Business Development, Technology
GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS, OPERATIONS
Technology, Teacher Support
Founder, Sand’s School, UK
Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, USA
THE LATE DAVID SAWYER
Education Reformer, Converge, USA
Policy Advisor, UNDP, Govt. of Bangladesh
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Business Development, Technology
Simran is responsible for building the next generation mobile application, strategy and vision at Rangeet. He is a member of the Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX) Advisory Group and a Director of Generation Blue, a company whose mission is to catalyse an “Earth Positive” or regenerative economy.
He served on the board of Singaporean NGO, Global Mangrove Trust, that has built a peer to peer platform for Mangrove Restoration. Earlier, Simran was a Director at Lykke Corp, a Swiss Fintech company building a marketplace for blockchain assets including the first mangrove backed “TREE” coin. Through these engagements, positions and networks, Simran is involved in the current dialogue around tackling climate change and consequently translates this into methods and systems that build knowledge and agency amongst children.
He does this by collaborating with the curriculum team at Rangeet on the Ecology Umbrella which explains to children not just HOW to protect nature but WHY they should. Simran completed his B.Sc. in Computer Science from Brown University and worked at J.P. Morgan before setting up and running internationally acclaimed live music venture blueFROG. Simran hopes to establish a framework in which nature and society are at peace.
My wife and I raised our kids on a steady diet of Dr. Seuss. What we wanted most for our children was for them to be creative, crazy, courageous risk takers. But this is often not possible. Our kids come from privilege. They can afford to take risks, fail, pick up, start again as long as they do it responsibly. This realisation hit me in 2013 when I taught a class on English grammar to fourth graders in a government school in Mumbai. I was not quite prepared for how that day would affect me. My class was a cross section of younger and older kids (aged 8 through 14); some differently abled children. And when I inquired why these kids were clubbed so randomly together I was told what I may not have wanted to hear – the girls (mainly) were being abused physically/mentally at home, so would lag behind in learning; some kids were sent to villages to help with farming – hence taken out of school to rejoin at a later date – deeply hurting their self-esteem. The kid who stole my heart was an intellectually-challenged girl who had the most enthusiastic sparkle in her eyes, could not express herself at all, but you knew she had so much to say. All these abilities and ages and sexes and emotional states were mixed up in an overburdened, under-resourced classroom – packaged, processed and shoved into a world that didn’t care what they wanted, dreamed about, cared or hoped for. And I recall thinking on my way home – these kids are just defeated at birth. This is where the seed of the idea behind Rangeet began. It became non-negotiable for me to do something that would give every child the opportunity to be courageous: to try, to fail, to find their niche and awaken their inner superhero.
Karishma graduated from college in 2001 in Bombay with a B.A in English Literature. She worked as a documentary film maker in Bombay before moving to Mallorca for a year to work for acclaimed production company – Palma Pictures. Upon her return to Bombay, Karishma worked at boutique film production company Highlight Films as a Production Assistant.
She transitioned from there to blueFROG, a live music venture based in Bombay. She was the first employee of blueFROG and was involved in executing the launch of its flagship music club in Bombay which was later rated by the Independent (UK) as one of the top ten music venues in the world. In 2014, Karishma and Simran formed Mach One Associates and later Rangeet, where she works at the confluence of music, design, education and technology.
At Rangeet, Karishma uses her unique imagination and creativity to develop a curriculum replete with poems, stories, games, experiments and other activities, to help any teacher reach out to every child.
Albert Einstein said, “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
I was that fish in school, I felt judged based on my inability to cope academically and in a classroom of friends I was lost and alone. To this day I’m scarred with feelings of inadequacy.
This is what my inequitable classroom left me with and I co-founded Rangeet to fill children with hope, children like 13 year old me.
I often question my purpose on this planet. How can I make an impact? I just may have found it through the work we do at Rangeet. I see the world in pictures, colours, designs. How many other children out there are like me? How can I make them feel like they matter enough and belong in a classroom? How can I make them feel like their intelligence is just as beautiful as their classmates who excel at math? And finally, how do I enable teachers to rediscover the reason they became teachers in the first place: to know that one child breathed easier or felt like they belonged because of them.
Renisha is licensed to practice law in England & Wales, Singapore and the State of New York. Graduating from the University of Bristol, UK with an LLB (Honours), she worked for Wall Street law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy in both New York and Singapore, negotiating and drafting agreements to literally take power to people.
Renisha is a mother of two obsessed with research. She plays a multi-faceted role and handles documentation including proposals, legal and research. She is also happy to put her two decades of parenting skills to work by reviewing curriculum.
I grew up in a mini “United Nations”, surrounded by people from almost 100 different countries. Everyone was equal no matter their gender, race, culture or socioeconomic background. Differences were celebrated and instrumental to our learning process and, as a result, appreciation of diversity and equality in all aspects of life became core to who I am as a person. I strongly believe that this is how the world should be and am trying to play my part through Rangeet.
As a lawyer and mother, I researched everything whilst raising my children: from sleep patterns to nutrition, mental health and the importance of exercise and play, the importance of taking risks, failure and independence, story-telling, art, and more. Combined with my professional and diverse background I believe I am able to understand the needs of both our target population and governments, administrators and funders of projects.
GOVERNMENT PARTNERSHIPS, OPERATIONS
With two decades of experience working with public systems in India and abroad, Sandeep is one of the leading experts on how to effectively build systems and coalitions to drive sustainable ‘impact-at-scale’ in education.
Having led some of the most impactful education non-profits in India, Sandeep gained diverse experience of policy and practice. Working with varied and multiple stakeholders, Sandeep built and led coalitions such as National Coalition for Education, Gujarat Education Coalition and was actively engaged with the Global Campaign for Education to advocate the need of quality education for every child.
He held leadership positions in Central Square Foundation, STiR Education, Quest Alliance and the Azim Premji Foundation. He led STiR Education as its founding Country Director India and drove it through to support the local community of over 150,000 teachers. Sandeep led several early stage social startups to become full grown organisations, shaping their strategic direction and forging critical business and knowledge partnerships to ensure their sustainability.
He comes with deep grassroots and education policy experience which is critical to take Rangeet to the most marginalised. Sandeep sits on a few prestigious education non-profits’ boards and is part of various education practitioners networks. He holds advanced post graduate degrees in education, environmental ethics and social impact leadership from universities in India and abroad. He has been published in Indian and international journals.
Technology, Teacher Support
Amith is a sound engineer by training and has worked in the area of client projects and servicing for over 6 years. At Rangeet, Amith is responsible for on boarding and supporting clients on our app. He loves a good book, and is completely up to date with Star Wars trivia.
Dylan grew up in Botswana. His passions are pizza, music and gaming when he is not sleeping. In between all of this Dylan makes video content that forms part of the curriculum and explains what we do.
Sroojana Iyer is a professional creator of fandoms, with experience building national and regional marketing campaigns for the likes of Viacom and Tastemade. Go to her for questions about marketing strategy, long discussions about LGBTQIA rights, gender disparity or disability access, and pointless squealing about cats and k-dramas.
As someone who grew up politically apathetic, she now focuses on not just confronting her own privilege daily but finding ways she can help pull society, kicking and screaming, into a better future. And it all starts from education.
With 20 years of experience, Kalpesh is Rangeet's accounts and finance manager. Outside of balancing Rangeet’s books, he is a devoted father, never missing his brown belt son’s Judo bouts.
Praful Kumar is an animation film graduate from National Institute of Design (NID), India, with additional studies in animation and drawing from Sheridan College (Canada). He brings his creativity to Rangeet by contributing to illustration and animation projects. When not working, he enjoys drawing weird stuff and reading comics.
FOUNDER, SAND’S SCHOOL, UK
Co-designer of Sands School, IDEC and the Phoenix Education Charity. Teacher of Psychology, Geography and History, mindfulness and meditation.
Ashoka Change Leader working with the Ashoka Foundation to develop human scale and democratic practice throughout the UK and Europe. Co-designer of Project Eclect, a cross-European Ashoka School initiative.
Team member of the Wellbeing Project Higher Education Initiative working with ten global Universities to introduce wellbeing to their major stakeholders.
Elder and guide to the Awen Project, Charlotte Church’s Democratic school start up in Wales. Mentoring new democratic education initiatives in the UK, Lithuania, Europe and South Korea.
Trains students to run Pop Up restaurants with Eamon Fullalove and works with the ‘Teen Do’ Lectures.
SENIOR FELLOW, BROOKINGS INSTITUTION, USA
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a Professor of Psychology at Temple University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution was declared a “scientific entrepreneur” from the American Association of Psychology. Writing 16 books and 250+ publications, she served as President of the International Congress for Infant Studies and is on the Governing Board of the Society for Research in Child Development.
Her Einstein Never Used Flashcards won the Book for a Better Life Award in 2003 with her Becoming Brilliant (2016) reaching the NYTimes Best Sellers List in education. Hirsh-Pasek won awards from every psychological and educational society for her basic science and translational work designed to bridge basic science and educational impact.
A founding member of the Latin American School for Educational and Cognitive Neuroscience, she spearheaded a global network of scientists devoted to educational science. Co-founder of the global Learning Science Exchange Fellowship, she brings together scientists, journalists, policy makers and entertainers, to put learning science in the hands of educators. Her newest initiative Playful Learning Landscapes re-imagines cities and public squares as places with science infused designs that enhance academic and social opportunities. Hirsh-Pasek frequently comments for the press (e.g. NPR, NYT) and blogs for the Brookings Institution.
THE LATE DAVID SAWYER
EDUCATION REFORMER, CONVERGE, USA
David Sawyer (aka “Sawyer”) played key roles in a variety of fields: education reform, national service, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy and environmental stewardship. He specialized in networks, strategy, design, and systems thinking. Prior to co-founding Converge, he helped launch the Americorps program, received The Servant Leader Award from the National Youth Leadership Council and served as the first Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Portland. He was also a strategy consultant with Monitor Institute, and worked with mission centered organizations and businesses, both small and large, to address complex social and environmental challenges.
POLICY ADVISOR, UNDP, GOVT. OF BANGLADESH
Anir Chowdhury is the Policy Advisor of the a2i Programme of the ICT Division and the Cabinet Division of the Government of Bangladesh supported by the UNDP. In this capacity, he leads the formation of a whole-of-society innovation ecosystem in Bangladesh through massive technology deployment, extensive capacity development, integrated policy formulation, whole-of-government institutional reform, and an Innovation Fund.
His work on innovation in public service has developed interesting and replicable models of service delivery decentralization, public-private partnerships, and transformation of a traditional bureaucracy into a forward-looking, citizen-centric service provider. He is a regular speaker in international conferences on public service innovation and reform, digital financial inclusion, data driven policy making, civil registration and digital identity management, SDGs, youth and community empowerment, educational transformation, public-private partnerships, and South-South Cooperation. He regularly writes in reputed national and international blogs, journals and publications.
He is a member of the Prime Minister’s National Digital Bangladesh Task Force, Education Minister’s National Blended Education Task Force, Cabinet Secretary’s Civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) steering committee, WWW Foundation Alliance for Affordable Internet’s Advisory Council, and WEF and UNICEF’s Knowledge and Information Network for Digital Learning and Education’s Steering Committee. He is the Co-Chair of WEF’s Regional Action Group for Digital Transformation and a Deputy Champion of WEF’s EDISON Alliance to improve education, healthcare and financial services for 1 billion people worldwide. He is the Co-Founder and Board Member of South-South Network for Public Service Innovation (SSN4PSI) and Co-Founder of Future of Work Lab in Asia Pacific. He co-founded several software and service companies and non-profit organizations in the US and Bangladesh. Anir graduated magna cum laude in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Brown University and did post-graduate work on management, marketing, educational transformation and public sector reform in Harvard, Columbia, Boston, Bradford and Oxford universities.