Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

Shanthala V., President. Shanthala is a consultant psychologist. She has held varied roles for the past 20 years in the educational and ITES sectors. As a counselor and remedial teacher and as a coordinator ensuring employees are provided the required optimal performance training, Shanthala has created training modules and developed e-learning content using instructional design methodologies. Her experience in diverse professions inspires her belief that passion and enthusiasm can lead to success in any career. She hopes to inculcate this perspective in today's Indian youth, especially in girls.


Prerna Tandon, Trustee. Prerna has an B.A. and M.B.A. in economics from Punjab University, Chandigarh. She has held several senior positions throughout her 20-year career at various multinational corporations in the HR sector, inlcuding General Electric, Infosys and Wipro. Prerna is also a self-made entrepreneur with a passion for women's empowerment. 


Nisha Rathi, Trustee. Nisha Rathi is the finance manager of award winning architectural firm Rathi Associates and the director of Rathi Learning Space interior design school. Nisha aims to promote the education of girls and the well-being of poor women. Working with many NGOs (Mitra Joti, Prasanna Joti, APD), she has supported the empowerment of women and the disabled. Nisha brings her keen insights in business, strategy, and project structure to Leora Trust.


Anuradha Sarin, Co-founder. Anuradha was a banker in the US and India and most recently served as Senior Vice President for Wealth Management and Corporate Social Responsibility at Yes Bank, Bangalore. Her passion is encouraging the financial empowerment of women. To this end, she has undertaken a microcredit project in Hoskote Village, outside of Bangalore, under Leora Trust. Anuradha has now left Leora Trust to pursue her interest in empowering women through Microfinance.


Seema Nanda, Founder. Seema is the founder of Leora Trust. In 2006 when she moved back to her homeland India after spending many years in the US, she was struck by the heartbreaking gender inequality that persists in India. Recognizing her own good fortune of receiving numerous opportunities for education motivated her to set up education support for other girls. At first, her activities consisted of volunteer teaching and mentoring young girls wherever she saw a need. In 2012, she streamlined these efforts by establishing Leora Trust, which has grown steadily in its activities.

Seema is a scientist and mathematician. She completed her Ph.D. and M.S, at New York University. She has held many leadership positions worldwide in the corporate environment and in academia; she was Vice President at Lehman Brothers and later a faculty member at TIFR, Bangalore. She has also taught at Harvey Mudd College, New York University and is currently a faculty member at Dartmouth College. Committed to enabling the learning and growth of underprivileged children, Seema aims to embed a love for learning into Leora Trust's projects.


Our Delhi Team

Gp. Capt. P. Bhatia (retd) ICAS. Capt. Bhatia brings a wealth of experience in Finance, Accounts, Audit and Financial Management and Resource Mobilization of NGOs and the Education sector. He has held  key positions at various government organizations. Having served in the Indian Air Force, Capt. Bhatia worked in the Accounts department for 21 years and was awarded Commendation by Chief of Air Staff for outstanding academic instructor at the IAF Academy, Hyderabad. He worked as Controller of Accounts for the Department of Supplies, Delhi Administration and Executive Director of Finance for Sports Authority of India. Capt. Bhatia has also held the position of Financial Advisor, both at University Grants Commission and at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Additionally, he was Chief Controller of Accounts in the Ministry of Commerce and Textiles.
After these tenures he volunteered as Head of HR, Finance as Treasurer at CanSupport (an NGO serving cancer patients) for 9 years. In this voluntary position, he was part of the Management committee and Governing Body. Another of his volunteer roles includes assisting widows with financial managements. In his neighborhood, Mr Bhatia is known as the go to person for problem solving.

T.D. Chugh. Dr. Chugh is an internationally reputed medical practitioner and micro-biologist. He is well-recognized as an educator and for his ability to mentor young talent. He attended Government Medical College, Amritsar for medical school and post-graduate work. From 1972-2014, Dr. Chugh was a professor at Dayanand Medical College, Rohtak, serving as chairman of the micro-biology department from 1972-1979. From 2001-2013, he was professor at Kuwait University. He has more than 300 research publications. He was awarded fellowships by Royal College, London and American Academy of Microbiologists. Awards received in India include several orations by professional bodies and Emeritus Professorship by National Academy of Medical Sciences. He has a passion for educating the young and at 84 has more energy than many younger than him.