The Akanksha Fund is a registered not-for-profit publicly supported 501(c)(3) charity that raises support and builds awareness in the U.S. for educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in India.
Through grants to the Akanksha Foundation in India, we assist some of the most marginalized children in maximizing their potential. Akanksha started with the simple belief that all children, regardless of their background, have limitless potential and deserve a chance to discover this potential. Akanksha is helping to bridge India's educational gap through policy reform on a national level and by piloting best in class model schools that develop future global leaders.
Akanksha is the largest urban network of schools under a public-private partnership model in India and runs 21 schools across Mumbai and Pune, serving over 8,000 students and 2,500 alumni.
2019 Gala Host Committee
Nymrata and Yunus Bickici Lorie and David Broser Natasha Garg and Brijesh Goel Sunayna Jain and Sachin Jindal Karishma and Abhay Javeri Varianny and Vineet Kapur Hansika Malkani and Sumit Laddha Ameesha and Akshay Mansukhani Kirsten and Carl Oppenheimer Reshma Patel Medha Prakash and Milind Mehere Kate Shoemaker and Anand Srinivasan
The Akanksha Fund U.S. Board of Directors
Ramesh Srinivasan, President Sarah Roberts, Vice President Brande Stellings, Secretary Fally Malkani, Treasurer Vandana Goyal Colette Haider Shankar Iyer Bharti Malkani Prakash Melwani Ronald Rolfe Punya Shah
6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Cocktail Reception
Welcome Address Ramesh Srinivasan, Board President, The Akanksha Fund, U.S. Meher Pudamjee, Board President, The Akanksha Foundation, India
Akanksha's Vision & Impact Saurabh Taneja, CEO, The Akanksha Foundation, India
Fireside Chat Boman Irani, Actor and Special Guest Prajwal Gayen, 8th Grade Student, Akanksha's DN Nagar School Nirjala Nakul, 8th Grade Student, Akanksha's Sitaram Mill School
Pledge Drive Boman Irani, Actor and Special Guest Gouri Sadhwani, Executive Director, The Akanksha Fund, U.S.
Closing Remarks Gouri Sadhwani, Executive Director, The Akanksha Fund, U.S.
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.: Dessert Reception
Thank you to our Gala Supporters
President's Circle Indira Foundation (Sindhu and Avi Nash) Steadview Capital Management (Nicolette and Ravi Mehta)
Ambassadors Shikha and Girish Bhakoo Sunita and Shankar Iyer Nathalie and Leo Joseph Charuta Joshi and Ramesh Srinivasan Bharti Malkani and Vijay Jayant Anjali and Prakash Melwani
Classroom Circle Lorie and David Broser Saroj and Sreedhar Menon Anna and Tajar Varghese
Principal Circle JLL Partners LLC
Teacher Circle Nymrata and Yunus Bickici Blank Rome Sara Darehshori and Ronald Rolfe Equian Colette and Jawad Haider HG Vora Capital Management Sunayna Jain and Sachin Jindal Fally and Vikram Malkani Kirtna Pai and Asheet Mehta Malabar Investments Milbank Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management Sarah and David Roberts Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Punya and Vimal Shah Brande and David Stellings
Artist Circle Blackstone Charitable Foundation EXL Karishma and Abhay Javeri Varianny and Vineet Kapur Hansika Malkani and Sumit Laddha Kirsten and Carl Oppenheimer Medha Prakash and Milind Mehere Nilima and Vivek Ragavan Kate Shoemaker and Anand Srinivasan Sejal Vora and Prashant Patel
Leaders Rona S. Kiley Ruyintan Mehta Harsh Narang Vatsala Deora