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Our Team: Pune City Fellowship Team

Upasana BhattacharyaPune City Head

Before joining ISLI, Upasana worked as a Teach for India fellow.  She taught a class of 50 children in a government school in Hyderabad. This two-year journey in the classroom instilled the belief that every child deserves an excellent education, thus fuelling her to work on macro-level changes in the system. Before stepping into the education sector, Upasana worked as a software engineer for 3.5yrs in Tata Consultancy Services. She has a B.Tech degree in IT from West Bengal University of Technology.
She likes to spend her weekends catching up on sleep, movies, music and books, in that order.

Akanksha GhaiStrategy Lead, Pune

Akanksha completed her graduation from Panipat and then started her professional career with Dhanlaxmi bank in 2009. After working for 4 years in banking across various roles, she joined Teach for India and worked with 80 students from an urban community in West Delhi. She collaborated with internal as well as external stakeholders to provide the resources and education that these students deserved. During her TFI fellowship she realized that  transformation in her school was directly linked to the transformation in the school principal during those two years. This impact made her join ISLI to support school leaders in order to witness transformation across schools and classrooms.

Manasi RajanProgramme Manager

Manasi completed her post graduation in Clinical Psychology from University of Sussex in 2011. She started her professional career with Soch in Delhi, where she worked with special needs children. She later worked with Drishti in 2012, where she worked with parents and teachers in the area of special education. Her interest in training and content also led her to Muktangan. She pursued her interest in working with School Leaders by working with Kotak Education Foundation in the School Leadership Development Intervention where she worked as a content writer, trainer and mentor.
She enjoys reading and is a voracious reader. She enjoys travelling and spends her free time travelling.

Mrinmayi HuprikarProgramme Manager

Before joining ISLI, Mrinmayi worked as a Teach for India Fellow, teaching a class of 3rd and 4th graders in a private budget school in Pune. Before stepping into the education sector, Mrinmayi worked as a Brand Manager for a start up called “slimasia” with Unex Corp Australia. Mrinmayi holds an MBA degree from the Department of Management sciences, University of Pune.
Being a foodie at heart, Mrinmayi like to try out different cuisines. She loves to dance, travel and watch movies.

Abhijit BiswasProgramme Lead

Abhijit worked with Genpact and Teach for India, before joining ISLI. He is an active member of an organization known as Umeed in Hyderabad. He has completed his B.Com from Nagaland University.