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.
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
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
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
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
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
CEO of a diversified clean energy group with a key focus on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, Deepak Khilnani has extensive experience in the Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rati has got over fifteen years of experience in corporate finance and strategy having worked in Barclays, Citi and McKinsey. Her transaction experience encompasses Europe, Middle East, Asia and South Africa with specific focus in the healthcare sector. She is a CFA charter holder with an MBA in Finance and B.Com (hons). Rati has been associated with Pratham since 2013 and has volunteered in her spare time to enhance the fundraising activities including the Gala and Vision India series.
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.
Rekha Amin works as an IT Systems Engineer for a large telco, undertaking computer systems development activities on a range of agreed projects so that these are delivered on time, in budget and have a zero failure rate as they move from development onto production phase. Prior to this, she worked for Logica in their Financial systems arena where she was in a team responsible for the Big Bang stock market changes. This was her first job after graduating from City University where she achieved a BSc in Computing and Systems Analysis. Her interests include travelling, walking, visiting museums and galleries, food and wine tasting, yoga and spending time with family and friends. Rekha’s involvement with Pratham has been of a guest to some of the events. She now feels it is time to give support to such a great cause. She hasn’t got any preferences but is happy to help out where there is a need.
Girish has worked within investment banking in India and London, building and liquidating loan asset books for banks. Girish runs an asset-lite serviced apartment business in Central London. He still retains his passion for animated movies and funny t-shirt messages. Girish is an engineer from Mumbai University and MBA from IIM Lucknow.
Girish got involved with Pratham in 2009 during his 4 month stint as a volunteer office member and has supported the charity since then.
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.
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.