Dialogue on Education Leadership

To bring a sustainable, systemic change in a complex and dynamic system like India’s education ecosystem, it is essential to work on enabling the education leaders. InvokED is the first ever global dialogue on how to bring this change. 

At InvokED, we put the spotlight on the so far deprioritised, but the most essential topic – leadership in the education ecosystem. Education leaders, practitioners, academicians, market players, teachers and students, from across the globe will come together, to collectively lead insightful, action oriented conversations.

Tune in to listen to unique perspectives. Witness the most innovative and scalable solutions from across the globe.Join us as we lay the ground for a collective effort by Sarkar, Bazaar and Samaaj to enable the leaders!  

Agenda at a Glance

Thursday, Mar 24

InvokED - Advocating What Matters the Most

Laying the ground for building the education ecosystem

Leadership - Key Ingredient for Sustainable Shifts

Hear experts illustrate the need for leadership

Walk Beside Our Education Leaders

Education leaders take the stage to share first hand experiences

Leadership = Learning. Its Proven!

Discover how leadership influence student learning outcomes

Change As A Butterfly Effect

Sneak peek into impact of leadership failure
Friday, Mar 25

Leverage Leadership for a Stellar Future

Find out what will education ecosystem look in the next 50 years

Leadership - A sculptor of change

Who’s who break down the facets of leadership and its payoffs

I do believe!

Hear students contribute to the development of education leadership

Stories from the Ground - Education Leadership Spotlight

Learn from key innovations from across the globe

Enabling Leadership = Enabling Change / Managing Crisis - Lessons for Leaders

Attend a masterclass with an expert

Reimagining barriers as opportunities in the face of complexity

Discover how effective leadership can solve most difficult problems

The Trinity of Change - Sarkar, Bazaar, Samaaj

Decode the role of three actors to build education leadership, together


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
Srinivas R. Katikithala
Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA)
Government of India
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
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
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

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
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.


Deborah Kimathi

Deborah Kimathi 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
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

Agustin Porres

Agustin Porres studied Philosophy at the Catholic University ofArgentina, where he also completed a postgraduate degree in Politics, Government and Administration. 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
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
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
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
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
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 (www.societyforprogress.org). 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 &
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
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
Amuleek Singh Bijral
Chief Executive Officer & Co Founder
Er. Amarjit Singh
District Education Officer (Elementary Education)
Sabeenabhanu Kuddus
Cluster Resource Person
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.

SMC Member (Parent)
Government Middle School, Liwaspur, Sonipat
Niveditha Naveen
Grade 12 Student
The Samhita Academy
Khushboo Yadav
Grade 9 Student
The Akanksha Foundation
Rishab Singh
Grade 5 Student
Nabila Shaikh

Grade 9 Student

Ranjit Baghel

Grade 8 Student,
Govt middle School Pakela, Sukma

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),
T. N. Hari

Head HR
Big Basket

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

Kapil Raizada


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

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
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
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 (societalplatform.org), 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 (co-impact.org), a global philanthropic collaborative. 

Passionate about mentoring young entrepreneurs, he advises startups  supported by Fundamentum (fundamentum.co.in), a scale investment  fund, Nudge CSI (csi.thenudge.org), a not-for-profit incubator and  accelerator, and Edumentum (edumentum.org), a not-for-profit  incubator focused on education. He Chairs the Innovation Advisory  Board at Unleash (unleash.org), a global talent initiative focused on  Sustainable Development Goals, and is an Advisory Board Member at  Sparks & Honey (sparksandhoney.com), a cultural consultancy. 

At Infosys (infosys.com), his key responsibilities included Executive Vice  President, Corporate 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 (tatabex.com), which has been leveraged by the Tata  Group Companies to develop resilient institutions over the last 20 years.

Strategic Advisor
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.

Co Anchor
SwaTaleem Foundation
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.  

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
Ketika Nirula

Ketika Nirula is an engineer from VITU. During the 4 years of engineering, she started out as a teacher in Make A Difference(MAD) and ran the program in a shelter home as the Center Head Fellow. Beginning her career as a data analyst in Mu Sigma, she decided to quit and continue her journey in the development sector. 

She did the Teach for India Fellowship, teaching 5th graders in Bangalore for 2 years, post which, joined Mantra4Change and was a part of the Punjab Education Collective since its inception. She deeply believes in people power as a tool for change.

Program Manager
Shrey Rawat

Shrey Rawat, District Lead, Sanjhi Sikhiya

For the last 8 years, Shrey has worked with private and govt. the education system in various Indian states. His passion lies in youth engagement, team-building, and organization development. Currently, he serves as a District Lead with Sanjhi Sikhiya Foundation in Patiala, through which he works with 300 primary govt. schools.

District Lead
Sanjhi Sikhya Foundation
S.D. 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.

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
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
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

Why Attend


Join any of our keynotes, panel discussions, masterclasses, open circles and get to hear all about the first hand account of the education ecosystem from the lens of leadership, new innovations and solutions in the space, facets of problem solving and leadership needed to drive sustainable change.  Find out new ideas and take away practical advice as experts present their research and case studies.


Hear from dozens of practitioners, policymakers, education leaders, students, thought leaders. Understand how they design and lead various programs and organisations, solve complex challenges, and best know and serve the students in unique ways. Take this knowledge to help your program and team to think and create better.


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Write to us at social@shikshalokam.org