Anu Prasad is the Founder & CEO of India Leaders for Social Sector (ILSS), a Delhi-based non-profit that works to strengthen the leadership talent pool in the social sector. Prior to setting up ILSS in 2017, Anu was the founding Deputy Dean of the prestigious Young India Fellowship (YIF) and a founding member of Ashoka University, India’s first liberal arts university. Before joining the social sector, Anu held leadership roles at multinational companies such as American Express and TNT. At Amex, she led the implementation of Amex’s global financial re-engineering as a part of launching Amex Financial Resource Centre in India. At TNT she was head of finance for the company’s North India region. An entrepreneur at heart, Anu has also co-founded and managed a successful travel company. She has also been a consultant for Dell Foundation on its education projects. Anu is an avid reader, an active volunteer in civic causes, and a passionate believer in lifelong learning, all of which she incorporates into the ILSS proposition of learning and values-based leadership. She also mentors young professionals and senior leaders and sits on the Board of two non-profit organisations. Anu graduated from HR College, Mumbai, and received her MBA from IMI, New Delhi.
Archana’s work experiences have focused on leading projects and teams in Learning and Leadership across the Corporate, Government and Social sectors. Prior to ILSS, she worked as the City Director at Teach for India (TFI) where she led the strategy and operations for the TFI Fellowship and Alumni Movement to create a movement for educational equity. Prior to Teach for India, Archana worked with Infosys Leadership Institute and Boston Public Schools in the areas of Human Capital, Competency Development, Change Management and Diversity and Inclusion.
Archana is an Alumna of the Master’s Program in Education (M.Ed.) at Harvard Graduate School of Education at Massachusetts, Master’s Program in Management (MBA) at T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal and the Bachelor’s Program in Commerce (B.COM) at Stella Maris College, Chennai. Across all roles and teams, being a learner and an educator is the core of her work.
Diksha holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BA in Art History from Wellesley College. Prior to ILSS, she worked in Communications for the Kochi Biennale Foundation and was part of the core team at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018. She has experience working in publications, research, editing, and art production.
Isha has been working in the development sector for 5 years now, in both rural and urban context. In 2014, she earned a Master’s degree in Social Work with specialization in Women-Centered Practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Philosophy from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. She has worked at Central Square Foundation where she identified and supported social entrepreneurs in the school education space. Isha has also supervised an entrepreneurial skills program for 400+ government schools in rural India while working at Going To School, a grassroots organization. Prior to ILSS, Isha was with Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership at Ashoka University where she worked in initiatives to increase participation of women in the workforce in India across sectors.
Khwaish Grover recently graduated from Zakir Husain Delhi College, Delhi University with a degree in Psychology. She has always been interested in the social impact space and has been actively involved as a volunteer throughout her college life. Prior to ILSS, Khwaish was an intern at Plaksha University where she worked with the fundraising team as part of India’s largest Philanthropic Initiative in setting up a Global Technology University. She has also volunteered at the Mental Health Festival held at AIIMS and with Umeed, a nonprofit organisation that works with children and young adults with developmental difficulties.
Khwaish was a meritorious student in school and held a leadership position in the student body council.
Nikita is a social sector professional with experience primarily in the areas of leadership development, education, and gender and sexuality. Prior to ILSS, she was a founding core team member at the School of Life Foundation where she led programs on prevention of sexual violence against women and children. She has also worked with Kaivalya Education Foundation on large-scale public education reform in rural Rajasthan and municipal schools of Mumbai. Nikita holds a Master’s in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, with a focus on adult development and leadership. She is also an alumna of Delhi University and the Gandhi Fellowship.
Pratyush received his Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies at Ashoka University’s Young India Fellowship (YIF) Programme in 2017. At YIF, he worked with Trivedi Centre for Political Data and conducted political research in UP and Punjab. Before YIF, he was associated with the Chairman’s Office in Quality Council of India (QCI). Pratyush graduated with a Masters of Science in Finance from BITS, Pilani and had appeared twice for the Civil Services Examination. His key interest areas are the Social Sector, Domestic & International Politics and Peace & Conflict Management.
Senior Program Associate
Radhika is a development professional, specialising in communications. She graduated from the Indian School of Development Management (ISDM) with a postgraduate Diploma in Development Leadership and also has an undergraduate degree in Communications and Journalism. Prior to joining ILSS, she managed partnerships and communications for a Bengaluru based social enterprise named DailyDump that works with changing mindset and behaviour around waste through design, enabling decentralised management of waste.
Finance and Operations Manager
Vineet comes with over 8 years of experience in Accounting and Finance across sectors. At ILSS he takes care of the organization’s admin and operations apart from the leading the Accounts department. Prior to ILSS, he has held several leadership roles in companies like Koncept Group and Deutsche Motoren. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from Delhi University.