Ajay has always had a deep interest making a difference in society. After earning his Masters in Social work and MPhil in Social Work from the University of Lucknow, he worked with the NGO Sahayog Society where he coordinated gender awareness programs for college youth and men throughout Uttar Pradesh.
He then completed the Deshpande Fellowship Program and joined LEAD as a Program Manager. Working in LEAD allowed Ajay to follow his passion of empowering youth, and this passion has driven him t to grow the program to a national level. Since then, Ajay has taken on the role of Team Leader and has implemented new programs that are enhancing students' experiences in LEAD. One such program he initiated is LEAD Prayana, a 14-day leadership journey across Karnataka that helps college-aged youth unleash their leadership potential.
Ajay plays an important role in the Deshpande Foundation's other programs. He serves as the Course Coordinator for Entreprenuership Development and Advocacy and Networking courses in the Deshpande Educational Trust's Masters of Social Entrepreneurship. Ajay is also a Module Instructor and resource person for subjects such as Entrepreneurial Motivation Training, Right to Information Act and Advocacy, and Gender and Patriarchy for the Deshpande Fellowship Program.