SEED management has extensive experience and knowledge, providing educational solutions in order to build a society with quality education. Our management team collectively has over 35 years of experience in the Low Cost Education. SEED is building a team of passionate professionals to address the learning gaps in the low income schools.
Our Leadership Team:
SEED Schools was launched in 2013 to provide a full suite of services to low cost private schools (“LCPS”) in India with a focus to improve the standard of education. The idea for SEED Schools was conceptualized when Harish spent a year as interim CEO of Indian School Finance Company, a lending institution to LCPS to expand and improve infrastructure. Before launching SEED Schools, Harish served as an independent advisor to Gray Ghost Ventures, a social venture fund. Harish has 18 years of experience in technology, finance, investing, and wealth management. He has managed over $1.5 billion as a Wealth Advisor at Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Bluefish Capital. Harish has a Bachelor’s in Business/Accounting and an International MBA from University of South Carolina. Harish has served on the boards of TiE Atlanta and Venture Atlanta. Harish is a TiE Atlanta Mentor Member. Currently Harish serves on the Board of the Atlanta CEO Council and is a TiE Global Board of Trustees.
Manish is responsible for developing and scaling the SEED operations in India. The focus is to create a holistic education model for the low cost private schools (“LCPS”) through innovative pedagogy solutions, best practices, and strategic alliance. Prior to SEED, Manish served as Head-Product and Finance at Indian School Finance Company (ISFC) for over 4 years after joining at an early stage of the company. ISFC is a lending institution to LCPS to expand and improve infrastructure. He was part of the core team responsible for business strategy and growth. He played vital role in fund raising (over $ 8 million) and led the process and IT system design to help organization grow to over 600 schools across two states in 4.5 years.He is a passionate educationist and earlier taught students from LCPS as a volunteer for over 2 years. Manish received his MS degree from Georgia Tech, Atlanta in 2008 and his B.Tech. degree from IIT Bombay in 2006.
Satish heads the SEED’s operations team. Satish has over 19 years of experience in banking and capital markets with institutions like Citibank NA and HDFC Bank. He has assumed leadership roles across client relationship management, product and business development, operations, sales and credit and risk management. Satish is a B. Com Hons graduate, Member of Institute of Cost Accountants of India and he pursued a one year leadership program from INSEAD Business School.
Arti Mandhania, Head – Academic Operations
Arti heads academics operations at schools and SEED head office. She is responsible to bring about school transformation and deepen learning impact. She also leads special projects like crowdfunding and CSR fund raise for the schools. Prior to SEED, Arti worked in different capacities in education sector for over 7 years in India, Singapore and the US. She holds a Masters degree in Child development and an MBA from ICFAI University. She is a trained Psychotherapist and has spent over 3 years helping kids on emotional and behavioural issues. She is deeply invested in the education sector and also has built expertise in business operations through her past work in start-ups and family business. If not working, she enjoys travelling, photography and painting.
Renuka Boorgula, Program Manager – Pre-Primary
Renuka leads Pre-Primary program development and implementation at SEED Schools. She has over 10 years of experience working in Early Childhood Education (ECE). Prior to joining Seed Schools, Renuka worked as a Subject Matter Expert and content developer for BGM Policy Innovations. She has worked on development of e-learning, written content and assessments for various schools across India and UK. She has worked extensively in various Preschool settings in London and also worked for children in a non-profit organisation (ETAPP) in the UK before moving back to India in 2013. Renuka started her career as an Architect before moving into the field of Education for young children. She has completed her Post Graduation in from Middlesex University, London. She loves spending time with kids and is committed to create conducive atmosphere for learning.
Swetali is part of the Program Development team and is responsible for designing and development of digital Math program for primary grades along with training at SEED. Before joining SEED, Swetali taught in a low income private school in Hyderabad as a Teach for India fellow for two years. During those years, she worked extensively on improving mathematical and literacy skills of her 4th grade students. The students demonstrated exponential growth in academics, thought processes and mind sets. Prior to TFI where her interest in education sparked, she worked as an Associate Systems Engineer in CGI Information Systems and Management Consultants Pvt. Ltd. for a year. She holds a B. Tech degree in Computer Science from Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Odisha. She believes in highest level of commitment to work and apart from work, she enjoys reading and signing.