Team

Akshay Saxena
Co-Founder
akshay@avantifellows.org

Akshay currently serves as the President 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.


Krishna Ramkumar
Co-Founder
krishna@avantifellows.org

Krishna currently leads Avanti’s operations as CEO. 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. buy essay cheap


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.


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Deepak Kamble
Program Director
deepak.kamble@avantifellows.org

Deepak currently works at Avanti as ‘Program Director’. He manages all (Four at the moment) programs with government school systems across the country. Deepak has worked for around 10 years, mostly in Education sector. In last assignment, he worked with IDEX Fellowship (International Fellowship Program in Social Enterprise) as a Field Director where he was responsible for execution of program in India. In earlier assignment with ‘iDiscoveri Education’ as Business Development Manager, he was responsible for company’s business for few districts of Andhra Pradesh (current Telangana).  He has also worked as consultant and researcher helping few overseas companies to set up/do business with/in India and optimize production processes of large manufacturing organizations.


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