OSCAR Foundation is a football for development non-profit dedicated to empowering children and youth in low-income communities in India.

OSCAR uses football as a tool to deliver education and life skills sessions enabling children and youth to become role models in their community. Over the last 9 years, more than 12000+ children and youth in India have joined OSCAR’s Football, Education, and Young Leaders’ Programme. OSCAR Foundation is headquartered in Mumbai and has reached out to children in Mumbai, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Jharkhand.


A world where all children and youth have an equal opportunity to succeed.


We use the power of football and a network of Young Leaders to develop life skills and improve educational attainment for children from underprivileged communities in India.


We use the power of football and a network of Young Leaders to develop life skills and improve educational attainment for children from underprivileged communities in India.








BAFTA Award for the film ‘Mumbai
Street Strikers’ produced by BBC

RTS West of England Award for the
documentary ‘Mumbai Street


Believe & Achieve Award by Rotary
Club for OSCAR Founder Ashok


Vocational Service Award for
OSCAR Founder Ashok Rathod


Community Achievement Award by
Door Step School


OSCAR Founder Ashok Rathod receives
CNN-IBN Real Hero Award


Deepa Nair

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 the communities.

Anil Rathod

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 inequity 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.

Aditi Kotak

Aditi Kotak is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) from Mumbai. She has played a key role in structuring the CSR activities at J.M. Baxi group. Aditi believes in equal opportunity for all and is actively involved in supporting and advising OSCAR Foundation on its initiatives.

Krishnan SKK

Vice Admiral Krishnan SKK (Retd) is an Indian Navy officer who has seen action during the 1971 war. He has worked as the CEO of the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai before joining as the Chairman and MD of Mazgaon Docks. Mr. Krishnan SKK is also a member of the White Board formed by iVolunteer to provide managerial help to various Mumbai-based NGOs.

Kalyani Patnaik

An educationist with 34 years of experience, Kalyani is Principal and Head of a leading school in Mumbai. A double post-graduate in Economics and Education from Delhi University, Kalyani has experience in improving the quality of education by providing instructional leadership on research-based reading programs, and fostering a safe environment conducive to learning.

Vikas Vij

Trained as a Corporate Tax Specialist and Chartered Accountant from Arthur Andersen, UK, Vikas moved successfully into the media industry and has since gained extensive experience in producing high quality, international conferences across Europe, the Middle East and India. He started his conference career at UK media giant, EMAP before moving to Terrapinn to work on large scale summits covering subjects as diverse as “Cooling with CO2” to “Sustainable Architecture” to “Securitisation in the Middle East”, and “Urban Transport in India”. In 2009 Vikas moved to India to set up his own business, The Ideas Exchange and has grown that over the years into one of leading business, events, consulting and research platforms in India focusing on three particular segments: beauty & wellness; healthcare design and legal. Within each segment, IDEX has managed to evolve market leading events which have helped contribute to the growth and development of each of the industries being served. He is driven by the desire to bring innovative and thought provoking debates to whichever industry he is serving.

Dr. Shefalika Narain

Dr. Shefalika Narain is an academic with more than 20 years of experience in research and teaching. She has contributed her research to organisations like IMF (International Monetary Fund) and held leadership roles in academic institutions in India. Currently she is serving as the Director of Institute of Research for Innovative Strategies (IRIS), Mumbai.

Rajeshwari Bhattacharyya


A fitness freak, marathoner, and passionate contributor to women and child welfare issues, Rajeshwari (Rajee) is keen on furthering her contribution by associating with OSCAR Foundation.

She has over 25 years of professional experience with expertise in Process automation, Organizational change management, Business Process Transformation, Program management and IT-Operations strategic alignment. She is an alumnus of INSEAD and a qualified Cost Accountant with experience in Financial Services / Insurance & Media sectors. She is currently Heading Technology and Vice President with Radio Mirchi, India’s leading Radio Channel and a group Company of Times of India

Pramod Rangarajan

Pramod works as a consultant KPMG social service arm. He is a graduate from IIM Bangalore and IIT Hyderabad. Pramod’s passion for football along with a will to do something for the betterment of society brought him to OSCAR Foundation in 2013. Since then, as a pro-bono consultant, he has been helping OSCAR plan out new projects and improve existing activities such as marketing, fundraising, etc. Pramod also has strong industry experience having worked as Scientist at Defence Research & Development Organization (DRDO) and subsequently as Procurement Officer at Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).

Rahul Aggrawal

Rahul Agarwal is MD of Kool Ex Cold chain -- India’s fastest growing cold chain company with a pan India reach. Previously, associated with a trading house based out of Singapore where his focus areas included international trading, commodity trading, fundraising, hedging and shipping. Educated in Pune, Rahul also runs the family charitable trust that looks into helping underprivileged children lead a better life.

Tarana Lalwani

Tarana Lalwani is a Director with InnoVen Capital where she heads sourcing and execution of venture debt transactions, as well as portfolio management. Prior to InnoVen she was a Principal at Seedfund. Tarana continues to be involved in the early stage space - mentoring and guiding founders on fundraising, strategy, and business development. Tarana holds an undergraduate degree from LaSalle University, and an MBA from Columbia Business School, USA

Kunal Aggrawal

Kunal Agarwal is Director at Kool Ex Cold chain - India’s fastest growing cold chain company with a pan India reach. Kunal has started two professional football clubs and is also associated with GoSport Foundation, a not for profit platform for funding junior sporting talent in India.
Kunal is a Clark University (USA) alumni.

Mary Ellen Matsui


Rajmohan Amonkar


Rajmohan Amonkar practices as a lawyer specialising in intellectual property and employment laws in India. An alumnus of St Xavier's College (Mumbai), his exposure to science and technology whilst pursuing his Masters in Biotechnology at Scotland enables him to deal with complicated technical and scientific issues peculiar to the domain of intellectual property. He has worked extensively on policy making in domains such as health, medicine, and human rights. He has taken up causes of public relevance. He is an advisor to UNITAID and WHO. Rajmohan is also the co- founder of healthcare firm Lyfgrid Healthcare Pvt Ltd having offices in California and Mumbai.

Ashok Rathod

Founder Director
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 big and complex and required a unique approach. A staunch believer in the power of education, Ashok was inspired to start OSCAR Foundation despite his little means. Over the last ten years, Ashok has inspired over 3000 children from Mumbai's slums to complete their education. His unique approach of using Football as a tool to engage children towards education has won him many accolades. Under Ashok's leadership, the OSCAR Programme has expanded to states like Delhi, Karnataka, and Jharkhand. A recipient of many prestigious awards such as the CNN-IBN Real Hero Award, Ashok is also an Ashoka Youth Venture Fellow (2008) and has spoken at many international and national leadership forums on the cause of education.

Stuart Christie

Stuart has over 15 years working in the Football for Good sector. He first came to know about OSCAR in 2009 when he met Ashok on a conflict resolution course in Jordan. Captivated by Ashok’s passion and desire to change his community through football, Stuart and his good friend Dan Lawson visited India in 2010 to set up and deliver OSCAR’s first young leaders training. Following the training, Stuart and Dan made a commitment to all the young leaders that they would continue to support the organisation. Since 2010, Stuart has worked closely with Ashok to help to develop the organisation in a variety of ways, such as: forming new strategic partnerships; applying for grant funding; developing OSCAR life skills curriculum; delivering staff or young leaders training; developing an organisational strategy; and setting up a UK arm to the charity.

Elsa Varghese

Sr. Manager - Partnership Development
Elsa Varghese holds a Masters in Social Psychology from Mumbai University and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS University, Mumbai. Having started a string of internships right after her schooling years, she gained experience in various fields of social work. She has published a paper with the Emerald Emerging Markets Publishing House, UK on – ‘Empowering lives through football’. Her previous work experience as a Resource Mobilisation and Communications professional in grassroots organisations like Mumbai Mobile Creches and PRIDE India has honed her expertise. She spearheads the partnerships and sustainability efforts at OSCAR Foundation.

Priyank Chavan

Manager - Accounts
Priyank looks after Internal Control of Accounts and Finance, managing funds, preparing financial formats, internal auditing, and supports OSCAR Foundation in its financial decision making. Priyank believes in working hard and maintaining a positive outlook towards life. He feels that our personal growth is linked to the growth of the community around us and having a vision helps us. Priyank has worked with multi-nationals giants in the shipping industry and brings with him a lot of knowledge and experience in financial data management. Priyank holds a CA-Inter degree from ICAI, New Delhi.

Orlando Pinto

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.

Suhel Nair

Head - Youth Development
Suhel is an alumnus of Mumbai University with a Masters in Sociology. He has also completed his Bachelors in Physical Education (BPEd). An avid sportsperson, Suhel has represented Maharashtra State in Football and has played professionally for clubs in Mumbai and Kerala. He has also represented Mumbai District in Athletics in the 400m Hurdles event.
Apart from a career in Sport he brings experience of more than 4 years in sectors including Sports Management, E-Commerce and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with the prestigious Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Suhel is an A- License football coach and has been coaching in schools and colleges for the last 7 years.

Arvind Premanand

Assistant Manager - Communications

Asawari Dharap

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 Masters in Microbiology graduate, Asawari also holds a diploma in Business Management from Indo-German Training Center, Mumbai.


Gender Programme Manager

Sunita Rathod

Project Head
Sunita is passionate about providing support to OSCAR children. She plays a key role in managing OSCAR's Child Sponsorship Programme and supporting children during their international tours. Sunita uses her exceptional organisational skills to ensure all passports, visas, equipment and the travel itinerary is prepared for overseas tours. Sunita joined the OSCAR Foundation as a Computer Teacher in 2014. With the guidance of mentors at OSCAR she eventually went on to develop curriculum for English, Hindi, Mathematics, Marathi and Computer.
Sunita has an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS (SVKM).

Sadhika Naik

Executive - Education Programme

Govind Rathod

Executive - Young Leaders Programme
Govind assists in managing OSCAR’s flagship Young Leade’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. He has participated in many international forums including the Future Goal Forum (Brazil), Youth Leadership Programme (South Korea), Adidas Football Exchange Programme (Vietnam). Govind is an exceptional example of determination, grit, and strong leadership skills. Born in Mumbai’s Ambedkar Nagar slum, Govind had dropped out of school until he came in contact with OSCAR Foundation.

Priyanka Kale

Executive - Young Leaders Programme