Leadership

Leading with vision and commitment

Pratham UK is a volunteer-driven charity, set up in 2003 to raise awareness and funds for Pratham's ground-breaking work in the field of education in India. The idea to set up a UK-based charity came from Dr Viral Acharya who was a professor at London Business School at the time. Initial board members included Lakshmi Mittal and members of the Hinduja family. Since then, it has grown from strength to strength and is now one of the leading Indian children's charities in the UK.

Our events and activities engage the local South Asian diaspora and foster relationships with corporate and institutional partners. Our leaders are available for comment on Pratham's programmes and global impact. Please contact us at office@pratham.org.uk

Pratham India Leadership

A former faculty member at Mumbai University. A social worker and educationist. An economist. An activist. These are Pratham’s visionaries who have been with the organisation from the beginning and have dedicated themselves to improving the lives of India's children.

Dr. Rukmini Banerji Pratham CEO

Rukmini Banerji is the Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation. Rukmini Banerji was trained as an economist at St. Stephen’s College (Delhi) and the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford... See Profile

Farida Lambay Pratham Co-Founder

With 25 years of experience as an education and social activist, Farida Lambay co-founded Pratham in 1995 with Dr. Madhav Chavan. She heads the Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children and is also responsible for Pratham’s... See Profile

Dr. Madhav Chavan President and Co-Founder

After obtaining a PhD in chemistry from Ohio State University and serving on the faculty at the University of Houston, Dr. Madhav Chavan returned to India where he worked in the slums of Mumbai as... See Profile

Pratham UK - Board of Directors

Our board members hail from the upper echelons of a diverse range of industries and sectors within the UK. Their guidance and strategic decision-making—as well as their financial commitment—inspire us and help steer Pratham toward our goals.

Sakate Khaitan Chairman

Sakate is the founder and senior partner of Khaitan Legal Associates. He has extensive experience advising leading global and Indian business’ on M&A, JV’s, PE/VC investments, structured products, pre and post default restructuring, prepacks, schemes, insurance,... See Profile

Manisha Bharti Global Executive and Pratham USA CEO

Manisha Bharti will be bringing over 25 years of professional experience in global development when she joins us as the first CEO of Pratham USA and Global Executive in September 2021. A seasoned executive, Manisha... See Profile

Alpona Banerji

Alpona Banerji has 22 years of experience in the area of international finance and risk management working in multilateral organisations such as the World Bank Group in Washington DC, as well as at international financial... See Profile

Ashok Vaswani

Ashok Vaswani is a seasoned senior commercial and consumer banker with over 30 years of experience at Citigroup and Barclays. He sat on the Operating Committee at Citigroup and was a member of... See Profile

Avinash Vazirani

Avinash Vazirani joined Jupiter in 2007. He manages Indian equities funds (including a fund launched and managed by Avinash since July 1995). Prior to joining Jupiter, Avinash was CIO (South Asia and Africa) of BNP Paribas Asset... See Profile

Charu Sarma

Mrs. Sarma is a trained Epidemiological Scientist having done extensive Infectious Diseases field work and research in India prior to her graduate studies in the USA. She was Senior Research Epidemiologist with the Stanford Hospital... See Profile

Dixit Joshi

Dixit Joshi is the Group Treasurer of Deutsche Bank AG based in London. Prior to this, he was Head of the Debt Institutional Client Group and Listed Derivatives and Markets Clearing from November... See Profile

Karthic Jayaraman

Karthic Jayaraman is Partner and co-head of Global Healthcare for TPG Capital based in their London office. Prior to this he was at The Carlyle Group, as co-head of Carlyle Global Partners. Prior to a... See Profile

Kalpesh Solanki

Kalpesh Ramniklal Solanki is Group Managing Editor of Asian Media Group which publishes a stable of market leading B2B and consumer titles in print and digital reaching several million readers each month including Eastern Eye,... See Profile

Sam Tully

Sam is a senior investment banker who grew up and later worked in India. After graduating from Cambridge, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse. Subsequently he worked at Jardine Fleming, JP Morgan,... See Profile

Suresh Kanwar

Suresh Kanwar is a Partner in Deloitte Consulting, leading the U.K. Capital Markets Consulting Practice and overseeing complex business transformation underpinned by technology and workforce-reengineering in this sector. Throughout his 22 years in consulting, he has... See Profile

Shailesh Solanki

Shailesh is executive editor of Asian Media Group, Britain’s biggest Asian publishing house. Established in 1968, the group publishes a stable of market leading consumer and business titles which include Garavi Gujarat and Eastern Eye... See Profile

Sunayna Sethi

Sunayna is the head of strategic communications for the UK government’s research and innovation agency, UKRI. She is adept at securing impact through communication and positioning strategies and has extensive experience in integrated... See Profile

Pratham UK Office

Nick Sankey Director of Fundraising

Nick’s interest in education, and in India, stemmed from six months volunteering at a school in Kalimpong, West Bengal, during his gap year. He later studied a Masters degree in Education for International Development and... See Profile

Deepti Tamhane Development Manager

Deepti originally trained as a Chartered Accountant in India. She has worked with Investment banking for a few years and then moved to Business Development for a few years. Just before her family moved to... See Profile