Pratham has helped the education of 35 million children in India

Pratham is India’s largest education NGO, seeking to improve the quality of education and learning levels across India. Set up in 1994 in conjunction with UNICEF, Pratham has helped more than 35 million children to date through programmes focussed on improving reading levels, encouraging young women to continue their education and providing vocation skills to young adults.

Pratham UK is Pratham’s fundraising and awareness raising arm in the UK. We support Pratham’s work on the ground through our events, programmes for young professionals and corporate and institutional partnerships. Established in the UK in 2003, we have raised over £5 million, impacting the lives of more than 35 million children.

We invite you to join us in our mission.

Farida Lambay

With 25 years of experience as an education and social activist, Farida Lambay co-founded Pratham in 1995 with Dr. Madhav Chavan. She heads Read More

Madhav Chavan

After obtaining a PhD in chemistry from Ohio State University and serving on the faculty at the University of Houston, Dr. Madhav Chavan Read More

Rukmini Banerji

Trained as an economist in India, Dr. Rukmini Banerji completed her BA at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. Read More

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 Read More

Adarsh Sarma

Adarsh Sarma is a Managing Director at Warburg Pincus and focuses on investing in education, financial technology and business services sectors. Mr. Sarma Read More

Alka Deol

A trained fashion designer, Alka spent early part of her career in various roles in the fashion industry. The cause of underprivileged girl Read More

Ashok Vaswani

Ashok Vaswani is the CEO for Barclays Bank UK, covering Retail Banking, Wealth, Business Banking and Barclaycard UK. Ashok joined Barclays in 2010, Read More

Dixit Joshi

Dixit Joshi is Global Head of Prime Finance at Deutsche Bank. Prior to this, from 2011, he was Head of Equities for Asia Read More

Karthic Jayaraman

Karthic Jayaraman is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group advising on investment opportunities in Europe for Carlyle Global Partners. He is based Read More

Rajeev Sibal

Dr D Rajeev Sibal is the Global Economist at Och-Ziff, where he has worked since July 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Rajeev Read More

Ravi Rajagopal

Mr. Ravi Rajagopal served as Managing Director of DIAGEO India Pvt Ltd. since May 2005. Mr. Rajagopal served as the Global Head of Read More

Ritu Kapoor

Having spent her formative years in India, Ritu relocated to the UK in 1997. She has held a variety of roles across industries Read More

Roy Martins

Roy was the Head of Prime Services Europe at Credit Suisse from 2007 to 2014. Prior to that he was at Morgan Stanley Read More

Sanjeev Dhuna

Sanjeev Dhuna is a partner in Allen & Overy’s London Banking department. Sanjeev qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1997, Read More

Sakate Khaitan

Sakate Khaitan, a senior partner of Khaitan Legal Associates, heads it’s corporate and insurance practice. He has extensive experience working with Indian and Read More

Vinati Sukhdev: Executive Director

Vinati Sukhdev holds a Masters degree from the Delhi School of Economics. She has worked as a journalist with leading newspapers and magazines Read More


Ryan D’Souza
Ryan has practised as a Barrister and Solicitor-Advocate for the past 10 years, in addition to having served as a publicly elected local politician. He is currently studying for an MBA. Away from his professional career, Ryan has played at and now coaches hockey at a national level. After having joined Pratham’s Vision India Club in 2014, Ryan has been a consistent supporter at Pratham events. In December 2015, Ryan organised a Christmas event alongside Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Cass Business School, raising over £4,500.

Sarah George Kotak – Co-Chair, Strategy
Sarah is a Derivatives and Financial Regulation lawyer working as Assistant General Counsel at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, having started her career with Clifford Chance, London in 2007. She graduated from National Law School of India, Bangalore and London School of Economics as a British Chevening Scholar. Sarah joined Pratham in 2012 first as a Gala volunteer and Vision India member, later acting as legal advisor by working with the Board to draft new Memorandum & Articles reflecting Pratham’s new governance structure. In addition she has worked with CEO Roy Martins to organise Pratham events at BAML and raised funds through the British 10k. In India, together with her family, she manages and funds a trust that awards Class X and XII scholarships to underprivileged students at 5 schools in Kerala. In her spare time she loves acting with The London Natak Company and writing fiction, travelogues, poetry for various publications.

Shazia Datoobhoy
Originally from Mumbai, Shazia is a freelance copywriter specialising in online content writing including website, blog content, social media content, and e-marketing content and strategy. She did her undergraduate degree from North Carolina before doing an MBA at the University of Wales, Cardiff. Prior to moving to the UK, Shazia worked with Citigate Dewe Rogerson, an international financial PR company and then did a year of teacher training with the intention of starting a school for underprivileged children. That dream was unfulfilled as she moved to the UK in 2002. Now a mother of two young daughters, the education of the girl child is an area that is particularly close to her heart. Shazia manages Pratham’s social media platforms and is advising us on our website redevelopment.

Sunayna Sethi – Co-Chair, Events
Sunayna leads the content production team at IC Publications, which is the publisher of African Business, African Banker and New African magazines. Previously, she worked with the Commonwealth Business Council, focusing on increasing trade and investments for the Commonwealth countries. She holds a Bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and a Masters in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick. She is avid tennis player having won the Gold Medal at the National Games in India. Sunayna is passionate about child literacy and has taught elementary education to under-privileged children in Mumbai. She is looking forward to working with Pratham.

Chairman - Ajay G. Piramal, Piramal Group
Arvind Sanger, Geosphere Capital Management
Dinyar (Dinny) Devitre, Banking Industries.
Sanjay Nayar, Kohlberg Kravis and Roberts (KKR)
Vilas Gadkari, Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP
Neerja Birla, Aditya Birla Group Companies
Ramesh Mangaleswaran, McKinsey & Company.
Pramit Jhaveri, Citibank
Vijay Goradia, Vinmar Group of Companies, USA
Vibha Rishi Paul
Dr. Rukmini Banerji
Dr. Madhav Chavan