Board Members


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Milaan is proud to be backed by a highly qualified board which is composed of individuals from a variety of backgrounds who are all deeply invested in access to high quality education.


Dhirendra Pratap Singh

Co-Founder & President

Dhirendra is a Co-Founder and the President of Milaan’s Board. He is also a Co-Founder and the CEO of Azadi Inc., a company that was formed to make menstruation a non-issue in India. Prior to Azadi, he was the Managing Trustee of Vidya Grants India, a subsidiary of Vidya Grants Foundation, USA. He has earned a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from Amity University and a Bachelor’s Degree.
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Prof. Madhukar Shukla

Board Member

A Board member to Milaan, Prof. Madhukar Shukla serves as the Chairperson, Fr Arrupe Centre for Ecology & Sustainability and as the Professor of Strategic Management & OB at XLRI Jamshedpur. He  has served as a member of the Advisory Council of University Network for Social Entrepreneurship (founded by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford University), and is also a Member, Livelihood India Advisory Board.

He has served on the Jury for the Microfinance Award ’07, instituted by PlaNet Finance, and was a lead assessor for the India NGO Awards 2007, 2008 & 2009. He is the Conference Coordinator for the National Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, an annual national conference since 2009.

Prof. Madhukar is a Villgro Awardee for his Academic Contribution for the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in 2011.

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DebashishIrengbamIrengbam Debashish Singh


Debashish is a co-founder and the Vice President. His creativity is his defining streak, he currently works as part of Star TV as a scriptwriter and has his show airing at 8pm on weekends. He is also an upcoming author.Debashish holds an honors degree in English from Venkateshwara College, Delhi University of Delhi and is an Alumnus of the Film and Television Institute of India.
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Sharat Goswami


A Co-founder of the organization, he serves as the General Secretary and the Head of Operations. His commitment to quality sets the benchmark for the organization, driving it’s culture and work ethic. A voracious reader, his love of books and the strong belief that given the right instruction anyone can achieve greatness, irrespective of their background, drove him to pursue this line of work.
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SwagataSenPillaiSwagata Sen Pillai

Board Member

Fluent in eight languages, Swagata Sen Pillai has over 20 years of dynamic work experience as a development sector professional. She has worked for Pratham as a consultant on Communication. A well known exponent of Bharat Natyam, she is the founder and owner of the Kinkini Dhavani Institute of Performing Arts. She is also a Partner at Svarchhaya Communications and a faculty at distance learning center of IMT Ghaziabad.
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DebashishIrengbamBindu Singh

Board Member

Bindu Singh brings her 16 years of experience in the education sector to the Milaan Be The Change Board. Having worked as the Project Lead of SLRC Milaan, she has been an invaluable asset in the creation and nurturing of the Milaan School. In addition to her work for Milaan, she is also the Principal of the prestigious Navayuga Radiance School in Lucknow as well as a member of NCERT Panel for Curriculum Design of students.
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Rati Misra


Rati Misra serves as the Treasurer at Milaan. She was, formerly, Director of Resource Mobilisation at Special Olympics Bharat in her last official designation. Prior to that she has also served as the Regional Representative, South Asia at The Resource Alliance where she was responsible for the NGO India awards. She has also been a Programme Manager at Ashoka Innovators for The Public. Mrs B Singh.
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Shubha P. Bahl

Board Member

A Board Member to Milaan and the Swabhiman Champion, Shubha is a woman of many colors. A highly successful businesswoman for over 20 years, on retiring she turned her attention to underserved children which brought her into contact with Milaan. Her journey began as a volunteer, then as a donor and finally as a member of the board, she oversees the Swabhiman program and provides the program staff.
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