Board of Directors
J. C. Chaudhry is the Chairman at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). He has been the Director of the Company from October 15, 2007 and Chairman & Managing Director of the Company from April 1, 2008 until designated as Chairman from June 21, 2021. Being one of the promoters, he has been shouldering the responsibility for the overall supervision, direction and management of the Company. After gaining a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Punjab University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Jammu, he earned a Master of Science degree in Botany from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science,Pilani,Rajasthan.
His vast experience in the education sector includes working as Principal at Government (Comp.) Model Senior Secondary School, Matiala, New Delhi and Government (Comp.) Model Co-Ed Senior Secondary School, Vikaspuri, New Delhi; as PGT (Biology) at Hansraj Model School, New Delhi; as lecturer at Vaish College, Bhiwani.
J. C. Chaudhry has received various awards for his contribution to education and society at large including the prestigious Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Memorial National Teachers Award 2002 for the services rendered to schools and community. In addition, he has received the Person of the Year Award 2015-16, the World's Greatest Leaders- India 2015-16 and Life Time Achievement Award in 2017 by Asia One. He was also presented with Global Education Leaders Award 2018 for "Shaping the Dreams of Millions of Medical & Engineering Aspirants", IEBF Excellence Award 2018 for "Transforming Lives through Education", Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Award 2019 for Excellence in Education, Healthcare, Motivational Speech & Writing, and Global Gandhi Award 2019 for ‘Revolutionizing India with a different league towards Education’ among other notable awards.
Mr Aakash Chaudhry is the Managing Director at Aakash Educational Services Limited (AESL). With extensive experience in business management, he leads the senior management team and is responsible for the overall business, management and direction of the company.
Before commencing his journey at AESL, he worked with top IT companies of India such as Infosys Technologies and Cognizant Technology Solutions. Passionate about addressing the needs of deserving students, he has been dedicatedly working towards providing focused and quality education across the nation through effective delivery channels.
Mr Aakash has transformed Aakash into an established brand well-known for providing cutting-edge and niche educational services. By putting new-age systems for efficient operations, talent management, technological advancements, automation and effective marketing processes. He has ensured that Aakash’s classroom, hybrid & digital services continue to evolve as the best ever offering in the industry. Mr Chaudhry is the driving force behind expanding the company's educational services portfolio to include IIT-JEE test preparatory services, Foundation coaching services as well as Hybrid & Digital learning programs.
In 2018, he was recognized as one of the disruptive leaders by Business World and was listed among the coveted "40 Under 40" young leaders list.
He is also the Founder and Trustee at the Plaksha University (www.plaksha.edu.in).
An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Mr Aakash is an engineer by profession with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences and an MBA from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.
Amit Dixit is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Blackstone Private Equity in India, based in Mumbai. Since joining Blackstone in 2007, Amit Dixit has been involved with various investments and investment opportunities in India and South Asia.
He currently serves as a Director on the Board for several companies including Mphasis, Essel Propack, TaskUs, Comstar Automotive Tech, Sona BLW Precision Forgings, IBS Software, Jagran Prakashan, Mid-Day Infomedia etc. Amit Dixit was previously Director of Intelenet Global Services, Trans Maldivian Airways, Igarashi Motors India, S.H. Kelkar and Emcure Pharmaceuticals.
Prior to joining Blackstone, Amit Dixit was a Principal at Warburg Pincus. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai where he was awarded the Director’s Silver Medal for graduating at the top of his program.
Aravind Krishnan Sreekumar
Aravind Krishnan Sreekumar is a Principal with Blackstone where he focuses on private equity investments in South Asia. Before joining Blackstone in 2013, Aravind Krishnan Sreekumar worked as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Aravind Krishnan Sreekumar received a Bachelor and Masters in Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.
Aravind Krishnan Sreekumar has been Director of the Company with effect from February 12, 2021.
Byju Raveendran is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of World's leading ed-tech company and the creator of India's most loved school learning app - BYJU’S, which is reinventing how students learn. An entrepreneur by chance and a teacher by choice, he started BYJU'S with the vision to help students fall in love with learning and change the way India learns.
Byju Raveendran has been Director of the Company with effect from June 21, 2021.
Divya Gokulnath is the Co-Founder of BYJU'S. A passionate teacher, her focus has been to create unique and personalized learning experiences for students across grades. She plays a major role in curating academic learning experiences and is one of the teachers on the learning app too. Bringing the spirit of self-learning to the organization, Divya encourages intrapreneurship to stay dynamic, keep learning, and innovating.
Divya Gokulnath has been Director of the Company with effect from June 21, 2021.
Riju Ravindran is a Director at BYJU'S and leads several functions across finance and operations. A strategic partner on the leadership team, he oversees daily operations, implements systems and processes designed to accommodate growth objectives of BYJU'S.
Riju Ravindran has been Director of the Company with effect from June 21, 2021.
Mrinal Mohit is the Chief Operating Officer at BYJU'S and is responsible for driving the company’s operationalization strategy. A skilled and effective leader, Mrinal leads teams across various functions. Apart from heading the sales and marketing department, he oversees the new product division and overall business efficiency for BYJU'S.
Mrinal Mohit has been Director of the Company with effect from June 21, 2021.
Anita Kishore is the Chief Strategy Officer and leads BYJU’S growth and development objectives. She also drives investor relations by helping the organization identify, partner, build and maintain strong relationships with investors. As a part of the founding team, Anita has played a key role in orchestrating the company's vision and growth. She spearheads strategies to steer the company's future in a positive direction.
Anita Kishore has been Director of the Company with effect from June 21, 2021.
Vinay Maniganapalli Ravindranath
Vinay is the Chief Content Officer at BYJU’S and leads the ‘Media and Content’ vertical in the organisation and is responsible for creating educational content that empowers students to reach their highest potential. His team creates and integrates original content, interactive simulations as well as elements such as in-air projections in order to create fun and engaging videos.
Vinay MR has been Director of the Company with effect from June 21, 2021.
Pravin Prakash is the Chief People Officer at BYJU’S and leads the People Operations function across India. His role includes planning and creating innovation-driven initiatives for employees and supporting them with several programmes for development, training and personal growth. He has led key initiatives in the Research and Development and engagement space for employees leading to higher levels of enthusiasm and motivation across teams.
Pravin Prakash has been Director of the Company with effect from June 21, 2021.
Deborah Quazzo is the Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in education and workforce skills technologies that are disrupting the $7 Trillion sector with investments in Coursera, ClassEDU, ClassDojo and CourseHero. Deborah Quazzo serves on the boards of Ascend Learning (a portfolio company of Blackstone and CCCP), ClassEDU, Create and Learn, Degreed, The Educational Testing Service (ETS), Intellispark, Mighty, PhotoMath, QuillBot, Remind, Stride, Turnitin (an Advance Communications company) and Valenture Institute.
Deborah Quazzo serves on the Board of The Falling Walls Digital Education Jury Board, The Khan Academy Thought Leadership Council, The New Profit Prophets Education Advisory Group, Oriental Education Institute (OEI), and The Strada Institute for the Future of Work Advisory Committee. She previously served on the board of a number of education organizations including The Chicago Board of Education (CPS) and KIPP: Chicago.
She has been awarded with the 2014 Arnold M. Berlin ’46 Distinguished Service to Princeton Award from the Princeton University Club of Chicago, the 2014 Visionary of the Year Award from CFY PowerMyLearning, the 2016 LEAP Innovator in Education "Champion" Award from LEAP Innovations, the 2016 Inaugural Impact Award from Golden Apple Foundation, and the 2017 Visionary Award from the Association of American Publishers (AAP).
Deborah Quazzo graduated cum laude with a BA in history from Princeton University in 1982 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1987.
Deborah Quazzo has been Independent Director of the Company with effect from October 24, 2019.
Mr. Ramkrishnan Balasubramanian was associated with S.H. Kelkar and Company Limited (Keva Group) from 2009 to 2021. He served as Group CEO from 2010 to 2014, being the first and only non-family member to serve as Group CEO. From 2015 to 2021, he served as Director-Strategy, wherein he was also responsible for several M&A activities across India and abroad. He was instrumental in Private equity investment into the Keva Group and subsequent public listing. His earlier association includes assignments with Privi Organics, Givaudan India, IDL Chemicals, A.F. Ferguson & Co., etc.
Mr. Ramkrishnan Balasubramanian has graduated in chemical engineering and has PGDBM from reputed and eminent institutions.
Mr. Ramkrishnan Balasubramanian has been Independent Director of the Company with effect from May 19, 2022.