Founder/ Director in Colegio Riverside en Ahmedabad
Kiran Bir Sethi is the founder/director of the Riverside School in Ahmedabad. She has a design background, having got her diploma in visual communication from NID. She is also the founder of ‘aProCh’ - an initiative attempting to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008. In 2009, she was also presented with the ‘Call to Conscience’ award from the King Centre at Stanford, for the citizenship/liberation curriculum that Riverside School implements. In 2009, she conceptualized and promoted India’s largest Design for Giving contest for school children which got over 100,000 children to design solutions for some of India’s most challenging problems. Currently, she is promoting the world’s largest “Design for Change” contest, which has over 22 countries participating. She was also invited recently to be a speaker at TEDIndia. She was a symposium member at the Rockefeller Centre, Bellagio – looking at Design for Social Change. In May-June, 2010, she was a Keynote Speaker at the M.I. Symposium in Beijing, alongside Dr. Howard Gardner. In July this year, she was a Speaker and Panelist at a Conference titled “Where do we go from here: Achieving Global Peace with Justice in a Sustainable Environment?” at The Martin Luther King Jr. Research & Education Institute, at Stanford University. She was a Plenary Speaker at the WISE Summit in Doha in November, 2010, as also at Design Indaba in Cape Town – South Africa, in February, 2011. She has recently been chosen as one of 12 Thought Leaders of the World – an Innovation Knight for the i4P (Innovation for Peace) Society – formed by the Culture of Peace Forum, New York, U.S.A.
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