“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey

Our mentors at Smile Foundation do the same for us. An initial push, some guidance when needed, a sharing of knowledge gained through years of experience—our mentors work pro bono to help further our cause and to help us realise our full potential, individually and as an organisation.

Rather than learning through trial and error, these stalwarts of industry provide our team with a safe space to explore our abilities and opportunities. At the same time, we can look towards them for direction and as role models. They help shape our present situation and also mould our future opportunities.


Shailesh Dhuri

Shailesh is an accomplished, versatile, technology-savvy, and result-driven professional with more than 25 years of experience in Entrepreneurship and Fund Management.

Narayan Devanathan

He is currently working as CEO of dentsu Solutions, India; President of dentsuIndia (Strategy & Integration) and Head of Strategy & Consulting of dentsuCreative, APAC

Shubhra Mehrotra

Shubhra is a senior Pharmaceutical executive with over 23 years of experience in Business Development, Licensing, Strategic Planning, Portfolio Acquisition & divestments and Alliance Management

Karthik Kumar

Karthik Kumar is a thorough advertising & marketing professional, he has also played a role in evangelising “Daan Utsav”, Joy of Giving among those who believe in philanthropy.

Aashu Calapa

Aashu grew up in Mysore and completed his BA from Mysore University. He went on to do his Masters in Personnel Management Industrial Relations from Tata Instituteof Social Sciences, Mumbai.

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