about

Medha improves employment outcomes for youth. We provide 21st century skills training, career counseling and workplace exposure, and ongoing job placement and alumni support to students at their existing educational institution.

Since 2011, Medha has trained over 3,000 students across 30 educational institutions, placed them into internships and full-time jobs with 200 leading employers, and built a public-private partnership with the Government of Uttar Pradesh.

Medha is supported by leading global foundations like Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Citi Foundation, and EdelGive Foundation; and has received numerous awards and recognitions for its work, including the Echoing Green Global Fellowship, the Dasra Girl Power Award, and the Sitaram Rao Livelihoods Asia Award.

मेधा युवाओं में कौशल विकास व रोज़गार शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में कार्यरत एक अग्रणी संस्था है । ये शैक्षिक संस्थानों में पहुँच कर छात्र-छात्राओं को २१वीं शताब्दी के अनुरूप कौशल प्रशिक्षण, करियर काउन्सेलिंग, ऑन-द-जॉब ट्रेनिंग, प्लेसमेंट सेवाएँ एवं एलुमनाई सहायता प्रदान करती है |

मेधा द्वारा २०११ से अब तक २५ कॉलेजों में २००० से अधिक छात्रों को प्रशिक्षित किया गया है । २०० से अधिक बड़ी कंपनियों के साथ कार्य करते हुए मेधा ने उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार के उच्च शिक्षा विभाग के साथ सार्वजनिक-निजी क्षेत्र की सहभागिता स्थापित की है |

मेधा माइकल और सुजेन डेल फाउंडेशन, सिटी फाउंडेशन और एडेल्गिव फाउंडेशन जैसे कई वैश्विक फाउंडेशन व कारपोरेशन के साथ जुड़ी है | रोज़गार एवं कौशल विकास के क्षेत्र में अपने कार्य के लिए मेधा को एकोइंग ग्रीन फ़ेलोशिप, दसरा गर्ल पॉवर अवार्ड और सीताराम राव लाइवलीहुड्स एशिया अवार्ड सहित कई पुरस्कारों से सम्मानित किया गया है |

  • India
    • 407 Dr. Baijnath Road
    • New Hyderabad
    • Lucknow - 226007
    • Uttar Pradesh, India
    • +91 5224044932
  • United States
    • 47 South Street
    • Natick, Massachusetts
    • 01760, USA
    • +1 5084366829

advisors

Vikram Akula

Founder/ SKS Microfinance
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Founder/ SKS Microfinance
Vikram is the Founder of SKS Microfinance, India’s largest MFI offering microloans and insurance to poor women in impoverished areas of India. He has over two decades of work and research experience in microfinance. He has also worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy and English from Tufts, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He is the author of A Fistful of Rice; My Unexpected Quest to End Poverty Through Profitability.

Sridar Iyengar

Independent Advisor / ICICI, Infosys, Rediff.com
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Independent Advisor / ICICI, Infosys, Rediff.com
Mr. Sridar Iyengar is an independent mentor investor in early stage start-up companies. For more than 35 years, he has worked in the United Kingdom, the United States and India with a large number of companies, advising them on strategy and other issues. Mr. Iyengar is the former President of Foundation for Democratic Reforms in India, a U.S. based non-profit organization. He is also an advisor to several venture and private equity funds in India. Earlier, he was a senior partner with KPMG in the United States and the United Kingdom and served for 3 years as the Chairman and CEO of KPMG's operations in India. Mr. Iyengar holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree from Calcutta University and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr. Iyengar also serves as a non-executive director of ICICI Venture Funds Management Company Limited, Rediff.com Limited, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India Limited, CL Educate Limited, Cleartrip Private Limited, AverQ Inc., Kovair Software Inc., Rediff Holdings Inc. in the United States of America, Cleartrip Inc. in the Cayman Islands, IYogi Limited in Mauritius and Dr. Reddy's Laboratories S.A. in Switzerland. He is also a member of American India Foundation, a U.S. based non-profit organization.

Sheila Hooda

CEO & President/ Alpha Advisory Partners
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CEO & President/ Alpha Advisory Partners
Sheila Hooda is currently the CEO and President of Alpha Advisory Partners, an advisory firm focused on the financial and business services sectors. She has over 30 years of experience working for, advising and transforming global financial services, consumer, education and business, professional and information services firms. Ms. Hooda recently served on the executive team at Thomson Reuters, and previously at TIAA-CREF, where she was a member of the Office of the CEO and Senior Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and M&A. Prior to this, Ms. Hooda was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse. Earlier on Ms. Hooda was a consultant with McKinsey & Co and started her career with American Express Bank in India. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Harvard Kennedy School of Public Leadership. Ms. Hooda serves on the Board of Pratham USA - Tristate Committee and the Advisory Board of The Demand Institute. She previously served on the Global Advisory Board of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Trustee of Women's World Banking as well as the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and the Business Council of the Asia Society. Ms. Hooda is a Governance Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Hooda received a M.B.A from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.

Sunil Kandlikar

Chief Technology Officer/ Red Dragon Solutions
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Chief Technology Officer/ Red Dragon Solutions
Sunil is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Red Dragon Solutions. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of TeamLease Services. Prior to TeamLease, he was the General Manager, Managed Learning Services at Adayana. Sunil was previously the President and CEO of Trina Systems Private Ltd. prior to its acquisition by Adayana Inc. In the past, Sunil established and managed the India operations of LearningByte International, with over 150 employees in multiple locations, including Hyderabad and Bangalore. Prior to LearningByte, Sunil served as General Manager of Corporate Planning for the Pennar Group, and as Project Manager for Tata Consultancy, an early global software company based in India. He received M.B.A from IIM Bangalore.

Jennifer Leonard

Director of Impact Investing/ CAPROCK Group
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Director of Impact Investing/ CAPROCK Group
Jennifer is Director of Impact Investing at The CAPROCK Group. Previously she was a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Equity Research group. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Jennifer was CFO of SKS Microfinance. Prior to SKS, Jennifer was an Assistant Vice President at Merrill Lynch. Jennifer has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry. In 2004, Jennifer left Wall Street to pursue a six-month volunteer opportunity at Veerayatan Vidyapeeth, a school for economically disadvantaged children in the rural region of Kutch in Gujarat. Jennifer graduated magna cum-laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics and earned an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School and an M.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Western Europe and French from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Luis Miranda

Senior Advisor/ Morgan Stanley Infrastructure
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Senior Advisor/ Morgan Stanley Infrastructure
Luis is currently a senior advisor for Morgan Stanley Infrastructure and is the chairman of the board of advisors for the Centre for Civil Society. Prior to his current role advising various non-profits and infrastructure funds, Luis was the CEO of IDFC Private Equity. Prior to setting up IDFC PE, he was a Partner at ChrysCapital. Prior to that, he spent 11 years in sales and trading and was a key member of the start-up team at HDFC Bank. He has also worked at HSBC Markets, Citibank, KPMG and PriceWaterhouse. Luis received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and an MCom from the University of Mumbai. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and was a rank-holder at the ICAI examinations and at the MCom Part I.

Jacob Mnookin

Lead Founder and Executive Director/ Coney Island Preparatory School
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Lead Founder and Executive Director/ Coney Island Preparatory School
Jacob is the Lead Founder and Executive Director of Coney Island Preparatory School, the first public charter school in South Brooklyn. Upon graduating from Middlebury College in 2002, Jacob Mnookin joined Teach For America, and began his career as a professional educator at Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey. After teaching for three years, Mr. Mnookin made the difficult decision to leave the classroom and go to graduate school. In 2005, he began studying Domestic Policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. During his time at the Woodrow Wilson School, Mr. Mnookin studied educational and social policy, and spent ten weeks working at the Friendship Public Charter School, which is a charter management organization that runs several charter schools in Washington, D.C. Upon graduating from Princeton with a Masters in Public Affairs and a Masters in Urban & Regional Planning, Mr. Mnookin received a fellowship from Building Excellent Schools, a full-time, comprehensive training program in charter school leadership that trains individuals to design, found and operate high-performing urban charter schools. Mr. Mnookin decided to focus upon the Coney Island community because of his conviction that its diverse and extraordinarily talented student base was not being adequately served by current options, and that there was a longstanding need for a college preparatory public school in the community. Coney Island Prep opened in August 2009 to its inaugural class of 90 5th graders.

Rajesh Nair

Former Faculty/ Institute of Rural Management, Anand
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Former Faculty/ Institute of Rural Management, Anand
Rajesh Nair is Executive Director, Consumer InSight with Time Analytic and Shared Services Pvt. Ltd. He has over 17 years' experience across consumer insights and market measurement, statistical consulting and training, and analytic consulting. He is an expert in brand equity measurement, brand growth strategies, segmentation, pricing and portfolio, and customer attrition. His Sectoral expertise is in consumer packaged goods, durables, agribusiness, financial services and retail. He is the Former Executive Director and Practice Leader of MarketQuest, Ipsos India, and the Former Director and Asia Pacific Regional Practice Leader for Segmentation Research at The Nielsen Company. Previously, Rajesh was a faculty member at the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, and he is an alumnus of the London School of Economics.

Varsha Pancholi

President/ India Development Services
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President/ India Development Services
Varsha is a CPA and president of Pancholi & Associates located in Naperville, IL and is currently a member of the CPA Regulation and Legislative Committee. She has served in leadership roles in numerous non-profit organizations including India Development Service, SKS Foundation, Vaishnav Samaj of Midwest, Birpur Abroad Association, and NCO Youth & Family. Varsha received her B.S. in Accounting from Bombay University, and her CPA from the University of Illinois.

GV Ravishankar

Managing Director/ Sequoia Capital
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Managing Director/ Sequoia Capital
Ravi Shankar is a Managing Director with Sequoia Capital. At Sequoia Capital, Ravi Shankar focuses on sectors like Consumer, Healthcare and Education. He currently serves on the board of Prataap Snacks, Faaso's, Via, Glocal Healthcare, K12 Techno Services, ISFC and Edusys. Prior to this, Ravi Shankar worked at McKinsey & Company in Mumbai, where he advised senior management of top Indian companies on a variety of issues including business building, channel management and leadership development. Earlier he also worked at Wipro Technologies in their Embedded and Internet Access division. Ravi Shankar received an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he was awarded the President's Gold Medal. He also holds a BE in Computer Science and Engineering from REC Trichy.

Dave Sharma

Chairman Emeritus/ Transitair - TTA group
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Chairman Emeritus/ Transitair - TTA group
Dave is Chairman Emeritus at the Transitair - TTA group of companies, where he has directed large operations involving the manufacture of passenger rail cars, locomotives, and freight cars. He has also directed, conceptualized, and led international consortia for implementation of large projects involving mobility and transportation manufacturing. Dave holds an MBA in Finance from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a BTech from the Indian Railways Institue of Engineering, and a BSc from Lucknow University. He also holds two CEs from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the Institution of Production Engineers, both in the UK.

Manoj Sharma

Co-Founder & Director of Indian Operations/ MicroSave
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Co-Founder & Director of Indian Operations/ MicroSave
Manoj is Co-Founder and Director of Indian Operations for MicroSave. Prior to MicroSave, Manoj was part of the SME financing team at SIDBI. Manoj has also worked extensively to conceptualise and implement program for promotion of micro enterprises and creation of livelihood opportunities in rural areas of India. Manoj has also conducted extensive work on strategic business planning for MFIs in India and the Philippines as well as process mapping/analysis to improve the efficiency and decrease the risk of their operations. At MicroSave, Manoj has worked extensively on strategic business planning, developing and implementing individual lending programs; pilot-testing; loan portfolio audits and market research as well as governance and legal issues for MFIs. His areas of interest include assistance to start-up microfinance institutions, product development, market research and urban microfinance. Manoj has a BE from Madan Mohan Malviya Engineering College and an Environment Management degree from University of Bradford.

Rajeev Shukla

Executive Vice President/ EiQ Networks, Hydrabad
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Executive Vice President/ EiQ Networks, Hydrabad
Rajeev Shukla is the Executive VP, product engineering - SOC & support with EiQ Networks. An IT industry leader with 20+yrs of experience, he was responsible for one of the largest data center project's roll out for Sun Microsystems. He is an ex VP of Security Business Unit in CA Technologies. An Entrepreneur by heart, he founded Raaga Technologies Pvt Ltd in 2011, the first user of cloud based educational platform. He is an avid reader, traveler and blogger and is currently working on two books expected to come out in this year. He is on a pursuit to find a solution to the issue of Educated Unemployed youth. He strongly believes that a right enabelment and engagement model which leverages technology can help the youth seek and pursue better placement opportunities.

Jasper Vet

Capital Management/ Royal Bank of Scotland
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Capital Management/ Royal Bank of Scotland
Jasper is an independent auditing and finance consultant with over 15 years experience. He previously spent 4 years as the Audit Manager for ABN AMRO Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland. Prior to RBS he worked as a Supervisor at KPMG Audit. Jasper received his MA in Economics from Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam and worked there as a research assistant in auditing for one year afterward.

team

Byomkesh Mishra

co-founder
  • 10+ years’ experience
  • Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
  • writing, reading

Former Head of Financial Inclusion

Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation • Lucknow

Former Director of Business Development

SKS Microfinance • Hyderabad

MBA - Rural Management

Institute of Rural Management • Anand

Christopher Turillo

co-founder
  • 10+ years’ experience
  • Natick, Massachusetts
  • cycling, gadgets

Former Director of Business Development

SKS Microfinance • Hyderabad

Former Director of Business Development

Business Development Institute • New York

MBA - Finance, Entrepreneurship

University of Chicago Booth School of Business • Chicago

MA - International Development

Johns Hopkins SAIS • Washington, DC

Sarita Upadhyay

strategy
  • 10+ years’ experience
  • Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh
  • cooking, reading, music

Former Credit Control Manager

WNS/AVIVA • Pune

Former Senior Faculty

Infoden Education • Lucknow

Former Faculty

UPDESCO • Lucknow

Post Graduate Diploma – Human Resources

IGNOU • Lucknow

Post Graduate Diploma – Information Management

Lucknow University • Lucknow

Swati Goyal

operations
  • 5+ years' experience
  • Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • reading, writing

Former Branch Manager - Channel

Reliance Life Insurance • Lucknow

Former Service Manager

Axis Mutual Fund • UP and Uttaranchal

Former Executive- Client Service

HDFC Mutual Fund • Lucknow

MBA

ICFAI • Gurgaon

Mayank Gavri

finance & admin
  • 5+ years' experience
  • Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • badminton, accounting, travel

Former Audit Intern

Avanish K. Rastogi & Associates • Lucknow

Former Audit Intern

MRKS & Associates • Delhi

BCom

Lucknow University • Lucknow

Sharia Bushra Zaman

people
  • 10+ years' experience
  • Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • reading, cooking, watching television

Former Coordinator and Secretary

Avadh Girls' Degree College • Lucknow

Former Operations Manager

GE Money • Lucknow

Former Process Associate

GE Capital International Services Ltd. • Gurgaon

MA - Economics

Lucknow University • Lucknow

Shubhra Gupta

knowledge
  • Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
  • travel, music

Former Training Manager

NEXT • Gurgaon

PGDBM

IPM • Lucknow

Smita S Pendharkar

partnerships
  • 3+ years' experience
  • Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • environmental consciousness, cynophile, creative writing

Former Research Associate

Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN) • Boston, NYC

Former Research Associate

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) • Mumbai

PhD - Sociology

Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) • Mumbai

MA - Social Policy

University of Pennsylvania • Philadelphia

BA - International Development

Clark University • Worcester

careers

Medha is an enterprising organization that aims to support and attract creative, passionate people with an interest in working with youth. We currently have the following vacancies: