Leading with vision and commitment

During a business trip to India in 1998, entrepreneur and philanthropist Vijay Goradia was persuaded to go to the Mumbai slums to see Pratham's Balwadi (preschool) program. Having witnessed the impact Pratham was making on the lives of the underprivileged, he committed financial support and also founded Pratham USA to raise awareness and funds for the work in India. Today, the organization is led by exceptional board and staff, comprising passionate individuals committed to ensuring every child is in school and learning well.

Our leaders are available for comment on Pratham’s programs and global impact. Please contact us at leadership@prathamusa.org.

Vijay Goradia, Pratham USA Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Vijay Goradia established Pratham USA in Houston in 1999 after an inspirational visit to one of Pratham’s urban literacy programs in Mumbai. He immigrated to America with a vision of developing an international chemical trading... See Profile


A former faculty member at Mumbai University. A social worker and educationist. An economist. An activist. A seasoned global development executive. These are Pratham’s visionaries who are committed 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

Manisha Bharti, CEO of Pratham USA & Global Executive

Manisha Bharti, MPH, MBA, is the first CEO of Pratham USA and Global Executive and brings over 25 years of professional experience in global development. A seasoned executive, Manisha has demonstrated a keen ability to... See Profile

Dr. Madhav Chavan, Pratham Co-Founder and President

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

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

Pratham USA - Board of Directors

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

Viral Acharya

Viral V. Acharya is the CV Starr Professor of Economics in the Department of Finance at New York University Stern School of Business. Before joining NYU Stern, he was professor of finance and academic director... See Profile

Avinash Ahuja

Avinash C. Ahuja is president of Magnum Producing, LP, an oil and gas exploration and production company based in Texas. Prior to founding the company in 1987, Avinash held key management positions in two oil... See Profile

Sudesh Arora

Sudesh Arora is president and chief executive officer of NATEL Engineering Company, Inc., a privately held aerospace and defense electronics design, development and manufacturing company. He founded NATEL in 1975, and his leadership led the... See Profile

Dinyar (Dinny) Devitre

Dinyar (Dinny) Devitre is an international business executive with over 40 years of leadership experience in the global consumer products and financial services industries. Dinny has held numerous senior operating positions with Philip Morris and... See Profile

Dr. Marie Goradia

Dr. Marie Goradia is a past president of Pratham USA’s Houston chapter where she has been on the board since 2010. She is the co-founder and mentor of Pratham Houston Young Professionals. Marie received a Master’s degree... See Profile

Sheila Gulati

Sheila Gulati is founder and managing director of Tola Capital, a venture capital firm that invests globally in enterprise software companies across multiple stages. She is a seasoned software expert with a wide range of... See Profile

Suren Gupta

Suren Gupta is executive vice president of technology and strategic ventures and a member of the senior leadership team for Allstate Insurance Company, the second-largest personal lines insurer in the United States. Focusing on innovation... See Profile

Swatantra Jain

Swatantra Jain has over 30 years of experience in international trade and is a business partner with Vinmar International, a highly successful global plastics and petrochemicals company. Swatantra is a past president of Pratham Houston and... See Profile

Sumeet Jaisinghani

Sumeet Jaisinghani serves as managing director, public and private equity at Saban Capital Group. Sumeet manages Saban’s direct public equity platform, which is focused on achieving superior risk-adjusted returns through a long-term, research-driven approach to... See Profile

Jaideep Khanna

Jaideep Khanna is managing partner and co-founder of Artha Capital Management, an emerging market fund based in Stamford, CT. He co-founded the firm in April 2002 and served as president, portfolio manager and director. Prior... See Profile

Rattan L. Khosa

Rattan Khosa is the CEO and founder of AMSYSCO Inc., a leading post-tensioning and barrier cable supplier for commercial construction buildings. Previously, he was division manager at Concrete Construction Supply, Inc., sales manager at INRYCO, Inc.... See Profile

Victor Khosla

Victor Khosla is founder and chief investment officer of Strategic Value Partners, LLC (SVP), a global alternative investment firm focused on distressed and deep value opportunities with offices in Greenwich, London and Tokyo. Victor has a... See Profile

Ila Paliwal

Ila Paliwal is a classically trained vocalist, composer, producer and philanthropist. Her father, the late Dr. Padma Singh Sharma Kamlesh, was a nationally renowned poet and Hindi and Gujarati scholar. Her mother, Dr. Sushila Sharma... See Profile

Paul Pandian

Paul Pandian is founder and president of Transglobal Technologies, Inc., a holding company with investments in telecom, media, oil and natural gas. He also serves as an advisor to Tech Mahindra, a software services company... See Profile

Deepak Raj (Chair)

Deepak Raj is the founder and managing director of the New Jersey-based private investment firm Raj Associates with investments in real estate and public and private securities. He has extensive experience in the investment business. Deepak’s... See Profile

Jai Vardhan Saboo

An entrepreneur and an active angel investor, Jai V. Saboo is the chief operating officer for Harmonia Holdings Group, LLC, a leading provider of information technology solutions to federal agencies which he co-founded with his... See Profile

Arvind Sanger

Arvind Sanger is the founder and managing partner of Geosphere Capital Management, a global long-short equity hedge fund focused on natural resources and industrial companies worldwide. A former portfolio manager at SAC Capital where he managed... See Profile

Adarsh Sarma

Adarsh Sarma is a partner at the New York firm Warburg Pincus, where he focuses on education, financial technology and business services investments. Previously, he was a principal at ChrysCapital and vice president of strategic... See Profile

Neha Desai Shah

Neha Desai Shah is president and co-founder of GEP, a global provider of strategy, software, and managed services to enterprise supply chain management and procurement at Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies. Prior to GEP,... See Profile

Rajesh (Raj) Shah

Rajesh (Raj) Shah is a president at MS International, Inc. and a former vice president in the investment banking division of Lehman Brothers, where he focused on the needs of financial sponsor/private equity funds (mergers,... See Profile

Dhiren Shethia (Chair-Elect)

Dhiren Shethia is an advisor and investor focused on climate tech, industrial decarbonization and digitization. Over the last twenty years he has served as a strategic advisor to global companies, venture funds and private equity... See Profile

Gagan Singh

Gagan Singh is the chief investment officer of PNC Financial Services Group, where he also directs the activities of the economics group as well as mortgage servicing acquisition and hedging. In addition, Gagan serves as... See Profile

Manoj Singh

Manoj Singh spent 36 years in senior leadership positions with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., including head of Deloitte Consulting in the Americas, CEO of the Asia Pacific region and chief operating officer. He has advised... See Profile

Pradeep Singh

A technology veteran and serial entrepreneur, Pradeep Singh is the founder and executive chairman of Aditi Consulting. He also serves as co-chairman of Vidyanext, an educational solutions company he founded in 2009. He was previously... See Profile

Riaz Valani

Riaz Valani is general partner at Global Asset Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity investment firm. He previously served as chairman of Viventures Partners SA, president of IMDI/Sonique, and a member of Gruntal & Co.’s... See Profile

Fareed Zakaria

Dr. Fareed Zakaria is the host of CNN’s flagship international affairs program “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” contributing editor for The Atlantic, a columnist for The Washington Post and a New York Times bestselling author. He has been... See Profile

Executive Leadership

Deepak Raj, Chairperson
Pradeep Singh, Vice Chairperson
Manisha Bharti, CEO and Global Executive
Swatantra Jain, Chief Financial Officer

National Executive Committee

Dr. Seema Desai and Ashish Gupta, Austin
Pratima Abichandani and Subash Pereira, Boston
Nag Vaidyanathan, Chicago
Dr. Lav Kapadia and Suman Chepuri, Dallas-Fort Worth
Annu Naik, Houston
Ashesh Kamdar, Los Angeles


Rahul Mahajan, New York Tri-State
Kay Ramesh, Mid-Atlantic
Sanat Patel, Phoenix
Sunil Shenoy, Portland CW
Rajeev Thalla, Raleigh-RTP
Sharonyka Kumar Narayan and Devindra Chainani, Seattle
Ari Daman and Suja Viswesan
, SF Bay Area

Yogi Patel, Past President