Maya Vishwakarma, Founder & President, Sukarma Foundation

Maya Vishwakarma, Founder & President, Sukarma Foundation

Founder & President, Sukarma Foundation

Maya Vishwakarma is the Founder and Chairperson of Sukarma Foundation. A native of Mehragaon village in district Narsinghpur, Madhya Pradesh (MP), India, Maya has been living in San Francisco, California (USA) for nearly a decade. After completing high school (from) in her village, she went to Jabalpur RDVV University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry. Her Master’s thesis dissertation work at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi focused on Nuclear Medicine. Later, she finished her Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) in similar areas. She moved to the United States to pursue her PhD program in Chemical and Biological Engineering from SDSMT (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology). She dropped out from her PhD and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to pursue her career in Cancer Biology at UCSF hospital. While working in her home district for the last 5-6 years, she made a documentary on the model village, Baghuvar in Madhya Pradesh, titled “Swaraj Mumkin Hai” (Independence is Possible), and wrote a book by the same name. These projects were aimed at spreading awareness of rural education and sustainable villages, and have been awarded and appreciated at the national and international levels.