Roopa Purushothaman is the founder of Avasara Academy. She is also an economist and the Head of Research at Everstone Capital. Roopa has written extensively on demographics, education, income and consumption patterns. Previously, Roopa was a vice president and global economist at Goldman Sachs. While at GS, Roopa co-authored the report: ‘Dreaming with BRICs: The Path to 2050’, along with other published papers on topics such as long-term growth in India, migration, women’s employment and global aging and consumption patterns. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory committee for JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) and she is a member of the Aspen Institute’s India Leadership Initiative. Roopa holds a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics and International Studies from Yale University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
Joseph Cubas is the Head of Research and Planning at Avasara Academy. He is currently the Director of Institutional Advancement at the American School of Bombay. In his role, he works with the Superintendent to support and facilitate the work of the Board of Trustees. He oversees the school’s print and media communications and partners with the Director of Technology to manage the school’s online presence. He also oversees the development and implementation of the school’s Strategic Plan and advises the Leadership Team on the development of systems and processes across all functional areas of the school. Previously, Joseph served as Special Assistant to a Superintendent of public schools in New York City where he assisted the Superintendent and her team in the conception and implementation of various region-wide initiatives. Joseph holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University and an MA in Latin American Cultural Politics from the University of London.
Tamara Philip, Science Department Chair
Dr Tamara Philip is a science teacher who is originally from the UK. She has a PhD in biochemistry from University College London and a PGCE in Education from Oxford Brookes University. She has previously taught at Woodstock school in Mussoorie.
Megan K. McCrindle, English Department Chair
A certified English/Language Arts and English as a Second Language teacher, Megan’s expertise includes second language acquisition, literacy, ESL pedagogy, and reading and writing workshop. Megan has taught in the United States, China, Syria, and India, and serves as a literacy consultant to schools in the Asia region. She has previously taught at the American International School in Chennai.
Stephen Philip, Maths Department Chair
Stephen Philip is pursuing a PhD in Maths Education alongside his teaching responsibilities at Avasara. He has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a teaching certificate in Maths and Physics from Eastern Michigan University. He was previously Head of the Maths department at Woodstock school in Mussoorie.