“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 organizations 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.


Arshpreet Sawhney, Program Coordinator
As the Program 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 program 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.

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, organizes the details of special events, travel arrangements, corporate agendas and itineraries. She ensures the efficient day-to- day operation of the office.

Dimple Bedi, Program 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 Program Officer – North, Dimple coordinates member school activities in Chandigarh, Dehradun and Nabha.

Dinu Raheja, Program 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 organizing international exchange programs.


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 Program stems from her conviction that “it is only by investing in the young can we secure the future”.

Kavitha Punjala, Technology Manager
As the Technology Manager, Kavitha Punjala is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all the digital initiatives as well as the projects undertaken by tGELF. Kavitha holds a Bachelor of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Bombay University and has over 20 years of experience in the IT sector. She has previously worked with schools and managed software projects for IT companies both in India and overseas. She has also been instrumental in developing, coordinating and implementing the complete IT infrastructure of one of the leading schools in India.

Khayati Dudeja, Program Coordinator
Khayati Dudeja holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration with a specialization 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 Program Coordinator, Khayati Dudeja is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationship with tGELF member Schools and communicating with them. She is responsible for coordinating and organizing workshops and various events for the tGELF member school teachers and students. She is actively involved in day-to- day operations of the Leadership Program.

Rahul Augustine, Program 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 Program Coordinator, Rahul Augustine is responsible for communicating with tGELF member schools. He is responsible for organizing 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 program. His belief is to impart knowledge through activity based learning and the art of storytelling.

Sanna Masood, Program 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, microfinance, education, sustainable agriculture, artisan and farmer capacity building for various organizations 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, Program 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 Program Officer – South, Saroj coordinates member school activities in Chennai and Vijayanagar.

Sejal Modi, Program 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 specialized in early childhood education. Furthermore she is a qualified CAS coordiator and TOK teacher for the IBDP program, 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.

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 organization whose mission is to inspire out of the box thinking and encourage innovation through conferences, learning experiences and online workshop.

Yashika Narain, Program 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 program 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 specializes in 2D and 3D animation.