Ramya Venkataraman is Founder & CEO of Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), www.centa.org, 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 2015in India (www.tpo-india.org), 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 withover 5000registrations 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) andmember 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, including as Leader of the Education & Skills Practice for the last 6 years, and in multiple other industry sectors and geographies in the first 10 years (a broader professional experience that she continues to bring to bear in her education work).
Ramya is known for driving several pioneering on-the-ground reform efforts in both school education and skills in India – large scale school system reform (e.g. in Mumbai), helping set up significant national level institutions (e.g. 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.