Education Investment Summit 2018 / Speakers

Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice - Chancellor, Ashoka University

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University. He was previously President, Center for Policy Research. He has been a Professor at Harvard, JNU, the Global Faculty Program at NYU Law School. He has published widely in political theory, constitutional law, society and politics in India, governance and political economy, and international affairs.

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Nirav Khambhati, Partner, Kaizen Private Equity

Nirav is a Partner at Kaizen Private Equity, Asia’s first and only fund exclusively focused on education.

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Krishna Kumar, CEO, Simplilearn Solutions


Ravijot Chugh, Co founder, UpGrad

Ravijot Chugh is the co-founder and heads the product and learning experience at UpGrad. He has previously worked with Housing.com as a product lead and with the Parthenon Group advising multiple companies and private equity investors on the education sector in emerging markets. He also co-founded a social travel startup called 36hrs.in in San Francisco

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Lopa Gandhi, Founder, Ugam foundation


Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla


Srikrishna Ramamoorthy, Partner, Unitus Seed Fund


Imran Jafar, Managing Partner, Gaja Capital

Imran is a Managing Partner at Gaja Capital. Gaja is India’s leading mid-market growth capital firm. Gaja’s aim is to help create India’s next generation of market leaders in sectors such as Education, Consumer, Financial Services and Healthcare.

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Prashant Mehta, Partner, Lightbox

Prashant is a Partner at Lightbox, a Mumbai based venture capital firm investing in consumer technology companies. 

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Prachi Windlass, Director, India Programs, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India LLP

Prachi is a director at Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India LLP. As a member of the leadership team, she manages a portfolio of start-ups, NGOs and large-scale government partnerships. Prachi is on the board of several for-profit education companies and advisory committees to state governments and education departments. She is passionate about the area of data driven education and has spearheaded the foundation’s work in multiple ways, including: incubating service providers, creating role model states for classroom based assessments and embedding student learning based accountability in all portfolio companies.

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Puneet Kothapa, Executive Director, Narayana Group of Educational Institutions


Neeraj Sharma, MD & CEO, Indian School Finance Company

Neeraj Sharma is a Chartered accountant and Cost accountant with 21 years of rich experience across industries. He joined the company in October 2012 from Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd. where he served as Senior Vice President & Head Treasury.

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V Sivaramakrishnan, Managing Director, Oxford University Press India

Sivaramakrishnan Venkateswaran (Siva) is the Managing Director of Oxford University Press (OUP) ‐ India Branch, with regional responsibilities including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Middle East.

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Zishaan Hayath, Founder, Toppr

Zishaan graduated from IIT Bombay in 2005 with a masters degree in Civil Engineering. His career started with Indian FMCG giant ITC Limited. He later worked with consulting firm Opera Solutions to advise Fortune 100 clients across North America, Europe and Asia. In 2008, Zishaan co-founded Chaupati.com, an e-commerce marketplace, which was acquired by Future Group. He co-founded Toppr in 2013. Today, Toppr is India’s leading online learning app with over 5MM students.

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Vamsi Krishna, CEO & Co-founder, Vedantu

Vamsi Krishna is Co-founder of Vedantu, an Ed-Tech startup that offers personalized Live Online Tutoring. Vamsi co-founded Vedantu along with his friends. These are childhood friends who started their first venture in education in 2006 called Lakshya, a Test Prep company in rural Punjab which got acquired by MTEducare, a listed company, in 2012. Vedantu is their second venture together in education. Vedantu was established with the vision of creating a world of learning that is personalized and democratized.

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Namita Dalmia, Principal, Omidyar Network

Namita is a principal at Omidyar Network where she leads education investments in India.  Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Namita spent five years as associate director at Central Square Foundation, where she led the education technology vertical. She helped to incubate and invest in non-profit organizations and partnered with the government.

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Priya Krishnan, CEO, KLAY

Priya Krishnan is the CEO of one of the most prestigious and trustworthy prep school and day care brands in India. Set up under Founding Years – A multi platform education services organization, KLAY Prep Schools and Daycare in India, caters to children in the age group of 6 months to 10 years.

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Pranjal Kumar, Principal, Bertelsmann Investments & Corporate center India