Talent resides everywhere, opportunity doesn’t. The Karta Initiative is seeking to positively and permanently disrupt this. Ours is a social mobility mission, for young people at the base of our global income pyramid.  We focus on dismantling barriers of information, exposure, aspirations, and skills to improve admissibility, employability, and ultimately life outcomes. Our work is underpinned by a commitment to social justice, inclusivity, and continuous learning.   We apply entrepreneurialism and business principles to achieve social impact.

The Team

Donal Anand-Shaw


  • Sectors: public and charity
  • Regions: Latin America, Europe, India
  • Research: Poverty alleviation, social marginalisation and exclusion
  • Education: MPhil Latin American Studies (Cambridge); BA Modern Languages & Cultures (Durham)
  • Sample experience: special needs teaching, university outreach, Hispanic journalism, subject tutoring, mentoring, social and political research, television chef

Access to opportunity is key to upending the existing paradigm of global inequality

Prerna Aswani

Initiative Coordinator

  • Sectors: business and education
  • Regions: Europe, Hong Kong, India
  • Research: Culture, society and development in India
  • Education: MSc Contemporary Indian Studies (SOAS); BA Philosophy Politics Economics (Oxford)
  • Sample experience: economics consultancy, university admissions advisory, academic mentoring 

We work with "diamonds in the rough", who illuminate their entire communities when connected to the right opportunities. 

Rosanna McBeath

International Access Manager

  • Sectors: public and higher education 
  • Regions: Europe, United States, India.
  • Research: barriers to university, university support provision 
  • Education: MA International Relations & Law (Oxford Brookes); BA Jurisprudence (Oxford)
  • Sample experience: university student welfare representation, local government care advisory, social impact bonds research

Empowering the brilliant young people we work with to become catalysts, turning small ripples into waves.

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Caitlin Mackridge

Digital Projects Assistant

  • Sectors: education and environment 
  • Regions: Europe, India
  • Research: information literacy,  sustainable consumption, human rights
  • Education: BA Land Economy (Cambridge)
  • Sample experience: social and environmental research, publicity and public engagement, course content development

We are bringing together talent and opportunity to support a more equitable future.


Nita Elizabeth Isaac

Resource Coordinator

  • Sectors: education, business and charity
  • Regions: India
  • Research: culture, education and development in India
  • Education: M Com (University of Mumbai), B Com (SIES College, Mumbai)
  • Sample experience: financial planning, bookkeeping, investments, statutory compliances and academic mentoring


We are working to bridge the gap between impoverished talent and world class education, in order to improve lives, communities and nations.

Vindi Banga

Chair & Trustee

  • Sectors: business, public, charity
  • Regions: Asia, Europe, North America
  • Education: MBA (IIM Ahmedabad)  Mechanical Engineering (IIT-Delhi)
  • Organisations: CD&R LLP; Unilever; Hindustan Unilever Ltd; GSK; Marie Curie; Marks & Spencer; Mauser Group, IIM Ahmedabad, Indian School of Business (ISB), Thomson Reuters 

The Karta vision is incredibly motivating - everyone, every sector, in any geography can play a role in our movement.

Sara Kalim


  • Sectors: higher education, media, public, broadcasting
  • Regions: Asia, Middle East, Central & Eastern Europe, UK
  • Education: MA Classics (Oxford)
  • Organisations: Somerville College; University of Oxford; Reuters Institute; British Broadcasting Corporation  

As a 4th generation person of Indian origin, I am a direct beneficiary of the ripple effect on whole communities from unimaginable opportunity.

Ranjita Rajan

Founder & Trustee

  • Sectors:  business, public, charity, international development, start-ups 
  • Regions: Europe, Latin America, North America, Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Education: MSc Econ & BSc Econ (London School of Economics) 
  • Organisations: McKinsey & Co, University of Oxford, DAI, Overseas Development Institute; International Students House

These experiences are woven into an optimistic commitment to unravelling the tight knot of inequality at the heart of Karta’s mission.

The Karta Ecosystem

Global firms, young start-ups, philanthropists, eminent academics, experts, and students, spanning geographies, ages, sectors and experience, are generously putting shoulders to the Karta wheel and contributing vital expertise, knowledge, pro-bono professional skills and financial support.

Sloane Robinson Foundation

Bernard Morris Charitable Trust

  • Orazio Attanasio
  • Dante Contreras
  • Michela Tincani
  • Trisha Sen
  • UCL
  • Universidad de Chile
  • Ministerio de Educación de Chile
  • Avanti
  • Barclays Life Skills
  • British Council, India
  • Crossover Catalyst
  • Fundacao Estudar
  • GSK
  • Hindustan Unilever
  • Lemann Foundation
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India
  • OxNet
  • Pembroke College, Oxford
  • Sommerville College, Oxford
  • Sutton Trust
  • High Commission of India, London
  • International Students House
  • Marks & Spencers
  • Tata Chemicals
  • The Red Pen
  • EnGuru
  • Siddharth Arora
  • Rosemary Aziz
  • Donal Anand-Shaw
  • Kate Bolsover
  • Natasha Burroughs
  • B.M. Chaudhari
  • Stephen Collins
  • Anne Currie
  • Teena Dhir
  • Anusuya G
  • Abhinav Garg
  • Alfred Gathorne-Hardy
  • Suneta Khade
  • Carolina Lyrio
  • Philip Maini
  • Shivani Malik
  • Kirsty MacDonald
  • Suparna Majumdar
  • Ganpati Maske
  • Moomal Mehta
  • Bharat Nadkarni
  • Nikhita Nadkarni
  • Rajan Pandhare
  • Sushant Powar
  • Roddy Sale
  • Manisha Sharma
  • Anshika Sinha
  • Vaanathi Sundaresan
  • Fabio Tran
  • Toby Whiting
  • Mark Wormald
  • Arshan Vakil
  • Arti Vakil
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