Aakash Sethi is the Executive Director of the Quality Education & Skills Training (QUEST) Alliance, a multi-stakeholder partnership that works to promote innovative and effective uses of ICTs in education. It brings together public, private and NGO partners to create, pilot and institutionalize technology tools for improving the quality of education at all levels in both formal and non formal settings to better reach disadvantaged youth populations.
Prior to joining the QUEST Alliance, Aakash worked with Microsoft's regional office in Istanbul covering Middle East and Africa. He was in the Regional Community Affairs & Citizenship team that developed a 3-year regional plan for digital inclusion programs with a strong focus on IT Skills development for employment. He also worked on integrated rural development programs and creating a long term vision for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Ambuja Cements. He was an active member of AIESEC, the world’s largest youth organization that helps young people gain vital leadership & cross cultural experiences, for over 4 years where he held various local, national and global leadership positions. He conceptualized and executed AIESEC's first International Development Congress and a learning network on CSR for youth leaders from around the world. He has worked extensively on training & facilitating youth leadership programs in over 10 countries.
He is passionate about exploring the role of business in poverty alleviation and the role of Sport in Education & Empowerment of Youth. He is on the boards of Foundation for Development Initiative and Science meets Dharma. He has also published a paper on 'Evolution and Expansion of NGOs in India'. He has a graduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad.
Specialties: Program Design, Management & Evaluation,
Training & Facilitation
Designing & Developing Networks
Managing Virtual Networks
Corporate Social Responsibility
Social Enterprise Management