Pramath Raj Sinha, PhD,
Founder & Chairman, Harappa Education
Founder & Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Ashoka University
Dr Sinha is a pioneering force in Indian higher education. He is the Founder and Chairman of Harappa (now part of upGrad), which strives to become India’s largest online institution focused on teaching habits and skills critical to workplace success in the 21st century. He is the Founding Dean and a member of the Executive Board of ISB which rapidly became one of the Top 20 business schools in the world. He is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the acclaimed Ashoka University, a liberal arts university which launched the popular Young India Fellowship.
Dr Sinha has been instrumental in setting up a wide spectrum of change-based higher education initiatives, including a management program for career-oriented women, an entrepreneurship fellowship for the Himalayan region, and a solution-focused design education for the built environment. He has also been a media entrepreneur, education consultant, and management advisor at the 9.9 Group, which he founded, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company.
Academics are his first love: He received a PhD and an MSE from the University of Pennsylvania and a BTech from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, where he was honoured with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2018. Dr Sinha has also authored two books: An Idea Whose Time Has Come (2011) and Learn, Don’t Study (2023).