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

Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Rukmini Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and earned her PhD... 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.

Avinash Vazirani Chairman

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)... See Profile

Ravi Rajagopal Treasurer

Ravi Rajagopal is currently leading a portfolio career after retiring from Diageo plc where he held many senior roles for a long period of time. He is currently the Chairman of Fortis Healthcare, India’s second... See Profile

Ashok Vaswani

Ashok Vaswani is the Global Head of Consumer Banking and Payments at Barclays PLC, overseeing the execution of plans for the Group’s consumer banking, private banking and payments businesses, covering a transatlantic footprint. Prior to... See Profile

Alka Deol

A trained fashion designer, Alka spent the early part of her career in various roles in the fashion industry. The cause of underprivileged girl child development in India has been her key impetus.... 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

Sakate Khaitan

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

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

Sanjeev Dhuna

Sanjeev is a partner in A&O’s London office in the Leveraged Finance Group and leads the firm’s direct lending practice. He has advised on a broad range of LBO financings including cross-border direct lending transactions... 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

Saurav Chopra

Saurav Chopra is Co-founder and CEO of Perkbox, a leading global employee experience and wellbeing platform. Over the last 5 years Saurav has grown the Perkbox team to 200+ team members across UK, France and... See Profile

Sarah George Company Secretary

Sarah is a Derivatives and Financial Services lawyer working as Assistant General Counsel in Bank of America’s inhouse legal division, having started her career at Clifford Chance, London. She graduated from National Law School of... See Profile

Pratham UK Office

Vinati Sukhdev Executive Director

Vinati holds a Masters degree from the Delhi School of Economics and has had career as a journalist and advertising copywriter across India, Singapore and the UK. A keen observer of current... See Profile

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

Rashi Khera Marketing and Communications Associate

Rashi holds a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. During her undergraduate degree at the University of Delhi, she realised her yearning for development work as she headed... See Profile