Kiran Bir Sethi

Founder & Director, The Riverside School


Kiran Bir Sethi is an Indian designer, educationist, education reformer, and social entrepreneur. With a degree in visual communication from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she began her career designing restaurants, and later,  writing for newspapers. While she had always been interested in design thinking  and designing experiences, it was when her children started going to school that Sethi recognised her true calling. 

Dismayed by the unfriendly and rigid atmosphere in schools, she set up The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, followed by aProCh, and finally Design for  Change which is today the largest movement of change – for and by the  children.  

Over the years, Kiran, Riverside and Design for Change have won several accolades and Awards. Some of the recent ones are: The Earth Prize, the  Rockefeller Innovation Award, The Lego Reimagine Award, The Lexus prize, and  the Light of Freedom Award.  

Born in Bangalore, India, Sethi comes from a family of designers. She lives in  Ahmedabad with her 2 children, Raag and Jazz and her husband, Geet. She loves life, dark chocolate and Govinda movies!