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Ajay G. Piramal
Board of Directors

Mr. Piramal is the chairman of Piramal Healthcare, a leading pharmaceutical company, and Kaivalya Education Foundation. Mr. Piramal holds a number of prominent positions in industry, including being a Member of the Prime Minister's Council for Trade and Industry. He also has a keen interest in the social sector and is Chairman of both Pratham India Education Initiative and the Piramal Foundation. Mr. Piramal has a Masters in Management Studies from Bombay University and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Narayanan Vaghul
Board of Directors

Mr. Vaghul, Ex - Chairman of ICICI, has more than 45 years experience in the banking sector. He is a board member for a number of leading firms, including Mahindra and Mahindra, Nicholas Piramal Industries, Arcelor Mittal and Air India. He is involved in a number of social causes. In addition to being a Board member at KEF, Mr. Vahgul is a board member of the Azim Premji Foundation and was previously Chairman of Pratham India. He is a graduate from Madras University.

Debashish Mitter
Board of Directors

Debasish leads the MSDF's strategy and operations in India for education, employability skills, family economic stability, and health. In his role, Debasish helps to manage and develop the India-based portfolio to improve learning levels in schools; to catalyse sustainable and large-scale models that help youth gain meaningful employment; and to provide supportive health and nutritional inputs that improve outcomes in the lives of urban, poor children.

Prior to joining the foundation, he spent 13 years with American Express in various leadership positions in their Delhi, Miami and New York offices. During his career with American Express, he led a variety of operational, transaction-related, finance and strategic responsibilities. Prior to that, Debasish spent a number of years with Dowell Schlumberger, an oilfield services leader, in senior finance roles in the Middle East and the Far East. Debasish is a chartered accountant.

Aditya Natraj
CEO

Aditya qualified as a Chartered Accountant, worked as a corporate finance consultant for KPMG before working in senior management and business development in Europe. On returning to India, he took over and grew Pratham Gujarat into the state's largest educational not-for-profit organisation and subsequently, launched the Gandhi Fellowship Program in 2008. Aditya is an Education Expert for Monitor Consulting and an Advisory Board Member for Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work in Mumbai. He has an MBA from INSEAD, France.

Monal Jayaram
Program Director - Curriculum Design & Evaluations for School Leadership Development Program

Monal has an MA in Fine Arts from MS University, Baroda and has worked as a faculty member of MSU and the National Institute of Design. At Pratham, she gained five years of experience in curriculum development while co-managing the urban program.

Manmohan Singh
Program Director - Government Advocacy, Large Scale Program (DLDP, Mumbai Operations)

Manmohan has over 10 years of experience ranging from leadership development, systemic change, startups, large scale transformation projects and non-profit management. Previously, he worked with regional, national and international institutions like, WHO, UNICEF, MSF, PRATHAM, Rotary and Red Cross. He has a post graduate diploma in Conflict Analysis and Peace-building from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi.

Nandita Raval
Program Director - Gujarat Operations

Nandita graduated from Ekalavya Teacher Training Institute before becoming the Vice Principal for a primary school. At Pratham, she coordinated with 500 remedial classes across 30 rural and urban locations in Gujarat for five years before working on Gandhi Fellowship. She is a part of the organisation's Ahmedabad and Surat team and especially adept at handling Government relations and program design. She has an M.Ed from Gujarat University.

Neelima Pandey
Director – DTP Design

Neelima a PhD and a trained clinical psychologist, has practiced as a counsellor and also taught at Lucknow University. After 10 years in clinical psychology, she moved to development sector. She has worked with CARE for a brief period of time and for the last 10 years she has with Plan India. Neelima has also worked across education, livelihood, sanitation, gender equality – in integrated development formats.

Vivek Sharma
Program Director - Fellowship Alumni Program

Vivek was previously Program Director with Pratham. While with Pratham, he set up learning enhancement programs in government schools of Punjab, Himachal and Uttarakhand. Trained as a journalist, he spent over a decade working for a cross section of Indian media. He has also been part of some unique businesses, IT and Telecom startups.

Tripti Vyas
Program Director - Fellowship Curriculum Design Team

Tripti taught English literature to undergraduates, at a college affiliated to the University of Mumbai for over 12 years, before deciding to move out from the abstractions of theory to try her hand at practice: at getting things done. This led to stints in publishing and arts funding. After heading the editorial team at IMS Publications Mumbai, she moved to the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, as their Head of Programs. Now with the organisation, she manages the Gandhi Fellowship Program.

S. Seshadri
Program Director - Donor Management

Leading, developing and nurturing engagement and relationship with financial partners and investors. Developing and delivering on strategies for appropriate funding option in sync with the functional and operational nuances.

Rohit Talwar
Program Director - Marketing & Recruitment/ Public Relations

As core team member of Pratham Gujarat, Rohit was involved in Urban/Rural primary education initiatives and fund raising to support Gujarat programs. He then moved to the UK for further studies in Business Management and Finance. Post studies, he set up an entreprenurial venture in UK and managed business there for six years. He has an MSW from Sardar Patel University, Gujarat and an MBA from University of Bedfordshire, Luton, UK.

Gautam Mahalik
Program Director, PMRDF

Gautam comes from corporate world with over 25 years of rich experience both in India and overseas. During his long tenure with corporates he has had successfull stints in sales, business development and general management. He had successfully managed large operations, multicultural teams across the globe and scaled up businesses. Gautam is a chemical engineer and MBA from IIM Lucknow. Keen to do something for the social ecosystem he joined KEF.

Arun Poddar
Program Director - Mumbai Operations

Arun has a rich experience in Television Media business. Having set up business for ESPN, Star Sports in India, Arun has also been associated with Zee and Times Television as CEO and President respectively. During his 30 years of working experience, he has conceptualised and implemented various innovative processes that have been a success and adopted as an industry norm. He is an expert on Start up ventures and launches. He manages Mumbai Operations.

Malini Mallikarjun
PD - Education Systems Transformation

Malini has over 21 years of experience working in the corporate sector with international accounting firms such as Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young. She also worked briefly with Enron and ICICI OneSource. For the last 10 years, she worked as senior member of BMR Advisors. With a BA, LLB (Hons) from the National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, Malini specializes in Transaction taxes.