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As a capacity building organization, Adhyayan Foundation seeks to improve the leadership and governance of teaching and learning in schools. Adhyayan’s team members have been refining the process of evidence-based self-review, benchmarked against global and Indian best practice, for the last 6 years across 390+ schools in 27 States through Adhyayan Quality Education Services, our social enterprise.

As consultants for TESS India, both projects of the Open University, UK our senior team have worked with teacher educator institutions of the government in West Bengal, MP, UP, and Assam to write the leadership materials as open education resources (OERs) for the training of teacher educators.

Our Founders were also actively involved in a UKIERI-MHRD commissioned programme, Developing school leadership capacity in India’, in partnership with the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), UK. The programme was used to develop and refine the content of the School Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) delivered by the National Centre for School Leadership (NCSL) in the National Institute for Education, Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Delhi. The programme trained over 7700 leaders of government schools in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Pondicherry, Maharashtra, and Kerala in the leadership of teaching and learning. The States developed a cadre of senior tutor facilitators to ensure that the training for the SLDP continued on an annual basis.

our team

Kavita Anand is the founder director of both, Adhyayan Quality Education Services and Adhyayan Foundation. She was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015 for her social entrepreneurship and single minded focus on bringing quality to schools through leadership development. Over her career spanning 30 years, she has worked in organizations such as Aga Khan Education Services and the Sir Ratan Tata Trust. In 2001, she set up and led Shishuvan School, Mumbai, for 12 years. Kavita serves on the board of organisations such as the India School Leadership Institute, Somaiya Vidyavihar, Kapila Khandvala B.Ed College, Educate for Life and Apni Shala. She has provided long-term consultancy services programmes of the Open University, UK and the National College of Teaching and Leadership, UK.

Kavita Anand,  

Executive Director and Co-Founder

As the Adhyayan Foundation CEO and founding team member, Anushri is responsible for creating the strategic vision of the organization, developing and overseeing implementation of programmes, building relationships with potential donors and partners, and overseeing the overall functioning of the organization. She has been a teacher and has also led educational programmes in India, East Asia and the US over the last 10 years. Anushri has worked with Teach For India, International Rescue Committee, Global Nomads Group, and Sanctuary for Families. She has a Master's degree in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. At Columbia she served as the Coordinator of the Working Group on Peace, Conflict and Education as well as the Co-chair of the Human Rights Colloquium. As an educator, she has served low income communities, refugees, and survivors of gender violence and trafficking. Her areas of interest and expertise include literacy and language acquisition, education in contexts of violence, systemic school reform and inclusive education. If she wasn’t an educator she would have been working/playing at a dog shelter.

Anushri Alva,

CEO and Founding Team Member

Bhawani is a co-founder and Director at The Adhyayan Foundation. A seasoned corporate executive who has led large multinational business units globally as well as in Europe, EMEA and Asia he brings a wealth of passion and expertise at Adhyayan. Bhawani is also the CEO of The Akshaya Patra Foundation and helps with oversight and strategy based in London, UK. He also supports a range of companies as a Non Exec Director. Bhawani is a speaker with London Bureau of Speakers and speaks on Leadership, Purposive Strategy and Innovation.

Bhawani Singh Shekhawat,

Co-Founder and Director

Sneha Phalle started her career at a corporate office, only to realize her dissatisfaction of working just behind a computer screen. In her travels across India, not only did she come to experience diverse cultures, but also became aware of the lack of opportunities due to the lack of a decent education. Wanting to be a part of the solution, she was a classroom teacher for two years in a school for underprivileged students in Mumbai. She then moved to mentoring teachers in limited resourced schools in Pune and Manipur. She believes that stepping out of your comfort zone leaves you with learning for a lifetimeHer love for travel and dance have taken her to all corners of India.

Sneha Phalle,

Senior Manager - Programs and Training

Bhakti Patil currently steers fundraising at Adhyayan Foundation. Prior to this, she served as Associate Director, Development and Strategy at the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a public policy think tank based in New Delhi.  She has also served as Executive Fundraising and Communications with Sshrishti, a non-profit in New Delhi, managing institutional fundraising, documentation and communication. Bhakti holds an M.Phil and a Master’s in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.  Her own research engages with the core categories of Gandhian thought, particularly the ideas of Swaraj and Ahimsa, and the radical affirmation of human freedoms that they contain. Apart from Gandhi and non-western traditions of knowing and being, she obsesses over her two cats.

Bhakti Patil, 

Fundraising Officer

Chelsea D'souza has vast accounting experience. She has studied Bachelors in financial accounting, auditing and taxation from St. Xavier's College, Goa.  She has worked with a CA firm for more than 6 years where she fell in love with numbers and the work she was doing. Finalisation of accounts, auditing are some of the aspects she specialises in. She is currently working as a senior accounts manager and simultaneously pursuing CA. She loves playing the piano and she plays every week for her Church.  

Chelsea D'souza, 

Senior Manager - Accounts

Bhavna Shah has studied MBA Finance from Osmania University, Hyderabad. She has a vast experience in budget management, setting up accounting systems and monitoring fundraising targets. She is extremely good with numbers and enjoys painting, pottery and gardening. 

Bhavna Shah, 

Chief Finance Officer

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