people

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

    Anu Aga is Director on the Board of Thermax Limited, the engineering company providing systems and solutions in the areas of energy and environment. She retired as Chairperson of Thermax in October 2004.

    She began her industry career in Thermax in 1985 and later was in charge of the company’s Human Resources function from 1991 to 1996. After her husband Rohinton Aga passed away, she took over as Executive Chairperson of the Thermax Group in February 1996, and two years later chose to continue as Non-Executive Chairperson.

    As Chairperson, Ms. Aga 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. She is also instrumental in driving a high performance culture at Thermax.

    Since her retirement, Mrs. Aga 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 an NGO called Akanksha, which promotes education for underprivileged children in Mumbai and Pune. The Foundation, in partnership with the Municipal Corporations of Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad and Akanksha is managing five schools for children from lower income groups. Mrs. Aga is the chair on the Board of ‘Teach for India’ which attempts to bridge the inequity gap in education and is actively involved with its initiatives.

    Ms. Aga 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
    Senior Director, Program
  • Shyaam Subramanian | Senior Director, Program

    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
    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.

     
  • 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 and one of India’s foremost corporate attorneys. She passed her law degree from the University of Cambridge in 1978 and was enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa in 1978. She did her LLM from Harvard Law School and was then admitted as a member of the New York State Bar by examination in 1980. Zia worked as a corporate associate at Baker & McKenzie, New York, for five years before moving to India to set up practice, establishing the Chambers of Zia Mody in 1984, which then became AZB & Partners in 2004. The Firm has offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune with an integrated team of approximately 400 legal professionals.

    Zia’s abilities are recognized globally, as is reflected in her appointment as the Deputy Chairman and a 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). Zia serves on various advisory committees of the Confederation of Indian Industry including its National Council and its committees on Corporate Governance, Financial Services, Capital Markets and Legal Services. Zia was a member of the Godrej Committee on Corporate Governance constituted by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. She was nominated to be part of the “Committee on Rationalisation of Investment Routes and Monitoring of Foreign Portfolio Investments” formed by the Securities and Exchange Board of India under the chairmanship of Shri K.M. Chandrashekar. She was appointed by the Reserve Bank of India in 2014 as a member of Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services for Small Businesses and Low-Income Households which was chaired by Dr. Nachiket Mor.

    Awarded the “India Managing Partner of the Year – 2016” by Asian Legal Business (Thomson Reuters), Zia features on Fortune India as The 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in India, for 2016. She has also been awarded the “Professional of the Year - 2017” at the inaugural UK India Awards.

    She is listed by Forbes India (2013, 2014 & 2015) as one of ‘India's 10 most Powerful women’; also listed by Forbes Asia as one of ‘Asia’s 50 Power Businesswomen’ (2015), it has been said that few of Zia’s peers can match her skills or take her on when it comes to acquisitions, joint ventures, company restructuring, foreign inward investment related practice and corporate law. She has been named as a Leading Individual for Banking, Finance, Corporate and M&A and Investment Funds in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2016. Euromoney awarded her a Lifetime Achievement award – at Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2015. Among her many awards, Zia has received the “Outstanding Women Business Leader of the Year – 2013” award at India Business Leader Awards; also “Legal Icon of the Decade – 2013” and “Best M&A Lawyer of the Year – 2012” award at the Legal Era Awards and she has been voted as “Business Woman of the Year, 2010” by the Economic Times, for which she was felicitated by The Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF). She has also been voted by the Economic Times as one of the country’s most powerful CEOs (2004 to 2016), and as one of the 15 most powerful Indian women leaders in 2010-2014. She has been selected as one of the 25 most powerful women in business by Business Today in 2004-2014, and named one of India’s top ten most powerful women in business by Fortune Magazine in 2014.

    AsiaLaw Profile hailed her as one of ‘The Leading Lawyers - India’ in the fields of Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate Practice, Dispute Resolution, Corporate Governance and Capital Markets & Corporate Finance for 2013, while Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Chambers Global, have identified her as a leading individual in the Corporate Mergers & Acquisition, Private Funds, Private Equity, Litigation and Infrastructure Sectors. “Zia Mody is an obvious choice for many clients involved in large international M&A transactions” states IFLR1000. Zia has been nominated as one of the world’s leading practitioners by the International Who’s Who of Mergers & Acquisitions (2008 to 2015), Private Funds Lawyers (2008 to 2015), Corporate Governance Lawyers (2012-2015), Competition Lawyers (2017) and M&A and Governance Lawyers (2017). She has been selected as one of the world’s pre-eminent commercial arbitration specialists by the International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (2012-2015) , one of the world’s leading litigation practitioners by the International Who’s Who of Litigation Lawyers (2016) and one of Who’s Who Legal’s – Thought Leaders, Arbitration (2017).

  • 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 Chairperson of Godrej Consumer Products. She has been a key architect of GCPL’s strategy and transformation in the last decade. In 2007, she initiated and led Project Leapfrog, which created a playbook for GCPL to accelerate domestic organic growth through innovation and consolidation, and to become a more global company by investing in emerging markets outside of India. Over the last ten years, GCPL’s market capitalisation has increased twenty-fold - from INR 3,000 crore to INR 60,000 crore. Under Nisaba’s leadership, GCPL has developed a very strong, engaged and ambitious team, and is consistently ranked as a great place to work. She has also institutionalised design driven thinking and directly leads product development.

    Nisaba is passionate about identifying and developing the talent required for the Godrej Group’s future growth. Through her oversight of the Group HR function for Godrej Industries and associate companies, she has made Godrej a more meritocratic and highly performance driven organisation, while keeping the Group’s values front and center. She has 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.

    Nisaba has a BSc degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is passionate about girls' education, the human mind, design, trekking and equestrian sports. She lives in Mumbai with her husband, Kalpesh Mehta, and their children, Zoran and Aidan.

  • MEHER PUDUMJEE
    Founder Trustee
  • MEHER PUDUMJEE

    Meher Pudumjee is the Chairperson of Thermax Ltd, a company focused on providing energy and environment solutions.

    A postgraduate in Chemical Engineering from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, Meher joined Thermax as a trainee engineer in August 1990. A year later, along with her husband Pheroz Pudumjee, they took over the responsibility of turning around a Thermax subsidiary company in the UK.

    After her return to India in September 1996, she was appointed on the Board of Directors. With her interest in Finance, she worked closely with the treasury and working capital management functions of Thermax. She was involved with overseeing a Joint Venture Company in the area of drinking water as well as the Air Pollution Control businesses of the company. In January 2001 she became a non-executive director and was appointed Vice Chairperson in 2002. During this period she played an active role in the turnaround of Thermax.

    Meher took over as Chairperson of Thermax on October 5, 2004, after the retirement of Mrs. Anu Aga.

    Meher represented India at the Asian Business Women’s Conference in Osaka in 2006. The World Economic Forum in 2008 selected her as a Young Global Leader for her professional accomplishment, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. She was selected CEO of the Year, 2009 by Business Standard.

    Meher 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. She is also on the Board 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.

    Meher has a keen interest in music, especially western classical and is a member of a Pune based choir. She lives in Pune with her husband and their two children.

  • 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). He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and managed one of India’s leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. 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) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. Ashish’s passion for education has led him to spearhead the founding of Ashoka University. He is also on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale’s Development Council.

    Ashish serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, India School Leadership Institute and Bharti Foundation.

     
  • 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.

    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
  • 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. He has been a Teach for All School leadership fellow (2011) and Teach for India fellow (2009). Rahul first became School leader at the age of 22 years and presently is in his seventh year of school leadership.

    Rahul is also the Founder of the Pune Children’s Zone – a program that aspires to positively impact all children in Pune over the next 10 years and help them have successful life outcomes.

  • Madhukar Reddy
  • Madhukar Reddy

    Madhukar is the Founder CEO of 'Leadership For Equity' with a mission to practice and build leadership rooted in radically changing public education systems. Over the last two years, his work is primarily focused with Pune & Maharashtra governments at different levels. He is also the Head of Education Track at 'Pune City Connect' where he works with municipal administrators, corporate leaders, NGO’s and school teams - to develop and implement a working agenda for scaling quality education in Pune. He previously spent five years with 'Teach For India' as a Fellow from the first cohort and thereon with the Pune city team. Madhukar also worked as a School Improvement Consultant at 'Gray Matters India'. Before stepping into the education sector, he was a Marketing Manager with 'Larsen & Toubro'. Madhukar holds a degree in engineering from BITS Pilani and is also a 2015 'Acumen India' Fellow.

  • 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.

  • 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 (“Mickey”) J. Doshi is Managing Director and Country CEO of Credit Suisse, India. He is a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee and the Emerging Markets Council.

    Mr. Doshi has been instrumental in establishing Credit Suisse's India franchise, which today is active across Private Banking, Investment Banking and Asset Management. He has been deeply involved in strengthening the overall business profile of the Bank in India and in providing its strategic direction. He also oversees the Global Business Delivery Centers in Pune and Powai from a country management perspective and ensures the delivery of first class offshore services to Credit Suisse globally. He 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.

    Before joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Doshi spent 22 years at Morgan Stanley in various capacities, primarily in New York, Tokyo and Mumbai. His last position was Managing Director and CEO of JM Morgan Stanley Securities Pvt. Ltd. and he is credited with building Morgan Stanley's presence in India.

    Mr. Doshi holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) from The New York University and a C. P. A. from The New York State, which he gained while working with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, New York.

  • 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 fulfill their true potential.

    Wendy founded Teach For America in 1989 to marshal the energy of her generation against educational inequity in the United States. Today, more than 8,000 Teach For America corps members—outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic disciplines—are in the midst of two-year teaching commitments in 52 urban and rural regions, and Teach For America has proven to be an unparalleled source of long-term leadership for expanding opportunity for children. After leading Teach For America’s growth and development for 24 years, in 2013, Wendy transitioned out of the role of CEO. Today, she remains an active member of Teach For America's board.

    Wendy led the development of Teach For All to be responsive to the initiative of inspiring social entrepreneurs around the world who were determined to adapt this approach in their own countries. Now in its ninth year, the Teach For All network is comprised of partner organizations in 40 countries on six continents, including its founding partners Teach For America and the U.K.’s Teach First.

    Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards for public service. 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). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Wendy resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.

  • DEEPAK SATWALEKAR
  • DEEPAK SATWALEKAR

    DEEPAK SATWALEKAR

    Mr. Deepak M. Satwalekar serves on the India advisory board of a large European bank. He is currently active on the board of trustees of a few non-profit organisations, engaged in the field of primary education and health care for the low-income and underprivileged members of society in rural and semi-urban India. He is on the Board of a technology incubator and also advises a venture capital fund. He was the Managing Director of HDFC Ltd till 2000, and thereafter the Managing Director and CEO of HDFC Standard Life Insurance Co. Ltd till 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).

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