People

Leadership

Pankaj co-founded Transform Schools and leads the team by providing strategic oversight and thought leadership to improve the quality of education in India, at scale.

Pankaj Vinayak Sharma

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Tanushree co-founded Transform Schools and leads Operations. She ensures that Human Resources, Administration & Information Technology enable delivery of high-quality programmes at scale.

Tanushree Narain Sharma

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer

Pankaja manages cross cutting partnerships, teams and programmes in support of organisation’s strategy. She believes in the power of information and communications to unlock funding and scale.

Pankaja Balaji

Chief of Staff

Shraddha leads State level programmes implementation and is an advocate of quality and data based improvement practices.

Shraddha Jha

Deputy Director
Programmes

Leads Transform’s programme development, management and impact at scale.

Richa Goswami

Associate Director
Programmes

Neetu leads Quality Assurance and Impact measurement. She is adept in framing and designing MIS tools, platforms for data collection, and in M&E.

Neetu Sahu

Deputy Director
Quality Assurance and Impact

Sneha leads Business Development at Transform to secure partnerships and diverse funding to realise organisation’s mission. 

Sneha Lonkar

Deputy Director - Business Development

Board and Advisors

Transform Schools is supported, governed and advised by The PFA Board as per national law and best practices. The board provides programmatic, statutory, fiduciary and governance oversight to the management team.

Our Global Board of Advisors guide the Chief Executive Officer, core team and works closely with the PFA Board on strategy, focus, alignment to international development, global standards and best practices leveraging their specialisms to support PFA.

PFA Board

A leading expert on development Sector, Sanjay is a Masters in Commerce and a Chartered Accountant. He serves as the Executive Director at Financial Management Service Foundation (FMSF) a leading organisation in South Asia with focus on governance, financial accountability, foreign contribution and income tax for the not-for-profit sector. Sanjay is a widely published author and an adviser to Government of India on legal, financial and audit issues for the Not-for-profit sector in India and he serves on boards of selected national and international groups.

Dr. Sanjay Patra

President, People For Action

Shailesh is a development professional with a Masters in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Services. Over the past three decades he has served in leadership roles at ActionAid, Praxis, CASA, Aide et Action, Aga Khan Foundation, UNDP and UNICEF on programmes, evaluation, social research and capacity development. His sectoral expertise spans community mobilisation, livelihoods, education, preventive and promotive health, water and sanitation, humanitarian aid, participatory research and behaviour change communication.

Shailesh K Singh

Board Member

Madhuri is a strategy, advocacy and communications specialist, with nearly twenty years of experience across Asia, Africa and Europe. She is currently Consulting Head of Communications for the Global Development Network, headquartered in New Delhi, India, with active research grants in over 20 developing countries around the world. She is also the Founder-Director of The Goa School, a learning revolution.

Madhuri Dass Woudenberg

Board Member

Aarti is a social sector management professional. With over fifteen years in management of programmes, grants, compliances, safeguards and corporate social responsibility. She is the founder of CASACDE and her stints include International Donor Agencies, Diplomatic Missions, Private sector and NGOs in Asia.

Aarti Kapoor

Board Member

Venkitesan has over two decades of experience in accounting, administrative, programme & logistics in corporate and non-profits. He has led as finance function in International funding agencies and corporates such as Ark, Kusuma Foundation, The Micronutrient Initiative - Asia, Plan International, Infinite Computer Solutions and Birla Medical Technologies.

Venkitesan Ramakrishnan

Board Member

Core Advisors

Soma co-founded the Kusuma Trust to create a structured and long-term approach to the family’s charitable giving and guides the Trust’s value-led grant making. She studied medicine at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) in Pune, India, and continued her education in Hyderabad at various government tertiary hospitals. Over the years Soma has gained experience both funding and fundraising for several philanthropic ventures in addition to mentoring for iPartner India

Dr. Soma Pujari

Co-Founder & Executive Trustee, Kusuma Trust UK & Chair,
Transform Schools UK

SK is a co-founder and former Managing Director for Westbridge Capital. Prior to Westbridge, SK was with Sequoia Capital. Earlier, he was co-founder and CEO of MeraNet, and worked at Intel, Motorola and Booz-Allen & Hamilton. SK is an alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Delhi and the University of Minnesota.

SK Jain

Founder and Managing Partner, RatnaTraya Capital

As the Executive Director (Social Finance), British Asian Trust, Abha leads Social Finance work across South Asia as a founding member of The British Asian Trust. She also been a crucial driver of the development of innovative social finance mechanisms, heightening the Trust’s entrepreneurial approach to philanthropy to meet Sustainable Development Goal targets. Abha has extensive experience of creating and nurturing philanthropic, business and cultural relationships between the UK and South Asia and practical experience of both the private and not-for-profit sectors. In recognition of British Asian Trust's work in this area, Abha is also a Fellow of Practice 2020 at the Go Labs, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.

Abha Thorat Shah

Executive Director, Social Finance,
British Asian Trust Trustee,
Transform Schools UK

Rebecca is the CEO of Greenwood Place, which she created to leverage the experience she gained over 20 years’ work in philanthropy. Rebecca began her career as a charity lawyer at Allen & Overy, and then became CEO of The Prince’s Foundation for Arts & Kids. She was a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, leading the bank’s philanthropy advisory offering in EMEA for almost a decade.

Rebecca Eastmond

Co-Founder & CEO of Greenwood Place, Ex-M D, J.P. Morgan & Trustee,
Transform Schools UK

Advisors

Akshay has 18 years of experience in the capital markets focussed on equity analysis across several sectors - IT services, Cement, Hotels, Shipping, Construction, Infrastructure, Capital Goods and Real Estate along with thematic research to shape industry thought processes. Akshay was in the past, Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. Akshay holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.

Akshay Soni

Managing director,
Accelerator, The Nudge/CSI.
Ex-Executive Director at Morgan Stanley

Madhuri Narayanan was formerly the Country Director (India) of IntraHealth and has almost 30 years of experience in implementing programs at the nexus of health, gender, and education. She has also worked with CARE as the Global Gender Equity and Diversity Adviser where she coordinated the integration of a gender perspective across interventions. She is an exemplary and optimistic leader possessing a rooted understanding coupled with a global outlook. She currently lives in Sweden.

Madhuri Narayanan

Independent Consultant,
Gender and Diversity.
Ex-Country Director, Intra-Health International

Deepta is a dynamic researcher, a vibrant teacher, and an enthusiastic individual with a knack for anything she sets her heart to. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), focusing on themes including political economy, gender, unpaid care, amongst many others. She is a PhD scholar from the University of Cambridge (2005-2009), with an MPhil from IDS (2002-2004).

Dr. Deepta Chopra

Associate Professor,
Institute of Development Studies ,
Sussex, UK

Balwant is the Executive Director of Sphere which sets humanitarian standards for disasters and crises. He is an experienced leader and strategist with more than 27 years of senior leadership experience in philanthropy, international development, humanitarian response, education, health, HIV/AIDS, human rights and non-profits. His past roles include CEO of the Kusuma Trust UK, Global Director of an innovative health initiative across Africa and Asia funded by the Gates Foundation, Regional Director for Asia with Save the Children and Executive Director of Doctors of the World in New York.

Dr. Balwant Singh

Executive Director, Sphere

Suresh Mathew is an award-winning broadcast professional, writer and filmmaker with over 15 years of experience in news, features, documentaries and short films. He was previously the Features Editor at CNN-News18 and is currently the Mumbai Bureau Chief of The Quint, a mobile first digital news platform. He is a winner of the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2010 awarded by the President of India in the Film and Television category.

Suresh Matthew

Mumbai Bureau Chief of The Quint

RN Mohanty is the CEO of Sight savers India with more than 30 years of experience in international development. He has worked in the fields of eye care, maternal and child health, education, livelihoods, and disabilities. Before joining Sightsavers India he was the COO of CARE India and has led high value, multi-sectoral programmes in both the organisations with an emphasis on impact.

RN Mohanty

CEO, Sight Savers

Impact Evaluation Group

Anne Fitzpatrick is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is a development economist with two primary research areas: education and health care. Anne has published ongoing research on the private sector for antimalarial medicines, health insurance, and maternal mortality. Her current research focuses on improving foundational literacy and numeracy skills for primary and secondary school students. Anne holds a dual PhD in Economics and Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a BS in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.

Dr. Anne Fitzpatrick

Assistant Professor of Economics,
College of Liberal Arts

Sabrin Beg is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. She is a development economist specializing in the economics of human capital and in political economy. She focuses on vulnerable populations in the developing world, including students and farmers. Her work includes randomized controlled trials in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Ghana. Her research also uses rich administrative data to understand behaviour of politicians in developing countries and the subsequent effect on economic outcomes. Sabrin received her PhD and MA in Economics from Yale University and her BA in Economics and Mathematics from Wellesley College. Prior to becoming an economist, Sabrin worked in investment banking.

Dr. Sabrin Beg

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Delaware

Jason Kerwin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in the use of randomized field experiments to understand health and labour markets in sub-Saharan Africa. Jason's research topics fall into two broad areas. The first is studying how people form subjective expectations and how those beliefs affect their decision-making processes. The second is labour markets in rural Africa, broadly defined – from choices people make about their effort at work and how to spend their wages to their decisions about their own and their children's education. Jason holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Professor Jason Kerwin

Assistant Professor of Applied Economics at University of Minnesota

Adrienne Lucas is a Professor of economics in the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware. Her current research focuses on the importance of information in school choice decisions, the effect of teacher incentives on student achievement, and using existing school personnel and resources to increase student learning. She has published research on a range of topics in health and education, often with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She received her PhD in economics from Brown University.

Dr. Adrienne M Lucas

Associate Professor of Economics, University of Delaware

Khandker Wahedur Rahman is an applied micro-economist with a broad interest in development economics and policy analysis. He uses both randomized control trials (RCTs) and observational data to identify barriers and find solutions to improve social welfare. In particular, his current research focuses on economics of education, migration, and agricultural productivity. Before he began his doctoral program, he graduated from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota with a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree concentrating on advanced policy analysis. He has previously worked for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), International Finance Corporation (IFC), and Swisscontact Bangladesh in various capacities.

Dr. Khandker Wahedur Rahman

Research Fellow at BRAC Institute of Governance and Development

Domain Experts

Dr. Suman Bhattacharjea is Director of Research at ASER Centre. She earned her undergraduate degree in Economics with Honors from Delhi University, and M.Ed and Ed.D degrees in Education from Harvard University. Dr. Bhattacharjea has extensive experience in the field of education, gender, and women’s rights. She has worked with government, private, non-government and international organizations in several countries, including India, U.S.A., Pakistan and Mexico. She has taught courses on research design, gender and education and has authored or co-authored numerous articles and books in these areas.

Dr. Suman Bhattacharjea

Director of Research at ASER Centre

Lopa has 17 years of management and academic experience in education. She has expertise and deep experience of developing student assessments, teaching/ learning resources and training programmes in K-12 space. Lopa is an expert trainer for teachers and head teachers and has led management and leadership trainings for head teachers. She has also led development of coaching programmes for senior government officials and head teachers and is an experienced leadership coach. A founding trustee of Antarang Foundation and Ugam Education Foundation. She has consulted with Center for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), Kaivalya Foundation, Kusuma Foundation, Indian School Leadership Institute and Muktangan.

Lopa Gandhi

Academic Lead

As the CEO of The Institute of Transformational Coaching, Vishwanath’s work is focused on building transformative, eco-systemic leadership. A credentialed Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), he has worked with senior leaders of several Fortune 500 organisations across the globe spanning Asia, Middle East and Europe enabling them to lead successfully in times of increasing complexity and uncertainty. His expertise revolve around leadership development, culture building, succession planning, change acceleration and organisation design. He holds an MBA in Human Resources.

Vishwanath Parameswaran

Leadership Coach

IIT Bombay graduate 2007, Rahul has 15 years of experience and 5 technology patents to his name. He’s co-founded SmartLOO Platform, an IoT civic-tech platform, Miracas, a cross border e-commerce firm and has worked with IBM semiconductor research and Cadence design systems. Rahul leads SanIOT, A Brigade REAP backed IoT startup increasing sanitation and safety.

Rahul Nayak

Expert - Machine Learning
AI And IoT

Jayshree is a Behavioural Coach, a Learning Facilitator and a HR expert. She is passionate to work with people individually and in groups to help them achieve clarity, build skills, be result focused, accountable and maximize their personal and professional potential. She has 15+ years of experience in building the organisation capability. Her previous assignments include Google, Future Group, Yum! (KFC) and Bain & Company.

Jayshree

Behavioral Coach

Jayanti has over two decades of experience with a multidisciplinary expertise in Science, Environmental Education, Indian Classical Music and integrating arts into academic education. An experienced teacher in private and NGO sector, she currently consultants on design, development, facilitation and quality aspects of education. She has consulted with Muktangan, Adhyayan, Catalysts for Social Action, People for Action, Learning Links Foundation, I am A Teacher, Government of UP and Odisha. Her expertise includes Leadership Training, Teacher Professional Development, Capacity Building, Curriculum Design, Content Development, School Transformation, Assessments and Subject Pedagogy.

Jayanti Nayak

Science Expert

Kusuma Trust UK is the founding donor for Transform Schools

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