An alumnus of IIT Bombay, Madhu Pandit Dasa is a full-time missionary who serves as the President of ISKCON, Bengaluru. The creative architect of the iconic ISKCON Radha Krishna temple in Bengaluru, Madhu Pandit Dasa finds inspiration for all his work in the teachings of Srila Prabhupada,
founder-acharya of ISKCON.
As the Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, Madhu Pandit Dasa gave the Foundation a governance model, where transparency and accountability are the core values. Currently, Akshaya Patra provides mid-day meals to 1.6 million children every day, across the country.
In recognition of this outstanding service, Sri Madhu Pandit Dasa has been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri award by the Government of India. He is also a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award (2010) from IIT Bombay.
Sri Chanchalapathi Dasa is the Vice Chairman of The Akshaya Patra Foundation and the Senior Vice President of ISKCON Bengaluru.
While an undergraduate student in PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore, he became interested in the message and mission of Srila Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON. Later he joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, for a Master’s programme in Electrical Communication Engineering. In 1984 he became a full-time dedicated missionary of ISKCON, Bengaluru. He has been involved in the implementation of the various programs of ISKCON, Bengaluru and The Akshaya Patra Foundation.
He was also involved in the story research, script direction and creative design of the 13 episode (23 minutes each) 3D animated TV serial Little Krishna, which became a prime time show on the Nickelodeon Channel in India
Sri Vasudev Keshav Dasa did his B.Tech. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from REC Warangal, after which he worked in Wipro Systems, Bengaluru, as a Systems Engineer. In 1998, he joined ISKCON, Bengaluru. He is now the Vice President of the ISKCON Sri Radha Krishna temple in Bengaluru.
As the Dean of NIVE, he is responsible for academic and administrative aspects of the institute. He directs a team of content developers, oversees recruitment and training of skilled value instructors, and guides designers of classroom experiences to ensure assimilation of values.
Shridhar Venkat serves as CEO of Akshaya Patra. He has over 25 years of work experience in leading multi-nationals like Philips, ABB and Cisco (Webex), to name a few. Prior to joining Akshaya Patra he worked as Vice President – Sales, Webex. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Karad and a Masters Degree in Management from Narsee Monjee Instituite, Mumbai. He has done an Advance Management program from the Wharton Business School. He is an Eisenhower Fellow.
Chitra Ramarajan is a certified counsellor and life skills trainer. She is a practicing counsellor and does parenting workshops for various schools and communities in Bengaluru. With her experience in teaching values and instructional design, she makes sure that NIVE reaches out to all types of learners. As Associate Director of NIVE, she oversees the content, delivery and operations at NIVE.