Founding Philosophy

India is a vast country with a huge number of children in state run schools. By the time OBLF was founded in 2010, the Government of India had done an excellent job of starting schools in almost every remote/rural area. So the first crucial step in reaching the target of One Billion Literates had been taken. Unfortunately, massive learning deficits were being reported throughout the country year on year by NGO Pratham. Even though only a tiny percentage of children were not in schools, children were dropping out of the school system before high school.

One Billion Literates is an aspirational effort to break an enormous problem into smaller/manageable parts. The vision leverages the existing physical infrastructure of public elementary schools and outlines a customized curriculum to support students beyond classroom learning. 

From one school, one rural district of Anekal outside Bangalore, we expanded to 100+ schools. We believe, the program can be replicated in other parts of the country and has the potential to educate all ages from childhood to adulthood. OBLF leverages the “multiplier effect” of literacy to empower people, enabling them to participate fully in society and contributing to improving livelihoods.

We are dedicated to creating equitable platforms to bridge the urban rural divide in rural India.

Board of Trustees (India)

ANAMIKA MAJUMDER

FOUNDER, OBLF & MANAGING TRUSTEE
TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL, PRESIDENT OBLF USA

ARVIND MALHAN

SR ADVISOR, PVT EQUITY
FORMER PARTNER, NEW SILK ROUTES

AASHU CALAPA

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
FORMERLY CEO, LIVE LAUGH LOVE FOUNDATION

ANISH RAMACHANDRAN

CEO (HON.), OBLF
FORMERLY VP ASIA-PAC, INTEL CORP.

SANGEETA P MAHENDRAN

FOUNDER, ANTRAPRERNA VENTURES
FORMERLY DIRECTOR, HP INDIA

SRINIVAS KATTA

FOUNDER, INDUSLAW PARTNERS

DR. TRISTHA RAMAMURTHY

FOUNDER, EKYA SCHOOLS
PROVOST, CMR UNIVERSITY

Education Advisory Board (India)

DR. RAJEEVAN KARAL

ADVISOR - EDUCATION & ACADEMIA (HON.)

POONAM VARLANI

ADVISOR - EDUCATION & ACADEMIA

SWAPNA BAPAT

ADVISOR - EDUCATION & ACADEMIA

PREETHI MADAPPA

ADVISOR - EDUCATION & ACADEMIA

DR. DEVADASAN

ADVISOR - EDUCATION & ACADEMIA

GEETHA RAJEEVAN

EDUCATION ADVISOR (HON.)

Management Team (India)

SUDHA UPADHYAYULA

COO

VINITA KURUP

LEAD, COMMUNITY REHAB (HON.)

MAHESH SHETTY

LEAD, FIELD OPERATIONS

DR.ROOPA DEVADASAN

LEAD, PUBLIC HEALTH STRATEGY

FAIZA KHAN

LEAD, ACAD. PRODUCTS & IMPACT MEASUREMENT

TUHINA NAIR

LEAD, FUNDRAISING & CORP. VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

DR. ANVITA SHETTY

MEDICAL OFFICER, PUBLIC HEALTH

K SHREE VIDYA LAKSHMI

FINANCE CONSULTANT

SUNADINI

LEAD OPS, PROGRAMS AND TRAINING

SONALI GUPTA

SENIOR MANAGER - ACADEMIC PRODUCTS

SAFOORA NOOR

FIELD TRAINER

DR.ANKITA KAR

PROGRAM MANAGER, PUBLIC HEALTH

MONISHA MARIA

PROGRAM MANAGER (TEACHER TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT)

ANURADHA GANESAN

TRAINING & ED TECH

JIJO JOSE

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

DR. GOPUKRISHNAN PILLAI

PRAKASH BETTEGOWDA

USA Team

SCOTT FORTMANN

FOUNDER & TREASURER, OBLF USA

DAAMAN HEJMADI

VICE PRESIDENT

LEENA JANARDANAN

SECRETARY