About Us Virtual Gathering of Education Change Agents

Kaizenvest Education Symposium (KES) is a virtual gathering of education sector enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, investors, grant providers, foundations and impact agents. This virtual gathering will discuss the pivotal role of SDG 4 in achieving targets for all other SDGs, starting with a new education impact dimensions framework developed by Kaizenvest in collaboration with industry partners.

The main sessions will bring global leaders to discuss timely topics in education such as the role of technology; the role of smart and creative finance; and, the importance of gender targets in achieving overall impact targets and a more equitable education system across socioeconomic strata.

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7.00 ET12.00 GMT 17.30 IST 20.00 SGT

12 November 2020

Time (GMT)


12.00 - 12.20

Session 1: State of Education - The Kaizenvest Framework

Keynote speech by Sandeep Aneja – Founder & Managing Partner – Kaizenvest

12.20 - 13.10

Session 2: Edu-Finance Innovation: Race to the bottom

This session will discuss the role of all financing options including the role of the largest financers: the government; traditional sources such as impact investors, venture capitalists and private equity/credit; and, the most innovative finance in the domain, which is performance-driven blended finance.

13.10 - 14.00

Session 3: Edu-Impact in Our World: Access, Quality, Relevance

Wholistic education prepares an individual for better self-realization, a society for better prosperity, and a nation for better overall equitable wellbeing. This session will discuss the nuances of using hard data to measure education impact and what could be done better by the education investor fraternity to create a common impact language for the sector.

14.00 - 14.10

Short Break

14.10 - 15.00

Session 4: Edu-Tech in the Now Normal: Beyond Covid-19

This session will explore how the latest developments in education technology are shaping the future of our learning society. It will also discuss how Covid-19 has changed learning at all levels and how innovative tech-led solutions have been deployed.

15.00 - 15.50

Session 5: Advancing Gender Equality Opportunities in Edu-Tech

This session will discuss existing and emerging challenges and opportunities to advance gender equality in Edu-tech. It will also discuss the importance of recruiting and retaining female students and women educators during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

15.50 - 16.00

Session 6: Summary

Closing remark by Jetu Lalvani – Managing Partner – Kaizenvest

The event is moderated by Nirav Khambhati – Partner - Kaizenvest

Featured Speakers

Alejandro Caballero

Principal Education Specialist - IFC

Amitabh (Amit) Brar

Education Finance Specialist
The Palladium Group

Charity N. Wallace

Acting Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives And Managing Director, Global Women's Issues - DFC

Sarita Bartlett

Head of ESG and the gender lead – Obviam

Audrey Cheng

Founder and CEO – Moringa School

Maina Sahi

Director Strategy, Health and Education, Africa & South Asia - CDC Group plc

Prachi Windlass

Director - Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India

Leslee Udwin

CEO & Co-Founder - Think Equal

Rekha Unnithan

Managing Director, Co-Head of Impact Investing – Nuveen

Suezan Lee

Senior Education Finance Specialist – USAID

Florian Kohler

Managing Director, Asia – Obviam

Anip Sharma

Managing Director and Partner - L.E.K. Consulting’s Global Education Practice

Justyna Dymerska, Ph.D

Executive Chairman and Managing Partner - Best Merchant Partners

Ramraj Pai

Chief Executive Officer - India Impact Investor’s Council (IIC)

Kevin Teo

Chief Operating Officer - AVPN

Pankaj Makkar

Managing Director - Bertelsmann India Corporate Centre

Luuk Zonneveld

Chief Executive Officer - Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)

John Soleanicov

Co-Lead of the Learning Schools Portfolio - Jacobs Foundation

Caroline Chinhuru

Investment Officer – Calvert Impact Capital

Devi Sahny

Founder and CEO – Ascend Now

Institutions and Companies Represented



For more information, please contact the KES team at events@kaizenvest.com