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 postgraduate 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.

Executive Team

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.

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Varsha Parchure: Senior Program Manager

Varsha Parchure – Senior Program Manager, Project Lead – Kendra Pramukh Academic Leadership Program – (KPALP)


Varsha Parchure is a senior program manager at CEQUE leading the academic leaders training project. She has over 15 years of experience in various domains and has been focused on the education sector for the last 6 years. She has developed educational modules for tribal children.


She has an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS, and a Masters of Social work in Family and Child Welfare from Karve Institute of Social Services, Pune University.

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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 the conduct of Maths workshops.


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

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Seema Shetty: Senior Manager

Seema Shetty is a Senior Manager at CEQUE responsible for technology management and stakeholder management. She has over 11 years of experience with education non-profit organizations and was part of the founding team of an education startup. Seema worked as a content manager for digital content creation with Pratham’s ‘Virtual Open School’ and ‘PraDigi’ projects. Seema also co-created and delivered a state-wide teacher-training program for Govt. of Chhattisgarh.


She has an MBA from NMIMS and a Bachelor’s degree from Bhavan’s College, Mumbai University.

Trupti Chavan: Program Manager

Trupti Chavan is a Program Manager of Teacher Pages Innovator Fellowship and Kendra Pramukh Academic Leadership Program in collaboration with Maharashtra State government and UNICEF at CEQUE.


She has over 5 years of experience in education, primary health care, and management consulting sector. Her NGO journey started from being a ‘Teach for India Fellow’ and conducting teacher training for MCGM teachers as a community project. Prior to joining CEQUE, she held the position of an Associate Consultant in Learning and Organization Development Consulting practice. In her 3 years of experience, she has worked with wide range of clients across sectors such as Bank of Baroda, LIC of India, JSW, Fortis Healthcare, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., CEAT Tyres etc., on various human resources projects.


She has been part of organizing the team for a Guinness Book of World Record for “Most People Firewalking Consequently – Single event”.


She holds Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Mumbai and Master’s in Human Resources and Organizational Development from Mumbai.




Sambhaji Bhise: Programme Co-ordinator

Sambhaji Bhise is Programme coordinator at CEQUE. He looks after the Kendra Pramukh Academic Leadership Programme’s (KPALP) Jawahar Project and Professional Learning Circles (PLCs) in Pune and Palghar. He has over three years of experience working with Ashram school teachers in a literacy enhancement programme with Quality Education Support Trust, Thane.


He holds a masters degree in Social work from Pune University and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature.

Sunil Sonvane: Programme Co-ordinator

Sunil Sonvane is a program Coordinator at CEQUE, based out of Aurangabad (Maharashtra) to look after the project of Kendra Pramukh Academic Leadership Program (KPALP). He has over 3 years of experience and has worked on the issues of Tribal education especially, the social and educational issues of ‘De-notified Tribes’. He has also been associated with various institutions such as Tata Institute of Social Sciences, University of Leeds, UK and Aide et Action, Gujarat and has been proactive in research, management of the educational center, networking and coordination with non-profit organizations on the issue of Tribals in his previous assignment.


He has bachelors’ and masters’ degree in Social work and MPhil in Education from TISS, Mumbai



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.