Kavita Anand

Kavita’s 30 years in the education sector include teaching in Mumbai’s Elphinstone college, undertaking research on schools, working for the Aga Khan Education Services, India, and, Sir Ratan Tata Trust. Her early experience in entrepreneurship as the sole proprietor of Active Learning Centre through which she set up and ran a play school – Kidz@Play, prepared her for the task of setting up and leading Shishuvan School, Mumbai as its founding executive director. The deeply satisfying success of Shishuvan, as well as the subsequent rural schools of Usha Martin Gurukul and Don Bosco International School, encouraged her to set up Adhyayan with her partner, now husband, Spokey Wheeler.  The Foundation was set up later, to work with government schools and the not-for-profit organisations in the field of education (see www.adhyayanfoundation.org).  Kavita is an Ashoka Fellow and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), UK. She is an associate of UCL-IOE and a member of the Academic Council of Somaiya Vidyavihar, comprising of 34 educational institutes. She is on the Board of Teacher Training Institutes and not-for-profit organisations.  She has been a consultant on India based programmes on Leadership Development with the National College of Teaching and Leadership, Nottingham, in collaboration with NUEPA in 5 States; she has supported Open University’s programme ‘Teacher Education through School-Based Support’, (TESS-India) that introduced Open Education Resources in State-run teacher education and contributed to their School Leadership materials. She collaborated on the design and development of Leadership and Management modules for the Open University’s ‘English in action’ (EIA) programme in Bangladesh that were used to train head teachers of EIA schools. Kavita has presented papers on Adhyayan’s work at national and international conferences. You can hear her at TEDx talk; DB conference; SCNC 2016 Conference of Budget Private Schools.