OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

Umesh

Umesh Malhotra – (Co-Founder & CEO)

A graduate of one of India’s leading engineering institutes, IIT Madras, Umesh began his career in Infosys and then went on to create and sell an IT company. A serial entrepreneur whose experiences range from IT services and restaurants to social enterprises, he was elected for the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008 for his work with Hippocampus Reading Foundation on democratizing reading
Mahendra

Mahendra -(CEO, School Division,mahendra@hippocampus.in)

Mahendra played multiple roles in his 23-year career across organizations like Infosys, iGate and Collabera. His career saw him working in multiple countries, across multiple diverse projects and technologies with him retiring from the software world as Vice President – Delivery operations.
His desire to serve the world of education led him to complete his MTech in structural engineering and teach engineering students at PES university. Mahendra’s roots are from the farming community and the opportunity to provide world class education to children from this community had him join Hippocampus to run their Managed Schools Business.
Chithra
Chaitra Rao-(VP, Schol Program,chitra@hippocampus.in)
Chitra Rao is a seasoned educator with over two and a half decades of experience.  She has held positions of leadership, and has till recently, been the Principal of one of the leading schools in the country.  Prior to her role at Hippocampus, she has worked as a consultant and advisor to several organizations in the K-12 educational space. Having worked in different parts of the country and abroad, she brings a deep understanding of robust systems necessary for running excellent schools under diverse conditions.
 
Gayathri

 Gayatri.R.P-(COO Preschools Centres Division ,gayathri@hippocampus.in)

Gayatri has been with Hippocampus since 2011. She currently heads the vertical that runs Hippocampus Preschool centres across villages in Karnataka and Maharashtra. In her earlier years with Hippocampus, she played a key role in the design and deployment of the Preschool program and some after school programs. She has over 12 years of experience in in the education space. She loves long distance driving and is a keen follower of sports. She holds an honors degree in English Literature and a diploma in German language.
Amithaya-PAl

Amitava Pal-(CCO – learning Partner,amitava@hippocampus.in)

An Engineering graduate, XLRI alum and Teach  For India cohort; passionate to work for the underprivileged kids. Worked in several premier financial institutions but moved to education out of passion to work for the society. Headed the model computer science curriculum implementation for InOpen which was researched and developed in IIT,Bombay. Have mentored group of International Innovation Corp Fellows for University of Chicago. Currently honorary Director of India Redefined, an NGO which is working with BSNLECLASS under Digital India initiative. Likes to write. Have been guest author in several places. A poet by heart and fond of experimental cooking. .
IT-HEAD

Sesha Sayanam(Head- IT,sayanam@hippocampus.in)

Sesha Sayanam is head of IT at Hippocampus, responsible for managing Information Systems. Apart from enabling business teams to adopt Information systems to manage operations efficiently, he collaborates with in-house learning management teams to identify and implement technology solutions to scale teacher training and encourage children to become self-learners.
Prior to joining Hippocampus, Sesha Sayanam held various senior leadership positions in software industry with a career spanning over 25 years.  He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Hyderabad Central University. 
Raghavendra

Ragavendra-(General Manager-Supply chain management)

Ragahvendra T R comes with Masters of Social work background. Prior to hippocampus he worked with IFMR as field co-ordinator. Being General Manager-Supply chain management “At Hippocampus its true Joy as it poses new challenges everyday which makes me to be active and think innovative solutions. For procurement and delivering of materials  When the innovation bug enters to your mind it always brushes up the skills and enhance to new level”. Its really a challenge to supply the good quality materials to Rural places with affordable costs but with the team of the people associated with us working as a Hippocamus family member with their commitment  makes it as simple as enjoying your cup of Tea in Rain.
Pushpa

Pushpalatha-(General Manager – People Function)

A person with a background of Masters in Sociology and naturally blessed with social skills led me to play a role in People Engagement and Employee well-being. As the General Manager – People Function, I am extremely happy to play this vital role which in turn helps to strengthen the relationship between the organisation, employees, teachers and all the stakeholders.  I enjoy my work because I get an opportunity to make difference in people’s life and this gives me immense job satisfaction.  I am a passionate cook and I make an awesome ‘gajar ka halwa, my kids’ favourite dessert. I also love to play with my dog.
Naveen kumar

Naveen kumar-(Financial controller)

Naveen Kumar being young as financial controller, emerging into an era of finance with passionate of involvement in the evolution of Financial Structure through periodical reporting of KPIs and efficiency.
Believes in “Performance with purpose ensures duration of returns”
Responsible for overseeing finance and accounts function, financial systems and control, financial reporting and compliances.
Prior to Hippocampus worked with Sriramamurthy & Co., as Article assistant were in experienced vast exposure of Banking sector, Food Industry, Retail Industry, Education Sector, Hospitality Sector, Hotel Industry with the engagement of Statutory Audit, Concurrent Audit, Revenue Audit, Internal Audit and Implementation of Financial Control systems. Besides conducted Central Audit of State Bank of Indiaman language.

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