Executive Director of OCATIndia, Co-founder OCATUSA, Inc.
At the age of 22 (as member of Society of Montfort Brothers) young Suresh Singareddy volunteered to live among the most primitive Savara tribe of Andhra Pradesh, India for a year. Later, he lived as a slum dweller for another two years, in the big city of Hyderabad. Living on a budget of less than $15 a month in the slum, Suresh experienced a life of poverty and subjugation. As he gathered the children and began teaching them, he realized the potential and gifts of the poor. Now a law graduate with a masters degree in social work and journalism, Suresh, 44, believes, “Education is the best gift we can give to children.” He is also a strong advocate for protecting precious childhoods, by insuring the safety, well-being and basic rights of all children. Apart from working with children and promoting OCAT, Suresh teaches courses on Civil Rights, Sustainable Development and Culture, Strategic Planning, Leadership, Motivation and NLP to youth and development professionals across the world. Suresh’s wife Neeraja Gopu, formerly a computer programmer, now takes care of home and volunteers for OCAT. Their 11 year old son Anish Paul loves mathematics, playing piano and enjoys painting and playing cricket.