Ramesh Srinivasan, President
Ramesh served on the Akanksha Foundation board in India and joined the Fund upon moving to New York. He currently lives in New York and is a Director at McKinsey and Company. He continues to be involved in strategic planning for the Akanksha Foundation.
Sarah Roberts, Vice President
Sarah lived in Mumbai, India for four years in the 1980’s. When Shaheen Mistri, the daughter of family friends, founded the Akanksha Foundation in 1990, Sarah, in partnership with others in the U.S., organized the Akanksha Fund Inc. to raise support and awareness for Akanksha in the United States. Sarah has served on the board of the Fund since it was founded.
Brande Stellings, J.D., Secretary
Brande works to advance gender equity in corporate boardrooms globally as Senior Vice President, Advisory Services. Brande practiced law for 12 years prior to joining Catalyst. She serves on the board of Legal Momentum (the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund) and formerly served on the board of the New York Women’s Foundation.
Fally Malkani, Treasurer
Fally has been a supporter of Akanksha for many years. She graduated with a degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of Bombay and then went on to complete a two-year course in Design and Typography from the London College of Communication.
Vandana Goyal, CEO of The Akanksha Foundation
Vandana joined Akanksha in 2006, serving on the McKinsey team that developed the blueprint for Teach for India. Prior to her current role, she was Director of Akanksha’s School Project, which grew from the first school in 2007 to 16 schools in eight years.
Colette Haider is Associate General Counsel at the Ford Foundation, which she joined in 2006. Colette advises on a wide variety of legal issues relating to the Foundation’s governance, grant making, investment portfolio and global operations, particularly matters relating to the Foundation’s investment portfolio and to the grantmaking and operations of its offices in Asia. Prior to the Ford Foundation, Ms. Haider was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she specialized in investments work. She is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School and is admitted to the New York bar. Colette is the youngest of 11 children and grew up on a farm in rural Kansas. She currently lives in Westchester County with her husband Jawad and their three children.
Shankar is CEO of Viteos Fund Services and an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in building businesses with a global influence in the outsourcing industry. He founded Viteos in 2003, and his leadership led the company to become an international enterprise. Prior to Viteos, he served as President and CEO of Silverline Technologies.
Rona is a founder of Teach First, the UK’s adaptation of Teach for America, and Future Leaders in the UK. She was involved in the development of the international expansion of Teach for All. Rona was previously Chief Executive of the Academy Sponsors Trust. She consults on education issues and serves on multiple boards.
Prakash is Chief Investment Officer of the Private Equity Group, based in New York, and chairs each of its Investment Committees. Prior to joining Blackstone in 2003, Prakash was with the management buyout group at The First Boston Corporation and with N.M. Rothschild & Sons in Hong Kong and London. Prakash received a First Class Honors degree in Economics from Cambridge University, England, and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar and a Loeb Rhodes Fellow. Prakash sits on the Board of St. Bernard’s School in New York City and serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School, the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University, and the Board of Cambridge in America. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Vivek is a telecommunications networking industry veteran and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of high-technology leadership experience. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, is CEO of a startup company and serves as a Trustee of the Motivation for Excellence Initiative.
Punyashree (Punya) Viswanath Shah
Punya previously worked at Mitusi & Co., India where she was responsible for Trading and Business development. Subsequently, she worked for Bearing Point Inc. and PwC, focusing on Strategy and Risk management primarily for Financial Services clients. Punya has also served as a member of the executive committee of Carnegie Mellon’s Alumni Association Board for three years.