Srini Swaminathan

Chennai

Runner. Cyclist. Teacher.

Hailing from a low-income community family, school and college changed my life forever. Education was the key to escape from a childhood of poverty. After many years of working in oilfield Services, I joined Teach For India in 2010 as a Teacher in Dharavi, Mumbai, inspired by the children of tsunami affected villages of Chennai where I volunteered earlier as a UNDP volunteer. After that, I moved back to Chennai to in 2012 to start Teach For India in Chennai as its founding City Director.

I continue to walk on this path, learning and helping individuals and teams working relentlessly to change the life path of our children in low income community schools.

I am a long distance runner - I have completed 22 full marathons and 20+ half marathons (including one 200km Ultra Marathon) and a long distance cyclist - I have completed several 200 km and 100 km rides, often using these to raise funds for the causes I support.