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Talent resides everywhere, opportunity doesn’t. The Karta Initiative is seeking to positively and permanently disrupt this. Ours is a social mobility mission: to transform the futures of bright low-income students from developing and emerging economies. We focus on dismantling barriers of information, exposure, aspirations, and skills to improve admissibility, employability, and ultimately life outcomes for our students as well as their communities. Our work is underpinned by a commitment to social justice, inclusivity, thirst for continuous learning, and rigor.


The Team

Ranjita Rajan

Founder, CEO & Trustee

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  • 20+ years in business, public, and social sectors, and for/non-profit start-ups
  • Organisations: McKinsey & Co, University of Oxford, DAI, Overseas Development Institute.
  • Geographies: Europe, Latin America, North America, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Research: Chile (Attanasio, UCL; Contreras, UdeChile); Liberia (Open Society Foundations).
  • Education: Economics postgraduate, LSE
  • Enjoyment drivers: Decisions amidst ambiguity. Unlikely collaborations. Pace amidst volatility. Trust-based relationships.

These threads are woven into an optimistic commitment. A commitment to unravelling the tight knot at the heart of Karta’s mission.

Rosanna McBeath

Manager, International Access

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  • 10+ years in government and higher education sectors.
  • Geographies: Europe, United States, now India.
  • Research: low-income barriers to Ivy League and Russell Group.
  • Education: Oxford Jurisprudence graduate, International Relations & Law postgraduate.
  • Experience: VP Welfare & Equal Opportunities: elected full-time by Oxford Student Union.
  • Local government: access to care, public service reform.
  • Social Impact Bonds: established GO Lab at Blavatnik School of Government.

Talent is blind to location, resources, circumstances. Access to opportunity is not. Passionate about changing this through Karta.

Donal Anand-Shaw

Skills and Delivery Lead

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  • 3 + years experience in education and research within the public and charitable sectors
  • Research:Poverty alleviation, social marginalisation and exclusion (Argentina, El Salvador, Mexico, Chile and Brazil)
  • Geographies:Latin America, Europe and now India
  • Education Exprience:School Integration Consultancy (Oxford County Council), Outreach Officer (Durham and Cambridge University), Teaching Assistant (SEN focus)
  • Education:B.A. in Modern Languages and Cultures (Durham), MPhil in Latin American Studies: Political Economy, Development and Inequalities (Cambridge)

Education, exposure and opportunity are all hugely powerful tools in transforming the state of play globally; enacting real change and getting closer to a more equal society. Karta's work is integral to this; connecting the disconnect.

Vindi Banga

Chair & Trustee

  • Currently: Partner, CD&R LLC
  • Boards: Senior Independent Director, Marks & Spencer Group plc; Senior Independent Director, GSK Plc; Confederation of British Industry (CBI); Chairman, Kalle GMBH;
  • Previously: President, Unilever; Chairman & CEO Hindustan Unilever Ltd
  • Boards: Chairman, Mauser Group; Chairman, CBI Economic Growth Board; Non-Executive Director, Thompson Reuters Corp; Prime Minister of India’s Council of Trade & Industry; Unilever Executive Board; Institute of Management (Ahmedabad); Indian School of Business (ISB);
  • Education and awards: Padma Bhushan (India); Mechanical Engineering, IIT (Delhi); MBA IIM (Ahmedabad).

I am energised by the Karta vision of empowering talented young financially disadvantaged Indians.

Sara Kalim

Trustee

  • Documentary and current affairs programming for major British and international broadcasters : from ideas to funding to execution
  • International journalism research: taking a leading academic footprint global with strategic planning and scholarship development
  • Developing funding campaigns to “include the excluded” in support of young people from across the world
  • Fellow and Director of Development, Somerville College, Oxford; MA Classics (Oxford)
  • Specialist interest in the history of education of women and girls illustrated by film-making and campaigns on this theme

As a 4th generation person of Indian origin, I benefitted from studying in a world-class university and have seen the ripple effect from these opportunity going back into communities. I am deeply committed to Karta’s mission of the development of young, latent talent.


The Karta Ecosystem

Global firms, young start-ups, philanthropists, eminent academics, experts, and students, spanning geographies, ages, sectors and experience, are generously putting shoulders to the Karta wheel and contributing vital expertise, knowledge, pro-bono professional skills and financial support.

  • Orazio Attanasio
  • Dante Contreras
  • Michela Tincani
  • Trisha Sen
  • UCL
  • Universidad de Chile
  • Ministerio de Educación de Chile
  • Avanti
  • Barclays Life Skills
  • British Council, India
  • Crossover Catalyst
  • Fundacao Estudar
  • GSK
  • Hindustan Unilever
  • Lemann Foundation
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India
  • OxNet
  • Pembroke College, Oxford
  • Sommerville College, Oxford
  • Sutton Trust
  • High Commission of India, London
  • International Students House
  • Marks & Spencers
  • Tata Chemicals
  • The Red Pen
  • EnGuru
  • Siddharth Arora
  • Rosemary Aziz
  • Donal Anand-Shaw
  • Kate Bolsover
  • Natasha Burroughs
  • B.M. Chaudhari
  • Stephen Collins
  • Anne Currie
  • Teena Dhir
  • Anusuya G
  • Abhinav Garg
  • Alfred Gathorne-Hardy
  • Suneta Khade
  • Philipp Lohan
  • Carolina Lyrio
  • Philip Maini
  • Shivani Malik
  • Kirsty MacDonald
  • Suparna Majumdar
  • Ganpati Maske
  • Moomal Mehta
  • Bharat Nadkarni
  • Nikhita Nadkarni
  • Rajan Pandhare
  • Sushant Powar
  • Roddy Sale
  • Manisha Sharma
  • Anshika Sinha
  • Vaanathi Sundaresan
  • Fabio Tran
  • Toby Whiting
  • Mark Wormald
  • Arshan Vakil
  • Arti Vakil

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