Team

Pankaj Vinayak Sharma, Executive Director

Pankaj leads the Transform Initiative. 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.

Bindiya Nagpal, Director Programmes

Bindiya leads programmes at the Transform Initiative for improving teaching, learning and governance. She has expertise in improving girl’s education, libraries and language development in schools spanning in the poorest states of India over past 13 years.

Tanushree Narain Sharma, Director Operations

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

Neetu Sahu, Head of Quality Assurance and Impact

Neetu leads the quality assurance and the impact measurement at the Transform Initiative. She is an expert in use of data for evaluation and research with 15 years of experience.

Mahendra Dwivedi, Head of Partnerships and Replication

Mahendra has over 20 years of experience in teacher training, resource development for teachers, students and school governing bodies. He has supported State government in effective implementation of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for students.

Devahuti Choudhury, Head of Business Development

Devahuti has an experience of over 12 years in the development sector and has had the opportunity to work on different aspects of program management including direct operations, incubation and advisory services, policy analysis, social performance management, monitoring and evaluation, fund raising and more recently consumer research to support data driven program design/planning. With core expertise in financial services, her experience in operations and research provided the opportunity to work closely with low income households and gauge their behaviours that drive decision making and participation at different levels within their financial and social ecosystem. She has applied principles gleaned from such experiences in several development contexts such as health, nutrition, education finance, financial planning and gender responsive program design. Devahuti concluded her tenure with Grameen Foundation in May 2018 where she worked for five years and has been working as an independent consultant since then. Her previous tenures include IFC (World Bank Group), Intellecap and Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd.

Manmeet leads the gender integration of Transform Schools’ programmes

She is also a part of the fundraising team and manages the social media outreach of the organisation. A development professional with expertise in gender sensitive planning and qualitative research in health and education programmes, she completed her Masters in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), UK in September 2018. She holds a Bachelors in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (2017).

Sunisha Ahuja, Chair of The Transform Trust

Sunisha is an education leader and a policy expert with focus on education quality, guarantee and innovation. She is a leading expert on early childhood development, which is her current focus at UNICEF, India. Sunisha has over thirty years of experience spanning Government of India and non-government organisations such as Mobile Crèches, CARE and Room to Read. She is a fellow of the Aspen Institute, Colorado USA and has trained in leadership at Women Leaders of the World, Santa Clara University, California.

Dr. Sanjay Patra, President, People For Action

Sanjay is 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 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 was previously the Chief Executive of the Kusuma Trust. His earlier roles include Global Director of a maternal and child health initiative across Africa and Asia funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Regional Director for Asia with Save the Children, Executive Director of Doctors of the World USA in New York and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, Director of International Programmes at International Family Health in London and Country Director with Project HOPE in Russia. Balwant is a physician with an MBA.

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.

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.