Team Sikshana


Prasanna V.R. – CEO. Responsible for growing Sikshana’s reach from 49 schools to now over 49k schools across the entire Karnataka. Prior to Sikshana, was Founder and CEO of Softrends Inc. USA for 10 years. He has a Master’s in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University


Sunil Nanjundappa – Sr. Operations Director. Joined Sikshana in Aug ’16. Prior to Sikshana, was in the Indian Navy for over 10 years. Has a B.Tech from NITK, an MBA and a certificate in Business Management from IIM Ahmedabad.


Venkatesh Reddy – Board Member & Full-time Volunteer Product Developer. Created Sikshana’s Math Practice Program. Prior to Sikshana, was Founder and CEO of Signet Inc. USA. Has an MS in Electrical Engineering.


Smitha Venkatesh – Head of Technology Programs. Built Sikshana’s first digital platform to capture child-level data. Prior to Sikshana, worked as a software engineer in the US and in India for over 7 years. Has an MS in Information Systems.


Vineela Mukkamala – Sr. Product Manager, Motivation Programs. Launched Sikshana’s Learning Tree Program. Prior to Sikshana, designed teacher engagement, and motivation programs for a World Bank sponsored project at STIR Education. Is a Teach For India fellow, and has a BE from the College of Engineering, Andhra University.


Sudeepta Banerjee – Key Accounts Manager. Prior to Sikshana has run her own Social Venture Green Pantry a Health Food Catering company for 3+ years, which focused on training special needs students and employing & empowering destitute women. Has 8+years of work experience in Operations & CRM across industries in USA & India. Holds a Masters in Indian Classical Dance and a Certificate in Business Management from Pace University, New York.

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Ajay Shah – Product Manager M&E. A Teach for India alumnus, Ajay comes with an accounting experience of four years in US. He is a self-taught coder and was the brainchild of a communication app for his Teach for India class.


Anitesh S. – Product Manager, Monitoring & Evaluation/QA. Prior to Sikshana, was a Research and Analysis Consultant to Teach for India’s Strategy and Learning team, after serving for two years as a Fellow. During his fellowship he taught grades second through fourth at an underserved Municipal school and an Affordable Private school, in Pune. Before Teach for India, worked as a Trade Risk Analyst with Inc. Has a B.Tech in Bioinformatics.

Board of Directors


Prashanth Prakash. Partner at Accel Partners, India a venture capital firm with offices in Bangalore, Palo Alto and London.


Ravindra Krishnappa. Ravi is passionate about all things educational. He is an enterpreneur and wants to create a new measure for “learning” that is led by Curiosity called CQ (Curiosity Quotient).


Indira Sharma. Strategic Marketing Consultant. Previously at Ashoka, Housing for All Initiative, and at Brigade Group (Vice-President, Marketing and Sales).


Balamuralikrishna A. Chartered Accountant, with an extensive practice in India and abroad.


Dr V. A. Sastry. Currently Co-founder and Director of RelQ. Previously on board of Infosys (responsible for quality and productivity), board of National Stock Exchange (System Advisory Committee).


Sudhakara B. R. Served Government of India in Indian Revenue Service. Some of the posts held : Director General of Income Tax (Investigation), Karnataka & Goa (2008). Member, then Chairman of Income Tax Settlement Commission, New Delhi (Aug 2010)


Dr. Ashoka Gurudas. Reputed physician with Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Bangalore Medical College and MBBS from J.N.M.C. Belgaum, Karnataka University (1981).


Chalam Plachikkat –  Launched Sikshana’s Government Partnership Model during his role of COO with Sikshana 2015-17. He currently heads the International Consumer Gift Card business for Has an MBA from Cambridge University, UK.