Our Trustees

Kavita Gupta Sabharwal
Founder & Managing Trustee

“I believe in equality of opportunity – and the only route to it is finally through great education. When Gandhi came back from South Africa in 1915, Gokhale told him to “Make India proud of herself”. I find solace in the thought that Neev Kids will complete what Gokhale and Gandhi started. I hope to create an academic institution which remains true to our mission and values and outlasts me, my generation and many others - schools where Neev alumni are proud to send their great grand children for an education which continues to stand for excellence forever.”

Kavita has worked in diverse fields of scientific research, corporate restructuring, finance and now education. Her interests include reading on education, brain development, History and India. She is a science post graduate from Bombay University, and an alumnus of Harvard Business School. She founded and heads Neev Schools and Neev Academy, aspires to spend more time with Neev children through her love of history, literature and connect children and teachers with strong school practices meeting the needs of Today’s child. Education has had an unparalleled value in Kavita’s family – with many generations before her being educators, including her father who was a lecturer at BITS Pilani before starting Lupin


Manish Sabharwal

"We believe in the power of education - to create change and a better world."

Manish is currently the Chairman and co-founder of Teamlease Services, India’s largest staffing and training firm. Teamlease has over 90,000 employees in 1800 cities/ towns and is implementing India’s first vocational university in Gujarat and the India’s largest PPP national apprenticeship program. In 1996 he co-founded India Life, an HR outsourcing company that was acquired by Hewitt associates in 2002. Consequently he was CEO of Hewitt Outsourcing (Asia) in Singapore. Manish’s family has run educational institutions in Kanpur for many generations. Kavita and Manish believe in the power of education – to create change and a better world.

Manish is a member of the Prime Ministers Council on Skill Development and serves on various state and central government committees on education, employment and employability. He is a columnist for the Indian Express and Economic Times and guest faculty at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie. He got his MBA from The Wharton School in 1996 and is an alumni of Shriram College, Delhi and Mayo College, Ajmer.


Ashok Reddy

“Education is about developing and playing to the strengths of the individual child; to build confidence, character and a strong foundation on which the child can grow to be a thinking, aware, caring and responsible adult.”

Ashok is the Managing Director and Co-Founder, TeamLease Services. He is as alumnus of IIM Bangalore and graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, and before that schooled in Rishi Valley School.



Nilesh Gupta

“I am inspired by addressing education at the grassroot level but also ensuring that a world class education is offered in India. This is an honor to address but also a big responsibility - we are taking direct charge of our future.”

Nilesh is a Chemical Engineer from the University Department of Chemical Technology (Mumbai) and an MBA from the Wharton School (Philadelphia). He is currently the Managing Director of Lupin Ltd., a leading global pharmaceutical company and is also closely involved with Lupin's philanthropic efforts.


Shoba Narayan

“In an ideal world, schools would do the following things: teach skills and knowledge that are relevant to the times we live in; cultivate a growth mindset; identify and nurture a child’s passions and unique talents; impart a moral compass; develop character and grit. Even achieving one of these goals is hard to do but Neev aspires for all of the above. That is why I’m delighted to be a trustee.”

Shoba is an acclaimed columnist and author. She aspires to be a world-class juggler— physically and metaphorically; and to effect change using words and humor. Her list of publications are available at http://shobanarayan.com/.