Two friends came together one evening in September 2012 and decided they wanted to do something for the country they love, India. For Harsh, growing up in India and then studying abroad made him realize he wanted to help Indian girls from low-income or minority backgrounds to receive better schooling. For Adrianna, a frequent visitor to India, her work in technology and activism on female causes led her to want to do something for the communities she frequently volunteered in.

A successful crowdfunding campaign led to the birth of The Gyanada Foundation as a real non-profit organization in 2013. As the activities grew, so do the team.

The people below are the people who keep Gyanada going. Would you like to be a part of the team?

Harsh Gupta (Founder & Director)
Team - Harsh Harsh Gupta spent most of his childhood in Kolkata, India, and volunteered extensively in rural communities in Rajasthan.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and INSEAD, Harsh is now based in London as a consultant for Bain & Co. He has extensive experience in macro-economic research and public policy. He is also a frequent contributor to newspapers on those topics.

Adrianna Tan (Founder & Trustee, Singapore)
org-adrianna Adrianna is from Singapore originally but calls India ‘home’.

An entrepreneur, writer and social activist, she believes in building technology and organizations for social change. She is currently building a mobile financial service for low-income Indonesian women through Wobe, the tech startup she founded, but as the founder and key strategist for Gyanada Foundation she works closely on the ground in India as well.

Rinsa Perapadan (Co-founder, Mumbai)
Team - Rinsa Perapadan Rinsa is a graduate of the University of Mumbai’s Social Work program. She is passionate about working with children in the education and rehabilitation in a sustainable manner.

Previously, she was a project manager at Salaam Balaak Trust’s “Child Development Khazana” program where she developed an implementation model for children’s savings schemes and also executed it nationally. She was the member of the founding team of Gyanada with operational expertise where she established and ran many Gyanada programs such as Labs.

Chirag Jain (Trustee, India)
Team - Chirag Jain Chirag is one of the founding trustees of Gyanada Foundation India. Originally from Kolkata, he now leads a team at Ashika Capital in Mumbai, a premier financial services provider, where he overlooks investment banking.

As part of the founding team at Gyanada, he provides assistance on all things to do with numbers, accounting and incorporation best practices.

Sanjina Gupta (Operations Manager, India)
Sanjina Gupta Sanjina is a sociologist and has completed her degree from University of Hyderabad in 2014. She holds interest in multiple verticles like helth, education, gender and sexuality.

Sanjina has a total experience of 3 years where she has worked extensively in West Bengal and Bihar. She holds experience in extensive field and has spent a considerable amount of time in implementing community based health care projects and Right To Education Act 2009 in government schools in her last job with The Hope Foundation.

Working in this sector has always been her calling. Sanjina loves to interact with new faces and considers herself a total people’s person which helps her break ice with people easily.

Ankit Fogla (Trustee, India)

Team - Ankit Ankit graduated from IIT Bombay with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2010. Driven by a zeal to make a difference for those at the bottom of the financial pyramid, he worked at a microfinance company for a couple of years.

Currently, Ankit works on his family business in Ahmedabad and pursues his passion to make a difference through his work at Gyanada.

Vaibhav Gupta (Volunteer, Kolkata)
vaibhavVaibhav has been a key volunteer for Gyanada Foundation in Kolkata, mainly organizing events and field visits for the Gyanada team and other volunteers.

He also works on fundraising initiatives among the business community in Kolkata.

Special Thanks

Our gratitude also to: Parth J Shah, Sushobhan Mukherjee, Vicnan Pannirselvam, Chandan Singh, Rajan Kumar Singh, Murray Bourne, Glenn S, Pooja Nirmal Kant, Gopi Maliwal, Kalpesh Chavda, Nikita Modi and all volunteers and advisors past and present

Most photographs by Swastik Pal