Staff

Libby Burkeman, Head of Grants

As Head of Grants, Libby leads programme development and manages grants in the UK and India. Libby has experience of developing and managing education programmes through her previous roles as Director of Education at Tzedek, an international charity, and most recently in her role as Education Director at Movement for Reform Judaism. Libby has also co-ordinated education and teacher training programmes at the Science Museum.

Dr Christine Oliver, Head of Research

Christine develops and manages research, monitoring and evaluation of the Trust’s programmes. She has over 20 years of research experience, including 18 as Senior Researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London. Christine has an MA in Social History and Sociology and a PhD in Sociology from UCL, Institute of Education.

Andy Arthurson, Operations Manager

Andy has been responsible for the operations of the Trust and overseeing the work funded in Gibraltar since joining in 2012. He has 14 years experience in the charity sector and prior to joining the Trust, worked for eight years at Young Enterprise, the UK’s largest enterprise education charity in roles including National Education Support Manager and Office and Administration Manager.

Trustees

Dr Soma Pujari, Co-Founder and Executive Trustee

Soma co-founded the Trust to reorganise the family’s charitable giving to ensure a structured and long-term approach. A sense of social responsibility inspired the family to take steps to focus on the most disadvantaged in India, particularly in education. She remains closely involved with the Trust. 

Anurag Dikshit, Co-Founder and Trustee

Anurag is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who lives with his wife and children in London, dedicating his time to business and education projects in addition to supporting the work of The Trust.

Nitin Jain, Trustee

Nitin is an entrepreneur who invests in start-up organisations and holds board positions within the companies. He is the founder of two online businesses and previously worked as the Chief Operation Officer for Party Poker. Nitin holds an MBA degree majoring in Finance and IT and an Electronics Engineering degree.

Advisers

Rebecca Eastmond

Rebecca is CEO of Greenwood Place, which she created to leverage the experience she gained over 20 years’ work in philanthropy. Rebecca began her career as a charity lawyer at Allen & Overy, then became CEO of The Prince’s Foundation for Arts & Kids. She was a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Private Bank, leading the bank’s philanthropy advisory offering in EMEA for almost a decade.  

Dr Balwant Singh 

Balwant was previously the Chief Executive of the Trust. His earlier roles include Global Director of a maternal and child health initiative across Africa and Asia funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Regional Director for Asia with Save the Children, Executive Director of Doctors of the World USA in New York and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in India, Director of International Programmes at International Family Health in London and Country Director with Project HOPE in Russia. Balwant is a physician with an MBA.

Sandra Sequiera

Sandra is Lecturer in Development Economics at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include the role of infrastructure in development, labour market dynamics and youth unemployment, education and development. She holds a PhD from Harvard University and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.