DRF started in 1996 with the mission to educate and skill young people to fast track them towards livelihood options. DRF’s early programs focused on Children’s Education and Skilling and our Livelihood Advancement Business School, better known as LABS, was an innovative program way ahead of its time and trained close to four lakh aspirants across 20 states in India.
But to address complex social problems on scale requires constant innovation and collective cooperation. Today we work with diverse partners to collectively solve problems in the areas of livelihood, education and health and we strive to be widely recognized for our problem solving skills.
To enable sustainable social impact at scale
To empower communities through improved education, livelihood and health outcomes
To develop and test innovative solutions to address complex social problems and leverage partnerships to scale up impact.
DR KALLAM ANJI REDDY
February 01, 1939 – March 15, 2013
Dr. Kallam Anji Reddy was a well-known scientist, entrepreneur and philanthropist. An erudite and patriotic visionary, he set up Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories in 1984 to make affordable medicines and worked to make Dr. Reddy’s a hub for research in pharmacy.
About a decade after setting up Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, he was encouraged by the possibilities of helping others to also share and reap the benefits of India’s economic growth. He started the Dr. Reddy’s Foundation in 1996, with the vision of assisting young disadvantaged persons to have access to quality education and developing skills to keep pace with modern day challenges.
Dr. Anji Reddy received the Padma Shri in 2001 and later the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the Indian pharmaceutical industry.
Awards & Recognition
Satish Reddy is the Chairman of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation. He is known for his key role in shaping policies such as the policy formulation on India’s patent law, drug pricing and important amendments to the Drugs & Cosmetics Act.
Satish has great interest in exploring how human capital can be channelized to add to the productive power of the country. He chairs the Life Sciences Skill Development Council under The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), an organization working in partnership with various stakeholders groups, to serve and address the skill shortfalls in the Life Sciences Sector across India. In 2015, the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Government of India, nominated Satish as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Safety Council.
Apart from his business interests, Satish is a strong advocate of responsible corporate citizenship and supports various not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Reddy’s Foundation is obviously one that is close to his heart and as a hands-on Chairman, he takes keen interest in all the activities and encourages the Foundation to innovate and explore new models of vocational education to create sustainable livelihood for the youth of this country.
Anuradha Prasad has varied interests but her passion for ensuring children in this state get quality education remains a priority. She takes keen interest in the activities of Dr. Reddy’s Foundation and provides hands-on guidance for education and livelihoods generation programs. Her love for children and her zeal to ensure quality education for kids, irrespective of their economic status, was what led to the establishing of the Pudami schools for the urban poor.
The Pudami schools, a precursor to present public and private school models, was started with the intent to enable children learn English when the language was not being taught in government primary schools in the state.
Also a keen lover of arts and culture, she is the founder of the Saptaparni, a cultural centre dedicated to indoctrinating Indian history and culture especially among children. The center is a hub for performing arts and a storehouse of books in vernacular languages handpicked by Anuradha and her team.
Chief Executive Officer
Shamik Trehan joined DRF in 2015 and has extensive experience of leading and managing large social sector programs aimed at improving lives of the poor in partnership with communities, government, development agencies and the private sector.
Before joining DRF, he was the Chief of Party of Bihar Technical Support Program for CARE India. The program aimed to accelerate progress towards government of Bihar’s and GoI’s health and nutrition 2017 goals covering more than 100 million people.
Over the years, Shamik has worked with leaders in GoI, state governments, civil society organizations, private sector, and development “agencies including BMGF, DFID, EU and international not for profit organizations.”
His core interest areas are strategy, organization building and leadership.
Sarat Babu Vasireddy
Director – Education
Sarat Babu is an Ashoka Fellow (for his work in education reforms through community participation) and a post graduate in social sciences with over two decades’ experience in education, social infrastructure, women empowerment and child rights. He has worked with government / non-government agencies handling large projects in education and children issues and is well recognized for his sound knowledge in early education and child development.
DRF Core Team
DRF Core Team
DRF is managed by a team of experienced professionals from the development sector.The Operation teams are supported by Learning & Development, Human Resources, Finance and Accounts, QAE, Communications, MIS, IT, Procurement and Support departments.