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The board members

Aashu Calapa

Aashu currently volunteers with Social Venture Partners which is a not for profit company primarily focused on livelihoods. Prior to this he was heading the Million Jobs Mission for Social Venture Partners. The Million Jobs Mission is a program wherein SVP works with partners in the livelihoods space to enhance their capabilities and indirectly impact a million lives. Aashu's direct involvement in the social sector started with a stint heading The Live Love Laugh Foundation which is an NGO working in the area of mental health. Aashu also serves on the boards of two other NGOs which are Quest Alliance & One Billion Literate Foundation.


In his previous avatar Aashu worked for about 23+ years as an HR professional in the corporate sector. He started his career with Wipro and then worked as head of HR in Firstsource and RedBus. 

Manu Konchady

Manu is an open source software developer. He has over 20 years of experience developing code for machines that have ranged from supercomputers to PCs. He has also taught courses at school and university levels. He has written four books on topics as diverse as search engines, text mining, and learning English on a computer. In 1996 he received a PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University. He has been a passionate volunteer and fund raiser at Sukrupa, Mahila Dakshata Samiti, Stree Jagruti Samiti, and the Catholic Charities. He started the Child Education and Welfare Association in the USA in 2000. The foundation raises funds for underprivileged students so they can go to school.

Ponnu Subramanian

Ponnu is a management graduate from IRMA (Institute of Rural Management, Anand).  The first five years of his career were primarily in various commodities trading and later in the retail sector with brands like ITC, Foodworld, Landmark Group and SPAR International. Ponnu spent time developing farmer-related back end integration, packaging and supply chain development of various products. He has helped setup entire supply chains by working with farmers, food processors and FMCG companies. 

Ponnu has always been keen on working at the grassroots level and he has a natural flair for connecting with farmers and artisans. Ponnu started spending time helping NGOs by becoming part of Whiteboard - an initiative of iVolunteer. Currently Ponnu is the lead for the Bengaluru chapter of Whiteboard and he continues to spend time in helping various NGOs.

Preethika Alva

Preethika is an educationalist. She has been associated with Sukrupa since 2009. Her journey with us began ever since she volunteered to teach at Sukrupa through the ‘Teach India’ initiative. Preethika is a Special Educator trained at Spastics Society of India. She is involved with the Sukrupa Pre School; she helps design the curriculum and also trains teachers in effective instruction methods. Preethika, actively raises funds for Sukrupa through her family and friends. She enjoys traveling, quilting and spending time with her family.


The management team

Krupalatha Martin Dass

Founder | Executive Trustee | Executive Director

Krupa wants to live in a world filled with creativity & innovations and create opportunities for those who do not have the means. Through Sukrupa, she has designed a learning space for first generation learners where creative thinkers are initiated to dream big and impact the world positively. Krupa has been a successful entrepreneur with more than 25 years of experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors both in India and abroad as a consultant in the USA. Her international travels instilled a global perspective on social problems of India.

Growing up in a small scale industrial neighborhood, Krupa and her family helped hundreds of children complete schooling. In the year 2000, out of passion, Krupa funded her mother to set up the weekend program for underprivileged children in R.T. Nagar, Bangalore. That eventually led her to end her lucrative career in the USA to set up Sukrupa along with her mother Suguna, while vacationing during the summer of 2002.


Sukrupa has been highly successful in creating opportunities for first generation learners. Currently, she is in the process of designing two impactful programs: Turning Point-International Cultural Exchange: A transformative initiative for teenagers and Multiple Entrepreneurship initiatives for young women from underprivileged background.

Krupa is fully committed to Sukrupa although she shares her time between Bangalore and Bay Area. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, cooking gourmet food, nurturing an organic garden and watching movies. In Bangalore, she also loves to spend time with the eight children that Krupa and her brother Sathya have been fostering for the last 14 years.

Krupa was one of the top 25 Lead India Nominees of the Times of India Initiative in 2007. In 2016, she was recognized with Abhi~Nandana SHRAMA SADANA Shining Star award by ISBR, Public Relations Council of India, Chambers Academy and industry celebrating the success of women achievers.

Sathiaseelan Martin Dass

Director | Chief Mentor

Sathya heads School Operations. Sathya quit his software career and joined Krupa and their mother in nurturing the children at Sukrupa after a year of its inception. Sathya is now part of the overall planning of the school activities along with Krupa and the Headmistress. At Sukrupa, he coordinates with the Headmistress to manage the day to day operations of the school. He oversees all the events by coordinating with the teaching and admin team. As overall development and growth of the child depends on well being of the parents, siblings and the community, Sathya, oversees the community welfare with help of counsellors, social workers and various collaborative organizations.

Suguna Martin Dass

Co Founder | Advisory Board Member

Smt. Sugunamani has over 40 years of teaching experience. She strongly believes in “Vidya Daanam” the Gift of Education that cannot be taken away by anyone. Spending time with children is her passion. Her warmth and dedicated teaching to the beginners has been a stepping stone to their success.

Suguna’s teaching interest and skills started when she was in high school though, after marriage, she focused on being a homemaker. However her dream to be teacher rekindled when her daughter Krupa was barely 2 years and by the age of 3  Krupa was able to read and write fluently in Kannada. This attracted the neighbours to visit and that led Suguna to bring in and teach children playing on the street after school hours. This eventually grew to more than 150 kids studying each year for over 20 years in their small home in Magadi Road with collective effort from Suguna, Krupa and Sathya, that laid the foundation of starting Sukrupa.

Murugan Gswamy

Operations Head

Murugan has been a social worker for 30 years and has vast experience in women empowerment and livelihood development of rural communities. Before social work, he was involved with a private Research Institute in Tamil Nadu undertaking impact assessment on Family Planning and Anganwadi Centres. 


Murugan is passionate about community development work and proves that rural women too could run an organization independently by empowering them through a self-help approach.  He also worked with a leading University at Bangalore as a program head for eight years in implementing its CSR intervention, helping social work and management students in sensitizing on social work by conducting field visits, guest lecturing on various developmental subjects. His major areas of expertise are in the field of administration, project management, proposal writing, project evaluation, donor communications, staff capacity building and more.