Dr Rukmini Banerji is Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation. Trained as an economist in India, she completed a BA at St Stephen’s College and attended Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and later earned her PhD at the University of Chicago. Rukmini joined Pratham in 1996. She has extensive field experience working directly with rural and urban communities as well as in designing and implementing large scale partnerships with governments for improving basic reading and arithmetic of children in primary school. She also led Pratham’s research and assessment efforts including the well-known nationwide ASER initiative (Annual Status of Education Report) from 2005 to 2014. Originally from Bihar, Rukmini now is based in Delhi. She loves being a grandmother and telling and writing stories for children.