The Foundation was set up on the belief that quality education is the absolute right of every person. Lack of access, infrastructure, resource constraints, or policy should never be a cause for denying anyone their fundamental right to pursue and fulfil their dreams. Our efforts contribute towards this vision of an equal society where accessibility is not a prerequisite to education…
OBLF seeks to provide quality education to children from socio-economically weaker sections of society in rural Bangalore. We leverage the power of the community by developing and creating capacity in rural women to deliver impactful learning, create critical awareness about their role in society and in the environment around them – thus enabling social and financial empowerment for this segment.
We enable rural communities – young children and women – to take informed decisions and lead meaningful productive lives by setting a strong foundation through education and capacity building.
OBLF has two equally important areas of thrust and impact. The first has been towards curating high quality and research driven curriculum on English and basic Computer literacy. The second area of emphasis has been on socially empowering, capacitating, and creating employment for semi educated women from these communities. This dualistic approach has created a sustainable model of gaining and imparting education through collective community action.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Anamika Majumder – Founder and Managing Trustee
Anamika, the Founder of OBLF is a Software Professional, based out of Boston, MA. She has worked for companies like Sun Microsystems, Thomson Reuters/DTCC, The MathWorks, Optum/UnitedHealthGroup in the USA for 2 decades. With an undergrad degree in Architecture from MNIT Jaipur and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Anamika also has a demonstrated history of working in non-profit management. When she moved back to India in 2010, Anamika spent her time traveling to government schools in Bangalore and interacting with the children. Her experiences at these state-run schools cemented her beliefs about improving the quality of education and enhance learning experiences for children in rural India. Anamika’s mission to instill a love of learning in underprivileged children became the founding philosophy for OBLF and in July 2010, the organization was set up to meet those ends. Anamika has run full marathons for OBLF in Berlin, Mumbai, Chicago and Cape Town. She aspires to also run marathons in the remaining 3 continents for this cause that is very close to her heart.
Arvind Malhan – Trustee
Arvind is a Partner at New Silk Route (NSR), a $1.4 Billion private equity fund focused on South Asia, where he has led and managed the firm’s investments, marque ones like VRL Logistics, Cafe Coffee Day, and Ortel Communications. Prior to joining NSR in 2010, Arvind served as the Executive Director at JP Morgan Private Capital Asia, the Asian private equity arm of JP Morgan, where he was part of the founding team. He previously served as Director of TVG Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on telecom, media and information technology investments across Asia, where he started the firm’s India office. Arvind began his career at McKinsey and Company, where he developed strategic initiatives for leading global companies in the information technology and financial services industries, and has also worked at Morgan Stanley Venture Partners and Pequot Capital Management. Arvind has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Aashu Calapa – Trustee
Aashu was heading ‘The Live Love Laugh’ Foundation where he spent 18 months working on building mental health awareness. Prior to his social ventures, Aashu worked extensively in Human Resources (HR) sector. He began his career in Wipro where he spent 11 years, followed by another 11 years in Firstsource Solutions Limited. During his time in HR, Aashu was also associated with Red Bus. He has a Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Aashu has done his masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations.
ANISH RAMACHAnDRAN – Trustee AND CEO (Hon.)
Anish is our passionate and driven CEO – a man of many talents who has spent more than twenty-five years as a business leader at the helm of corporate leadership. Prior to his retirement from the corporate sector, Anish served as the Vice-President and Director of Intel’s Greater Asia Region operations, and has worked at Intel across various leadership positions for over eighteen years. An alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur, Anish brings with him extensive leadership chops, a passion to work with marginalized under-privileged communities, and a thirst to bridge educational learning gaps enabling every child to reach their potential. When Anish is not busy working on OBLF’s funding, pedagogy, marketing, impact assessment strategies, you can find him penning down his thoughts most-eloquently or jamming to Simon n Garfunkel.
Sangeeta P Mahendran – Trustee
Srinivas Katta – Trustee
Srinivas is a founding and senior partner with IndusLaw with over 15 years of experience and specializes in mergers and acquisition, strategic alliances, private equity investment, joint ventures and corporate governance. Srinivas has been consistently listed in Band 1 for Corporate/ M&A and Band 2 for Private Equity by Chambers & Partners in its Asia guides. He has also been consistently recognized as “one of the leading lawyers of India” by Asia Law Profiles. Furthermore, he has been recognised in ‘The Mint’ for being one of the 40 who ‘matter’ in the start-up ecosystem. Srinivas has also been widely endorsed as one of the most trusted lawyers in India in ICCA’s latest publication “The Vanguards”. Srinivas is a member of the board of several companies and is also a trustee and advisor to charitable foundations and projects.
TRISTHA RAMAMURTHY - TRUSTEE
Dr. Tristha is the founder of Ekya schools. Established in 2010, Ekya is a chain of progressive K-12 schools offering Kindergarten, Montessori and Grades K-12 . She spearheads K-12 initiatives under the CMR Group, overseeing State Boards, CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE and Pre-University Institutes, with an overall strength of 7000 students. She is also the Provost of CMR University and leads the academic development initiatives. She aspires to transform higher education by preparing youth for future work and enabling them to drive meaningful change. Dr. Tristha Ramamurthy has a Bachelors in Business Management and Political Science from the Singapore Management University and a MA in Education from Stanford University. She followed this up with a PhD in Education from Kings College, London. Her past research has focused on topics including educational equity, teacher motivation, education policy and curriculum construction.
EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD
Rajeevan Karal - Education Advisory Board Member
Dr Rajeevan Karal has been an illustrious English teacher and Master trainer for over 45 years. For over two decades he was a member of the Faculty at the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. Later he moved into the Publishing industry to set up the Publishing Division for Cambridge University Press, India and retired as the Senior Vice-President of the Press in 2012. Since then he has been an independent English Language Consultant offering consultancy services to different publishers and is actively engaged in training teachers and developing content for teaching-learning purposes. He has authored many course books for teaching English to both the school and university level. His major areas of interest include training, content development, curriculum development and self-directed learning.
Geetha Rajeevan - Education Advisory Board Member
Mahesh Shetty – Program Manager
Dr.Roopa DevaDasan - HEAD OF PUBLIC HEALTH
Dr. Roopa Devadasan has been working as a Public Health expert and school teacher, alternately and sometimes in parallel for the past 35 years. Trained in allopathy, there has been ongoing learning in other healing systems along the way, working with tribal and urban populations. The challenge ahead is to discover, in the Anekal Taluk , ground realities of the disadvantaged and to look for more equitable holistic health care solutions. Much work could be in collaboration with the government and other stakeholders, always with the community at the center.
Faiza KHAN – Program Development Manager
TUHINA NAIR - FUNDRAISING & VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS CONSULTANT
Tuhina has been instrumental in helping OBLF build fundraising and resource mobilization capacity by developing functional linkages with both corporate and social sector donors. Inspired by her mother, Tuhina began her career 18 years ago at HelpAge India going on to work for esteemed organisations like SOS Children’s Villages of India, CRY, Smile Foundation, Hope Foundation & Concern India Foundation. Tuhina is a talented cook who enjoys traveling and spends every minute away from work making memories with her 10 year old munchkin!
SUNADINI - MASTER TRAINER
Sunadini is our Master Trainer and currently oversees the training and development of our para-teachers and field trainers. You are most likely to find Sunadini in a classroom in her element. She believes that classrooms are a microcosm of the world outside and if we achieve equity in classrooms, it ripples outside into the world. Working with strong, gritty and vibrant women fuels her motivation to work at OBLF. When she is not working you can find her playing with dogs or Netflixing something questionable!
SAFOORA NOOR - FIELD TRAINER
Safoora is a graduate from Christ University, Bangalore with a Bachelors in Psychology, Sociology and Economics. She has previously worked as a fellow at Teacher for India teaching in a low income private school for two years. The Fellowship experience has shaped her world view and greatly informs her role as a Field Trainer at OBLF. Her goal is to scale impact from one classroom as a teacher to many classrooms as a Trainer. Safoora, also happens to be a cat mom who befriends every cat she crosses paths with!
VINITA KURUP - PROJECT MANAGER (HON.)
Vinita is an Electrical Engineer with 25 years of Corporate experience, passionate about simplifying and professionalizing writing and communication. Vinita also consults with start-ups and believes in empowering young adults, with extra-curricular skills for succeeding in their careers and lives. Vinita manages OBLF’s Community Rehabilitation Project on a plethora of activities – including running classes at the Learning Centre for the children of the community, arranging regular health checkups and hygiene camps for the women and other community members. Vinita played a very crucial role in organizing Covid vaccination camps for the underprivileged in our area of operation.
K SHREE VIDYA LAKSHMI - FINANCE CONSULTANT
Shree Vidya qualified as a CA in 2005 and has been in practice for the past 4 and half years. She also completed IFRS (ACCA) & Dip. In. Forensic Audit & Fraud Detection (ICAI). Her mantra ‘Learn till your last breath’ makes Vidya a keen learner who is open to new experiences. She enjoys music, playing chef in the kitchen and traveling!
Dr.ANKITA KAR - Public health consultant
Ankita has a formal background in Bachelors in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery along with a professional background in Masters in Public Health. She started working as a Physician and then shifted to the domain on the larger public wherein she entered the Public Health realm. As a Public Health Professional she started her own project focusing on the Jan Aushadhi Program. After that Ankita worked as a Consultant in an evaluation project of the Maternity Waiting Homes in tribal areas and also in urban slums focusing on menstrual hygiene. At OBLF, Ankita works as a Public Health Consultant. Her personal interests include identifying the social determinants of health, strengthening of health systems and also gender equality.