To keep our programs running, AIC relies on a core group of dedicated professionals both at the onsite level (including our hardworking volunteers) as well as a global volunteer board of directors.

On-site Team

Pragati Bhatt

Director, Education Outreach Program

Pragati joined our AIC family in 2016. She has over 15 years of working experience in various IB schools in Pune, where she implemented community outreach and leadership programs, spearheaded community development projects and planned and executed major school events and co-curricular activities.
Pragati is very experienced and has tons of ideas for our Education Outreach Program.

buntyBunty Ashok Pai

Education Development Specialist

After 4 years of meaningful work in the Education Programme, Bunty has moved into a new role of Education Development Specialist in 2016. She will actively work towards improving student achievement, developing teacher capacity, enhancing team cohesiveness and morale, improving overall educational service quality, and acting as day-to-day “eyes and ears” in the classrooms. Interacting closely with the children is something close to Bunty’s heart and she is very excited to begin this journey in the coming school year.

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Bharati KewalramaniDirector, Ashraya Foundation for Children (AFC)

Bharati joined the AIC team in May 2015 after having worked with multinational companies for over 16 years. She has held various senior management roles at HSBC and also worked closely with various NGOs in her role as Head of the CSR Committee.

maria Maria Charles

Director, Ashraya Foundation for Children (AFC)

Maria heads the Advancement Office at UWC Mahindra College in Pune, which is the high school where the idea for AIC was first conceived. Her interest in AIC dates back to 2004 during visits in the earliest stages of setting up of the Residential Program. More recently she has been working to strengthen ties between AIC and UWC.

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Mithun MukherjeeDirector, Ashraya Foundation for Children (AFC)


Originally from Pune and currently based in upstate New York, Mithun serves AIC’s mission remotely by managing AIC’s website and donor communication and management tools. He is also one of the founding directors of AFC and has a keen interest in building a long-term, sustainable organizational structure for AIC.

 

Standing (L-R) Bunty AshoK Pai, Director, Education Program, Anuradha Deshpande, Teacher, Poonam Nikambe, Co-ordinator, Health Program, Smita Jagriya, Intern, Administration, Greeshma Vijayan, Counselor, Chethana Gadiyar, Co-ordinator, Education Program, Kunal Deshmukh, Computer Teacher, Kirandeep Kaur, Teacher, Rebecca Sachin Kedari, Assistant Teacher, Indu Sethi, Teacher, Vaishali Gunjal, Assistant Teacher, Deepa Devendra Watkar, Teacher, Vinita Kohinkar, Teacher, Suchitra Memane, Counselor, Natasha Choudhary, Director, Residential Program, Neha Waghri, Intern, Administration and Sonali Patil, Director, Health Program. Sitting (L-R) Lakshmi Waghri, Assistant, Health Program, Arti Narayan Nigde, Teacher, Swati Kamble, Teacher, Shweta Sridhar Punwatkar, Teacher, Vidya Ram Dalvi, Office Assistant and Bharati Kewalramani, Executive Director.

Standing (L-R) Bunty AshoK Pai, Director, Education Program, Anuradha Deshpande, Teacher, Poonam Nikambe, Co-ordinator, Health Program, Smita Jagriya, Intern, Administration, Greeshma Vijayan, Counselor, Chethana Gadiyar, Co-ordinator, Education Program, Kunal Deshmukh, Computer Teacher, Kirandeep Kaur, Teacher, Rebecca Sachin Kedari, Assistant Teacher, Indu Sethi, Teacher, Vaishali Gunjal, Assistant Teacher, Deepa Devendra Watkar, Teacher, Vinita Kohinkar, Teacher, Suchitra Memane, Counselor, Natasha Choudhary, Director, Residential Program, Neha Waghri, Intern, Administration and Sonali Patil, Director, Health Program. Sitting (L-R) Lakshmi Waghri, Assistant, Health Program, Arti Narayan Nigde, Teacher, Swati Kamble, Teacher, Shweta Sridhar Punwatkar, Teacher, Vidya Ram Dalvi, Office Assistant, Pooja Punwatkar, Intern Administration and Bharati Kewalramani, Executive Director.

AIC’s strong on-site administrative team ensures that all programs function in a highly organized manner. This team understands that a holistic approach works best for success and provides necessary administrative and supervisory support to on-site staff members as well as feedback and updates to the international team.
AIC’s teaching staff, the lifeline of the Education Outreach Program, is a highly motivated group that teaches AIC’s pre-primary school students and also provides daily tuition support (English and Marathi) to students in grades 1 to 10.

Board of Directors

Liz Sholtys

Director of Programming & Grants, Co-Founder

After studying in Pune, India for two years at an international high school, Liz co-founded the Ashraya Initiative for Children in 2004 and spent much of the next seven years in Pune helping to establish AIC’s programs. Liz now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she divides her time chasing after her two young children and working on AIC projects. (read more about Liz…)

Julia Neubauer-Babu

Director of Finances & HR, Co-Founder

Julia Neubauer-Babu is one of the co-founders of the Ashraya Initiative for Children. She has served in multiple roles since the organization’s early days, including CFO, Head of Fundraising, Branch Manager and On-Site Director in India. Julia currently lives in Zurich with her family & dedicates her time to recruiting volunteers, building donor relationships & fundraising. (read more about Julia…)

Judith Eckl

Director of European Development and Operations, 

Judith is an architect and currently lives and works in Austria. After spending one year in Norway, she decided to go to India to volunteer at AIC. Judith is now the President of AIC Austria and other then her work as a Director of Development and Operations is working on many design-related and marketing tasks.