Dr Madhav Chavan, a social activist and entrepreneur is the co-founder of “Niramaya Health Foundation”. He is also the co-founder and CEO of the educational non-profit, Pratham. He acquired a PhD in Chemistry at the Ohio State. In 1989, while teaching at the University of Mumbai, he started mass scale work for adult literacy in the slums of Mumbai as a part of the National Literacy Mission. Dr Chavan has spent over twenty years pioneering large-scale innovative programs in the field of education in India.
Dr Chavan was also awarded the 2012 WISE Prize for Education instituted by the Qatar Foundation at the World Innovation Summit for Education, which is equated with a “Nobel for Work Done in Education”.He was also the 2011 recipient of the “Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship”.Dr Chavan has also been nameda ‘Game Changer’ by the Asia Society in New York.