Ashwin Damera, CEO and Co-Founder, Emeritus and Eruditus. Ashwin is passionate about making high quality education accessible to the next generation of leaders across the world and built Emeritus on the belief that education is transformational. In his role as CEO, he focuses his efforts on driving the strategic growth of the business, and spearheads strategy and expansion in global markets. Emeritus has been awarded numerous honors including: One of Fortune’s 2021 Impact Awards, One of the 50 Most Transformation EdTech Companies, the first Lifelong Learning Laureate Award from University of California, Berkeley.Ashwin started his career at Citigroup and spent many years there in multiple roles. He did a brief but eye-opening internship for Dave Barger (Co-founder of JetBlue Airways) in New York. In 2005, Ashwin co-founded Travelguru, a company that was later acquired by Travelocity in 2009. Since then, he has been working in the higher education space. An angel investor and advisor to multiple startups and entrepreneurs, Ashwin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.