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Pranav Kothari

Ever since I graduated from HBS, I have concentrated all my energy and time to work on one singular issue “how to bring technology to improve learning outcomes at scale for low-income children”. I believe this is a large meaningful problem to solve.

I currently head the Large Scale Education Programmes division at Educational Initiatives (EI), leading EI's work in student assessments and implementation of their adaptive learning software (Mindspark) in vernacular languages in government and affordable private schools across India. This is a team of 150 employees that are working across India. I am also responsible for fundraising more than $2 million each year to sustain and grow this division.

I have an active interest in sharing this knowledge and experience to a larger audience as a public good. As part of that, I have been invited by the Ministry of Human Resource Development to be part of the Joint Review Mission conducted by the World Bank. I have also actively contributed to the discussions around the ICT (Information & Communication Technology) policy by MHRD that advocates the use of technology based learning to improve learning outcomes in Reading and Math. Additionally, as a part of knowledge building for the ecosystem, I have spoken with education leaders across India, including Ashish Dhawan (Central Square Foundation), Aditya Natraj (Kaivalya Education Foundation), Rukmini Banerji (Pratham Education Foundation), Karthik Muralidharan (JPAL) to captured their insights and learnings on camera as a part of EI Dialogues, a video series aimed at confronting our blind spots, and questioning our ways of knowing, thinking, and doing education.

I grew up in India and did my K-12 schooling in Ahmedabad. Thereafter I studied Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Subsequent to that I worked for Boston Consulting Group and GTI Private Equity in both USA and India for five years. Subsequent to that I finished a 2 year MBA at the Harvard Business School with relevant electives taken in social enterprise and a course at Harvard Graduate School of Education.