A Note From AB

The Ananya Birla Foundation promotes global understanding and provides support for programs that build a kinder, happier, equal, stigma-free world. We envision a kinder, happier, equal, stigma-free world where no conversation is taboo and all people are connected to the support they need to lead fulfilling lives.

What we live by

Our Values

We are collaborative. We partner with individuals and organizations to build a better world.
We are impact-focused. We are data-driven and seek results at scale. We support both tested approaches and innovative solutions that can achieve the impact we seek. And while qualitative success is important, we are inspired by the stories of individuals whom we help.
We are compassionate. We know how hard it is for many people to get the support and respect they need. We support you.

What we do

Our work

Climate Change

We are experiencing the effects of climate change. And, people living in poverty are most at risk. We promote awareness climate change globally and support programs that help vulnerable communities adapt in India.

Financial Inclusion

When they have greater economic access, women create benefits for themselves and others. We support programs in India that ensure women have more access to financial services, such as loans and insurance.


Globally, more children are going to school, including girls, but only one in three are learning to read. Lack of quality education keeps millions from reaching their potential. We support programs that promote access to education in India.

Humanitarian Relief

From floods to famine to COVID-19, humanitarian disasters occur nearly every day, leaving people in urgent need. We provide emergency funding in India to help people survive and build back better.

Mental Health

Suicide is a leading cause of death among young people. We provide support to organizations that raise awareness about mental health issues and provide access to quality mental health services.


A sad truth: women and girls often cannot achieve their potential simply because of their gender. We support innovative programs and campaigns that help ensure women and girls can lead more fulfilling lives.


Our team

Ayesha Khandelwal

VP, Marketing and Communications

Ayesha Khandelwal is VP, Marketing and Communications at the Ananya Birla Foundation. Ayesha graduated from Imperial College London with a BSc in Biology and Management. She has worked with Ananya for more than four years, handling various projects including music marketing, social media, and community outreach. Through the Ananya Birla Foundation, Ayesha hopes to empower people and revise the narrative on social issues including mental health and disabilities.

Akshita Shah

VP, Operations ​

Akshita Shah is VP, Operations at the Ananya Birla Foundation. An engineer by qualification, Akshita (a.k.a. Lola) has been Ananya’s manager since 2016. She can generally be found on her phone or working at her desk. An impassioned individual, Lola is looking forward to affecting change through the Ananya Birla Foundation and is grateful to be a part of the journey.

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