Advisory Board

Akshay Saxena
Co-Founder and Managing Trustee

Akshay currently serves as the Managing Trustee of Avanti. For his work at Avanti, he was awarded the Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship and Echoing Green Fellowship in 2012. Before Avanti, Akshay served on the founding team of HeartFlow a venture-backed medical diagnostics company.  His prior work experience includes management consulting with the Boston Consulting Group in India, project implementation with the United Nations World Food Programme and fundraising and strategy at The International Save the Children Alliance. Akshay graduated from IIT Bombay in 2006 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and is on a leave of absence from the MBA program at the Harvard Business School.

Ashank Desai
Former Chairman, Mastek Ltd; ex-Chairman PanIIT

Mr. Desai is the founder and former Chairman of Mastek Ltd and a founder member of NASSCOM. He serves on the Governing Board of IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Jodhpur and is a member of the Advisory Board of SOM School of Management IIT Bombay and IIT Hyderabad. Mr. Desai is also a past Chairman of PanIIT Alumni India (PIAI) and was the Vice-Chairman, Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay.

Amal Parikh
Director, Ohm Stock Broker Pvt. Ltd.

Amal N Parikh is the promoter and director of Ohm Stock Broker Pvt. Ltd among India’s most successful portfolio management & advisory services companies. Mr. Parikh’s growth investing strategies have placed him among India’s top High Net worth individual Investors & among the top tax paying individuals in the country. Mr. Parikh’s active interests ex-capital markets are philanthropy & education. He is working on a Greenfield IB school project and actively invests in social entrepreneurs in India.

Ashish Kacholia
Director – Research at Lucky Securities Pvt Ltd

Ashish is Director- Research at Lucky Investment Managers Pvt. Ltd and an independent investor. Ashish holds a BE (Hons) from Mumbai University and an MMS from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.


Niten Malhan
Managing Director, Warburg Pincus

Niten Malhan is based in Mumbai, joined Warburg Pincus in 2001 and co-leads the firm’s activities in India. Mr. Malhan is also a member of the firm’s Executive Management Group. Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in New Delhi, Jakarta and Boston and was a Director of Business Development for a Silicon Valley start-up. Mr. Malhan is a Director of ACB, AVTEC, Diliigent Power, Laurus Labs, Lemon Tree Hotels and Metropolis Healthcare. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. Mr. Malhan holds a B.S. in computer science and engineering from IIT-Delhi and an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Krishna Ramkumar
Co-Founder and Trustee

Krishna currently leads operations at Avanti Learning Centres. For his work at Avanti, he was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship in 2012. Before Avanti, Krishna was a Senior Associate with the Boston Consulting Group in Mumbai. Krishna graduated from IIT Bombay in 2008 with a degree in Chemistry. At IIT, Krishna was the head of the Institute Student Mentor Program and editor of InsIghT, the student newspaper. He was also awarded the Shankar Dayal Sharma gold medal for overall academic and extra-curricular achievement at IIT Bombay.


Eevera M S 
Curriculum Manager, Chennai

Eevera manages Curriculum designing and creation for Chennai Schools Program. Prior to joining Avanti, he worked with Teach for India. He became passionate about teaching while working for 2 years in one of the Chennai Schools as TFI fellow. He graduated from IIT Madras with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His hobbies include travelling/ trekking, playing basketball and watching movies. He also happen to love motorbikes and have done quite a few road trips.