Rukmini Banerji

CEO, Pratham Education Foundation


Rukmini Banerji is Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation. She has been with Pratham since 1996. She has extensive field experience in program design and implementation in rural and urban areas. Rukmini also led Pratham’s research and assessment activities, including the well-known Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) effort from 2005 to 2014. She took over as CEO of Pratham in July 2015.

Initially trained as an economist in India, she did her B.A. at St. Stephen’s College and attended Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at the Oxford University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Rukmini worked as a program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago for several years before returning to India in 1996.

In 2008, Rukmini was awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Shiksha Puraskar by the Government of Bihar, India. She was the first recipient of this award.  Originally from Bihar, she is now based between New Delhi and Pune. Rukmini writes frequently on education in both Hindi and English dailies in India and enjoys writing books and stories for children.