Editorial Board

The report on BPS in India is being compiled under the guidance of an editorial board put together for this purpose, and will be independently reviewed by experts. The editorial board is representative of key stakeholders in the education sector, comprising of individuals with a deep interest and understanding of aspects of BPS in India. Each theme of the report will be led independently by individual editors to ensure depth and decentralise the review process. The development of the report and research assistance will be provided by the CCS team.

Demand: Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society
Parth J Shah Parth J. Shah is founder president of the Centre for Civil Society. His research and advocacy work focus on the themes of economic freedom (law, liberty and livelihood campaign), choice and competition in education (fund students, not schools), property rights approach for the environment (terracotta vision of stewardship), and good governance (new public management and the duty to publish). He has published extensively in international and Indian journals, on various topics from currency regulation to education policy. Parth holds a PhD in Economics from Auburn University taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has edited several publications including Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change.

Supply: Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Professor of Education, Institute of Education, London

Geeta Gandhi Kingdon Geeta Gandhi Kingdon is Professor of Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, London University, and was until recently a Research Fellow at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford. She lectures in development economics and her research interests include economics of education, labour economics and the economics of happiness, mostly in countries of South Asia and Africa. Her work is based on micro-econometric analysis of survey data and has resulted in more than 25 papers in peer reviewed economics and development economics journals. She is on the Editorial Board of three academic journals and does extensive academic refereeing as well as advisory work for governments and donor agencies.
Ecosystem: Ashish Dhawan, Chairman, Central Square Foundation
Ashish Dhawan Ashish Dhawan is the Founder and Chairman of Central Square Foundation (CSF). He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India’s leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to start CSF. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honours from Yale University. He is on the India Advisory Board of Harvard and a member of Yale’s Development Council. Ashish serves on the board of several non-profits including Akanksha Foundation, 3.2.1 Education Foundation, Teach For India, Centre for Civil Society, Janaagraha, India School Leadership Institute and Bharti Foundation.
Regulation: Shailaja Chandra, Independent policy analyst
Shailaja Chandra Shailaja Chandra has over 45 years experience of public administration focusing on governance, health management, population stabilization women’s empowerment, and Indian medicine. She was Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (1999-2002) and then became the Chief Secretary of Delhi until 2004. On retirement she was appointed the Chairman of the Public Grievances Commission and Appellate Authority under the Delhi Right to Information Act. In 2006 she was appointed as the first Executive Director of the National Population Stabilisation Fund, Government of India. She was also appointed by the Government of Delhi to chair a Committee which reviewed the Delhi School Education Act and Rules 1973 and the report was published in 2012 covering 5000 schools and over 4 million children. Shailaja has an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Wales and an Honours Degree in English Literature. Her book “It Crossed My Mind” (Rupa 2007) is an anthology of articles on subjects of current social concern. She was given a special Award for advocacy on population issues and gender sensitivity by Ladli-UNFPA.
Vidya Shah, CEO, Edelgive Foundation
Vidya Shah Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Edelweiss group. under her leadership, over the last eight years, EdelGive Foundation has become a catalyst for change, dedicated to collaborative philanthropy. In addition to being a board member of Edelweiss, where she worked as a CFO for many years, she serves on the board of various prominent organisations like Agastya International Foundation, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Common Purpose, Women on Wings, Toolbox India Foundation and Masoom. In each of these organisations, her role enables her to contribute strategically to help build stronger and more sustainable institutions. Vidya earned an MBA degree from IIM-Ahmedabad and spent the first 11 years of her career in the field of investment banking with companies like ICICI, Peregrine and NM Rothschild after which she served as CFO- Edelweiss Group.
Sub-Editor: Rohan Joshi, Centre for Civil Society
Rohan Joshi Rohan has a long experience of working in Education and Skill Development sectors with wide variety of organizations ranging from NGOs, Private companies to Government Departments. He has led multiple large scale projects in Education sector such a School Excellence Program of Mumbai Municipal Corporation, Skill Development Cell of the Dept of Social Justice and Special Assistance, Govt. of Maharashtra.  His specialization is in working with the government on both strategy and implementation of projects run in collaboration with non-government and private players. Rohan has a Master’s Degree in Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, with specialization in Language Pedagogy and Education Policy. He is affiliated with a few non-government organizations in India in the capacity of advisor and board member. Besides Education, his main area of interest is Public Policy.

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