Piyush Mattoo

Piyush Mattoo is a 23-year-old boy from Jammu and Kashmir who moved to Mumbai for better education and opportunities. He had a knack for programming from an early age and wanted to perform well in the IT field. Both of his parents had stable government jobs earlier. However, his father had to quit his job when he was diagnosed with diabetes and kidney failure. His mother, too, had to quit her job in order to take care of his father and had to open a small kirana shop that brings about Rs. 20,000 every month. Even though the family manages to get some government support for his father’s medical expenses, frequent medical expenses have depleted household savings. Despite all odds, the family supported education for their children and took an education loan to help Piyush realize his dreams. Piyush understands the responsibilities that he has and joined the IT department in his college. Piyush came to know about the program through his college. He was in doubt about enrolling himself because it was offered free of cost and hence did not have high expectations. However, when he joined, he was surprised that the course was very intensive and rigorous. The technical training started from basic concepts and was delivered in a systematic manner, which made it very easy to learn. He also liked how the course was designed in a way where a beginner or expert both could be benefited. He found the assignments helpful because he could learn to apply the theoretical concepts he learned in class, to real-life situations. He also could spend enough thought and time on each assignment because they were spread across the training period. He likes the Sprint Projects the most in the entire training. While he doesn’t want to change anything in the training, he suggested that the training should have a wider outreach so that more deserving students could get a chance to fulfill their dreams. Today he works at Capgemini as an analyst and is looking forward to becoming a software architect. “ The job has made a significant contribution to my family income and also helped me in the repayment of my loan, and for this, I thank TNS India Foundation and Capgemini for the program, training, opportunity, and hands-on experience provided”

Against all odds

Riya Yadav’s journey was filled with many challenges and difficulties, but her passion for computers helped her succeed. She resides in Mumbai and is pursuing computer science and engineering at the Lokmanya tilak college of engineering. Growing up in Mumbai, Riya comes from a very financially unstable background due to the demines of her father at a very young age which brought in financial constraints. The family also saw an unforeseen death of their eldest daughter early this year. The only source of income in her family is the rented-out shop from her father which makes about INR 5000 per month. Despite these challenges, the family has been quite supportive of her education and works hard to pay for it.

Riya always was inspired by her cousin, who also pursued computer science and engineering and went abroad for further opportunities. being passionate about computers, Java was her focus, but limited knowledge held her back. She wanted to gain more exposure to learning Java but could not find any relevant courses and was short-handed with money. While pursuing her bachelor’s, she was introduced by her professor to TNS India Foundation’s Campus to Technical Careers Program which offered learnings into various technical streams, including java, and she saw this as an opportunity to wider her knowledge,  also with an additional benefit of the course having no charges. Her family was quite supportive and encouraging in her decision to join the course.

Today she works at IBM as an assistant system manager and is determined to reach a position in the company where she is able to lead a team. She also plans to pursue a master’s degree, but her priority is to make the family financially stable. She is grateful for the learning provided by TNS India Foundation, which helped her contribute to her household income.

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Deepak Kamble

Associate Director – Programs

Deepak Kamble serves as the Associate Director – Programs at TNS India Foundation. With over 18 years of experience spanning both corporate and development sectors, Deepak brings a wealth of expertise in Corporate Social Responsibility, NGO Management, Program Management, Operations, Business Development, and Strategy.

In his role, Deepak oversees the Financial Careers programs, demonstrating his commitment to empowering youth and children to reach their full potential. He has led programs across multiple states of India in leadership roles and has collaborated extensively with international teams in the development sector. Furthermore, his background includes valuable experience in education and ed-tech organizations, where he contributed significantly to business development initiatives.

Deepak holds an M.Sc. from the National University of Singapore (NUS), with his thesis work conducted at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany. Additionally, he is a graduate of Pune University, having earned an MBA degree.

Driven by a passion for people and team development, Deepak focuses on designing and implementing processes to effectively execute projects, thereby ensuring the delivery of impactful outcomes.

Roshan Shetye

Lead - Human Resource

Roshan comes with 15+ years of experience in Human Resources, primarily in social sector in different thematic areas like education, woman empowerment, anti-human trafficking. Roshan holds a postgraduate degree from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management studies and is a trained personal counselor. Roshan is also trained in human behavior analysis through ISABS and various other workshops. She is a certified member for POSH law and has been on the panel of various organizations. She hailed from corporate, heading the HR Banca channel with Aviva Life Insurance and eventually entered the social sector and has worked with organizations such as Dasra, Educate Girls, Justice and Care, Samhita, Sol’s ARC and Consulted with Piramal Foundation, Masoom, Antarang Foundation to name a few.

Shaminder Kour

Associate Director - Curriculum

Shaminder leads the Curriculum and Quality practice at TNS India Foundation as part of which she spearheads the e-Learning component of the Future Skills Program, which is aimed at empowering underprivileged youth towards gainful employment.

Shaminder has over 18 years of experience in training, learning and development, and eLearning. She is an ex-Byjus and an ex-IBMer.


Reshma Bhatkar

Director - Finance, Legal & Compliances

Reshma is responsible for TNS India Foundation’s financial and grants management portfolios. She also looks after secretarial and audit matters. She has over 22 years of experience in NGO sectors, with nine years of senior management experience in development organisations.

Before TNSIF, Reshma headed Finance and Operations at Educo, a Spanish Donor Agency and has worked with organisations like Catholic Relief Services, a U.S. based Donor Agency and the ICICI Foundation for Inclusive Growth as Grants Manager.

She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Wellingkar’s Institute of Management Studies and an MBA-Finance from Pondicherry University.


Rupa Bohra

Managing Director

Rupa currently serves as the Managing Director at TNS India Foundation.

Through her role, Rupa provides strategic guidance, design and implementation leadership to unlock the economic potential of India’s most vulnerable.

Under her diligence, the team has grown to 200+ individuals across more than 18 locations in the country. She has built and developed partnerships with corporates such as Accenture, Capgemini, HDFC Bank, HDB Financial, Moody’s, IDFC Asset Management Company, Lenovo, Motorola, and foundations such as the BlackRock Foundation, Lenovo Foundation, Reliance Foundation and Pernod Ricard India Foundation.

As a well-connected member of the development community, Rupa represents TNS India Foundation’s interest in economic transformation. She has over 21 years of experience across the financial services, technology, banking and development sectors and has managed multi-locations across India and the Asia-Pacific region.

Before TNSIF, Rupa headed corporate partnerships at Magic Bus India Foundation. She has also held leadership positions at organisations such as JP Morgan and Bank of America-Merrill Lynch.


Padma Parthasarathy

Senior Vice President,
Tech Mahindra

Padma Parthasarathy is a Senior Vice President at Tech Mahindra, where she has led digital business growth. She is currently engaged in Sustainability and Social Change initiatives, assisting Mahindra University in setting up centres of excellence in these areas.

She has also led the global consulting team at Tech Mahindra, which is engaged in business consulting, and digital transformation services. She’s been featured on Forbes India’s W-Power 2020 list of self-made women leaders and in the Top 75 Women in STEAM list by the Government of India in 2022.

Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan

Founder and CEO, Peoplescape

Vijayalakshmi Srinivasan is the CEO and Founder of Peoplscape, an Executive Coaching and H.R. Consulting company. She is an alumnus of The School of Coaching, London, where she was trained by Myles Downey, one of the world’s leading practitioners and thinkers in business coaching.

She authorised the international bestselling Modern Effective Coaching and founded the School of Coaching as well. Human resources strategy, change management and leadership training are some of her areas of expertise.

She has 11 years of leadership experience at Merrill Lynch as Director and Head of Human Resources. With years of expertise also comes a sheer passion for empowering growth by moulding the leadership curves of senior executives from across industries.

Pramod Singh

Head-Legal and Compliance, DSP Investment

Pramod Singh is a legal and compliance professional with four decades of experience. A qualified lawyer who worked at SEBI as Deputy General Counsel, he was instrumental in framing regulations for various intermediaries.

He has spent a considerable amount of time at large MNCs such as Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Credit Suisse, and has handled compliance for not just India but also South Asia. Currently, he works with DSP Investments and oversees the legal and compliance matters for the Family Office of Mr Hemendra Kothari.

Geetanjali Jha Chakraborty

President, Apnalaya

Geetanjali comes with extensive experience in the development sector. She has spent nearly 15 years in the development sector and has held leadership and CEO-level roles in Concern India Foundation, CHILDLINE India Foundation, and ARMMAN.

She is on the board of the Foundation for Mother and Child Health and Vihaan. She is also the President of Apnalaya and is on the Global Advisory Board of Tech Care for All. She is passionate about child protection, urban equality, and mental health. Geetanjali has a Master’s in Social Work and a Master’s in Human Rights and Criminal Law.

Kartik Kini

Chief Operating Officer, Waterfield Advisory

Kartik Kini is a Certified Chartered Accountant and a Chief Operating Officer with Waterfield Advisors. In his current role, he has been instrumental in driving business strategy and organisational growth. He has played a vital role in setting up all the core functions – H.R., Brand Management & Marketing and has driven digital transformation for the firm. In a career spanning 25 years, Kartik has worked in leadership roles in organisations like- Avendus Capital, Deutsche Bank and DSP Merrill Lynch.

Charulata Sippy

Financial Services

Charulata Sippy is an Independent Director on the BofA Securities India Ltd board. As an independent director, she is also a member of the company’s Audit Committee, Nomination and Remuneration Committee (NRC) and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee (CSR).

Before her role as an Independent Director, Charulata spent 21 years in the BFSI sector. She was also appointed the India Representative for the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives in 2007 and was on the Regional Diversity and Inclusion Council in Bank of America Group companies.

Hitungshu Debnath

Chief Business Officer
Sundaram Alternate Assets Ltd.

Hitungshu is a professional in the BFSI sector with over 2.5 decades of experience. He is a Chevening Scholar from the London School of Economics and a CFP from the Financial Planning Board of India. He also holds a Masters’ degree in Marketing Management and CSR and Sustainability. He has been associated with reputed brands such as HDFC AMC, TATA MF, Motilal Oswal, Angel Broking, and Arthayantra.

He is part of a new management team in Karvy Group which has taken over post the debacle, and is the Director & COO for Karvy Capital—an alternate asset manager.