Dr. S. M. Sivakumar
Director & Group Head of HR
Dr. Sivakumar, a postgraduate in Engineering and a Doctorate in Finance (XLRI) with over 30 years of corporate experience oversees the human resources function of the group. With a mission of staffing for learning excellence, the Group HR Department oversees the full spectrum of HR functions-manpower planning, talent sourcing, performance management, training and development and separation for all schools and the corporate head office.
Group Head of Operations
Jan Horn leads and guides Athena Operations to achieve sustainable growth and development by ensuring efficiency, productivity and profitability. As a member of the Academic Board, Jan is responsible for the overall efficiency and performance of the group and to ensure all operations support an environment that optimize teaching and learning impact for each child. In consultation with the directors, senior managers and school leadership he develops strategic plans and works with the Principals to translate these into operational projects. Jan has a lifelong commitment towards education and people development, and has more than 25 years of experience in the education sector, more than half of this time in management positions ranging from junior to senior management level.
Group Head of Finance
Kamlesh Sharma is the Group Head of Financial for all Athena schools as well as the head of acquisitions for potential investments. Maintaining existing and new relationships with banks and investors for financial facility structuring and equity structuring. Ensuring daily accounts for all schools are complete by the accounts department. He ensures timely release of payroll by working closely with the HR team. He corresponds with various other departments, discussing company plans. He also reports to the board for fee collection/fraud prevention/ revenue leakage.
Group Head of Investments
Kiran Putreddy leads the M&A and Business development at Athena Education. He is an MBA graduate of AIX-Marseille University in France, worked for international organization ITER, as financial analyst managing Euros 6 billion budgets. He has extensive experience in working with corporates in France, Australia, Germany, India, and UAE. He has been associated with the group since 2015 primarily focusing on corporate finance- M&A, debt-equity structuring and business advisory.
Amir Al Nooerei
Group Head of Legal Affairs & Government Relations
Amir Nooerei is the Group Head of legal affairs and government relations at Athena Head office for all employees and staff including all portfolio schools of Athena. Also functions in the business acquisition and development team of Athena, looking into potential investments and finding solutions for business. Amir also has his bachelors in business from a University in the UAE. He has worked at Athena for the last 4 years with prior experience working for RTA for 8 years as well as working for Bil Jafala real estate for over 4 years.
Leejo Thomas George
Group Head of Transport
Leejo George is the Group Head of Transportation for Athena Education and is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating the transportation operations across all Athena schools. He is responsible for directing activities related to deploying, routing, and tracking of transportation vehicles. Plan, organize and manage the work of transport staff members. Monitor operations to ensure that staff members comply with administrative policies and procedures, safety rules, contracts, and government regulations. He promotes safer working by conducting audits, attending safety trainings and meeting with individual staff members. Negotiate and authorize contracts with vehicles and materials suppliers.
Group Head of Information Systems & Digital Technology
Ravindra Chaudhary is the Group Head of Information technology at Athena Education. He is responsible for implementation and maintenance of all IT related activities across Athena schools. He is responsible for enterprise wide system implementation and implementation training, hardware maintenance including TV systems, printers, access points, security of network. ERP implementation for automated processes, attendance, fee collection, expense account management, and revenue booking. He also provides IT platforms to various departments as well as security IT software and hardware across Athena education.
Group Head of Facilities and Maintenance
K.N.K Das is the Group Head of Facility and Maintenance for all Athena schools and nurseries. He is responsible for procurement of teaching resources, furniture, printing material, and stationary. He coordinate building and premises maintenance work, cleaning, and security monitoring. He is in charge of overall maintenance of school premises and facilities.