Mr. Ravi Padmanabhan is the founding President of Hi 5 Youth Foundation USA. He is an engineer by profession and has lived in the bay area for the last 30 years. He is an avid sports enthusiast who has played university level cricket. His primary interests are cricket, tennis and basketball around which he plans his travels and vacations. His association with Hi 5 started after his visit to Mumbai where he witnessed the impact basketball was making on orphaned and underprivileged children.
Radhika was a senior technology executive known for driving vision for high-tech/Internet companies. She was strong at creating vision, building infrastructure, assembling passionate teams, and delivering results. Radhika had 30-plus years leading top-notch teams, making breakthroughs in technologies with commercial successes at Cisco, Novell, and Siemens. Radhika was the VP Engineering and Co-founder at Suquino Inc., a healthcare startup in the Bay Area. Radhika valued the time she spent giving back to the community and was actively involved with Jeena, organization that supports special needs children in the local community in addition to Hi5 Youth Foundation.
I'm driven by Hi 5's mission of empowering kids through sports - developing self esteem and teaching them to aspire higher things in life. I'm thankful to be involved with Hi 5 after having been in other non-profit organizations. In my spare time, you can find me either listening to music or watching comedy scenes on YouTube and getting my daily share of laughter.
Gurpreet Somal is a published writer & poet and a social impact sector communications professional with over 9+ years of diverse experience. With a Masters (Scholarship) in International Broadcast Journalism from Nottingham Trent University in the UK, she strongly emphasises on creative communications meeting innovative philanthropy. Prior to joining Hi5 Youth Foundation, Gurpreet co-authored a poetry book (as part of a global collaborative project), handled celebrity management & animal rescues, completed a prestigious Performing Arts workshop with world-renowned communications coach Ron Burrus, worked in a film production house for 2 movies, taught tribal children English & Social Sciences for a month in a tribal village called Ambatha, directed a short film on the Mumbai Terror attacks and was Organising Committee President at AIESEC where she ran her own project called "Genesis" through which she facilitated public awareness on sustainable development and grassroot problems, as well as created key symbiotic partnerships between NGOs & CSR portfolios of companies. In her free time she likes to learn French & Spanish, read science fiction & self-development books, indulge in photography, watch thought-provoking cinema and write on diverse topics.