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Mr. Karthikeyan S

Karthikeyan (Karthik) is the co-founder of Sakhi Scholars, an initiative to identify and nurture gifted young girl children and support them to achieve their dreams. He is also the Chief Education Officer at Gurukul Class that works in the area of improving maths education.

In his prior role, Karthik was the Managing Director of PE Insights, a leading consulting and advisory company working with promoters of high-growth Indian companies and marquee PE/VC investors. He is also interested in developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem in India, and actively mentors various startups focused on high-potential markets. Karthik is an angel investor into various startup companies and serves on their board. Karthik has an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a B Tech from IIT Roorkee where he was a topper.

Mr. Kalyan Banerjee

Kalyan Banerjee is co-creating Klorofeel and Sakhi Scholars, focused on education for the under-privileged through nurturing curiosity and aspiration.

Kalyan worked on operating systems at Wipro, before co-founding Mindtree, mentoring a Learning and Sharing culture, enabling personal and professional leadership. Later, as Pro-Vice Chancellor at Centurion University, Kalyan experimented with off-classroom education, trying diverse methods to engage the learner.

Kalyan studied at IIT Delhi and IIT Kanpur.

Prof. Haribandhu Panda

Prof. Panda is currently the Managing Trustee of Harsha Trust and the Vice Chancellor of Centurion University of Technology and Management. He has extensively worked in research and consulting projects along with academia. He had worked with organizations like AMUL, NDDB, SRTT, Gol-MoRD, IDBI etc. His work stint with PSUs in India includes HAL, SAIL and NTPC. Dr. Panda had a stint abroad in Thailand and France. His distinguished academia excellence includes teaching at IRMA and in AIT, Bangkok. He was also the Dean at KSRM (KIIT School of Rural Management) and was the first director of HDF School of Management, Bhubaneswar. Prof.Panda is an engineer and an MBA.

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