Deepak Chopra, Founder, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing
Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited
Nitin Nohria, Dean, Harvard Business School
Vandana Tilak, CEO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA
Satya Tiwari, President, Surya, Inc.
Fareed Zakaria, Author, journalist and Host of CNN’s “GPS”
Sumir Chadha, Managing Director, WestBridge Capital
Medha Rishi, CEO GlobalHR Advice & AP USA West Coast Development Director
Board of Directors
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande, Board Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation USA
Gururaj “Desh” Deshpande has been the Chairman of Akshaya Patra USA since 2008. Dr. Deshpande is the President and Chairman of Sparta Group LLC and has founded several successful companies including Cascade Communications and Sycamore Networks. Dr. Deshpande holds a B. Tech. in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology - Madras, an M.E. from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and Ph.D from Queens University in Canada. Dr. Deshpande serves as a life-member of the MIT Corporation.
Madhu Pandit Dasa, Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation India
Madhu Pandit Dasa has been a member of the Akshaya Patra USA Board of Directors since 2006. He completed his B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT-Mumbai in the year 1980. While he was doing his Masters in Technology in IIT-Mumbai in 1981, he became a full-time member of ISKCON. In 1994, he initiated an integrated social development project for the benefit of the rural people of Mysore and Mandya districts. A model, prototype organic farm based on natural and earth-friendly farming methods along with an internationally accredited farmer-training center has been setup in the 110-acre land on the banks of river Kaveri in Srirangapatam. He designed the first centralized and mechanized kitchen of Akshaya Patra, to provide school meals to underprivileged children in the Government schools of Bangalore Rural District during July 2000.
Chanchalapathi Dasa, Vice Chairman, Akshaya Patra Foundation India
Chanchalapathi Dasa, known to many as “CP Ji”, was among the first founders of the Akshaya Patra Foundation. While in college, he embraced the mission of Srila Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and became a full-time dedicated member in 1984. Inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s message of compassion and self-less service, Chanchalapathi Dasa helped found Akshaya Patra as a pilot program serving school meals to just 1,500 children in 5 schools in Bangalore. Together, the founders combined their own knowledge of engineering to transform Akshaya Patra into one of the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programs that today serves 1.3 million children daily in over 9,500 schools from 19 kitchens in nine states across India. Today, Chanchalapathi Dasa manages the executive operations of the Foundation.
Prabhakar "PK" Kalavacherla, Partner, KPMG USA
Prabhakar "PK" Kalavacherla is a partner with KPMG in San Francisco, CA, beginning in February 2014. From 2009 to 2013 he was a Board Member for the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the organiztion responsible for issuing international financial reporting standards. Previously, he was a partner with KPMG USA in San Francisco, and has done rotations with KPMG in London and India.
Dr. Siva Sivaram is an Executive Vice President at Western Digital, responsible for the company’s industry-leading NAND flash memories and other memory and storage technologies.
Siva has more than 35 years of experience in semiconductor technology and manufacturing. He has held executive positions at Intel, Matrix Semiconductor and at SanDisk after its acquisition of Matrix. Additionally, he was the founder and CEO of Twin Creeks Technologies, a solar panel and equipment company.
Siva serves on the board of directors of the Global Semiconductor Alliance and the US-India Business Council. He has been on the board member of several start-up firms and was entrepreneur-in-residence at Crosslink Capital and XSeed Capital. He also serves on the board of Akshaya Patra, the world’s largest NGO dedicated to feeding school children.
Siva has published numerous technical papers and a textbook on Chemical Vapor Deposition and holds several patents in semiconductor and solar technologies.
He received his doctorate and master’s degrees in materials science from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he has been elected to its Board of Trustees. Additionally, Siva is a Distinguished Alumnus of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi, India, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Vandana Tilak, CEO - firstname.lastname@example.org
Vandana is the founder of Bombay Pictures, the Oshan Center and Almex USA, Inc. a family owned engineering firm specializing in aerospace aluminum cast house technology.
Vandana was appointed to the Akshaya Patra USA Board in 2015. As a pro bono CEO for an exemplary organization since January 2018, she oversees a lean staff of 12 and 600 volunteers in 24 chapters in cities across the US planning and implementing brand strategy, fund-raising and fostering donor relationships.
Akshaya Patra is a global charity organization raising funds to support the mid day meal program in India. The organization operates 43 centralized mega kitchens and cooks and transports meals to government school children in 12 States in India. With sustainable scaling models starting with 1,500 meals in 2000, the organization currently feeds 1.76 million meals in 14,250 schools every day. Often being the only meal the child receives in the day, it plays a crucial role in the intervention to support classroom hunger and education at the same time. The organization celebrated serving the 3 billionth meal with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. For more information: www.foodforeducation.org
Vandana is a trained ayurvedic practitioner, an avid reader of philosophy and enjoys travel, poetry, music, portraiture and photography. Vandana and her husband Ravi in Manhattan Beach, CA.
Geeta Kulkarni, Director of Development, West - Geeta@apusa.org
Geeta has been associated with Akshaya Patra almost since inception due to her passion to do something transformational for society. She started working as a volunteer in December 2001 and was one of the founder member of the fund raising team in India. She has deep expertise in fund raising and has extensive experience in creating different products, avenues for fund raising. She was instrumental in creating various unique programs for engagement and volunteering for the corporate sector. She also has played transformational roles in Human resources by defining engagement drivers and strategy for our employees. Geeta has a Masters in Software Engineering from Brandeis University, and is based in the Bay Area.
Ankita Narula, Director of Development, East - Ankita@apusa.org
I am open-minded, fun loving, an easy-going, caring, adventurous and sincere woman.
I am honest and give 100% in everything I do. I enjoy exploring new places such as- historical spots, cruise with friends, hill stations, mountains. Fitness - Yoga/Meditation, Music, and Fashion are some interesting subjects to me.
Helping others really matters to me. I saw a worthy cause with an emotional appeal in Akshaya Patra. I feel proud to be a part of this exceptional effort. The cause is huge – almost infinite. I believe better education leads to a better quality of life.
Healthy, happy and knowledgeable children are essential for prosperity and progress. Akshaya Patra’s focus on food and education goes a long way towards helping to achieve that.
Medha Rishi, West Coast Development Director
Medha heads up business development strategy for Akshaya Patra within the innovation hub of Silicon Valley. As a pro-bono Director and member of the Advisory Board, Medha is in-charge of the Western U.S territories as well as AP USA's Human Resources' operations. She currently also holds the title of CEO and Founder of GlobalHR Advice, helping start-ups establish HR best practices worldwide. Formerly, Medha was a HR executive at Square, Inc., and has worked with some of the largest global consulting firms such as Mercer, Aon and Woodruff-Sawyer. She considers herself a global nomad, having worked with 63 countries and traveled to about half of them.
Medha is passionate about wellness and community service. This is captured in her leadership experience for healthcare industries (Boards of Twic, International Benefits Network, Global Benefits Association), as well as for non-profits (CFO United Nations-SF, HR chair for city council). In her spare time, she holds a private pilot license, enjoys tennis & golf. Medha is excited to bring this adventurous burst of energy to the AP USA organization.
Shivani Patel, Director of Marketing - Shivani@apusa.org
Shivani is new to the Akshaya Patra Team. She has over ten years of experience in graphic design and marketing. She has worked with a variety of companies spanning industries like entertainment, health & beauty and medical education. In this process she has gained much experience in various areas which she can now apply in this vital role with Akshaya Patra. Shivani currently resides in Southern California with her husband, young daughter and 2 dogs. She loves to spend her free time with her family and friends. Shivani is involved with the local Indian community and in her spare time enjoys dancing, traveling and being creative. She is very excited to join the AP family and is looking forward to this beautiful journey of helping our future.
Piyali Dutta, Donor Liason - Piyali@apusa.org
Piyali brings over 16 years of corporate financial sales and marketing experience. Prior to joining Akshaya Patra, she worked at Putnam Investments, MFS Investments and Hartford Life Insurance. She was in charge of a $40 million territory and her roles included sales and marketing of financial products, developing new and managing existing client relationships, along with event planning to increase territory sales. Piyali was a multifunctional manager recognized for researching and developing innovative marketing strategies that drive sales, build high quality brand reputation, and increase customer loyalty. She has a B.A from SUNY Buffalo.
Rajesh Chilkunda, Director of Projects - Rajesh@apusa.org
Raj comes from the IT corporate world having worked for 20+ years in IT projects at Toyota, Disney, AT&T, in the US, UK and in India. Raj moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and previously worked in Washington D.C.
Raj is excited to join Akshaya Patra because the work here is meaningful and you get to see real effects on people’s lives with this work.
Raj lives in La Crescenta with his wife Gita who works at Mount St. Mary’s University in IT, and twin sons Adarsh and Vikram who are in high school. Raj’s interests are in IT, personal finance and public speaking.
Seirah Royin - Seirah@apusa.org
Seirah Royin is a professional actress and producer in Hollywood, CA. She plays the role of Mrs. Tripathi co-starring with Gillian Anderson, David Arquette and Parambrata Chatterjee in the film, SOLD, directed by Oscar winner, Jeffrey Brown and Executive Produced by Oscar winner, Emma Thompson. Seirah is also an Associate Producer of the film. Seirah serves as an Ambassador for Childreach International and the #taughtnottrafficked campaign to fight human trafficking worldwide through education for children.
Currently, Seirah is in development on her next feature film in which she serves as Executive Producer, Writer and Lead Actress. With a multinational cast of A-List stars, the film tells the true story of a heroic Indian princess in World War II.
Liz Magliozzi - Adminstration
I have been working for Akshaya Patra for over two years now and I must say it has been very rewarding. I come from a financial background working for start up businesses which I enjoyed as well.
I have always wanted to work for a non-profit and since I semi-retired I couldn’t have found a better organization to join. It’s so heart warming to know that I can give aid to help the children. That is what life is all about.
Philip Quinn - Administration
Recently retired from a career in financial services operations and project management. Now associated with Akshaya Patra to fulfill my desire to assist a nonprofit organization on a part-time basis.