Akanksha Education Fund

Join the Aspire Circle

The Akanksha Education Fund offers donors in the U.S. a chance to become more deeply involved in our work both through strategy and support through the Aspire Circle. Aspire Circle members participate in strategic conversations with Akanksha’s leadership and receive regular updates on developments at Akanksha. These donors are our most dedicated supporters and advocate for Akanksha with their friends, networks and communities. Over the next three years, the Aspire Circle will help us raise over $2 million for Akanksha. These networks of like-minded investors are vital in building our capacity to give over $6 million in funding for educational initiatives in India over the next three years.

Education has been a major leverage in my life and my goal is to give the same leverage to a few students. Akanksha’s commitment to providing leading-edge education opportunities to underprivileged communities is what drew me to them. Our goals are aligned and I have been very impressed with every point of contact with Akanksha.

Aspire Circle members


  • Archit Gupta



  • Nathalie and Leo Joseph
  • Shibani Sanan
  • Srividya Prakash and Anirudh Samsi
  • Tanzeel Kadiani and Misha Taherbhai
  • Tejal and Himanshu Chokshi
  • Vandana and Sanjay Sathe



  • Baiju and Sephali Thakkar
  • Paul and Teresa Spiegelman
  • Priya and Shyam Venkat
  • Pulkeshi and Sharmila Jape
  • Raja Malkani 
  • Reena Batra
  • Seema Bhushan and Prashant Ranade
  • Seema Deshpande and Gaurang Shah
  • Sejal and Hemang Desai


United Kingdom

  • Sunita and Shankar Iyer
  • Vani Manja and Russ Ewing

New Jersey

  • Ana and Ankoor Shah
  • Anjum Khan and Sajjad Ladiwala
  • Kate Shoemaker and Anand Srinivasan
  • Pranay Jain and Kuhuk Sharma
  • Ruyintan Mehta
  • Vipul Shingde and Pallavi Bhise
  • Anonymous donors


New York

  • Anitha Srinivasan and Amir Mirza
  • Anjali and Prakash Melwani
  • Asmita and Arun Bhatia
  • Bharti Malkani and Vijay Jayant
  • Brande and David Stellings
  • Charuta Joshi and Ramesh Srinivasan
  • Colette and Jawad Haider
  • Fally and Vikram Malkani
  • Lorie and David Broser
  • Medha Vedaprakash and Milind Mehere
  • Monica and Vishal Sheth
  • Nymrata Advani and Yunus Bickici
  • Priya and Gaurav Hariani
  • Shikha and Girish Bhakoo
  • Sunayna Jain and Sachin Jindal

For more information about our sustained giving programs, please click here or contact Sejal Desai.