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Arun Fernandez

Founder and Back Bone

Meet Arun Fernandez, the founder of DLearners and the backbone of our organization. Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia at just 13 years old, Arun refused to let this learning difficulty hold him back. Growing up, Arun excelled in sports and public speaking, but struggled with academics, particularly reading and writing. His teachers often grew impatient with his slow progress, and he was labelled as "stupid" and told he had a "failed future." But Arun's parents never gave up on him, and with their support, he persevered through years of struggles, shifting schools, and working with various Special Educators. Eventually, he was diagnosed with dyslexia and discovered alternate, innate abilities to transform his weaknesses into strengths. Now, Arun along with this royal team wants to Build and Scale DLearners, A Platform as a service by bringing together experts in the field of dyslexia and focus on sharing the tech-based learning platform with schools, empowering special educators, the dyslexia community, and the education ecosystem to create a platform where other children don't have to go through the hardships he faced. So, join us at DLearners and let's make learning accessible for everyone!

Our People of DLearners

People of DLearners isn't about having all the answers, it's about asking the right questions and at DLearners, we have a team of leaders who are dedicated to finding solutions for children with Specific Learning Disabilities. With a wealth of experience in education and assistive technology, our People of DLearners team is committed to making a real difference for Dyslexic students in India.

Meet Subha Chandrashekhar, the Academic Head at DLearners with over 28 years of experience in inclusive education. She is a registered Rehabilitation Practitioner and Special Educator, a Fulbright Distinguished Awards Scholar, and an ADA fellow in inclusive education. She has extensive experience in establishing inclusive strategies and policies for learners from marginalized groups. She received the Jagran Josh Award for Best Initiative for Children with Special Needs and has been recognized with the Role Model Teacher Award, International School Award, and Bharat Nirman Award for her outstanding contribution to Inclusive and Special Education.
Subha Chandrashekhar

Academic Head

Meet Abhilash Kannan, our startup warrior with a track record of success in event management, Healthtech, and education technology. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Anna University and is currently sharpening his skills with a Sales and Marketing Management EMDP program from IIM Kozhikode. Currently, he's the captain of the growth and partnerships and the Money-Making Machine: Driving Revenue, Boosting Business, Nurturing Partnerships, Fueling Growth, and Ensuring Customer Success! With Abhilash on the team, you can be sure that DLearners is taking all the right steps to grow and succeed. 
Abhilash Kannan

Start up warrior

Meet Neeta, our research and project management maven. With 11 years of experience as a public health professional, she's a seasoned pro in the field. Her rich educational background from reputed universities in England and India, combined with international research experience, make her a valuable asset to our team. Currently, she's the head honcho of Microsoft Project at the Blink Foundation, where she manages to bring projects to fruition with her expertise and efficiency. With Neeta leading the charge, you can be sure that our projects will be a success. 
Neeta Karal Nair 

our research and project management maven

Meet Shradha, our PR consultant turned special education extraordinaire. With over a decade of experience and a Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI) license, she's a master in the field of learning disabilities. Not only is she a certified special educator with a PG.D in special education-multiple disabilities but she's also a certified 1st level Applied Behaviour Analyst. She currently heads up the content team at DLearners and ensures that every piece of content is top-notch and tailored to the needs of our special learners. She believes in the 'no wall, no barrier' approach and often daydreams of an ideal and inclusive society.  
Shradha Mohit

content writing Extraordinaire

Meet Jharna, our management graduate turned special education superstar. With a decade of experience in the field and a wealth of knowledge, she's a force to be reckoned with. Not only is she a Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Mediator (Basic Mediator and Mediator - Level 1) from The Feuerstein-Bassou International Training Academy, but she's also completed Holistic Enhancement of Learning Potential from National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). Currently, Jharna is a Master Enabler with DLearners and handles a team of 10+ special educators, ensuring that every child's education is in the hands of the best professionals.  
Jharna Khatri 

special education superstar

Meet Lucy, our resident brainiac and all-around superstar. With 7 years of teaching experience and a Master’s in psychology, she's got the brains to back up her brawn and let's not forget, she was a top-performer in college, snagging the 5th rank and 2nd rank in Guidance and Counseling and Physical Science. She's currently a Master Special Educator at DLearners, where she's in charge of a team of 10+ Special Educators with experience in counseling, grievance handling, training and development, and people management. when it comes to teaching, she's awesome, having handled classes from 10th to 7th with a primary focus on Science and English.
Lucy Jose Seba

brainiac and all-around superstar

Meet Felix, our head of Operations and Project Management. He's a problem-solving machine with a decade of experience under his belt, and he's always up for a challenge. Whether it's in transportation, information technology, or manufacturing, Felix has seen it all and has the skills to tackle any issue that comes his way. Plus, with his experience in Italy, he's got a global perspective that helps him come up with the best solutions. When he's not working, Felix is an avid cyclist who advocates for non-motorised transportation as the Bicycle Mayor of Chennai and he's also a talented portrait artist who takes on commissions in his free time. With Felix on our team, we know we're in good hands
Felix Mahimai John 

problem-solving machine

Meet Niwetha, a superhero in disguise. With a heart of gold and a passion for helping children, she's on a mission to spread happiness and make a difference. With a background in psychology and a master's degree in Counselling psychology, she's a force to be reckoned with when it comes to understanding and supporting children. Currently leading the customer success team at DLearners, she's constantly in awe of the boundless energy and potential of the children she works with, which only fuels her desire to help them even more. 
Niwetha Hariharan

superhero in disguise

Meet Yogeswari, our resident problem-solver with a heart of gold. She set out to become a clinical psychologist, but fate had other plans. A chance course on specific learning disabilities opened her eyes to the struggles and trauma faced by children with learning disabilities and she knew she had to do something about it so she joined Dlearners. Now, she leads the testing team and supports the product and development teams. She has completed a course on Advanced Cognitive Behavior therapy, and with her sharp mind and passion for helping others, she is an asset to the team. We're thrilled to have her on board! 
Yogeswari KR 

Resident problem-solver

Governing Body 

Meet Latha Suresh, a social accountant turned auditor, and as a member of the governing body of DLearners, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to support children with learning difficulties, particularly those with dyslexia. As a social accountant and auditor, she understands the importance of education and the impact it can have on individuals and society. she is committed to using her position on the governing body to ensure that DLearners is a resource that is inclusive and accessible for all learners.
Latha Suresh

Governing Body

Meet Marie Banu, She is the Director of Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM) Chennai and the Director of Social Audit Network, UK (SAN, UK), she understands the importance of education and the impact it can have on individuals and society. she dedicated her career to promoting social accountability and good governance. As a registered Social Auditor at SAN India and SAN UK, and an accredited SROI and Social Value Trainer by Social Value International (SVI), She is well-versed in the nuances of social accounting and audit, and she is committed to ensuring that DLearners is a resource that is inclusive and accessible for all learners.
Marie Banu 

Governing Body

Vilasini Diwakar devoted her life to working in the field of remedial education for children with Specific Learning Difficulties. Her expertise in remediating primary students using multi-sensory methods based on Orton Gillingham approach and tutoring senior secondary students for the NIOS exams was unmatched. Vilasini had a long-standing association with Madras Dyslexia Association (MDA) since 1997, starting off as a special educator for primary students, before becoming the coordinator of MDA in 2005. She was one of the prominent trainers of various Teacher Training Programs conducted by MDA. She was the academic director of Blink Foundation.  
Late. Vilasini Diwakar

Governing Body

Introducing the CEO and Co-founder of Enable India, an NGO based in Bangalore. 18 years of software experience and 5 years of building offshore companies, he's the "rock" who's steered Enable India's thought People of DLearners with the livelihood framework. He's created platforms and initiatives that brought large scale impact for the disability sector and set up structures for the livelihood puzzle. His mantra: "eye on the ball" (probably because of his love for golf) and he's also on the board of Workability Asia.  
Dipesh Sutariya 

Governing Body

Dr S. Gerard Majella Francis, aka "Nirantharam Gerry," is a popular Roman Catholic priest and music composer in Tamil Christian circles. He has a PhD in Communication and has worked in the USA and Sri Lanka for pastoral care. He has also contributed to various publications and organized workshops and seminars for youth, parents, and students. His blockbuster devotional album "Neeye Nirantharam" is one of the largest-selling Christian albums in India. He has composed over 100 albums in various languages and founded the official Tamil Catholic Monthly "Uirtha Paarvai" for the Diocese of Palayamkottai. In addition to his he is passionate about helping children with specific learning disabilities (SLD) and occasionally mentors our founder! 
Dr S. Gerard Majella Francis

Governing Body


Mr. Antony Sekar is a seasoned Freight Forwarder with rich knowledge in Shipping and Air Freight. His service in the industry goes a long way for more than three decades, employed in top International Forwarder’s namely Kuehne & Nagel Switzerland and Kerry Logistics, Hongkong in the top-ranking cadre.
Antony Sekar


M. Prem Kumar, is an Honors Graduate in Mechanical Engineering, specialized in Aero Dynamics and Jet Propulsion. He started his career as a Failure Analysis Engineer with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Since 1990, he has been associated with Customs Brokerage, Shipping Agency Handling, Freight Forwarding and Supply Chain Solutions. A technocrat-turned businessman, he founded Uniworld Logistics in 2002 with offices in the 5 major metros in India.
Prem Kumar


Meet Rakesh Kumar, the jack of all trades and master of wealth management! With a BCA degree from Loyola College and over a decade of experience in the field, Rakesh brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the DLearners team. But what sets him apart is his unwavering belief in our founder and the vision of our organization. With Rakesh on board, we're ready to conquer the world of Special education, one step at a time 
Rakesh Kumar


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