“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.
Archana Agarwal, CFO
Archana holds a degree in Commerce from Delhi University, she is also a graduate from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. She is a result oriented professional with experience in managing & leading teams for running successful business operations. Archana is a member of Anita Borg Institute Local, which is an organization that helps women technologists in this location to connect with each other; allowing them to learn, get inspired, exchange stories and grow their careers.
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
Dheeraj Kumar, System Engineer IT
Dheeraj kr. Chauhan holds a degree in Bachelor of Computer Application from SHIATS university. He has over 8years experience in IT support. In tGELF- As the System Engineer IT, Dheeraj Kr. Chauhan is responsible for help in maintaining Office Internet and Communication Technology networks between our offices within in India and abroad. Co-ordinate and direct computer and server-related activities in an organization. His hobbies are travelling and photography.
Dinu Raheja, Program Director
Recipient of the International Teacher’s Award, Dinu Raheja holds a Masters in English from Purdue University, USA. An innovative educationist, Dinu has over 15 years of teaching experience in the Indian and International Schooling Systems. She has a clear vision of the type of educational experience that is required to nurture the students into ethical, global citizens. Dinu also comes with the experience of an Administrator, Entrepreneur and a Copy Editor and has been associated with The Global Education & Leadership Foundation—tGELF– from its inception. Her commitment to its Leadership Programme comes from her belief in the tenets of the programme and the Foundation. At tGELF, Dinu is the Program Director and is responsible for the Foundation’s all initiatives including teacher development and exchange programmes.
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.
Sachinn Kapur, Office Manager
Sachinn has been the Administrative Incharge at tGELF since its inception. A post-graduate in Political Science (Hons.) from Delhi University and holds a degree in MBA-Human Resource Management from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune. At the Foundation, Sachinn coordinates the work of the team along with managing all aspects of travel and bookings and other liaison work for the team members.
Surabhi Bhardwaj, Head-Partnership & Impact
Surabhi holds a major in Sustainable Cities and Ecological Study from Delhi School of Economics and is also member on the IUCN ‘Commission on Education and Communication’. She holds a degree in Environmental Law from NLSUI, Bangalore and a certification in Social Impact Strategy: Tools for Entrepreneurs and Innovators from University of Pennsylvania. With a work experience of more than 14 years in education and environment sector, Surabhi enjoys designing education and environment centric programmes for Schools and Corporates. Surabhi has been associated with the Foundation since 2008 and is currently looking after programme partnerships, fundraising, programme sustainability and impact.
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.
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.
Bhavya Bishnoi of Haryana graduated studied at The Shri Ram School, Gurgaon. He then graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science with a BSc in Government and Economics, and from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Contemporary India. He presented his thesis on the application of behaviour change communication to rural sanitation policy in India at the University of Warsaw, Poland. A cricketing maven, he has represented Delhi state and earned a Blue in cricket for the University of Oxford. He looks forward to joining active politics in a few years. At the LDP, he has been focusing his efforts on the tracks of Politics & Public Policy and Business & Entrepreneurship. He is passionate about embarking on a spiritual quest through meditation and informed reading, and is on a relentless pursuit to institutionalise a ‘Sports Day Sunday’ among the LDPs
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.
Anjali Ravunniarath is originally from Cochin, Kerala. She attended the United World College of Costa Rica for high school, where she involved herself with rainforest maintenance for ecological conservation, and sea turtle conservation, among others. She attended Colorado College where she majored in Computer Science and minored in Mathematics. While at CC, she co-chaired the Students for the Awareness for South Asia student group on campus, and spent most of her time debugging her computer science assignments. Upon graduating, she remained at CC to work as a paraprofessional in the Computer Science department, where she tutored and mentored Computer Science students, assisted professors in research projects and developed various other independent projects.
Asmita Joshi, of Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, graduated with honors from Banaras Hindu University with a degree in English Literature. While there, she was active in the debating and writing circles as well as represented the University in zonal and national debate competitions. She recently graduated as a Young India Fellow from Ashoka University, where she completed a postgraduate diploma in Leadership and Liberal Arts. She has volunteered as an English teacher at a school for children living in a shelter home, and also re-established and organized a local library to serve children from over fourteen different villages in Uttarakhand. She has worked for the Reader’s Club of Delhi, as an online columnist and book reviewer, the Times of India as a copy-editor, and Webenza, a media start-up for driving business through content, as a content curator.
Karla Ruiz is from Piura, Peru and graduated from St. Olaf College, Minnesota with a degree in Political Science with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. She attended the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore for high school. At UWCSEA, she worked on a peace building project with students in Timor Leste. While at St. Olaf, Karla served as Secretary for the Latin American student organization, SOMOS and chaired the Diversity Celebration Committee . During her college years, Karla worked as a student fellow at St. Olaf’s Admissions Office, and had various internships in places such as the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy and CEDLA at the University of Amsterdam. She also volunteered at the local Middle School, she was a tutor for Paper Airplanes and in 2015 she participated at the world’s largest student festival, ISFiT in Trondheim, Norway.
Prachi Nagrath, from Sydney Australia, graduated from the University of Sydney with a degree in International and Global Studies, majoring in Government and International Relations. In college, she was an active member of the Sydney University Musical Theatre Ensemble, both producing and performing in the society’s productions. She also rowed for the Sydney University Women’s Rowing Club. During university, Prachi volunteered with AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. Here she mentored Indigenous high school students on a weekly basis, providing tutoring and support to the students after school, as well as periodically assisting in full-day mentoring workshops. Prachi is driven by the desire to help others and make the world around her a better place.
Louis was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied Social Studies at Harvard College and graduated in 2014. During college, Louis conducted research on higher education and university student protests in Durban, South Africa. He also served as President of the Harvard Haitian Alliance and helped lead a $100,000 fundraising effort for Partners in Health and the Haitian National Team. After college, Louis interned with Hyundai Capital Services in Seoul, South Korea and later in Irvine, California. He would then become a college-readiness tutor in Atlanta and Shanghai, China. Before joining tGELF, Louis worked for the American Psychiatric Association in Washington D.C. as an Education Coordinator, responsible for curating educational content for the Association’s major psychiatric conferences. In his free time, Louis enjoys playing basketball and dancing. In the next two years, Louis looks forward to promoting the importance of ethics in education and appreciating the diversity of people, ideas, and experiences.
Shivish Soni, of Delhi, attended Modern School, Barakhamba Road, where he graduated as Valedictorian. He then received a degree in Political Science from Hindu College, Delhi University. He is passionate about music and the arts, having served as the President of both the English Stage Play Society and the Western Music Society of Hindu College. Shivish is a dedicated member of Model United Nations where he served as Secretary General of Hindu Model United Nations Conference. He shared his love for MUN with numerous Teach for India schools, where he taught diplomacy, international relations and public speaking; he has served as an advisor for over twenty MUN conferences in schools across India. Shivish volunteered with the Global Citizen India Policy Team in 2016, assisting us with Dignitary Management. He is devoted to social service, education, and making impact at scale.
Vinay Kumar was born and raised in New Delhi, studying at Rajkiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Shalimar Bagh. He is first generation graduate, with a degree in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce of the University of Delhi; where he founded a society on Ethical Leadership, and a club on Spirituality. He has been an active member of tGELF’s Leaders Forum since 2014. Within his first year of involvement, Vinay helped in introducing and instating the tGELF curriculum into sixteen new government schools in Delhi. He also supported in organising offline, on-ground social actions for Global Citizen India 2016. The ultimate purpose of his life is to share eternal happiness with every citizen of the world community, and his dream is to see a world where everyone has access to equal opportunities to learning and development.