Meet the team
The Muktangan Educational Trust was founded in 2011 to support the work of Muktangan.
Roy grew up in Dorset, and read Law at Cambridge. He was partner in two major international law firms for more than 25 years. He co-founded his firm's India business team in 2000, working 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.
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 chairty Udayen Care in Delhi.
Abi worked at Muktangan in India following the completion of her MSc in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford 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.
Prasad grew up in Baroda and completed his MBA at Symbiosis in Pune. He worked in Mumbai before moving to UK. With more than 20 years of experience working with Global MNCs in senior management and leadership roles across EMEA in the banking, aerospace and defence sectors, he currently works as a Regional Head with one of the biggest software firms in the world. He was one of the founding trustees of Surrey Hindu Cultural Association, and is on advisory board of a bank in Russia and a healthcare organisation in UAE. He is also a mentor and speaker at non-profit organisations dedicated to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the younger generation. He believes in the key importance of education as it not only crafts the future of an individual, but brings positive impacts to uplift the student’s family, community and society.
Prasad is involved with girl child education and empowerment-focused charities and NGOs in India and is passionate about ‘Giving back to the community’ to help make a difference to people’s lives and to build a better society and a stronger nation.
Rishi grew up in London and has been a regular visitor to India where his parents are from. He studied business management at the University of Kingston before embarking on a career in start ups. Initially cutting his teeth with one of the UK’s fastest growing tech start ups, Rishi went on to found his own start up accelerator and, more recently, a commercial property tech company. As well as advising start ups and accelerators globally, he regularly speaks at schools and universities about entrepreneurship as a career choice.
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 form 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.
Monica grew up in Kolkata, read Law at National Law School of India University in Bangalore and worked in Mumbai before moving to the U.K. 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 her 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 the U.K. Without education, she believes strongly that there cannot be true development and growth.
John Williams spent 30 years in shipping and logistics during which time he lived and/or worked in all six continents. He then retrained as a Science teacher through Now Teach but has since retired from full-time teaching. He now focuses on voluntary activities and is delighted to have joined as a trustee of Muktangan UK, which he has known for several years. His wife is Indian and they split their time between London and Mumbai.
Sreeja grew up in Mumbai and completed her undergraduate degree at Swarthmore College and her MBA at Harvard Business School. She worked in investment banking and retail in New York and London before moving to Mumbai where she discovered her interest in children’s education. She has worked for 11+ years in various education charities. She was a Strategy Consultant at the Akanksha Foundation in Mumbai, Chief Operating Officer at India School Leadership Institute in Mumbai and Operations Director at Global Schools Forum in London. She is currently a consultant in London supporting young education charities in their journey from a start up to a growth phase. She is passionate about ensuring that every child, irrespective of background, has access to a high quality education.