Our Team


Madhu Phani

Project Director

Madhu ensures that Life-Lab continues to create products that build the necessary skills and mind-sets in teachers and children to make learning fun.

A cycling enthusiast, he has ridden from Kanyakumari to Delhi, and plans to travel across the rest of India, too.


John Sebastian M J


As the COO of Life Lab, John is responsible for all production and training operations. Prior to Life Lab, John has had over 10 years of experience in strategy, operations and entrepreneurship.

When he is not busy, you’ll find him going on bike rides or long drives.


Sampada Kulkarni

Content & Training Manager

Sampada leads an awesome team which designs student-friendly content and teacher-friendly lesson plans. Before Life-Lab, Sampada was a Teach for India fellow and has earned an M.Tech. from IIT Bombay.

She day-dreams about writing poems while living in a forest.


Sachin Sinha

Operations Manager

Sachin ensures that the production of our lab equipment and science kits progresses smoothly. He has worked for over 16 years in Business Operations and Process Improvement.

On the side, Sachin directs short films.



Product Development Specialist

Purushottam has over 22 years of experience in toy designing. As the lead designer at Life-Lab, he innovates curriculum-based fun science experiments using frugal, everyday objects.


Vijay Bhawar


At Life-Lab, Vijay is responsible for the production of the science kits. Learning new things is what excites him about his job. He aspires to delve into entrepreneurship one day.


Manasi Patil

Program Manager – Training Operations

Manasi is responsible for the effective implementation of our program. Before Life-Lab, Manasi studied at Carnegie Mellon University, and taught 34 third-graders as a Teach for India fellow. She loves exploring cultures by traveling, and can speak 6 different languages.


Sneha Dhok

Accountant Executive

Sneha ensures that Life-Lab runs smoothly by paying our bills and doing what needs to be done to bring order to the chaos. Previously, she has earned an M. Comm. and has worked as an Audit Assistant.

When not crunching numbers, she’ll be either listening to music or watching cricket.


Samadhan Shinde

Program Co-ordinator

Samadhan co-ordinates Life-Lab’s interactions with schools to make learning fun and experiential for more and more kids. Before Life-Lab, Samadhan was a teacher for 5 years.

He is an avid reader of Marathi literature, and has written over 50 poems in Marathi.


Vivek Magar

Illustrator & Graphic Designer

Vivek works his magic to make science more interesting to kids by communicating it in a playful way. For fun, he likes to act, dance and sing.

Before joining the team, Vivek earned his M. FA. and has worked on various comics, books and films.

Sindoori N K

Sindoori N K

Design & Development Executive

Sindoori helps design activities that makes learning science fun and easy. She has completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics from St. Aloysius College, Mangalore, and has won many state-level science project competitions. Basically, she is a complete champion at all things science.


Vidya Venkatesan

Program Coordinator

Vidya is passionate about making learning hands-on and fun for children. Prior to Life-Lab, she worked as a Montessori teacher and teacher trainer, and has completed her B.Sc. in Chemistry and M.A. in Sociology from University of Mumbai.

Vidya loves Hindustani music, and plays the sitar.


Lewitt Somarajan

Founder & CEO

Lewitt started Life Lab in 2012 while he was still a Fellow at Teach for India. He sets the direction and paves the path for Life Lab. Lewitt is an Acumen Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow.

An accidental author and a deliberate jokester, he ensures everyone is still laughing while creating institutional changes.