J. V. Shankar Narayan
Head, Operations & Community Initiatives
Shankar holds a Masters Degree in Kannada and started his career as a college lecturer. He later moved to the development sector. He has worked with Action Aid Karnataka Projects and is the founder of Social Initiative for Rural Empowerment, NGO in Yadgiri, Karnataka.
Head, Research & Resource & Evaluation
Vaijayanti heads the Resource and Research group in the Foundation. A trained economist, she holds an M.Phil in Applied Economics from the Centre for Development Studies, JNU. She has worked in the health sector and decentralisation prior to venturing into the education field. In education she has extensively worked on issues ranging from Early Childhood education to School education in the Indian context. Most of the research works have been evidence based policy research in education sector. She also heads ASER- Karnataka since 2009. She has been a member of several committees set up by the Government of Karnataka on Elementary education, Human Development and ECCE. Vaijayanti has also anchored the preparation of NCF for ECCE- Karnataka.
Consultant,Communications & Strategic Partnerships
Shuaiba is responsible for developing communication channels, campaigns and media content. She has been with Akshara since 2006. She manages the content creation and updation of the the Akshara website and is also responsible for the development, design and publication of Akshara’s Annual Report and other outreach reports. Prior to this Shuaiba was a fund raiser for Akshara and is now also a part of the Strategic Partnerships team. She has an MBA in International Business from Australia.
Head - Math Programme
Nagraj has a master's degree in computer science from Mangalore university. His prior experience in the IT sector led him to work with multiple US based startups where he helped them setup their India centers. He has also been an entrepreneur in the F&B and clean technologies sector. He has always been keen to work in the social space, and even as part of the corporate world, he involved in multiple CSR initiatives. After spending over 2 decades in the corporate sector, consulting and heading product organizations, he finally decided to contribute full time to the social development segment, and joined Akshara. Nagraj currently heads the math resource team at Akshara, and is responsible for its flagship program Ganita Kalika Andolana.
Chief Finance & Administrative Officer
Sridharha is a retired bank officer and brings with him 27 years of rich banking experience. He holds B.Com, LLB and CAIIB degrees.
Coordinator, Donor Relations
Asha has an Engineering degree in Information Science and has worked in the IT sector for 5 years before moving to Akshara Foundation as part of the Fund Raising team. She also co-ordinates the volunteering activities at Akshara.
Angelina holds a Bachelors degree along with a D Ed and JOC degrees. She has rich experience in teaching both as a pre-school and a primary school teacher. She has also been a headmistress for 6 years. Angelina manages Akshara’s programmes in Kustagi and Mundargi.
Lakshmi Mohan has been with Akshara Foundation for nine years, documenting programmes, doing monthly reports and reviews and writing on the many facets of the organisation’s work. She used to be a freelance journalist.
Consultant - Pre School Programme
Gayatri Kiran is an Alumni of Delhi University and has completed her Doctorate in Psychology from Bangalore University. She is an Independent Consultant based in Bangalore and is the Founder of Samyukta Child Development Consultancy. Her Doctoral study was on methods of pre-school education and their impact on cognitive and social development. She has 20 years of experience in the area of ECCE and special needs. She has been working as a Consultant Psychologist for ECCE and Special Needs with schools and NGOs, and this work has focused on Program planning, implementation, training, and support. She has published several articles and newsletter issues for preschool teachers. Currently she is working as a Consultant for Akshara Foundation and Brindavan Education Trust.
Social Media Coordinator
After spending many years in the creative corners of the advertising world, Sushmita moved to Akshara to build our community on social media. What started off as plans for an architect in the making, ended up with a Masters Degree in Communication.