Ashok Kamath (C’79, H9) has been the Managing Trustee since 2003 and Chairman of Akshara Foundation since July 1, 2008. He was formerly the Managing Director of the Indian operations of Analog Devices. He opted to leave behind a successful career in the corporate sector and involve himself in the development sector. In April 2019, he was conferred the prestigious 'Namma Bengalurean' Award for exemplary work in education. IIT Bombay, presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 for his various initiatives and contributions to the field of child education. Ashok is also a Co-Founder and Trustee of Pratham Books and Secretary of the IIT Alumni Centre, Bengaluru.