Santosh Pulletykurty, the visionary founder of Ken Foundation, established this organization in 2009. With over 18 years of leadership experience, Santosh is not only an accomplished author but also a mentor who utilizes his writing to inspire and empower young individuals, making a significant positive impact in their lives.
Throughout his remarkable journey, Santosh has spearheaded innovative social initiatives and launched various campaigns in the development sector, achieving measurable outcomes at the grassroots level. Under his dedicated leadership, Ken Foundation has evolved from conceptualizing and implementing flagship programs to orchestrating large-scale interventions in crucial areas such as education, environment conservation, social inclusion, disaster relief, and livelihood development.
Despite his introverted nature, Santosh possesses an unwavering drive to address pressing societal issues. He fearlessly voices his concerns about our society and passionately instills a sense of social responsibility in every individual. His mission began as a volunteer, focusing on child labor eradication and animal rescue, while also raising awareness about critical social issues among the youth.
His childhood experiences with Dysgraphia, a learning disability, and his introverted nature have shaped his unique perspective. These experiences have enhanced his writing, allowing him to connect with readers on a deeper level through his understanding of emotions and empathy.
Learning disabilities do not define our potential. Santosh's journey exemplifies how our struggles can become our strengths. His unwavering determination and belief in the power of positive action demonstrate that anyone can achieve their goals, regardless of their challenges.
Awards & Recognitions:
Director (Climate Change and Environment)
Ranjith Kumar is an accomplished environmentalist with a strong passion for protecting the planet. He has over 10 years of experience in various environmental fields, such as climate change, plastic pollution, ocean conservation, marine debris, and cycling advocacy. He has been involved in many environmental initiatives and campaigns, both at the grassroots and the global level.
Since he was young, Ranjith has been fascinated by the interplay between climate change and cycling, and how they can contribute to a healthier and greener world. He firmly believes that environmental action requires individual responsibility as well as collective effort. He is proud to work with the Ken Foundation, a leading organization that empowers people to take action for the environment.
Ranjith is also an avid sailor and a national gold medalist in yachting. He has received training as a cadet officer by the SEA CADET CORPS, Vizag Unit in INS CIRCARS, EASTERN NAVAL COMMAND HEADQUARTERS. He has volunteered as a training officer for cadets, teaching them skills in seamanship, sailing, and other naval disciplines. Ranjith is also a certified scuba diver, which enables him to join underwater cleanup activities.
Ranjith is the visionary behind the Ken Foundation's Beach Cleanups and Ocean Guardians programs, which aim to tackle underwater pollution and protect marine life. He has led the organization's efforts to raise awareness and reduce plastic pollution in oceans and beaches, both nationally and internationally. He has also organized and participated in several awareness campaigns, such as a solo cycling campaign covering 800KM across Dubai, UAE.
As the head of the Ken Foundation's environmental programs, Ranjith oversees the organization's strategies and actions to combat climate change and environmental degradation. He is an expert and experienced program manager, with a record of delivering innovative and effective environmental solutions.
Naidu, the Director of Education at Ken Foundation, is a dynamic and highly proficient professional with a diverse academic background. He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, and Philosophy, showcasing his commitment to a well-rounded and holistic approach to education and social impact.
With extensive experience in the corporate sector and a strong foundation in strategic planning, Naidu provides invaluable guidance on matters of expansion and effective management. Beyond his corporate success, he is a dedicated philanthropist with a profound commitment to social work and a passion for advancing education.
Even as he established himself as a successful businessman, Naidu remained unwavering in his commitment to assisting those in needs, extending support in various ways. Naidu's core belief is that every child, regardless of their socio-economic status, should have equal access to a high-quality education. Over the years, he has played a pivotal role in shaping and advancing the educational programs at Ken Foundation.
Naidu's involvement with Ken Foundation is deeply rooted in his desire to uplift less privileged children and his resolute commitment to the cause of education. His dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment make him a priceless asset to both Ken Foundation and the broader education community. Naidu is a transformative and compassionate individual, wholeheartedly dedicated to making a positive difference in the world.
Director (Advocacy and Community Engagement)
Srinivas Nammi, the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement at Ken Foundation, is a dedicated advocate for gender equality and a visionary leader who is deeply committed to serving society. With a rich background in strategic planning, designing innovative solutions to address development challenges, and ensuring accountability to all stakeholders, he brings a wealth of professional experience to the organization.
Srinivas is not only a passionate advocate for gender equality but also a practicing attorney with a broad expertise in arbitration and commercial dispute resolution. His commitment to professional growth is evident in his completion of the OPEN (Online Professional English Network) Program's English as a Medium of Instruction Global Online Course (GOC), facilitated by Ohio University and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
In his role as the Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement at Ken Foundation, Srinivas leads the organization's endeavors to empower marginalized communities and foster a more just and equitable world. His impressive track record includes successful involvement in projects related to gender equality, social justice, and sustainable development.
Beyond his professional commitments, Srinivas is an active volunteer and a staunch advocate for human rights. He generously contributes his time and expertise as an editor for the Vaidha law journal, a publication aimed at disseminating essential legal knowledge and expertise.
Srinivas's dedication, passion, and unwavering commitment to positive change make him an invaluable asset to both Ken Foundation and the broader community. His tireless efforts are instrumental in driving meaningful progress toward a more equitable and just society.
Director (Program Implementation)
K.B.V.M. Krishna Prasad, L.L.B., M.H.R.M., is a dedicated and experienced advocate for child and women's empowerment and social justice. With over 16 years of expertise, he excels in managing multifaceted program development and humanitarian response initiatives, with a particular focus on empowering marginalized communities, building capacities, fostering evidence-based practices, and advocating for child and women's rights.
Krishna Prasad has been an integral part of the Ken Foundation since its inception in 2009, and his contributions have been instrumental in shaping and executing the organization's programs and initiatives. As a highly skilled and efficient program manager, he boasts a proven track record of delivering impactful programs at scale.
Beyond his professional commitments, Krishna Prasad is an accomplished international mountaineer, having conquered two summits: Mount Elbrus (5642 meters), the highest peak in Europe, and Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 meters), the highest mountain in Africa. His expertise in high-altitude mountaineering is underscored by his completion of specialized courses in high-altitude and basic mountaineering.
Krishna Prasad's commitment to child and women's empowerment and social justice is exemplified through various social initiatives. He has led mountain clean-up efforts in the Eastern Ghats at Vanjangi Hills, Paderu, situated at an elevation of 3400 feet, advocating for a "Plastic Free Mountains" campaign. He has also taken proactive steps by installing reflectors (Radium Stickers) along the Ghat Roads of Araku, Paderu, and Chintapalli, enhancing safety for the community. In addition, Krishna Prasad has initiated numerous awareness campaigns focused on the safety and well-being of women and children, especially in tribal areas.
Krishna Prasad is a valuable member of Ken Foundation and the wider community, thanks to his dedication, passion, and resolute commitment to positive change. He works tirelessly to create meaningful and lasting impact in the world.
Ananth has a strong passion for social change and sees volunteerism as a powerful way to create positive outcomes for others. As the Director (Volunteering) at Ken Foundation, he oversees the design and implementation of the foundation's volunteer programs, making sure they are engaging, impactful, and aligned with the foundation's mission.
Ananth's commitment to social causes motivates him to lead our volunteer programs with excellence. His enthusiasm and leadership encourage people to donate their time, skills, and energy to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.
Ananth understands the value of providing volunteers with the training and support they need to succeed. He also strives to create a positive and inclusive environment for all volunteers. Ananth is a regular speaker at conferences and workshops on volunteer engagement. He is also involved in several volunteer-focused organizations. In his free time, Ananth likes cycling, hiking, and reading.