Smita Deorah is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at LEAD, India’s largest School EdTech company and the first unicorn in the segment.A chartered accountant-turned-educator, Smita has over 22 years of experience in Finance, Leadership and Education. At LEAD, Smita is responsible for education research, product development and capability-building. She has been instrumental in developing LEAD's Integrated School Edtech Ecosystem, which is benchmarked with the best education systems globally and contextualized for low fee schools in India.Smita is passionate about excellence and values in academia. Her goal is to bring quality learning to underserved communities and to bridge the gap between India's high-fee schools and its affordable private schools, so that every child can be nurtured to his or her true potential. Prior to co-founding LEAD, Smita founded Sparsh, an NGO that worked for the uplift of Anganwadis in Mumbai in association with the Maharashtra government. She also implemented a ‘pre-school in a box’ solution in 16 Anganwadis to prepare students for school, and to reduce dropouts and low attendance. Before this, Smita spent nine years at Procter & Gamble Singapore and India as a leader in Finance, Treasury and Strategy.