The SAGE Foundation is the non-profit arm of The Shahani Group which has had a range of initiatives in the education sector since 1958.

SAGE Foundation believes that the most impactful way to develop peoples’ lives is to enable them to develop the skills to earn their own livelihood. Since 2008 we’ve been working with partners to help educate & employ India’s underprivileged population


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Here are a few of the partners who have supported SAGE Foundation’s initiatives.

Maya Shahani


From the very beginning Ms. Shahani’s vision has been to build strong ethical and heart centric business leaders. Along with her work in education, she has been deeply involved in charity work, which has been recognized by The Bill Clinton Global Initiative. She works closely with the United Nations, the Global Dialogue Foundation (Australia) & the Cancer Patients Aid Association. She has received several awards in recognition of her work, including the Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Ethical Practices & the Extraordinary Lives Award from XL Foundation. She has also featured in the film ‘Dreamcatchers’ which showcasing people who have led transformational lives.

Dr. Akhil Shahani

Group Chief Executive Officer

An MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Doctorate in Education from the University of Liverpool, Akhil is trying to bring international methods of education to India through the group’s various initiatives. He believes that quality education involves not only academic learning but also developing one’s network, personality, and values. He is also involved with Kaizen Private Equity, which invests in education and also mentors young entrepreneurs in his spare time. He has received many awards for his work in the education sector like the PIMR Award for Outstanding Educationist, Bharat Shiromani Award, the Bharat Gaurav Award and the Indira Gandhi Priyadarshini Award including mentions in notable educational journals.

Amit Sharma

Group Chief Operating Officer

Twenty years experience creating successful e-learning teams across the world. Handled global projects for United Nations and Fortune 500 firms, like Microsoft & Capita. A Certified Project Manager from PMI Institute with a Post Graduate Diploma in Media

Chaitali Choudhury

VP Content

Chaitali has over 20 years of experience in creating compelling and engaging learning interventions for clients across the corporate and higher education worlds. She is a quality-oriented professional, who is driven by challenges and is passionate about developing and managing solutions with focus on learner success and feasibility. Over the course of her career, she has also acquired competencies in training need analysis and measuring learning effectiveness.

Vikas Kumar

Chief Technical Architect

Vikas has over sixteen years of experience in the software industry with the majority of it as a CTO of Brainvisa which he founded along with his partners in 2000. After having exited Brainvisa he has been investing and working with various start-ups in various domains.

Ronil Sujan

Ex-MD Rabo Bank, Asia Pacific

Ronil runs his proprietary investment fund, Raaga Holdings out of Singapore. He has over 20 years’ experience across India, Asia and the USA. In the last seven of his fourteen years with the Rabobank Group, Ronil was the Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking Asia-Pacific at Rabobank International. He was on the Board and Global Exco of the global JV with NM Rothschilds.

Devan Kampani

MD, JM Financial Investment Banking

An MBA from New York University, Devan has been a senior member of the JM Financial group over the last 20 years and has worked on many prominent M & A deals. He has a deep interest in education as is also on the advisory board of a well-known international school in Mumbai.

Ranjit Shahani

He’s the Vice Chairman of, Novartis India Limited and is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur and MBA from Bombay University.

Niranjan Hiranandani

Niranjan Hiranandani is an Indian billionaire businessman, co-founder and managing director of Hiranandani Group, engaged in real estate business. He is ranked by Forbes among the 100 richest Indians, with a net worth of US$1.6 billion as of June 2021.

In 2020, he was in the Top 10 Indian real estate tycoons according to the Grohe Hurun report. In 2020, he was the second richest person in the Real estate Sector as per the IIFL Wealth Hurun India Rich List (2020). Along with members of his family, Hiranandani controls the privately-owned Hiranandani Group.

Vijay Jain

Founder of ORRA, one of India’s leading jewellery store chains & Ex-CEO of Ritu Kumar Brands.

Dave Rogers


Born in Canada, of mixed Asia and European heritage, Dave is a dynamic global leader and speaker on today’s key business issues.

Thomas Power

United Kingdom

An experienced business leader, who has successfully founded, built and sold a number of businesses in the e-Commerce, Social Networking and Call Center arena.

Mike Handcock

New Zealand

Mike currently owns numerous business interests and has a passion for coaching and training. Mike has owned businesses as diverse as construction, human resources, music production, marketing and property investment.

Richard Alderson


Richard is a serial entrepreneur, who has founded three social enterprises in the field of education. These include, Unltd India, which incubates and educates start-up social entrepreneurs and Career shifters which educates people who want to make a change in their careers.

Janet Bray Attwood


Janet’s company, Enlightened Alliances create relationships between individuals and organizations that are doing work to create a world of abundance, harmony and mutual support. She is also co-owner of one of the largest transformational online magazines in the world, Healthy Wealthy n Wise.