Ratna Viswanathan

Chair of Board

Ratna is a former civil servant from the 1987 batch of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service, where she worked across various departments such as audit, defence and Prasar Bharati. She gave up a highly coveted career in the Civil Services to join the development sector. Prior to joining Reach to Teach, she has held leadership roles at Oxfam India, VSO, MFIN, UNEP and UNDP. She also serves as an Independent Woman Director on Boards of several companies and is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Reach to Teach.

Deeply passionate about making learning a joyful experience for students by fostering teacher-agency, Ratna believes in learning out of curiosity and competing with oneself to achieve one’s own potential. She seeks to work from within the existing education system to create an environment that enthuses key stakeholders in a child’s life. Ratna believes learning happens when it is supported by an enabling environment.

Vijay Chibber


Vijay Chhibber is a Member of the Supreme Court appointed High Powered Committee to oversee all cases of Illegal and unauthorised construction in the Capital city of Delhi. Previously, he was a career civil servant with the Indian Administrative Service for thirty-seven years holding various positions in the State and Central Governments across key sectors.

Currently, he is involved in promoting three start-ups in the e-mobility, coastal shipping, and financial sectors. He is also on the Board of Directors of several entities and has held critical advisory roles with leading corporates and has been an Advisor to the Chief Minister of Tripura.

Arun Kapur


Arun Kapur is an eminent educator with several decades of experience in the private as well as public education spheres. At The Doon School which is one of India’s premium private schools, he spent more than ten years working as a teacher and Housemaster. In 1990, he became the founding Headmaster of Vasant Valley School, New Delhi nurturing the school to become India’s leading co-educational day school.

Since 2011 he has been with the Druk Gyalpo’s Institute in Bhutan and is currently the Director of the Institute. The Five Areas of Development curriculum conceptualised by him has been recognised as one of the 100 most inspiring global educational innovations for five consecutive years since 2017 by HundrED, Finland. A contributor to multiple forums on education, he also serves on the Boards of many leading schools.

Manoranjan Nayak

Executive Director

Manoranjan comes with over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. He holds a Masters degree in Public Policy from ICFAI University and a Masters in Social Work from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar. Manoranjan has diverse and rich experience in designing and managing large-scale operations, developing programme strategies, designing sustainable community-based interventions, building teams, managing NGOs and grants, and liaising with government stakeholders and donors

Since 2015, Manoranjan has been associated with Reach to Teach and is closely involved in developing programme strategies and expanding Reach to Teach Foundation’s work in the Northeast India. Prior to Reach to Teach, Manoranjan worked with Naandi Foundation for over 8 years, managing versatile projects such as Nanhi Kali, a joint initiative with K.C. Mahindra Education Trust, Project Ensuring Children Learn, and Project Bachpan, amongst others, in various capacities.

Team Members

We have a deeply committed on ground team, who bring extensive and diverse expertise to the programme

Rachna Yadav

Project Lead

Rajashekharan Nair

Head – Finance, HR and Administration

Sanchari Ray Chowdhury

Manager, Academics

Ani Samuel

Programme Coordinator

Hiranya Riju

Programme Coordinator

Suvam Das

Programme Coordinator

Mahbub Alam Mazumder

Programme Officer

Sanchita Sarkar Bose

Programme Officer

Saurav Kumar

Data Analyst