Ramesh also serves 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 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.
Bharti Malkani earned her BA at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for many years in the field of Investor Relations where she represented small-cap, publicly-traded technology companies to the investing community. She then left the corporate world and ventured out on her own founding a wholesale jewelry company and, after selling that, to running a learning center for preschool and elementary schoolchildren in New York City. She serves on the Host Committee of Opening Act, an organization that provides after-school theater arts programming to underserved New York City public high schools and is a member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women. Bharti has been a member of Akanksha Fund’s Host Committee for the past two years and resides in New York City with her husband, Vijay Jayant, and two children, Arjun and Ajay.
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 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 Special Counsel for Philanthropic Ventures at Hillspire, LLC. Prior to that Colette was a Senior 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, grantmaking, 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.
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.
Medha Vedaprakash is currently Head of Global News partnerships at Google. Previously, Medha worked at the private equity firm, McAndrews & Forbes where she advised portfolio companies on their digital transformation and innovation strategies. Prior to that, she was a venture capitalist for several years and held several board member roles at high growth technology startups. She is a passionate supporter of women entrepreneurs and is an angel investor in several women-founded and led companies. Medha is a deep believer in the power of education to change lives and has been a supporter of Akanksha for the past 4 years.
Mr. Rolfe was a Partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP from 1977 to his retirement on December 31, 2010. His practice was broad-based, including major antitrust and securities litigation, SEC, NYSE, NASDAQ, and grand jury investigations. He was also active in major merger and acquisitions and corporate governance advice.
Ron serves on the Board of Directors of CloudLex, Inc., Berry Global Group, Inc., and Advanced Assessment Systems, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of Noranda Aluminum, Reynolds American, Inc., and Time Inc. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Lexvia, Inc. and Space Time Insight, Inc. His civic activities include serving on the Board of Trustees of The Allen-Stevenson School, including as President. He is now President Emeritus. He served on the Board of Trustees of The Lawrenceville School and is now a Trustee Emeritus. He serves on the Board of De La Salle Academy. Mr. Rolfe received an AB cum laude from Harvard College in 1966 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia Law School in 1969, where he was an Editor of the Law Review.
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.
Kate Shoemaker is currently the VP of Public Policy and University Partnerships Strategy for Braven, a non-profit that focuses on the college to career transition for first-generation and low-income college students. She has also served as Chief Operating Officer at the South Ward Children’s Alliance in Newark, and for 16 years she led public policy and special projects for Geoffrey Canada at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ). A highlight of her tenure at the HCZ, was advising the Obama Administration and others on the federal Promise Neighborhoods program, which was inspired by HCZ. She and her husband Anand live in Short Hills, NJ with their two children.
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.
RSVP for our 2020 virtual gathering and campaign and make a donation at akankshafund.org/together/. You will have a chance to hear from our amazing students and alumni, to learn about our COVID-19 relief efforts, and to support the dreams of our 10,000 students during this uncertain time. Please reach out to us at email@example.com for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
2020 Virtual Event Help keep our 21 schools open during and beyond the pandemic. Support Akanksha in two easy steps: 1. RSVP to save your spot at our virtual gathering 2. Donate to support the campaig...
A week full of positivity, enthusiasm, joy and most importantly learning.
We have been flooded by heartening messages and images of how our teachers welcomed our students on the first day of school. This week was special and transformative as we kick-started our effort to make #HarGharEkSchool.
Akanksha's 2020 Host Committee has reimagined our annual Gala! We invite you to join us for a virtual gathering on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.. This is in lieu of our in-person event scheduled for October 2020.
This year our students are faced with unimaginable challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our schools face the possibility of having to shut down due to the resulting economic downturn. Our virtual gathering on July 23rd is a call to action. But more importantly, it is an an occasion to hear from and be inspired by our students, teachers, supporters and leadership.
Thank you to our Host Committee: Nymrata and Yunus Bickici Lorie and David Broser Priya and Gaurav Hariani Shauna Hinduja Sunayna Jain and Sachin Jindal Karishma and Abhay Javeri Seema and Raj Shah ... See MoreSee Less
"By providing a high quality education to children in marginalized communities, #MyAkanksha aims to remedy the inequities created by the lottery of birth." - Bharti Malkani, Akanksha Education Fund Board Secretary
Bharti is pictured below at the UN headquarters with Akanksha alum Pragati Raskar, during Pragati's visit to NYC in December 2019. Pragati is studying for her Bachelor's degree on full scholarship at the University of Rochester.
Please visit our website if you'd like to learn more about our work, read about our COVID-19 response and make a donation towards the #MyAkanksha campaign: www.akankshafund.org.
The Akanksha FoundationWe are #BackToSchool today!
Our students are ready and excited to join school right from their homes because at Akanksha, #HarGharEKSchool is the new normal.
What is special about today is that our students have logged in for their classes with their parents who are not only our partners but are also our co-educators for the students.
We at Akanksha have always integrated technology to enhance the learning experience of our students. In these testing times, our past experiences and expertise in engaging our students through technology will allow us to facilitate comprehensive and blended learning for all our students. ... See MoreSee Less