Balakrishnan “Bala” Venkatachalam

Balakrishnan “Bala” Venkatachalam

Executive Director, Pratham USA

Balakrishnan “Bala” Venkatachalam is the Executive Director of Pratham USA. Earlier, between 2003 and 2006, Bala led the National Operations for Pratham programs across India and worked closely with Pratham’s co-founder and former CEO, Dr. Madhav Chavan and the current CEO Dr Rukmini Banerji. Bala brings to this role his diverse leadership experience in the social and corporate sectors. Most recently he worked with the Monitor Group in India where he led identification of new business opportunities in affordable urban housing and was involved in developing that market. Prior to Monitor Bala was the co-founder of a startup mobile technology company that developed solutions for large-scale data aggregation and analysis. Bala has an MBA from INSEAD (France) and is a Chartered Accountant. He also played competitive cricket and table tennis representing Tamil Nadu state at a junior level. Bala lives with his wife and daughter in Cambridge MA.