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Ramji Raghavan is the Founder Chairman of Agastya International Foundation, the world’s largest hands-on mobile science education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers.
In 1998, Mr. Raghavan left a career in banking in London to create Agastya International Foundation, a transformative and innovative education charity in India. Prior to Agastya, he worked as a senior executive in financial service organizations in the US, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia.
As Chairman of Agastya, Ramji leads a grassroots initiative to support and transform primary and secondary education in India. Operating with a fleet of 70 mobile labs, 29 rural science centers and a 172-acre campus Creativity Lab near Bangalore, Agastya has reached creative hands-on science education to nearly 5 million poor and disadvantaged children and 100,000 teachers. It has pioneered innovations including mobile science, ecology and art labs, Young Instructor Leaders (children-teaching-children) and a Creativity Lab that incorporates science labs, an interactive museum, model making, teacher training, art and ecology.
Mr. Raghavan was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Knowledge Commission (Working Group on Attracting Children to Science and Math), is a member of the board of Vigyan Prasar, New Delhi, the Karnataka State Innovation Council and executive council member of the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum.
In 2009, Ramji was elected a Senior Fellow by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and in 2011 he was conferred the People’s Hero Award by the Confederation of Indian Industry (Southern Zone). He has written articles on education for Indian and foreign journals, and spoken on creativity and leadership to audiences at prestigious forums including the Education World Forum (London), Harvard India Conference (Boston), Clinton Global Initiative (New York), Peking University, Indian Institute of Science, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and the PanIIT Conference.
Ramji Raghavan has an MBA from the London Business School (UK) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from The International Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands).