Mahantesh GK is the Founder Managing Trustee of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and President of Cricket Association for the Blind in India-CABI and World Blind Cricket Ltd (WBC).

Mahantesh, born in a farming village, had lost his vision when he was six months old, when a bout of typhoid went misdiagnosed by the village doctors. Despite various setbacks faced in school and college, Mahantesh completed his Primary Schooling from Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind and Higher Education from National College, Bangalore. He completed MA & M.Phil in English literature from University of Bangalore and taught for 5 years as faculty of English at university Law College. But his inspiration and calling were elsewhere; he wanted to ensure all possible support to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs) by providing Education and Sports facilities on par with their non-disabled peers. He wanted to see PwDs become taxpayers and not dole recipients. A vision to empower people with disabilities and make them completely independent at various levels has led Mahantesh look beyond the various challenges and conceptualize Samarthanam in 1997, an organization which would cater to people with disabilities and the underserved. Under his leadership, Samarthanam has started its diverse initiatives towards empowerment of people with disabilities, successfully raising awareness and resources to support hundreds of disabled and under- privileged people across India. Mahantesh also serves as the President of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and the World Blind Cricket Ltd (WBC).