Dr. Rukmini Banerji

Rukmini Banerji is the Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation.

She has extensive experience in program design and delivery and has played key roles in developing and implementing Pratham’s partnership programs with governments.  Over the years, Rukmini has led assessment activities of Pratham including setting up an internal measurement, monitoring and evaluation unit. For ten years, from 2005 to 2014, she was the Director of ASER Centre, Pratham’s autonomous research and assessment unit, which conducts the well-known, nation-wide Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) survey.  Rukmini has been with Pratham since 1996 and took over as CEO in 2015.

Initially trained as an economist in India, she did her B.A. at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at the Oxford University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1991 after which she also did post-doctoral research at the Population Research Centre at the same university. Rukmini worked as a program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago for several years before returning to India in 1996.

Rukmini writes frequently on education in both English and Hindi and enjoys telling and writing stories for children. Originally from Bihar, she now lives in New Delhi.

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