People Behind AASHA
Team Of Dreams
AASHA relies on a Core Team of dedicated and committed individuals who deeply believe in the cause and keep the organization functioning smoothly. Members of the AASHA Core Team have unique skill sets and experience that enable a strong and passionate organization.
Director, Kannada Department
Manjula is a UNICEF award-winning Kannada writer who has published 15 books and contributed more than 500 articles for many leading Kannada newspapers and magazines. She is an alumni of Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan and has received several prestigious awards including – Karnataka women achievers award, Laadli Media And Advertising Award for Gender Sensitivity, Kamala Ramaswamy Dhathi Nidhi Award by Karnataka Lekhakiyara sangha, UNICEF HIV/AIDS Kannada Journalism Award.AASHA’s Kannada Department and courses were started under her leadership.LINKEDIN.
Kanthi Lakshmi Meda
Director, Learning Department
Kanthi, a Director at MKR Group of companies, has been a guiding force at AASHA since its inception. Her love for English and passion for social service keeps her here. She has been instrumental in laying a strong foundation at AASHA in terms of content, curriculum and pedagogy that has enabled our early success and growth.LINKEDIN.
B.Com, MBA (HR) HR - Training and Partnerships, Volunteer Coordination Department @ AASHA
All India Employee Relations at Hindustan Unilever Ltd., 8 years HR Corporate experience.
Surekha developed Phonics workbook version 2 and trains teachers in the Phonics Program.
Surekha has been a volunteer with AASHA and a key contributor since its inception.LINKEDIN.
Poonam S. Iyer
B.Tech, M.Tech. Student Coordination Department @ AASHA
Poonam is a Perfumer and a passionate volunteer working with Home Sweet Home prior to AASHA where she has been a volunteer since its inception.LINKEDIN.
M.Com Volunteer Coordination Department @ AASHA
Ambika has 15 years teaching, working, volunteering experience in India, UK, and Bangkok.
She has been a volunteer at AASHA for over 5 years helping with planning.LINKEDIN.
M.A.(Economics), B.Ed. Spoken English Department @ AASHA
Usha developed AASHA’s Spoken English curriculum and currently teaches & heads the Spoken English department. Usha has been a volunteer with AASHA since its inception.LINKEDIN.
Dipika Vijaya Kasturi
MBA (HR). Volunteer Orientation Department @ AASHA
Dipika has been in HR at Mphasis & Rarefind Engineering Innovations and an RJ with AIR.LINKEDIN.
B.E, Information Science & Engineering.Marketing Department @ AASHA
Software Engineer – Accenture, Application Developer.
At AASHA Apurva manages AASHA’s digital marketing campaigns, raising awareness of AASHA’s work on social media.LINKEDIN.
Volunteer - Non profit sector. Student Coordination Department @ AASHA
Worked at Christian Children’s Fund for 14 years. Volunteering for 25 years with Ashwini Charitable Trust, Spastics Society of Karnataka, Helping Hand, Sahai. AASHA students and their families benefit from Meera’s wealth of experience working with underprivileged children.LINKEDIN.
B.E, M.S. Strategy & planning @ AASHA
25+ years experience in the IT industry predominantly in Product management.
Taught middle school science, Elementary Montessori trained.
At AASHA Anupama teaches and works on strategy and planning.LINKEDIN.
Diploma in Computer Science, Lead coordinator in the Kannada @ AASHA
Manasa is a lead coordinator in the Kannada department since 2000 and doing invaluable work.LINKEDIN.
B Com, Dipl in HR. Volunteer Coordination Department @ AASHA
Vini runs her own consulting firm and has volunteered with AASHA since 2017LINKEDIN.
B.Ed, Founder Orange Wedges, Inc. Learning Department @ AASHA
Hema has been an educator since 2005, teaching and assessing English through workshops, projects and teacher training. She is on the Examiner panel of Trinity College London.LINKEDIN.