Ravi Sreedharan (Ravi) is the Founder and Director of Indian School of Development Management.
He worked in the corporate world for 24 years, most of it with the MNC Bank – HSBC in Dubai, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Cairo. At HSBC, Ravi held numerous senior positions including Regional Marketing Manager – Middle East and Africa; Consumer Banking Product Head for Asia Pacific, Retail Banking Director, Indonesia and CEO & President Director of Bank Ekonomi (member of HSBC Group), Indonesia.
He quit a successful corporate career in 2011, at the age of 49 to return to India and pursue a career in Social Work. Back in India, he was part of the leadership team at Azim Premji Foundation 2011 to 2015. With an Endowment of over Rs 50,000 crores, Azim Premji Foundation works in 50 districts across the country to improve the quality of government schools and learning levels of children in the least privileged sections of the society. This involved working at the grass root level with teachers, school leaders, School Management Committees, Communities, Panchayat Raj Institutions and with the administration from the Cluster and Block levels all the way to Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD). Ravi has done a lot of work specifically in the School Leadership space across the country from researching and defining qualities required in good school leaders to designing interventions to develop these qualities. This work was at the level of village schools at one end; and advising National Level Programs of the Government in developing curriculum and programs for strengthening school leadership across the country, at the other end.
While working in the social sector across numerous villages in the country, Ravi saw an acute shortage of good, relevant leadership not only in the education sector but also in the entire development sector. To address this critical issue, he left Azim Premji Foundation with an idea to build a pioneering, world class, iconic, not-for-profit institute in the country dedicated to Development Management. An institute that will catalyse a big change in the way organizations in the development sector are managed and become far more impactful, sustainable and achieving significant scale. In a short period of less than a year, he and the team at Indian School of Development Management are well on their way to establishing a unique institution and building an eco-system for development management in the country and possibly the world.
He is an Engineer from IIT-BHU (1985) and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad (1988).