Introduction

Our Board comprises of leaders from major corporations, experts across industries, and passionate philanthropists. These visionaries guide us, keep us focused on our mission, and help us deliver on our ambitious goals. Their support empowers us to continue to innovate and grow and create impact for millions of children and youth.

  • Ajay G. Piramal (Chairman, Pratham Education Foundation) Mr. Piramal is the Chairman of the Board at Pratham Education Foundation. He leads the Piramal Group, a diversified conglomerate with a presence across 100 countries. Under his leadership, the Piramal Group evolved from a textile-centric business to a USD-2-billion conglomerate. Mr. Piramal holds an Honors degree in Science from the University of Mumbai, and… read more
  • Arvind Sanger Mr. Sanger founded Geosphere Capital, a global long-short fund manager investing in natural resources, industrial and Indian equities in 2007. Between 2002 and 2007, he was a Portfolio Manager at SAC Capital, investing in a similar fashion. Prior to his tenure at SAC, Mr. Sanger had a 15-year career as a top-ranked sell-side oil services… read more
  • Deepak Raj Mr. Raj is founder and managing director of the New Jersey-based private investment firm Raj Associates that has investments in real estate and public and private securities. He is currently the chairman of Pratham USA. He is also a CFA and, with his wife Neera, the founder of the Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies… read more
  • Dinyar S. Devitre (Vice Chairman, Pratham Education Foundation) Mr. Dinyar Devitre, or Dinny as he likes to be called, is an international business executive who has held leadership positions over a 40-year period in the consumer products industry and financial services in Asia, Australia, Japan, Europe, and the U.S. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Altria Group,… read more
  • JALAJ DANI Mr. Jalaj Dani is currently the Director of Reliance Foundation. He is also co-promoter of Asian Paints and has spent over two decades in leadership positions within the organization. Throughout his career, Mr. Dani has worked extensively in the areas of healthcare, education, rural transformation, sports, skilling and disaster management. He serves as Independent Director… read more
  • Madhav Chavan After obtaining a PhD in chemistry from Ohio State University and serving on the faculty at the University of Houston, Dr. Madhav Chavan returned to India where he worked in the slums of Mumbai as part of the National Literacy Mission. In 1995, he co-founded Pratham as a result of a UNICEF initiative to address… read more
  • Nirmal Jain Mr. Jain is the founder and chairman of the IIFL Group. He is a first-generation entrepreneur, who is credited with building one of the largest financial services groups in India in just about two decades. He holds a post graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He is a rank holder… read more
  • Pramit Jhaveri Mr. Jhaveri is the former Chief Executive Officer of Citibank India Ltd. He also served as Managing Director and Head of India Investment Banking at Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited. Mr. Jhaveri holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai, and an MBA specializing in finance and economics from Simon Business School of… read more
  • Ramesh Mangaleswaran Mr. Mangaleswaran is a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, and a founding partner of the offices in Chennai and Bangalore. In his 25 years with the firm, Mr. Mangaleswaran has served clients across India and the United States. He has also led the Industrials and Operations Practice in India and Asia, as well as… read more
  • Rukmini Banerji (CEO, Pratham Education Foundation) Dr. Rukmini Banerji is the Chief Executive Officer at Pratham Education Foundation. Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned her PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Banerji worked as… read more
  • Sanjay Nayar Mr. Nayar is the Chief Executive Officer at KKR India. He is also a member of the Asian Investment Committee and Asia Portfolio Management Committee. He is on the board of KKR’s portfolio companies, Radiant Healthcare, Bharti Infratel, Coffee Day Holdings, Avendus Capital Pvt. Ltd and Max Financial Services Ltd., and has had significant involvement… read more
  • Sanjiv Malhotra Mr. Malhotra has 40 years of Global Banking and Finance experience in senior positions in Risk Management, Corporate and Investment Banking, Consumer Finance and Micro Enterprise lending, Private Equity and Wealth Management. He has worked in India, Indonesia, Canada, England, The Philippines, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates with Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch,… read more
  • Vibha Paul Rishi Ms. Vibha Paul Rishi is an experienced marketing professional with stints in Indian and international markets, coupled with an abiding passion for people. Her last role was as the executive director, brand and human capital of Max India, prior to which she was the director, marketing and customer strategy at the Future Group. She has… read more
  • Vijay Goradia Mr. Goradia is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Pratham USA. He founded Pratham USA in Houston in 1999 after a visit to one of Pratham’s programs in Mumbai. He immigrated to America with a vision of developing an international chemical trading company—Vinmar International Ltd which is now a prestigious global company with 25 offices… read more
  • Vilas Gadkari Mr. Gadkari is an entrepreneur who invests globally. He currently holds the Chairmanship of an FMCG company and is on the board of Real Estate and Fin Tech companies. He is also the non-executive Chairman of Pratham Institute that focuses on vocational training for underprivileged youth. He received his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the… read more