India's largest student empowerment network

The Leadership Team

Meet the young and dynamic leadership team at Buddy4Study. Together, they bind the entire team to lead a single mission – Making scholarships accessible and empowering student community towards nation building.

Ashutosh Kumar Burnwal

Co-Founder & Director

Popularly known as the 'Scholarship man of India', Ashutosh founded Buddy4Study in the year 2011. Having closely experienced funding problems for his own education, he dedicated his life on this mission to help students facing financial difficulties. His passion and vision of impacting the lives of millions of students form the basis of all innovative products coming out from the organization’s armoury. Ashutosh is working towards expanding the universe of scholarships and encompass corporations, foundations, institutes and individuals in its fold to offer one-stop funding solution.

An alumnus of MERI, Kolkata and IMT-Ghaziabad, Ashutosh is also a prolific writer and has authored India's first scholarship book for students. He regularly contributes to leading publications such as The Hindu, Indian Express, Prabhat Khabar, etc.


Co-Founder & Director (Technology)

Technology is not helpful if it doesn't learn to dream your dream. The DNA of Buddy4Study, its scholarship search engine, has learnt this coveted attribute courtesy Raj. He is a man of coding and programming languages and makes complex systems simplify the process of scholarships match-making. A Software Engineer by profession, Raj has built Buddy4Study's portal from scratch and is constantly endeavouring to achieve technological milestones in this journey of Buddy4Study. His belief is that online platforms must keep evolving their user journey in line with the advancements in technology and changing user preferences.

He spends most of his holidays in travelling to hills and mountains!


Chief Transformation Officer

A leader in Global IT Operations, Delivery, and transitions with over 25+ years of experience, Mr.Gupta brings with him wealth of knowledge and expertise at Buddy4Study.He has worked in various leadership roles across different industries such as BFSI, Business Analytics, Insurance, Retail, Telecom, Logistics, Health, Education, etc.

He Holds an MBA in IT from Amity Business School which he has done with 100% Scholarship He has also conducted motivational workshops for more than 1000 students by Art of Living. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton and going on long walks

Neha Agarwal

Chief Strategy & Growth Officer

An MBA graduate from IMT-Ghaziabad, Neha is responsible for building relationships and alliances with business goals. She also makes sure that commitment to the partners are fulfilled across scholarship, skilling and employee volunteering projects. Having worked as a business consultant with Mckinsey and Zinnov, Neha enjoys working on innovative, challenging ideas and leading them to implementation.

Buddy4Study provides a platform to explore, learn and innovate new things. She loves being associated with the social cause on which Buddy4Study is working for supporting students in their education. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling to different places and experience nature.

Ashish Jha

Chief Content Strategist

He is passionate about new/digital media and strongly believes that customised data/content supported by technology is the only effective way to create two-way engagement with young audience today. You can find him flipping through the political and international news and updates on start-up world in his free time.

A thorough communication professional with a strong background in online and print journalism; and marketing communication, Ashish has more than a decade of work experience in varied roles with multiple online education platforms and India’s premier news agency PTI. At Buddy4Study, he leads a young team of creative writers, researchers, digital enthusiasts and designers to keep the buddies of Buddy4Study engaged 24*7 with scholarship opportunities and career counselling.

Sharad Semwal

Head - Human Resources

Mr. Sharad Semwal is an accomplished HR professional with extensive experience across diverse industries including Manpower Consulting, Telecom, Agri-tech, Advertising, and Media. With a solid foundation in Recruitment Consultancy, Talent Acquisition, and Strategic HR interventions, he has excelled in leadership roles such as Delivery Head, Practice Head, HR Lead, and AVP HR. Over his 20+ years career, he has spearheaded HR operations, established start-up recruitment firms, and managed international and domestic talent acquisition. His expertise spans HR policy formulation, PMS systems implementation, and succession planning. Having worked in both professional and owner-driven companies, including a significant stint at IFFCO Group, he brings a wealth of experience to every role he undertakes.

Sidharath Goel

VP, Operations

Sidharth is a senior leader and an expert in Digital and Transformational OPs, Program Excellence and Agile Methodologies. He is a certified PMP®, Project Management Professional, SAFE 5.1 - Certified Agilist and is certified in Cloud and DevOps. He is also a member of PMI India North Chapter.

He holds 21 years of varied industry experience and is skilled in leading customer engagements across various global geographies. Previously, he has served in the roles of Practice and Delivery Leader for large/mid-scale global delivery and Program Engagements in diverse industry domains including Fintech, Core Banking and Lending, E-Commerce (Payment Integrations, Loyalty, POS Automation), Edtech and Healthcare.

Sidharth did his Masters in Computer Sciences in 2003 and holds Executive MBA degree from IIM Lucknow.

Manish Singh

Finance Manager

My Core Area is managing Finance, admin, Income tax & FCRA. also Handle independently the partners’ finance management related issues and ensure fulfilment of legal compliances and corrective measures by partners through partners visit, communication and regular follow up.

He has more than 13 year of experience in Finance and Account, out of 13 year He has 9 year plus year of experience in managing international NGO Finance and Accounts.