Managing Trustee and Chairman, Akshara Foundation
Ashok Kamath has been the Managing Trustee since 2003 and Chairman of Akshara Foundation since July 1, 2008. He has been actively involved in the strategic planning, analysis and expansion of programmes at Akshara Foundation since 2003. An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, he was formerly the Managing Director of the Indian operations of Analog Devices. He opted to leave behind a successful career in the corporate sector and involve himself in the development sector. His alma mater, IIT-Bombay, presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 for his various initiatives and contributions to the field of child education. Akshara Foundation today runs its flagship math programme called Ganitha Kalina Andolana (GKA) across over 12,500 government primary schools in Karnataka and has initiated its programmes in 4,200 schools in Odisha. Nearly a million children are being impacted with this effort. Ashok is also a Co-Founder and Trustee of Pratham Books which aims to have A Book in Every Child’s Hand.