Pranav Kothari is the CEO of Educational Initiatives, a leading EdTech and Assessments firm. An advocate of digital technology's potential to improve education at scale, Pranav has been with Ei for over a decade. In this time, he spearheaded the deployment of Mindspark, the world's only EdTech software to have undergone 5 independent evaluations (including two randomised control trials by JPAL), in India's public education system. Under his leadership, Ei has reached over 12 million underprivileged students across India.
Pranav is a thought leader in the industry, having been named the Corporate Social Intrapreneur of the Year in 2019 by The World Economic Forum's Schwab Foundation.
Pranav studied Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and MBA at Harvard Business School. Prior to EI, he worked at GTI Capital and the Boston Consulting Group in five countries.
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Educational Initiatives is a private Indian company that leverages cutting-edge educational research and a technology-based solutions approach to revolutionize how children engaged in the K-12 education space learn. EI reaches a multitude of children across different strata of society, irrespective of the kind of education they are receiving or the curriculum they are following. The company’s products are sold in over 25 countries.
Education Initiative’s Large Scale Education Programmes (LSEP) is a division that manages the adoption of the company’s products, assessments and educational research. LSEP does so by striking funding partnerships and pilots with local Indian state governments as well as international development agencies such as USAID, UNICEF, the World Bank, Global Innovation Fund, J-PAL and Dalberg. LSEP specializes in systemic capacity-building projects, impact assessment studies and research that aim to bring learning outcome-oriented reform in education. Its artificial intelligence-powered product, MindSpark, improves learning outcomes in math and language for students in grades 1-8.