About Us

Founded in 2020 by singer-entrepreneur Ananya Birla, the Ananya Birla Foundation promotes global understanding and provides support for programs that build a kinder, happier, equal, stigma-free world.

what we believe

Our Vision

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 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 collaborative. We partner with individuals and organizations to build a better world.
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

Working together with individuals and partners, the Ananya Birla Foundation provides support for programs that build a kinder, happier, equal, stigma-free world. We also participate in campaigns and public engagements that promote global understanding around the issues we are passionate about.

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

VP, Marketing and Communications

Ayesha Khandelwal

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. 

VP, Operations

Akshita Shah

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.


Matt Shelton

Matt Shelton is Secretary at the Ananya Birla Foundation. Matt has been working in the music industry for more than 20 years. He has been an executive in charge of artist relations at EMI, the Capitol Music Group, and Roger Davis Worldwide. He is honored to work with talented artists like Ananya and is inspired by how artists can use their voices to help others.

we proudly support

Our Partners

We work with committed partners who share our vision for a better world.

Mpower empowers individuals with mental health issues and their families by creating awareness and alleviating stigma, advocating for prevention, fostering education, and providing mental health services.  

In partnership with the Safa Foundation, the Ananya Birla Foundation supplies provision packs containing a month’s supply of food and sanitary supplies to families throughout India during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Safa Foundation is a social venture with the belief that women’s socio-economic empowerment begins with income generation and education.

Working with Svatantra, the Ananya Birla Foundation supported communities in India impacted by COVID-19 and plans to provide mental health programs in rural India.

Svatantra Microfin Pvt. Ltd. is a microfinance institution (MFI) that helps its women in rural villages in India become economically self-sufficient by providing micro-loans.

The Ananya Birla Foundation supports Save the Children, India, to alleviate suffering and meet some of the most pressing, emergent needs of children, families, and frontline healthcare workers as part of the COVID-19 response in the state of Maharashtra.

Save the Children is an international organization that works to fulfill children’s rights to survive, learn, and be protected in both every day and emergency settings.

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