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Thursday, March 26, 2020
EI Dialogues, we converse with Ashish Dhawan, founder of ChrysCapital
In this episode of EI Dialogues, we converse with Ashish Dhawan, founder of ChrysCapital, a private equity firm, and Central Square Foundation, a grant-making organization and policy think tank. In this conversation, Ashish shares why he made the switch from the corporate sector to philanthropy, his approach to giving, how one can apply management principles in running and scaling a non-profit, and what he believes is the current need of the Indian education sector.
@08:45 - Bird's-eye view on the issues in the education sector
@16:24 - A framework for philanthropic investments
@27:32 - Milestones for achieving scale
@37:41 - Changes in the education sector budget for better investing
About the Guest:
Ashish Dhawan is the founder of Central Square Foundation. He is also a founding member of Ashoka University, a not-for-profit university that aims to offer an Ivy League-quality undergraduate program in India, based on the US liberal education system.
About Central Square Foundation (CSF):
Central Square Foundation is a non-profit organization with the vision of ensuring quality school education for all children in India. Its mission is to transform the school education system towards improving the learning outcomes of children, especially from low-income communities, and to ensure that all children get equal access to opportunities needed for leading a better life.
About the Host:
Pranav Kothari is the head of the Large Scale Education Programmes division at Educational Initiatives (EI). He leads EI's work in student assessments and implementation of their adaptive learning software (Mindspark) in vernacular languages in government and affordable private schools across India. He has spoken on various platforms advocating the need to leverage the twin levers of cutting-edge educational research and technology-based solutions to revolutionize how children in the K-12 space learn.
About Educational Initiatives:
Founded in 2001, Educational Initiatives (EI) is committed to improving learning outcomes and aspires for a world where all children learn with understanding. Large Scale Education Programs is the vertical of Educational Initiatives that exclusively works with low-income government schools, specializing in diagnostic assessments for students and teachers, capacity building of teachers and governments, implementation of adaptive and intelligent e-learning systems for personalized learning, impact assessment studies and exploratory research studies that focus on bringing a systemic reform. This is done in collaboration with state governments, international grantmakers, corporate foundations, and NGOs.
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