About Us

The Lotus Life Foundation is run by a dedicated team that works behind the scenes to make sure our programs aid our beneficiaries in every possible way.

Our Mission Statement

The Lotus Life Foundation aims to empower
the lives of children with disabilities in rural India through medical intervention and education.

Ultimately, our goal is to integrate these children into society and
take a strong step towards eradicating the stigma associated with disability in rural India.

Meet the team

Param Shah

(Founder and President)

Anand Ahuja

(Director of Strategy)

Aditi Ramesh

(Director of Operations)

Jonathan Fu

(Director of Information)

Deena Younan

(Director of Media Design)

Andrew Colombo

(Director of R+D)

Meet Our
Board of Advisors

Dr. Alay Banker

(Medical Initiatives Advisor)

Dr. Alay Banker is our Medical Initiatives Advisor. Dr. Banker is a world renowned vitreoretinal surgeon in demand internationally for his work. He is the director of his own Retina Clinic and Laser Center in Ahmedabad, India. Receiving his medical degree at Gujarat University, Dr. Banker proceeded to receive fellowships at the Medical Research Foundation in Madras, India and the Shiley Eye Center at the University of California, San Diego in surgical ophthalmology. He is credited for developing treatments on the frontier of ophthalmology, including developing a groundbreaking method for treating childhood blindness, restoring sight to the hundreds of impoverished children he treats for no cost at his clinic. Dr. Banker holds the honorary position as the Head of the Department of Vitreo­retinal Diseases at the Polio Foundation Hospital in Ahmedabad. The main objective of the Polio Foundation is to provide free treatment, care and assistive devices to help physically handicapped children. His accolades include receiving the 2014 Best Poster Award at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retinal Specialists, and the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For his service to his community, he received the Dr. Piyush Patel Award for Service to Society and Mankind from the Ahmedabad Medical Association.

Peter Raymond

(Development Strategy Advisor)

Peter E. Raymond is our Development Strategy Advisor. Peter is an innovator, serial entrepreneur, investor, and creative strategist. By merging art, science, and business acumen, he develops industry changing companies, models and emerging tech. He is looking to connect with other doers and organizations who can accelerate disruptive yet socially conscious solutions for the world's toughest challenges without fear. Peter has built Human Condition to execute at scale across education, environment, construction, renewable energy, healthcare, technology, sports, media, agriculture, transportation, bigdata, and finance sectors. His work has been featured multiple times by New York Times, Boston Globe, Wired, Popular Science, PBS, Apple, New Scientist, Mashable, and he has appeared on ABC and CBS Nightly News. He and his teams uncover unique insights and develop innovation strategies that result in socially conscious solutions, brands, products, revenue models, education, technology, and simulations for Fortune 500's, startups, nonprofits, governments, and their customers, such as: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The City of New York, Nissan, Hearst Publishing, Viacom, ESPN, IKEA, Tom Ford, Astra­Zeneca, Bristol­Myers Squibb, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim, Nokia, NAACP, Africa America Institute, Drum Major Institute, and The Baseball Hall of Fame. As a Senior Fellow at Thomas Jefferson School of Population Health his focus was empathy and behavioral change, as well as developing the next generation of simulation and safety wearable technology to enable medical adoption.

Rebecca Arnold

(Media Strategy Advisor)

Rebecca Arnold is our Media Strategy Advisor. Rebecca Arnold is an international nature and nonprofit photographer based in New York City. She has explored almost 40 countries; today she focuses on developing countries where she shoots pro bono annually with nonprofits like UNICEF and IRC. Rebecca is also a Volunteer Ambassador for Opus Award-winning St. Luke Foundation in Haiti, and she's partnered with Nobel Peace Prize-winning Mohammad Yunus' Grameen Foundation in Africa. Rebecca also founded her own post-production and photo editorial company in 2000. She works with top celebrities and brand names. Over a billion people worldwide have seen her creative work. Lastly, Rebecca is a personal development coach and speaker. She has been to four continents coaching and mentoring clients from over 35 countries. She’s a select coach for United Nations staff globally in their Leadership Development Program. Rebecca has also been a mentor at international youth leadership summits, she has collaborated with the Dalai Lama Fellows, and she's a partner at the startup, Human Condition Labs.

Dr. Shreesh Mysore

(Research Initiatives Advisor)

Dr. Shreesh Mysore is our Research Initiatives Advisor. Dr. Mysore is an Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University. He holds a PhD in Control and Dynamic Systems from the California Institute of Technology and received a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University in Neurobiology. His current interests include understanding the circuitry of psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, autism, and schizophrenia, as well as developing therapeutic strategies for these disorders. He is investigating the fundamental design of neural circuits, yielding deep insights into basic brain function. In addition, Dr. Mysore is interested in thinking about the brain in terms of a biological computer, and drawing insights from the brain to build faster computer machinery. For his work studying the nervous system, he has received fellowships and awards from high- profile institutions such as the Society for Neuroscience, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, the Santa Fe Institute, and the Cold Spring Harbor Lab.


How does Lotus Life work internationally?

We select partners established in India that do incredible work, and we implement our programs through them. For example, one of our partners is a nonprofit hospital located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat who mostly reaches an urban-based population. With our help we are helping them establish satellite centers which will provide healthcare access to people with disabilities in more rural areas of Gujarat.

Where does Lotus Life work?

Our work is located in rural regions in India. Currently we have projects in the states and surrounding areas of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh.

What medical treatment do you provide?

We mostly work with children that have disabilities from diseases such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy and other such diseases. For this we do treatments ranging from orthotic intervention to surgery. Physical therapy is a large part of our treatment regimen, and we implement a home-based therapy program through all of our partners in which we train the parents of a child to perform daily physical therapy at home.

How do you select a partner?

Our partners are thoroughly vetted by our team to make sure we create the most effective relationships. We make sure our partners are ambitious, looking to improve and expand their programs, and most of all have genuine passion for the cause. We then perform a pilot program and from then on we decide if a partner is the right fit for us.

How do I help out?

We believe that everybody has something unique to offer Lotus Life. Head on over to “Get Involved” and leave us a message with ways in which you could utilize your experience to help our cause. If you are a college student, you can apply to start a chapter at your school. You can always donate as well to provide support for our programs!

Are my donations US tax-deductible?

Yes! Lotus Life Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, so we are happy to tell you that your donation is US tax-deductible. Our EIN number is 46-3490001.