Founders

Manish Jain

Has spent the past nineteen years as Coordinator of Shikshantar Andolan. He is also a co-founder of Swaraj University, Udaipur as a Learning City and the Creativity Adda. He is very excited about organic farming, slow food cooking, cooperative games/group facilitation and filmmaking. He is a founding member of the Indian Multiversities Alliance, the Giftival Network, Ecoversities Network, Vikalp Sangam, Learning Societies Unconference, Berkana Exchange. Before co-founding Shikshantar, Manish spent two years serving with UNESCO Learning Without Frontiers transnational initiative. Prior to that, he worked as a consultant in several countries in the areas of educational planning, policy analysis, research, program design, and media/technology with UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank, USAID, the Academy for Educational Development and the Harvard Institute for International Development. Manish also spent two years as an investment banker in the belly of the beast with Morgan Stanley working in the telecom and high technology sectors. He has spent several years trying to unlearn his Master's degree in Education from Harvard University, and a B.A. in Economics, International Relations and Political Philosophy from Brown University. <send an email>

 

Vidhi Jain

Vidhi has been a Learning Activist with Shikshantar on the Udaipur as a Learning City process-project for the past nineteen years. She works with the Families Learning Together and Unschooling initiatives, as well as on community media and expressions in Udaipur as a Learning City. She is interested in traditional knowledge and is working on the Grandmother’s University. She is very passionate about slow food and helps support the Hulchal Saturday Café and many local food festivals. Vidhi and Manish are unschooling their daughter Kanku. Before co-founding Shikshantar, Vidhi spent two years working for Lok Jumbish, a grassroots project in Rajasthan. In this capacity, she designed and ran a program in rural villages to raise awareness and design inclusive schooling services for children with special needs. Prior to that, Vidhi worked directly with children in Delhi with Spastics Society of Northern India..< send an email >

 

 

Wasif Rizvi

Presently, Wasif is the President and Founder of Habib University. He has worked as senior advisor to the Institute for Development Studies and Practices, in Quetta, Pakistan, and with Aga Khan Education Services, Karachi. Before co-founding Shikshantar, Wasif spent a year in Pakistan working as a social-policy development consultant in the areas of planning, policy and organizational analysis, research, program design/development, and program evaluation with USAID, DFID, CIDA, NORAD, Asian Development Bank, the Asia Foundation, PEN TV, and Philips Academy. Prior to that, Wasif worked as Operations Manager and Chairman of the Planning Council for Aga Khan Education Services, Pakistan, where he was in-charge of conceptualizing, designing, and implementing Educational Development Programs in schools. <send an email >