A. Padmanabha Rao and Rama Rao: Both have MA degrees in English
(Kakatiya University 1984) and Postgraduate Diplomas in Education
(Central Institute of Languages, Hyderabad 1985). They joined
Rishi Valley as teachers in 1987, and since 1988 have been
jointly in charge of the Rural Education Programme. Their work
has been described in a number of publications, including Bringing
Within Reach: A Document on Universalization of Girls' Education
(UNICEF, 1997); “Rishi Valley and Human Ingenuity," a chapter
in Robert Kaplan's Ends of the Earth (Random House 1996); in
the Spanish magazine, Human Planet: Ideas to Change the World,
August 1999 (article by Nuria Verde); and "A Valley of Learning" by
Julia Ponson in Resurgence Sep-Oct, 1998.
Padmanabha and Rama Rao have participated in international
conferences on education and interacted with groups from Ethiopia,
Bangladesh and Maldives on educational matters.
Both Padmanabha Rao and Rama Rao are fellows of Ashoka, 'a
global non-profit organization that invests in social entrepreneurs
around the world. Ashoka pioneered the "social venture
capital" approach in international development.'
M.S. Sailendran: MA, ACA, Member of the Indian Institute of
Chartered Accountants. Finance Manager, Rishi Valley Education
Centre and Associate Coordinator of Rural Centre Activities.
In addition to these responsibilities, Mr. Sailendran serves
as supervisor of the Centre's Conservation and Reforestation
Project, and as Co-Director of is Building Design Committee.