Who We Are

Board of Directors

Anju Saigal: Founder Director

Anju Saigal is the Founder-Director of CEQUE. Active for 20 years in the arena of public education, she has worked in senior leadership positions at the NGO Pratham and ICICI Foundation, designing and executing large community-based and public-private partnership programs for improving schooling access and quality. She has also researched and taught at the graduate level at Harvard and at the undergraduate level at Simmons College, Boston.

 

Anju holds a Masters degree in Social Work from TISS and a Masters and Doctorate in Education from Harvard University.

Mitesh Thakker: Director

Mitesh Thakkar advises on the Business Development strategy and operations. He is the Team Lead of SDSN’s Education Solutions Initiative and is in charge of the VOS initiative in partnership with Pratham. He is the founder of Fieldata.Org a mobile technology venture with projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Mitesh has worked globally – as Director-Social Research at Altai Consulting in Afghanistan; Research Analyst at the World Bank; Education Specialist at Pratham-India; and as a Curriculum Consultant to Ministry of Education, Vietnam.

 

He holds a B.A. in Astronomy from University of Texas-Austin; an Ed.M. in Education Policy from Harvard University; and an MBA from INSEAD

Pushkaraj Gumaste: Board Member

Pushkaraj Gumaste is a Managing Director based in India. He is responsible for the client franchise for the Corporate and Investment bank in India.

Pushkaraj joined Barclays in 2004 and has over24 years of experience, spanning multiple roles. Pushkaraj is responsible for leading the Corporate Banking franchise in India, as well as expanding and strengthening client relationships. He is also jointly responsible for the Investment Banking business for Barclays India.

Over the course of 13 years in Barclays, Puskkaraj has been involved in managing many key relationships across different sectors including Oil and Gas, Metals and Mining, Industrials, Technology for the Barclays franchise and let transactions for the clients across Financing, Risk Management and Corporate Finance.

Prior to joining Barclays, he held various roles in Citibank, Credit Lyonnais and ANZ Grindlays.

Pushkaraj holds a B.E. (Electrical Engineering) degree from Mumbai University and a post graduate M.B.A from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning, Prasanthi Nilayam.

 

Outside of work, he is associated with a few non-profit organisations in social work and is an avid cyclist.

Leadership

Uma Kogekar: Chief Executive Officer

Uma Kogekar, an IT-professional turned educationist, oversees the overall operations at CEQUE. She has over 20 plus years of experience, with the last 7 years at Muktangan, a Mumbai based non-profit. As a SAP, FI/CO, consultant she has advised clients spread across Europe, Australia and US on financial processes. Involved in implementation of ERP systems, she has been a senior systems analyst for different projects at HCL Technologies with clients such as Ebara Pumps, Italy, Alcatel, Australia and AMD, US. After a brief stint at IIM, Ahmedabad at their Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she moved to the field of education. Using her global experience, she was able to chart a vision for and implement ICT integration across all the schools under Muktangan.

 

She holds a B.Com (Honours) from University of Delhi, Post-Graduate in Systems Management from NIIT and a SAP FI/CO certification from SAP, India.

Cindy Strijbosch: Production Lead

Cindy is in charge of streamlining the production flow at Teacher Pages.

 

She has 10 years of experience as a production manager for several TV programmes in The Netherlands and also started the project www.leraar24.nl which is simular to the Teacher Pages concept. In Mumbai she has worked on video projects for a local television production company and ones for the development sector. Teacher Pages is the perfect combination for her of media production and working in the NGO sector. In her free time she explores the best food Mumbai has to offer.

 

She has a B.A in Social Studies from HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

Meenu Thomas: Senior Language Pedagogy Specialist

Meenu Thomas is the senior language pedagogy specialist in CEQUE.
She has been working in the field of elementary education for more than six years
now. In this time, she has taken up different roles of being a teacher, teacher
educator and curriculum developer. She has worked in leadership positions at
Muktangan NGO and Thermax Foundation, designing and implementing teacher
professional development programmes for pre-service and in-service teachers.
She freelances as a curriculum writer with Oxford University Press.
Apart from this, she also writes narratives for children. She has published two
children’s book with Tulika and travels with them conducting storytelling sessions
for young audiences.

She holds a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Delhi University, a
Masters in Elementary Education and a Masters in Community Media from Tata
Institute of Social Sciences.

Ashish Kelshikar: Mathematics Pedagogy Specialist

Ashish Kelshikar is the Mathematics pedagogy specialist at CEQUE. He has over four years of experience in elementary and secondary Maths education as a teacher and teacher education faculty. He has designed curriculum understanding plans for teachers and assisted in conduct of Maths workshops.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Physics and a master degree in education from Mumbai University.

Experts

Varsha Sahasrabuddhe

Varsha Sahasrabuddhe is a senior language consultant at CEQUE for the Teacher Pages Innovator Fellowship programme.
She has been associated with various schools and NGOs in urban, rural and tribal area in Maharashtra for teachers’ training programmes for transformation since the year 2000. She has conducted over 1000 education workshops for school teachers, students of D.Ed./ B.Ed. colleges and parents in various Marathi as well as English medium schools in Maharashtra . Varsha has worked as a member of the committee of State text -book bureau, Government of Maharashtra to work on new text-books of Marathi grade I-V. She has written various articles in Marathi periodicals on the theme teaching and learning. She has also authored books like Amchya goshti, Dwibhashik Wachan Sahitya Mala,Tipik Pom Bhurrr to name a few. She has developed context based bilingual reading material for early readers- 100 titles- in various tribal languages under Parag Initiative, Tata Trusts and Maharashtra State Council for educational Research and Training. Varsha is also the Founder Member and former principal of Aksharnandan School in Pune.

 

Varsha holds an M.A degree (in German) and M.Ed degree (specialization in evaluation and measurement). She has also successfully completed her B.Ed.

Jennifer Thomas

Jennifer Thomas is a Team Lead of the English domain for CLIx at Tata Institute of Social Sciences with 7 years of work experience in elementary and middle school education and higher education. She oversees English curriculum design, development and production and teacher professional development. She brings to the team varied field experience in roles as teacher, teacher educator, curriculum designer and educational researcher. In her last stint, she has worked with Muktangan, a Mumbai based NGO where she led the English department, focussing on Instructional Leadership and Teacher Professional Development. Prior to this, she had been an education consultant for Mexus Education, The Pomegranate Workshop, TISS-NUSSD and the Tata Trusts.
Jennifer holds a Masters in English from the English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad and a Masters in Elementary Education from TISS, Mumbai. Her interests include Second Language Pedagogy, Curriculum Design, Children’s Literature and Teacher Professional Development.