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ORG STRUCTURE


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.

Madhav Chavan
CEO, Pratham

Madhav Chavan is a social activist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of the educational non-profit, Pratham. He also started the Read India campaign, which aims to teach basic reading, writing and arithmetic to underprivileged children across India. Pratham has been recognized by the Kravis Prize and the Skoll Award for its innovativeness and leadership as a social entrepreneurial organization in the area of education. Chavan was the 2012 recipient of the WISE Prize for Education, which is widely considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in the field of education and recipient of Leading-Social-Contributor-Award which is the highest degree award in India for exemplary work in the area of operation. He was also the 2011 recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.

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.

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.