Founder & President, KEN Foundation Society
He has more than 18 years of experience in leadership roles and has been associated with various innovative social initiatives, having pioneered the introduction of several campaigns in the development sector and the success of projects at the community level. Under Santosh’s stewardship for over 13 years, Ken Foundation Society grew from conceptualising and implementing flagship programmes to facilitating large-scale interventions in the areas of education, environment, social inclusion, disaster relief, and livelihood.
“KEN Foundation” was founded in the year 2009 by Mr.Pulletykurty Santosh. Quite familiar with his inhibition of being an Introvert, there was always a relentless drive towards his passion. He's outspoken and unfazed when it comes to issues in society. He always has a great obsession and concern towards society and feels that there is a need to imbibe a sense of social responsibility within an individual. Initially, he started his mission as a volunteer for child labour and animal rescue and created a blog in the year 2011 which covers several social issues and spread awareness amongst the youth anad framed NGO got registered as a society in the year 2013.
Dysgraphia, a learning disability (writing as well as reading), has been reflecting in his personal profile. For the very same reason, he doesn’t have a unique signature of his own, as he could not replicate his signature despite constant efforts to make one. Hence, he faces difficulties in maintaining his bank account.
Learning disabilities are never a stumbling block to our success in life. The ability of our mind to acclimatize to such disabilities could become one of our greatest strengths in the long run of life. He has been proving this through his determined journey for the amelioration of society. Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. His positive calibers and puissance veto him to believe in giving up and through his unwonted deeds, he is proving that a person can accomplish the goals despite having any kinds of disabilities.
Awards & Recognitions:
1. “Social Entrepreneur Award” felicitated by Suraksha Health Park Hospitals in the year 2014.
2. Received “Outstanding Young Social Activist” from JCI Vizag in the Year 2015.
3. Selected from India to represent at “International Visitors Leadership Program” 2016 in the United State of America for “Our Ocean Protections and Sustainable Use”.
4. “Vishishta Seva Puraskaram" on the occasion of 186th Birthday celebration of Smt. Savitri Bai Phule, honored by 'Savitri Bai Phule Educational & Charitable trust and All India Body & Organ Donor's Association'.
5. Nominated as Jt. Secretary, AP Para Sports Association for the support rendered to differently-abled Athletes.
Mr.CA V Srinivasa Rao is a Chartered Accountant Partner at M/s Manohar Chowdhry Associates. He has been a Director in the Assurgen Pharma Private Limited; Vizag based Bulk Drug Manufacturing Company. He is also the member of Academic Advisory Board in Noble Institute of Science &Technology, a college providing MBA and MCA courses. Moreover, he is also holding the position of Chairman of Taxation and Trade for AP Chamber of Commerce, Visakha Zone.
He has played many imperious roles in Project planning, project management, implementation, Corporate and bilateral agencies. He has opulent expertise in conceptualizing and implementing new-age compliance, auditing, taxation and accounting solutions which have helped to amend operational efficiency and achieve high cost-saving at KEN Foundation Society. His rangy professional experience and technical moxie lie in strategic vision setting, designing high impact solutions to development challenges and ensuring accountability to all stakeholders.
Ranjith Kumar works on Environmental issues for over a decade during which he has worked on a wide variety of environmental issues, including climate change, Plastic Pollution, Ocean Protection, Marine Debris and Cycling Awareness Campaigns Ever since childhood, Ranjit has been passionate about the role that Climate Change and Cycling can play in making Planet healthier. He thinks No matter how hard our governments work towards environmental conservation, it won't work out unless every individual is taking the responsibility. And he is thrilled to be a part of an organisation making that happen. A National Level Gold Medalist in the sport of Yachting and also Trained as a Cadet Officer by SEA CADET CORPS, Vizag Unit in INS CIRCARS, EASTERN NAVAL COMMAND HEADQUARTERS. And served as a voluntary training officer for cadets to provide training in Seamanship, Sailing and other Corps related subjects. A Certified Scuba Diver to especially participate in the Underwater Cleanup program.
A confident and highly proficient multi-lingual graduate with Master’s in Business Administration, Public Administration, Philosophy. Highly committed, Meticulous and naturally approachable with a friendly but professional persona. Worked as a Recruitment consultant, Entrepreneur and successful businessman along with social work initiative towards the development of society with handful of experience. Being from a normal family with education backdrop, I’ve seen children from BPL categories who cannot effort right to education. My father used to work in State Education Department and used to tell me how the ground level realities are, which planted a social initiative idea in my mind from my childhood towards the child education of the deprived. All these things lead me to take a strong initiative towards social work and for self-reliable to attain success in all my endeavors. Even after establishing as a business man I will always try to help the needed one whenever, there is a possibility from my side in all aspects.
His belief is that every child should have equal access to quality education. Naidu has been instrumental in developing the educational programmes over the years and led the Ken Foundation to what it is today. His involvement with Ken stems from his deep-rooted desire to help less privileged children and his commitment to education.
Ramesh Bandari has worked with various communities which are facing challenges—workers in unorganised work sectors, tribal communities, fishing communities, and the rural and urban poor. Most of the work has been oriented towards empowering socially and economically disempowered communities.
His work at the Ken Foundation is fuelled by his passion to improve the lives of the underprivileged and the belief that working with the young can create an impact that lasts for their lifetime. He is dedicated to the cause of continuously discovering and inventing simpler and more efficient ways of bringing holistic development to the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalised in our communities.
SRINIVAS NAMMI has done BBM, LLB, and is a practising advocate who has wide knowledge in the area of arbitration and commercial disputes. He also pursued OPEN (Online Professional English Network) Program’s English as a Medium of Instruction Global Online Course (GOC), facilitated by Ohio University sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He is also volunteering his services as an editor for the Vaidha law journal, which aims to become an effective tool of information in this diaspora of legal knowledge and expertise. He has a keen interest in service to society and his major strengths include working closely and exploring diverse communities as well as workplace campaigns. His experience as a lawyer has led him to enrich the legal consciousness of the needs in urban and rural areas. His main focus includes imparting legal knowledge regarding the enforcement of legal rights to the abused and downtrodden hamlets of urban slums.
His extensive professional experience lies in strategic vision setting, designing high-impact solutions to development challenges and ensuring accountability to all stakeholders. Srinivas is recognised as a passionate gender equality advocate, a democratic and empowering leader, always striving for excellence.
Krishana Pradad has 15 years of rich experience in managing diverse multi-sectoral program development & humanitarian response, empowering marginalised communities, strengthening capacities, generating evidence and advocating on child and women's rights and he was associated with Ken Foundation Right from its inception in 2009. K.B.V.M. Krishna Prasad, L.L.B, M.H.R.M., an Advocate by Profession, is based in Visakhapatnam & Native from Paderu(Agency).
An international mountaineer scaled two summits, Mount Elbrus (5642 Mts) and Mount Kilimanjaro (5895 Mts), which are the highest mountain peaks in Africa and Europe, alsotrained in high altitudes. He has completed special and basic mountaineering courses, and he was passionate about working in the areas of child and women's empowerment and social justice. Initiated many social initiatives like mountain clean-up in the Eastern Ghats at Vanjangi Hills, Paderu, at a height of 3400 ft. with a slogan of "Plastic Free Mountains," Installed reflectors (Radium Stickers) along the Ghat Roads of Araku, Paderu, and Chintapalli, and also initiated many women's and children's safety awareness campaigns, especially in tribal areas.
Kishore Kumar brings more than two decades of entrepreneurial experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organisation grow and succeed. His areas of expertise include operations, logistics, procurement, administration, vendors, and team management. At Ken, he works closely with the programme teams for evidence-based advocacy and to build and maintain productive partnerships to influence, educate, and facilitate the passage of strong policies and implementation processes.
Vijay Bhaskar's deep-rooted belief in the need to uplift the lives of the underprivileged is what got him involved with the Ken Foundation. Over the years, his varied skills and contacts have added value to the foundation in more ways than one, and his role at Ken enables him to translate this belief into action.
A professional with 12 years of experience in technology. Chandra Sekhar is passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of poor families by enabling them to comprehensively overcome the generational poverty divide. He has been associated with the Ken Foundation for social causes aimed at alleviating various social malaise and bridging the gap or disparity in society through various initiatives on education, livelihood, and capacity building.