Dr. Ruchi Mehta is the Board Chair of Teach For India U.S. She also serves on the Executive board of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, and is the Trustee Chair of the Budget, Audit and Investment committee. Ruchi is a former Managing Director and Partner of Lone Pine Capital where she led healthcare investments. She obtained her undergraduate from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, her Masters from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and her Doctorate in Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Ruchi has been actively involved at her children’s school, assuming various leadership roles in the Parents Association, the Council and the Annual Fund.
Amar serves as Executive Director of Teach For America Indianapolis. In this role he sets organizational vision and direction, cultivates resources, influences education policy, and supports the impact of the TFA network on Indiana students in pursuit of educational excellence and equity for all kids. He began his career in education as a Teach For America corps member where he taught high school chemistry, biology, and coached baseball at Wells Academy High School in Chicago. He is a former member of the TFA Chicago-Northwest Indiana team, including as Head of Development. Amar is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in biomedical engineering. Raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, the son of Indian immigrants and first-generation American K-12 public schools graduate, he recognizes the transformative and multi-generational impact education can offer. Amar has a purpose to see to it that every child, regardless of background, has access to an excellent education – one that enables them to fulfill their potential and shape a better world for themselves and all of us.
Ajay Gupta is Senior Partner Emeritus at McKinsey & Company. He brings 30 years of global experience and judgment across multiple healthcare segments having led McKinsey Midwest Healthcare and Medical Products. He served a wide variety of clients on topics of strategy, M&A, commercial excellence, organization design and performance improvement. Ajay serves on the boards of Healthium Medtech, BJC Healthcare, Vizient Inc, OnPoint Surgical, VIC Technology Ventures, RAND Health Advisory, Innovaccer Advisory Council, and is an advisor to several healthcare companies. Previously Ajay spent 5 years at Schlumberger Wireline in Asia and Europe. He earned an MBA from Stanford University where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a B.Tech from IIT Delhi where he was awarded the President’s Gold Medal.
Alka Thukral graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington. She worked in the architectural field for several years, followed by a shift in careers into the technology space for proprietary banking software at UBS. Alka is also an active board member for Streets International, a culinary and hospitality based education organization for disadvantaged and vulnerable youth living in poverty in Vietnam. For the last 10 years, Alka has been active in her children’s school. She lives in Greenwich, CT and is married to Nikhil and has three children - Yana, Renna and Soren.
Aneesh is currently the Chief Executive Officer at One Million Degrees (OMD), an organization that accelerates community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility. Aneesh is the child of immigrants and was compelled to begin his career in education because of the meaningful role access to educational opportunity played in his family’s life. He started as a high school English teacher. It was his experience working with his students that brought to life for Aneesh the limitless potential of students and the need to ensure all students had access to opportunities to meet their potential. Since leaving the classroom, Aneesh worked in the public and non-profit sector supporting education reform efforts at a city and state level. This includes his time at the Tennessee Department of Education where he played a major role in the design and implementation of the states’ transformative teacher evaluation system, and at TNTP (formerly The New Teacher Project), where he supported human capital and academic reform efforts in Camden, NJ and Boston, MA. Most recently, Aneesh served as the Executive Director for Teach For America in Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana for nearly six years. Aneesh was previously named to Forbes 30 under 30 for education, is a 2019 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a member of The Economic Club of Chicago.
Charag is the Teach for India U.S. Alumni Council Chair, and member of the founding cohort of Teach for India in 2009. Teaching 51 kids in Grades 2 and 3 at a municipal school in Pune, India taught him invaluable life lessons over his two years at TFI. Currently a Partner at McKinsey & Company, Charag collaborates with a range of universities on topics of financial sustainability, operations, M&A and analytics. He led his team to set up Generation India, a non-profit founded by McKinsey, focused on supporting youth employment, and has also served as a UNICEF Innovation Fellow. Charag received his MBA from Kellogg Business School and a Bachelor of Technology from National Institute of Technology, Bhopal. He is a recipient of the prestigious Young Impact, Tata, Mahindra and National Talent Search scholarships.
Mallika is passionate about education and has been funding and advising education organizations for the last 10 years. She currently works with Compro, an education technology company that builds online courseware for higher-educational institutes, corporates and education publishers. Before joining Compro, Mallika worked at Omidyar Network, an impact investment firm, where she led the education portfolio in India. Prior to Omidyar Network, Mallika worked in the US as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Broadview and, most recently, with Citigroup. She has been on a number of education company and non-profit Boards previously, including Aspiring Minds, EnglishHelper, and Dasra. Mallika is also a Board Advisor to 3.2.1 Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that was founded by a Teach for India alumni. Mallika has a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Smith College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ravi works at the software company Intuit in corporate development. He has over 10 years of experience at the intersection of technology and finance, including working in corporate development and strategic finance at Credit Karma, business operations at LinkedIn, and investment banking at Goldman Sachs. He also serves as the treasurer of the board for Animal Charity Evaluators, and has previously served on the board of Philadelphia's largest homeless shelter network, the Bethesda Project. He earned an MBA with Honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with High Honors in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University.
Riddhima is a Sustainability Specialist with a decade of experience advising on clean energy policy and programs, developing solar projects, as well as financing and structuring infrastructure projects globally. She holds a BA in Law, Economics and Natural Resource Management from the University of Cambridge as well as an MA in International Policy from Stanford University. Riddhima strongly believes in the transformative power of a quality education. She has a unique connection to our mission, having volunteered in an under-resourced classroom as part of the Akanksha Foundation and Save the Children India during her high school years in Mumbai.
Vikas Keswani is the Finance Chair of the Teach For India U.S. board. Vikas is also a Managing Director and member of various illiquid Investment Committees at HPS Investment Partners, a leading global investment firm with more than $60 billion of assets under management. Prior to joining HPS in 2010, he spent a majority of his career at BlackRock, where he was a part of the initial team that established, structured and capitalized BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation (NASDAQ: BKCC), a publicly traded private investment vehicle. Vikas is a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He feels passionately about expanding the educational opportunity set for those less fortunate.
Sharmistha (Shar) Dubey most recently served as the CEO of Match Group from 2020-2022 overseeing a portfolio of brands like Tinder and Hinge and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Before serving as CEO of Match Group, Dubey held several executive leadership roles including President of Match Group, Chief Operating Officer of Tinder, President of Americas at Match Group, Chief Product Officer of the Princeton Review and Tutor.com, and Chief Product Officer at Match.com, and Chemistry.com. Shar has been the recipient of Tech Leader of the Year for Vogue’s “Women of The Year” awards and in 2021, she was named one of Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women in Business”. Shar currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Match Group, Fortive, Naspers, Prosus and MyFitnessPal. Shar holds an MS degree from the Ohio State University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. Shar is a big believer in education’s role in elevating people’s lives and communities and is particularly passionate about creating a systemic impact to enable more access to women and girls in STEM fields.
Shaheen grew up in 5 countries around the world, and returned to India when she was 18 to start Akanksha. For 17 years, she worked with teachers and students, building Akanksha to provide children from low-income communities the kind of education that would maximize their greatest potential. Today, Akanksha serves 9300 children through their School Project and after-school centres in Mumbai and Pune. In 2008, Shaheen founded Teach For India, with an audacious vision of providing an excellent education to all children across India through building a pipeline of leaders committed to ending educational inequity in India. Today, Teach For India directly impacts approximately 28,000 children across seven regions in India. Shaheen has also created projects like the Kid's Education Revolution, which explores student leadership and platforms for student voice and partnership, and TFIx, which is a year-long incubator program for passionate entrepreneurs who are willing to adapt Teach For India’s model to their context in rural areas. Shaheen currently serves on the boards of Akanksha Foundation. Shaheen has been an Ashoka Fellow, a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum, and an Asia Society 21 Leader. She is the author of the book, Redrawing India and the Miss Muglee Children’s Books. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Manchester.
Kirti Reddy is an alumna of the London School of Economics where she earned a degree in Mathematics and Economics. Kirti has dedicated the past several years to steering the success of Cedar Ridge Ventures, where she serves as Founder and Managing Partner. Before founding Cedar Ridge Ventures, Kirti worked in investment banking at Deutsche Bank and UBS. Kirti is a passionate philanthropist, serving on the boards of The Pingry School, The Rotary Club, Community In Crisis and Mantra4Change US. She has also served as Co-Chair at various Indian community-based conventions in the U.S. Kirti's passion for creating positive change is also furthered by her family foundation, The Kirti and Prashanth Reddy Charitable Trust, where Kirti serves as Managing Trustee.
Ramesh Srinivasan is an invited guest to the Teach For India U.S. Board, and a Board Member of Teach For India. He is also a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, and an established leader in Pharmaceutical and Organization practices. He is a Dean of the Bower Forum, McKinsey's program for CEO learning. Ramesh has extensive experience working on a broad range of strategy and organizational topics across healthcare, private equity, high-tech, banking and industrial sectors. His illustrious portfolio has seen him serve various companies on topics related to operations, marketing and research and development. These projects include merger management, organization design, leadership development, and transformational change.
Vipul Khanna is the CEO of Firstsource Solutions, a leading, publicly listed, Business Process Management company. Vipul has had the privilege of building businesses from ground-up and established himself as a global BPM expert. He successfully led Cognizant’s Digital Operations start-up practice into a $2bn business, was the founding CEO of UBS’s Internal Service Company focused on research, capital market operations & IT; been a founder member of eFunds’s (now Fidelity National) BPO business and been an early member of American Express’s pioneering Global Shared Services program. At Firstsource, he reset the strategic and operational vision to be a purposeful company focused on Banking & Financial Services, Healthcare and CMT industries, offering contemporary solutions propelled by its Digital First Digital Now philosophy. With a sharp focus on clients and its people, Firstsource has built a strong momentum of profitable growth while steadily climbing up the industry rankings for the depth and sophistication of its solutions, commercial innovation, and its quality of talent. With a strong penchant for bringing communities of people together, Vipul has been the founding board member of United Way of Hyderabad. Vipul also serves as the chairman of NASSCOM’s BPM Council and as board member of the Bay Area Chapter of Young Presidents' Organization. Vipul is a Chartered Accountant, and a Cost and Management Accountant. He currently splits his time in the Bay Area and Tri-state area to be close to his children. He enjoys hiking, getting there on skiing, meeting new people, and having meaningful conversations. Vipul deeply believes in the power of education in building the future leaders of India.
Dimple Bangalore is the Executive Director of Teach For India U.S. (TFI US) since October 2022. Dimple has the long-term vision to build strong and long-lasting organizational systems and partnerships, and empower Teach For India (TFI) with resources to create systemic educational transformation through collective leadership. Growing up in a single-parent home and studying at an under-resourced school in India, cemented Dimple's passion for educational equity early on. Dimple believes that every child, regardless of their background, deserves an excellent education that will transform their lives. Dimple began her career in the founding admissions and outreach team at Ashoka University, India. She has an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has worked in the New York City Department of Education, United Nations Global Compact, and a charter school. Dimple joins TFI US after four years in Teach For America (TFA) Ohio, including two years as the Head of Development. She believes that a strong strategic direction, excellent relationship management with stakeholders, and thorough internal planning were the keys to success for her TFA team, and is eager to lead TFI US from startup to growth phase.