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CENTA is deeply grateful to the eminent members of the advisory board who are providing immense support and guidance to this initiative.


Ramesh Srinivasan

Ramesh Srinivasan
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, New York office

Ramesh Srinivasan joined McKinsey & Company in 1994, having spent the first 11 years of his tenure with the firm in India, and the last 11 years in New York. Ramesh is actively involved in education: he is a trustee on the Board of Akanksha—a leading non-profit institution in India that helps provide funding for educational services to underprivileged children—and an advisor to Teach For India.Read More

Dr. Linda Rush
Senior Vice President - Institute for Teacher Learning and Leadership (TELLAL)

Dr. Linda Rush joined GEMS Education in September 2014 and is currently Senior Vice President of the Institute for Teacher Learning and Leadership for All (TELLAL). TELLAL is a dual provider (Arabic and English) in its own right of internationally accredited and qualifying teacher education and leadership development.Read More

Sridhar Rajagopalan
President & Chief Learning Officer, Educational Initiatives

Sridhar Rajagopalan, Managing Director of Educational Initiatives, is an educational entrepreneur who has helped change the way student learning outcomes are seen
in India. Read More

Michael Fernandes
Partner and Co-Head Asia, LeapFrog Investments

Michael Fernandes heads LeapFrog's Asia investments, overseeing deal teams in South and South East Asia and leading LeapFrog's Singapore office. Read More

Bahram N. Vakil
Founding Partner, AZB & Partners

One of the founding partners of AZB & Partners, Bahram N. Vakil is amongst India's foremost infrastructure and project finance attorneys. Read More

Nalini Haridas
Product Owner, Oracle Financial Services

Nalini Haridas is a Product Owner in financial risk regulatory technology at Oracle Financial Services Software Ltd. Over the last 20 years, she has worked in the financial services IT sector in enterprise software development in roles spanning project management and functional architecting. Read More

Dr. James Tooley
Professor of Education Policy, University of Newcastle, UK

Dr. James Nicholas Tooley is a Professor of Education Policy at the University of Newcastle, and also Global Head, Low Cost Schools, at GEMS Education. Read More

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan
Founder, 5F World; Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation;
President, HBS Club of India

Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Executive Chairman and Founder
of 5F World, a platform for Skills, Start-ups and Social Ventures in the country. He is also Chairman of Global
Talent Track, a pioneer in Employability Skills Training in Asia. Read More

Ashish Dhawan
Founder and Chairman of Central Square Foundation (CSF) and Co-Founder, Ashoka University

Ashish Dhawan is the Founder and CEO of Central Square Foundation (CSF). He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India's leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. Read More