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Pranav Kothari

Pranav has been associated with EI for over a decade and has made significant contributions to the company through his involvement with EI's adaptive learning product, Mindspark, and as the head of HR, Gifted Student Education, and, most recently, EI's Large Scale Education Programme division.

Pranav spearheaded the deployment of Mindspark which is recognised as the only software-based EdTech tool to have demonstrated significant learning impact as measured by independent third parties including J-PAL. Under his leadership, LSEP products has reached over 12 million underprivileged students in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and closed bids to expand to 1,000 low-income schools over the next three years. He grew the division to 150 employees, working across India to deliver solutions at scale for low-income children. He is a thought leader in the industry, having led teams that scaled high-quality student assessments, personalised adaptive learning, and impact evaluation services for governments, CSR funders, and philanthropic foundations.

Pranav is a TEDx speaker and an INK Fellow and has been named by The World Economic Forum's Schwab Foundation as the Corporate Social Intrapreneur of the Year in 2019.

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

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.