Founder and Chairperson
Mamta is a graduate of Science from Delhi University with 12 years of experience in the corporate sector. Her love for children and desire to do something for the society led her to start Udaan as a small informal project in 2004 to support the education of children of construction workers. Her belief that every child must have an equal opportunity and access to quality education made her to register Udaan as a not-for-profit organisation in 2009. Mamta has been instrumental in developing the educational programs over the years and led Udaan to what it is today, a journey from Foundation to Employability.
Padma Vaswani is an alumna of Elphinstone College, Bombay University. She began her career in education at a school in Kolkata. While in Kolkata, she was associated with the East India Charitable Trust and was also the Chairperson of the Cheshire Homes. On her return to Mumbai, she was associated with the Hiranandani Foundation School for 17 years from where she retired as Principal in 2007. Subsequently, she was a consultant to a few schools and was the Consulting Editor with Madhuban Educational Books for their History series. She is currently on the panel of Raj Mohindra Education Consultants. Padma has been a believer in the philosophy of Udaan since its inception.
Rangarajan has 29 years of experience in corporate sector and is currently the Head of Operations at Nomura Services India. Rangarajan is a Commerce graduate from Delhi University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered and Cost Accountants of India. His involvement with Udaan stems from his deep -rooted desire to help less privileged children and his commitment to education.
Sushree is an educationist, author and a reading specialist with a passion for storytelling. She has 8 years of experience in the field of curriculum development, teacher training, community development, as well as hands-on teaching. She has worked with Pratham, Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, and the Pasadena Unified School District in California, USA. She has also been a consultant with Oxford University Press India. She strongly believes that every child has a right to education in a happy and nurturing environment. Her role at Udaan enables her to translate this belief to action.
Head - Finance, Compliance, Monitoring & Evaluation
Smitha is a Biomedical Engineer (B.E) from Mumbai University & an M.B.A from Zicklin School of Business, New York,USA. She worked for 15 years in Operations & Finance in the Corporate Sector as part of Operations & Finance at Lehman Brothers (New York City) & Nomura (Mumbai). Post that, she chose to move full time into the Social Impact Sector. She has since spent over 4 years, initially with Dasra (leading Operations & Compliance) & then at SNEHA (Senior Consultant for Strategy & Partnerships). Her work at Udaan is fuelled by her passion to improve the lives of the underprivileged & the belief that working with the young can create an impact that lasts for their lifetime.
Amruta is a Philosophy graduate with a Masters in Education (Leadership and policy). She has completed her Teach for India fellowship and has experience with teaching and managing a classroom, effectively collaborating with stakeholders within the community to ensure that children have access to a safe and conducive learning environment. She believes that it is children who have the power and potential to change the conversation. Her work at Udaan, is a step towards her dream/vision of educational equity.
Tuhina is a psychology graduate and completed her Masters in Social Work (Children and Families) from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has worked closely with children and their stakeholders and has experience in child rights programming, developmental research and community engagement. Her work has fortified her belief that education is the backbone of sound child development. At Udaan, she envisions an inviting school environment, positive collaborations and the implementation of research-backed and contextual teaching-learning strategies that are crucial for all children, particularly those with adverse socio-economic backgrounds.
Sitting (left to right): Mamta Rangan, Komal Torne, Laxmi Yadav, Divya Dubey, Malkawa bomidi,
Sushma Vishwakrama, Shradha Pevekar
Standing (left to right): Suseela Venugopal, Pinky Gupta, Jyoti Francis, Indu Singh,
Preeti Gupta, Neelam Shrivastava, Savitri Pal, Mrunalini Shrivastava, Varsha Gaikwad,
Vedanti Desai, Kavita Saroj, Sunita Khamkar, Ashlesha Chitnavis, Vedika Dhuri, Sushree Mishra
Standing behind (left to right) : Karthik Ramanathan, Ajit Vishwakarma