Pratham UK Board

Roy Martins: Chairman

Roy was the Head of Prime Services Europe at Credit Suisse from 2007 to 2014.  Prior to that he was at Morgan Stanley from 1995 to 2007, where he helped build the Financing Products business.   He holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Management from Kings College London and an MBA from London Business School/Wharton School.


Ritu Kapoor (Gala chair) 

Having spent her formative years in India, Ritu relocated to the UK in 1997. She has held a variety of roles across industries and sectors. Most notably, she has worked with Oxfordshire's Human Rights & Equality Council for over 10 years in various capacities.

These include delivering tailored training courses to a variety of public and private sector organisations across the UK on the subject of Equality and Race Relations Law and acting as the Head Race Relations officer dealing with legal case work relating to incidences of racial discrimination.

Her last assignment at The Human Rights & Equality Council was as a Director of the wider organisation. Ritu holds a MSc in Human Resource Development from the University of Surrey. She lives in London with her husband Rakesh and two children and enjoys Hindustani Classical music and Yoga in her personal time.


Deepak Khilnani (Treasurer) 

CEO of a diversified clean energy group with a key focus on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, Deepak Khilnani has extensive experience in the implementation of small-scale distributed energy projects. His network of regional operations in Lagos, Johannesburg and Nairobi concentrate on developing innovative energy solutions for a wide cross section of industries and public utilities. Deepak is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Oil and Gas Advisory Board of UKTI; he has held many senior positions in finance, marketing and general management. He is an active supporter of several educational charities and has been a board member and treasurer of Pratham since 2008.
Connect with him on Twitter at his handler @DeepakKhilnani and LinkedIn profile here.


Dr. Rajeev Sibal

Dr. D. Rajeev Sibal is the Global Economist at Och-Ziff since July 2013 supporting portfolio managers with economic perspective to facilitate strategic dialogue around investments across asset classes; he is also an equity analyst covering utility and infrastructure stocks in Europe. Prior to Och-Ziff, Rajeev was a Principal Consultant and Emerging Markets Advisor at Fenrix, a boutique London-based consultancy, leading a go-to-market project that helped a £1bn turnover UK-based company open an office in India. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at Citi and as an Instructor at the London School of Economics, teaching courses on financial/economic policy and business (the latter with the TRIUM executive MBA programme). Rajeev wrote his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics on market structuring and microeconomic incentives in Emerging Markets. During his PhD he spent a couple of terms at Delhi University in India and Fundação Getulio Vargas Business School in Sao Paulo. He was twice awarded the Modi-Narayan Fellowship through the Asia Research Centre. Rajeev earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics, Industrial and Systems Engineering and International Affairs from Georgia Tech in the U.S. 


Sanjeev Dhuna

Sanjeev Dhuna is a partner in Allen & Overy's London Banking department. Sanjeev qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1997, and as a New York lawyer in 2001. He joined A&O London in 1995 and has acted on a broad range of banking transactions, including syndicated loans and leveraged and investment grade acquisition financings. He acts for both borrowers and lenders and has advised on some of the largest European syndicated loan transactions.

Sanjeev acts for a number of Indian companies and financial institutions and is a core member of the Global India practice group. He has acted on a number of high-profile cross-border transactions including a number of significant acquisition financings and international financing structures.

Dixit Joshi

Dixit Joshi is Global Head of Prime Finance at Deutsche Bank. Prior to this, from 2011, he was Head of Equities for Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank, based in Hong Kong. He has served twice as a board member of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), among the world’s largest financial trade associations, and was an Equities Board Member of the Association for Financial markets in Europe (AFME). He has served as a Board Member of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, and is President of the Advisory Board for National Sewa Day, a social action and volunteering initiative for local communities. Mr. Joshi holds a degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.


Ravi Rajagopal

Mr. Ravi Rajagopal served as Managing Director of DIAGEO India Pvt Ltd. since May 2005. Mr. Rajagopal served as the Global Head of Business Development of Diageo plc from September 2010 to September 2015. Mr. Rajagopal joined Diageo in 1997 and held a variety of roles covering regional finance and group controller. Mr. Rajagopal has been a Non-Executive Director of United Spirits Limited since July 04, 2013. Previously, Mr. Rajagopal held progressively larger roles from 1979 to 1995 at ITC Ltd., India with experiences covering a  spectrum of businesses including Paper and Packaging, Cement, Leaf Tobacco, Cigarettes. At the time of leaving, he was head of Finance and Commercial for Agri – Businesses, a major diversification into Seeds, Edible Oils and Animal Feeds. Mr. Rajagopal is Chartered Accountant and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.


Avinash Vazirani

Avinash Vazirani joined Jupiter in 2007. He manages Indian equities funds (including a fund launched and managed by Avinash since July 1995). Prior to joining Jupiter, Avinash was CIO (South Asia and Africa) of BNP Paribas Asset Management before he left to found Peninsular Capital Partners LLP in 2005, where he acted as Managing Partner. He was the CEO of GEM Dolphin Investment Managers from 1994 until its sale in 1997.  Avinash led the management buy-in of John Lusty Group plc in 1993 and was the company's COO until its sale in 1994.  Avinash qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986, and was a Senior Manager at Price Waterhouse in London.


Alka Deol

A trained fashion designer, Alka spent early part of her career in various roles in the fashion industry. The cause of underprivileged girl child development in India has been her key impetus. Before relocating to London she served on the board of “Literacy India” where she led ‘Project Indha’ focusing on women skill building and empowerment. Alka graduated from University of Delhi and postgraduate from London School of Fashion. She currently resides in London with her husband Ravi and two daughters. Her interests include gourmet food, fashion, traditional Indian art and music. 


Vinati Sukhdev: Executive Director 

Vinati Sukhdev holds a Masters degree from the Delhi School of Economics. She has worked as a journalist with leading newspapers and magazines in India and the UK ( including The Hindustan Times Delhi and the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association, London) and later as a copywriter ( Hindustan Thompson Mumbai, Doyle Dane Bernbach and Batey Ads Singapore). She has been Executive Director of Pratham since 2010.



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