Team Ahvaan

We are a group of like-minded individuals who have been closely involved with education in India for many years. Educators, advisors and reformers form the backbone of the Ahvaan Trust, and it is this leadership that steers us forward.

In Loving Memory

Mrs. Anjali Arora

Ahvaan’s Education Adviser

(21st June 1947 - May 5th 2021)

We remember our Anjali Aunty, as she was called, with deep love and respect.

Anjali Aunty was Mandavi and Preeti's Pre-School teacher at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya. Preeti and the Founding team at Ahvaan were so very fortunate to have worked closely with her for several years.

Anjali Aunty brought energy and affection into the office and towards the team. Each & every one was drawn to her enthusiasm and level of engagement with our work and the Team. Many in our team have shared the caring mentoring support they have received from her and looked up to her as a spirited person who believed strongly in our mission and mandate for the early learners and teachers.

Ahvaan will miss her dearly. We will always be grateful to her for helping Ahvaan make inroads into the Pre-Primary sections of Delhi Government schools. Generations of children will benefit from the curriculum that she originally guided us with.

We live in the comforting knowledge that her blessings will always be with us. We pray for her spirited soul to rest in eternal peace.

Meet the team

Late Indrajit Seth


Indrajit has been involved with education in India for several decades. He is the longest-serving Life Member of the Delhi Public School.

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Sarvjeet Seth

Co-Founder & Trustee

Sarvjeet graduated with distinction from the Central Institute of Education, Delhi University and taught English at Modern School, Delhi.

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Probir Sen

Chairman & Trustee

After his education at Delhi and Cambridge Universities, Probir worked in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), retiring as Secretary.

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Abha Adams

Vice Chairperson & Trustee

An innovative educationist, Abha has spent 40 years in Education, Media (BBC), Arts Management (Arts Council of England) both in India and the UK.

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Rakesh Jinsi

Trustee, Chairperson Finance Committee

Rakesh Jinsi is by education an Electrical Engineer. He brings 44 years of varied experience in the Corporate and the Not-for-Profit sector.

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Mandavi Mehta


Mandavi has been the Manager of Stokes Memorial School, Shimla, since 2011, where she also teaches Social Studies and English to classes 6 to 10.

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Kanishka Singh


Kanishka was educated at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and graduated from the Huntsman Program of International Studies & Business.

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Prashanto Chandra Sen

Legal Adviser & Trustee

Prashanto has a Bachelor’s Degree in History (Hons) from St. Stephens College. He has completed his LLB from the University of Delhi.

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Priya Viswanath


Priya is Senior Vice President, English Helper, was the Country Head, India, of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Managing Director.

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Preeti Prasad


Preeti has had a 15-year long career in broadcast media where she worked with Network-18, CNBC-TV18, Times Now and the UTV Group.

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Venita Kaul

Education Mentor

Venita is Professor Emerita at Ambedkar University Delhi, where she has headed the School of Education Studies and Centre for Early.

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Vijaya Varma

Education Mentor

Vijaya is a Distinguished Professor at Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), having worked as Dean Planning since 2005. Following his retirement.

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Mr. Ashok Dayal

Institutional Mentor

Mr. Ashok Dayal has had a long and illustrious career in the Financial Services sector and has headed several leading banking institutions.

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Sayantani Gaddam

Executive Director

Sayantani leads the Ahvaan Trust as its Executive Director with 25 years of experience in the field of Social Development and Education.

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Manish Arora

Associate Director

Manish is currently heading the Delhi Operations at Ahvaan and is responsible for the quality and monitoring of all programs, as well.

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Samina Alam

Assistant Director State Engagements

Samina leads Ahvaan’s State engagements outside Delhi, and presently is leading the programs, delivery and monitoring of our critical work.

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Sakshee Sharma


Sakshee has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education (B.El.Ed) from Miranda House, Delhi University, a Master’s in Sociology.

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Ahvaan has a qualified team of Educators working on our Curriculum & Training Verticals. Faculty members are trained to coach and mentor Government school teachers. Each member of this very talented and dedicated team has a strong belief that all children, regardless of their family's social-economic background, can achieve at the highest level.

Thich Nhat Han