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Safari Kid Leadership Team

Shahdokth Mudakavi,
Chief Executive Officer

Shahdokth Mudakavi,
Chief Executive Officer

Shy has been involved in the field of education since her college days. After moving to California in 2000, she maintained relentless focus in skillfully educating children in very diverse areas as a math tutor, swimming instructor, dance instructor, and fashion show coordinator. She later founded Safari Kid for preschool and after-school students in a modest location in Newark with five children enrolled.

Since then, through her consistent vision, enterprise, and sterling leadership, she grew Safari Kid to a global chain of international preschools, maintaining the highest standards for the program. Through all this growth, Ms. Shy has been like a best friend to all of her teachers, directors, and students. Ms. Shy is an active philanthropist through her non-profit organization. Shy has a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and a bachelor’s in Law from India.

Deepak Mudakavi,
Chief Financial Officer

After completing his Bachelor in Business Studies and Law degree, Deepak moved to the US in 1997 and studied Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He later joined BMC software and worked there for 15 years. While working at BMC Software, he also co-founded Safari Kid in 2005 with Ms. Shy, where his focus was on accounting and finance. With the tremendous growth of Safari Kid and Safari Kid Franchising, he decided to pursue his career with the company full time. He realized that his passion for making a difference in every child’s life was completely aligned with Safari Kid’s vision.

He is a proud father, and both of his children have been attending Safari Kid since preschool. He enjoys working with children and teaches chess and computers at Safari Kid as a hobby.

Deepak Mudakavi,
Chief Financial Officer

Arihant Jain,
Chief Revenue Officer

Arihant Jain, Chief Revenue Officer

Arihant Jain serves as Chief Revenue Officer for franchise development at Safari Kid. As the CRO, he works with our partners and internal teams to develop go-to market strategy. His singular focus is to evaluate potential franchise owner candidates and then ensure that the Safari Kid franchise owners are set up for success by identifying the right trade area, optimal location and ensuring a smooth journey through business building efforts, launch events, and steady operations thereafter.

Before joining Safari Kid, Arihant had 25+ years of diverse experience as an executive and business owner, through which he built and managed sales, enabled partnerships, developed services, handled support, and headed operations for both early stage startups like Speedera Networks, Inc., Reltio, Inc. and public companies like Tata Communications , Akamai Technologies etc. with revenues ranging from 20 million to over 3 billion USD. Arihant lives with his family in San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Arihant holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Shivaji University.

Narayan Menon,
Advisory Board

With over 15 years of experience in the field, Mr. Narayan has a proven track record of building and leading many cross-functional global teams from the ground up. He mentors and guides the Safari Kid team to adhere to best practices and processes and motivates them to take ownership and accountability. Mr. Narayan has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a diploma in Software Engineering.

Narayan Menon,
Advisory Board

Auxilia William,
Vice President

Auxilia William,
Vice President

Miss William was one of the first teachers at Safari Kid. She is a teacher at heart and loves the opportunity to nurture future leaders to effect positive social change in the world. She currently manages the Safari Kid centers in Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Mountain View in California; the Sterling center in Virginia; and the Allen center in Texas. These not only fill her cup to the brim but also her heart because it’s the job she loves to do the most. Her specialties include child-centered learning, service learning, standards-based assessment, curriculum writing, and training.

In a “previous life” she was a state-level chess player and athlete who won many awards and recognitions. She completed her master’s in Commerce and has taken several units related to child care and Montessori education. Miss William discovered her passion for teaching in a high school, where she taught underprivileged children. Her love for teaching brought her to Safari Kid, and she cannot wait to see it grow and establish itself throughout the world as a preschool that helps and cares for children. She considers Safari Kid an opportunity to pursue her dream of bringing world-class education and care to children around the world.

Monisha Pandit,
Head of Strategy, Planning, & Business Expansion

Monisha stands apart as a consummate preschool expert. She is an internationally experienced educator and planner with nearly 20 years of experience in space and design, curriculum development and brand management for the company corporate communications. Monisha headed a prestigious pan-India teacher-training module, personally training over 300 teachers. She has designed, set up, and marketed over 30 international preschools, heading one and bringing it up to the top rank across all preschool best practice categories.

In her current role at Safari Kid, SFO, Monisha heads the Strategy and Planning suites, lending her expertise to their business expansion plans, adding quality and best practices to enhance the existing Safari Kid environment space design, curriculum development, and design and brand management for the company corporate communications. She has taught at prestigious schools in India (Bangalore, Pune) and the UK (London) and has received extensive Pedagogical Leadership training in the IB Early & Primary Years Program. In addition, she has attended training at the Reggio Emilia Conference at the Eton House programs in Singapore.

Monisha Pandit,
Head of Strategy, Planning, & Business Expansion

Aparna Parashar,
Head of Operations

Aparna Parashar,
Head of Operations

Aparna comes from a family of educators. Soon after completing her post-graduate studies, she started teaching as a lecturer at various graduate and post-graduate colleges, leading to her appointment as a Lecturer of English Literature at the prestigious IKSV University in India. Aparna pursued early childhood education with passion, completing over 50 units in the field and earning the California Program Director Permit. She took on roles of increasing responsibility as a preschool teacher, director of preschool and after-school programs, regional director, and member of the Safari Kid corporate team.

In her current capacity, she oversees administration, regulatory compliance, quality, and summer-camp readiness for Safari Kid. She enjoys guiding new franchise owners through their bootstrapping process and putting them on a glide path to success. In addition, Aparna is passionate about organizing inter-Safari competitions. She is proud to have contributed to the rapid growth of Safari Kid and to its recognition as a leader in quality childcare education.

Nima Kapoor, Head of Sales and Marketing

With over 15 years of experience in Customer Service, Product Training and Sales & Marketing Operations, Nima is responsible for creating a brand strategy for Safari Kid and ensuring all aspects of the Safari Kid’s marketing and activities align with the ethos and goals of the Safari Kid brand. She is in-charge of planning and managing strategic marketing campaigns for promoting the company’s brand and services. Further, developing and sustaining strong working relationships with Safari Kid’s franchises is Nima’s forte.

Nima Kapoor,
Head of Sales and Marketing

Piroja Montgomery,
Curriculum Designer

Piroja Montgomery,
Curriculum Designer

Piroja started her career teaching in a California public school after receiving her master’s in education in 2001. Due to her recognized innovation in creating valuable, original lessons, she was recruited as a lead teacher to help develop curriculum for a private school in Orange County and later a charter school in LA County. In 2010, she entered the corporate setting, developing the content for web-based products which are being used by elementary school districts throughout the country to help them prepare for high-stakes standardized testing.

In 2016, she was offered the chance to be part of the Safari Kid corporate team and create a custom curriculum. Piroja jumped at the opportunity! She is pulling in many of her talents and past experiences to develop an evolving curriculum that is as progressive as it is effective. She enjoys working for a company with its heart in the right place, and people who strive to make a difference in the lives of children.

Shahdokth Mudakavi,
Chief Executive Officer

About

Shy has been involved in the field of education since her college days. After moving to California in 2000, she maintained relentless focus in skillfully educating children in very diverse areas as a math tutor, swimming instructor, dance instructor, and fashion show coordinator. She later founded Safari Kid for preschool and after-school students in a modest location in Newark with five children enrolled.

Since then, through her consistent vision, enterprise, and sterling leadership, she grew Safari Kid to a global chain of international preschools, maintaining the highest standards for the program. Through all this growth, Ms. Shy has been like a best friend to all of her teachers, directors, and students. Ms. Shy is an active philanthropist through her non-profit organization. Shy has a bachelor’s degree in Business Studies and a bachelor’s in Law from India.

Arihant Jain,
Chief Revenue Officer

About
Arihant Jain serves as Chief Revenue Officer for franchise development at Safari Kid. As the CRO, he works with our partners and internal teams to develop go-to market strategy. His singular focus is to evaluate potential franchise owner candidates and then ensure that the Safari Kid franchise owners are set up for success by identifying the right trade area, optimal location and ensuring a smooth journey through business building efforts, launch events, and steady operations thereafter.

Before joining Safari Kid, Arihant had 25+ years of diverse experience as an executive and business owner, through which he built and managed sales, enabled partnerships, developed services, handled support, and headed operations for both early stage startups like Speedera Networks, Inc., Reltio, Inc. and public companies like Tata Communications , Akamai Technologies etc. with revenues ranging from 20 million to over 3 billion USD. Arihant lives with his family in San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Arihant holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Shivaji University.

Deepak Mudakavi,
Chief Financial Officer

About

After completing his Bachelor in Business Studies and Law degree, Deepak moved to the US in 1997 and studied Computer Science at UC Berkeley. He later joined BMC software and worked there for 15 years. While working at BMC Software, he also co-founded Safari Kid in 2005 with Ms. Shy, where his focus was on accounting and finance. With the tremendous growth of Safari Kid and Safari Kid Franchising, he decided to pursue his career with the company full time. He realized that his passion for making a difference in every child’s life was completely aligned with Safari Kid’s vision.

He is a proud father, and both of his children have been attending Safari Kid since preschool. He enjoys working with children and teaches chess and computers at Safari Kid as a hobby.

Narayan Menon,
Advisory Board

About

With over 15 years of experience in the field, Mr. Narayan has a proven track record of building and leading many cross-functional global teams from the ground up. He mentors and guides the Safari Kid team to adhere to best practices and processes and motivates them to take ownership and accountability. Mr. Narayan has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a diploma in Software Engineering.

Auxilia William,
Vice President

About
Miss William was one of the first teachers at Safari Kid. She is a teacher at heart and loves the opportunity to nurture future leaders to effect positive social change in the world. She currently manages the Safari Kid centers in Milpitas, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Mountain View in California; the Sterling center in Virginia; and the Allen center in Texas. These not only fill her cup to the brim but also her heart because it’s the job she loves to do the most. Her specialties include child-centered learning, service learning, standards-based assessment, curriculum writing, and training.

In a “previous life” she was a state-level chess player and athlete who won many awards and recognitions. She completed her master’s in Commerce and has taken several units related to child care and Montessori education. Miss William discovered her passion for teaching in a high school, where she taught underprivileged children. Her love for teaching brought her to Safari Kid, and she cannot wait to see it grow and establish itself throughout the world as a preschool that helps and cares for children. She considers Safari Kid an opportunity to pursue her dream of bringing world-class education and care to children around the world.

Monisha Pandit,
Head of Strategy, Planning, & Business Expansion

About

Monisha stands apart as a consummate preschool expert. She is an internationally experienced educator and planner with nearly 20 years of experience in space and design, curriculum development and brand management for the company corporate communications. Monisha headed a prestigious pan-India teacher-training module, personally training over 300 teachers. She has designed, set up, and marketed over 30 international preschools, heading one and bringing it up to the top rank across all preschool best practice categories.

In her current role at Safari Kid, SFO, Monisha heads the Strategy and Planning suites, lending her expertise to their business expansion plans, adding quality and best practices to enhance the existing Safari Kid environment space design, curriculum development, and design and brand management for the company corporate communications. She has taught at prestigious schools in India (Bangalore, Pune) and the UK (London) and has received extensive Pedagogical Leadership training in the IB Early & Primary Years Program. In addition, she has attended training at the Reggio Emilia Conference at the Eton House programs in Singapore.

Aparna Parashar,
Head of Operations

About

Aparna comes from a family of educators. Soon after completing her post-graduate studies, she started teaching as a lecturer at various graduate and post-graduate colleges, leading to her appointment as a Lecturer of English Literature at the prestigious IKSV University in India. Aparna pursued early childhood education with passion, completing over 50 units in the field and earning the California Program Director Permit. She took on roles of increasing responsibility as a preschool teacher, director of preschool and after-school programs, regional director, and member of the Safari Kid corporate team.

In her current capacity, she oversees administration, regulatory compliance, quality, and summer-camp readiness for Safari Kid. She enjoys guiding new franchise owners through their bootstrapping process and putting them on a glide path to success. In addition, Aparna is passionate about organizing inter-Safari competitions. She is proud to have contributed to the rapid growth of Safari Kid and to its recognition as a leader in quality childcare education.

Nima Kapoor,
Head of Sales and Marketing

About
With over 15 years of experience in Customer Service, Product Training and Sales & Marketing Operations, Nima is responsible for creating a brand strategy for Safari Kid and ensuring all aspects of the Safari Kid’s marketing and activities align with the ethos and goals of the Safari Kid brand. She is in-charge of planning and managing strategic marketing campaigns for promoting the company’s brand and services. Further, developing and sustaining strong working relationships with Safari Kid’s franchises is Nima’s forte.

Piroja Montgomery,
Curriculum Designer

About
Piroja started her career teaching in a California public school after receiving her master’s in education in 2001. Due to her recognized innovation in creating valuable, original lessons, she was recruited as a lead teacher to help develop curriculum for a private school in Orange County and later a charter school in LA County. In 2010, she entered the corporate setting, developing the content for web-based products which are being used by elementary school districts throughout the country to help them prepare for high-stakes standardized testing.

In 2016, she was offered the chance to be part of the Safari Kid corporate team and create a custom curriculum. Piroja jumped at the opportunity! She is pulling in many of her talents and past experiences to develop an evolving curriculum that is as progressive as it is effective. She enjoys working for a company with its heart in the right place, and people who strive to make a difference in the lives of children.

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Safari Kid is an International Chain of Preschools and After School Programs, founded by Ms. Shy Mudakavi in the heart of Silicon Valley in Newark, California. Over fifteen years, 35,000 children going through the program have shown consistent excellence in elementary and middle schools.

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