Without our leadership, Pratham will not be where it is today.
 
Pratham Education Foundation Board of Directors
 
Ajay G. Piramal (Chairman, Pratham Education Foundation), leads the Piramal Group, a diversified conglomerate with a presence across 100 countries. He enabled the Group to evolve from a textile centric business to a USD 2 billion conglomerate.
   
   
Aarthi Subramanian, is the Group Chief Digital Officer at Tata Sons Limited. A professional with over 28 years of experience in the global technology sector, Aarthi has worked in diverse roles across India, Sweden, USA and Canada, gaining rich experience in consulting engagements and management of large-scale technology programs. Aarthi holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology (India) and a Masters degree in Engineering Management from University of Kansas (USA).
   
   
Arvind Sanger is the Founder and Managing Partner of Geosphere Capital Management, a global long-short equity hedge fund focused on natural resources and industrial companies around the world.
   
   
Deepak Raj chairman of Pratham USA, is the founder and managing director of New Jersey-based private investment firm Raj Associates. He has held leadership positions for over 24 years at Merrill Lynch and Global Equity Research. Deepak along with his wife Neera, is the founder of the Raj Center on Indian Economic Policies at Columbia University. A chartered financial analyst (CFA), Deepak graduated from IIT Kanpur with a BTech in electrical engineering and holds an MBA from Northeastern University.
   
   
Dinyar (Dinny) Devitre is an international business executive who has held leadership positions in the consumer products and banking industries in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the US. He is currently a Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners and is a member of the Board of Directors of Altria Group, SABMiller, Markit, and The Western Union Company.
   
   
Jalaj Dani is a co-promoter of Asian Paints Ltd. Chairman of the board of governors, for Indian Institute of Management (Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu), Jalaj has been on the board of the National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) and a member of the Pradhan Mantri Kaushalya Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) steering commitee. Over the last 8 years, Jalaj has devoted a lot of his time to philanthropic activities and has been associated with Piramal Foundation, Tribhuvandas Foundation and Kapadwanj Kelavani Mandal.
   
   
Madhav img Dr. Madhav Chavan (President, Pratham Education Foundation) co founded Pratham in 1995. A chemist by training, brings scientific rigor and a belief in experimentation to his work at Pratham. Dr. Chavan has spent over twenty years pioneering large-scale innovative programs in the field of education in India.
   
   
Mrs. Neerja Birla serves as a Director on the Aditya Birla Group Companies. In addition, she is a Trustee of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development. Mrs. Birla also oversees the Aditya Birla World Academy, a school in Mumbai.
   
   
Nirmal Jain Founder and Chairman of IIFL Group, 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 is a PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) from IIM, Ahmedabad, a rank holder Chartered Accountant and a Cost Accountant.
   
   
Pramit Jhaveri serves as the CEO at Citibank, N.A. India and Citi-India Ltd. Mr. Jhaveri also serves as Managing Director and Head of India Investment Banking at Citigroup Global Markets India Private Limited.
   
   
Ramesh Mangaleswaran, a director of McKinsey & Company, is a founding partner of offices in Chennai and Bangalore. He coleads the Industrials and Operations Practice in India and Asia, and also leads the Social Sector Practice in this region.
   
   
Dr Rukmini Banerji, (CEO, Pratham Education Foundation) has been associated with Pratham since 1996. She has been a member of the national leadership team of the organization since then. Until recently, she was responsible for Pratham's programs and activities in several major states in north India like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
   
   
Sanjay Nayar joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) in 2009 and is CEO of KKR India. Prior to joining KKR, he served as CEO of Citigroup's Indian and South Asian operations and as a member of Citigroup's Management Committee and Asia Executive Operating Committee.
   
   
Ms. Vibha Paul Rishi, Ms. Vibha Paul Rishi is an accomplished marketing evangelist with international experience in spearheading global marketing campaigns for high-visibility consumer products. She has been on board of various companies which include Future Consumer Enterprises Ltd, Entertainment Network (India) Ltd., Asian Paints Ltd., Escorts ltd., Tata Chemicals Limited, The Indian Hotels Company Limited, PNB Metlife India Insurance Company Limited.
   
   
Vilas Gadkari, is a partner at Brevan Howard Asset Mgt LLP. He was also the founding partner at Rubicon Fund Management LLP, a global macro hedge fund. Before joining Rubicon, Mr Gadkari was the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Salomon Brothers Asset Management Ltd.
   
   
Vijay Goradia is the Founder and Chairman of the Vinmar Group, Haverhill Chemicals and Lion Copolymer, a global distributor of chemicals and polymers with headquarters in Houston, TX. He is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Pratham USA.

Commitment to the cause

Pratham's board demonstrates uncommon commitment to the urgent cause of child literacy in India and has given generously to further the goals of our organization. Find out what you can do to help - visit our GET INVOLVED page.