Recipient of the Padma Shri Award in 2004, Gowri Ishwaran is an internationally recognized educationist with over 35 years of experience, and a passionate believer in the power of education to create change. Her innovative, values-based approach to learning has catalysed a paradigm shift in the Indian educational sphere.
She was the founding Principal of Sanskriti School, New Delhi, which is counted among the leading schools of India, and she serves as CEO of The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF). At tGELF, she has been instrumental in the development and spread of the ground-breaking leadership development curriculum, which has reached more than three million students both in India and abroad. She is one of the Senior Administrators of the Shiv Nadar Foundation, sits on the Advisory Board of the Shiv Nadar School and is a member of the Governing Council of the Vedica Scholars Programme for Women, an educational initiative of the Vedica Foundation and Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication.