Core Team

  • Vishal Kapur Founder

    Mr. Vishal Kapur is the founder and Executive Director of Cedarwood, where he is helping build the systems and technology platform.  

    Prior to getting into the education sector, Mr. Kapur was the Investment Director at a Private Equity / Venture Capital Fund based in New Delhi.  In the past he has also worked as a Strategy Consultant at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in India and Booz & Company (formerly, Booz Allen Hamilton) in the USA where he advised clients on issues ranging from corporate strategy, cost reduction and mergers & acquisition to operational improvement and change management.

    Mr. Kapur has a keen interest in public policy, especially in bringing international best practices to improve education standards in India.  He received an MBA with majors in Strategic Management and Finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business (USA). He also holds a Master of Science in Physics and a B.E. (Chemical Engineering) from BITS, Pilani.

  • Mrs. Vandana Ahuja Program Director

    Vandana is a renowned educationist with over 20 years of experience, having taught in elite schools in Pune and Dehradun. She obtained a B. Ed. degree and a Bachelor of Arts in child psychology from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University.

    Besides her rich experience and a strong background in child development, she also has an inborn passion for working with children.  At Cedarwood, she helps children develop clear speech & pronunciation and build confidence & interpersonal skills through specialised activities.  

  • Deeksha Ahuja Head, Business Development

    Ms. Deeksha Ahuja is a co-founder of Cedarwood and heads business development and operations in Pune.  She is also responsible for developing strategic partnerships at Cedarwood.

    Deeksha obtained a degree in Management Studies with specialisation in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the prestigious St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.   She has interned with – India’s largest restaurant discovery platform, Jones Lang LaSalle – a global real estate services firm, Seven Hill Securities – a Mumbai based stock broking firm, and IndiaCo Ventures – a BSE listed Venture Capital and Investment Management firm. 

    She also volunteers her time for teaching English and Science to street children at Salaam Balak, an NGO in Mumbai.  


  • Jayshree Sridhar Manager, Operations

    Jayshree manges the administration and operations of Cedarwood classes in Pune.  

    Before joining Cedarwood, Jayshree worked with CitiBank in Dubai for several years.  She is an avid sportsperson, having represented Gujarat State in various national level circket. hockey and badminton tournaments.  Additionally, Jayshree is a Trained Bharat Natyam dancer and enjoys working with teachers and children.  

  • Rashmi Varma Program Manager

    Rashmi is the Program Manager at Cedarwood.  She is responsible for managing operations of various afterschool classes in Pune.  In the past, Rashmi has worked as the Centre Head of a pre-school in Pune and has extensive teaching experience - having taught at Elite Tutorials. 

    Rashmi is also an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer, an artist and has participated in various drama & theatre activities in school and college. 


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