Together, we
  • Have extensive expertise in the education sector as teachers, consultants and researchers.
  • Have postgraduate degrees ranging across Education, Public Policy, Development Studies, Media and Management.
  • Know 8 different languages and have lived in over 25 cities across India and abroad.
Core Team
Aparna Shankar
Aparna Shankar
Associate Director, Projects

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived; it is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

Bansidhara E James
Bansidhara E James
Specialist, Monitoring & Governance

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” – Maya Angelou

Damini Krishnan
Damini Krishnan
Associate, Curriculum and Classroom Instructions

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”- Maya Angelou

Deepika Rajagopalan
Deepika Rajagopalan
Specialist, Curriculum & Instructional Design

“If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless. You build from the ground up.” – Adrienne Rich

M. Gayathiri
M. Gayathiri
Specialist, Training and Program Delivery

Be the change you wish to see in the world – M.K. Gandhi

Helena Thres
Helena Thres
Senior Associate, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement

It is not about just providing opportunities, its about ensuring that they are equitable! Equity over Equality!

Ishwarya Sankar
Ishwarya Sankar
Senior Manager, Training and Programme Delivery, Tamil Nadu Foundational Learning Mission

Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connections and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. – Rita Pierson

Jiss Mary Thomas
Jiss Mary Thomas
Associate, Content Development

“It is the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” – Paulo Coelho

Juliana Catherine Veronica
Juliana Catherine Veronica
Associate, Project Management, Tamil Nadu Foundational Learning Mission

“Never lose hope, my heart, miracles dwell in the invisible” – Rumi

Merlia Shaukath
Merlia Shaukath
CEO

“We may encounter many defeats but we must never be defeated” – Maya Angelou

B. Oliver
B. Oliver
Head of Field Operations

“I measure the progress of a community by the degree of progress women have achieved” – Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

Pon Latha A
Pon Latha A
Senior Associate, Curriculum and Classroom Instruction

“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I watch with awe as it unfolds.” – Carl Rogers

Porvika Balasubramanian
Porvika Balasubramanian
Associate, Training and Programme Delivery

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou

Rebecca Swittens
Rebecca Swittens
Senior Specialist, Training and Programme Delivery

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

Roopesh Kumar
Roopesh Kumar
Senior Associate, Organisational Development

Lost rights are never regained by appeals to the conscience of the usurpers, but by relentless struggle. – Dr. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

V Saranya
V Saranya
Associate, EMIS, Tamil Nadu Foundational Learning Mission

Accept no one’s decision of your life. Define Yourself.

Skandaa Ramani
Skandaa Ramani
Associate, Data for Governance

“Be water, my friend.” – Bruce Lee

Sneha Sankar
Sneha Sankar
Specialist, Training and Program Delivery

“When we identify where our privilege intersects with somebody else’s oppression, we’ll find our opportunities to make real change.” ― Ijeoma Oluo

Srivathsan Ramaswamy
Srivathsan Ramaswamy
Lead, Foundational Learning Improvement Programme (FLIP)

“When something is important enough, you do it even if odds are not in your favour” – Elon Musk

Surabhi Mitra
Surabhi Mitra
Senior Associate, Human Capital Management and Organisational Development

It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine

Urmila Reghunath
Urmila Reghunath
Associate, Partnerships and Communications

“Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.” – Toni Morrison

Vasudha Narasimhan
Vasudha Narasimhan
Associate Director, Organization Development

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek” – Baraack Obama

Vijayalakshmi Mohan
Vijayalakshmi Mohan
Senior Manager, Partnerships

“திருவினை வென்று வாழ்” (Do your duty, do not expect favourable results) – Mahakavi Subramania Bharati

Field Team
Arun R
Arun R
District Supervisor, Training & Impact
Elumalai P
Elumalai P
Assistant, Training & Impact
Ramkumar M
Ramkumar M
Assistant, Training & Impact
Trustees
Merlia Shaukath (Mahboob Merlia)
Merlia Shaukath (Mahboob Merlia)
Founder of Trust, CEO Madhi Foundation
Meenakshi Ramesh
Meenakshi Ramesh
Trustee
Gokul Chandrasekaran
Gokul Chandrasekaran
Trustee
Tanseer Jabbar
Tanseer Jabbar
Trustee
Advisory Board
R Seshasayee
R Seshasayee
FMR. Chairman, Board of Directors, Infosys Ltd.
Ranganath N.K
Ranganath N.K
FMR. MD/CEO Grundfos Pumps India Pvt. Ltd.
Meenakshi Ramesh
Meenakshi Ramesh
Executive Director, United Way Chennai
Radha Vasudevan
Radha Vasudevan
Correspondent, Vidyanikethan Higher Secondary School
Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja
Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja
Managing Director, Central Square Foundation
Kavita Rajagopalan
Kavita Rajagopalan
Programme Director, Global Schools Forum
Gayatri Nair Lobo
Gayatri Nair Lobo
Chief Operating Officer, ATE Chandra Foundation
Advisory Council
Srini Swaminathan
Srini Swaminathan
FMR. City Director - Teach For India
C.K.Ranganathan
C.K.Ranganathan
Founder Chairman, CavinKare
Mala Rajpal
Mala Rajpal
Founder, Left Right SG, Consultant, UNDP
Vinay Samtani
Vinay Samtani
Managing Director, Tryangled Solutions Private Limited
Rakhi Singh
Rakhi Singh
HR Consultant, FMR. Sr. Consultant & Project Director, Aon Hewitt
Rajendran Thamarapura
Rajendran Thamarapura
Co-founder and Director, Academics at Qrius Learning Initiatives LLP
Suresh Sambandam
Suresh Sambandam
CEO, Kissflow
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Resilience
We know what we have set out to do is not easy. We will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
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Empathy
We believe that everyone we meet is fighting a battle we know nothing about. We strive to make empathy a habit, especially on days it is hard to come by.
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Mission Obsessed
Each team member is guided more by values than rules, which manifests in them treating all tasks – big or small – with an enormous sense of responsibility and commitment.
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Inquiry
We are curious and always on a path to learn and grow. We are not afraid to seek answers to difficult questions, even if that makes us the ‘bad guys’.