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!