Board of Directors

Reshma Lohia is the Principal and Correspondent of Lohia's Little Angels School, which was founded in 1986. Ms. Lohia has worked at all levels and became the Principal and Correspondent in 1993. During this time Ms. Lohia completed her BA in English and History from Andhra Pradesh Open University and a MA in English from Osmania University. In 2000, Ms. Lohia worked closely with Professor James Tooley who is a preeminent scholar on affordable private education. She joined his Board, The Beautiful Tree Trust, in 2008. Since then, Ms. Lohia has partnered and worked with a number of service providers such as the IDEX Accelerator and researchers in the education field. Ms. Lohia's decades of experience in and outside the class have allowed her to grow a school from under 20 students to over 1,000. She is an enterprising woman whose passion for education, especially for girls, has lead her to be a valuable mentor, partner, and role-model for VOICE.

Padma Koppula is the CEO of Aranya Agriculture and a committed social worker with over 20 years of work with rural farmers. She is also an institutional development expert, irrigation expert & gender specialist. In the past, she has been advisory member for Andhra Pradesh Farmers Water Management Committees Association (FWMCA), Secretary for the Bodhi Education Society, Co-ordinator for Deccan Development Society, Consultant to the Government of Andhra Pradesh on Irrigation projects and promoter of sustainable agriculture practices & permaculture.

Board of Advisors

Ms. Jayapadma RV
Board of Advisor

Jayapadma RV is Learning Facilitator at LOGIN, a South and East Asia centric multi-stakeholder network, promoting knowledge exchange on practices and processes towards strengthening local governance. She has worked for a decade with community based organisations in Orissa and Jharkhand, and thereafter has been teaching in the area of sustainable development practice at academic institutions and NGOs, for the past decade. Jaya has sector experience in Community-based habitat development, including clean and sustainable energy, water supply and sanitation, ICT for social development, promoting decentralized governance, developing social leadership, strengthening management systems of organizations, and mainstreaming gender processes in organizations. She is founder member of TREE Society that imparts business training to rural entrepreneurs, and serves on the Board of the NGOs – Timbaktu Collective and PRAN. Jaya is an alumnus of IRMA, Anand and St.Xavier’s College, Kolkata

Mr. Raj Gilda
Board of Advisor

Raj is a banker turned social entrepreneur and co-Founder of an NGO, Lend A Hand India (LAHI). LAHI has been a pioneering organization to introduce vocational education as part of secondary school curriculum since 2006 and currently working in 500 schools across five states and 30,000 students in partnership with Government of Maharashtra, Haryana and soon Madhya Pradesh. Raj has worked across Asia, Europe and North America and brings 20 years of varied experience in the fields of education, banking, insurance, and information technology. Prior to leaving corporate sector in 2011 to focus full time on Lend A Hand India, he spent ten years in New York working with Citibank and Deloitte Consulting. Raj was recently appointed by Government of India as a General Body member of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA). He is an advisor to Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA), Government of Maharashtra for the roll out of vocational education initiative in the state and member of state level committee to effectively utilize CSR resources for education sector. He was also selected by the UK Government, as a Chevening Gurukul Scholar (2012) at the London School of Economics. He was recognized as a top 100 graduate alumni of University of Texas at Austin and received an award for exceptional community service from the President of the United States. Raj is an Electronics Engineer from the University of Pune, a CFA, and and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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