Agenda

04:05 - 04:15 PM IST (10 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
ShikshaLokam
Host
04:15 - 04:30 PM IST (15 min)
InvokED - Advocating what matters the most!
SD Shibulal

S.D. Shibulal (Shibu) is the Co-founder, former Member of the Board and CEO of Infosys Ltd. Prior to becoming the CEO and Managing Director, Shibu served as the Chief Operating Officer from 2007 to 2011.

Earlier, Shibu held a number of senior leadership roles including: Head of Worldwide Sales and Customer Delivery. From 1991 to 1996, Shibu had worked with Sun Microsystems in the US, where he led the team which designed and implemented Sun’s first e-commerce application.

In 2014, Shibu co-founded Axilor Ventures – a new generation platform to improve odds of success of entrepreneurs. With three distinct programmes: accelerator, scale-up and early stage funding, Axilor provides infrastructure, mentoring and capital for high-impact, India–focussed start-ups (in the areas of e-commerce, Healthcare and Cleantech).

Driven by his passion for Education and developing the leaders managing the K-12 Government schools across India, Shibu incorporated ShikashaLokam, an Education Leadership Development  platform in 2016.

Now active in multiple States, ShikshaLokam offers open-source technology capabilities and learning and management resources to more than 300,000 leaders, in partnership with State Governments and leading Civil Society Organizations.

Founder
ShikshaLokam
Speaker
04:30 - 5:30 PM IST (60 min)
Leadership - Key ingredient for sustainable shifts
Dr. Santhosh Mathew

Dr. Santhosh Mathew currently serves as the Country Lead for Social and Public Finance Policy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India, having previously completed a distinguished career as a senior civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service in which he served as Additional Chief Secretary for the Government of Bihar and as Chair of the National Council for Teacher Education. Between 2013 and 2017 he served as the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Rural Development within the Indian Government, and he was previously Professor of Social Management at India’s civil service college in Mussoorie and Country Director of the Leadership for Environment and Development program in India. He holds a PhD in Development Studies from IDS, Sussex, an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Sussex, and an MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

Country Lead Social and Public Finance Policy
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Speaker
Ashraf Patel

Ashraf Patel has played a key role in shaping the youth work field over two decades as co-founder Pravah and ComMutiny - The Youth Collective. She is a passionate practitioner and advocate of inside-out youth leadership. She is committed to collaboration and is part of shaping a cross sectoral community of leading stakeholders called the vartaLeap Coalition, working towards strengthening youth-centric development as a systemic approach based on values of justice, equality, liberty and fraternity enshrined in the Indian Constitution that also further societal wellbeing and global citizenship.

Ashraf is an Ashoka Fellow and was recognised as the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY 2020) and awarded Distinguished Alumni for Public Service (2014 XLRI).  She is on the Board of  leading organisations like Oxfam India, PHIA Foundation, IBTADA, CAYWA and IVCO.

Co-Founder
Pravah and ComMutiny
Speaker
Sanjay Kumar

Sanjay Kumar is a senior civil servant of Government of India and having more than 30 years of experience in the Indian Administrative Service. He is currently the Additional Chief Secretary in the Education Department, Government of Bihar. He did BSc in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi and MSc in Physics from State University of New York.

Additional Chief Secretary - Education Department
Bihar
Speaker
Khushboo Awasthi

A management professional turned education enthusiast, Khushboo Awasthi is the Chief Operating Officer of ShikshaLokam - an education leadership platform. Now active in multiple states in India, ShikshaLokam offers open-source technology capabilities and learning and management resources to about 450,000 leaders, in partnership with State Governments and leading Civil Society Organizations. She also co-founded Mantra4Change in 2013, a non-profit driving systemic public schools transformation in the Indian education system.

She has 12+ years of diverse experience in education and healthcare domain across product development, project management, program design, community engagement and technology. A believer of systems and platform thinking, Khushboo is a travel enthusiast, a curious learner and an avid reader. Her interests lie in exploring concepts of agency, networks, large scale social movements and societal role of technology in encouraging co-creation and collaboration. 

Chief Operating Officer
ShikshaLokam
Moderator
05:35 - 06:35 PM IST (60 min)
Walk beside our Education leaders!
Er. Amarjit Singh
District Education Officer (Elementary Education), Patiala
Speaker
Ms. Pooja

Ms. Pooja is a parent School Management Committee member in Government Middle School, Liwaspur in Sonipat, Haryana. She is a fierce leader who has been representing the voice of her community in the school management committee of her school. She was instrumental in leading a community based book exchange initiative during the first wave of the pandemic to ensure all children have books of their new grade.

SWC Member(Parent)
Government Middle School, Liwaspur, Sonipat
Speaker
K Tulasi Vishnu Prasad

K Tulasi Vishnu Prasad Sir is the Vice President (for Quality) at NISA - which stands for National Independent School Alliance.  Under his leadership, NISA had partnered with Mantra and other organisations in AP, to run the standards-driven school improvement program. Tulasi Sir is also the State General Secretary of AP Unaided Schools Managements' Association.  He runs a school called Srirama rural academy, Started in 1949 by his grandfather, the first residential school in AP and TS for the marginalized communities in the rural parts of Andhra Pradesh. He is an excellent speaker and a wonderful leader!

Vice President(Quality),
NISA Edu
Speaker
Santosh More

Santosh More worked with Infosys Technologies for 2.5 years after completing his Engineering. In 2009, he joined the 2-year Teach for India fellowship, where he taught Grade 2 students in a Govt.-run school for 2 years.

Post his fellowship, Santosh joined Janaagraha and worked as Program Manager for 2.5 years, where he led the national level ‘Jaagte Raho’ campaign for Voter awareness.

While working at Janaagraha, Santosh co-founded Mantra Social Services (Mantra4Change) in March 2013 with a vision to help under-resourced schools provide quality education. Since June 2014, Santosh has been working with Mantra in a full-time capacity.

Co-Founder
Mantra4Change
Moderator
Sabeenabhanu Kuddus
Cluster Resrouce Person, Tumkur
Speaker
06:40 - 07:25 PM IST (45 min)
Leadership = Learning. Its proven!
Suparna Diwakar

Suparna Diwakar is an educator, and has worked extensively in the development sector in India for over thirty years. Her work has been at different scales ranging from the grassroots to being part of policy making bodies. She has been working in the education sector for the past 25 years. She led an education leadership development programme in Karnataka working with educators in the government school system.

She has been part of the National Resource Group for School Leadership at the National Institute for Education Planning and Administration, as well as a member of a Mission Group for Teacher Education in the Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

Suparna participated in the planning of the restructuring of the teacher support system in Maharashtra. Suparna consults in the education space and is currently a member of a Task Force set up by the government for the implementation of India's National Education Policy 2020 in the state of Karnataka. She also holds the position of Director, Centre for Regenerative Development at Rashtram School of Public Leadership.

She has recently designed and run a course on Regenerative Leadership, and is facilitating organisations to embed principles of regeneration in their design and practice.

Over the past few years she has been exploring the idea of regeneration for thriving and flourishing of all life on Mother Earth, and the contributions that Indic Knowledge Systems can make for Universal Wellbeing.

Educator
Speaker
Benjamin Shuldiner

Benjamin Shuldiner was most recently the Distinguished Lecturer of Education Leadership at Hunter College, City University of New York, where he directed all School and District Leadership programs for the institution. 

In 2015, Ben was appointed to the New York City Board of Education, the largest school system in America, serving over 1.1 million students.  He also was named a trustee of the Board of Education Retirement System, where he helped manage over $5 billion of Pension Assets.

In 2016 and again in 2017, Ben was elected President of ASCD, the largest education professional organization in the USA, comprising over 125,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, and advocates from more than 138 countries— including 52 affiliate organizations. The first president to serve two terms, Ben had the longest tenure of any President in the 75-year history of the venerable organization.

Educator, Superintendent Lansing School District
Speaker
Rucha Pande

Rucha Pande is the head -CoLab at Mantra4Change since April 2021. Prior to this, she headed the Design team at the organization since 2017. A graduate of MA in Education from the Azim Premji University, Rucha specializes in creating various frameworks for design and Monitoring & Evaluation for multiple projects run by Mantra4Change. She has been a part of the organization since 2017. The design and research team at Mantra has created various process documents and resources for effective M&E for organizations working in the ecosystem. These have been made available on open source for organizations and practitioners to access and implement in their space of work.  

Head
CoLab
Moderator
07:30 - 08:15 PM IST (45 min)
Change as a butterfly effect
Dr. Krithi Karanth

Dr. Krithi Karanth is Chief Conservation Scientist and Director at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, Adjunct Faculty at Duke and National Centre for Biological Sciences. She has a Ph.D. from Duke (2008), a M.E.Sc from Yale (2003), and, B.S and B.A degrees from the University of Florida (2001). She has also completed executive-education courses at Harvard, Oxford, and Stanford.As a scientist, her research in India and Asia spanning 23 years encompasses many issues in the human dimensions of wildlife conservation. She has conducted macro-level studies assessing patterns of species distributions and extinctions, impacts of wildlife tourism, consequences of voluntary resettlement, land use change, and understanding human-wildlife interactions. She has published 100+ scientific and popular articles in English and Kannada. Krithi served on the editorial boards of journals Conservation Biology, Conservation Letters, and Frontiers in Ecology and Environment. Krithi has mentored over 200 young scientists from India, US, Chile, UK, Australia, Indonesia etc. and engaged 750 citizen science volunteers in her research and conservation projects. As a conservationist, she has designed Wild Seve, Wild Shaale, and Wild Surakshe programs.

As a storyteller Krithi has collaborated with painters, illustrators, film-makers, and photographers. Krithi's conservation and research work has been featured in 3 award-winning BBC Series - The Hunt, Big Cats, and Dynasties, and in documentaries by CBC and PBS. She has co-produced 4 documentaries Wild Seve, Humane Highways, Wild Shaale, and Flying Elephants. In 2020 she co-starred with Kevin Pietersen in Save This Rhino: India by Disney Hotstar and National Geographic. She has written a bilingual children's book with artist Raghava KK and is actively working on various other collaborations with artists.Krithi's work has been covered by over 200 international media outlets such as Washington Post, Time Magazine, Al Jazeera Television, BBC, Christian Science Monitor, GQ India, Harper's Bazaar, Mongabay, Monocle, National Geographic, NPR, New York Times, Scientific American, and Indian outlets such as All India Radio, Deccan Chronicle, Deccan Herald, Down to Earth, Kannada Prabha, LiveMint, New Indian Express, Prajavani, The Hindu, and Times of India.Krithi is National Geographic Society's 10,000th grantee and a 2012 Emerging Explorer. Her more than 45 awards and recognitions include World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, University of Florida's Outstanding Young Alumnus, INK Fellow, India's Power Women by Femina, Women of the Year by Elle India, Vogue Women of the Year and Seattle Zoo's Thrive Conservation Leadership Award. In 2019, she received the WINGS Women of Discovery Award for Conservation, GQ Man of the Year-Environmental Hero, Beyond Duke University Alumni Award for Service and Leadership. In 2019, she was chosen as one of the five Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureates and in 2020 she was chosen as an Eisenhower Fellow in the women's leadership program. In 2021, she became the first Indian and Asian woman to be chosen for the Wild Innovator Award. She was also selected for the 2021 Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship.

Chief Conservation Scientist
Centre for Wildlife Studies
Speaker
Shruti Shibulal

Shruti Shibulal is CEO and Director of Tamara Leisure Experiences. She strives to make Tamara synonymous with responsible tourism by incorporating principles of sustainability into the development and operations of each of Tamara's properties and creating impactful employment within their respective communities. Tamara operates resorts and hotels in South India, and has interests in Germany as well.

Shruti is a Trustee of the Advaith Foundation and SD Foundation, organizations involved in providing educational opportunities and healthcare assistance to underprivileged sections of society. She is also a Trustee of WEP - Women's Education Project, which focuses on educating and uplifting young women from vulnerable backgrounds. Shruti is on the Governing Board of ATREE - Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment. 

In 2019, Shruti launched SAATHIYA - a hospitality skilling program which enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become employable within the restaurant and hotel industries. Focussing on industry-relevant skilling, building careers, and creating a community, SAATHIYA has already shown positive results in improving the lives and prospects of its graduates.

CEO & Director
Tamara
Speaker
Sundeep Talwar

Sundeep Talwar is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of The Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme, feeding over 1.8 million children (as of March 2020) every day through 58 kitchens across 13 states and 1 UT in India.

Sundeep is a dual post-graduate in management from Duke & IIM-Ahmedabad and certified Black-Belt in Quality, with over 26 years of work experience in marketing & communications with leading corporates, especially in the telecom sector.

Before joining Akshaya Patra as the CMO, he was associated with Aircel as the National Business Head (Mobility Operations), driving their mobile banking operations nationally. Prior to that, he has essayed senior leadership roles with brands like Bharti Airtel, Motorola, Escotel (Idea) & Essar (Vodafone) in India and Africa. He also has an international accreditation from BID Spain for developing the first anti-virus application. He is a seasoned professional trainer and has given talks on various subjects in prestigious schools like the IIM, IIPM and IMT over the years.

His search for ‘Existential Purpose’ in life made him quit a corporate career and join The Akshaya Patra Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation with the — vision: ‘No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger’.

Akshaya Patra has received ‘Gold Shield’ award seven times in a row from the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) for excellence in financial reporting and has been inducted into the ICAI Hall of Fame. Harvard Business School has done a case study on Akshaya Patra, while MIT has featured it in its technology review. The Foundation has been covered by Forbes Magazine, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, CNN and BBC, and has also been certified as a ‘Great Place to Work’ by the GPW Institute of India in the category of small and mid-sized organisations.

Akshaya Patra's mission is to feed '5 million children every school day by 2025’. It has been rated as one of the Top 100 NGOs in the World (ranking 23rd) by the Global Journal of Geneva. In February, 2019, Akshaya Patra reached the milestone of serving cumulative 3 Billion meals, which was commemorated in the presence of the Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.

Chief Marketing Officer
The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Speaker
Rachita Vora

Rachita Vora is co-founder and director at IDR. Before this, she led the Dasra Girl Alliance, an INR 250 crore multi-stakeholder platform that sought to improve maternal, adolescent and child health outcomes in India. She has 15 years of experience, having led teams in the areas of financial inclusion, public health and CSR, and functions across strategy, business development, and communications. Rachita has an MBA from Judge Business School at Cambridge University and a BA in History from Yale University.

Co-Founder & Director
India Development Review
Moderator
08:20 - 08:30 PM IST (10 min)
There is still hope!
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
ShikshaLokam
Host
08:30 - 09:00 PM IST (30 min)
Networking
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