Board Members

Akshay Saxena, Co-Founder and Managing Trustee

Apart from being the Co-Founder of Avanti, Akshay is also an Ashoka fellow. He was awarded the Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship and Echoing Green Fellowship in 2012 for his work at Avanti. Before starting his venture, he 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 with a degree in Chemical Engineering and was enrolled in the MBA program at the Harvard Business School.




Krishna Ramkumar, Co-Founder and Trustee

Krishna is the Co-Founder of Avanti and currently leads the operations as CEO. For his work at Avanti, he was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship in 2012. He has also been recognized as one of ‘30 under 30 Social Entrepreneurs’ by Forbes in 2014. Previously, Krishna was a Senior Associate at Boston Consulting Group in Mumbai and graduated from IIT Bombay with a degree in Chemistry.





Ashank Desai, Trustee, 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.





Deepak Kamble, Program Director

Currently working at Avanti as the Program Director, Deepak manages all the programs and associations with government school systems across the country. Previously, he worked with the IDEX Fellowship (International Fellowship Program in Social Enterprise) as a Field Director where he was responsible for execution of the program in India. Prior to that, he worked at ‘iDiscoveri Education’ as a Business Development Manager, where he was responsible for the company’s business for a few districts of Telangana.  He has also worked as a consultant and researcher helping various overseas companies set up/do business with/in India and optimize production processes of large manufacturing organizations.