Jyoti Thyagarajan

Jyoti taught Math and Physics, on both sides of the Arabian Sea for the better part of 40 years. She started teaching in Lusaka, Zambia before she moved to Liverpool to do a second and third Masters in High Energy Physics and Education. After a few more years in India, teaching at Mallya Aditi International School and at Stonehill International School, she founded Meghshala Trust. Today, she is involved with a dizzying number of initiatives in a mind-numbing number of other NGOs


Manoj Kumar

Manoj is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor based in Bangalore.
He conceived and co-founded Social Alpha to empower the innovators and entrepreneurs who are on a mission to create value for the poor, underserved and marginalized communities.

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Dr. Mukund Thattai  

Dr. Mukund Thattai obtained a B.A. in physics from Cornell University in 1999, and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Since 2004 he has been on the faculty at the National Centre for Biological Sciences. Dr. Thattai is deeply involved in public engagement efforts and art/science collaborations, working with conceptual artists and theatre practitioners to explore the practice of biology and its impact on society.


Shashi Nair

Shashi has over 31 years of experience covering areas such as design, research and product development, operations audit, instructional design, people development and institution building. He has worked in the area of education leadership and management in government education systems, where he was responsible for setting up and leading a team, and networking with partners, to create and implement strategies for large scale development of leadership and management  capabilities of education functionaries in Karnataka.



Maya Chandrasekaran

Maya Chandrasekaran has 15 years of experience across  impact, technology, investment and financial services start ups.  She is the co-founder of the Women in Investing group and advisor to a number of young organisations in Education, Skills and Livelihoods. Maya is a published author of both children's and adults fiction. She is passionate about creating deep impact in a big way and has  always thought that teachers are superheros - her mother is one, after all.


Sujata Rao

Sujata started her career as a management professional working with corporate organizations in India and overseas. She then moved into the area of vocational education and training wherein she focused on structuring educational opportunities for disadvantaged communities such as migrant groups and indigenous populations. She is especially good at helping companies on a change management re-structuring.



Jay Warrior

Jay Warrior has over twenty years of experience at the intersection of academics, technology and business creating new high technology based, business opportunities for Agilent Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Emerson, Fisher-Rosemount, and Honeywell in the US & in Asia.


Dr. Prea Gulati

Dr. Prea Gulati

Dr. Prea Gulati is an internationally recognized expert in public health. She has keynoted in conferences, and taught on urban health, all over the world. She was until recently a Professor of Public Health at George Washington University; and is a Visiting Professor at BRAC University. Dr. Gulati has led projects for various UN organizations and diverse Non Governmental Agencies, for the last fifteen years, in countries such as Afghanistan, Mexico, Ghana, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, China and Kenya.





Dr. Joan Huntley

Dr. Joan Huntley obtained her Ph.D. in Instructional Design from the University of Iowa. For over 20 years she served as an Associate Research Scientist leading a research and development team that focussed on digital learning. She has taught IB Design and Technology in India, the U.S. and online since 2008. 




Sandipan Chttopadhyay 

Sandipan, after a long stint and huge profit-making organisations like Just Dial, has started work with social entrepreneurship.

CG Venkatesh

Armed with a Masters from IIT Madras, Venkatesh moved to University of Chicago to work for his PhD. Along the way, he also earned a Masters in Mathematics from Northeastern University in Boston. He was a Postdoc Fellow at Syracuse University before he moved to Recife in Brasil. Venkatesh's teaching experience is almost all along the East Coast of the Americas. This included a teaching Postdoctoral Fellow at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, U.S.A. He currently teaches Mathematics at Bedford High School, Bedford, MA. and is also Adjunct faculty, Mathematics Department, University of Massachusetts. Lowell, MA. USA.