About Us

Women’s Education Project (WEP) prepares women to become earners, leaders and changemakers.

Founded in 2002, with the fundamental belief that the decisions made by a self-reliant, informed, skilled and civically engaged woman effect lasting positive change in her life, her family, her community and society, WEP’s unique, scalable model provides grassroots NGO partners a highly effective, locally resourced, holistic program in which young marginalized women become earners, leaders, and changemakers.

About Us

Board of Directors

Donna Campbell
Executive Director, Aravind Eye Foundation

Deb DeVries​
Co-Founder and President at Girls Thinking Global

Nalini Dhar
Senior Vice President, Merrill Lynch-Bank of America

Ekta Ghelani
VP Manager Research Analyst, AllianceBernstein

Kathy Hurley
Co-Founder and CEO, Girls Thinking Global

Deepika Mandrekar, President
Advocate for Women and Education

Veeru Srivastava 
Director, Bank of America

Zoë Timms
Founder, Women’s Education Project

Board of Directors, WEP India 

Shalini Puchalalpalli
Country Head at Google Customer Solutions, Google

Roopa Ravikumar
Professor in Sociology at Lady Doak College

Shruti Shibulal
Director and CEO of Tamara Leisure Experiences

Malini Eden
Administrative and Program Director of WEP-India

Council — US

Kirti Agarwal
Mental Health Counselor, Self-Employed

Michael Campbell
Healthcare Consultant and Managing Member, Indicina

Amanda Gassé

Illume Advising, Principal Marketing and Business Development

Divya Konuru

Exec in Residence and Interim Chief of Staff, Evergreen Services Group

Paula Maylahn​

Paula Maylahn Consulting

Bhavani Parameswar

President, Indivate Inc.​

Rasika Reddy


Meet the Team

Zoe Timms Profile

Zoë Timms
Founding Executive Director

Zoë Timms, Founder, first went to Hyderabad, India in 1996 as a student of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Year-in-India Program. There she was introduced to educational, grassroots NGOs, helping former girl child laborers study for the first time. Later, in 2001-2004, directing the Wisconsin program in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Zoë worked with a young woman whose dream to obtain an MBA and enter a career in finance were blocked by serious family illness and debt. Zoë realized there were countless ambitious young women in similar circumstances. She thought about the obstacles they faced and the steps it would take to remove them. The idea of creating a Center where young women could meet, develop skills, focus their ambitions, and expand their awareness of life’s possibilities was born. Zoë returned to New York to raise the money for her friend’s scholarship and recruited others to the cause.

Sudar, WEP’s first Center, opened in Madurai in 2002. This was followed by Hyderabad in 2007 and Kadapa in 2012. In 2016, WEP-India was established in Bangalore with its own Board and in-Country Director.

Malini Eden

Malini Eden
Administrative and Program Director, WEP-India

Malini B. Eden, Administrative and Program Director of WEP-India, is a Development Specialist, with an experience spanning over three decades. Strong, process based management principles has been the way of working for her with organizations, international agencies and government bodies at State, National and Corporate level.

With the conscious choice to work for the empowerment of communities in urban and rural areas, Malini has always been keen to work in cross-cultural contexts. Her ability to understand the nuances of cultures, high aptitude for learning and ability to apply sound principles for perspective building and conceptualizing aspects in the context of development has been her strength. She has significant experience of working for the marginalized and underprivileged communities, creating strategic initiatives to bridge the urban-rural-poor divide.

Leadership Academy Directors

Academy Directors are women whose leadership, compassion, laughter and commitment to the students drives the success of the WEP Academy program.

About Us Esther

“The self confidence, skills, and self-worth the WEP girls develop, one cannot put a price tag on it.”

– Esther Subhashini –

Hyderabad Academy Director

About Us Viji

“A woman with education and independence is a powerful person, who can educate and guide the children in her family and contribute economically to improve her home and community.”

– A. Vijayalakshmi –

Madurai and Ramanathapuram Academy Director

About Us Sandhya

“Because of the Leadership Academy, our girls are socially conscious leaders, who confidently discuss domestic violence, malnutrition … this courage helps them secure jobs they want!”

– Sandhya Puchalapalli –
Kadapa Academy Director