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Sector Champions

The following "Sector Champions" play a sector-specific leadership role at the Forum, facilitating the session for their sector and providing expertise throughout the day to YSIs operating in the same sector.


Sridhar Rajagopalan
Co-Founder & Managing Director, Educational Initiatives Sridhar Rajagopalan is the Founder and MD of Educational Initiatives, a company credited with changing the way student learning outcomes are understood in India. After starting his career at IBM India, Sridhar co-founded and ran Eklavya School in Ahmedabad. In 2001, Sridhar founded Educational Initiatives (EI), which researches and creates diagnostic assessments and offers ASSET, India's largest diagnostic assessment. EI’s ASSET test is taken by over 350,000 students from 1500 schools in India, the Middle East and Singapore. Mindspark, EI's adaptive learning program is used by over 30,000 students. EI also works with government schools. In 2009, EI's Student Learning Study (with support from Google) provided the most detailed picture yet of student learning levels in 19 Indian states. EI is involved in student assessment projects in Bhutan, Mumbai, AP and Gujarat. EI’s partners in these projects include the World Bank, UNICEF and McKinsey & Co.

Prasad Ram
Founder, CEO and Chairman of Gooru. While working at Google, Pram devised a prototype to address his problem of finding age and topic appropriate educational resources on the web. What began as a “20% effort” evolved into a year-long pilot in India that included 1,000 students across 25 classrooms. Pram subsequently left Google to pursue Gooru as a non-profit education technology start-up that would develop Gooru, a search engine for learning. Pram has previously worked at Xerox Research, Dynamx Technology (co-founder), Yahoo! and Google. Pram has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from UCLA, and he obtained his B.Tech. in Computer Science from IIT-Bombay.


Mark Kahn
Venture Partner, Omnivore Capital; Executive Vice President for Strategy & Business Development, Godrej Agrovet Mark Kahn is a Venture Partner with Omnivore Capital, an early-stage venture fund investing in Agricultural Technology ("ag-tech") startups in India. Mark co-founded Omnivore Capital while working as Executive Vice-President for Strategy & Business Development at Godrej Agrovet, one of India's foremost diversified agribusinesscompanies. At Godrej Agrovet, Mark has been responsible for corporate strategy, M&A, product development, and new business incubation. Mark joined Godrej from Syngenta, where he managed initiatives in corporate venture capital, emerging markets strategy and business portfolio planning. He began his career as a strategy consultant with PFM. Mark earned his BA (Honors) from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School, from which he graduated as a Baker Scholar.


Dr. Ashwin Naik,
Co-Founder & CEO, Vaatsalya Ashwin is the founder/CEO of Vaatsalya Healthcare, an award winning social enterprise, focused on building a network of hospitals in Tier II and Tier III towns in India. While 70% of India's population live in semi-urban and rural areas, majority of the healthcare facilities are in Urban areas and not accessible to these families. Vaatsalya is bridging this gap by building primary and secondary care hospitals in semi-urban and rural areas. With ten hospitals in Karnataka and five in Andhra Pradesh, Vaatsalya is the largest hospital network of its kind in India. Recently AllWorld Network has ranked Vaatsalya at no. 5 in its list of 25 fast growing companies in India and Forbes Magazine has profiledVaatsalya as one of the 5 hot startups in India to watch in 2011. Ashwin has a medical degree from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli and a Masters from University of Houston, Texas.

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