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Education Partner upGrad

Founded in early 2015, upGrad offers online programs for working professionals. In a short span of around 5 years, upGrad on-boarded over 53K paid learners and impacted more than 500K individuals globally, making it India’s largest online higher-education company, basis gross revenue generated from the Indian market in FY18-19.

upGrad provides programs in the areas of Data Science, Technology, Management and MBA to college students, working-class and enterprises. These programs are designed and delivered in collaboration with top-notch universities like IIT Madras, IIIT-B, BITS Pilani, MICA, NMIMS Global Access, Duke CE, Deakin University, Liverpool John Moores University and others. To further enhance the learning experience, a comprehensive ecosystem has been built which includes one-on-one mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, industry networking and most importantly expert career guidance providing learners’ holistic support to elevate their careers to the next level.

The company has been awarded the title of ‘Best Tech for Education’ by IAMAI in 2019. The company received the ‘Best Education Brands’ award by Economic Times, Most Innovative Companies in India’ by Fast Company in 2017 and has made it to LinkedIn’s ‘Top 25 Startups’ two years in a row in 2018 and 2019.

upGrad Co-founders

Ronnie Screwavala, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, upGrad

Ronnie Screwvala is a first-generation entrepreneur & philanthropist. He is currently the Executive Chairman and co-founder of upGrad. upGrad is India’s largest online higher education company – focusing on the higher studies, post-graduation degrees and specialization areas. upGrad zeroes in on the massive opportunity that exists in the Online Education sector in India, by bringing to learners world-class learning experience, renowned university certifications and career transition opportunities in upcoming fields.

Ronnie is also passionate about Social Welfare and is active along with his wife Zarina as Founder Trustees of The Swades Foundation, which operates with the single minded focus of empowering one million lives in Rural India every 5-6 years through a unique 360-degree model with verticals in Water, Sanitation, Health, Nutrition, Community Mobilization, Education, and most importantly Agriculture & Livelihood, to lift them out of poverty permanently.

Mayank Kumar, Co-founder & MD, upGrad

Before upGrad, Mayank was VP Education at Bertelsmann, Europe’s largest media and education conglomerate, where he oversaw the education strategy and its multi-million dollar investments in India. In this capacity, he further served as a Board Member of iNurture (www.inurture.com), India’s No. 1 provider of industry-specific academic programs.

Prior to joining Bertelsmann, Mayank was a Senior Principal at The Parthenon Group, where he advised clients in the education sector on market potential, growth and market entry strategies, investment decisions as well as revenue and profit uplift strategies. He participated in deals worth US$1Bn flowing into the education sector. He worked with global clients across all geographies including China, South-East Asia, Middle East India and South America. He has also worked at the Tata Strategic Group, advising Tata’s strategic direction.

Born in Assam & brought up in Delhi, Mayank holds a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and an MBA from Indian School of Business. He received the coveted BWDISRUPT 40-under-40 Achiever of the Year Award’17 by BW Businessworld

Phalgun Kompalli, Co-founder, upGrad

Currently Co-Founder at upGrad, Phalgun Kompalli is an Indian entrepreneur, based out of Mumbai. 

Prior to upGrad, Phalgun was a Principal at The Parthenon Group, an education strategy-consulting firm, where he was involved in advising large education conglomerates and investment funds on their growth and investment strategy in education. He has done significant work in the field of higher education and technology-enabled learning across India, US, Brazil, Africa, and South East Asia.

Prior to Parthenon, Phalgun worked at Opera Solutions, an analytics firm consulting Fortune 500 companies on their revenue & cost optimization initiatives through data analytics. Phalgun completed his Bachelor’s in Technology from IIT Delhi. He’s originally from Hyderabad.

Phalgun in his personal life is an introvert and his two passions outside work are football & travel (together!) Phalgun has travelled to 28 countries so far and has watched a football game in each of those countries.

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