A few 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. Rinsa, an experienced social worker, was able to pitch in and make sure that we got the non-profit foundations right. Chirag, passionate about making a difference, contributed his time and resources to help get off the ground. Siddharth joined in 2018 as a trustee to help bring us to the next level.
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?
Adrianna Tan (Founder & Trustee, Singapore)
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)
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)
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.
Siddharth Kothari (Trustee, Gyanada Foundation India)
Siddharth Kothari served as President – Student Council of The British School, New Delhi, from where he graduated in 2009. He went on to do his Bachelors in Finance degree at Boston University, USA. Siddharth is the Chief Investment Strategist at the Om Kothari Group – a family owned conglomerate with interests in infrastructure, automobile dealerships, manufacturing and real estate development. A passionate equity investor, Siddharth manages the group’s investments in stocks and startups. He is also a director at the Om Kothari Foundation which runs non-profit educational institutes in Rajasthan.
Ankit Fogla (Trustee, India)
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.
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