04:00 - 04:05 PM IST (5 min)
Welcome to InvokED - Dialogue for Education Leadership
Neeraj Doddamane

Neeraj Doddamane is the Manager - Strategy and Growth at Shiksha Lokam - an NGO enabling and amplifying leadership development opportunities for individuals and institutions engaged in K-12 education systems in India. In addition to driving the organisation's growth, Neeraj leads and orchestrates the organisation’s national programs and key strategic initiatives across teams such as ELEVATE, SolvED, MentorED, etc. to name a few.

Prior to Shiksha lokam, Neeraj was a Teach For India fellow and taught Grade 6-7 at a government aided school in Bangalore. Additionally,he is a HundrED Ambassador, A Global Shaper,  Director of Strategy at Canasu Dream Foundation, and Programs and Strategy Consultant at Anahata Mind Foundation .

A trained singer and a violinist, Neeraj loves to travel. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru.

Manager Strategy & Growth
04:05 - 04:15 PM IST (10 min)
Leverage leadership for a stellar future
Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani Is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of EkStep Foundation. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited. He was the Founding Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister from 2009- 2014.

Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay. Fortune Magazine conferred him with “Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003”. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics .In 2006, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan. He was also named Businessman of the year by Forbes Asia. Time magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 & 2009. Foreign Policy magazine listed him as one of the Top 100 Global thinkers in 2010. He won The Economist Social & Economic Innovation Award for his leadership of India’s Unique Identification initiative (Aadhaar). In 2017, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from E & Y. CNBC- TV 18 conferred India Business leader award for outstanding contributor to the Indian Economy-2017 and he also received the 22nd Nikkei Asia Prize for Economic & Business Innovation 2017. He has been inducted as International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.

Nandan Nilekani is the author of “Imagining India” and co- authored his second book with Viral Shah, “Rebooting India: Realizing a Billion Aspirations”.

Co-Founder and Chairperson - EkStep Foundation
Co-Founder and Chairman - Infosys
04:15 - 05:15 PM IST (60 min)
Leadership - A sculptor of change
Kapil Raizada
T. N. Hari
Head HR
Big Basket
Amuleek Singh Bijral
Chief Executive Officer & Co Founder
Bandana Jha

Bandana Jha Heads the Social Impact & Sustainability for Wells Fargo India & Philippines. In this role, she leads Wells Fargo’s social impact and sustainability efforts across India and the Philippines; set strategic priorities in these areas; oversee execution of the company’s philanthropy, Grant Management, Risk & Control, Impact Assessment, Employee Volunteerism and environmental initiatives; and enhance stakeholder engagement and collaboration with community organizations, among other responsibilities.

With more than 20 years of experience, Bandana has previously worked with Bank of America where she held the position of Head of ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) for Global Business Services, India. In this role, Bandana set up the ESG function at GBS in 2014 and was instrumental in creating the culture of volunteerism amongst the employees. Prior to joining Bank of America, Bandana was heading CSR for Barclays Shared Services. She started her career with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Jamshedpur and later worked with The Tinplate Company of India Ltd., Reliance Retail amongst others. 

Bandana completed her M.Sc. (Chemistry) degree from Banaras Hindu University in 1993. She loves to read books, watch movies, and dabbles in watercolor whenever she has free time.

Vice President
Wells Fargo
05:20 - 06:05 PM IST (45 min)
I do believe!
Rishab Singh
Grade 5 Student
Niveditha Naveen
Grade 12 Student
The Samhita Academy
Khushboo Yadav
Grade 9 Student
The Akanksha Foundation
Ranjit Baghel
Grade 8 Student,
Primary School Pakela, Shiksharth
Nabila Shaikh
Grade 9 Student
Ishita Sharma

Ishita Sharma is a feminist, actor and social entrepreneur. She has a Bachelor's degree with a double major in English Literature & Psychology, and M.Sc. in Human Development. Having been trained as a classical dancer, she had a 6 year entrepreneurial stint running her centre for performing arts. She is trained in martial arts, yoga, theatre, storytelling, and various other art forms.

Her cumulative gender experience led to the establishment of the impact-driven, not-for-profit organisation MukkaMaar, that through its work with government partnerships seeks to restore agency in adolescent girls. Ishita has recently been awarded the ExpressAWE award making her 'Social Entrepreneur of the Year' by Financial Express group and FICCI.

Founder, MukkaMaar
06:05 - 06:50 PM IST (45 min)
Stories from the ground - Education leadership spotlight
Fahd Jamaleddine

Fahd Jamaleddine is a social entrepreneur, education consultant, and reform advocate whose interests lie at the intersection of teacher leadership, social innovation, and whole system reform.

In 2014, he co-founded Inspiration Gardens, still up and running, a social innovation in Tripoli that aims to provide a safe, green and creative learning environment to enable personal transformation for students, parents, and teachers. 

In 2020, Fahd founded an educator's community, Learning Land, that has engaged with more than 4,000 educators across Lebanon to co-create sustainable solutions, produce accessible knowledge and push for policy change. 

Fahd is pursuing his graduate degree in Education Policy at the American University of Beirut. He is part of the Social Entrepreneurs Collective at Teach For All and recognized as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. Fahd believes that he is on a mission to make sound systemic changes in the Lebanese Education System.

Co Founder & Chief Visionary
Inspiration Gardens
06:05 - 06:50 PM IST (45 min)
Stories from the ground - Education leadership spotlight
Carolina Gimenez


Carolina Gimenez fosters learning experiences promoting a collaborative teaching environment. Together with their team, they designed and developed a platform called Comunidad Athena that seeks to create a virtual community of teachers. Other initiatives developed by the Foundation are Innovation Studies, a place where educators can experiment with different digital tools in a safe environment of trust, promoting their meaningful and creative use at school. 

Carolina Giménez is an innovator who seeks to promote universal access to meaningful and quality education through technology. She is an industrial engineer and has an MBA from the IAE Business School. She has worked for over 8 years developing creative and innovative solutions to solve challenges related to education. Carolina has pioneered the design of one of the first MOOCs in Spanish at edX, the MIT & Harvard online learning platform. 

EdTech Director
Varkey Foundation
06:05 - 06:50 PM IST (45 min)
Stories from the ground - Education leadership spotlight
Deborah Kimath

Deborah Kimath has led Dignitas' strategic growth since late 2017, leveraging insight and skills honed as a senior development professional, with 20 years' experience in the fields of education and child protection in East Africa. As well as overseeing significant organizational growth, Deborah has rallied a global conversation on the role of School Leaders as agents of change, particularly for underserved communities. Dignitas was honored to win a WISE Award in 2020, and was listed in the HundrED Global Collection 2020 and 2021. In 2021, the World Bank, HundrED and GPE listed Dignitas as one of the world top ten education innovations utilising technology for teacher professional development. Deborah is also on the leadership team of RELI Africa (Kenya), a member driven organisation bringing together 70 education actors from across East Africa, all focused on improving learning outcomes for children furthest behind. Deborah is also Founder and Trustee of Raising Futures Kenya, an award winning training program for out-of school youth, based in Nairobi.

Executive Director
Dignitas, Kenya
06:50 - 07:30 PM IST (40 min)
Enabling leadership = Enabling change
Jody Spiro

Jody Spiro is Director of Education Leadership at The Wallace Foundation.  Her career as a senior educator and manager of education programs has spanned the private, public, nonprofit and international sectors. Previous positions have included: director of education at the Education Development Center’s New York office of global learning; an executive director at the Soros Foundations; university planning officer at Long Island University; and senior planning assistant to the New York City schools chancellor.   She is the author of Leading Change Step-by-Step:  Tactics, Tools and Tales (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and High Payoff Strategies: How Education Leaders get Results (Jossey-Bass, 2015)

Director of Education Leadership
The Wallace Foundation
06:55 - 07:40 PM IST (45 min)
Managing crisis - Lessons for leaders
Dr. Subramanian Rangan

Dr. Subramanian Rangan received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in political economy from Harvard University.

His current work explores the future of capitalism and in particular how enterprises may better integrate performance and progress. In 2013 he initiated the Society for Progress, a fellowship of eminent philosophers, social scientists, and business leaders ( Their first work was published in a volume entitled Performance & Progress: Essays on Capitalism, Business, and Society (Oxford University Press, 2015). Their second book is Capitalism Beyond Mutuality? Perspectives Integrating Philosophy and Social Science (Oxford University Press, 2018).

His other research explores the political sociology of discrimination of foreign transnational firms and these firms’ non-market strategies. In 1998 he won the Academy of International Business’ Eldridge Haynes Prize for the best original work in international business. In 1995 that academy awarded their Best Dissertation Award to his doctoral thesis. In 2010 his research won the Emerald award for Top 50 papers in management.

His articles appear in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Journal of International Business Studies, Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, and Harvard Business Review. Subi is coauthor of two books: Manager in the International Economy, and A Prism on Globalization. He is associate editor of the Academy of Management Review; former chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals; a member of the board of trustees of Fundacao Dom Cabral, a leading business school in Brazil; and a member of the Board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Subi directs INSEAD’s top executive seminar AVIRA: Awareness, Vision, Imagination, Role, and Action, as well as the newly launched Integrating Performance & Progress. Professor Rangan is a multiple-time recipient of the Outstanding Teacher award and Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching. He is married and has a daughter and son.

Professor of Strategy & Management
07:55 - 08:40 PM IST (45 min)
Reimagining barriers as opportunities in the face of complexity
Elena Bonometti

Elena Bonometti is the Chief Executive Officer of Tostan. She is an Italian national with 20 years of professional experience in Africa, specializing in the field-based management of development programs, specifically focusing on community health and economic empowerment. Elena is currently Chief Executive Officer of Tostan, an Africa-based organization that works directly with rural communities leading their own development across five West African countries. Since her appointment as CEO in 2017, Elena has led the development of the Tostan Strategic Engagement Plan for 2019 to 2022, which has committed the organization to the scale of well-being by implementing and sharing Tostan’s model through strategic partnership. Elena is also a co-founder of Catalyst2030, a collaborative movement of joint action for systems change to achieve the SDGs. Elena holds a Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University/ESADE Business School, a Masters of International Relations from Sciences Po in Paris, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science at University of Trieste, Italy. She is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and currently lives in Dakar, Senegal with her family.

Chief Executive Officer
Lisha McCormick

Lisha McCormick serves as Chief Executive Officer of Last Mile Health. In this role, she leads a team of over 200 people supporting five partner countries across Africa to strengthen rural community health systems. She joined the organization in 2013 as the founding Chief Development Officer, and under her leadership, the budget grew ten-fold as the organization expanded from a district-level pilot to partnering with the Government of Liberia to design and scale a historic national community health worker program. In 2017, she was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer and has overseen Last Mile Health’s country programs, business services and fund development as the organization grew from supporting one country to five across Africa.

Bringing over 20 years of non-profit management experience and expertise in strategic partnerships and planning, prior to joining the Last Mile Health team, Lisha’s career was principally focused on public sector healthcare in the United States. In previous roles, she worked to tailor programs and services to meet the needs of runaway and homeless youth, those living with mental illness, and those navigating substance abuse. Lisha holds a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, a Certificate in Executive Administration & Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School, and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Lisha currently serves as a Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Social Innovation & Change Initiative Visiting Social Entrepreneur.

Chief Executive Officer
Last Mile Health
Sharmi Surianarain

Sharmi Surianarain is Chief Impact Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. She leads research, knowledge, insights and advocacy, focusing on the impact our tools and capabilities we are making to change the system and contribute to solutions for the African continent. Sharmi brings extensive experience in human capital management, education, and facilitating links to employment across Africa, India, and the United States. She served as Vice President of Lifelong Engagement at African Leadership Academy (ALA) where she oversaw a network of 2,000 young African leaders, managed ALA’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Africa Careers Network, and ALA’s alumni engagement team. Prior to ALA, Sharmi provided strategic advice to African clients including the Development Bank of South Africa, Transnet Capital Projects, and the Government of Mozambique. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Chief Impact Officer
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
Vaibhav Kumar

A Mechanical Engineer (NIT-B, IIT-Kanpur) and a Liberal Arts student (Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University) by degree and a teacher at heart, Vaibhav Kumar believes that quality education to every child can bring equality in society.

Since 2013, he has worked as a teacher, volunteer, education leader, mentor to an after-school program, content developer and designer of a teacher professional development program.

He often writes on education for national newspapers in both Hindi and English. He believes in finding answers internally and draws inspiration from running.

SwaTaleem Foundation
08:45 - 09:45 PM IST (60 min)
The Trinity of change - Sarkar, Bazaar, Samaaj
Srinivas R. Katikithala
Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA)
Government of India
Agustin Porres

Agustin Porres studied Philosophy at the Catholic University ofArgentina, where he also completed a postgraduate degree in Politics, Government andAdministration. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School. He is the Regional Director of Latin America at the Varkey Foundation, an organisation dedicated to celebrating and empowering the teaching profession around the world. He worked in the Ministry of Education of the city of Buenos Aires, as well as in the National Social Security Administration. He led the Educational Policy sector of Fundación Contemporánea and was Executive Director of Formar Hubin the United States. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Latin American Coalition for Excellence in Teaching, a group that brings together experts from the region to design reforms for the teaching career. He frequently writes for the leading media organisations in Argentina and Latin Americaat large. He has recently published Unfinished Business in Education,a book of interviews with 31 former ministers of education from around the world. Annually,he is invited to serve as a judge for organisations that work to recognise teachers in the region. He is a visiting professor at the Austral University, has taught at various universities and is a member of the alumni board of the McCourt School at Georgetown University. He is married to Inés and they have three children.

Regional Director LATAM
Varkey Foundation
Arun Maira

Arun Maira was part of Tata Administrative Services for 25 years and held various positions in Tata Group till 1989. He was the first non-bumiputera CEO in Malaysia when he worked for Tatab Industries from 1977-79.[4] Maira was board member of Tata Motors from 1981 to 1989 and played an instrumental role in Tata Motors's entry into the LCV segment.[5][6] He then worked at Arthur D. Little for 10 years where he was Leader of Global Organisation Practice and Managing Director of Innovation Associates, a subsidiary of Arthur D. Little.[7] Maira served as the chairman of Boston Consulting Group in India from 2000 to April 2008.[8] He was then appointed as a member of the Planning Commission of India in 2009. His focus here was on the development of strategies related to industrialisation and urbanisation.

Between 2000 and 2009, Arun Maira was on the boards of several companies which are :

Patni Computer Systems Limited

Aditya Birla Nuvo Limited

Tata Chemicals Ltd.

Mahindra Ugine Steel Company Limited

Hero MotoCorp Limited

Godrej Industries Ltd.

Former Chairman
Boston Consulting Group
Sanjay Purohit

Sanjay Purohit has over 30 years of diverse and global experience across the  corporate and social development sectors. This spans senior leadership  and entrepreneurial roles in management, corporate strategy, digital transformation, consulting and sustainable development. 

Since 2016, at EkStep Foundation, he is leading the evolution of Societal Thinking (, a systemic approach to reimagine and  induce exponential social change with speed, at scale, sustainably. He  advises organizations and foundations applying Societal Thinking in domains such as education, healthcare, livelihoods, equity and climate. This includes large scale systems change initiatives supported by Co Impact (, a global philanthropic collaborative. 

Passionate about mentoring young entrepreneurs, he advises startups  supported by Fundamentum (, a scale investment  fund, Nudge CSI (, a not-for-profit incubator and  accelerator, and Edumentum (, a not-for-profit  incubator focused on education. He Chairs the Innovation Advisory  Board at Unleash (, a global talent initiative focused on  Sustainable Development Goals, and is an Advisory Board Member at  Sparks & Honey (, a cultural consultancy. Strategy, Chairman and MD, Infosys Consulting and  Founder and CEO, EdgeVerve, a subsidiary focused on digital platforms.  Under his leadership, Infosys won the Force of Ideas Award from  Corporate Strategy Board, USA, for innovative planning methods. His  Balanced Scorecard based strategy execution approach led Infosys to  become the 1st IT Services company globally to win the Hall of Fame  Award. Prior to Infosys, at Tata Sons, he developed the Tata Business  Excellence Model (, which has been leveraged by the Tata  Group Companies to develop resilient institutions over the last 20 years.

At Infosys (, his key responsibilities included Executive Vice  President, Corporate

Strategic Advisor
09:45 - 10:00 PM IST (15 min)
Music Performance
Manzil Mystics
10:00 - 10:05 PM IST (5 min)
Neeraj Doddamane

Neeraj Doddamane is the Manager - Strategy and Growth at Shiksha Lokam - an NGO enabling and amplifying leadership development opportunities for individuals and institutions engaged in K-12 education systems in India. In addition to driving the organisation's growth, Neeraj leads and orchestrates the organisation’s national programs and key strategic initiatives across teams such as ELEVATE, SolvED, MentorED, etc. to name a few.

Prior to Shiksha lokam, Neeraj was a Teach For India fellow and taught Grade 6-7 at a government aided school in Bangalore. Additionally,he is a HundrED Ambassador, A Global Shaper,  Director of Strategy at Canasu Dream Foundation, and Programs and Strategy Consultant at Anahata Mind Foundation .

A trained singer and a violinist, Neeraj loves to travel. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru.

Manager Strategy & Growth
10:05 - 10:30 PM IST (25 min)
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