Gauri Bhasin ( Founder, Chairperson )
Gauri Bhasin has done her B.Sc and B.Ed from Delhi University. She has taught as a teacher and also as an English trainer in a company.
Her passion for teaching coupled with her intense desire to help the have-nots, made her start SEED Foundation. She strongly believes in the all encompassing nature of quality education, the only tool with which we can help others to create a better and meaningful life for themselves.
She has multitasked in different fields such as teaching, administration, resource management, event participation, teacher’s training, extra-curricular activities etc., to make Seed foundation what it is today.
Sulabha Pathak ( Co-founder, Vice Chairperson )
Sulabha Pathak is a scientist and research associate at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. She received her PhD in Immunology from Erasmus Universityin the Netherlands and has pursued research at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School. She was also awarded the Homi Bhabha fellowship for 2006–2008. As a scientist, she has been featured in ‘Lilavati’s Daughters,’ a collection of biographical essays on influential women scientists, particularly those from India, and in Magdolna Hargittai’s ‘Reflections Challenges, and Breaking Boundaries.’ Both these volumes aimed to increase the visibility of women in science to encourage the participation of more women and girls in the field.
Her cross-cultural work experience has exposed her to various pedagogical systems and educational settings, and she has taught, mentored, and supervised graduate, post-graduate, and doctoral students both in India and abroad. Her book ‘Immunology Essential and Fundamental’ is published here and abroad, and is now in its 3rd edition. Overall, she has over 40 years of experience in teaching, including teaching low-income students and vulnerable populations. Besides this, she is a member of the Jaago India movement, which encourages electoral turnout, and the Powai citizen’s group, Hiranandani Residents’ Association. In addition, she is a partner in Shabdda Communication, a company focusing on scientific communication.
Shiv Bhasin (Co-founder, Advisory Board)
Shiv Bhasin is a Pharmaceutical professional with three decades of experience in India & South East Asia. He is the former CEO of Abbott Pharmaceuticals and was posted in Indonesia. He has worked in companies like GSK, IPCA and Solvay in India holding responsible managerial positions. He currently is a Pharmaceutical consultant and advisor.
D. G. Rajan
D. G. Rajan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He was earlier a Senior Partner at Lovelock & Lewes, Chairman of Direct Taxation Committee of Southern India Chamber of Commerce & Industry and a Member of the Board of Governor of Doon School. Presently, he is the Advisor and Management Consultant to many domestic and international groups.
Priyanka K. Davda
She holds a Degree in Law from SVKM College of Law, Mumbai and is enrolled with Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa. She has been supervising and voluntary teaching “LAMP POST KIDS” from past 12 years.
Ex serviceman Indian Navy & retired Manager Air India. He has been Chairman & secretary of many housing societies and area federations. Social Worker of the Area.
She is B.E. (ECT) and MBA (HR) and is currently working as a Consultant.
Shailesh Jain, Sulabha Pathak, Gauri Bhasin,Rajalakshmi
Unnikrishnan(standing-From right to left)
Heera Lal Gupta, Asmita Pawaskar,Taslim Shaikh, Kalpita Betkar,
Nagamma Koli(sitting- From right to left)
Volunteering at Seed Foundation Mumbai has been an eye-opening experience for me. There are so many children from underprivileged backgrounds
that have so much potential and a great desire to learn. Such children deserve opportunities to grow and flourish. And Seed Foundation is a small attempt
to help a few students fulfill their dreams by providing them academic assistance after school along with food and school supplies.
My stint teaching the kids has been a grounding experience for me. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives
we tend to forget to take a pause; and enjoy the journey. These kids helped me recall how beautiful it is to take pleasure from
the simple things in life and for that I am forever grateful to them. The optimism and innocence that they exude in the face of adversity is something all of us should learn which is why I would definitely recommend that each one of you volunteer at this organization at least once.
Understanding the need of sports for the holistic development of a child, a few colleagues and I started the Sunday football sessions for the kids at Seed Foundation. Little did we know that Sunday morning would soon be the most looked forward to time in the whole week.
The sheer happiness on the kid's faces while picking up a new sport and their energy & enthusiasm made everything that we did, absolutely worth it. I would urge people to take out two hours on a Sunday morning and experience the joy of giving especially to these kids who need it the most