“We believe in value-based leadership. Great leaders
lead from within, with integrity and selflessness.”
– Gowri Ishwaran, CEO
To build a community of ethical, altruistic leaders on the planet who work together to improve the state of the world.
To identify, select, support, monitor, mentor, evaluate, connect and empower ethical and altruistic leaders through partnerships with local and global communities and organisations who are committed to improving the state of our inner and outer worlds.
Message from the Chairman
Shiv Vikram Khemka
The challenges that face us over the coming years are daunting. We will all need to call upon our greatest reserves of human leadership in order to confront these issues over the coming decades. We will have to choose and support those young leaders who have the potential to lead our world through these challenges; leaders who can help resolve conflict, reduce inequity, and spread tolerance and understanding; leaders who are more interested in contribution than in accumulation.
The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (tGELF) works towards preparing the next generation of leaders to be able to act as ethical global citizens in the face of daunting challenges that will be thrown open to them tomorrow. We are passionate about helping identify young leaders with strong values and then supporting them to develop to their full potential.
Gowri Ishwaran, CEO
Recipient of the Padma Shri Award in 2004, Gowri Ishwaran is an innovative educationist with over 30 years of experience in leading schools in India. With a very clear vision of the type of educational experience and nurturing that children deserve, she has brought a paradigm shift on how education needs to be imparted to young students. Her expertise lies in creating a value based curriculum, focusing on inclusive education for children with special needs and the socially disadvantaged. Her guiding philosophy is to educate each child to grow into a caring, sensitive, responsible citizen of the world. Her commitment to the Life Skills & Leadership Programme stems from her conviction that “it is only by investing in the young can we secure the future”.
Shiv Vikram Khemka, Executive Chairman
Shiv Vikram Khemka is Vice-Chairman of SUN Group, a leading private investment group with key interests in India, Russia, and West Africa. Shiv was elected a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” (GLT) at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1997 and is a member of the WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Education. He serves on the Boards of Overseers of The Wharton School, of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and on the President’s Leadership Council at Brown University. He is a founding member of the Brookings India Initiative and Chairman of The Global Education & Leadership Foundation. He was recently awarded the “Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award” by Tufts University, and the “Outstanding Contribution to Education Prize” at Wharton’s ‘Reimagining Education Conference’.
Urvashi Khemka, Trustee
Urvashi Khemka was educated at Welham Girls High School (Dehradun), at Rishi Valley (The Krishnamurti Foundation School) and then at Lady Shri Ram College (New Delhi) with a BA (Honours) in Commerce after which she went back to Kathmandu to manage the family business, Nepal Gas Industries. She is a trustee of The Global Education & Leadership Foundation and has been deeply involved in the launch of Global Citizen India. She is also a founding member of The Shift Series, an organisation whose mission is to inspire out of the box thinking and encourage innovation through conferences, learning experiences and online workshop.
Arshpreet Sawhney, Programme Coordinator
As the Programme Coordinator for Nabha and Delhi Schools, Arshpreet Sawhney is responsible for translation of the curriculum and training content into Punjabi. She also trains the school teachers in the Punjabi curriculum and oversees execution of the programme and its initiatives in these schools. Arshpreet has a Graduation degree in Commerce from Ripudhaman College, Nabha and also holds a degree of Visharad in Indian Classical Music from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh.
Bhakt Prahlad, Accountant tGELF
Cheryl Dean, Executive Assistant to CEO
Holds a graduation degree in Sociology from Jesus & Mary College, Delhi. As an executive assistant, she is responsible for all the administrative support to the CEO of the Foundation and the team, arranges for and manages material for the CEO’s meetings with staff and clients, organises the details of special events, travel arrangements, corporate agendas and itineraries. She ensures the efficient day-to- day operation of the office.
Dheeraj Kumar, System Engineer IT
Dimple Bedi, Programme Coordinator for Chandigarh
An English major, B.Ed with a diploma in Environment and Ecology, Dimple Bedi has 10 years of teaching experience. She is a certified IELTS trainer and holds coaching classes for TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and SAT. She has also trained school students in communication and leadership skills. As the Programme Officer – North, Dimple coordinates member school activities in Chandigarh, Dehradun and Nabha.
Dinu Raheja, Programme Director
Recipient of the International Teacher’s Award in the year 2009, Dinu Raheja holds a Masters in English from Purdue University. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in the Indian and International Schooling Systems. She also comes with the experience of an administrator, entrepreneur and a Copy Editor. Dinu has been associated with the Foundation from its inception and is responsible for coordinating and over-seeing activities with the member schools across the country as well as organising international exchange programs.
Khayati Dudeja, Programme Coordinator
Khayati Dudeja holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with a specialisation in HR from SCDL, Pune. She has also completed one year Post Graduate Diploma in Office Management from New Delhi YMCA. She has 8 years of working experience, which includes working with Corporate Industry as well as an NGO. As the Programme Coordinator, Khayati Dudeja is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationship with tGELF member Schools and communicating with them. She is responsible for coordinating and organising workshops and various events for the tGELF member school teachers and students. She is actively involved in day-to- day operations of the Leadership Programme.
Rahul Augustine, Programme Coordinator
Rahul Augustine holds a degree in English Literature from Delhi University with a diploma in Spanish language. He has over 5 years of experience working with the economically backward section with his expertise in mentoring the underprivileged. As the Programme Coordinator, Rahul Augustine is responsible for communicating with tGELF member schools. He is responsible for organising and conducting workshops for the member schoolteachers and students through conceptual approach to social and personal development. He is involved in developing training modules, curriculum planning and overall reviewing of programme. His belief is to impart knowledge through activity based learning and the art of storytelling.
Sachin Kapoor, Office Manager
Yashika Narain, Programme Coordinator
As the Program Coordinator, Yashika Narain is responsible for liaising with tGELF member schools to coordinate and oversee member school activities. She is involved in conducting and collating the programme review and feedback. She also works closely with the IT and design team and is responsible for the development and coordination of the initiatives taken up by the Foundation. She has a Masters degree in Drawing & Painting and specialises in 2D and 3D animation.
Sanna Masood, Programme Coordinator for Srinagar
Ms. Sanna Masood is a biotechnology graduate with masters in marketing and international business. Over a career of more than 8 years she has worked as a grass root development strategy expert in areas of cluster development, sustainable livelihoods, micro-finance, education, sustainable agriculture, artisan and farmer capacity building for various organisations like Fabindia, Indian National Trust for Art & Cultural Heritage – J & K chapter, Craft Development Institute Srinagar, J & K Bank, Asian Heritage Foundation. She joined the tGELF team in 2015 and is currently handling the operations of J & K state.
Saroj Verma, Programme Coordinator for Chennai
Saroj Verma holds a degree in Education, Masters Degree in Psychology, Zoology and certification in German language. She has over 15 years of teaching experience and has been a life skills trainer for 10 years. As the Programme Officer – South, Saroj coordinates member school activities in Chennai and Vijayanagar.
Sejal Modi, Programme Coordinator for Mumbai
Sejal has a rich experience, which spans over a decade in the field of materials management, finance, and education. She has completed her B.A. and B.Ed. and also specialised in early childhood education. Furthermore she is a qualified CAS coordinator and TOK teacher for the IBDP programme, accredited trainer of British Council and done her Cambridge International Diploma for Teachers and Trainers. She believes in an education to young minds that will allow them to understand how to adapt to the changing world around them and become global citizens with a local vision and develop a sense of international mindedness while cherishing the individuality of man and the commonality of mankind.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME MEMBERS
Aayush Baid, of Jaipur, graduated from St. Stephen’s College magna cum laude with a degree in History. He is passionate about reimagining the social sector based on the convergence of public policy and entrepreneurship, to empower the bottom of the pyramid and effect social change at scale. He feels that ethical leadership encompassed with altruism, faith, charity, and hope is the nucleus of a humanistic approach, enough to overcome insurmountable socio economic challenges. He is firmly committed to goals of egalitarianism, and trusteeship, thus being involved in multiple projects on social development and community engagement. He loves chocolate, peas and frolicking in the ocean!
Amisha is from Mumbai, India, and attended Cathedral and John Connon School. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy, Economics) with a concentration in Globalization. In the past, she has worked on developing several projects that focused on social entrepreneurship and public policy change through grassroots movements. In her free time, she loves photography, running, hiking and she loves tea and animals.
Alf is a graduate from NYU Abu Dhabi, in Economics, Psychology and Business Studies. He received the Al Khayr Leadership Award and the Global Talent Award 2015. Prior to joining tGELF, Alf was working as a strategy consultant in Dubai focusing on water security. He has also started a TEDx conference, founded his own sustainability NGO and interned with the United Nations. He also served on the board of Beacon of Hope, a philanthropic initiative by H.H. Sheikha Shamma Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. His hobbies are travelling, photography, and skiing. At tGELF, Alf is heavily involved in Global Citizen India and hopes to revamp the foundation’s technology.
Arnav of Delhi and has completed his schooling from Mirambika and Vasant Valley School. He graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce with a degree in Economics. He believes in the power of good governance to create mass positive change in society. Passionate about outdoors, he is happy to offer anyone a guided bike tour of Delhi!. He enjoys treks, marathons, scuba diving and cycling. At the LDP, he is passionate about the involvement of Leaders Forum members and spreading social movements across the masses.
Devika of Jaipur, Rajasthan completed her schooling from Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls School, Jaipur and then graduated from Symbiosis Centre of Management Studies, Pune, in business Administration with a specialisation in Human Resource Management. She is committed to social upliftment and inclusion. She has volunteered with organisations with differently abled children and also helped build schools in rural Nepal after the devastating earthquake in 2015. She coordinated the efforts of the Rural Education Initiative in Rajasthan with tGELF. At the LDP, she has been working on the communicating the right message for the social movement. She is also working closely on partnerships with the government.
Emma of USA graduated from Brown University with a degree in Education Studies. At Brown, she was instrumental in a total overhaul and revision of Brown’s policies on sexual assault, and she also helped lead and grow a student-run prevention program, Sexual Assault Peer Education (SAPE). She also tutored several recently-resettled child refugees, played the violin in the Brown University Orchestra, and competed on the varsity equestrian team. During and after college, Emma established and directed a successful musical theatre production company for kids and teens in her hometown. At tGELF, Emma can be found working primarily on education-related projects and the logistical management of programs and events.
Jeh of Mumbai graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in International Politics. He finished his schooling from John Connon School, of which he was Head Boy of the Class of 2012. Having founded the Georgetown-India Dialogue while at college, he is passionate about politics. Jeh spent six months working on the 2014 Indian General Election.
Kshitij Sharan of Delhi studied at Vasant Valley School and then graduated with a double major in Economics and Political Science from McGill University. He is a Starting Bloc Social Innovation Fellow and is a member of the Global Social Change Leadership Institute family of the NYU Wagner School of Public Service. He is certified by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and the Canadian Consortium of Humanitarian Training to carry out emergency work in both natural disaster-affected areas and man-made conflict. His passion lies in actualising the potential of humans across the globe through finding a nexus between emergency work and social entrepreneurship. At LDP, he believes in creating a social movements for the masses to help solve socio-ecomonic issues.
Sophie Barbier, from France & Australia, graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in International Relations, focusing on development, migration, and international law. She has worked with students on a peace-building project in Timor Leste, coordinated a network of support groups for South East Asian NGOs based at UWCSEA, volunteered for a few months in Ladakh and spent a month learning from the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. She is excited by a global vision, but local solutions, on the issues that we can take into our hands and look to change. At tGELF, she focuses on policy-related projects, in the field of education and the Sustainable Development Goals.