Ashok Kamath is the Chairman of Akshara Foundation. He’s been actively involved in the strategic planning, analysis and expansion of programmes at every stage. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay. In April 2019, he was conferred the prestigious 'Namma Bengalurean' award for exemplary work in education. His alma mater, IIT-Bombay, presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 for his various initiatives and contributions to the field of child education.