Board Members

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 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 full time 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 organic garden and watching movies. In Bangalore, she also loves to spend time with the 8 children that Krupa and her brother Sathya are 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.

Manu konchady
Trustee

Manu Konchady is an open source software developer. He has over 20 years of experience developing code for machines ranging from supercomputers to PCs. Manu has also taught courses at the university and school levels. He has written four books on topics such as search engines, text mining, and learning English on a computer. He received a PhD in Information Technology from George Mason University in 1996. Manu has worked as a volunteer and a 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 the year 2000 to raise funds for underprivileged students to attend school.

Preethika Alva
Trustee

Preethika is an educationist, who has been associated with SUKRUPA since 2009, after she volunteered to teach the children at SUKRUPA Education Center, through Times of India’s ‘Teach India’ initiative. Preethika is a Special Educator trained at Spastics Society of India. She is involved with SUKRUPA Pre School in setting curriculum and train teachers in effective teaching methods for the beginners.
Preethika, actively raises funds for SUKRUPA through her family and friends. She enjoys traveling, quilting and spending time with her family.

Management

Sathiaseelan Martin Dass
Director | COO

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 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 worker and various collaborative organisations.

Smt.Suguna Martin Dass
Co Founder | Advisory Board Member

Smt.Sugunamani has over 40 years of teaching experience. She strongly believed in “Vidya Daanam” the Gift of Education that cannot be taken away by any one. Spending time with children is her passion, especially her warmth and dedicated teaching to the beginners has been a stepping stone to success.
Suguna’s teaching interest and skills started when she was in high school and after her marriage she had to be a homemaker. However her dream to be teacher rekindled when her daughter Krupa was barely 2 years and by the age of 3 as 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. Which eventually grew to more than 150 kids studying each year for over 20 years at their small home in Magadi Road with collective effort from Suguna, Krupa and Sathya, that laid the foundation of starting something like SUKRUPA.