Ashish Dhawan

Ashish Dhawan

Ashish Dhawan

Founder & CEO | Central Square Foundation

Ashish Dhawan (born March 10, 1969) is an Indian private equity investor and philanthropist who co-founded and ran one of India’s leading private equity funds, Chrysalis Capital (ChrysCapital).[1] He has served on the company’s board since 1999, but left his full-time position at ChrysCapital in 2012 after twenty years in the investment management business to found Central Square Foundation(CSF), a grant-making organization and policy think tank focused on transforming the quality of school education in India. In 2014, he spearheaded the launch of India’s first liberal arts university, Ashoka University, a philanthropic effort of over forty leaders in education and industry.

In 2012, Dhawan was recognized as the NextGen Leader in Philanthropy by Forbes India for his charitable work.[2] He also placed 15th on the 2014 Hurun India Philanthropy List, a ranking of the most generous individuals in India produced by China-based Hurun Research Institute.[3]. His net worth is approximated at $350 million.