ADVISORY BOARD

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PARAG AGARWAL

Parag is the CFO of Dr Reddy's Labs and has 33 years of experience in the corporate sector with Fortune 500 companies from around the world. A qualified Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary, Parag has been championing the cause of out-of-school children for the last decade, amongst other social justice movements. He founded TAP India Foundation in 2014 with the vision of an India where no child is out of school. He is also the founder of Ahimsa Trust and truly believes in dedicating his life to accelerating access to the rights of the vulnerable and underserved. 

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TARUN CHERUKURI

Tarun is the Co-founder and CEO of Indus Action (IA), an organization working towards enabling families, sustainable access to legislated rights. Indus Action was TAP India Foundation's first Grantee and since its inception in 2013 has enabled 3.3 Lac students from economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups access to free education in private unaided schools as mandated by Section 12.1.c of the RTE Act. Indus Action hopes to impact 5 Lac+ underserved citizens over the next 2 years by enabling access to their Rights to Livelihood and Food Security. Prior to leading Indus Action, Tarun served Teach For India's mission since its inception in various roles (Fellow, City Director, National and Delhi Advisory Board). His academic training has been in Chemical Engineering (BITS-Pilani) and Public Administration (Harvard Kennedy School). He has been an Obama Foundation Fellow (2018-20), DRK Foundation Entrepreneur (2015-18), and is currently GLG Social Impact Fellow (2021-23). He is passionate about community organizing and systems leadership for achieving social justice goals at scale.

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AAKANKSHA GULATI

Aakanksha is a Director at ACT Grants, where she leads the Education Fund and works across the ACT platform to help catalyse change through collectives that bring together startups, NGOs, public and private sector organizations. Prior to ACT, she led strategy and program design as the Chief Program Officer at Teach For India, which included supporting Fellowship recruitment and alumni impact. Prior to TFI Aakanksha worked at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), at Keefe, Bruyette & Woods as an Assistant Vice President, and with Lehman Brothers (later Barclays Capital) as an Analyst on the Securitization and Mortgage Trading Desk. An F.C. Austin Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management where she received her MBA, and a graduate from Duke University, Aakanksha believes that anyone who is interested in cross-disciplinary and innovative approaches to problem-solving ought to consider working in the social impact sector.

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PRASID S

Prasid has 11 years of extensive experience in leading program strategy for grassroots non-profit organizations working for women’s empowerment, education, and poverty alleviation. He played an instrumental role in providing strategic guidance, assessing operational feasibility, defining the growth strategy and program outcomes of organizations like Educate Girls, Indus Action, and Reap Benefit. After his MBA from IIM Indore, he started his journey in the development sector with the Teach For India Fellowship in 2011. Professionally, he enjoys solving complex problems and building for scale. Outside of his work hours, he enjoys distance running, meditating, reading good fiction, long conversations with friends, and playing chess.