Board Members

Ashwin Koleth

Board Member, President & Co-Founder: Ashwin serves as the CEO and President of Cyrus-XP, a health information technology company dedicated to improving care coordination between payers, providers, and consumers. Having grown up in rural India and Zimbabwe, he has witnessed first hand the challenges that under-developed communities face with limited resources. He is passionate about connecting individuals with the tools needed for industrious living, in first world and third world countries. Ashwin dreams of driving cross country on a Harley Davidson.

Erich Sachse

Board Member & Treasurer: Erich joined Profugo’s board after years of travel (for business and pleasure!) to countries all over the world, including lots of trips to India. During the day, Erich is a consultant, working in areas of sales compensation, educational analytics, and other non-profit data analytics. By night, Erich is a certified expert in wines, taking and teaching classes. He’d love to tell you more about Profugo over a glass… or a bottle.

Jenny Koleth

Board Member, Secretary & Co-Founder: While trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas in Yunnan province, China, Jenny fell in love with the rich culture and stories of the ethnic minority groups of Dali and Lijiang (Yunnan has 51 different ethnic groups!). Since that trip many years back, she’s seized cross-cultural opportunities whenever possible, exploring Tibetan Buddhism, teaching in Afghanistan, and marrying an Indian man. Her professional experience includes 12+ years in the publishing industry.  She is passionate about people finding their “voice.”

Emily Davies

Board Member: After receiving her bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and spending time in Southeast Asia and South America, teaching English and “vagabonding,” Emily knew she would forever be involved in the good work of spreading social justice. Emily worked for Greenpeace for a couple years, managing a fundraising office in Philadelphia. Greenpeace opened her eyes to the power people have to bring about real and lasting change when they come together and make their voices heard.

She recently received her MPA, with a concentration in International Public Service and Development, from Rutgers Camden. As part of her degree she spent two years as a Field Fellow for Profugo in Prashanthagiri. When asked, she often says that it was fate that brought her there and that there will always be a special place in her heart for the warm and affectionate people of Prashanthagiri. She is currently working as a Youth Services Assistant at the Bucks County Free Library where she can hopefully motivate the next generation to take up the cause!

Jeffrey Conradi

Board Member: Jeffrey has a passion for engagement with world cultures and international development. He has travelled to over 20 countries for study, business, and leisure. As an undergraduate, Jeffrey studied abroad in both Mexico and Costa Rica as an International Relations major and Spanish and Latin American studies Minor at the University of Delaware. He earned a Master’s degree in Economic Development and Tourism Management from Boston University. In his career working in Higher Education spanning over a decade, Jeffrey has extensive domestic and international program management experience. Jeffrey currently serves as Associate Director of International Programs at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and recently was named an Adjunct Faculty Member for Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism, and Hospitality Management (STHM). His graduate-level course titled Sustainable Tourism Development will include a case study based on Profugo’s work in Kerala. In addition to Spanish fluency, Jeffrey has been studying Modern Standard Arabic since October 2015 and has a working knowledge of French. Raised in Massachusetts, Jeffrey now lives in Ardmore, PA with his wife and 2 sons.

Sandeep Gupta

Board Fellow: Sandeep is a MBA student, currently pursuing his degree from Fox School of Business, Temple University in Philadelphia. He takes part in Profugo’s board via the Fox Board Fellows program that places MBA students on nonprofit boards for one academic year. A mechanical engineer by background, he completed his undergraduate degree with a commendable score from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh in India. He has 7 years of work experience with Maruti Suzuki, the numero uno auto-maker in India and 2 years with Suzuki Motors Corporation, Japan. In the past He has played several diverse roles with the most crucial being, designing and developing of auto parts and accessories, product costing, handling high budgets, developing and auditing of suppliers, bench-marking and leading teams. Sandeep likes to travel, read and explore new things. At Profugo, his primary responsibility will be to coordinate the board’s strategic planning efforts and providing recommendations for accomplishing Profugo’s vision and goals.

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