Pankaj Vinayak Sharma

CEO and Co-Founder, Transform Schools, People For Action

Pankaj Vinayak Sharma co-founded Transform Schools, an award winning early stage not-for-profit organisation with proven impact. He leads the Transform team by providing strategic oversight and thought leadership to improve the quality of education in India, at scale. Pankaj has built the organisation ground up, with a strong board, advisors and a skilled leadership team. Transform works in six states of India along with arms in New Delhi and London and impacts 6.4 million children. Pankaj has leadership and management experience of over two decades with international development organisations spanning Education, Health, HIV/AIDS, Livelihoods, Child Rights and Humanitarian Assistance sectors. He was the Country Head of Kusuma Foundation until December 2018. Post a shift in their strategy he started Transform Schools taking the core team and programmes forward, and is currently focused on driving secondary school readiness through tested accelerated learning models at scale. His leadership roles have been at CARE, Project Concern International, India, University of Manitoba, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust. Pankaj holds a Honours Degree and a Masters in Social Work from Delhi University & The Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai respectively and a Certificate in Health and Human Rights from University of Heidelberg, Germany. Pankaj is deeply committed towards realisation of child rights and education as means of achieving better life outcomes for Indians within this lifetime.