Meet the team

The Muktangan Educational Trust was founded in 2011 to support the work of Muktangan. 

Chair: Roy Montague-Jones

Roy grew up in Dorset, and read Law at Cambridge. He was a partner in two major international law firms for more than 25 years. He co-founded his firm's India business team in 2000, worked regularly on India-related corporate and finance transactions for Indian and international clients for over 15 years, and has been a regular visitor to Mumbai.

Treasurer: Rodgy Kundi

Rodgy grew up in Kenya and moved to the U.K. to further his education. After completing a business studies course he worked in an accountancy practice and in the insurance and general services sectors. In 1973 he moved to financial services related to commodity futures and fund management. After 20 years working in investment banking and latterly Islamic finance, he retired in 2011. His interest in children’s education has been inspired through a close friend’s involvement as a Mentor Mother with the children’s charity Udayen Care in Delhi.

Patrick montague-Jones

Patrick joined the Muktangan UK board of trustees in March 2018. While at university, he travelled as a student ambassador to India with the British Council in August 2015. Graduating in 2016 with a degree in French and Italian from UCL, his interest in the not-for-profit sector was piqued while working in the strategy team of brand consultancy Spencer du Bois, working with charities and academic institutions.

Trustee: Matthew Evans

Matthew grew up in New York City. He received his undergraduate degree in international relations from the University of St Andrews and a postgraduate degree in business management from the University of Cambridge. Currently, he works in strategy for a technology firm specialising in procurement solutions. He has worked in multiple educational contexts from the age of 16, as both a direct volunteer and in organisational roles. 

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Trustee: Abi Gill

Abi worked at Muktangan in India following the completion of her MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University in 2012. She used the library space to teach English Literature to children in standards eight and nine and also worked in the Muktangan office, writing content for the charity’s tenth anniversary brochure. Abi has since gone on to work in policy and public affairs in the charity sector at Action for Children, Centrepoint and now the NSPCC. She works to influence government policy on areas relating to vulnerable children and young people. 

Trustee: Tom Wright

Tom grew up in Kenya and was then educated in England. After Durham University he joined the British Army as an officer in The Royal Green Jackets. He saw service in Northern Ireland, England, Cyprus, Germany and The Sultanate of Oman. He ended his military career as aide-de-camp to the Chief of the Defence Staff in London. In 1986 he joined John Swire & Sons and was seconded to Cathay Pacific Airways in Hong Kong. During his nearly 27 years with the Swire Group he served in a variety of roles; airline planning; heading up inflight services and then HR for the airline. In 2013 he joined IMM Associates in London; a specialist advisory and investment firm that helps companies develop businesses in international growth markets. Tom has also been actively involved with a number of Asian focused charities and NGO’s.

Trustee: Monica Kohli

Monica grew up in Kolkata, read law at National Law School of India University in Bangalore and worked in Mumbai before moving to UK.  She did her Masters in Law at Southampton and her MBA in Shipping from Copenhagen Business School, and currently works as a senior lawyer with one of the biggest marine insurers in the world.  Her interests lie in education, gender equality and diversity.  She has always believed in access to education for the disenfranchised. She mentored students at another education charity in India and was a mentor for the Prince’s Trust in UK. Without education, she believes strongly, there cannot be true development and growth.

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