Team

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Dr Alaka Sarma

Executive Director

Alaka is an accomplished educator, columnist, activist, social leader, and law maker. She currently serves as the Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Student Welfare at the University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya. Formerly, she was elected to two terms as a member of the State Legislative Assembly, representing the district of Nalbari. She completed her doctoral dissertation on the economy of Nagaland at the University of Bombay, and has taught at several colleges in Maharashtra and North East India. She has been involved in people’s movements in Bihar and Assam and has been a champion of social causes for decades, serving with many charitable organisations over the years.

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Mazin Mukhtar

Associate Director, Curriculum

Mazin is an education reformer with extensive experience as a professional tutor and private teacher. He has worked on implementing education programs for at-risk and neglected youth, both in the United States and India. He completed high school and junior college at age fourteen after attending schools in New York, Washington, Egypt, Sudan and South Africa. By fifteen, he was a research assistant in the field of space systems engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in the United States. Subsequently, he has developed a set of educational and mentoring techniques designed to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds attain outstanding academic outcomes.

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Parmita Sarma

Associate Director, Operations

Parmita is a humanitarian and social activist with experience leading projects aimed at helping underprivileged children. She completed her master’s dissertation on the challenges of educating children in low income communities at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. When she was barely out of her teens, she was already organising and managing educational programs for children in underprivileged communities, as well as working in disaster relief programs. As the Principal of Akshar Forum, she has led the establishment of the school and continues to oversee daily operation.

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Miguel Galaz

Associate Director, Global Strategy

Miguel is a social reformer and political activist with a special interest in science and technology, currently working in the telecommunications private sector in Portugal. He worked for several years as a research assistant studying neuroscience at the Aphasia Research Centre at the University of Maryland, as well as with the Portuguese American Citizenship Project, a campaign for civil rights centred in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in International Relations from IE Business School in Spain, as well as a degree in Philosophy from the University of Maryland.