Smita Deorah

Smita Deorah

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer

LEAD School

At LEAD, Smita is responsible for education research, product development, and capability building. As the Co-Founder, she has been instrumental in researching and developing the LEAD integrated system with extensive benchmarking with some of the best education systems of the world and contextualizing them for the unique needs of affordable schools in India. Today, LEAD serves over 1 mn students across ~3000 schools.  Before co-founding LEAD, Smita founded Sparsh, a non-profit working with the Govt. of Maharashtra in Anganwadis in Mumbai. She implemented a pre-school in a box solution in 16 Anganwadis around Mumbai to get students school ready and thereby reduce dropouts and low attainment. Prior to that, Smita spent 9 years in Procter & Gamble Singapore and India as a leader in Finance, Treasury and Strategy.