An Acumen Fellow and two-time TEDx speaker, Akshai founded Project KHEL in 2012 – an amalgamation of his love for sports and co-curriculars with his interest in working at the grassroots level.
An MBA from the prestigious Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal, he has over 12 years of experience including 10+ years in the social sector in the areas of research, program development, project management and organization building and also a year’s international experience as a cultural exchange intern in Austria.
Prior to founding Project KHEL, he was the Program Head of the Development Metrics Group at the Center for Development Finance (CDF) – IFMR, Chennai where he spearheaded a team of researchers and programmers and managed a million dollar grant project funded by Google.org. Akshai has also been involved with social sector studies commissioned by international agencies such as the World Bank, USAID, UNICEF, etc. and also worked with Aide-et-Action, an international NGO where he worked in education development programmes.
An avid sportsman and enthusiast, and a committed non-profit professional, he envisions the use of sport and interactive play techniques to provide innovative educational and leadership development opportunities to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Akshai is dedicated to nurturing agents of change in the communities he works in.