Kiran Sethi

Founder, Director

The Riverside School - Riverside Education Foundation

Kiran Bir Sethi is an Indian designer, educationist, education reformer, and social entrepreneur. With a degree in visual communication from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, she ran a flourishing design practice, but it was when her children started going to school that Sethi recognised her true calling - putting design thinking into education. She founded the award winning Riverside School in Ahmedabad that focuses on empowering children with the I CAN MINDSET. She then founded aProCh ( an initiative to make cities more child friendly ) and Design for Change, which is today the largest movement of change – for and by the children where children use the simple framework of Feel/Imagine/Do/Share to design solutions for some of their greatest challenges. Her most recent venture is the Riverside Learning Center which offers training programmes to empower schools across the world to become ‘I CAN SCHOOLS’ by using the codified processes from Riverside. Over the years, Kiran, Riverside and Design for Change have won several accolades and Awards, and some of the most recent ones are : Riverside wins the World’s Best School Prize for Innovation, selects Design for Change into the Hall of Fame, The Earth Prize, etc. She is an Ashoka and Yidan Fellow. Sethi is a published author, having written a book, ‘Every Child CAN’ for Harper Collins, which chronicles the journey and offers readers a glimpse into Riverside’s unique design-led approach to empower children.