Founder & Managing Trustee
"I believe in equality of opportunity - and the only route to it is finally through great education. When Gandhi came back from South Africa in 1915, Gokhale told him to "Make India proud of herself". I find solace in the thought that Neev Kids will complete what Gokhale and Gandhi started. I hope to create an academic institution which remains true to our mission and values and outlasts me, my generation and many others - schools where Neev alumni are proud to send their great grand children for an education which continues to stand for excellence forever."
Kavita has worked in diverse fields of scientific research, corporate restructuring, finance and now education. Her interests include reading on education, brain development, History and India.She is a science post graduate from Bombay University, and an alumnus of Harvard Business School. She founded and heads Neev Schools and Neev Academy, aspires to spend more time with Neev children through her love of history, literature and connect children and teachers with strong school practices meeting the needs of Today's child. Education has had an unparalleled value in Kavita's family - with many generations before her being educators, including her father who was a lecturer at BITS Pilani before starting Lupin.
"We believe in the power of education - to create change and a better world."
Manish is Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest staffing and human capital firm. Teamlease has over 140,000 employees in 5000 cities and is implementing India’s first vocational university and national PPP apprenticeship program. The company has hired 16 lac employees over the last 14 years. In 1996 he co-founded India Life, an HR outsourcing company that was acquired in 2002 by a listed US company called Hewitt Associates. Consequently, he was CEO of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) based in Singapore for two years.
Manish is a member of the National Skill Mission, Central Advisory Board of Education and has served on various policy committees for education, employment and employability. He serves as an Government Nominee Director on the Board of the Reserve Bank of India, is a trustee of the New India Foundation that offers fellowships for writing books about post-1947 India, and is a columnist for Indian Express. He got his MBA from The Wharton School and is an alumnus of Shriram College, Delhi and Mayo College, Ajmer. His family has been involved in low-fee non-profit education for four generations through Kanpur Education Society which now has 10,000+ children in 9 schools.
"Education is about developing and playing to the strengths of the individual child; to build confidence, character and a strong foundation on which the child can grow to be a thinking, aware, caring and responsible adult."
Ashok is the Managing Director and Co-Founder, of TeamLease Services. He is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, and before that schooled in Rishi Valley School.
"I am inspired by addressing education at the grassroot level but also ensuring that a world class education is offered in India. This is an honor to address but also a big responsibility - we are taking direct charge of our future."
Nilesh is a Chemical Engineer from the University Department of Chemical Technology (Mumbai) and an MBA from the Wharton School (Philadelphia). He is currently the Managing Director of Lupin Ltd., a leading global pharmaceutical company and is also closely involved with Lupin's philanthropic efforts.
"In an ideal world, schools would do the following things: teach skills and knowledge that are relevant to the times we live in; cultivate a growth mindset; identify and nurture a child's passions and unique talents; impart a moral compass; develop character and grit. Even achieving one of these goals is hard to do but Neev aspires for all of the above. That is why I'm delighted to be a trustee."
Shoba Narayan is an award-winning author and columnist. She is the author of four books: Katha: Tell a Story; Sell a Dream (the Art of Corporate Storytelling); Monsoon Diary: a memoir with recipes; Return to India: an immigrant memoir and The Milk Lady of Bangalore: a true story about two women and the animal they share. She writes about food, travel, fashion, art and her native India for many publications such as Condenast Traveler (US edition), The National, Financial Times, Destinasian, and Silkroad, among others. Shoba is a columnist for Mint Lounge and The National. She works on improving her memory and becoming fit without exercising. A long time ago, she won a couple of awards, which allow her to conveniently add the phrase 'award-winning' author to her books. She is an alumnus of the Columbia Journalism School, Mount Holyoke College and WCC. Her list of publications is available at http://shobanarayan.com/.
"In the words of Einstein - Education is not the learning of facts but the training of minds to think. Education should be about empowering the child with skills and attitudes of a lifelong learner - to think, to question, to take action. It is my privilege to be a part of the Neev community and I find myself truly inspired by the possibilities that lie ahead."
Abhishek is a Doctorate in Commerce & Business Administration from Meerut University and a member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India. He is a law graduate and has done his MBA from Symbiosis Pune. Currently he is the Director of Kanpur Education Society, which runs schools in Kanpur and is making commendable efforts in bringing quality education within the reach of the masses. He is also a member of the BOAT under MHRD and a special invitee to the Board of Governors, National Institute of Technology, Patna.