Aditi has a PhD in Human Genetics from Virginia Commonwealth University and postdoctoral research training in Cardiology from Washington University in St. Louis. Most of her teaching experience comes from mentoring high school, undergraduate and graduate students in a laboratory setting. While at Wash U, she conducted a few outreach activities to introduce complex topics like ‘DNA Science’ and ‘Regenerative medicine’ to middle and high school students using activities, games and experiments. After returning back to India, she also conducted a few sessions on ‘Backyard/ Kitchen Science’ and ‘Science and Art’. As a student, Aditi felt intimidated by conventional Science classes and standardized tests. That unpleasant memory drives her to make Science approachable for everyone. In her free time, she is usually looking for avenues to express creativity – by choreographing a dance or in her paintings or via baking.
Mukesh brings an excellent balance of large scale global corporate experience across the television and healthcare business combined with rich entrepreneurial experience both as a successful entrepreneur and as a Mentor and advisor to a host of startups and investors. Mukesh ran the Japan and LATAM operations for DIRECTV and was also involved in their successful bankruptcy turnaround. Subsequently, he founded Akeso Healthcare, a fast growing healthcare startup which got acquired by the Apollo Hospitals Group. Mukesh holds an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and a Masters in Statistics from Indian Statistical Institute (ISI).
Richaa has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of York. She was a Teach For India Fellow, where she taught elementary students in a Girls Government School. She worked with the Program Team of Teach For India Bangalore and coached and mentored Fellows towards excellent classroom outcomes. She led multiple learning loops for the city – including the Kids Education Revolution Regional Summit. Richaa works on the student learning piece at SciTal. She designs the framework for what the students will learn and how learning experiences can be designed to enable collaborative learning that is rigorous and fun. Richaa loves animals, and can be seen playing with her cat. She loves reading and discussing feminist theories.
Shyam has been an entrepreneur for most of his career. Having spent his initial years dabbling with multiple careers ranging from Tea Tasting, and Food Retailing, he changed course during the Dot Com era (Y2K), to ‘discover’ the entrepreneur in him. Its been 20 years, as an entrepreneur now. He started as a founder member of an Angel funded EdTech startup during the dotcom era, then ran 2 successful Career and Talent Services firms and is now back to EdTech, through SciTal. Shyam holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Loyola College, Madras and an MBA from IMI, New Delhi.
Viji holds a Masters in German studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and an International certification to teach German as a foreign language from Goethe Institut, Germany. She brings over 20 years of experience in the training and education space and has also worked as a consultant to secondary schools in Bangalore for the ‘The Hindu’ in their ‘Newspaper in Education’ initiative. Viji is interested in learning, using and creating, digital content as a means of transforming English language skills.