Swati Vasudevan is appointed as the Country Director for India by Khan Academy, a nonprofit online learning organisation that provides free, top-notch education. She will oversee operations in India and be in charge of accelerating Khan Academy’s expansion there. She has over twenty years of experience in strategy and organisational transformation.
With over 25 years of experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, Swati is a skilled leader. She was the founding CEO of the graduate-level educational institution Indian School of Public Policy and served as COO at the Gates Foundation India Country Office. Additionally, she has given advice and mentored young companies in the health-tech and edtech sectors. Swati began her career as a field engineer with Schlumberger, working on oil rigs. She has since worked in South East Asia, the Far East, and the US for ten years. She has held positions with Sleep Number, Schneider Electric, and McKinsey. She holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and is an IIT Delhi graduate in engineering.
Khan Academy started its India operations in 2017 with approximately 6,000 monthly users and now caters to over 10,00,000 monthly users in 2022. Besides the increase in usage, Khan Academy is committed to making learning content accessible in more regional languages in India so that every student can learn in their preferred language.
“We are delighted to have Swati spearheading our India operations for Khan Academy. India is a unique market with several vernacular languages and curriculums for learning. Swati has rich leadership experience, and her expertise will help us lead our mission of making world-class learning content available to every learner in India”, said Sal Khan, Founder and Educator, Khan Academy commenting on the appointment.
Swati Vasudevan, Country Director – India, Khan Academy, said, “This is one of the most special roles for me because I strongly resonate with Khan Academy’s mission. The education sector is rapidly changing globally, creating opportunities for growth and impact. We will continue to look for ways to expand our reach to enable educators and serve students across the country in their native language. Access to quality education is the ticket to economic progress for a generation. I look forward to being a part of this journey of inspiring and educating students across age-groups in India.”