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 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 in San Francisco

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Lopa Gandhi, Founder, Ugam foundation

Rohit Manglik, CEO, EduGorilla

Rohit Manglik is an NIT graduate and is past Fortune 500 companies such as Oracle, Morgan Stanley and DE Shaw. He is the youngest educationist to speak at the 11th World Education Summit, Dubai. He was a speaker in a number of events such as VCCircle Education Investment Summit, Indian School Awards 2017, Businessworld Growth Leadership Conclave and Awards, CX Summit etc. Rohit Manglik is one of the top 10 most influential educational leaders of the country. His interviews have been featured in more than 100 national/international media houses. Leading journals, magazines & newspapers have published his articles on topics ranging from education to technology. With his venture EduGorilla, Rohit Manglik has been revolutionizing the educational landscape in India. 

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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, 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

Sanjay Dalmia, Founder, OpenLinks Foundation

Arjun Nair, Co-founder & Director, Great Learning

Arjun Nair is a co-founder at Great Learning. Having launched and scaled new programs online and at centers across India, he is an ardent believer in the power of technology to consistently deliver high quality learning experiences and transform the lives.

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Bhola Meena, Founder & CEO, OnlineTyari

Bhola is a computer science graduate from IIT Kanpur. He is an Ex-Microsoft professional and a serial entrepreneur of - First online Taxi booking services in India , - Largest community of Hindi Translation in India, - Leader in Test preparation for Government recruitments. He is currently the CEO & Founder at

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Jitin Sethi, Partner, L.E.K Consulting

Jitin Sethi a partner at L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Education Practice. He is a founding member and leader of the GEP. Jitin has delivered education cases across the globe, and has extensive experience across all education segments, including K-12, Higher Education, Transnational Education, English Language Training, Education Technology and Corporate Training.

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Smita Sircar, Innovations Director – edLABS and Ecosystem, Gray Matters Capital

Smita leads Gray Matters Capital’s education focused innovation and ecosystem building work out of India. She currently helms edLABS that provides very early stage funding to ‘visionary edu-preneurs’ to build disruptive solutions to education problems. She also builds collaboration with wider ecosystem players towards finding affordable and relevant solutions to quality education.

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Raj Gilda, Co-founder & Director, Lend – A- Hand India

Raj Gilda is a banker turned social entrepreneur and co-Founder of Lend A Hand India, an NGO focused on providing vocational education as part of high school curriculum across India. He has worked across Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to leaving corporate sector in 2011 to focus full time on Lend A Hand India, he spent ten years in New York working with Citibank and Deloitte Consulting.

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Sonam Shah, Head, Garodia Academy

Ms. Sonam Shah – Preschool Head of Garodia’s Academy, for over a decade, has done her Masters in Human Development (from the College of Home Science, Nirmala Niketan). She has been instrumental in developing curriculum for Beehive – Franchise Preschool by Garodia Education and has been managing Garodia Academy’s Department of Early Childhood Education – a preschool teacher-training program.

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Amit Kapoor, Co founder & Director, Eupheus Learning

Amit has more than 15 years’ experience in sales and marketing across Education, Training & Entertainment industries covering Indian and International markets. His stints at NIIT, Palador Pictures, Centum Learning, Across World Education and Encyclopaedia Britannica have been focussed on Sales, market entry and growth strategies coupled with a focus on business development.

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Amit Mahensaria, Co founder, Impartus Innovations

Amit Mahensaria, Co-Founder of Impartus Innovations, India is an IIT Delhi alumnus and has been closely associated with Edtech sector for more than 12 years.

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Ashish Aggarwal, Founder & CFO, Footprints India

Ashish is Founder and CFO of Footprints Childcare Pvt Ltd. Ashish has experience in Banking, Wealth Management and Software sectors and in his last assignment, he was working with Citibank in Japan.

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Sourabh Anand, Associate Partner, Social Finance India

Sourabh is an Associate Partner at Social Finance India, a not-for-profit set up with the aim of scaling outcome-focused interventions through innovative financing. He is a part of the founding team and is working on designing and operationalizing the India Education Outcomes Fund (IEOF), a first-of-its-kind outcomes fund that will crowd in and disburse $1 billion to improve education outcomes in India by 2030.

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Sridevi Raghavan, CEO, Amelio