Sunisha Ahuja Team

Who are we

Leadership Team

Pankaj Vinayak Sharma, Executive Director

Pankaj leads the Transform Schools. He is focused on developing education programmes for the poor that work at scale. He has worked for two decades on issues of education, health, HIV/AIDS, migration, rights and humanitarian assistance in India.

Tanushree Narain Sharma, Director - Operations

Tanushree leads the operations at the Transform Schools and has spent the past decade ensuring that Human Resources, Administration & Information Technology enable delivery of high quality programmes at scale.

Shraddha Jha, Deputy Director – Programmes

Shraddha leads the delivery of Transform School’s education improvement programmes in Odisha and disseminate its learning in States of Chhattisgarh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh. She has nearly 13 years of multi-country management and consulting experience in Education and Financial Inclusion in Asia, Africa and Europe.

Neetu Sahu, Deputy Director Quality Assurance And Impact

Neetu leads the Quality Assurance, Impact Measurement and Tech integration at the Transform Schools. She is an expert in designing measurement framework and data instruments for monitoring, evaluation and research with 20 years of experience. She is adept at analysing and interpreting data to make informed decisions aligned to organizational strategy and programme goals. She has coding proficiency and is also spearheading the integration of technology in programme delivery at Transform Schools to enhance and support the teaching and learning environment.

Manmeet Kaur, Deputy Director - Business Development and Partnerships

Manmeet leads the Business Development and Partnerships function. She believes in the power of respectful, honest collaboration for long term change. She is the chief architect of our Transform PARity programmes, and leads the gender mainstreaming approach. Her alma maters are Lady Shri Ram College for Women, and Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.

Pankaja Balaji, Chief of Staff

Pankaja manages cross cutting teams and programmes tasks. She also supports the delivery of the organisation’s strategy, facilitating concerted action on focus areas and nudging inter-connected parts to work effectively and efficiently.

Antony CJ, Communications Officer

Antony leads communications and brand strategy at the Transform Schools using the art of multimedia storytelling, written content, and creative outputs.

Monika Bisht, Finance and Admin Lead

Monika leads finance and admin at the Transform Schools and has over five years of experience of managing many aspects of the financial operation of a business, including budgeting, payroll, and reporting.

Board and Advisors

Dr. Sanjay Patra, President, People For Action

Sanjay has a Masters in Commerce and a Chartered Accountant. A leading expert on voluntary and development Sector, Sanjay is the Executive Director, Financial Management Service Foundation (FMSF) since 1998. FMSF is a leading organisation for financial monitoring & capacity building in South Asia with expertise on governance, financial accountability, foreign contribution and income tax for not-for-profit sector. A preeminent authority, Sanjay is a widely published author and an adviser to Government of India on legal, financial and audit issues for Not-for-profit sector in India and he serves on boards of national and international groups.

Dr. Balwant Singh, Adviser

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. Earlier 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.

Rebecca Eastmond, Adviser

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.

SK Jain, Adviser

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.

Suresh Matthew, Adviser

Suresh Mathew is a broadcast media 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 received Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2010 from the President of India in the Film and Television category.

Deepta Chopra, Adviser

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).

RN Mohanty, Adviser

RN Mohanty is the CEO of Sightsavers 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.

Madhuri Narayanan, Adviser

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.

Rahul Nayak, Adviser - Machine learning AI and IoT

IIT Bombay 2007 batch, Rahul Co-Founded Samagra SmartLOO Platform, an IoT civic-tech platform that aims to facilitate sanitation governance at scale. Prior to that Rahul co-founded and lead Miracas, a cross border e-commerce firm bootstrapped to 3.5Cr revenue within 18 months. As a corporate citizen for 10 years, He worked with IBM semiconductor research and Cadence design systems as a product engineering manager. Rahul has a combined work experience of 15 years and 5 technology patents in his name. Currently, Rahul is leading SanIOT, A Brigade REAP backed IoT startup that automates toilet management in any physical infrastructure and helps the facilities management increase sanitation standards while cutting down on labor costs.

Impact Evaluation Group

Professor Anne Fitzpatrick

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 and ongoing research on topics including 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. She has conducted fieldwork in Ghana and Uganda. 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.

Professor Sabrin Beg

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.

Professor Jason Kerwin

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 Adrienne Lucas

Adrienne Lucas is an associate 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.

Khandker Wahedur Rahman

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.

Domain Experts

Lopa Gandhi

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. Lopa is the founding trustee with 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.

Science: Jayanti Nayak

Jayanthi has over two decades of experience with multidisciplinary background in Science, Environmental Education and Indian Classical Music. Having worked as a classroom teacher for many years in the private as well as NGO sector, she currently works as an educational consultant, largely in the development sector across India. She is particularly interested in integrating arts into academic education. Design, develop, facilitate, monitor and evaluate sessions/projects/ assessments across a diverse spectrum of educational aspects like Leadership Training, Teacher Professional Development, Capacity Building, Curriculum Design, Content Development, School Transformation, Assessments and Subject Pedagogy. 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.

Mathematics: Dilip Singh Tanwar

Dilip has over two decades of experience in education. He held technical positions at Digantar, Room to Read and Bharti Foundation. He led development of student competency frameworks, worked in EVS content for NCERT, Mathematics for Chhattisgarh Govt., Language textbooks for Bharti Foundation and developed teacher manuals and student workbooks for several NGOs and State governments. Dilip is an expert trainer and has designed and delivered trainings for government officers and teachers; He designed and delivered theory and practice course for Digantar, edited, published children literature and in academic journals.

Hindi: Ajay Gupta

Ajay has worked with CARE India, Digantar, Room to Read, Language Learning Foundation, Vidya Bhawan Society, Udaipur, Kusuma Foundation, UNICEF and Save the Children, Rajasthan in academic and consulting roles. He developed Hindi textbooks for Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh Govt. Ajay has developed early grade reading materials, teacher manuals and workbooks. He has delivered training on perspective and pedagogy of language for teachers, block, cluster resource center coordinators for programmes that work at scale.

English: Deblina Chandra Mitra

Deblina is an English educator. She has consulted with Bhoomi consulting, British Council, and was senior English instructor at the Inlingua International school of language. She has developed language development, teacher manuals and student workbooks for British Council, Sikkim and Chhattisgarh governments. Deblina is British council certified trainer and has trained their trainers and teachers in government and private schools.

Odia: Duryadhan Dash

Duryadhan has experience of more than 35 years as academician and administrator in Government education institutions. He has worked as teachers’ educator and principal in different District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) and Government B. Ed colleges. He has worked as District Education Officer (DEO) of Schools for more than 10 years. He has a strong hold and interest in content development and teachers training. He has been a member of the state curriculum design and review committee in Odisha. Presentations of numerous academic and educational institution administration papers in NCERT and various universities of India are in his credit. After retirement he has been closely involved with SCERT, SSA and various educational NGOs like Pratham, Language Learning Foundation and Primal Education Foundation. He is an MA, MPhil, LLB and PhD holder.

Supporters and donors

The Kusuma Trust UK

A philanthropic trust who give grants to causes, organisations and people that are making a positive difference to society. They choose partners based on shared values and mutual interests – creating access to opportunities, improving health and well-being, and investing in our communities and environment.

Greenwood Place

Greenwood Place does entrepreneurial philanthropy. They believe that it takes an entrepreneurial approach to tackle tough social and environmental problems, and they always look at philanthropy through this lens. They are building a community of entrepreneurial philanthropists.  They invest in their clients' own learning, and we create opportunities to connect with each other and with the experts that one needs to meet.


N/Core purpose is to “nudge top talent to solve for India’s biggest challenges”, with a core DNA of innovation, collaboration, speed, scale and sustainability. Their offerings to early stage start-ups are designed to provide hands on support to exceptionally driven entrepreneurs with a bold vision for change. They strongly believe that with a supportive ecosystem, the trickle of entrepreneurs choosing the development sector to be the arena for their work will turn into a stream and script India’s path out of extreme poverty.

Edelgive Foundation

EdelGive Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Edelweiss Group. Through the last decade, EdelGive, has primarily been a grant making organization, supporting small and mid-sized NGOs across the country. Additionally, it has become the connecting platform between grant makers/donors and credible NGOs across the country. Our endeavour is to build sustainable institutions and organizations that promote societal growth and innovation, and advances the common good by bringing the skills, resources and talents of the for-profit world to the not-for-profit world.


State Government


GiveIndia, an online donation platform, allows you to support a cause of your choice from the NGOs that have been evaluated for transparency and credibility. GiveIndia is India's largest and most trustworthy giving platform for donors. With contributions of over ₹450+ crore from 13 lakh donors and 150+ corporates, supporting 1250+ nonprofits and impacting 45 lakh lives across 23 states in India.

Financial Management Services Foundation

They have been involved in building capacities of Development Organisations in the areas of Governance, Financial Management and Legal Compliances.

Global Giving

GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting non-profits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. We help non-profits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place.


ideas42 has applied behavioral insights in more than 100 projects across 35 countries, helping people act on choices that affect their lives and communities. They use three main approaches to create social impact: Discover, Scale and Empower

India Donates is a web based platform providing intelligent solutions for NGOs in India to raise funds for development programs. It seeks to bridge the gap between the those desirous of changing people’s lives and credible NGOs who have a mission of bringing in such change.

Koshi and George, Chartered Accountants

Koshi and George provides good, honest professional services, always keeping the interests of the organisation at the forefront. The main lines of work that the firm is involved in Audit (mainly of charitable organizations, liaison offices of foreign companies, LLPs, firms and companies), Tax Audit, Service Tax, All work related to Income Tax matters, Advisory Services, Incorporation of companies, registration of trusts and societies and setting up of LLPs and firms


ShikshaLokam enables and amplifies leadership development opportunities for individuals and institutions engaged in K-12 education systems. As a platform for education leadership, ShikshaLokam offers open-source technology capabilities and resources to a variety of ecosystem players, including Individuals, NGOs, and Government. ShikshaLokam aims to do so in ways that support education leadership development at a large scale with high impact.


SoundingBoard enables organisation to become aware of their people/business issues by empathic listening, skill building through sustainable and applicable learning interventions, challenging them by throwing new perspectives and finally guiding them to solve the problem at hand. They blend coaching and facilitation techniques to help organisation in their learning and development journey.

Strategic Alliance Management Services (SAMS)

Strategic Alliance Management Services is a general management consultancy, exclusively focused on servicing the needs of the health and development sectors in India. SAMS today has three principal practice areas viz. HR Consulting, Payroll Outsourcing and Drug Inventory Management & Logistics Consulting.