© 2018 by The 40K Group

Our Team

We are an eclectic group of people all brought together to serve one purpose:
Creating access to quality learning in a restricted environment anywhere in the world.

Our People

Swetha Prakash


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Swetha's experience spans several roles in EdTech startups across product development, training, business generation and management. She has a Masters in Maths (IIT) & Learning Sciences (Northwestern) and is passionate about creating engaging learning environments that leverage technology effectively.

Jesse Whelan


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Jesse has worked as a strategic advisor to executive teams at various ASX200 and other large private organizations. He has also co-founded an EdTech tutoring startup. An engineer with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Jesse brings to 40K skills in strategic focus, financial accountability and lean operations.


Bharathy Venkat

Head - Programs

Aradhana Mathur

Education Product Manager

Vanessa Vrdoljak

General Manager - Cambodia

Shruti Saravanan

HR & Business Manager

Anuja Pandey

Curriculum Manager

Vignesh S

Full Stack Developer

Vanaraj VS

Accounts & Admin Executive

Sheshadri M.S.

Junior Program Manager

Kob Romly

IT Support Officer and Admin

San Soun

Program Officer - Cambodia

Deepak B

Content Admin

Lalitha R

Housekeeping Incharge

Leang Vandaro

Education Program Officer

The Board

Clary Castrission OAM

Co-Founder, Chair

As the founder of the organisation, Clary led 40K from its start as a school-building charity to edtech social enterprise. With a law degree and MBA, as well as his extensive experience in the field as the organisation's founder, Clary brings his strategic insight, innovation expertise and leadership to the board.

Gordon Stalley

Managing Director, Premier Fire

Having founded and run a business from scratch to employing over 200 staff, and operational right across Australia, Gordon brings the skill of organisational planning,  scaling and complex problem-solving skills to the board.

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Bernard Ferguson

R&D Team Coach, Atlassian

Bernie has been a product lead and team coach in technology functions at Atlassian and News Corp. Bernie brings to the board skills in tech product management, and team effectiveness to drive success in a tech environment.


Trish Clancy

Managing Director and Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

Trish specialises in large-scale transformation and has worked with public, private and NFP clients to deliver real results. She brings ot the board skills in strategy as well as change & people management. Trish is a core member of BCG's Public Sector and People and Organisation Practices.


Andrew Hipsley,

Chief Brand Officer-APMEA


Andrew has held senior marketing positions in Australia, the US and Japan over a career spanning 30 years at McDonalds. Andrew brings a clear organisational positioning, business planning and strategy skill to the board.

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Les Szekely

Managing Director, Grand Prix Capital

Les was a tax specialist partner at Deloitte and Howarths, before leaving in 2009 and is an active presence in the Australian startup scene as an Angel Investor and active director. Les brings to the board a variety of skills in how to navigate the startup environment.

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