Who We Are

We’re a passionate, international team of education, tech and social impact specialists working together to make a meaningful difference to the learning and lives of marginalised children.

Our Leadership Team

Meet our diverse group of leaders who inspire our international workforce and supporters to empower the futures for children on the margins

Swetha Prakash

Chief Executive Officer | India

Swetha is a learning research and design specialist with nearly 20 years’ experience in product design, business development and leadership across the EdTech sector. She holds Masters degrees in both Mathematics and Learning Sciences.

Lisa Colquhoun

Head of Foundation | Australia

Lisa has over 10 years’ experience in not-for-profit fundraising, marketing, communications and higher education. She has a Master of Philosophy in sociology and anthropology, and has researched and published on youth in rural Indonesia.

Bharathy Venkat

Head of Programs | India

Bharathy has over 20 years’ experience in education, training and community work, specialising in English Language Teaching and special education. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology and regularly consults for the British Council.

Max Rosburger

Country Manager | Cambodia

Maxime (or Max as we call him) is an accomplished e-commerce specialist with over 10 years’ experience in South East Asia and emerging markets. He has a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and founded the Meal Temple online marketplace in 2013.

Our Board

Get to know our impressive board of directors who so generously volunteer their time and expertise to support our organisation + our work

Clary Castrission OAM

Chairperson + Founder
Consultant at BCG | Australia

Clary is a strategy, commercial growth and business model innovation professional working in top-tier strategy consulting with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), having previously worked as freelance keynote speaker and strategy facilitator. After a life-changing trip to India in 2005, Clary founded Plus Education, then known as the 40K Foundation. He holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Medal of the Order of Australia recipient.

Gordon Stalley

Managing Director, Premier Fire | Australia

Trish Clancy

Managing Director + Partner, BCG | Australia​

Andrew Hipsley

Retired Executive Director, McDonalds Japan | Australia​

Jenny Ngov

Senior Manager-Business Risk & Advisory, Protiviti | USA

Bernie Ferguson

Head of Technical Program Management, Canva | Australia

Allanna Firth

Director- Data & Analytics, EY Analytics Asia-Pacific | Australia​

The "Plus Family"

Meet the amazing, highly-skilled + dedicated folks behind Plus Education


Finance + Admin Manager | India​


Program Officer | Cambodia​


Software Tester | India​


Subject Matter Expert + Quality Liaison | India


It Support + Admin Officer | Cambodia


Marketing + Communications Coordinator | Australia


Content Admin | India​


Program Officer | Cambodia​


Front End Developer | India


Junior Executive Admin | India

What We Value

Our core values define what’s important to us here at Plus Education



As an international, multicultural organisation, diversity is no less than essential to our work. We respect, celebrate and nurture our many differences, recognising that these differences make our organisation stronger and our programs more effective.



Most fundamentally, we value education, both as a means to unlocking potential and as a pathway to better opportunities. Our commitment to the education of children on the margins is the driving force behind all that we do at Plus Education.



We are committed to developing the confidence, skills and capabilities of children, teachers and our staff. We encourage and support participatory decision-making and ownership across all levels, both within our organisation and in our partnerships.



We hold ourselves to a high moral standard. We are deeply committed to truthful, transparent and ethical communication and conduct, and we actively encourage openness and accountability within our team.



As an organisation, we choose to focus on the positive every single day. We are committed to bringing energy and enthusiasm to our work and relationships, and we strive constantly to support and uplift those around us.



We have a strong commitment to innovation informed by knowledge. We make every effort to continuously improve what we do and how we do it, recognising that we’re only as good as the work we did yesterday.

Get To Know Us Better

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Our story

It all started with a single trip to India! Learn about the history of Plus Education and the journey we’ve travelled so far. Find out what we’ve learned over the years and how we’ve evolved as an organisation.


Our policies + reports

Interested in the finer details of how we operate? In the interest of transparency, we openly share with you our various policies and guidelines that direct our work. Here you’ll also find our Annual Reports.


Contact us

Is there anything you’d like to know about us or our programs that we haven’t yet covered on our website? Then feel free to get in touch with our friendly team. We’re only an email away!

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About Plus Education

Plus Education is the group operating name of registered Australian charity, The 40K Foundation Australia Ltd, and its subsidiary organisations, 40K Plus Education in India and Cambodia.

We are committed to child safety and creating a safe learning environment for children.

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