Board Member

Ashweetha Shetty

Founder, Bodhi Tree Foundation

Ashweetha is the founder of Bodhi Tree Foundation. She believes that her life mission is bridging the rural urban divide by supporting local graduates to explore their full potential through education, skills and opportunities. She designs activity based intervention for rural youth to help achieve that mission. Before starting Bodhi Tree Foundation, Ashweetha worked as a Community Engagement Coordinator with SughaVazhvu Healthcare, which provides last-mile primary healthcare in rural India. Ashweetha is a Young India Fellow, an Acumen India Fellow, an Ashoka Youth Venturer, a Ted Speaker(USA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Manonmaniam Tirunelveli University.

Vinayak Babu

CEO and Managing Trustee

In June 2019, Mr. Vinayak Babu joined our team as Program Manager, Prior to joining BTF, Vinayak has 4 years experience working with media and development organisations. Vinayak is an engineer by education. His experience of volunteering at the Five Year anniversary event of BTF led to him joining us full time. When asked Why BTF, this is what he has to say,”Rural youth have the potential and talent but they lack mentorship and support. I believe in what BTF does and I want to be part of that journey”

Pushpa Bhagyam

Board Member

Pushpa Bhagyam TRV is a co-founder and Principal learning Consultant of Pull Factor which provides leadership solutions through their programs to corporate associates, Women and students. She is an MBA graduate, an Engineer, a learning and development consultant and a Social entrepreneur. Her other other expertise involves grassroots training content, learning and development for marginalized communities, curriculum design, brand management for startups, digital marketing for women entrepreneurs, public relations, Transactional Analysis etc. ”

Grace Banu

Board Member

Grace Banu is the Founder and Director of Trans Rights Now Collective which aims to create opportunities for the transgender community in the field of education, workplace and politics.She is a writer, Dalit and Trans Rights activist who is constantly fighting and voicing out for the rights of Transgender community. Apart from that, she is India's first Trans Engineer to get admitted in an Engineering college. She is awarded with some prestigious awards which includes Behindwoods Icon of Inspiration. ”