VNP Raj is an Indian national and a resident of Dubai for more than 25 years. A banker by profession and a prominent educationist in UAE, Mr. Raj has over 33 years of international experience in India and UAE across banking & finance, education and healthcare. He is also the founder managing director of a management consulting firm that is at the forefront of financial services, providing management solutions to businesses in the UAE. As a businessman, he has been a philanthropist focused on providing, high quality education and healthcare for the common citizen at an affordable cost. His passion in Education has led him to acquire schools in the UAE and startup schools and nurseries in India in his personal capacity. In a short span of less than 2 years, the number of schools and nurseries under his care has moved from 0 to 7, with the vision to take up this number to 20 in the foreseeable future. Being an educational visionary, a meditator and motivational speaker, he has created specific models of education focused on preparing children of group schools who are ready for the ever-transforming global world in the years to come.
Deputy Managing Director
Sasikala Raj has been a banking professional for the past 25 years working in India and the UAE. She has been at the forefront of operations and administration for the schools and nurseries for Athena Education. For the last 13 years she performed various operational roles with Emirates ENBD. Prior to that, she managed operations for the State Bank of India for over 10 years. Additionally, she is the main liaison for all HR Function of the entire group, leading all employees on balanced policy formulation and implementation. She plays a critical role in the acquisition of schools, evaluating options from the prospective of financial soundness, human resources and external evaluation tracking of the schools, done by the external authorities.
Group Executive Director & Board Member
Harsh oversees the Athena Academic Board, promoting Quality Learning. Harsh has an MBA from XLRI, and he brings his experience in education management from his time at the Shri Ram School group that has multiple campuses across India. He is responsible for the transformations done in each school in terms of infrastructure development and building capacity. He has played a vital role in bringing in software and hardware systems for academic and administrative efficiency. He is the primary person behind all the policy development and creation of SOPs. He has also been working with the education council to strengthen the academics.
Dr. S. M. Sivakumar
Director & Group Head of HR
Dr. Sivakumar has a postgraduate in Engineering and a Doctorate in Finance (XLRI) with over 30 years of banking experience, he oversees the human resource department as the group head of Human Resource at Athena Education. With a mission of staffing for learning excellence, the Human Resource Department oversees the full spectrum of HR functions; workforce planning, talent sourcing, performance management, training and development and separation for all schools and the corporate head office.