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Our Team

Bob and Andrew, the founders of Build a School in India, are dedicated to supporting education for children - especially where it is not always easily accessible, such as underserved rural areas. They also founded Build a School in Burma, which has helped to create or expand fifteen village schools in Burma.

Our Founders


Andrew Lederer,

Executive Director and Founder, Build a School in India,

Los Altos, California


Former industrial engineer, hospital administrator at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California, and health care consultant. Andrew lived in Pune, India for two years, while serving as a Peace Corps volunteer.  He has maintained his 45+ year contact with India through friends in the U.S. and by visiting India every few years.


Bob Cornwell,

Co-founder and Director,

Build a School in India, 

San Francisco, California


 Formerly president of CSG Advisors, a financial adviser and consultant to governments and non-profits. Bob served as an adviser for over $11 billion in financing and development projects. Bob is a former Peace Corps volunteer (Jamaica) and wilderness ranger in Colorado.

India Team

Mrs. Hema Honwad, 

Build a School in India Country  Director, Pune, Maharashtra

Dr. Mrs. Sanjeevani Kelkar,

Founder, and Board Chairperson,

Mata Balak Utkarsh Pratishthan (MBUP), Sangola, Maharashtra

USA Team

Mittu Maliakkal,

Media Manager,

Build a School in India,

Los Altos, CA

Nicole Murphy, 

Assistant Media Manager,

Build a School in India,

Portland, Oregon