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The Leadership Team

The foundation’s leaders come from a broad range of backgrounds and have diverse expertise and experience that spans public policy, education, communication, media and business. Our leaders are guided by the foundation’s mission to create a world in which every person has the opportunity to get access to affordable and quality education and believe in the power of lifelong learning.

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Ronnie Screwvala

Co-founder and Chairman

Ronnie Screwvala a first-generation Indian entrepreneur, philanthropist, opinion leader & author.

Ronnie’s first foray was Cable TV in India and for the first two years of that journey he found no takers and only advise was to treat it as a failed start up and move on, but with him staying at it he was credited with having pioneered Cable TV for all of India.

Entrepreneurship is about finding and seizing opportunities and moving on from failures and Ronnie saw an opportunity in toothbrush manufacturing and after many setbacks went on to build one of the largest toothbrush operations in India, at a time where there was no eco-system for PE Funding or bank debt to start ups. The other opportunity was TV Home Shopping but it was well before its time and was a big failure, but not enough for him to question if he should stick it out as an entrepreneur.

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Mayank Kumar

Co-founder & MD, upGrad

An education maven and accomplished entrepreneur.

An education maven and accomplished entrepreneur, Mayank Kumar is one of the sharpest minds leading the edtech revolution in India. Mayank is the Co-founder & MD of Asia’s higher EdTech major - upGrad, which within 7 years of its inception, has impacted over 3 million total registered learners over 100 countries.

Co-founded by Ronnie Screwvala, and Phalgun Kompalli, upGrad started with a conviction to bridge the gap between working professionals and rapidly evolving industry requirements to now reshaping online education globally. With a strong network of 300+ universities across several geographies, upGrad is one of the few Integrated LifeLongLearning Tech Companies in the world - spanning the college learners to the working professionals from the age group of 18-50years and across Undergrad courses, Campus & Job-Linked Programs, Studying Abroad, short form to executive programs to Degrees, Masters and Doctoral.