Dr. Jorg Drager

Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Dr. Jorg Drager

Dr. Jorg Drager

Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann Stiftung

 

Born in 1968, Jorg Drager studied physics and business administration at the University of Hamburg before transferring to Cornell University in New York State, where he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in theoretical physics. During his time in Cornell (1991-1996), he served as an academic assistant while completing his studies and doctoral thesis.

He began his professional career 1996 at the management consulting firm Roland Berger in Frankfurt/Main. In 1998, he returned to Hamburg to become executive director of the newly founded Northern Institute of Technology, a private institute of higher education that focuses on international MBA programs.


From 2001 to 2008, he served as Hamburg's (politically independent) minister of science and research and was a member of Germany's Permanent Conference of Educational Ministers as well as deputy representative to the Bundesrat, the federal body that represents the German states at the national level. From 2004 to 2006, he also held the office of minister of health and consumer protection in Hamburg.

Since July 1, 2008, he has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board where he is responsible for the program areas of education, integration and democracy. He also serves as Executive Director of the CHE Centre for Higher Education. In January 2012, Drager has also been appointed Adjunct Professor for Public Management at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.

Sandeep Aneja

Founder and Managing Director, Kaizen Private Equity

Sandeep Aneja

Sandeep Aneja

Founder and Managing Director, Kaizen Private Equity

 

Sandeep's passion for investing in innovative companies is driven by his belief in the ability of entrepreneurs transforming the way in which societies and nations live, learn and grow. His believe is that young and growth-oriented companies often are best positioned to find creative yet simple solutions to problems as such companies do not have the burden of legacy.

One of his professional commitments is to promote and improve the overall education environment, by investing in companies that have a progressive impact on the economic growth of people and industry. He founded Kaizen Private Equity in 2010, which is India’s first and only education focused private equity fund.


Currently he serves as the Managing Director of the fund and he has been instrumental in building the firm's knowledge and client network across India, U.S and Asia. He believes in forming trusted partnerships with companies and their management teams on a shared commitment to excellence and growth.

Sandeep has been a part of the venture capital and private equity industry over two decades and has been credited with numerous successful transactions.

He has a MBA from the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University.

Peter Blair Henry

Dean, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Dean Richard R. West Professor of Business
William R. Berkley Professor of Economics & Finance

Peter Blair Henry

Peter Blair Henry

Dean, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Dean Richard R. West Professor of Business
William R. Berkley Professor of Economics & Finance

Peter Blair Henry is Dean of New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. The youngest person to hold the position, he assumed the Deanship in January 2010 and joined the NYU Stern Faculty as the William R. Berkley Professor of Economics and Finance. Henry joined NYU Stern from Stanford University, where he was the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of International Economics and Associate Director of the Center for Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


Henry also serves as a member of the board of directors at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; as a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution; and as a member of the board of directors for Citi. An expert on the global economy, Henry led the external economics advisory group for then-Senator Barack Obama's presidential campaign in 2008. Following the victory on November 4, Henry was chosen to lead the Presidential Transition Team's review of international lending agencies such as the IMF and the World Bank.

Henry received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1997. Prior to attending MIT, Henry was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University where he received a BA in mathematics and a Full Blue in basketball. He also holds a BA in economics with distinction and highest honors from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Peter Zemsky

Deputy Dean, INSEAD
Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, INSEAD
The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation

Peter Zemsky

Peter Zemsky

Deputy Dean, INSEAD
Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, INSEAD
The Eli Lilly Chaired Professor of Strategy and Innovation

 

Professor Zemsky joined the INSEAD strategy area in 1994 after receiving his Ph.D. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was supported by a doctoral grant from the National Science Foundation. His B.A. is from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the outstanding graduating economics major.

Professor Zemsky has been a member of the INSEAD leadership team since 2010,


first with global responsibility for the faculty and then with global responsibility for the school’s MBA and EMAB degree programmes. He served as the Acting Dean in 2012 and then as Interim Dean in 2013. As the current Deputy Dean of the school, Professor Zemsky plays an important role in external relations and alumni outreach. As Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, he is responsible for leading the school’s many digital initiatives, as well as advancing other strategic priorities including the development of the Abu Dhabi Campus.

Professor Zemsky has taught core strategy courses across the school’s educational programmes, with a particular focus on analyzing, shaping and responding to industry dynamics. He has several nominations for best MBA core teacher, including when he was a visiting Professor at Wharton in 2003. He has been an active Programme Director in Executive Education including launching the school’s Blue Ocean Strategy open-enrolment programme.

Professor Zemsky is a leading contributor to the value-based approach to strategy that develops rigorous economic treatments of the verbal theories traditionally used in the strategy field. Areas of research include the sustainability of competitive advantage, disruptive technologies and the choice of generalist versus specialist strategies. His research has appeared in leading economics and strategy journals including American Economic Review, RAND Journal of Economics, Strategic Management Journal, and Management Science. His doctoral students have been hired by leading business schools including Wharton, NYU, HEC, and IESE and have been recognized three times for having the best dissertation in strategy by the Academy of Management.

Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo

Deborah Quazzo

Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors

 

Deborah is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors, a broker dealer providing advisory services to the education and human capital sectors. In addition, she is an active angel investor having made over 40 investments in the education and employment technology sectors. She also co-hosts, with Arizona State University, the annual ASU GSV Education Innovation Summit. This event, now in its 7th year, with over 2,500 in attendance, celebrates innovations and innovators across the global education and human capital landscape.

In 2001, Deborah co-founded ThinkEquity Partners, an investment bank with offices across the U.S. which was acquired in 2007. She was previously a Managing Director in Investment Banking and head of the Global Growth Group at Merrill Lynch & Co.


Deborah currently serves on the board of Degreed and Web.com (NASDAQ: WWWW). She is a member of the boards of The Chicago Public Education Fund, The Common Ground Foundation, KIPP: Chicago, Marwen, National Louis University, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and The Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. She has also previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including the Chicago Board of Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Teach for America Chicago, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Chicago. Deborah graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University 1987.

Jerry Hultin

Senior Presidential Fellow, New York University

Fred Swaniker

Senior Presidential Fellow, New York University

Michael Moe

Jerry Hultin

Jerry Hultin

Chairman & Co-Founder, Global Futures Group
Chairman, Global Advisory Board, Smart City Expo World Congress
President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute of NYU

 

As Chairman/Co-Founder, Global Futures Group, Jerry is involved in consulting and creating / operating businesses that provide innovation using technology in cities and education and skills training in the global economy, especially the United States, China, India, South East Asia, and the Middle East. His goal is to promote the innovative use of technology to provide a more prosperous and sustainable life for citizens around the world, especially to assist young people in doing so.


He has pursued this goal -- in different ways -- throughout his life, whether as a young naval officer, a practicing attorney, a management consultant, an entrepreneur, a policy and campaign adviser, corporate director, an Under Secretary of the Navy, a business school dean, president of a university, and now as a Senior Presidential Fellow at New York University. He focuses on innovation and economic growth, especially in urban settings, and, new education using technology. In both subjects, I am looking at change in the United States and change around the world, especially China, India, the Middle East and Europe.


Previously, Jerry was Senior Presidential Fellow at New York University, President of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where he led Polytechnic in substantial growth, including a 60% increase in enrolment. Its merger with NYU saw a rise in graduate engineering program rankings and an increased presence in China, India, and the Middle East. NYU-Poly’s new business incubators are ranked top-20 world-wide and have generated over $250 million in economic activity.


During William Clinton's presidency, Jerry served as Under Secretary of the Navy. He helped manage the Navy's $100+ billion budget and led its "revolution in business affairs," helping design and procure the Navy Marine Corps Corporate Intranet, which improved IT performance and reduced costs by 33%, saving $1 billion annually. Earlier in his life, Jerry practiced law, managed small businesses, and consulted in technology, defence, health care, finance, and environment sectors.


Jerry is a graduate of Ohio State University and Yale Law School, and a naval officer with Vietnam service.

Fred Swaniker

Fred Swaniker

Founder, African Leadership Academy


Ten years ago Fred Swaniker graduated from Macalester with an economics major. He immediately joined the prestigious consulting firm McKinsey & Company in South Africa and then went on to obtain an MBA from Stanford. Although poised to live a life of riches, Swaniker had another dream: Founding the African Leadership Academy, a two-year, coeducational boarding school that would develop leaders and entrepreneurs with dual passions for Africa and public service.

Swaniker has lived in six African countries and is uniquely qualified to launch a school with lofty, pan-African goals. He personally helped launch a top private elementary


school in Botswana and the leadership development program Global Leadership Adventures, with campuses on three continents. He gained entrepreneurial experience as a founder of Synexa Life Sciences, a biotechnology company in Cape Town.

Located on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the African Leadership Academy opened in September 2008 with a class of 106 students from 29 countries. In its first year, its admission process was already more competitive than Harvard’s. At least 50 percent of ALA’s students will pay nothing to attend, but this is no grant; it’s a "forgivable loan," forgivable only if graduates employ their talents in Africa and do not emigrate. Simply put, this Academy aims to transform Africa.

Fred holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Macalester College and also a MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

 

Alfredo I. Ayala

Managing Director, Member of Management Committee at Ayala Corporation
Chief Executive Officer at LiveIt Investments, Ltd. and Ayala Education, Inc
Trustee - Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines
Philippine (IBPAP) and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd)

Allison Baum

Managing Partner, Fresco Capital

Amir Rao

Amit Garga

Partner, International Education Practice The Parthenon Group

Amit Sevak

Chief Executive Officer
Laureate
INTI Education Group

Amit Mahensaria

Andy Homden

Education Consultant, Consilium Education

Ari Nironen

Senior Investment Manager at Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd)

Arpit Jain

Co-Founder & CEO at StudyPad

Ashish Rajpal

Founder & CEO, XSEED Education

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet

Co-founder, EdTechXGlobal
Operating Partner, IBIS Capital
Non Executive Chairman, Primo Ltd

Caitlin Baron

CEO, Speed School Fund

Dr. Chhaya Shastri

Douglas Hoernle

Founding Director, Rethink Education And Co-Founder Juggl

Gaurav Mehra

Partner, Kaizen Private Equity

Gaurav Mehra

Gaurav Mehra

Partner, Kaizen Private Equity

Gaurav joined Kaizen in 2015 and leads the fund’s Education Technology investments. Prior to joining Kaizen, he co-founded Saba and helped build it into a $150 million public company and a global leader in Talent Management software solutions. With 25 years in building technology and scaling global product and service operations, Gaurav helps portfolio companies shape defensible growth strategies. Gaurav holds BS and MS degrees in Computer Science from Stanford University.

Gene Eidelman

Graham Doxey

Gene Eidelman

Gene Eidelman

Co-Founder of Gameplan Learning


Gene Eidelman co-founded GamePlan Learning in 2015. Gene started four companies. Prior to GamePlan, he co-founded Mosaica Education, a global education management organization. prior to Mosaica, he co-founded Prodigy Consulting in 1988, an organization that developed and operated a chain of community and corporate-sponsored childcare centers. Gene defected from the former Soviet Union as a teenager in 1976. Soon after arriving to Los Angeles, he became an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California where he simultaneously started a real estate development business. In 1995, Prodigy Consulting merged with the publicly-held Children’s Discovery Centers and in 1997 was acquired by Knowledge Universe.


While at Children’s Discovery Centers, Gene was President of the Prodigy Division, overseeing 69 corporate child care centers in 23 states.
In 1989, Gene was selected as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young People of the World” by Junior Chamber International. In 2009, Gene together with Dr. Dawn Eidelman, were awarded the “James P. Boyle Entrepreneurial Leadership Award” by the Education Industry Association for their unwavering commitment to innovation in education. Gene is a former Treasurer and Trustee of the Georgia Charter School Association. He is a board member of the Michigan-based Coalition for Educational Choice and Co-Chair of the Geneva-based World Education Entrepreneur Society (WEES). He is additionally President of the Board of Trustees of Aurora Education Trust in England and founder/settler of Sunshine Education Trust in India—non-profit trusts committed to improving education

Graham Doxey

Graham Doxey

Founder/CEO, Knod Network Engagement


Graham has over 30 years of global experience successfully building and managing small and large enterprises in financial services and learning industries. After working as an entrepreneur, also a regulator based in Washington DC, Graham spent the next 14 years working in the financial services sector as a senior executive based in New York and in the Asia Pacific region. During the last 14 years Graham led two universities before founding Knōd in 2013. He was Co-Founder and President of Neumont University in Salt Lake City, Utah and was subsequently based in Kuala Lumpur as CEO Laureate Malaysia where he was responsible for a 10 campus 14,000 student university for Laureate Education, Inc.


Graham’s innovative solutions to close the gap between higher education outcomes and labor market needs have achieved exemplary results; greater than 90% placement rates during varied economic cycles, and starting salaries for graduates 20-30% above the averages at traditional universities. These results have been consistent across academic disciplines and on multiple continents. This success was achieved through engaging employers early in the learning process, implementing experiential learning pedagogies to meet both regulator required learning outcomes and industry required skills.

Currently, Graham and his team are building Knōd, a globally scalable solution for employers to engage and collaborate in developing local pipelines of talent where and when they need them, and its innovative experiential learning model that has successfully prepared thousands of graduates for lifelong learning and livelihoods.

Hans Henrik Christensen

Director of DSOA, Silicon Oasis Founders and DTEC, Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Center

Harman Singh

Founder & CEO, WizIQ Inc

Jack Tuason

Member of the Board of Trustees at Enderun Colleges

Jens Zimmermann

Partner and Managing Director at New Silk Route Growth Capital

Jennifer R. White

CEO and Founder of Student Finance Africa

Julia Moffett

Director of Innovation - Equity Group Foundation
Nairobi

Julian Oei

Executive Vice President Group Strategy and M&A, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

Jussi Hinkkanen

CEO, Fuzu

Katelyn Donnelly

Managing Director, Pearson Affordable Learning Fund

Kumaraesan Subramaniam

General Manager, Asian International College

Kurt Inderbitzin

Kurt Inderbidzin

Kurt Inderbitzin

CEO, Enki Educational Holdings


Kurt Inderbitzin offers a rare combination of financial and managerial business skills, along with in-depth knowledge of global education, real estate, media, entertainment, technology, amusement parks and malls. He has extensive contacts and know-how in these fields in the United States, India and the UK.

For the last two years, Kurt has been CEO of Enki, a private equity-backed investment fund out of Mumbai that invests in education projects, including The True School of Music in Mumbai. Before that, Kurt was founder and CEO of the aforementioned AISFM, the first school in India to award government-recognized degrees in film.


Prior to being CEO of AISFM, Kurt was consultant to numerous companies in the media, technology and educational spaces. Selected engagements include: Reliance MediaWorks, Annapurna International School of Film and Media, Snowcap Data, Mosaic Inc.

In the 13 years prior to moving to Mumbai, Kurt resided in Los Angeles, where he produced feature films and television movies and series for CBS, ABC, NBC, Lifetime, TBS and USA before becoming President of Abandon Pictures, a diversified entertainment company backed by the Estee Lauder company.

Educationally, on the business side, Kurt holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in finance from the University of Chicago. On the media side, Kurt holds a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelors of Arts (BA) from Georgetown University.

Mark Dorman

President of McGraw-Hill Education International and Professional

Mary Ellen Matsui

Executive Director, Atma - An Accelerator for Education

Mike Michalec

Managing Director, EdTech Asia Limited

Neil D'Souza

Founder / CEO, Zaya Learning Labs

Nicos Nicolaou

Oliver Sabot

Managing Director, Nova Academies
Kenya & South Africa

P.J. Gunsagar

Co-founder / CEO, Kidaptive

Pankaj Makkar

Managing Director, Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd

Prachi Jain Windlass

Director, India Education,
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Priya Krishnan

Founder & CEO
Founding Years Learning Solutions (formerly VES)

Racquel Shroff

Global CEO
Global Education Solutions

Raj Shastri

Partner, Kaizen Private Equity

Ramya Venkataraman

Leader
McKinsey and Company's Education Practice, India

Ruvneet Bains

Evangelist for InService Training in School Assessment Practices

Salah-Eddine Kandri

Sergio Abramovich

Vice President International Business Development & Operations, DeVry Education Group

Sudhamoy Khasnobis

Dr Shannon May

Steve Riehs

President
Professional and International Education, DeVry Education Group

Takuya Homma

Marketing Director, Quipper Limited

Tonee Ndungu

Founder of the NAILAB and KYTABU

Tuan Pham Minh

Founder and CEO of Topica Edtech Group

V. Srinivasa Rangan

Chief Financial Officer of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited

Yudi Bahl

CFO
Laureate Education India

27-28

Feb 2016

Dubai, UAE

2 Days

11 sessions

Focus on Edtech
Africa and Asia

50

Speakers

20 Nationalities

300

participants

Investors, Policy Makers, Education CXOs

Contact Details

Kaizen Private Equity, 202 Suraj Prakash, 86 Shankar Ghanekar Marg, Prabhadevi, Mumbai 400025, India

Email: events@kaizenpe.com Phone: +91 22 67675757 Fax: +91 22 67675758

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Amit Garga

Amit Garga

Partner, International Education Practice, The Parthenon Group

As a Partner with Parthenon's Education Practice, Mr. Garga has worked closely with the leadership of various companies on market-opportunity assessment and sizing, growth forecasting, pricing strategy, competitor analysis and market share evaluation.

Mr. Garga has led teams on the evaluation of potential acquisition targets for education companies as well as investors. He has advised a number of large private equity companies on investments in the education sector across segments. Case examples include investment prioritization, and due diligence and integration. Mr. Garga holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore.

Allison Baum

Allison Baum

Managing Partner, Fresco Capital


Allison Baum is a Managing Partner of Fresco Capital and is involved in all aspects of investment and operations with a specific focus on the education technology sector. Previously, as Regional Director of Asia at General Assembly, she established and grew the company’s first education programs for technology, business and design in Hong Kong. She originally joined the company during its early stages in New York where she developed and scaled their first long-form part-time and immersive courses. Throughout this process, Allison has worked with start-ups of all sizes across New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.


After earning a B.A. in Economics and a Secondary Degree in Film Studies from Harvard University, Allison worked in Equity Derivatives Sales & Trading at Goldman Sachs in New York and as an Associate Producer for the Micro-lending Film Project, a documentary about micro finance for women around the world. She continues to contribute to the cause for female empowerment through an education initiative called Arts and Enterprise for Women, which teaches business skills to refugee and asylum seekers in Hong Kong. She is also an active member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

Amir Rao

Amir Rao

Director for Global Business Development, Udemy


Amir Rao joined Udemy as Director for Global Business Development in September 2015, after completing the coveted Sloan Program (MSx) at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Prior to embarking on his year long career sabbatical at Stanford, Amir possessed 15 years of Business development and General management experience in ICT sector across MEA and Far East region with tier one Global Technology providers such as Huawei, Motorola, Nokia Networks, and Microsoft. He has held multiple Go to Market positions in his career focused on largely populated developing countries; and as a business general manager has Proven track record of driving growth strategies, sales and P&L management, and adapting to low cost operating models in emerging markets.


Amir worked as Country General Manager of Microsoft in Pakistan for two years before joining Stanford. Prior to heading Microsoft in Pakistan, he led Business Development for Africa Region for Nokia Networks being based in Nairobi, Kenya. Earlier, Amir pioneered introduction of wireless broadband in as early as 2006 when the world's first WiMax network was launched by Motorola in Pakistan. He then went on to serve as Motorola's country Manager for Pakistan before moving to his regional assignment in Africa as head of business development. Amir worked with Huawei at the start of his career for 05 years and led many of Huawei' first international product references outside China, before joining Motorola.


He believes software services over modern connectivity infrastructure will be key for developing countries to overcome poverty, health, education, governance, social, and energy challenges. Amir is specifically interested in Business Models for Sustainable Infrastructure Development that use technology for the "wider IMPACT" and therefore decided to join Udemy to focus on business innovation and in his own words thrives on bringing ideas to life. Amir is also an alumni of London Business School where he completed the ADP'73 program in 2010.

Amit Garga

Amit Mahensaria

Co-Founder of Impartus Innovations

 

Amit Mahensaria, Co-Founder of Impartus Innovations, India is an IIT Delhi and IIM Lucknow alumnus and has been closely associated with the education sector for more than 10 years.

Through Impartus, and its "Lecture Capture" and "Flipped Classroom" products, Amit is bringing videos into mainstream learning; and thereby creating an impact for students and teachers alike. Impartus is also working on global innovations in the field of video intelligence.

His current efforts in partnering with leading universities has established Impartus as the clear market leader in India and resulted in the award of "Best Product for Higher Education” at World Didac India. Impartus has an emerging market focus and has business operations in India, Kenya, Malaysia, and USA.

Before co-founding Impartus, Amit worked for 8 years as an Investment Manager at IDFC Private Equity, Yes Bank and SBI Caps and has leaded numerous education, infrastructure and technology projects in India and abroad.

He is passionate about technology innovations and is a regular participant at various technology and education sector conferences.

Andy Homden

Andy Homden

Education Consultant, Consilium Education


After qualifying and working in the UK, Andy Homden’s career in international education began as teacher and housemaster at Island school, Hong Kong, and continued in Australia, South East Asia and the Middle East.


As the founding secondary head of the British International School, Jakarta and then as the Director of Schools at The Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, he developed an expertise not only in the management of new school building projects, but also in how to create conditions at a newly established school that would allow students to settle quickly Consilium Education and then excel.


Subsequent appointments include headships at Enka Schools (Istanbul), Bangkok Patana School, Dubai British School and Jumeira Baccalaureate School, where he was the founding principal.


Consilium Education, which he founded in 2014, is an educational consulting company facilitating international start up projects, and provides a range of training and advisory services to schools around the world. Consilium also publishes International Teacher Magazine.


Andy holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Western Australia. His current writing focuses on continuity of learning through all stages of education – not just K-12, but PK to Postgraduate – and the critical review of what constitutes 21st Century Learning and Teaching.

Amit Sevak

Amit Sevak

Chief Executive Officer of Laureate & INTI Education Group

Amit is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Laureate Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore and also the Chief Executive Officer for INTI Education Group. Prior to these roles, Amit served as the Chief Operating Officer of University of Technology of Mexico (UNITEC) which is one of the Laureate's largest and most successful private institutions.

Prior to joining Laureate, Amit was Vice President of DeVry University in Chicago. Before that, he held positions with Siebel Systems, Bain & Company, as well as several years of teaching and research in the US and in Asia. Amit has a B.A. in Economics & Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Ari Nironen

Ari Nironen

Senior Investment Manager at Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd)

 

Ari Nironen is Senior Investment Manager at Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd), the Finnish Development Finance Company. He focuses mainly in originating and structuring investments in healthcare and educational sector in emerging markets. In addition, he is responsible for the management of a dedicated portfolio of non-investment-grade emerging market investments (equity, mezzanine and debt). He has over 15 years of experience in financing sector and almost 10 years of experience in process industry.


Prior to joining Finnfund, he has worked at Swedish Export Credit Corporation, Sampo Bank Plc and Oy AGA Ab.

Ari has a M.Sc. in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (currently the Aalto University School of Engineering) and eMBA from University of Tampere.

Arpit Jain

Arpit Jain

Co-Founder & CEO at StudyPad


Arpit is Co-Founder & CEO at StudyPad. StudyPad's vision is to make learning fun for the kids while leveraging technology to build an ecosystem where teachers, students and parents can seamlessly interact.

StudyPad's flagship product - Splash Math is a comprehensive, curriculum based math program for elementary school children. Splash Math is available on Web, iPads, iPhones, Kindle & Android devices. Splash Math apps have been continuously featured by Apple & Amazon as one of the best apps in education category. They are being used by more than 9 million families & 60,000 teachers worldwide.


Previously Arpit was co-founder and CTO of Intinno Technologies, founded by IITians, providing web and mobile based solutions to education institutes.

Arpit is a Bachelor and Master of Technology, Computer Science & Engineering, from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Ashish Rajpal

Ashish Rajpal

Founder & CEO, XSEED Education


Ashish Rajpal is the founder of Singapore-based XSEED Education, one of the most innovative elementary education enterprises in the world today. Ashish has led the creation and expansion of the XSEED School Program - a path-breaking innovation that has improved learning for over one million children in almost 2,500 schools across South Asia and the Middle East. He has a rare combination of global business experience and a rich education and research background from leading institutions. Apart from leading the XSEED business, he is also its Chief Learning & Product Officer. A former student of Howard Gardner, his areas of interest include differences in children, life-long learning, and leadership by example.


Prior to founding XSEED, Ashish left a decade-long international business career in Europe and pursued his passion for education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he specialized in Mind, Brain and Education. His experience included training and research with leading thinkers in education and psychology such as Howard Gardner, David Perkins, and Eleanor Duckworth. Many of these pivotal experiences and insights later became the foundation of XSEED.

Ashish spent the first decade of his professional career working in France, Russia and the United States for companies including Procter & Gamble in India and the U.S. and Group Danone in Paris. At Danone, he was the Worldwide Marketing Director where he drove innovation and brand integration in nearly 30 countries across the globe. His international business experience exposed him to cutting edge thought leadership organizations including McKinsey, MIT Media Lab, IDEO, and McCann Worldwide.

Apart from running XSEED, he enjoys reading and writing, music, hiking, running and occasionally teaching Grade 4 Science. He also lectures widely around the world. The MIT Legatum Center has produced a case-study cum film documenting XSEED and Ashish’s journey as a social entrepreneur. Education World magazine has identified him amongst the top 50 education leaders in India.

His educational qualifications are BA (Econ.), MBA (XLRI), Ed. M (Harvard).

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet

Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet

Co-founder, EdTechXGlobal
Operating Partner, IBIS Capital
Non Executive Chairman, Primo Ltd


Benjamin has vast corporate and Investment experience across Media, Digital Media, Content and Ed Tech/E-Learning. He has handled various roles in Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate & Business Development, Venture Investment for large (+Bn in revenue) US and Pan European Companies.
He has experiences as investor in European high growth companies (Social Media, Gaming, Digital) and emerging markets (Russia, Africa, CEE) and as Non-Executive Director roles in joint ventures.


Benjamin is also experienced in International Coordination, deal execution & negotiation ranging from Seed / VC Investment stakes to large M&A deals (1 Bn +).
He is team and project leader across multiple business units including management of pan European Bus Development multicultural teams (Directors).

Currently Benjamin is:

  • Partner at IBIS Capital (Investment banking and venture capital)
  • Co-Founder and CEO of EdTechXGlobal (Network and Conference bringing together Ed Tech / e-Learning Leaders, Entrepreneurs and Investors)
  • Chairman of EdTech start up Primo Ltd
  • Advisor to SXSW EDU.

His 15 Years Corporate experience in large US and European media groups include:
  • Media (TV, Radio, Digital) and Communication focus
  • EMEA focus with exposure to USA, Asian and Latin American markets

With a Master's degree in Management, Entrepreneurship, Finance from ESCP Europe, Benjamin also has an MBA (summa cum laude), in Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneurial Finance, from Babson College.

Douglas Hoernle

Douglas Hoernle

Founding Director, Rethink Education And Co-Founder Juggl


Douglas Hoernle is the founding director of Rethink Education and co-founder of the popular schools communication application Juggl. He is a dynamic, fast-moving entrepreneur and creative thinker, and is committed to improving education across Africa using mobile technology.

Over the past four years Douglas has lead the development of innovative technology to allow students to access educational content specifically tailored for mobile devices. The products have evolved and adjusted to technology shifts, but most importantly, they have found traction with widespread usage and over half a million students using the various applications.


One of his platforms currently offers the entire high school syllabus in Maths, Science and Chemistry on mobile devices.

Hoernle started his first business at the age of sixteen and was named an Allan Gray Fellow for his entrepreneurial and charity work throughout high school. He holds a honours degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town. He has spoken and presented at conferences and universities across Africa, Israel, Singapore and the United States on a number of topics including education, technology, and entrepreneurship.

chhaya

Dr. Chhaya Shastri

Non-Independent, Non-Executive Director at MT Educare


Has over 20 years of industry experience in various sectors like infrastructure, healthcare, media & education. She has a multidimensional education background in Allied Medicine, Law and Management, being an alumni of IIM Calcutta. Due to her passion for education, she is a mentor to an NGO called Global Education Trust and a Pre - University College at Karnataka.

Her key contribution in last 10 years has been to corporatize MT Educare to a public listed entity & creating wealth for all the stakeholders. In the year 2013, MT Educare received


an award for being a fastest growing under a billion Company. One of the innovative strategies implemented by her in this case was to convert the Domain experts into futuristic Business Leaders within the organization. She continues to be a Board of Director till date working on the strategic initiatives for the company.

Internationally, she is also a Director of Excelencia Institute at Dubai.

Currently, she is working on Technology enabled Education in the mainstream as well as test prep Institutions, which is the need of the hour for scalable quality education.

Alfredo I.  Ayala

Alfredo I. Ayala

Managing Director, Member of Management Committee - Ayala Corporation
Chief Executive Officer - LiveIt Investments, Ltd. and Ayala Education, Inc.
Trustee - Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines
Philippine (IBPAP) and Philippine Business for Education (PBEd)

Alfredo Ayala, or Fred, is a Managing Director and Member of the Management Committee of Ayala Corporation


He is the Chief Executive Officer of LiveIt Investments, Ltd. (LiveIt) and of Ayala Education, Inc., which are Ayala Corporation’s holding companies for its business process outsourcing (BPO) and education investments, respectively.


LiveIt invests in innovative BPO companies that can leverage Philippines and have the potential to become a Global Top 5 leader in their sectors. Fred is the Chairman of Integreon, a leading global provider of outsourced legal, document, research, and business support; a Director of Affinity Express, one of the largest global providers dedicated to marketing production and media solutions; and a Director of IQ BackOffice, a leading finance, accounting and human resources outsourcing company focused on small and medium sized enterprises. Previously, Fred was the CEO of eTelecare, Chairman of SPi and Vice Chairman of Stream Global Services.

Fred is also leading Ayala Corporation’s push into investing in the private education sector, through newly formed Ayala Education, Inc. (AEI). AEI invests in both K-12 (through APEC or Affordable Private Education Centers, a chain of 24 low cost private high schools and a joint venture with Pearson, and Higher Education (through LINC or Learning with Industry Collaboration, in partnerships with Jose Rizal University, Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano University). AEI has also acquired University of Nueva Caceres (UNC), one of the leading universities in the Bicol region, which has approximately 7,000 students, with many well-recognized programs, including arts and sciences, business and accountancy, computer studies, criminal justice, education, engineering and architecture, graduate studies, law, nursing and basic education (K-10). AEI is focused on delivering high quality, affordable education that can significantly enhance middle and lower income students’ employability, as well as expand the pool of well-trained graduates for the IT-BPO and other service industries

Fred holds an MBA from Harvard and a BA in Development Studies (Honors) and Economics from Brown University. Prior to that he attended the Ateneo de Manila.

Hans Henrik Christensen

Hans Henrik Christensen

Director of DSOA, Silicon Oasis Founders and DTEC, Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Center


Hans, has a BA of science degree in Economics and Finance from Bentley University, Waltham MA, USA. Is married, has two kids and lives in Dubai. Having lived 30 years outside his home country Denmark, Hans has been successful in starting up and running companies in South America and Europe in the ICT space. He currently serving as a Director of DSOA, Silicon Oasis Founders (a technology incubator) and DTEC, Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Center. His experience includes starting companies, and running departments in multinational corporations. He has been successful in attracting venture capital to the tune of double digit US $ million.


Hans has furthermore held important global positions for large financial institutions, dealing with the financing of large international ICT deals. The partners and customers were renowned household names in the ICT industry. Hans build-up and directed the team of the only technology incubator of Siemens ICN and ICM. (ICN was a department of Siemens with 55.000 employees in 160 countries) reporting to the board of Siemens ICN. His last company was a spin-off from Siemens, producing access gateway software for Hotspots.

As Director for SOF and DTEC, Hans's responsibility extends to helping start up entrepreneurs establish their ventures. Currently, as Director and board member of 7 startups, some companies have graduated from the incubator and several more are currently entering into the program. As director of DTEC, Hans oversees the DTEC co-working facility. Currently DTEC is housing more than 100 startups. He is a Growthwheel advisor and certified incubation manager (with NBIA: National Business Incubation Association).

Hans is a member of the 'DSOA Smart City Committee' as well as a member of the Dubai Islamic Economy taskforce. The Smart City concept is based on creating a new approach to managing cities of the future. The Islamic Economy initiative targets building a technology center focusing on start-ups and Muslim consumers using the seven pillars of the Islamic economy as guidance.

Jack Tuason

Jack Tuason

Member of the Board of Trustees at Enderun Colleges


Jack who is a member of the Board of Trustees at Enderun Colleges, teaches Principles in International Tourism and Hospitality.

Jack started his career as Front Office Manager of Hyatt Regency Monterey, and then served as Revenue Manager and OIC of Rooms Division of Hyatt Regency San Francisco. He moved to the Pan Pacific Hotel Manila as the Resident Manager and also assisted in the openings of Pan Pacific Malacca and Kuala Lumpur. He then concurrently became Director of HSAI Raintree and General Manager of its property, Discovery Suites, from 1999 to 2005.

He was the youngest general manager in the Philippines during his time. Jack also founded Ambergris Solutions (now known as TELUS International Philippines).

He earned his BS in Hotel Administration from University of Las Vegas in Nevada.

Julian Oei

Julian Oei

Executive Vice President Group Strategy and M&A
Holtzbrinck Publishing Group


Julian is the EVP for Group Strategy and M&A at Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. In his role he is responsible for the group’s acquisition strategy, corporate development efforts, M&A execution, business intelligence and the group’s Fund investments. As a Group EVP he is part of the extended group management. Before joining Holtzbrinck, Julian worked for 10 years in Investment Banking and Strategy Consulting. He is married and father of three children.


Holtzbrinck is an international publishing group with interests in science, education, consumer books and digital media. Through the merger of its Macmillan Science & Education business with Springer Science in 2015, SpringerNature, one of the largest and most prestigious science publishers globally was created. Further group activities include Macmillan Learning (Higher Ed), Macmillan Publishers (consumer books) and Holtzbrinck Digital (internet).

Michael Moe

Michael Moe

Co-founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer - GSV Capital
Co-founder - GSV Asset Management
Advisor - GSV Advisors. 


Michael Moe is co-founder of GSV Asset Management, as well its CEO and Chief Investment Officer. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, and President of GSV Capital Corp. (NASDAQ: GSVC) since the company’s inception in 2011.Michael is well known and regarded as one of the world’s preeminent authorities on growth investing.”His insights are routinely solicited by everyone from CNBC to Barron’s to Congress.


  Recognized as one of the best and brightest investors on Wall Street, his honors include Institutional Investor‘s “All American” research team, The Wall Street Journal‘s “Best on the Street” award, and being named by Business Week as “one of the best stock pickers in the country.”


His insights are routinely solicited by everyone from CNBC to Barron’s to Congress. Recognized as one of the best and brightest investors on Wall Street, his honors include Institutional Investor‘s “All American” research team, The Wall Street Journal‘s “Best on the Street” award, and being named by Business Week as “one of the best stock pickers in the country.


He has also written extensively about investing in the emerging growth equity markets. His acclaimed 2006 book ‘Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow’ (Penguin Group), details Michael’s investment process and philosophy which he’s refined over more than two decades in the investment community. Additionally, he is Co-Author of the white papers, ‘2020 Vision: A History of the Future and American Revolution 2.0’, ‘How Education Innovation is Going to Revitalize America and Transform the U.S. Economy’. A business best-seller, Finding the Next Starbucks has gone through three printings in five languages and been lauded for its insights into investing in premier emerging growth companies.


Prior to starting GSV, Michael co-founded and served as chairman and CEO of ThinkEquity Partners, an asset management and investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies. Before ThinkEquity, he held positions as Head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch and Head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities.

Mike Mihalec

Mike Michalec

Managing Director, EdTech Asia Limited


Mike has a keen interest in the use of mobile and Internet technologies for improved social and economic development outcomes coupled with a strong passion for innovation and entrepreneurship within the education sector. He has extensive experience working for multilateral and private sector organizations as an international development consultant for education and technology initiatives. Mike is currently the managing director of EdTech Asia Limited, a consultancy, research, and event company that provides industry insight and serves to catalyze growth for the edtech ecosystem throughout Asia and beyond.

Mary Ellen Matsui

Mary Ellen Matsui

Executive Director, Atma

Mary Ellen Matsui is the Executive Director of Atma- a Mumbai-based non-profit that supports grassroots education NGOs. Since 2007 through its unique model, Atma has accelerated 50+ education NGOs and reached out to more than 60,000 beneficiaries in Mumbai.


A graduate of the Telfer School of Management Mary Ellen has worked across Asia and in India specifically for the last 8 years. A fierce advocate for the Education Sector Mary Ellen has consulted to funding bodies across Europe, Australia and Canada to direct investment in Atma's portfolio of education NGOs in Mumbai.


Mary Ellen was an advisor for the newly established UNICEF Innovation in Education Fund in partnership with CEI. She regularly speaks on the Education and the Accelerator ecosystem in India.

Neil D'Souza

Neil D'Souza

Founder / CEO, Zaya Learning Labs

  

Neil D'Souza is the founder and CEO of Zaya Learning Labs, a disruptive educational start-up brining affordable blended learning solutions to the mass market.

Over the last 5 years, Zaya has pioneered an implementation model that allows any Low Cost Private School to implement a fully adaptive curriculum for under USD 2 per child per month. Today, Zaya reaches over 30,000 students who use personalized instruction with technology as a core part of their everyday learning. With over 150,000 students signed up next year, Zaya aims to become the largest affordable learning solution for the market that was historically underserved.


Neil has over 10 years of experience in education and technology, spanning the US and India markets. Prior to founding Zaya, Neil worked at Cisco Systems in the Bay Area on Mobile Internet products that form the core of US telecom infrastructure.

Nisha Ligon

Nisha Ligon

Co-Founder and CEO of Ubongo


  

Nisha is a social entrepreneur with a background in media and science, and a passion for education. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Ubongo, creators of edutainment loved by over 2 million kids in Africa. Nisha was previously Head of Content at the Fuse School, an online global learning platform, and as a freelancer she has produced content for the BBC, the Guardian, the London Science Museum, and award winning documentaries.


She has an MSc. from Imperial College London and a B.S. from Yale University. At Ubongo, she’s lead visionary, series producer, product developer, fundraiser and whatever else is needed to get our products made, tested and released!

Prachi Windlass

Prachi Jain Windlass

Director, India Education,
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation


Prachi is the Director, India Education at Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to transforming the lives of children living in urban poverty through better education and family economic stability. Since entering India in 2006, the foundation has committed more than INR 856 crores to drive social progress for India’s children.

As Director, Education, Prachi heads the foundation’s India education portfolio which focuses on large scale school system transformation and high quality education service providers.


The portfolio reaches more than 7 lakh children every year and includes more than 30 for-profit and not-for profit organizations

Prachi is on the board of several for-profit social enterprises 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. Before joining the foundation, Prachi worked at Boston Consulting Group in Gurgaon, India. She has also worked extensively in the telecommunications sector at Qualcomm and Motorola. Therefore, Prachi has over 15 years of diverse set of operational and leadership experience in India and US

Prachi has a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles and a master in business administration from the University of Chicago.

Priya Krishnan

Priya Krishnan

Founder & CEO, Founding Years Learning Solutions Pvt, Ltd

Priya Krishnan is the CEO of KLAY & The Little Company, one of the most prestigious and trustworthy prep school and day care brands in India. A business graduate from London Business School, she has worked in various leadership positions with companies like Anderson Consulting and PWC. Before moving to India from the UK, Priya was Vice President – Sales at Mphasis. Her decision to give up such a lucrative job was driven by her passion to make a difference in the educational sector along with her desire to resolve the limitations of existing day care centres in Bangalore.

Under her leadership, the schools have been recipients of many prestigious awards from


Brands Academy, Education Today, and Silicon India, for its contribution in the field of education. The schools have also created a niche for itself. Today, whether it is in the established Bangalore or in the emerging Gurgaon, Klay Preschools are the most common neighbours of IT Parks in India. On the other hand, The Little Company has a strong presence in the Corporate day care sector with clients such as Hindustan Unilever Ltd, L'Oreal India Pvt. Ltd, Genpact and Johnson & Johnson to name a few.

At present, the prep schools have nearly 2000 children learning and playing in 21 corporate and 17 retail centres. . A quintessential example of a successful, driven and a focused woman entrepreneur, it goes without saying that KLAY & TLC is a clear reflection of everything Priya stands for.

Racquel Shroff

Racquel Shroff

Global CEO, Global Education Solutions


Racquel is a business leader and recognised expert in the international education industry, with over 21 years of experience in various aspects of business, solutions development, consulting, advisory, client services, marketing and research with a passion to deliver true education outcomes for the youth.

She has been successful in creating and monetising disruptive first principle ecosystem solutions, establishing international operations, creating brand value and demand, identifying opportunities to achieve exceptional outcomes and sustainable growth.


Racquel is known for her extensive international networks, in-depth industry knowledge and setting industry best practices, and, influencing policies to ensure best education outcomes for students.

She has worked across Governments, Industries, Professional Bodies, Peak Bodies and Education Providers to understand and manage business needs, develop and deliver strategies using evidence based approaches and complex symbiotic business models. She has a proven track record in leading and implementing new innovative products, services and holistic solutions to improve the engagement, aspirations, progression, transition, skills development and employability outcomes of young people.

Raj Shastri

Raj Shastri

Partner, Kaizen Private Equity


Raj joined Kaizen in 2010 and works closely with portfolio companies to help drive significant increases in revenues and margins, post-investment.

Prior to Kaizen, he spent 7 years in private equity investing including stints at Guggenheim Partners and Helix Investments. With experience investing across sectors, Raj’s most successful exits were with education companies, one of which is now listed.


He maintains close relationships with education entrepreneurs, investment advisors and research professionals, and brings his extensive network and operational experience to bear in his board roles at portfolio companies.

Raj has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi.

Ramya Venkataraman

Ramya Venkataraman

Founder & CEO
Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA)

   

Ramya Venkataraman is Founder & CEO of Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA) which aims to empower teachers and catalyze teacher professional development, through a high quality certification that can connect outstanding teachers to great opportunities and also serve as a pointer for schools and teacher trainers in their recruiting and professional development efforts. Through the catalytic effect of this, CENTA hopes to play a central role in improving the quality of school education and making teaching a preferred and celebrated profession. CENTA,s first initiative, the CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad TPO 2015 in India

, held on Dec 5th across 7 cities and 20 centres, in 9 subject-grade tracks, received tremendous response from the country's teaching and broader education community with over 5000 registrations from 300+ cities/towns across 32 states/UTs, significant media coverage, encouragement from several foundations, associations and governments, and requests to add centres in other cities of India and internationally.

Ramya is also an Advisor to McKinsey & Company's Education Practice (which she earlier built and led) and member of a few significant education committees at the central and state level in India. She authors a few publications from time to time and informally guides young organizations.

Prior to this, Ramya was with McKinsey & Company for 16 years, asLeader of the Education & Skills Practice for the last 6 years, and, in multiple industry sectors and geographies in the first 10 years (a broad professional experience that she continues to bring to bear in her education work).

Ramya is known for driving and pioneering several on-the-ground reform efforts in both school education and skills in India – large scale school system reform (Mumbai), helping set up significant national level institutions (NSDC), supporting the development of several leading foundations and private organizations, and contributing to significant policies including the public-private partnership policy in education in Mumbai, the skills policy at the national level, and others. Beyond hands-on experience in India, Ramya has played advisory roles in education and skills efforts in Bhutan, South East Asia, middle east and North Africa.

Among other recognitions, Ramya has received a ‘global entrepreneurship award’ in McKinsey for her contributions to education in India, has been profiled by a Professor from the Institute of Education, UK, in the US Yearbook, as an example of someone who has had system level impact through her efforts, and has been recognized as a distinguished alum by her high school.

Ramya holds a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, and has received prestigious awards for leadership at both institutes.

Shannon May

Dr Shannon May

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy & Development Officer, Bridge International Academies


Dr. Shannon May is Co-Founder and Chief Strategy and Development Officer at Bridge International Academies. Shannon is an advocate for children, dedicated to ensuring that education policy and provision are focused on children and learning outcomes. In her work for Bridge, Shannon is a data-driven designer. She leads teams to deliver operational excellence across various industries, from construction to marketing.


She and her partner Jay Kimmelman, came up with the idea of Bridge while she was teaching in rural China and witnessing the pervasive effects of low-quality schooling for the world’s poorest.


Shannon uses her own teaching experience to bring insight to Bridge’s fast-growing operations across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and India.

Shannon received her BA, Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, and her PhD in Anthropology from UC Berkeley.

Steve Riehs

Steve Riehs

President
Professional and International Education, DeVry Education Group

Steve Riehs, President, Professional and International Education, DeVry Education Group Riehs joined DeVry Education Group in 2004 as Vice President and General Manager of Online Operations. He was named President of DeVry Online Services in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed President of K-12, Professional and International Education, which consists of five of the eight DeVry Group institutions.
DeVry Group's purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals.


DeVry Group is a global provider of educational services and the parent organization of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain College of Nursing, DeVry Brasil, DeVry University, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. These institutions offer a wide array of programs in business, healthcare, technology, accounting and finance.

Riehs has an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University.

Sergio Abramovich

Sergio Abramovich

Vice President International Business Development & Operations,
DeVry Education Group


Sergio Abramovich is a leader in international higher education and operations and, has experience in campus and online based education, professional education and technology. He is currently the Vice President of International Business Development and Operations at DeVry, where he leads the development and implementation of the international expansion strategy, integration, and international recruiting. The DeVry Group's purpose is to empower its students to achieve their educational and career goals. The DeVry Group is a global provider of educational services, with revenues approaching $2B. Its institutions offer a wide array of programs in business management, healthcare, and technology.


Prior to DV, Sergio was the Managing Director for the Fundación Universitaria Iberomaericana in the USA, a non-profit alliance of Spanish and Latin American universities that provides and promotes online education in Spanish and Portuguese.

Prior to joining the Fundación, Sergio was Director at GEC, Spain’s largest eLearning consulting company. GEC was the consulting and implementation arm of UOC (Open University of Catalonia) the biggest online university in Spain and Latin America.

Sergio holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. A Bachelor in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Argentina, he has taken several courses in Instructional Design and Technology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and the Open University of Catalonia.

Sudhamoy Khasnobis

Sudhamoy Khasnobis

Founder Director, iCare Life Pte. Ltd.


Sudhamoy Khasnobis is the founder of Singapore based social enterprise - iCare Life Pte. Ltd. Over the past couple of years at iCare Life, he has done extensive research in developing an ecosystem that enables informal sector workers in the emerging economies to improve their competencies in specific skill area of ‘Home Support Services™. iCare Life is currently focused on competency based skill development using innovative ICT based training content on a highly scalable technology platform for the vast pool of untrained, or at best poorly trained informal ecomomy workers in India.


Khasnobis, an engineer by education and a banker by profession, worked with the largest private sector bank in India for more than two decades in various senior management capacities, and then, he went on to setup, and head India’s first distressed debt management company - Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd. as the Managing Director and CEO. Khasnobis is known for making a seminal contribution to resolving distressed debt problem that the banking sector in India was then grappling.

Khasnobis turned into an entrepreneur with a vision to redefining service standards for informal economy workers. A creative thinker and a passionate educationist, Khasnobis taught entrepreneurship as an external faculty at the Indian Institute of Managemnt (Kolkata) for several years. He is known for taking a contrarian approach to problem solving. He firmly believes that competency based skills development that enables ‘learn to earn’ would incentivice millions of informal workers across the world, get the employmet opportunity, earn more, achieve their aspirational goals and get ‘Access to a better life™’.

Salah-Eddine Kandri

Salah-Eddine Kandri

Global Head of Education, IFC


Salah-Eddine Kandri is the Global Head of Education at IFC. Since April 2014, he has been leading IFC’s Education Practice overseeing IFC investment program in the Education sector globally and across all levels of education. Prior to that, Salah-Eddine was the Regional Manager for Consumer Services for four years covering Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa region (EMENA) based in Dubai.

Salah-Eddine joined IFC in 2006 as a Senior Investment Officer in Washington, DC and moved to Dubai in 2009 to lead IFC’s program in the Health and Education sectors in the Arab region.


Since early 2010, Salah-Eddine spearheaded the Education for Employment (E4E) Initiative for Arab youth and was co-lead for the development of IFC and IsDB's report 'Education for Employment: Realizing Arab Youth Potential' which was launched in April 2011.

Prior to IFC, Salah-Eddine spent six years at the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where he was in charge of the Infrastructure & ICT Private Sector Division. Earlier in his career, he worked for three years at the Central Bank of Morocco focusing on the development of local capital market. Salah-Eddine is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MBA and a MSc. in Finance from the University of Maryland College Park. He has also an undergrad degree in Chemical Engineering from Ecole Nationale de l’Industrie Minérale, Rabat, Morocco.

Mark Dorman

Mark Dorman

President of McGraw-Hill Education International and Professional


Mark Dorman is president of McGraw-Hill Education International and Professional. He is responsible for capitalizing on McGraw-Hill Education’s product development expertise across markets and combining those capabilities with the regional insight and distribution network of the company’s international operations. He also oversees the company’s professional reference business, which includes the expanded delivery of content through a 6,000-title eBook program and the development of online solutions on medical and healthcare, engineering, and scientific topics.
Mark has extensive experience in international business management and the


development of digital solutions. Prior to joining McGraw-Hill Education, he was president and CEO of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, where he oversaw significant business growth in terms of improved revenue, profit margins, and the accelerated development of market-leading digital products and services in core markets. Before taking the role of president and CEO at Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, he served as vice president of the company's Legal Markets Group, responsible for overall strategy, business development and sales and marketing. Prior to Wolters Kluwer, Mark was head of global product management at Gartner Inc. and head of strategy for LexisNexis UK, a unit of Reed Elsevier.

Mark graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served as an officer in the British Army's Corps of Royal Military Police.

Nicos Nicolaou

Nicos Nicolaou

Founder & CEO, UNICAF


Dr. Nicos Nicolaou is the Founder and CEO of UNICAF, the biggest online higher education educational platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nicos studied business and education in the US and the UK and has been involved in higher education for the last 28 years. He started his first higher education institution in 1987 and since then he worked for the establishment and successful operation of a number of educational institutions.

Approximately 3 years ago he founded UNICAF which in a very short time became the most successful online platform offering international higher education programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa.


UNICAF provides European, US and UK partners with a comprehensive operating infrastructure needed to attract, enrol, educate, support and graduate students globally.

He is committed to ensure that access to quality higher education is not limited by geographical location, tuition fees, or lack of access to academic resources.

Carl Bistany

Caitlin Baron

CEO, The Speed School Fund

 

Caitlin Baron is CEO of the Speed School Fund, a new philanthropic initiative created by the Legatum Foundation to help the 121 million children across the world who are out of school get back to learning. The fund combines the rigor and discipline of the investment world with the purpose and passion of the philanthropic sector to deliver high impact back-to-school programs. The first such program is the Speed School accelerated learning initiative which has already enabled 100,000 out of school children in West and East Africa to transition back to the classroom. The fund seeks to raise $250 million to help 6 million children get back to school by 2030.

Prior to this role, Caitlin spent ten years as a senior leader with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, helping to grow the organization to steward over U$1 billion in charitable giving. She founded and led the foundation’s office in South Africa, building large national partnerships with the Department of Basic Education and creating the Dell Young Leaders scholarship program, which has awarded over 400 scholarships to disadvantaged South African students. Caitlin also helped launch the foundation’s first international office in India, where she built MSDF’s impact investing portfolio, completing the foundation’s first equity transactions and holding board seats at numerous Indian social enterprises.

Caitlin also spent three years with an international microfinance NGO working across Africa and the Middle East. She began her career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company. Caitlin graduated from UCLA in Political Science and is currently pursuing an executive masters with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Born in New York, she has spent more than a third of her life living outside the US, in Hong Kong, South Africa, and India.

Carl Bistany

Carl Bistany

Director of SABIS Holdings


Carl Bistany is Director of SABIS Holdings and oversees the operating companies that manage schools in the global SABIS® Network, which was established in 1886, and educates 70,000 students in schools located in 16 countries on four continents.
Since joining SABIS® in 1992, Carl Bistany has led the fourth generation family-owned business and transitioned it into a globally-recognized, professionally-managed enterprise at the forefront of education management. In addition to his active involvement as Director, he has been instrumental in pursuing the expansion of the SABIS® School Network in the private sector in various countries, as well as into the Public-Private-Partnership arena around the world.


Carl Bistany holds two Masters' degrees, one in Mathematics and the other in Computer Science from Syracuse University, NY, and, is also a Harvard alumnus, having completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Owner/President Manager program. He serves as a board member of several organizations including Oum El Nour, a drug prevention and rehabilitation organization, and the Advisory Board of the Institute of Family & Entrepreneurial Business at the Lebanese American University. He is currently a Senior Vice President of the Chief Executives’ Organization (CEO) and is also president-elect of CEO for 2017. The founding Chairman of the Lebanese Chapter of the Young President Organization (YPO) as well as the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO), he has served as a senior member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and is a member of the World Bank Advisory Group on Engaging the Private Sector.

He co-authored 'Last Bell: Breaking the Gridlock in Education Reform', a book about raising public education standards through the engagement of the for-profit, private sector, and is a sought-after speaker at global education conferences and events.

Harman Singh

Harman Singh

Founder & CEO, WizIQ Inc


Recognized as an online edupreneur and visionary e-learning innovator in a career spanning more than 13 years, Harman Singh is the Founder and CEO of WizIQ, world’s largest cloud-based education platform. With WizIQ, Harman has successfully leveraged technology to replicate the classroom experience online making it more accessible, for both learners and educators. He spearheads both strategic and tactical direction, and contributes significantly towards developing WizIQ’s vision and business strategy

Harman has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, located in Raleigh, N.C., USA.


He is recognized for his expertise in conceptualizing, planning and developing specialized solutions for the online learning industry. His leadership and determination has enabled WizIQ to consistently excel at developing and implementing solutions that create value for working professionals, instructors and corporations. Under his able leadership, the company has received multiple leading awards for its innovative solution, including the Global e-Learning Awards for the 'Best Virtual Classroom Provider' from the World Education Congress (WEC) four times (2012-2015) in a row. His visionary entrepreneurial approach and its innovative implementation also won him the LMA-Trident Award for "Best Young and Innovative Entrepreneur of 2011".

Harry Klass

Harry Klass

Education Technologist, NTUC LearningHub


Harry Klass has over 25 years of experience, holding positions in the Food and Beverage, Oil & Gas, Retail and Continuing Education industries. A strong believer in continuing education has seen Harry develop his skills in different areas of the education sector, especially in the area of e-content development, eLearning architecture and Omni-channel instructional design.

In the blended learning space, he has worked with different vendors and developers in creating different learning environments and curriculum that enable learning with the use of virtual simulations, interactive videos and engaging content.


A recipient of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s (WDA) scholarship in 2013, Harry has risen through the industry by leveraging on the WSQ system and progressed horizontally across different industries. He started his career with the Singapore Armed Forces, and was later associated with McDonalds Restaurants, ExxonMobil Asia, and Chevron Singapore, before joining NTUC LearningHub.

Harry holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Retail Marketing from the University of Stirling, a Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE), an Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), and a WSQ Diploma in Retail Management.

Julia Moffett

Julia Moffett

Director of Innovation - Equity Group Foundation
Nairobi


Julia Moffett, is Director of Innovation at Equity Group Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya, where her current priorities include education innovation and the recent launch of Equity Bank’s mobile platform, Equitel.

Founder of the Future of Learning Fund, she assists entrepreneurs who are transforming education with 21st century learning solutions in the developing world access capital and strategic support.


Her previous roles included:

  • Director of Strategic Planning in the Clinton White House and National Security Council
  • Vice President at NBC News
  • Managing Director of the Markle Foundation
  • Director of Strategy at the BBC World Service Trust.


She has held consulting engagements with the Omidyar Network, World Bank Institute, UK Department for International Development and Open Society Institute among others.

Julia serves or has served on numerous Boards and Advisory Boards that include: the Burberry Foundation, Maiyet, Peace One Day, Global Kids, Rock the Vote and Videre, and she is an active advisor to numerous education start-ups in Nairobi. She was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Finance Committee for ‘Obama for President’ in 2008 and 2012.

Oliver Sabot

Oliver Sabot

Managing Director, Nova Academies
Kenya & South Africa


Oliver Sabot is an entrepreneur focused on developing and scaling new approaches to transforming education in the developing world. He is the founder of three rapidly growing education ventures in Africa and currently serves as the Managing Director of one of them: Nova Academies. Nova is a new school network currently operating in Kenya and South Africa that aims to make world-class education more accessible to African families at large scale. He also serves as a Director the other two ventures, Kepler and Spire, new models to dramatically increase the quality, affordability and accessibility of higher education.


Oliver brings a decade of experience in global health and development to his focus on education, most recently as the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). At CHAI, Sabot led the design and execution of large-scale programs to reduce child mortality and transform health systems in more than 20 countries and managing the organization's relationships with major global institutions. He joined CHAI to develop and launch a new malaria program, which he grew to be a central strategic pillar of the organization. Among other efforts, his team played a central role in the development and launch a USD 450 million global initiative to dramatically increase access to quality malaria medicines. He also served as the Chair of the Market Dynamics Committee of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, guiding the development of improved strategies to better leverage the institution’s USD 22 billion of investments to shape health product markets.

Oliver Sabot is the author of more than 20 scholarly articles on global health and development published by Science, Cambridge University Press, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and The Lancet.

Tonee Ndungu

Tonee Ndungu

Founder of the NAILAB and KYTABU


Tonee Ndungu is the Founder of the NAILAB and KYTABU. Born and raised in Kenya, Tonee studied in Kenya's public schools. Because he was dyslexic, Tonee struggled in class and was the 'dumb kid' in many of his classes. He devised a method of learning by recorded his own cassette tapes of books to understand his classroom lessons.

After graduating from university, six years after his peers, Tonee decided to focus on education and help others that faced any of the many challenges of learning in the developing world. In 2010, Tonee founded the NAILAB (Nairobi Labs) with the intention of incubating and turning ICT concepts into real businesses.


In the NAILAB, Tonee helped create new applications such as iCow and raised $5.5 million for the NAILAB before leaving in 2012 to start KYTABU.

In early 2012, Tonee started Kytabu, a tablet-based eLearning solution for the 8-4-4 system in Kenya. The concept for Kytabu is to micro lease educational curriculum content through mobile money. Kytabu, led by a former Safaricom senior executive Paul Mugambi as CEO, has won 8 local and global awards in the last two years including Google: The Education application most likely to change the world in 2015 by EdTech World, the Citi Mobile Challenge: Best Social Impact Application for 2015 and the African Entrepreneurship Award 2015.

Tonee is a husband and proud dad of two girls and is based out of Nairobi.

Tuan Pham Minh

Tuan Pham Minh

Founder and CEO of Topica Edtech Group


PHAM Minh Tuan, Ph.D is Founder and CEO of Topica Edtech Group. Topica is a leading online education provider in South East Asia, with 1,000 full-time staffs and 1,800 instructors across Bangkok, Danang, Hanoi, Hochiminh City, Jakarta, Manila, and Singapore.

Topica is one of the first among online education startups globally, to have developed 3 different products that are leading their segments, and have built an Edtech ecosystem platform.


Topica cooperates with 11 universities including top-tier institutions in the Philippines and Vietnam to operate high-quality online degree programs, and provides online English speech tutoring courses in Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. Topica Edumall is a leading short-courses platform that also distributes Topica's own and third party products. Topica also manages the Vietnam Chapters of the Silicon-Valley accelerator Founder Institute, the only accelerator in Vietnam whose grads have raised million-dollars funding rounds. Previously, Pham served as a Vice Dean at Hanoi University of Technology, a Dean at Hanoi Open University, and a Senior Visiting Scholar at University of California, San Diego. Before that, he served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Budapest, an investment officer at Extramedia Ventures in Singapore and New York, and a software architect at Integra Software in Budapest.

Pham received a PhD and an MSc from Budapest University of Technology, and an MBA from New York University Stern School. Pham was honored by World Economic Forum as an Young Global Leader in 2012, and by Founder Institute as Highest Rated Mentor in Asia in 2011. He is a judge member of the Academy of Global Teacher Prize, Steering Committee Member of Asia Pacific Incubation Network, and Central Committee Commissioner of Vietnam Youth Association.

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V. Srinivasa Rangan

Chief Financial Officer of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited


Mr. V. Srinivasa Rangan serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited. Mr. Rangan has been an Executive Director of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited since January 1, 2010. He has been a part of Housing Development Finance Corporation since 1986. He is responsible for the treasury, resources and accounts functions of the corporation. His responsibilities also include funds mobilization through deposits (retail and corporate), bank loans, issuance of debentures and commercial papers, external commercial borrowings, structured financing options, mortgage backed securitization, asset liability management, risk management, financial accounting and taxation and capital management. He is also responsible for regulatory compliance including liaison with Government and regulators. Mr. Rangan served as a Senior General Manager of Corporate Planning and Finance at Head Office of HDFC Ltd since 2000. He has been involved in various functions at HDFC Ltd including managing portfolio of equity investments, structured finance, retail and wholesale lending, branch operations, accounting, budgeting, management information systems.

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Jennifer R. White

CEO and Founder of Student Finance Africa


Jen began working in East Africa in 2005 after she left the Citigroup Private Bank in New York City. Over the past 10 years, she has worked across 13 African countries as both a management consultant and a private equity principal.

Upon completing her graduate work, Jen joined the Monitor Group and led multiple investment projects across sub-Saharan Africa on behalf of global institutions including the Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID, as well as a number of commercial clients. She met with hundreds of business leaders and spoke with thousands of people to understand specific industry dynamics. She later joined a private equity


fund where she built out the fund’s East Africa presence which included developing a deal pipeline, and leading due diligence on a number of deals across different sectors in multiple countries. She has now turned her full attention to building up a cadre of African leaders through the provision of student loans that will enable hundreds of thousands of Africans to attend tertiary educational programs.

Jen received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with honors. She was awarded an MBA from the University of Toronto, and is completing her MA in International Affairs at Columbia University. She sits on multiple boards and is a member of the African Leadership Network. She currently resides in Kenya with her family.

Pankaj Makkar

Pankaj Makkar

Managing Director, Bertelsmann Corporate Services India Pvt. Ltd


Pankaj is the Managing Director of BII and brings broad market knowledge as well as strategic investment experience to the table. Being a graduate of Bertelsmann's Entrepreneurs Program, he has led the setup of the Indian Corporate Centre in 2011 and has been active in helping define and execute the growth strategy for Bertelsmann and its divisions in India.

Pankaj sits on the board of various companies such as Authorgen Technologies, Big RTL Broadcast and Bertelsmann India Corporate Services.

Before joining Bertelsmann in 2009 Pankaj has worked with the Malaysian conglomerate The Usaha Tegas Group where he led key investment projects in various sectors in India and South East Asia. Some of his projects were Astro All Asian Networks, Maxis Communications, Measat Satellite Systems, Powertek and UT Real Estate. Prior to joining The Usaha Tegas Group, Pankaj has spent around 3 years (2000-2003) in audit, accounting and consulting assignments for his family firm SSA India for Indian and International clients.

Pankaj's academical background includes an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in Commerce (Hons.) from Delhi University. He is also a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

P.J. Gunsagar

P.J. Gunsagar

Co-founder / CEO, Kidaptive


P.J. Gunsagar is co-founder and CEO of Kidaptive, an award-winning edtech company dedicated to creating a vibrant ecosystem of top-quality children’s learning products for kids and families.

P.J. is an experienced technology and media entrepreneur. After stints as an investment banker at UBS and an early stage investor at Intel Capital, he worked in companies that he founded.


Prior to Kidaptive, he was co-founder and President of Prana Studios, a leading global studio producing content, animation, and visual effects for film, TV, and themed entertainment industries. Prana’s filmography includes Tinker Bell, Transformers, TRON Legacy, and Disney’s Planes. With the support of his cofounders and Board of Directors.

P.J. left Prana to start Kidaptive in order to focus his efforts on the advancement of children’s education. Prana remains a significant investor in and strategic partner to Kidaptive. Prior to Prana, P.J. cofounded Ettache, an online account aggregation company, acquired in 2001 by Adhesion Technologies.

He holds a Bachelor’s degrees in Economics, Business and Political Science from UCLA and a Law Degree from Stanford University.

Jens Zimmermann

Jens Zimmermann

Partner and Managing Director at New Silk Route Growth Capital

Jens Zimmermann is Partner and Managing Director at New Silk Route Growth Capital (NSR) and focuses on private equity opportunities across the Middle East and Asia. He has over two decades of Private Equity experience and a track record of building successful businesses internationally. After working for Booz, Allen & Hamilton’s acquisition services team in the early 90's, he joined a pioneer buyout group in Germany in 1995, before co-founding HGU Hamburg Private Equity AG in 1998. Since 2004, Jens has been working in Private Equity in South Asia and the Middle East.


He has led over 40 Private Equity investments, served on over 20 boards and founded several companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Jens has a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Takuya Homma

Takuya Homma

Marketing Director, Quipper Limited


Takuya is Marketing Director at Quipper, one of the fastest growing edtech companies in Asia with more than 5 million users from 8 target countries. He is one of the founding members of Quipper, and manages several key activities at the company, including marketing, business development and PR.

He graduated from University College London.

Jussi Hinkkanen

Jussi Hinkkanen

CEO, Fuzu

Jussi Hinkannen is CEO for Fuzu Ltd and is one of the two founders of the company. He is responsible for driving Fuzu from vision to reality and for establishing it as the leading career management platform in the emerging markets.

Before joining Fuzu, Jussi worked for Nokia and later Microsoft Devices Group as Vice President for Corporate Relations for Middle-East and Africa geography and was based in Dubai, UAE, and in Johannesburg, South Africa. His responsibilities included leading Nokia’s strategic external partnerships and innovation activities in the region with the objective of accelerating the growth of the business and the surrounding ICT ecosystem.

Jussi was a member of Nokia India, Middle East and Africa Leadership Team and was one of the key influencers of Nokia’s business expansion strategy in the geography.

Before Nokia, Jussi worked as Adviser to the Minister of Science and Technology in Mozambique and acted as CEO of Mozambique Research and Education Network (MoRENet), and was also coordinator of the Mozambique eGovernment and Communication Infrastructure Project (MEGCIP). He raised a total of 60 million USD of funding, thus tripling the annual budget of the ministry and coordinated implementation of many critical ICT for Development, eGovernment, eHealth and eLearning initiatives. Before working for the Government of Mozambique he coordinated the ICT for the Development portfolio of United Nations Development Programs.

Prior to relocating to the Middle East and Africa, Jussi held various positions in Finnish multi-national companies in the area of product life-cycle management, enterprise business and IT architectures, and software R&D. He was a member of leadership teams driving planning and execution of business strategies in Europe, US and Asia.

Jussi has contributed to a number of programs, publications and conferences, both in Europe and across emerging markets, with focus on how ICT’s catalyse socio-economic development and initiated thought-leader platforms such as Open Innovation Africa Summit, bringing together top-African innovation society thinkers around the continent, DEMO Africa and mLab network.

Jussi holds Master of Science in Industrial Economics from the University of Tampere, Finland.

Yudi Bahl

Yudi Bahl

CFO
Laureate Education India

Yudi has over 22 years of work experience across diverse businesses. Prior to joining Laureate he was the CFO for Biltech Building Elements Limited (a Avantha Group Company). At Avantha he served as Vice President for Strategy & Business Development primarily focused on driving corporate initiatives and identifying growth opportunities for the group.

Prior to Avantha he was a Principal at PE firm Actis and before that he was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Chairman's Office at Bharti Airtel.

He spent a good part of his career in the U.S. including a stint as the CFO at Gaiam Inc, a $120 million consumer lifestyle company and has also spent several years in equity research. Prior to Gaiam he was with US Bancorp Piper Jaffray as Vice President and Senior Analyst, Consumer. Other employers include Laidlaw Equities and Bernard Herold & Co.

Yudi is a Graduate in Economics from Delhi University and holds an MBA in Financial Management from Pace University, USA.

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Ruvneet Bains

Evangelist for InService Training in School Assessment Practices

Ruvneet Bains has over eighteen years of experience as an assessment expert and teacher trainer. Her experience as a teacher at the prestigious The Shri Ram Schools gave her a deep understanding of the school system and child development. She has held leadership positions as School Development Advisor with Learn Today, and been a Principal of the Junior School at the Ardee School at Gurgaon and Senior Manager Teacher Training at Pearson Education where she established and managed the teacher training department. Ms. Bains has delivered large scale teacher training projects with the Bhutan, Maharashtra, Nagaland and Goa Governments.

These have included creating content, capacity building cadres of Master Trainers and managing delivery and monitoring across the districts.
Recently Ms. Bains set up and led the Continuous Professional Development vertical as the Assistant Director at the Centre for Assessment, Evaluation and Research (CAER), one of the most prestigious Public Private Partnerships in the education sector in India between the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Pearson Charitable Foundation. Under her leadership, the CAER trained over 300 Master Trainers and more than 7000 teachers and school leaders in a revolutionary programme called the Assessment Training Programme (ATP).

Ms. Bains continues her work as Evangelist for modern assessment practices in schools through Mentoring the teaching community on assessments, pedagogy and curriculum and is consulting and advising organisations, schools and boards around the country.

Ms. Bains has a Master’s degree in Education from the Gujarat University at Ahmadabad and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Baroda. Her area of specialization has been in Evaluation and Methods of Teaching.

Katelyn Donnelly

Katelyn Donnelly

Managing Director
Pearson Affordable Learning Fund

Katelyn Donnelly is the Managing Director of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund – Pearson’s $65M venture fund that makes investments in education companies in the developing world. Katelyn is a non-executive director for education several start-up companies including Omega Schools in Ghana, APEC Schools in the Philippines, Spark Schools in South Africa and Avanti Learning Centres in India.

Katelyn is also the co-author of several publications about the future of education

including Alive in the Swamp: assessing digital innovations in education, Oceans of Innovation: The Atlantic, the Pacific, global leadership and the future of education, and An Avalanche is Coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead. She is a frequent speaker and advisor on the future of education system and how education technology can be embedded into school systems.

Previously, Katelyn was a consultant at McKinsey & Company in San Francisco and New York, where she led innovation and transformation work for Fortune 500 companies. Katelyn has been named to the Forbes '30 under 30' list and graduated with high distinction in economics from Duke University.

Kumaraesan Subramaniam

Kumaraesan Subramaniam

General Manager, Asian International College


Kumaraesan, formerly taught in a local school. Besides teaching and nurturing the students in their academic progression, he was also tasked to take charge of 3 committees to spear head several critical measures for the organization which includes the National Education project to provide a holistic approach to shape our children for the country. He was equipped with the skills of events organisation while leading the elite team of National Education.

Kumar was also involved in the Inter-Disciplinary project work, to conduct trainings and seminars for teachers, parents and students in time management skills and other relevant skills.


He has written reports for National Education Award (MOE), and handled interviews for external validations and awards (National Education and People Developer Standard).

His skills were further honed in MDIS Pte Ltd and SINDA. He has great understanding of the education system, the learning curve of students, and, extensive experience in curriculum planning.

Kumar has implemented effective learning tools to aid students in their learning during his tenure in SINDA. He was responsible for clearing all educational material in SINDA for alignment of syllabi set by MOE and analysed the learning needs of teachers to provide training. Kumar was tasked to spearhead the AIC Team and has tripled the growth in 2015.

He has an MBA from the University of Chester, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, from the University of Portsmouth, and, also has a Diploma in Education from National Technological University, Singapore (NIE).

Andrew Rudge

Andrew Rudge

CEO, The Reach Trust


Andrew is a former banker who spent nearly a decade working for banks in the UK.  He returned to his native South Africa in late 2009 having completed an MSc in Applied Economics at Imperial College, where he developed a keen interest in behavioural economics.  Andrew had become very interested in the power of mobile phones to effect social change and began to explore different types of mlearning and health programmes.

Andrew's first project was Babysms, a free pregnancy service that delivered a daily piece of information and advice to expectant mothers via sms. 

Towards the end of 2011 he moved the pregnancy project into Mxit, a South African instant messaging.  To date over 1 million women have received maternal health advice through this platform.

Andrew now heads up The Reach Trust, a not for profit that focuses on developing educational and health apps in conjunction with other NGOs and international organisations.  The flagship product is Ukufunda,  a mobile phone based virtual school, developed in conjunction with UNICEF and the Department of Basic Education.   Reach's latest application, LevelUp, introducing a gamified and incentivised learning approach, will be launched in February 2016.