FFEI Executive body - India
<>Mr Benjamin Paul Kaila,
Benjamin Paul Kaila (also known as Paul, Paulbabu, or Ben among his friends and
relatives), born on October 16, 1962, is a son of Dalit
(or untouchable) elementary school teachers from a small village in
Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, India. Since childhood he had to
face all forms of discrimination and humiliations exclusively reserved
for Dalits for centuries.
Being a Christian, he was not eligible to avail
constitutionally sanctioned but awfully implemented Affirmative Action
(called Reservations) available to Dalits
in India. He had Bachelors in Science, Bachelors in Education, and a
Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. He worked 12 years in IT
industry in India before moving to United States in 1999.
At 26, his life transformed from an aimless wayward
individual to a purpose driven thinker when he first read the life and
works of Dr B R Ambedkar (reverentially
called by his followers as Babasaheb, or
father), the chief architect of modern Indian constitution, reviver of
Buddhism from its deathbed from India, and one of the greatest
defenders of human rights that the world had ever produced but sadly do
not know about. With his modern outlook and philosophy of equality,
liberty, fraternity, and justice for all, Dr Ambedkar
has been Ben’s guide, philosopher, and transformational force. This
great man’s inspirational life is the force behind whatever Ben speaks,
thinks, and does. Ben doesn’t worship Dr Ambedkar
as an individual (as many of his followers do in India contrary to Dr Ambedkar’s teachings against hero worship); he
tries his best to follow his philosophy sincerely.
His hobbies are reading history, sociology, biographies, and
autobiographies of statespersons who made a difference in the world
through their purposeful lives, watching documentaries, and travelling.
His interest in knowing the oppressive nature of human kind (that was
responsible for Indian Caste System) lead him to read widely on
American Slavery and Civil Rights movement, South African Apartheid,
Jewish Holocaust, and other similar systems in the world. He is a
constant seeker of knowledge wherever it is available.
He founded “Ambedkar Scholarships” in 2003,
the precursor to “Friends for Education International” or FFEI. Friends for Education International is almost his
second full time job.
He currently works as a Database Administrator and lives in the suburbs
of Los Angeles with his wife Sunanda and
two sons Paul and Andrew. He can be reached at 818.248.5889
818.248.5889 or email@example.com . More can be read about him at To Learn With Dignity , Change Makers Inc , or Il
touché juste .
Prof Shiva Shankar,
Vice-President, Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai, India
Prof Shiva Shankar is an accomplished mathematician currently working
in Chennai Mathematical Institute, Chennai, India.
possessed B Tech in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D
from State University of New York, US. He is a Buddhist in belief and
follower of Dr Ambedkar
joined Ambedkar Scholarships (the
precursor to FFEI) in 2004 and ever since a strong supporter of FFEI.
He is mainly responsible for starting scholarships for Children from
Scavenging families. He also introduced several intellectuals in
academic field to FFEI.
He currently lives in Chennai, India.>
Mr P V V Rao, Secretary,
Mr PVV Rao
is currently working in IT
industry in Hyderabad. He came on board in 2004 and ever since helping
FFEI in several ways. He has a Masters in Computer Science.
a Secretary, he is responsible for day to day business of FFEI in India.
He lives in Hyderabad with his family.>
Paul Kaila, Treasurer, Hyderabad, India
works in a private company in
Hyderabad and one of the brothers of Benjamin Kaila. He was with FFEI
since its inception. >
as a treasurer, he is responsible for financial matters of FFEI.
He currently lives in Hyderabad with his family.>
Mr Vardhan, Executive Member, Hyderabad, India
is a businessman in Hyderabad.
DIG), Executive Member, Hyderabad, India
is a retired District
Inspector General in Hyderabad. He came on board in 2009.>
<>Mr Samuel Babu Kakileti,
Executive Member, Hyderabad, India
Mr Samuel is a businessman in Hyderabad and came on board in 2009.>