“Everyone is my teacher. Some I seek. Some I subconsciously attract. Often I learn simply by observing others. Some may be completely unaware that I’m learning from them, yet I bow deeply in gratitude.” Eric Allen

Lily Sahay


Lily Sahay, a seasoned educationist,  joins us with 20 years of experience in School Education of which she played the role of Principal during the last 7 years. Having worked in various prestigious Institutions, she brings in a wealth of experience and knowledge to Smrti Academy, apart from a unique blend of love and passion for Education. She was the recipient of the Best Principals Award at Deeksha PU College.


She is well versed in academics, parent relationship, community integration and school administration and management. A loving and caring teacher at heart, Mrs.Sahay teaches History and Political Science.  She believes that a robust culture of learning is needed as education is about learning, unlearning and re-learning.

Deepa Ravichandran

Chief Mentor

Deepa Ravichandran, the Founder-Principal of Floretz Montessori, is the Chief Mentor to Smrti Academy. With 17+ years of experience in the Education Sector, Deepa brings with her the unique ability to create fun learning environments for children. She is a Masters in Industrial Electronics with a Diploma in Montessori Education and in Special Education. She trains teachers of various Schools across the country and has a deep understanding of blending the Montessori Way and Philosophy with the curriculum a School adopts.

V Ravichandran


Ravichandran Venkataraman, the Founder Director of Smrti Academy, is a leader of international repute. With 35+ years of experience in the Corporate World, Ravi has occupied Senior Leadership Positions in companies like ANZ and HP. He was the Managing Director of ANZ Operations & Technology in India. After that, he was the Senior Vice-President and Head of the Global Business Service of HP, leading a team of 18,000+ across 58 countries. He is a Trustee of eVidyaloka, a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides on-line education to 20,000+ children across 245 villages in India. Ravi's bent of mind for music and sport helps with the co-curricular activities planning.

Ravi Ramachandra

Director & Co-Founder

Ravi Ramachandra, the Director and Co-Founder of Smrti Academy, is a Civil Engineer - a leading builder and player in the infrastructure industry with 25+ years of experience. Ravi joined his father’s family business in civil engineering and later started his own company, Sri Raja Rajeshwari Constructions. He has done numerous residential, commercial buildings and government projects in Bangalore and developed beautiful residential layouts in various parts of Karnataka. Ravi brings with him amazing project management skills along with an unflinching focus on the customer. He has worked with leading architects in Bangalore and is a sought after builder as he relentlessly moves to the latest in construction technology.

Mr. GK Pillai, IAS

Gopal Krishna Pillai, IAS, is the former Home Secretary, Government of India. He also held various other positions with the Government of India such as the Secretary, Ministry of Commerce.


With a Masters from IIT, Madras, Mr. Pillai belongs to the Kerala cadre of the I.A.S. Mr.Pillai held diverse posts in Kerala including that of District Collector, Special Secretary for Industries, Secretary of Health and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala.

Mr. Raghavendra K

Raghavendra (alias Raghu) is a Leader with 34+ years of experience Human Resources. He is the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Human Resources Development and is a member of the Executive Council of Infosys BPM Ltd.


With expertise in  aligning  HR’s  functional  role  to  dovetail business  plans, Raghu’s interest lie in development  of  HR competencies,  managing  cultural  diversity  and  change management.


A frequent speaker in thought leadership sessions and seminars globally, Raghu is a Post Graduate from Madras School of Social Work. He has also completed an Advanced Management Program from IIM, Bangalore and the Infosys Global Leadership Program from Stanford University.

Dr. Gideon Arulmani

Dr. Gideon Arulmani, PhD., Founder-Director, The Promise Foundation, is a clinical psychologist interested in culture, education and counselling. His Cultural Preparation Process Model is widely used in various countries across the world. 


Gideon is a sought after speaker in international conferences. He has authored two books and published close to 75 peer reviewed papers and chapters. He is an international development consultant to various UN and other multilateral agencies and has executed assignments for them in more than 30 countries.


Gideon is the Founder-Trustee, Indian Association for Career and Livelihood Planning and a Board Member of IAEVG, an International Fellow of Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research USA. He is also a visiting senior faculty in various Universities across Europe, UK and India.

Meet The Advisory Board

Dr. Neeraja Raghavan

Neeraja Raghavan is Founder-Director of Thinking Teacher, and author of several research papers and books, including The Reflective Teacher and Teaching Tales, Learning Trails co-edited with Vineeta Sood and Kamala Anilkumar.


She holds a doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University, and has more than two decades of experience in teaching and research. She has also served as a Vice-Principal and Principal in different schools. Her current focus is on teacher development through action research and reflective practice. She enjoys reading philosophy, writing poetry, listening to music and sketching.  

Dr. Somnath Ganguly

Dr. Somnath Ganguly is a Research Scientist in Structural Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science and is a Member of the Patent Services Group. He is also part of the Invention Evaluation Team of IISc.

Having worked in large corporates such as GE, Infosys, Astra Zeneca and Honeywell, Dr. Somanth Ganguly has won various awards in Innovation and has published many papers. He won the Young Scientist Award in 1985 from KAAS. He was awarded for Innovation by Honeywell in 2008. He won another award for Innovation in 2010 at Infosys. In 2019 he won the Questel Award for Patent Analytics Services.

Dr. Raghunath Subramanyam

Dr. S Raghunath is Professor of Strategy and the Chairperson for Centre for Corporate Governance and Citizenship at IIM Bangalore and the India Chapter Chair for the Academy of International Business, a nodal international body for research and consulting.  He specializes in Strategic Alliances, Acquisitions as well as Strategic Leadership. 

He was a Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (1990-1991) where he engaged in research in strategy making in IT companies.  He was also a Visiting Professor at INSEAD, France; University of Buckingham, UK; RMIT School of Business; Melbourne, Australia; and LBSNAA, Mussoorie.

A Board Member in various companies, Dr. Raghunath is also a consultant with the UNDP, New York.

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