Founder Trustee + Chairman
Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Sunil is a practicing Chartered Accountant in Bangalore, specializing in the area of Tax & Corporate Consulting, Audit & Assurance functions for 15 years. For 10 years, he was faculty at Landmark, an international personal and professional growth, training and development company. Creating ASTHA was an outcome of his participation in the Curriculum of Living, that is offered by Landmark.
Sunil is a recipient of the Karmaveer Chakra constituted by the International Confederation of NGOs with the UN that recognizes people who have the courage of conviction to think differently and to act on ideas which make a difference in our world. He was among the first India Inclusion Fellows by the India Inclusion Summit.
He mentors and guides para-athletes and students to excel in their chosen fields.
Trustee + Director Operations
Priyanka graduated with a Masters degree in Forensic Science from the UK and worked in forensic labs in UK and India. She was also an Assistant Professor at Jain University, Department of Forensic Science.
In 2011, she took on a project to introduce the option to be identified as an organ donor on drivers’ licenses. She worked with the Government of Karnataka and had this implemented for the first time in India in 2012. Seeing the success of this in Karnataka State, she then worked with the Central Government and this project was made national in April 2018. This project brought her into the social sector and since then, there’s been no looking back. She is part of the Gift Your Organ Foundation that creates awareness about organ donation.
Priyanka believes that differently-abled people have as much a right to lead a fulfilling, comfortable life as anyone else in the community.
She is a recipient of the Karmaveer Chakra instituted by the International Confederation of NGOs with the UN and is also a recipient of the Leadership Award by World Women Leadership Congress for her contribution to the social sector.
DIRECTOR, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Padmini holds a Master of Science in Kinesiology (Adapted Physical Activity) from the United States. She is completing her doctoral research to attain a Ph.D. in Adapted Physical Education and Educational Leadership from Texas Woman's University in Dallas, Texas. Padmini has led program development and supported IWTT since 2017. Originally a physiotherapist from Hyderabad, she moved to the US in 2012 to pursue higher education in Kinesiology. This was because India does not offer education opportunities for professionals who want to use sport and exercise as tools to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities in India.
Since 2017, she is committed to create equitable disability sport opportunities for persons with disabilities in India through advocacy and awareness programs. Her vision for a stronger Paralympic India is grounded in her belief that efficient governance structures and athlete voices are critical to maintain a robust sporting ecosystem - An ecosystem that connects the grassroots to the highest level of competition within the country. She started #AdaptedSportsIndia to report about grassroots realities that surround para sports in India.
After retirement from professional tennis in 2016, this University of Virginia alumnus moved back to India and has been committed to growing the sporting culture within every demographic in the country.
By co-founding a nonprofit and two startups that focus on sport development, Somdev already reaches over 100,000 people a year. With his world ranking of 62, he is the highest ranked Indian tennis player in over two decades. Somdev is also a recipient of the fourth highest Indian civilian award, The Padma Shri, an Arjuna Awardee, a multiple gold medalist for the country, a National Observer for the Sports Ministry of India and one of the most successful NCAA tennis players of all time.