About Us

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

It is this simple, yet empowering philosophy that determines the essence of DEEP Foundation.

What had started out as a one woman's dream has now taken the shape of a full-fledged movement that pulls several like minded people and organizations together.

In June 2009, DEEP Foundation ((Development through Empowerment and Education Programs) was established with a view to empower the underprivileged of our society with a deeper understanding and application of what they were taught in their schools, enabling them to imbibe the benefits of education in the true sense.

We aspire to incubate villages and work towards their overall economic and social development. As a central project coordinating agency, DEEP is poised to steer integrated growth amongst the weaker sections of society. We see ourselves leveraging the strengths of several other developmental agencies, citizens, bureaucracy and politicians to help achieve our goals.

In order to develop self sustaining societies, we see a large part of our work in the sphere of education—i.e awareness sessions, basic education, practical tools and techniques.

We try as far as possible never to assist in currency form, but rather prefer to investigate what people, especially children, need and to deliver that item directly into their hands. This avoids many of the pitfalls that exist in the world of giving.

No member of DEEP Foundation receives financial gain of any kind but the true satisfaction of knowing that, at the very least, we are attempting to make a difference.

Our Team

Our team consists of like minded professionals from the Corporate sector, driven by a common passion of bringing forth inclusive growth in our society.

Abhay Sapru President and Chairman

Abhay Sapru

President and Chairman

Abhay graduated from Delhi University in 1986 and subsequently joined the prestigious Indian Military Academy. Comissioned in 1989, he joined the elite Special Forces Unit and his first assignment was in Sri Lanka, where he was decorated with the Sena Medal for bravery.

He served in almost all the insurgency ridden nerve centres in the Sub-Continent during his decade long stint with the Indian Army. He is a successful author of a book that is set in the backdrop of insurgency ridden Kashmir.

Abhay currently works in a prominent Multinational Bank, responsible for their Facilities and Infrastructure Management across India.

Sujata Suri

Secretary and COO

Sujata graduated in 1986 from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University with a Post Graduate specialization in Computer Applications. After a 3 year stint in the IT industry developing applications software, she changed directions to specialize in Marketing and Communication.

Sujata has a vast experience in Event Management and has successfully conceptualized, managed and executed many events and promotions for key Corporates across India. Subsequently, she moved on to the real estate sector and was responsible for corporate marketing, brand building and profiling of the largest real estate developer in the country.

An avid trekker and a health freak, she ultimately followed her passion and is today an Internationally accredited Health Coach & Rehab Trainer, running a successful Fitness Consultancy venture.

Aparna Mathur

Treasurer and CFO

Aparna has over a decade long experience in Business Development and account management in the media, engineering, training and consultancy sectors. A graduate in psychology and a post graduate in marketing management, she brings with her diverse experience of having worked in large and small organizations such as the Times of India, Schindler, iDiscoveri and Mahindra Special Services Group.

Initiating sustainable positive change at an individual, organizational and societal plane is where she has now found her personal calling. Additionally she holds a diploma in Indian Art and Vedic Literature, dance therapy, ICF accredited course in Intensive Coach Training, Results Coaching, Australia.

Aparna has also served as a volunteer at Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health, Janaagraha Bangalore and some teaching assignments at a local school in Chattarpur, Delhi.

Abid Hussain

Founder Member

Abid has been trading in Kashmiri handicrafts for over two decades.

He is also successfully building his venture of livestock breeding (sheep and goats) in Kashmir. He is also running a school for underprivileged children in a remote area of J&K State.

Arti Sardana

Founder Member

Arti has a background in Commerce and Business Administration. She is one of the Directors of a key Exhibition and Event Designing and Fabrication organization. She has valuable experience in co-ordinating and executing multi city, large scale events and exhibitions across India and abroad. Her organization has a prestigious client profile ranging from ITPO, Messe Frankfurt, AEPC, The Government of India and Corporate India.

Arti has actively served with the Rotary Club over the years and has been involved in a number of projects they support.

Aman Kasewa

Founder Member

Aman has a background in Finance and Business Managagement. He has been successfully managing priority accounts for a leading Multinational Bank.

Kapil Mathur

Founder Member

Kapil is an architect and has graduated from the School for Planning and Architecture, Delhi University. His innovative design ideas have been successfully implemented by various organizations and institutions both in India and abroad including the world famous illusionist, Franz Harary's Shows.

Kapil is also a Visiting Professor at reputed institutions like the School for Planning and Architecture and NIFT.

Gaurav Bhatnagar


Gaurav has over 15 years of professional experience in the manufacturing and service industry. He has a PG Degree in Computer Science, UG Degree in Business Administration and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. He has worked with brands like Gillette, Honeywell & FIAMM in manufacturing vertical ans with Jones Lang LaSalle in Real Estate Management and consulting space. He is currently working with A Multinational Insurance Company in their Infrastructure section, managing their office setups across India. He has a strong experience in plant engineering, project management and in managing building/office spaces.

Along with managing his professional commitments, Gaurav has a strong instinct for teaching and counselling. He has been teaching at Delhi University as a Visiting Faculty since the past 3 years, lecturing the UG/PG students on Corporate Real Estate.

Kalpana Mehra Penfold

Liaison, U.K.

Kalpana has lived in India, Hongkong, Malaysia, France and the UK.

She is an entrepreneur having started her own organization in 2005, specializing in travel consultancy, primarily in the aviation sector.

She applies this entrepreneual spirit to support various causes over the years, ranging from supporting an AIDS hospice in Pune to DEEP Foundation currently.

Col. Ramakrishnan CM


Ramakrishnan CM served in the Indian Army and has dedicated his time to serving the less privilegedpost retirement from active service. He is a Trustee of Srijan Foundation that has been instrumental in helping underprivileged children with remedial classes. He has been associated with DEEP Foundation since the past 7 years.

Arvind Munshi


Arvind is leading the IT Division of a large Media conglomerate in India. He has been devoting one day on a weekend every 15 days, along with his wife and son for helping DEEP Foundation - the time they may have otherwise spent in a shopping mall or at the movies. They use this family time to bring smiles on the faces of those children who have very little.