STiR Education is a registered UK charity. Since our founding in 2012, we’ve grown into a vibrant team of 90+ professionals working across offices in London, Delhi, Lucknow, Varanasi, Bangalore, Kampala & New York. Our cross-cultural group has a strong mix of education, business & social entrepreneurship experience. And we’re all lifelong students ourselves – with an unwavering dedication to learning & iterating, being open & honest, growing when we inevitably make mistakes.


  1. We don't have all the answers upfront.
  2. Instead, we empower people with high expectations & support so we can find the answers together.
  3. We continually listen, reflect, learn & improve – leading through whatever obstacles come our way.
  4. We’re united by a shared belief, passion & vision, which we’ll build, achieve & grow together.

Sharath Jeevan

Founder & CEO of STIR Education

Sharath Jeevan served as Founding CEO of Teaching Leaders, an initiative to raise attainment in the UK’s most disadvantaged schools, which is expanding to 700 schools nationally and has attracted over £15 million in scale-up funding. He was also previously CEO of online aid marketplace GlobalGiving.co.uk, which has pioneered new tools for supporting grassroots NGO innovation through technology and innovative corporate partnerships, from Standard Chartered to Google. Sharath was formerly Head of Social Ventures at eBay UK; a Project Leader at international strategy consultants Booz & Co; and a Senior Manager at NGO Action Aid. His education includes a First Class Economics Degree from Cambridge University, MSt from Oxford University, and an MBA with Distinction from INSEAD.

James Townsend

Chief Programme Director

James Townsend is responsible for developing the STIR programme. James has previously held roles with Teach First as Associate Director of New Projects and he was also Director, Youth Philanthropy Initiative at the Institute for Philanthropy, providing secondary school students with a hands-on experience of community giving. Prior to that James taught History at Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets as part of inaugural Teach First cohort. James graduated from New College, Oxford University with a degree in Modern History

Tomos Davies

Chief Operating Officer

Tomos Davies is responsible for STIR’s Operations. Prior to joining STIR Tomos Davies worked at Teach For India as their Chief Operating Officer, at Teach For All as a Director and at Teach First as the London Director. After graduating from Cambridge University Tomos Davies joined the Teach First programme in 2006 and taught Science at Wembley High Technology College. He is also a school governor and charity trustee.

Sandeep Mishra

Country Director, India

Sandeep Mishra is responsible for leading the STIR India Team. With experience in Education and Child Protection, he joined STIR Education from AzimPremji Foundation where he was responsible for designing programmes around Education Leadership & Management and Philosophy of Education. His previous assignments include association with USAID- School Dropout Prevention Pilot Program, Save the Children and National Coalition for Education. Sandeep is M. Phil. in Applied Philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and working on his Doctoral thesis in same domain.

Anamika Srivastava

Director, Finance and Administration

Anamika is responsible for managing Global Finance and Administration function for STIR. Prior to STIR Anamika has a working experience of 18 years in overseeing financial management systems with premier organizations International NGOs, United Nations and Corporates. She has volunteered for various start up NGOs in building financial systems and provided capacity building trainings. Her areas of professional expertise includes strategic financial planning, development of financial processes and systems, working capital management and building up reserves, budgeting/forecasting, financial reporting/modelling, project management, setting up of new offices and conducting feasibility studies for entering new countries. A true problem-solver, leader and consensus-builder Anamika has extensive experience in multi-site and multi-currency environment. Her Administrative and management skills added to financial management is a plus. She holds a Masters degree in Financial Management and has undertaken various international training certifications in the similar field. She is passionate to be a part of "the change that matters” !

Nithyambika Gurukumar

Head of Donor Partnerships and Strategic Communications

Nithyambika is a lawyer by qualification and received her Master’s Degree from the George Washington University Law School. She began her career at the Government Accountability Project, Washington D.C as an International Law Fellow following it up with a short stint at Raptor Design, a tech start-up, as Corporate Counsel. In Bangalore, she was Legal Counsel for Sasken Communication Technologies leading contract drafting and negotiations. Nithyambika transitioned into the social sector with an interest to work at the intersection of law, policy and development. This led her to Dream A Dream, where she managed their Partnerships and Teacher Development Program. She's passionate about empowerment and innovative solutions for social change

Reinier Terwindt

Head, Evidence Based Policy and Strategic Planning

Rein oversees STIR’s monitoring and evaluation work, as well as the application of evidence to inform strategic planning and to impact education policy. Previously, Rein worked on the design and evaluation of education programs in Botswana, Cameroon, Malawi, South Africa, and South Korea. These ranged from early childhood interventions to adult refugee education. Rein also worked with the United Nations Global Compact on private sector engagement in the Sustainable Development Goals. Rein holds a M.A. in Anthropology of Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and an Ed.M. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

John McIntosh

Associate Head of Design and Program Readiness

John leads on the design of STIR's programmes for both teachers and government officials. He was previously an assistant headteacher at a secondary school in west London, and led professional development for secondary school teachers for United Learning, one of the largest school trusts in England. He also has worked internationally, having advised on teacher training programmes in Sri Lanka, India and China. John holds a degree in Spanish and Theology from the University of St Andrews and a Masters degree in East Asian Studies from the University of Leeds.


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