The Life Skills Collaborative (LSC) is hosting the first annual

India Life Skills Summit 2022
‘Collaborative Action for Life Skills’
Mainstreaming Life Skills in the Indian Education System

Through this flagship event, LSC is setting up a convening platform for stakeholders in the life skills space to acknowledge and celebrate ongoing work in India. This event will bring together life skills experts, non-profit organisations, government, and other key leaders from the life skills space to showcase the impact they are creating in the ecosystem. This will also be a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to interact with leaders and disruptors in the space.

Registration Ends Nov 13th, 2022

Key Sessions & Discussions
Event Sessions

Mainstreaming Life Skills in Indian Education System

A discussion with key leaders in the ecosystem, focusing on identifying ways to prioritise life skills for young people.


Importance of Life Skills for India’s young people

A discussion led by young leaders in the life skills space centered around the growing emphasis on life skills for the young people of today.


Workshops & Discussion

Hall 1 | Teacher Focused

Understanding and Teaching Life Skills

Workshop for educators and practitioners who wish to understand how to use the LSC India Glossary of life skills and incorporate it into classroom teaching.


Hall 2 | Youth Focused

Life Skills Beyond Classrooms

Workshop on building pathways to mainstream life skills education beyond classrooms. The discussion aims to empower participants to enhance their strengths.


Hall 3 | Roundtable

Accelerating Life Skills Conversations

Brainstorming session with government officials, key leaders, & life skills experts to advance conversations on mainstreaming life skills education in India.


Hall 4 | Discussion

Innovative Approaches to Life Skills

Conversation with leaders of life skills organisations to explore non-traditional approaches for transacting life skills for India's young people. 


Key Speakers

Abhishek Gupta

COO

YuWaah

Abhishek Gupta

COO

Panelist | Importance of Life Skills for India's Young People

Abhishek is Chief Operations Officer of YuWaah and has 22 years of work experience across the development and corporate sector. Prior to YuWaah, he was the Advisor to the Deputy Chief Minister of the Government of Delhi on Skills Development & Higher Education. He has also worked with McKinsey Social Initiative, Basix Academy for Building Lifelong Employability Ltd and Hole-in-the-Wall Education Ltd) where he has worked for unemployed youth and underprivileged young children.  He quit the Corporate sector in 2006 after having worked for 8 years in companies like Oracle Ltd & Reliance Ltd in areas like ERP, corporate finance and accounts.

Abhishek holds a PG diploma from Indian School of Business and lives in Delhi NCR with his wife Sarika and two children Palaash and Khushi.


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Dr. K. Kasturirangan

Head

NEP Drafting Committee

Dr. K. Kasturirangan

Head

Key Speaker | India Life Skills Summit

Dr. Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan is the Head of the National Education Policy Drafting Committee. He also holds the positions of Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan; Chairman, Governing Board, Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune; Chairperson, NIIT University, Neemrana; Member, Atomic Energy Commission, and Emeritus Professor at National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore. He is also a Member of the Council and Trust, Raman Research Institute (RRI), Bangalore and Honorary Distinguished Advisor, (ISRO).

He was with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for a period of nearly 35 years, including nearly 10 years as its Chairman from 1994-2003. He worked on the design and development of early satellite systems of ISRO and played a key role in the shaping India’s remote sensing satellite capabilities. 

He was also a Nominated Member, Rajya Sabha (2003-2009) and later Member of the erstwhile Planning Commission (2009-2014). More recently (July 2017-December 2018), he was the Chairman of the Committee that drafted the National Education Policy.

Dr Kasturirangan is an Astrophysicist. He completed his Bachelor of Science with Honours and Master of Science in Physics from Bombay University. He received his Doctorate in Experimental High Energy Astronomy in 1971 while working at the Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad. He has wide-ranging interests in space science applications, technologies, national and international science-related policies and legal regimes. 

He has been conferred with the Rajyotsava Prashasthi (2014) from Government of Karnataka, the highest civilian honours Padma Shri (1982), Padma Bhushan (1992) and Padma Vibhushan (2000) by the President of India, and Award of ‘Officer of the Legion d’honneur’ (2002) by the President of the French Republic, France.


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Jigyasa Labroo

Co-Founder & CEO

Slam Out Loud

Jigyasa Labroo

Co-Founder & CEO

Panelist | Importance of Life Skills for India's Young People

Jigyasa Labroo is the co-founder and CEO of Slam Out Loud (SOL), where she leads program development, fundraising and partnerships. SOL is a for-mission, non-profit that uses the transformative power of performance and visual arts to build Creative Confidence in disadvantaged children. Slam Out Loud currently works with 75000 children across four states in India through their in-person programs and through their low-tech response to COVID has been able to create a footprint in 19 countries, reaching 4.7 million children. She has been an Emerging Education Leader with WISE, a global 30 Under 30 nominee of the International Literacy Association and in the 2022 class of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia. Jigyasa studied education as a KC Mahindra scholar at Harvard University and is one of the 2021 winners of Falling Walls, Berlin. Most recently she was awarded Innovator of the year by HundrED, Finland which recognizes innovative education organizations. She deeply believes in the power of finding one’s own voice and engages with music, travel and coaching to constantly evolve hers.


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Richa Gupta

CEO & Co-Founder

Labhya Foundation

Richa Gupta

CEO & Co-Founder

Panelist | Importance of Life Skills for India's Young People

Richa is the CEO & Co-Founder of Labhya Foundation. She is a Harvard Ministerial Leadership Fellow & Harvard Equity & Inclusion fellow. She holds a degree in Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

While being a DRK entrepreneur, Richa has also been recognised as a ‘Rising Talent 2020’ by the Women’s Forum & ‘Best Entrepreneur 2019’ (Takeda Foundation). She is an AVPN Impact Leader, and served on the Board of YuWaah, UNICEF India. She is also on the Steering Committee of Karanga.

Richa was awarded the prestigious recognition “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Young Leader" award by the UN Secretary-General and UN Youth Envoy office. She is among only 17 other leaders globally to receive this award.


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Key Attendees

Aakash Sethi

CEO

Quest Alliance

Aakash Sethi

CEO

Aakash Sethi has over 20 years of experience in education and youth employment programs. He has been engaged in developing networks for knowledge creation and policy advocacy in corporate responsibility and technology for development. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Quest Alliance, an organisation that promotes the use of technology in schools and vocational training to develop self-learning pathways for children and youth. He is transforming classrooms and skill training programs into vibrant hubs of self-learning; role-modelling teachers as 21st-century facilitators and re-designing education technologies (both traditional to digital). These efforts will put young people in charge of their own learning and career pathways. And, also empower unemployable youth to become motivated self-learners and build 21st-century skills with purpose, choice and confidence. By doing so, he is enabling excluded youth to become ready for the future of work in India. He was an active member of AIESEC the world's largest youth organisation for 5 years. He is an Ashoka fellow and an Asia 21 fellow.  And also serves on the board of children's movement of civic awareness and Dalit Shakti Kendra.
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Aditya Natraj

CEO

Piramal Foundation

Aditya Natraj

CEO

Aditya Natraj is CEO of Piramal Foundation. A chartered accountant, with a master’s in economics and MBA from INSEAD. Aditya started his career with KPMG for 5 years. He then joined a start-up internet company in Europe for 2 years. For the last 18 years, he has worked in the development sector. First with Pratham in Gujarat for 5 years and the Piramal Foundation for the last 13 years. Aditya is an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and an Aspen India Fellow. Aditya serves on the governing board of the Quality Council of India, Akanksha Foundation, and BridgeSpan India. He was awarded the Times Now Amazing Indian award in Education. He was previously Founder Director of Kaivalya Education Foundation and Piramal School of Leadership. 
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Maya Menon

Founder Director

The Teacher Foundation

Maya Menon

Founder Director

Maya is the Founder Director of The Teacher Foundaton. Since 2021, she has led The Teacher Foundation as the Glossary Anchoring Partner of the Life Skills Collaborative. She has been in the field of education for 4 decades. Her areas of professional experience include conceptualizing, designing and implementing a wide range of school and teacher-related projects and services. These include the Wipro Applying Thought in Schools Teacher Empowerment Project initiated in 2001 and Safe & Sensitive Schools initiated in 2009. Since 2012, she has also worked on the development of the Indian Social and Emotional Learning Framework (ISELF); an age-banded set of standards for Social & Emotional Learning for Indian schools. ISELF is the only researched and contextualised SEL Framework existing in India.   Her professional interests and expertise include school effectiveness research and whole school improvement, whole school well-being, teacher development, collaborative approaches to teaching and learning, interpersonal communication in the classroom, leadership and strategic management of schools. She has been a full-time teacher trainer since 1996, conducting professional development programmes for heads and teachers of schools across India and abroad. She has trained several thousand teachers across the past 25 years. She has presented at leading education conferences both nationally and internationally. She is an Accredited Teacher Trainer for Jenny Mosley Consultancies (UK) for training teachers on Whole School Quality Circle Time (QCT) across schools in India.  QCT is an ecosystemic model for fostering SEL amongst children and teachers alike.
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Meghana Desai

Assistant Director

Shantilal Muttha Foundation

Meghana Desai

Assistant Director

Meghana Desai comes with 16 years of experience in the non-profit and corporate sectors. She has diverse experience in leading the design of assessments, impact evaluation, programme design and strategy, educational research, capacity building, government engagement and documentation. She currently leads the monitoring & evaluation of SMF’s initiatives in the education, health and water sectors. She has closely worked with the NCERT, New Delhi in developing a Common Minimum Program for Values Education in schools. She holds a PG Diploma in Business Management (Finance and Mktg) and is an Electronics engineer from NIT Nagpur.


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Rathish Balakrishnan

CoFounder, Managing Partner

Sattva Consulting

Rathish Balakrishnan

CoFounder, Managing Partner

Rathish Balakrishnan is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Sattva Consulting. As part of his role, Rathish has extensive experience in conceptualising and implementing large-scale solutions that bring together leading foundations, corporations, civil society organisations and the government. He has extensive hands-on experience across a wide range of sectors across Education, Skill & Livelihoods, Women Empowerment, Migration and Child Rights. Over the last ten years, Rathish has worked closely with leading non-profit leaders in enabling organisations in enabling orbit shift change. Together with the non-profit leaders, Rathish has designed and helped implement long-term organisational strategies, operational effectiveness initiatives and rigorous governance structures that enable them to scale their impact. Rathish has contributed at both state and national-level policy discussions across education and skill development. He is a published author and TEDx speaker. Prior to Sattva, Rathish worked across multi-national and international organisations across research, engineering, product management and corporate strategy divisions. He is a graduate from BITS Pilani.
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Ravi Verma

Regional Director

ICRW, Asia Regional Office

Ravi Verma

Regional Director

Ravi Verma is Regional Director at the International Centre for Research on Women's (ICRW) Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India. Over the past three decades, he has worked on issues of gender, men and masculinity, male sexual health and gender equality in relation to violence against women, and reproductive health, including family planning and HIV/AIDS, in India and countries across the Asian region. He has published extensively on these issues in both Indian and international journals of repute. Prior to joining ICRW in 2007, he worked at the Population Council in New Delhi and at the International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS) in Mumbai as Professor in Population Policies and Programs. Ravi has also served as a member of High-Level Committee on the Status of Women (HLCSW) from 2013-2016, the Government of India and the Rights & Empowerment working group of the FP2020 Initiative. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Gender and Health. He also serves on the Boards of Women Lift health and Global Health 5050. 
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Sajit Menon

Director, Program Operations

Room To Read

Sajit Menon

Director, Program Operations

Sajit Menon is the Director of Program Operations at Room to Read. He has more than two decades of social sector experience in Humanitarian Aid and Development in South Asia, the Middle East, and the African region.
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Suchetha Bhat

CEO

Dream A Dream

Suchetha Bhat

CEO

Suchetha Bhat is the CEO of Dream a Dream, a non-profit organization that empowers children from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and thrive in a fast-changing world. Since starting her career in 2001, she has worked both in the corporate and social sectors. After a successful 9-year corporate stint where she worked with MNC’s such as Larsen and Toubro and IBM, she started her journey in the social sector as a volunteer with Dream a Dream. The experience convinced her to get a Postgraduate degree in Psychology and join the organization full-time in 2010. Due to her success in driving the scale and strategic direction of Dream a Dream as COO, she was promoted to CEO in 2018. Her pioneering work in developing their design framework has firmly positioned Dream a Dream as a thought leader in the space of Life-skills in India. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from working with 10,000 young people in Bengaluru to over 1 million children across 5 states. Suchetha is on the Advisory Council of Amani Institute and Kizazi. She is also an advisor to many young women social entrepreneurs and non-profits in India. 
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Suman Bhattacharjea

Director of Research

ASER Centre

Suman Bhattacharjea

Director of Research

Suman Bhattacharjea is Director, Research at ASER Centre, the research and evaluation unit of Pratham Education Foundation in India, where she leads a variety of large- and small-scale research projects examining different dimensions of schooling and learning. She holds an undergraduate degree in Economics with Honours from Delhi University, and a Master's and Doctoral degrees in Education from Harvard University.


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Vishal Talreja

Co-Founder & Trustee

Dream a Dream

Vishal Talreja

Co-Founder & Trustee

Vishal co-founded Dream a Dream along with 11 others. Vishal is an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow and a Board Member at PYE Global and Goonj. He has previously been a Founder Director of Unltd India and Board Member of India Cares Foundation. Vishal is a Steering Committee Member of Karanga – A Global Alliance on Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills. He is a Founding Member of The Weaving Lab – A Global Learning Ecosystem of weavers who are advancing the practice and profession of weaving thriving learning ecosystems. He is a Founding Member of Catalyst 2030 – A global movement of social change innovators collaborating to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is also part of the Informal Working Group on the Future of Education & Skills 2030 project by OECD where he has been a Co-chair and Moderator at various convenings


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Vivek Sharma

Program Director

Gandhi Fellowship Program

Vivek Sharma

Program Director

Vivek co-founded the Gandhi Fellowship Program at the Piramal School of Leadership, shaping inspired young people into becoming leaders of tomorrow. Earlier, as North India Director at Pratham Education Foundation, he actively engaged with state governments for executing learning enhancement and school improvement programs. Vivek was invited to teach at Delhi University and has lectured at a host of top institutions in the country, including the IITs & IIMs. Vivek sits on the Boards of a bunch of social enterprises; chaired a top private School in Delhi and was invited to the Board of Paytm Payments Bank. He is on the Steering Committee of the Quality Council of India. He treks to the Himalayas when he is not living in Delhi with his writer-wife. And is often found arguing with the young on the challenges of an emergent India, and tinkering with solutions which might contribute to solving a myriad social issues.
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Vyjayanthi Sankar

Founder & Executive Director

Centre for Science of Student Learning

Vyjayanthi Sankar

Founder & Executive Director

Vyjayanthi is the founder and executive director of Centre for Science of Student Learning (CSSL); one of the leading providers of diagnostic assessments across South Asia. CSSL is recognized as a thought leader in educational assessments. Their work on measuring Social Emotional Learning is pioneering globally. The organization works in India and globally on diagnostic educational assessments and building institutional capacity for the same. 

A Fulbright Humphrey fellow and an Ashoka fellow, Vyjayanthi regularly consults at the global level for the Brookings Institution, The World Bank, and UNICEF. She also consults for several national governments across South Asia and about 21 governments in Eastern and Southern Africa.  In India, Vyjayanthi is a member of MoE’s technical committees for National assessments and learning outcome indicators, Government of India's SSA Joint Review Missions. She has also served on the advisory board of the Educational Survey Division of NCERT, India. Vyjayanthi also advises the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) in its efforts of improving teacher quality across the country through TET and other reforms. 

Vyjayanthi specializes in psychometrics, modern Item Response Theory, and diagnostic assessments in multiple languages for academic and social-emotional learning domains. In the last two decades, she has pioneered several large-scale assessment studies in India and South Asia. Her insights are derived from over 150 large-scale assessment projects covering more than 25 million students. 

LinkedIn | Ashoka Fellow | Fulbright Humphrey Fellow


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