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Archana Sivasubramanian


Archana was born and raised in the city of Madras in South India and graduated with a First Class Distinction and a University Rank Medal in Electronics Engineering from Anna University. She spent a year building product feature sets in the startup technology landscape but her deep interest in Philosophy & Political Science eventually took her to the Young India Fellowship at the Ashoka University for a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies. As a Young India Fellow, Archana interned with the The Aspen Institute - an educational & policy studies organisation based in Washington, DC - supporting "the missing middle”, the small and growing businesses (SGBs) that address the critical social & environmental challenges in India. During her time at Ashoka, she also co-founded ‘Kshetraa’, a company that focussed on building a catalogue of experiences around lesser known heritage monuments across India. After the Fellowship, Archana worked for Learn With All Inc.(New York) where as a consultant her engagements with organisations like The Centre for Civil Society, PRADAN & Kaivalya deepened her understanding of policy issues surrounding education and development in rural India. One of her key assignments also included building an online learning platform for a nonprofit that helped catalyse rural women to improve their own lives and communities. Most recently, Archana has worked under Professor Prashant Loyalka at the Stanford University to implement a large-scale program to assess the quality of technical education in large economies. Archana is also a Bharatanatyam dancer, an avid stargazer and her obsessive love for South Indian Classical music sustains her spirit during times when the 'known' world seems perplexing and unpalatable.