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.

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.