The board members
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 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.