Our Board of Directors

Board Members

Kandarp Shah
Co-Chairman of the Board

Years of Involvement: 2009 to present
Education: Cornell University, B.A.
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A.

Kandarp believes that breaking the cycle of poverty found in many rural Indian communities starts with better access to education. He uses his entrepreneurial skills to spearhead initiatives for Nanubhai, including fundraising, programming and organizational management. He is currently a consultant at McKinsey & Co.

Sherry DeLeon
Board Member

Years of Involvement: 2017to present
Education: SIT Graduate Institute, M.S.,
UNC-Chapel Hill, B.A.

Sherry has spent the majority of her career working in the public and nonprofit sectors, with over 18 years of experience working for various nonprofits in the United States and overseas.

Sherry has worked with the American Red Cross and the ICRC providing tracing services to refugees during the Crisis in Kosovo and worked in Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Bosnia providing emergency services to deployed military personnel. She has also served as a Vice President for Development, State Executive Director, Director of External Relations and a Grant Coordinator.

Sherry is a graduate of the SIT Graduate Institute with a MS in Organizational Management and UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Sociology. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Security Studies.

Dr. Vikram Bakhru
Board Member

Years of Involvement: 2010 to present
Education: George Washington University, B.A., B.S., M.D.
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A.

Dr. Bakhru believes education has the power to change lives. In 2002 he established FIMRC and his extensive experience in the developing world guides Nanubhai’s programming. He serves as CMO for A&K Global Health.

Mohit Bhansali
Board Member

Years of Involvement: 2011 to present
Education: New York University, B.A.

Mohit lends his mastery of social media and fundraising to advance our mission. Outside of Nanubhai, he’s part of the rock quartet Deadbeat Darling and is the COO at Equity Stock Transfer LLC.

Hamel Shah
Board Member

Years of Involvement: 2009 to present
Education: McMaster University, B.A.
Harvard Business School, M.B.A.

Hamel loves working with Nanubhai because it gives passionate individuals an opportunity to have an impact. She contributes a range of skills to the board, including strategy development, Annual Gala planning/event management.

Dr. Hemant Vankawalla
Board Member

Years of Involvement: 2012 to present
Education: University of Texas, M.D.

Dr. Vankawalla believes that every boy and girl in India deserves a quality education. He is a founding physician and CMIO with Emerus Hospital Partners and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Texas Tech University Hospital.

Kate Jenkins
Board Member

Years of Involvement: 2012 to present
Education: Nebraska Wesleyan, B.A.
Columbia University, M.F.A.

Kate’s skill set includes multicultural team management, strategic planning, and program development. While her desire to improve education in underserved communities brought her to India, it is the amazing people she works with that keeps her coming back.