people

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

    Anrnavaz Aga is Director on the Board of Thermax Limited. She retired as Chairperson of Thermax in October 2004.

    Since her retirement, Arnavaz has been focusing on social causes and is closely associated with the Thermax Social Initiative Foundation. She is on the board of the Akanksha Foundation and is the chair on the Board of Teach For India. Arnavaz has been very active in various national and local associations like Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and had served as the Chairperson of CII’s Western Region. She has written extensively and given talks on the subjects of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, role of women and education.

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

    Shaheen founded Teach For India with the vision of an excellent education for all children in the country, believing strongly in the potential of all children. She is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Akanksha Foundation. She is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006) and serves on the boards of Ummeed, The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation and is an advisor to the Latika Roy Foundation. She also serves as a committee member for National Council for Teacher Education. Shaheen has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Manchester, England.

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

    Shaheen founded Teach For India with the vision of an excellent education for all children in the country, believing strongly in the potential of all children. She is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Akanksha Foundation. She is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006) and serves on the boards of Ummeed, The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation and is an advisor to the Latika Roy Foundation. She also serves as a committee member for National Council for Teacher Education. Shaheen has a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Manchester, England.

     
  • 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.

  • Shyaam Subramanian
    Chief of City Operations
  • Shyaam Subramanian | Chief of City Operations

    Shyaam oversees the city operations and expansion into new cities. He joined Teach For India from PwC India's Management Consulting division, where he worked for close to six years. He graduated from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad in 2008 and prior to that was with Cognizant Technology Solutions for almost four years. Shyaam was drawn by the Teach For India model and the challenge of making possible our vision of education for all children in the country.

  • NEEL SHAHANI
    Founder Trustee
  • NEEL SHAHANI

    Neel is a Director, Head of Equities, Barclays Securities. He was a Senior Vice President and head trader at India Infoline Ltd. He also serves on the board of the Akanksha Foundation.

  • 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
    Senior Director, Program
  • Sandeep Rai | Senior Director, Program

    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.

     
  • DEEPAK SATWALEKAR
    Founder Trustee
  • DEEPAK SATWALEKAR

    Deepak has been the Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd. since 2000. Earlier, he served as the Managing Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation (HDFC) since 1993. He has 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). He holds a degree in Technology from IIT Bombay and is a recipient of the ‘Distinguished Alumnus Award’. He is an MBA from The American University, Washington D.C.

  • 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

    The Founder and Senior Partner of AZB & Partners, Zia is one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She has a B.A. (Law) from Cambridge, an LLM from Harvard, and is a member of the New York State Bar. She began her career as a corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie, New York. She then moved to India to set up practice, establishing the Chambers of Zia Mody. In 2004, she formed partnerships which led to the formation of AZB & Partners.

    Zia was listed by Forbes India (2014) as one of ‘India's 10 most Powerful women’; and also listed by Forbes Asia as one of ‘Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen’ (2015). She was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India as a member of Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households which was chaired by Dr Nachiket Mor (2013).

  • 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.

     
  • NISA GODREJ
    Founder Trustee
  • NISA GODREJ

    Nisaba is the Executive Director, Godrej Consumer Products and leads the innovation strategy for the company. She also oversees the corporate strategy and human capital functions for Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (GILAC).

    Her previous assignments within the Godrej Group have included the successful turnaround of Godrej Agrovet. She has also led the creation of a strategy cell for the Group and the development of the FMCG strategy for the Group.

    Nisaba also drives the Group's 'Good and Green' (CSR) initiatives and is the point person for the operations of the Godrej Family Council.

  • MEHER PUDUMJEE
    Founder Trustee
  • MEHER PUDUMJEE

    Meher is the Chairperson of Thermax Ltd, a company focused on providing energy and environment solutions. She holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London.

    In 2006, Meher represented India at the Asian Business Women’s Conference in Osaka. The World Economic Forum in 2008 selected her as a Young Global Leader. In 2009, she was selected CEO of the Year, by Business Standard.

    Meher also served as the Chairperson of Pune Zonal Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). When a member of CII's Young Indians, she chaired the National Employability initiative.

  • 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 Founder and CEO of Central Square Foundation (CSF) and a Founding Member of the Ashoka University in Delhi. Prior to this, he worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India's leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to start CSF to pursue his goal of creating social impact via philanthropic investments in the school education space. He serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha, Bharti Foundation and India School Leadership Institute.

    Ashish did his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and a dual bachelor's (BS/BA) degree from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard Business School and a member of Yale's Development Council.

     
  • 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.

  • S. RAMADORAI
    Founder Trustee
  • S. RAMADORAI

    Mr. Ramadorai has been in public service since February 2011 and is currently the Chairman of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister, and the Chairman of the NSDC. He was the former Advisor to the Prime Minister of India in the National Council on Skill Development. The former CEO of Tata Consulting Service, he recently retired as the Vice-Chairman. Mr. Ramodorai is also the Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange and Air Asia Pvt. Ltd. He is a Director on the boards of Hindustan Unilever, Asian Paints, and Piramal Enterprises.

    Passionate about his contribution for the social sector and community initiatives, he serves as the Chairman on the Council of Management at the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) and the Chairman of the Governing Board at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). He is also the President of the Society for Rehabilitation of Crippled Children (SRCC) – which is building a super speciality children’s hospital in Mumbai.

  • Anand Sharma
    Director, Technology
  • Anand Sharma | Director, Technology

    Anand is a Teach For India Fellowship Alumnus, with a over 6 years of experience in the Indian ICT space. He graduated from CTE, Udaipur, with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering, has been associated with the National Digital Literacy Mission as a tech-entrepreneur. Anand is a firm believer in the power of technology to help bring about social change and is excited to conceptualize, develop & support innovative technology processes that will boost Teach for India's mission to educational equity.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Karthik Rapaka
    City Director, Hyderabad
  • Karthik Rapaka | City Director, Hyderabad

    Karthik joined Teach For India as a Fellow, after having worked in the corporate sector for over 5 years with organizations like Deloitte. As a Fellow he saw the power and potential of an excellent education for all children. In his role as City Director, he aims to maximise this potential through building partnerships, institutional collaborations, funding support and government relations in the city. Karthik has a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from Rutgers University, New Jersey.

     
  • 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.

    platinum: (INR 2 crores or more)
    gold: (INR 70 lakhs to INR 2 crores)
    silver: (INR 35 lakhs to INR 70 lakhs)
    bronze: (INR 23 lakhs to INR 35 lakhs)
    Friends of Teach For India: (INR 5 lakhs to INR 23 lakhs)
    Pro Bono and In-Kind Support: (equivalent to INR 15 lakhs or more)

    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
  • Bikkrama Daulet Singh
  • Bikkrama Daulet Singh

    Bikkrama leads Central Square Foundation’s work in the area of school accountability and governance.

    He joined CSF with training in economics, business and education. Prior to joining CSF, Bikkrama, a Teach For India (2011) Fellow, worked for two years as an elementary school teacher in a municipal school in Delhi. He has also worked as a management consultant with Accenture in India on a variety of projects related to change management, performance improvement, cost reduction and supply chain.

    Bikkrama is an MBA from INSEAD and holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

  • Mihir Doshi
  • Mihir Doshi

    Mihir Doshi earned his Bachelor’s Degree in accounting and economics from New York University and received his CPA certification from New York State while working with Deloitte Haskins & Sells, New York. In his capacity as Managing Director and Country Head at Credit Suisse India, he is responsible for strengthening the Bank’s overall business profile. He oversees the planning and implementation of Credit Suisse’s businesses across divisions and also leads the development of the Bank’s investment banking franchise and managing the Bank’s security business in the country

  • 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.

  • Wendy Kopp
  • Wendy Kopp

    Wendy Kopp is CEO and co-founder of Teach For All, which is fueling a global movement for ensuring educational excellence and equity by accelerating the impact of national organizations that are enlisting their nations’ most promising future leaders in the effort.Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 . She was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2008 and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. 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). She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Princeton University.

  • Ajit Rangnekar
  • Ajit Rangnekar

    Ajit Rangnekar is the Dean of the Indian School of Business (ISB). As the Dean, Rangnekar steers the School’s vision to be among the globally top-ranked, research-driven management institutions. Prior to taking charge as Dean, he was the Deputy Dean of the ISB from March 2003 to January 2009. Rangnekar has a background spanning over thirty years in Consulting and Industry across different countries in Asia. Before joining the ISB, he was the Country Head, first for Price Waterhouse Consulting and then for PwC Consulting, in Hong Kong and the Philippines. He was head of the Telecom and Entertainment Industry Consulting practice for PwC in East Asia (China to Indonesia). He worked with Associated Cements Companies, India (1970 to 1981) prior to moving to Hong Kong. Rangnekar holds an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, before completing his post graduation in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

  • Chaitra Murlidhar
  • Chaitra Murlidhar

  • Craig Johnson
  • Craig Johnson

    Craig Johnson is currently the Superintendent of the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. Mr Johnson returned to India in 2009 (where he spent 12 years of his childhood) after 15 years in Brazil. While in Brazil, he served as the High School Principal at Graded School in Sao Paulo, and more recently as the Headmaster of the American School of Brasilia, Brazil. Mr Johnson received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fort Hays State University (Kansas): BA in History and English; MA in Secondary Education and Administration. His roots, as a classroom teacher, are in Middle and High School English and Social Studies. He continues to keep engaged in student life, by coaching soccer, and trying to teach or co-teaching an English class as often as possible. A regular presenter and workshop facilitator on a variety of Leadership and School Improvement topics, Mr Johnson has also published a novel (Wave Watcher), and has a second novel on the way.