The Team

Vishala Ramswami, Founder: Vishala is the managing trustee of Educate to Empower and SVA School. She also serves as the Director of Marketing and Strategy for Loyal Textiles where she focuses on medical textiles to fight the pandemic. Vishala is the cofounder of SPARK, a platform for stories on social progress aimed at a young Indian audience. She has spoken on key development issues at several institutions including IIM Trichy and Great Lakes School of Management. Previously, she worked with Ernst & Young in London and the Singapore government. Vishala studied Development Economics at London School of Economics.

J. Abirami, Headmistress: Abirami is an experienced teacher and educational administrator who previously worked as an assistant professor at Auxilium College. She holds a B.A, MA. and M.Phil in History and a B.Ed in Education. She was awarded the 1st Rank Holder in History at Madras University in 2002. She has presented papers on child labour and feminism at various international conferences. 

S. Karpagam, Assistant Headmistress: Karpagam is an experienced teacher who previously worked in the prestigious Chennai Public School. She holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Microbiology and Biomedical Science, and a second bachelor’s degree in Education.

Shankar, Administrative Officer: Shankar is a renowned educationalist and assistant headmaster of a non-profit school in Madurai, India. He focuses on education for children with learning difficulties. Amongst the economically disadvantaged and visually challenged students he has taught in India, five have secured highest marks in national exams and two have completed their PhD in the USA. He holds master’s degrees in Sociology, Chemistry and Education

Vedika Agarwal, Head of Teacher Training: Vedika is the founder of Yein Udaan, an NGO that focuses on education, empowerment and employment for low-income communities in Chennai and Bangalore. Previously, Vedika was a Teach for India Fellow in Chennai. Vedika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Vedika develops and implements a teacher training program that is specially tailored for the context and philosophy of SVA School.

Nimisha Phillip, Head of Partnerships: Nimisha is Global Legal Head of TASC Group. Her previous legal experience includes Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas and Radiance Foundation.  She holds a dual LLB in Law from the London School of Economics and SOAS and a BA in English Literature from St Stephens College, Delhi University. Nimisha is the India head of Code Your Chances NGO and one of the youngest members of the British Business Group; she uses her diverse connections in the corporate and non-profit world to create fruitful partnerships for Educate to Empower Trust. 

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