About Medha

Medha's mission is to prepare youth for life after school

We started our journey a decade ago

Tested the Medha Model

Built initial program, implemented it with 150 students across 11 educational institutions in and around Lucknow.

प्रारंभिक कार्यक्रम बनाकर इसे लखनऊ और आसपास के 11 शिक्षण संस्थानों में 150 विद्यार्थियों के साथ कार्यान्वित किया गया।

Replicated in different geographies

Formalized partnership with the Uttar Pradesh Government. Expanded to five districts and 37 educational institutions. Impacted more than 7,000 students.

उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार के साथ औपचारिक साझेदारी के बाद पांच जिलों के 37 शैक्षणिक संस्थानों में हमने कदम रखे और 7,000 से अधिक छात्रों को प्रशिक्षित किया।

Prepared for mainstream integration

Restructured and grew the team to more than 100 people. Partnered with J-PAL for third-party evaluation. Started operations in Bihar and Haryana through government partnerships.

पुनर्गठित टीम की संख्या 100 से अधिक पहुँची। कार्यक्रम मूल्यांकन पद्धति में सुधार किया और इसे प्रभावकारी बनाने के लिए वैश्विक संस्था J-PAL की भागीदारी में प्रयोग प्रारम्भ हुआ। हमने बिहार और हरियाणा में भी काम शुरू किया।

Collaborated with state governments

Deeply engaged with new students and alumni to support them and keep the learning and career progression happening during the challenges of COVID and lockdowns. Reflected on our first decade of impact and planned for the future.

कई शिक्षा विभागों के साथ मिलकर राज्य-व्यापी योजनाओं को डिज़ाइन किया गया। और इसे बड़े पैमाने पर कार्यान्वित करने के लिए 30 से अधिक संस्थाओं के साथ साझेदारी हुई।

Strengthening capabilities to drive adoption at scale

Reorganized team to align with the current strategy. Added >40 people across domains and areas of expertise. Upgraded data & impact systems, grew innovation programs, and deepened government partnerships.

वर्तमान जरूरतों के आधार पर राज्य-स्तरीय परियोजनाओं को अपनाया। मिश्रित पद्धति पर आधारित प्रशिक्षण कार्यक्रम शुरू किया।

2011 - 2014
2014 - 2017
2018 - 2020
2020 - 2022

To realize an India with equal career opportunities for youth; irrespective of gender, class, or caste

We're committed to a student-centric approach

The entire Medha community shares a deep passion for doing what is demanded by our students and alumni. Irrespective of who we are working with, our approach is always the same - be a mentor, advocate, and facilitator.

If we let young people guide our work and path forward, we will reach closer to our ambitious vision.

समूचा मेधा परिवार, जिसमें मेधा की टीम, हमारे सहभागी शिक्षण संस्थान तथा सहयोगी संस्थाएँ व उनकी टीम सम्मिलित है, ये सभी छात्रों व युवाओं के हित में कार्य करने हेतु प्रतिबद्ध हैं| चाहे वह कोई स्कूली छात्रा हो अथवा उच्च शिक्षा प्राप्त मेधावी युवा हो, हमारी कार्यशैली सदा समान ही रहती है - अपने छात्रों के लिए एक सच्चे प्रशिक्षक, विश्वस्त सलाहकार, व कुशल मार्गदर्शक की भूमिका|

जब तक हम अपने छात्रों से अपने काम व योजनाओं का मार्गदर्शन लेते रहेंगे, तब तक हम अपने  महत्वाकांक्षी उद्देश्य की प्राप्ति के करीब पहुँचते जाएंगे।

We are a team of young changemakers

Christopher Turillo
Alok Dwivedi
Admin & Internal Control
Byomkesh Mishra
Krithika Ram
Anubha Srivastava
Saurabh Rai
System Adoption
Shireen Rizvi
Syed Afzal Mahmood
Great Place
To Work
Bhavna Jaisingh
Data & Impact
Jai Tiwari

Guided by a trusted group of advisors and board members

Jennifer is a life-long finance wizard – Wharton, Merrill Lynch, CFA, check, check, check. However, she has always found ways to apply her skills for the betterment of society, with stints at Women’s World Banking, SKS Microfinance, and an impact investing fund of funds. She naturally shares her inputs on our financial plans and models and pushes us to think about what sustainability means in our context.

Finance expert and more detail-oriented than Chris, Kumar spent most of his career at the 'same company' - DSP, DSP Merrill Lynch, then Bank of America Merrill Lynch, retiring in 2018 as the CFO for India. A CA rank holder, Kumar is the epitome of process and procedure, exactly what a non-profit needs when it reaches a certain size. Advising the team on how to improve its overall financial systems and risk-management, Kumar recently joined our advisory board. 

Investor turned development expert, Luis has managed to succeed at two very different careers. A founding team member at HDFC, ChrysCapital, and IDFC PE, Luis changed avatars to focus on the social sector ten years ago. He now serves on the boards of The Centre for Civil Society, CORO, and Take Charge, and oh yeah, he has recently started a Public Policy School. Luis is an incredible dot connector and has made dozens of valuable introductions for Medha.

Maitrayee is a professor and consultant who brings her extensive background in information and communications technology to her research and teaching on development issues. She has taught at the Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of ICT, and the Central University of Gujarat. She recently joined our board at just the right time, as everything goes online in the context of a deep digital divide across the country.

Manoj is a role-model and successful entrepreneur in the financial inclusion space, Co-founding, and leading Microsave for the last 15 years. Despite his diverse experience, he focuses his advice on HR-related issues most of the time and reminds us of how important it is to build a team that can take the mission forward. He also is well known for telling Chris and Byomkesh that Medha was a ‘risky venture’ when they were just starting out.

Praveen is a seasoned development professional with expertise in child rights. He has more than 15 years of experience with leading organizations such as Child Rights and You (CRY), Arpan, and TechnoServe. Praveen has been a trusted advisor to Medha since before we even started and a board member since 2011. We always leave a Praveen gyaan session with a few unique insights and ideas we're excited to implement right away.

Agricultural development expert and former Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, Dr. Sharma was instrumental in drafting the State and National Agriculture Policy, as well as other policies governing intellectual property at the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. Dr. Sharma has been informally mentoring us since 2018, and recently joined the advisory board to help us better address the needs of aspiring agri-entrepreneurs.   

Shalu is an all-around business strategy expert and design-thinker. She has developed innovative solutions for some of the world's largest companies at Bain, and for the last ten years has been designing for social impact as IDEO.org's Economic Prosperity Managing Director. Informally cheering Medha on since its inception, she joined the board in 2018 to help us build the team and partnerships required to get to the next level of scale.

Sheila is a corporate finance leader with over 30 years of experience across TIAA, Credit Suisse, and Thomson Reuters. She is equally as passionate about her philanthropic work and has played an instrumental role in encouraging more strategic giving within the Indian diaspora community. Sheila is extremely engaged and is always pushing us to take a more future-looking approach to our programming, technology, and fundraising.

Siddharth is a life-long learner with a diverse background, from journalism to structured finance, and everything in-between. He’s currently a consultant with the World Bank, where he is working on financial and technical assistance programs. Sidd brings his cross-sector experience to Medha, sharing unique, real-life case studies and a powerful network to help us problem solve and get through challenging situations.

A lawyer by profession, Suyash spends most of his time at the High Court, fighting cases on behalf of companies. But his passion lies with start-ups, and helping them understand the complex Indian business regime, so they can focus on what they do best. He has even published a book on the topic. He is our resident ‘second-opinion’ guy, when there is any doubt about a contract, agreement, or policy, Suyash is the first person we call.

Rajesh is a consumer insights guru with over 22 years of experience across leading market research firms like Ipsos, The Nielsen Company, and Time Inc. He somehow currently balances an executive-level role at Karvy Insights with his teaching duties as a Clinical Professor at the Asian Institute of Management. Rajesh has been an advisor to Medha since the very beginning, guiding us on student segmentation, product/market fit, and overall brand positioning. 

Join us on our mission
We are always looking for driven professionals who want to make a difference in the lives of young people. Join the Medha team and see the impact of your work everyday.
हम अपनी टीम के लिए हमेशा ऐसे प्रतिभावान व दृढ-निश्चयी लोगों की तलाश में रहते हैं जो युवाओं के जीवन में बदलाव लाना चाहते हैं। आप मेधा टीम में शामिल हों और हर दिन अपने काम का प्रभाव देखें।
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Medha's head office is located in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

407 Dr. Baijnath Road, New Hyderabad
Lucknow - 226007 - Uttar Pradesh

Main number: +91 522 4044932

Press requests: press@medha.org.in
General queries: info@medha.org.in
Career opportunities: careers page

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