Kiran Bir Sethi is the founder/director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad. She has a design background, having got her diploma in visual communication from NID. She is also the founder of ‘aProCh’ - an initiative attempting to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008.

In 2009, she was also presented with the ‘Call to Conscience’ award from the King Centre at Stanford, for the citizenship/liberation curriculum that Riverside School implements. Her initiative with Riverside School , is providing schools with an alternative model which focuses on excellence and still works in different economic and cultural contexts which make it possible for children all around the country to have access to a true education.

She was a speaker at TEDIndia in 2009. She was a symposium member at the Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio – looking at Design for Social Change.  In July 2010, she was a Speaker and Panelist at a conference at The Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute, at Stanford University. She was a Plenary Speaker at the WISE Summit in Doha in November, 2010, as also at Design Indaba in Cape Town South Africa, in February, 2011.

Currently, she is promoting the world’s largest “Design for Change” contest, which has over 33 countries participating and aims to reach 60,000 schools across India.



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