Aarthi worked as an IT professional for 11 years before taking a break to catch up on life. Life happened during the break as she did the iie course and fell hook, line and sinker for it. She also did her teacher training from The School - KFI to get an understanding of alternative approach to educating children. Now she’s content volutneering for ThinQ and infecting everyone around her with the ThinQ bug.
BA with High Honours (Mathematics) from Oberlin College
Graduate Student (Mathematics) at University of Arizona, Tucson
Madhav Kaushish founded SmarterGrades, an online, adaptive numeracy learning portal in 2011 with funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation. He then worked with Universal Learn Today (The educational wing of India Today) as a Curriculum Developer and Mathematics Education Specialist, and later as their Manager of Online Educational Product Development. He then worked as a consultant for UNESCO MGIEP. He started work on his PhD in 2016 at The University of Arizona, Tucson.
PhD Linguistics, Stanford University, USA
Tara Mohanan is well known internationally for her work on theoretical issues inlinguistics. Her doctoral dissertation, Argument Structure in Hindi, was published by the Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford. At the NUS, she co-designed with K P Mohanan an Inquiry-Oriented undergraduate program in Linguistics. Her current preoccupation in academia is to design and develop a program to introduce students to rational inquiry across disciplines.
Jeevan is a Jesuit priest currently pursuing licentiate in philosophy at the Gregorian University, Rome. He worked for 6 1/2 years in Nandurbar district of Maharashtra in the field of elementary education, which included training of bare-foot teachers in innovative and child-friendly teaching methods. He also actively promoted children's literature in tribal villages and made the library a more child-friendly space for children given the constraints of rural infrastructure. Firmly convinced about the significance of critical thinking and reasoning for education, he endeavours to promote the same wherever possible.
Michelle Deeds is an educator from Tucson, Arizona. Michelle attended the University of Arizona and received a BA in Elementary Education. After teaching in the elementary grades for six years, she returned to the University of Arizona’s College of Science and earned a MA in Middle School Math Teaching and Leadership. In addition to teaching, she has developed curriculum, assessments, and teacher professional development for a large school district in Southern Arizona. She has also worked as a teacher-coach to help teachers improve their instructional practices. Michelle took part in IIE-2017 and attended the face-to-face in Pune in December, 2017. She is passionate about working with at-risk students and helping those around her develop their critical thinking and inquiry skills.
Rayn Samson is a homeschooled student who never gave any formal exams until, at the age of eighteen, he decided that he wanted to pursue higher education. He studies with the help of tutors as a private candidate and plans to start his undergraduate degree in 2019. Before taking up studies full-time, he used to play semi-professional football in and around Pune, and continues to live and promote a physically active lifestyle.
Vinay has been in the field of Mathematics education since 2009. He works mainly in K-12 education and conducts programs across the country. He is a co-founder of Raising a Mathematician Foundation (a not-for-profit organisation) that aims at bringing up Mathematical talents. Every year he conducts several residential training programs in Mathematics for middle school students. He focuses mainly on building reasoning skills, creativity and inquiry through Mathematics.
B.E.(Elect), COE Pune, Diploma in Advanced Computing, CDAC
Anjali Chipalkatti has worked on design and development of key indigenous solutions for Indian Defense. She has led IT portfolios for various multinational corporates as program manager with complete ownership of onsite and offshore operations.She is a founder member of Avakash Nirmitee, a group that engages in making documentary films on socially relevant subjects including education, and has been working as a science educator.
MS, PhD Linguistics, MIT, Cambridge, USA
K.P. Mohanan has taught at the University of Texas at Austin; MIT; Stanford University; and the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has made significant contributions to linguistic theory; was the architect of an Inquiry-Oriented undergraduate program in Linguistics at NUS; and has worked extensively with the nature of academic knowledge and inquiry. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Center for Integrative Studies at IISER-Pune.
Vaideeswaran (Deesh) consults in the field of environment, climate change and sustainable solutions. He has established his consulting practice, both in the development and business sector, and works both within India and in other developing countries. He has been a core consultant with the World Bank for more than 15 years. Further to that, he has a keen interest in facilitating innovative approaches in school education. He has been a guest resource person for about 10 years in The School KFI, Chennai and has been constantly engaged in sharing his expertise with high schoolers.
Karunamoorthi works with the Managing Trustee of RVS group in repositioning the strategy of the Educational institutions in bringing 21st century learning methodologies to students. He also teaches digital marketing courses for MBA Students. With his keen interest in education management, he actively researches on curriculum design, Institutional Infrastructure, critical thinking, etc., he is committed to enabling the individuals to realize their best potential.
After graduating in mathematics, Nilabh ran a democratic community school in rural Bihar. Later, he did masters in Women's Studies from TISS.He also went to Alpen-Adria University for course in Human Ecology, Environmental Science, and Sociology as an exchange student and interned at Teach For Austria, and ILB, Vienna. On returning to India, he joined Eklavya to work in school education in tribal area of Chhindwara, MP. He has a deep interest in Democratic Schooling, Language, Mathematics, Science, Inquiry Oriented Learning, Education, and developing teaching-learning material for young learners.
MSc, Kolkota University; PhD (Organic Chemistry), IIT-Kanpur; Post-doctoral work, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
Sriparna Chakrabarti taught for two years at International Schools in Fukuoka, Japan; and at the Shri Ram School, Delhi, where she became Head of Sciences. She then worked at Shri Educare, Delhi and is currently working with the Vidya Gyan Schools, part of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, as Curriculum Designer and Teacher Educator. A passionate educationist, she strongly believes that teachers grow and evolve professionally and personally from the insights and questions from students.
MSc, IIT Madras
Jayasree Subramanian has taught in schools and colleges including Air Force School and Reliance School Jamnagar. She has worked on development of diagnostic assessments, teacher assessments, learning modules for an adaptive learning tool, and evaluation of educational programmes in the government school space.
Sriram Naganathan has been closely associated as a resource person with IgnusERG, a group of professionals working to improve the quality of education for the marginalized children across India at elementary and secondary levels. When he finds time, he also teaches History at The School-KFI, Chennai (www.theschoolkfi.org). Sriram trained in Business Journalism at the Times Research Foundation in Delhi and was a Reuter Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. He held editorial positions in publications such as Business India, Business World and wrote for publications such as Asian Venture Capital Journal and Oxford Analytica before moving to the field of education, full time. Sriram also advises Venture Intelligence, which tracks deals in the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India.
PhD, Computational Molecular Biophysics, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Vigneshwar Ramakrishnan is an Assistant Professor at SASTRA University, Thanjavur teaching Bioinformatics. His research work focuses on investigating the mechanisms of protein-DNA interactions. With an interest in inculcating scientifc thinking in young minds, he founded the "Science Arattai", an informal forum for science discussion, for undergraduate students at SASTRA.
Malati Kalmadi has an MA in English from Pune University; a Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Media for children from SNDT University; School Psychology from Jnana Prabhodhini, affiliated to Pune University. She has also undergone training in the Experiential Learning Methodology, and Understanding the Gifted. Committed to the cause of education, Malati worked as a teacher for three years, before becoming Trustee at Kannada Sangha, Pune, which runs the Kaveri Group of Institutes (KGI), and she continues as a Trustee today, playing a significant role in keeping KGI motivated in accepting change and being creative, and building a culture of trust. She has been the guiding force in bringing to KGI a vision of learner-centeredness and a safe environment, as well as in initiating programs that offer students a wide spread of arenas for overall development. Malati is also an Ex-Senate member of Pune University; Director at Anjali Morris Foundation that works with children with Learning Disabilities; Trustee of the University Women's Association, Pune, which works for the welfare of women and the girl child; Life Member of INTACH, a national body for Culture and Heritage; and a Member of 'Connecting,' an NGO that works for the Prevention of Suicide among Youth.
Ramesh has a range of experience from working in various fields - starting with troubleshooting electronic devices as a hobby from his school days, training and tech support in computer hardware and networking, facilitating personal development programs in Landmark Education (based on Werner Erhart's work), being a volunteer and trainer for a suicide prevention helpline, and doing photography and videography for social causes. He currently runs a school in Chennai, where he is initiating meaningful changes. He believes in using his life for causes that can make a difference to the world. He saw ThinQ as a good solution to ailing school academia, that bothered him all his life, and thus volunteers his time with ThinQ.
MA, M.Phil (History), JNU, Delhi, under Romila Thapar
Vagish Jha has worked with alternative school education, educational programming and marketing, audio-video media, digitizing archives of valuable documents and audio-visual resources, radio programming, and social communication and community development. He is currently an Education Development Specialist with Learn Today, the educational wing of the India Today Group.