Ashish Dhawan is Founder of Ashoka University and the Founder of Central Square Foundation (CSF), a philanthropic organization focused on systemic reform in K-12 education in India. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor's (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale's Development Council. Ashish worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India's leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to work on education reform in India. Ashish lives in Delhi and is married to Manisha. They have three children: Ayla, Anya and Armaan.
Suparna has worked extensively in the development sector for over 25 years. She started her career with MYRADA and moved on to lead and manage multiple projects ranging from being Founding Trustee of Adamya Chetana; Vice-President and Project lead at Centre for Leadership and Management in Public Services; Consultant for multiple projects with Department of Public Instruction, District Institute for Education and Training in Karnataka State; Consultant for rural development project for the Indian Institute of Science etc. Suparna also has curriculum development and teaching experience. She also has extensive experience of design, development and implementation of projects and trainings with corporates and numerous collaborative projects with organizations like Tata Institute for Social Sciences, The Teacher Foundation, CSR wing of ABB, Azim Premji Foundation, UNICEF etc. In her vast experience in the development sector she has also published and presented several papers on academic leadership, management and governance. Suparna's strength lies in her ability to straddle the theory-practice space, to make a meaningful contribution to change on the ground.
Gaurav has over 13 years of experience working both in private sector as well as in the development space (microfinance, health, impact investment, education) largely as a management consultant (P&G, American Express, Azim Premji Foundation, Lok Capital etc.). His areas of experience include program management and implementation, strategic and business planning, organization restructuring and design and sales & distribution management.
Ravi has worked for 24 years in the Corporate Sector most of which was at HSBC. At HSBC, Ravi has worked as the Regional Marketing Head for Middle East and Africa, Head of Consumer Products for Asia Pacific, Consumer Banking Head of Indonesia, CEO and President Director of Bank Ekonomi (a local bank in Indonesia that was acquired by HSBC). He quit his corporate career and switched to the social sector 5 years ago with Azim Premji Foundation where he was the Head of Education Leadership & Management.
Sharad has spent 20 years in the automotive industry working for global OEM’s from different parts of the world. Besides building a solid business, Sharad has also travelled extensively around the world. For the last 8 years, he has been working with Schools driving scale and quality. Sharad is on the Board and actively supporting IIMPACT which has established 1100 centres and working with over 36,000 out of school girls to educate and mainstream them.