Shaheen Mistri, is an Indian social activist and educator. She is a founder of the Akanksha Foundation, an Indian educational initiative in Mumbai and Pune, and is also the CEO of Teach For India since 2008.
Shaheen Mistri, as a young college student, walked into the slums of Mumbai and expressed her desire to teach the less privileged children who roamed the streets.To fulfil this goal, she founded the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization working primarily in education, at the age of 20 to impact the lives of such children. Over a period of 20 years, her Akanksha Foundation, which started with just 15 children in one centre, now teaches 3,500 children in 58 centres and six schools. In the summer of 2008, she took on a leadership role at Teach For India which enlists India’s most promising college graduates and young professionals to spend two years teaching in low-income schools and attempt to bridge the educational gap in the country.