Why We Exist
To inspire confidence in every person to take charge of becoming a successful, happy and self-assured individual
Create hands-on real-world opportunities that motivate every participant to explore and find a purpose that is meaningful to them, and that is valued by the world.
RaiseToPi co-founders Sudeepta Banerjee and Chalam Plachikkat share their personal motivation in a 4-min video:
Chalam has over 15 years of product management and leadership experience. Chalam was most recently VP and Business Head Lenskart.com, making vision testing and correction accessible and affordable in rural areas. Previously, he has served as COO of Sikshana Foundation and as Head of Product for Amazon’s Worldwide Digital Commerce Systems. He has an MBA from Cambridge University, and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland.
Sudeepta has 15 years of experience in public relations and leadership of youth development programs. Most recently, as Director of Partnerships for Sikshana Foundation, she scaled their girl empowerment program across Karnataka. Sudeepta was a co-founder of Green Pantry, a health food company that trained and worked with specially abled youth and destitute women. She has been a leader at Kingfisher Airlines-USA, Indo American Arts Council - New York, United Nations Youth Development Programme, and CRY America. She holds a degree in Classical Dance and was the only Indian to perform in the 60th Anniversary celebrations of the United Nations.
Advisor & Mentor to Co-Founders
Nivedita has been a research scientist, followed by a career in Television and Print as News Journalist and Editor in Doordarshan, Zee, CNBC for 15 years before switching over to starting a chain of International Preschools leading to a K-12 IB school. She has been a strategic advisor for setting up of higher education institutions and University. Currently she is an education advisor and mentor to leadership teams of K12 schools, higher education institutions and ed-tech startups.
RaiseToPi Coaches are experienced in leading, guiding and managing young future leaders
An entrepreneur and development professional, Vikash brings with him 5+ years of experience in management, curriculum design, and capacity building with a special focus on youth. Prior to entering the development sector, Vikash worked in Financial magagement with Tata Group post his MBA . Vikash's passion for mentoring youth and empowering them is the reason behind him joining RaiseToPi as a coach.
20 years of experience in the sales of global distribution software for travel agents. Worked at Interglobe
aviation - Delhi and Emirates Airlines Group - Dubai.
Shubham is passionate about youth empowerment and believes immensely in the power of youth for creating real change. He has done his MBA from IIM Indore and had worked with Nyka and Udhyam post that. He is presently a full time coach for RaiseToPi.
Navneet has a Masters in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations from Symbiosis, Pune. He has worked with renowned names like Child's Rights & You (CRY) and Udhyam foundation prior to joining RaiseToPi and is also a counselor by profession. He has 15+ years of experience of working with youth across various social sector organizations.
RaiseToPi Mentors are industry professionals who generously take time to guide our ownterns - Thank you!
Some of the organizations where our Mentors have been current or former employees include: