Team

Colonel (Retd.) P M Jha

Colonel (Retd.) P M Jha

Managing Trustee

Colonel (Retd.) Jha completed his medical training from Ranchi Medical College and joined the Indian Army in 1984. During his tenure he served across multiple locations in the country, including the North East and the Western border region; as well as in the Middle-East. Through his career, he also continued to provide voluntary medical services to unreached communities of North Bihar.

After 31 years of distinguished service in the Armed Forces, his passion for and understanding of public health in rural India, especially Bihar, led him to co-found Aripana Foundation, where he presently serves as the Managing Trustee and the Director of its Public Health vertical.

Avinash Kumar

Avinash Kumar

Trustee

Avinash leads the Education and Communications verticals of Wipro Foundation. The Education program he leads at Wipro, partners with a network of 130+ educational civil society organizations and supports them in building deeper capacities to work on school education reform in a long-term and sustained manner. Avinash has a Masters degree in Education from Azim Premji University and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. 

Avinash serves as a Trustee of Aripana Foundation and an advisor on its program strategy. 

Jamuna Inamdar

Jamuna Inamdar

Program Director

Jamuna has over 15 years of experience working with various NGOs. She started her career as a Program Officer, Training and Development, at Railway Children, a UK based NGO, engaging with street children and their caregiving staff at various locations across India. Thereafter, as part of Azim Premji Foundation, she facilitated education leadership & management programmes for state and district level government education functionaries as well as teachers, in the states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand. Jamuna is a co-founder of Aripana Foundation, where she presently serves as Program Director of the Education and Arts & Culture verticals. 

Piyush Raj

Piyush Raj

Program Officer

Piyush is Program Officer at Aripana Foundation and Sustainability Educator whose work requires excellent rapport building schools with people of all age groups, from students of primary class to district and state level functionaries! Piyush displays a calm and thoughtful approach towards situations and people and has a well practiced “pause” before responding to situations that helps him maneuver challenging situations. He has a thirst to learn new things and willingly accepts responsibility and challenges.

Kanhaiya Kumar

Kanhaiya Kumar

Aripana Fellow

Fellow, Aripana Foundation