Rao | 2015 Fellow

    Aditi did her post-graduate in MA from University of Oxford in Education (Child Development & Education). She is currently teaching Grade 6 in Mumbai.

  • Arhan Bezbora
    Director, Alumni Impact
  • Arhan Bezbora | Director, Alumni Impact

    Arhan was a 2010 Teach For India Fellow, teaching third and fourth grade kids in a government school in Pune. Inspired by his time in the classroom and informed by the grassroot realities of India's primary education system, he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the U.S in 2013. Back at Teach For India, Arhan is passionate about developing leadership and deepening the organization’s understanding of systemic change in education and is excited to develop Teach For India’s long-term alumni strategy that will help catalyse a broader movement for educational reform in our country.

  • ASHISH DHAWAN
    Founder Trustee
  • ASHISH DHAWAN

    Ashish Dhawan is the Founder and Chairman of Central Square Foundation (CSF). Prior to this, he worked for twenty years in the investment management business and managed ChrysCapital, one of India’s leading private equity funds.

    In June 2012, he left his full-time role at ChrysCapital to start CSF. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s (BS/BA) degree with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. His passion for education led him to spearhead the founding of Ashoka University. Ashish holds a place on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and the Yale Development Council. He serves on the boards of several non-profits including the Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, India School Leadership Institute and Bharti Foundation.

     
  • Suraj Sudhakar
    Fitness in education
  • Organization :Cool Coach

    Location:Pune, Maharashtra

    Area of focus: : Fitness in education

    Organization Vision:: To make nations fit.

    Website:http://www.coolcoach.org/

  • Karthik Hariharan
  • Karthik Hariharan| 2015 Fellow

    Karthik completed Chemical Engineering from MIT Manipal and then worked for PWC before he decided to join the Teach For India Fellowship.

  • Merlyn Fernandes
  • Merlyn Fernandes | 2015 Fellow

    Merlyn studied Arts from St. Stephens College, Delhi. Currently, she is teaching Grade 8 in Mumbai.

  • Aastha Bhakhri
    Director, Communications
  • Aastha Bhakhri| Director, Communications

    Aastha has several years of experience working in the development sector on various advocacy and communication projects addressing issues of child health, trafficking, gender and education. She has worked on various grants by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID among others. She is an Economics Graduate with a MBA in International Business and Marketing. Aastha is a strong advocate of the art of storytelling and advocacy to bring effective change in the country.

  • Hitesh Rawtani
    Director, Technology
  • Hitesh Rawtani | Director, Technology

    Hitesh has over ten years of experience in delivering technology solutions across multiple domains. He joined Teach For India to use his expertise in technology towards achieving the vision of educational equity in India. In the past, he has worked with organisations such as Mastek, Morgan Stanley and Queppelin - a technology startup where he built a 20-member team in less than two years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology from Mumbai University.

     
  • Anuja Kishore
    Director , Human Resources
  • Anuja Kishore | Director , Human Resources

    Anuja comes from a robust HR background at Infosys, and has been heading the HR team at Teach For India for over 5 years. She holds a Master’s in Management Science from University of Lucknow. Anuja is a strong believer in the power of youth, and the availability of an excellent education being the core solution for all problems in the Nation.

     
  • DIPTI SINGHI
    Director, Fellowship Recruitment
  • Dipti Singhi| Director, Fellowship Recruitment

    Dipti leads the Fellowship Recruitment team at Teach For India. She joined Teach For India after having worked in the corporate sector for about 10 years with organizations like HSBC, Ernst & Young, and ICICI Bank. She graduated in commerce post which she completed her MBA from XIMB and CFA programs. Dipti is committed to ensuring that the best candidates are brought on board the program – those who will transform the lives of their students and will strive to put them on a different life path.

  • SARA KHAN
    Director, Development
  • Sara Khan| Director, Development

    Sara brings over eleven years of diverse experience in banking, management, marketing and partnerships, across HSBC, HDFC Bank and now Teach For India. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering and a post graduate management diploma. Sara seeks to build lifelong champions of the cause and acquire financial and non-financial support for the movement.

  • Venil Ali
    City Director, Mumbai
  • Venil Ali | City Director, Mumbai

    Venil joined Teach For India as a Fellow in its first cohort of 2009 where she taught Grade 3 students in Mumbai. Inspired by the impact that Teach For India Fellows are capable of, she joined the City Operations team in Mumbai as a Program Manager. She subsequently moved to the role of a Senior Program Manager, and now takes charge of the city as the Director. Venil holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences and Biochemistry from St. Xavier’s, Mumbai and a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from Sion Hospital, Mumbai.

     
  • Archana Ramachandran
    City Director, Chennai
  • Archana Ramachandran | City Director, Chennai

    Archana brings a diverse set of experiences on board, integrating education with management. She has a Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts and was selected through the Education Pioneer Graduate Fellowship to manage projects on diversity in human capital and strategy at Boston Public Schools. Prior to Teach For India, she has worked in corporate education ­­­with Infosys – where she led the creation of systems & programs on competency development and change management.

     
  • Abhimanyu Sarkar
    City Director, Pune
  • Abhimanyu Sarkar | City Director, Pune

    Abhimanyu joined Teach For India as a Fellow in 2011, after having specialized in Finance from Symbiosis, Pune and having worked in the corporate sector with organizations like KPMG and AXA. His experience in the classroom deepened his resolve to contribute to the educational reform movement and motivated by the same – he joined the City Operations team in Pune as a Program Manager. He subsequently moved to the role of a Senior Program Manager, and now takes charge of the city and oversees entire city operations as the Director. In his role as City Director, he aims to unleash the power of a local movement for educational equity in Pune by strengthening programmatic support for students and Fellows, mobilizing Alumni towards shared vision and goals and building partnerships with a range of government, corporate, and civil society players to catalyze systemic impact in the city.

     
  • Kapil Dawda
    City Director, Bengaluru
  • Kapil Dawda | City Director, Bengaluru

    Kapil joined the Teach For India Fellowship in 2013 with a deep belief that a group of bright and motivated individuals can bring about meaningful change in a challenging environment. It is with that continued belief that he has set up operations in our newest city. He has an MBA from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and has worked with PepsiCo India prior to joining Teach For India.

     
  • AAKANKSHA GULATI
    City Director, Delhi
  • Aakanksha Gulati| City Director, Delhi

    Aakanksha has over 8 years of work experience and was previously working at Markshanks,an educational technology start-up. In the past, Aakanksha worked with organizations like The Boston Consulting Group in varied capacities wherein she was responsible for Credit Strategy, Organizational Transformation and Pre Merger planning for banking sector clients and also as a Consultant for Strategic Planning for one of the largest global children’s development NGOs. Prior to Boston Consulting, she worked with Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as an Assistant Vice President and was managing the loan portfolio strategies. Aakanksha started her career with Lehman Brothers/Barclays Capital as a an Analyst for Securitization and Mortgage Trading Desk and was based out of New York. Aakanksha has completed her Master’s in Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and holds a Double Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Economics from the Duke University.

    Teach For India gratefully acknowledges the support of the following individuals, foundations, and corporations who have championed our efforts in FY 2015-16 and 2016-17.

    We believe that it is collective action that will transform the state of education in India and we're immensely grateful for the support extended to us by ALL our partners.


    Advisory board
  • Rahul Gupta
  • Rahul Gupta

    Rahul Gupta is presently working as the School Leader of Smt. Savitribai Phule English Medium School in Pune. He was the founding school leader of D N Nagar Mumbai Public School in Mumbai.

    Rahul was a 2009 Teach for India Fellow and 2011 Teach For All School Leadership Fellow. He first became a School Leader at the age of 22 and is now in his seventh year of school leadership.

     
  • Madhukar Reddy
  • Madhukar Reddy

    Madhukar is the Founder and CEO of Leadership For Equity, an organisation that aims to practice and build leadership rooted in radically changing public education systems. His work has primarily been focused on the Maharashtra government systems. He is also the Head of Education Track at Pune City Connect, where he works with municipal administrators, corporate leaders, NGOs and school teams to develop and implement a working agenda for scaling quality education in Pune.

    Prior to this, he worked with Teach For India, Gray Matters India and Larsen & Toubro. Madhukar is 2015 Acumen India Fellow.

     
  • Craig Johnson
  • Craig Johnson

    Craig has been serving as the Head of the American School of Bombay (ASB) since 2010. Prior to returning to India, he served as the Principal and then Headmaster of two different international schools in Brazil.

    Craig was awarded the prestigious ‘Innovation in Leadership’ award this year by the Association for the Advancement of International Education, a premier global association for International Schools. He has authored numerous articles on a variety of subjects, a screenplay set in Mumbai soon to be made into a movie, and has published a novel titled "Wave Watcher".

  • Girish Bhakoo
  • Girish Bhakoo

    Girish Bhakoo is an investment analyst with Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb (RCG), Inc. and a partner at Acacia Partners. At RCG, Girish identifies long-term investments on a global basis while primarily helping to oversee Acacia Partners. Girish joined RCG in 2001, having spent the prior 6 years at global investment manager Equinox Partners and its sister firm Mason Hill Asset Management. Girish joined Mason Hill / Equinox as an intern investment analyst during college and then full-time in 1995 and was a partner there prior to his departure. Mr. Bhakoo graduated from Williams College in 1995 and holds the CFA designation. He resides in New York City.

     
  • Mihir Doshi
  • Mihir Doshi

    Mihir J. Doshi is the Managing Director and Country CEO of Credit Suisse, India. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee and the Emerging Markets Council. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Doshi spent 22 years at Morgan Stanley, where his last position was Managing Director and CEO of JM Morgan Stanley Securities Pvt. Ltd.

    Mihir is also involved in Credit Suisse's human capital and corporate responsibility initiatives and is a member of the Asia Pacific Philanthropy Committee. He also serves on the Board of United Way, Mumbai, and the Board of Teach For India. In addition, he is a Trustee of Save The Children India and a Member on the Janaagraha Governing Board.

     
  • Wendy Kopp
  • Wendy Kopp

    Wendy Kopp is CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network of independent organizations that are cultivating their nations’ promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfil their true potential.

    Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO and remains an active member of Teach For America's board.

    Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She serves on the Board of New Profit and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000).

     
  • DEEPAK SATWALEKAR
  • DEEPAK SATWALEKAR

    Mr. Deepak M. Satwalekar is an Independent Director at HDFC. He was the Managing Director of HDFC Ltd until 2000, and thereafter the Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd until 2008. He has also been a consultant to the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (HABITAT).

    Deepak is a recipient of the ‘Distinguished’ Alumnus Award’ from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, where he is on the Advisory Council. He is the Chairman, Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Management, Indore, and has chaired or been a member of several industries, Governments and Reserve Bank of India expert groups.

     
  • TARUN CHERUKURI
  • TARUN CHERUKURI

    Tarun Cherukuri has research, teaching and operational experience in education. He taught for two years in a low-income private school in Wadgaonsheri, Pune as a Teach For India Fellow. He was subsequently a research assistant for APREST, a randomised evaluation study testing the impact of school vouchers across 180 villages in Andhra Pradesh, India. He was the City Director of TFI Delhi Operations before transitioning full time as the CEO of Indus Action, a non-profit company currently focussed enabling the disadvantaged sustainable access to legislated rights. Tarun graduated with an MPA/ID from Harvard Kennedy School(HKS) in 2013.