Aakash Management Team
Founder & Chairman Emeritus
J. C. Chaudhry is the Founder & Chairman Emeritus at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). He has been the Director of the Company from October 15, 2007 and Chairman & Managing Director of the Company from April 1, 2008 and Chairman of the Company from June 21, 2021. Being one of the promoters, he has been shouldering the responsibility for the overall supervision, direction and management of the Company. After gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Punjab University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Jammu, he earned a Master of Science degree in Botany from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Rajasthan.
His vast experience in the education sector includes working as Principal at Government (Comp.) Model Senior Secondary School, Matiala, New Delhi and Government (Comp.) Model Co-Ed Senior Secondary School, Vikaspuri, New Delhi; as PGT (Biology) at Hansraj Model School, New Delhi; as lecturer at Vaish College, Bhiwani.
J. C. Chaudhry has received various awards for his contribution to education and society at large including the prestigious Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Memorial National Teachers Award 2002 for the services rendered to schools and community. In addition, he has received the Person of the Year Award 2015-16, the World's Greatest Leaders- India 2015-16 and Life Time Achievement Award in 2017 by Asia One. He was also presented with Global Education Leaders Award 2018 for "Shaping the Dreams of Millions of Medical & Engineering Aspirants", IEBF Excellence Award 2018 for "Transforming Lives through Education", Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award 2019 for Excellence in Education, Healthcare, Motivational Speech & Writing, and Global Gandhi Award 2019 for ‘Revolutionizing India with a different league towards Education’ among other notable awards.
Mr Aakash Chaudhry is the Managing Director at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). With extensive experience in business management, he leads the senior management team and is responsible for the overall business, management and direction of the company.
Before commencing his journey at AESL, he worked with top IT companies of India such as Infosys Technologies and Cognizant Technology Solutions. Passionate about addressing the needs of deserving students, he has been dedicatedly working towards providing focused and quality education across the nation through effective delivery channels.
Mr Aakash has transformed Aakash into an established brand well-known for providing cutting-edge and niche educational services. By putting new-age systems for efficient operations, talent management, technological advancements, automation and effective marketing processes. He has ensured that Aakash’s classroom, hybrid & digital services continue to evolve as the best ever offering in the industry. Mr Chaudhry is the driving force behind expanding the company's educational services portfolio to include IIT-JEE test preparatory services, Foundation coaching services as well as Hybrid & Digital learning programs.
In 2018, he was recognized as one of the disruptive leaders by Business World and was listed among the coveted "40 Under 40" young leaders list.
He is also the Founder and Trustee at the Plaksha University (www.plaksha.edu.in).
An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Mr Aakash is an engineer by profession with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences and an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
J D Chaudhry
Chief Corporate Consultant
Mr J D Chaudhry is the Chief Corporate Consultant at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL) and handles the Commercial Department, New infrastructure and Administration Department.
He holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Kurukshetra University.
He is an educationist with 50 years (Since 1969) of varied experience in the field of education.
He has served in various capacities i.e., Lecturer of Mathematics in a University College, PGT & Head of Department of Mathematics in Public schools, Deputy Head and Head of Secondary Schools nationally and internationally.
Mr. Abhishek Maheshwari
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Abhishek has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and an MBA with distinction from Columbia Business School in New York. Prior to joining AESL, Abhishek was the President of International Business for Byju's where he was responsible for driving the edtech company’s growth globally. Prior to Byju’s, he was the Country Head for Disney leading all of its brands and businesses in India. He has also worked with Kubera in principal investing and with McKinsey in strategy consulting across their India and US offices.
Chief Business Officer (CBO)
Mr Anup Agarrwal is the Chief Business Officer (CBO) at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). He is a professional with over 29 years of experience in developing and managing the business. He has worked across industries like IT, Education, Manufacturing & Telecom. He has been associated with prestigious brands like Narayana Group of Education, Fujitsu ICIM, HardByteSystems, CMC Computer Education & Mekatronics.
He has been a part of various management committees and strategic advisor to various organizations. Over the past 2 decades, he has been instrumental in conceptualizing, managing and developing business for various organizations.
He along with professionals with same visions founded the LetzDream4U Consultants (P) Ltd., a Skill Connect Start-up, to help students searching for success. He is known for his aggression and innovation in business practices. Process automation to help business for growing organizations is another area which Mr Anup has mastered.
Mr Anup holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Industrial Electronics and has an Executive Certification from SJMSOM, IIT (Mumbai) in HR & Marketing. He is also an ISO certified quality engineer.
Head - Human Resource (HR)
Mr Sachin Saxena, aged 47 years, is the Head-Human Resource at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). With 24 years of experience in various facets of Human Resources, Training, Administration & CSR with Education, Healthcare & Hospitality industry, Mr Sachin holds a degree in Masters of Management Studies from IMT Ghaziabad and Fellowship in Organisational HRM from Carlton Advanced Management Institute.
Prior to joining the company, he was associated with Avis India as Chief Human Resources Officer, VLCC and NIIT.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Mr Sandeep Dham, 45 years, is the Chief Operating Officer (COO), at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad. He completed his Post-Graduation in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad.
Mr Sandeep has 22 years of work experience across Branch Operations, Business Development, Supply Chain Management, IT Transformation, Change Management, Compliance and Leadership. With the ability to lead a large team across multiple geographies, he has extensive experience in new product, service development, training of teams to lead sustainable and profitable growth.
Before joining the company, he was associated with Safexpress as Vice President (Business Development) and worked in senior roles at Madura Coats, Infosys Technologies and Asian Paints.
Head of Finance
Vipan Joshi is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Head of Finance at Aakash. He has 20 years of experience in Finance and Accounts, Strategic Planning and Budgeting, Fund raising, Handling Investors relations, Handling Due Diligences, Merger and Acquisition, IPO Filing, Audit and Taxation for leading Companies in Education, E- commerce, Engineering, MNC and Retail. Over the last 20 years, Vipan has served across numerous financial leadership roles in several Companies including Aakash, Thermax Limited, Grofers, Snapdeal, Yebhi.com and Guthy-Renker, where he had played critical roles enabling him to lead teams to focus on System and Controls, Financial Planning, Organic and Inorganic Growth, Merger and Acquisition, Fund raising, Profitability and tax compliances.
Vipan is associated with Aakash since 2016.
Veerendra Kumar Achanta
Company Secretary and Compliance Officer
Mr Veerendra Kumar Achanta is the Company Secretary and Compliance Officer at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). With an extensive experience of over 20 years in Corporate Laws, Contract Management etc., he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Osmania University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management (Accounting and Finance) from the Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Andhra University. He is a fellow of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
Prior to joining Aakash, he has been the Company Secretary at Lanco Infratech Limited and Krebs Biochemicals & Industries Limited.
Managing Director (MD), Aakash Edutech Pvt Ltd.
Mr Pavan Chauhan is the MD of Aakash Edutech Pvt. Ltd., the digital edtech subsidiary of AESL, and the Founder and Managing Director of Meritnation.com. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from NIT Karnataka and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore.
Prior to launching Meritnation.com in the year 2009, Mr Pavan successfully completed various projects in the field of education, gaming and assessment. He also worked with several global brands such as Castle Rock Research, USA, Microsoft Inc to name a few.
He brings with him over 20 years of experience in the education sector. Mr Pavan has taught and counselled several thousands of students over the years. Many of his students who have kept in touch with him over the years continue to express their gratitude for his timely help in shaping their careers.