Management Team

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Prasanna V.R. – CEO. Responsible for growing Sikshana’s reach from 49 schools to over 2000. Prior to Sikshana, was Founder and CEO of Softrends Inc. USA for 10 years.

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Chalam Plachikkat – COO. Launched Sikshana’s Government Partnership Model. Prior to Sikshana, headed the International Consumer Gift Card business for amazon.com. Has an MBA from Cambridge University, UK.

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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.

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Raj Kumar – Operations Director, Karnataka Accelerator. Designed and implemented Sikshana Student Clubs. Leader in charge of implementing Sikshana’s programs for over 6 years. Has an ME in Mechanical Engineering.

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Sunil Nanjundappa – Sr. Operations Director, Karnataka Incubator. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Eshwar Bandi – Sr. Product Manager, Content. Prior to Sikshana, worked as a software engineer for 6 years with IBM, before teaching for 2 years as a Teach For India Fellow. Has a BE in Computer Science from VTU.

Board of Directors

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

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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).

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

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

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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).

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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)

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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).