BOARD

  • Sanjli Gidwaney
    Design for Change USA, Director

    Sanjli Gidwaney


    Sanjli is the National Director of Design for Change USA. As the Director of DFC USA, she manages a national team of designers, educators and technologists and forging partnerships with Teach for America, IDEO, Harvard and Stanford among many other school schools and school networks. She travels state-to-state fundraising, delivering hands on professional development workshops, and doing speaking engagements. Sanjli has spoken at the National Association of Independent Schools, Yale, Harvard, Ashoka, SXSWEdu and the United Nations International School. She is deeply passionate about helping young people strengthen their agency to create a fair and just world for all.

    She received her Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. When she is not working, you can find her globe-trotting, or pursuing her love for hip hop dancing and baking. Sanjli lives in Boston with her husband Vinay and their two children, Leela (7) and Niam (4).

  • Madhav Chavan
    Pratham Education Foundation, CEO & Co-Founder

    Madhav Chavan


    Madhav Chavan moved from the field of Chemistry to the field of literacy a few years after his return to India having acquired a Ph. D. in the United States and some post-doctoral experience there. He worked in the field of adult literacy from 1989 to 1994 inspired by the National Literacy Mission launched by late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. In 1994, Unicef in Mumbai put him in charge of creating a ‘societal mission’ to universalize primary education in the city of Mumbai. As a result he co-founded Pratham that started in 1994-95 as a Mumbai based organization and has now grown to be one of India’s largest NGOs working across the country with millions of children every year with a focus on basic learning outcomes including reading and math. Its flagship programs, Read India and the Annual Status of Education Report have earned the organization a reputation as a pedagogy and advocacy innovator that has influenced policy and practice at the national and international level. He stepped down as CEO of Pratham Education Foundation but continues to be on its Board and actively leading the new experimentation in use of technology for education.

    Madhav has been personally recognized for his work with the WISE Prize and The Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship among other honors.His organization, Pratham, has received the Kravis Prize for Leadership,the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award for developmental work and the LUI Che Woo Prize for positive energy.

  • Mei Lin Fung
    People-Centered Internet, Chair and Co-Founder

    Mei Lin Fung


    Chair, cofounder with Vint Cerf of the People Centered Internet, gave the keynote on Decade of Digital Transformation at the World Bank IFC Global SME Financing Forum October 2020, she presented at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Digital Economics launch in 2017. Mei Lin is an early pioneer of customer relationship management (CRM). She served as socio-technical lead for US Federal Health Futures initiative 2011-2013. Within the IEEE Standards Association she chairs the Industry Connections Social Impact Measurement committee, and on the Executive Committee for IEEE’s Humanitarian Activities Committee. Mei Lin is Singaporean, living in Silicon Valley who worked at Intel then Oracle. She was Douglas Engelbart’s business partner 2000-2004, organizing the 2008 Program for the Future. She was on the 2016-2018 WEF’s Global Future Council on Digital Economy and Society and is anti-technocolonialism.She earned her BSc in Math from ANU, MBA in Finance from MIT where she studied under two future Nobel Economics Prize winners.

  • Stavros Yiannouka
    WISE, CEO

    Stavros Yiannouka


    Stavros Yiannouka CEO, WISE Stavros N. Yiannouka is the CEO of the WorldInnovation Summit for Education (WISE), a global think tank of the Qatar Foundation. WISE is dedicated to enabling the future of education through innovation. Its activities encompass research, capacity-buildingprograms, and advocacy. WISE flagship initiatives include an annual series of research publications, a biennial global summit dubbbed the 'Davos of education', the WISE edTech Accelerator, the WISE Innovation Awards, and the WISE Words podcast.
    For more visit www.wise-qatar.org.

    Prior to joining WISE in August 2012, Stavros was the Executive Vice-Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) at the National University of Singapore. He joined the LKY School in June 2005 to spearhead the implementation of an ambitious growth strategy, which he had helped develop as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Today, the LKY School is widely recognized as the leading global policy school in Asia. Together with Kishore Mahbubani et al. Stavros is the co-author of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy: Building a Global Policy School in Asia, World Scientific (2012).
    For more visit www.lkyspp.nus.edu.sg

    Before joining the LKY School, Stavros spent five years with McKinsey & Company from 2000-2005 serving private and public sector clients in Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and Canada, predominantly in finance, healthcare and education. Prior to joining McKinsey, Stavros practiced corporate law in the City of London from 1995-1998 with the firms Gouldens and Mayer, Brown & Platt. Stavros holds an MBA (with Distinction) from the London Business School and an LLB (with Honours) from the University of Bristol. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA); a Member of the Board of Trustees of Nazarbayev University in Astana Kazakhstan; and a non-executive Director of Blue Diagonal Capital Limited.

  • Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez
    Projects & Co, Founder

    Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez


    Author of the Harvard Business Review Project Management Handbook and four other books, Antonio is the creator of concepts such as the Project Economy and the Project Manifesto. His research and global impact in modern management have been recognized by Thinkers50. Fellow and Former Chairman of the Project Management Institute, he is the founder of Projects&Co and co-founder of the Strategy Implementation Institute. He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 coaches. Born in Madrid, Spain, and educated in Germany, Mexico, Italy, and the United States, Antonio is fluent in five languages. He has an MBA from London Business School. You can follow Antonio through his LinkedIn Newsletter - Lead Projects Successfully and website.

Sreeja Basu


Sreeja is passionate about solving problems, and finding creative and effective ways to do so. They are often initiated by her own life experiences, like the absence of sexuality education in her schooling, which led to her interest in this field. She likes to think in and explore range of mediums while approaching any project, and then select the most appropriate one. Illustration is where her expertise and comfort lies.

She is also extremely interested in food and takes every opportunity to try new food preparations. She had also started an illegal food business from her PG while in college with a few friends, which did take off… but had to be shut down.

Sometimes obsessively) striving for perfection, she is “Driven, and always driving, Sreeja doesn't only do, but also makes happen. Without a moment of disinterest, it is her conviction to goals that sets teams off!”- said Reetika Kalita, a fellow co-worker and friend at the fellowship.

Sreeja studied Art and Design at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, specializing in Communication Design. She then pursued a post graduation diploma in Liberal Studies at Ashoka University through the Young India Fellowship. Most of her work as been related to education (and more specifically sexuality and life skills education) and creating material for students and teachers.

Dominic Florisca


Dom has a BSc in Economics from the University of Bath in the UK and has worked as a Management Consultant with Capgemini around Europe for 3 years. Through volunteering and pro-bono consulting with NGOs Dom discovered his passion for working with young people and towards improving education globally. He is excited to be part of Riverside School and to be a Fellow at Design For Change.

Dom was born in Romania before moving to the UK, which explains his love of mountains and nature - and he also enjoys discovering new cultures and countries so much that you will likely find him exploring at every opportunity.

Anjali Chhabra


‘Outside the comfort zone, is where the magic happens’, is the motto that drives this dreamer. With a strong belief in the children’s power to become superheroes, Anjali Chhabra aspires to become a peace educationist by making education a laboratory of peace. A Journalism graduate with masters in Peace and Conflict Studies, she has done intensive field and research work in the border areas of Kashmir. Recently she graduated from Gandhi Fellowship, a two year leadership programme in Mumbai (Maharashtra) aimed at transforming the head masters of government schools to leaders of tomorrow. Her vision is to create a successfully scaled peace education curriculum based on PLAY and ultimately mainstreaming it in the state’s education policy.

Asma Hussain


Asma has spent half a decade with children inside the classroom as an educator. Spending her time inside classroom taught her to be patient, humble, curious and a believer in persistence. She has completed her Bachelors in Economics. She also has a Bachelors degree in Education. Before joining Design for Change, she was a fellow at Teach for India.

Amogh Lux


Amogh Lux is a recent graduate from Chapman University in Orange, California with a degree in public relations, advertising and fine art. He firmly believes in the power of innovation and simplicity in tailoring experiences. A self proclaimed brand enthusiast, Amogh's goal is to help spread the “I Can” attitude around the globe via social media. His plan is straightforward; to turn up conversation and keep social media social.

Pranay Desai


Pranay Desai is an integral member of Design for Change. He has 11 years of design practice behind him. He graduated from the prestigious MS University of Baroda and specialized in Visual Communication. He started ‘IINFI Design Solutions’ in 2000 with his partner, Chintan. His core competency is in the area of graphic design. He is responsible for the design and technology backend expertise and support for Design for Change.

Anshul Aggarwal


After finishing his BE in Mechatronics from Manipal University and working with IMEC in Belgium for 6 months, Anshul joined DFC in 2011. He has since slipped into the role of Chief of (pretty much) Everything with complete ease. It’s standard practice to find Anshul looking alarmingly sleep-deprived, as it is to find his emails in your inbox at ridiculous hours. Don’t be fooled by his frequently spaced-out look; Anshul is a stickler for perfection, and demands it of everyone around him.

On the rare occasions that he is not working, you’ll find Anshul in some remote corner of the country exploring his interest in folklore and storytelling or making an earnest, yet unsuccessful attempt at growing a respectable ponytail. The ponytail aside, we don’t know what we would’ve done at DFC without Anshul and his remarkable ability to get things done.

Nikita Desai


Nikita Desai joined as a member of Design For Change - Global team in 2017. She has been with Riverside School for the past 17 years as a parent, an educator, Head of Riverside Learning Center and as a School Leader for Key Stage 2. (Grades 3 to 7) The fundamental philosophy that drives Nikita’s impeccable work ethic of hard work, dedication and user-centered design is, knowing that with adequate opportunities and support, every child can do anything and everything. Attuned to the Design for Change motto of ‘I Can’, she aspires to help all her students become aware of what bothers them and then to empower them to shift focus from vision to action. Nikita’s understanding of the pedagogy has been strengthened through training in Multiple Intelligence, Differentiated Instruction as well as an online course by the Harvard Graduate School of Education - ‘Teaching for Understanding’. She was invited to present Riverside’s philosophy by the Royal Education Council of Bhutan and Day Star School, Beijing. She has also been to schools in Rajkot and Chittoor as an auditor for their pedagogy and practice. Nikita enjoys interacting with people and meeting new minds, photography, listening to music, traveling and trying different types of food.

Parul Patel


Not only has she seen the beginning of DFC, Parul has been around since the founding of the Riverside School itself, way back in 2001. A graduate of B.Com, Parul uses her administrative super powers to ensure the smooth functioning of DFC as well as Riverside. With her knack for building enduring relationships over phone, email, or in person, Parul is the point of contact for all our India partners and an indispensible asset for the team!

When she is not walking around campus interacting with students and teachers, you will find Parul perched on her favourite chair, which offers her the perfect vantage point to keep one eye on everything that’s happening while doing her work.

Ruchi Junnarkar


Ruchi Junakar is a graduate from Sophia College, Mumbai and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media with a major in Journalism. She joined Design for Change in February 2013 and is the main Coordinator for DFC’s annual Be The Change Conference, as well as the overall operations of DFC. Her persistent hard work and genial nature makes her a valuable teammate.

Nilufer Singanporia


Nilufer Siganporia is an Administrator & an Examinations Officer for Key Stage 3 at The Riverside School. She is a Commerce Graduate, and has a Diploma in Secretarial Practice. She is essentially a PR/HR person, and the first face of Riverside!! This makes her the perfect Coordinator for Hospitality, Guests and Communication for Design for Change. Her inherent love for children has made her a popular ‘Agony Aunt’ for everyone at Riverside. She is ‘high on life’, and strongly believes that ‘God has a plan for our life, and that’s all we need to know’.

Akanksha Agarwal


At Design for Change, Akanksha is trying to bridge the theory and practice of school improvement and learning through Design Thinking. She was a Gandhi Fellow and has worked with Bombay Municipal School Headmasters on designing more engaging learning environments in public schools. She dreams of designing a relevant and inclusive public education system. She has studied literature from Miranda House, Delhi University and has a Masters in Development Studies from TISS, Mumbai.

Over the years, Kiran, Riverside and Design for Change have won several accolades and Awards, and some of them are:

In 2011, Kiran won the prestigious "INDEX – Design to Improve Life Award".

In 2012, "Rockefeller Foundation Youth Innovation Award".

In 2014, Design for Change was declared Lego Foundation's "Reimagine Learning Challenge Champion".

In 2015, Kiran was amongst the Top 10 Educators, nominated for the Global Teacher Prize - instituted by the Varkey GEMS Foundation.

In 2015, Design for Change won the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award.

In 2015, Kiran was conferred the Asia Game Changer 2015 Award by Asia Society.

In 2017, Kiran met the Pope in the Vatican to sign an Agreement whereby DFC is being introduced in over 460,000 Catholic Schools across the Globe.

In 2017, DFC has been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative educational programmes in the world by HundRED.org (based in Finland).

In 2018, Kiran has been awarded the “Light of Freedom” Award, at the Vital Voices, U.S.A., Global Leadership Awards.

In 2018 Edutopia covered The Riverside School for best practices. The Riverside School is consistently ranked as the No.1 International Day School in the City of Ahmedabad and State of Gujarat by EducationWorld India School Rankings.

After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (India) in 1989, Kiran successfully ran her own Graphic Design Firm for over a decade. She moved into Education when she founded The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India in 2001, which is now viewed as a Laboratory to prototype “design processes” that enables “transformative” student learning experiences.


Kiran is also the founder of 'aProCh'—an initiative to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008. In 2009, she received the "Call to Conscience Award" by the King Centre at Stanford.


In 2009, Kiran launched ‘Design for Change’ which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN Mind-set in all children. Today, DFC is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is in 60+ countries—impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.


Kiran currently resides in Ahmedabad with her Husband – Geet Sethi and two wonderful children – their son, Raag and daughter, Jazz. She loves listening to music, watching movies, singing, dancing and has an insane love for fruit-filled Dark Chocolates!!!

Rahul Shah


Rahul is currently working as a management consultant in a firm specialized in strategy consulting. In his 15+ years of experience, Rahul has worked on various domains including technology, retail, airlines, insurance and manufacturing. Besides strategy formation, Rahul specialises in creating customer centric solutions, sales process optimization, organizational operational efficiency and process improvement, and business development .