Board Members

Anant Gangola

Anant Gangola

Anant Gangola comes with 30 years of extensive experience spread across school education, higher education and adult literacy. 15 years of this was in Azim Premji Foundation leading field institutions in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and he was also the head of the field practice segment of Azim Premji University. Prior to this, Anant worked with the Government of Madhya Pradesh and was the key coordinator for highly impactful DPEP, SSA, TLC projects. When he started his career, Anant spent close to 3 years living, teaching and learning in a Gond tribal community in Madhya Pradesh and the association is still alive to this day. Scores of young people in the social sector have been mentored by him and he continues to guide and encourage us at WeLive Foundation.

N K Sherman

N K Sherman

Sherman is a Chartered Accountant with more than 40 years of multi-faceted experience in General Management, Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Software Solutions and Administration specialising in M&A, Business Plans, Fund raising, Enterprise Turnarounds and MIS.

N S Parthasarthy

N S Parthasarthy

Partha is the Co-Founder of Mindtree Limited and served as its Vice Chairman and COO till July-2019. Partha was instrumental in designing scalable systems in Leadership Development, People processes and Technology incubation. He was passionate about creating a unique culture, which serves as a sustainable differentiator for business growth. He was at the core in designing and implementing a unique residential program for new college graduates called Mindtree Kalinga – where modern pedagogy was combined with new technologies to skill people for the future.

Partha is now a Managing Partner in Mela Ventures – a SEBI approved AIF Category II fund – which aims to create the next generation of entrepreneurs , by investing in early stage start-up in the tech space. ( www.melaventures.in )

Partha is a Director in White Swan Foundation for Mental Health – a not-for-profit organization that offers knowledge information in the area of Mental Health. White Swan Foundation provides persons with mental illness, caregivers and communities with well-researched information that helps them make informed decisions on how to deal with mental health issues. (www.whiteswanfoundation.org).

Partha holds a Masters (Honors) degree in Mathematics from BITS Pilani, and a Masters in Computer Science from IIT, Kharagpur. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

Partha is a passionate long distance runner and has participated in many half-marathons all over the world.

Satya Srikanth

Satya Srikanth

Srikanth is a strong business professional and has been a strategic leader with 28 years of multicultural and diversified experience with hands-on experience in driving delivery excellence, workforce transformation and innovation.

Advisors & Staff

Ananthapadmanabhan Guruswamy

Ananthapadmanabhan Guruswamy

Advisor to WeLive. G. Ananthapadmanabhan (Ananth) works with purpose driven leaders and social sector organisations that aspire to make a difference to the significant issues of our times. He’s the former CEO of Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives (APPI). Prior to that, Ananth was the CEO of Amnesty International in India and the International Programme Director at Greenpeace. He started his work life as a teacher in The School – Krishnamurti Foundation India. Ananth graduated in 1988 from IIT Madras with a B Tech in electrical engineering.

Domnic Solomon

Domnic Solomon

Domnic Solomon is the Centre Mentor and is the closest and constant mentor for the young people in our Bridge Program. With a postgraduate degree in social work, Domnic has got valuable experience in working with youngsters. Domnic provides crucial support for the young people by guiding them in their daily lives and preparing them for their future.

Janani Barath

Janani Barath

Janani is a social development specialist and an entrepreneur. She enjoys leading teams that create solutions to solve deep rooted social problems. She has worked with reputed organizations like Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Deaf Child Worldwide and Leonard Cheshire International in leadership roles specializing in the thematic areas of children in distress and disability. Over the last twenty years she has developed an expertise that extends to working on rights-based participatory frameworks, engaging with high risk communities, rights holders and duty bearers. Janani has cofounded Immunize India which is the world’s largest immunization reminder service that is positively impacting the lives of over 2 million children. Janani is a part of various advisory groups to the Government of Karnataka on programmes for persons with disabilities and is the General Secretary on the Board of Sheila Kothavala School which is India’s most reputed school for deaf children. She is also on the board of Sanrakshan, a national level NGO that works for children in need of care and protection.

Prachur Goel

Prachur Goel

Advisor to WeLive. Prachur Goel is a Director at Socratus Foundation for Collective Wisdom. Earlier he has worked at Sattva, an impact consulting firm where he advised major international philanthropies on program design and strategy. Right after college, Prachur joined the Teach for India fellowship where he taught primary grades in Bombay. After this fellowship, he worked with youth on technical and employability skills by teaching, creating national curriculum frameworks, and partnering with employers and governments. He has a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay and a Masters' in Public Policy from Azim Premji University.

Ramya Sundararajan

Ramya Sundararajan

Ramya is the Head of Programs at WeLive Foundation. She is a certified English Language Trainer and has completed CELTA, BEC Higher and TKT Module 1&2 offered by University of Cambridge. She is associated with the Azim Premji University as part-time faculty for their English Language Support Centre and Placement Team. With a postgraduate degree in management, Ramya is a certified professional storyteller who conducts Theatre and Storytelling workshops for young adults to build self-confidence and to enhance self- awareness.

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