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Prasanna Vadayar

CEO, Shikshana Foundation

Development Dialogue 2018 speakers, Prasanna Vadayar, CEO, Shikshana Foundation

Prasanna Vadayar is the CEO of Sikshana Foundation which aims to improve the quality of learning outcomes in rural schools. Under his leadership, Sikshana's reach has grown from 49 schools to over 2000. Prior to Sikshana, Mr. Vadayar was the Founder and CEO of Softrends Inc. USA where he designed transaction processing software systems.

After 17 years in the USA, he decided to focus his efforts on transforming the lives of the less fortunate. This is not a new area for him - while in the USA, Mr. Vadayar had worked with various NGOs. He co-founded Pragathi in 2005 with a few like-minded individuals with a goal of funding deserving NGOs in India. Through Pragathi, a number of projects have been executed around Mysore and Bangalore.