Deepa Nair is a Communication Professional with over ten years of experience in Business Journalism and Public Relations. She has worked for some of India’s reputed publications like The Hindu. Deepa believes in OSCAR’s approach towards education and in developing life skills to bring about a sustainable change in low-income communities.
Anil Rathod is the Finance Manager of ‘Teach For India’ – an organisation known for its nation-wide movement of outstanding college graduates and young professional working towards eliminating educational inequality in India. Anil brings over eight years of finance and operations experience to OSCAR and advises us on matters relating to funding and improving operational efficiency. A native of Mumbai, Anil is well-versed with the non-profit sector and understands the ground realities given his vast network.
Ashok Shankar Rathod
Born and brought up in Mumbai’s Ambedkar Nagar slum, Ashok saw many children from his community leave education in pursuit of earning money. Some children even fell prey to drugs, gambling, and illegal activities. In his personal capacity, he discouraged many from taking such a route, but realised that this challenge was huge and required a unique approach. A staunch believer in the power of education, Ashok was inspired to start OSCAR Foundation despite his little means.
Suraj figured early in life that a good education can enable families to come out of poverty. After completing his schooling, he worked with various non-profits to understand grassroots issues in education in India and supported them in their awareness campaigns. Seeing Suraj’s zeal for improving lives of children at various education forums, OSCAR Founder Ashok Rathod asked him to join OSCAR as a Co-Founder. An MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS, Suraj works on developing OSCAR’s Education Programme and brings in his expertise in Financial Management, Fundraising, Operation Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, and Project Development.
Manager – Football Programme
Orlando ensures smooth functioning of OSCAR’s Football Programme in our centres across India. He often says, “We don’t just teach Football, we coach children on living a better life.” Orlando has worked at the grassroots operations team of ISL franchise Mumbai City FC and Sportz Interactive and assisted in Hero ISL and IOS Boxing in digital media. Orlando holds an MBA in Sports Management from NASM college, Mumbai.
Manager – Human Resources
Asawari works with the OSCAR team across India centers to ensure its smooth functioning. She believes that perfect co-ordination leads to better results. She also supports the Founder in providing a safe and secure environment for the beneficiaries. A Master’s in Microbiology graduate, Asawari also holds a diploma in Business Management from Indo-German Training Center, Mumbai.
Executive – Education Programme
Yash works with OSCAR Co-Founder Suraj Patro to implement Education Programme projects. He believes that the best investment for future generations is to invest in the early years of a child’s life, through education. Yash is highly committed to the development sector from his school days and has been volunteering at various organizations and communities for more than ten years.
Executive – Young Leader’s Programme
Govind assists in managing OSCAR’s flagship Young Leader’s Programme and supports in training Young Leaders across India. He has trained more than 450 youths in Maharashtra, Goa, Jharkhand, Bihar, and Karnataka. Govind believes that sports have the power to change lives and mindsets of people in the community.