Join Richard Gerver, SLA President, in conversation with Karthik Krishnan.

Richard said: "I was lucky enough to talk to Karthik for the first time at the end of 2020. I remember saying to him then, “I wish people had been able to hear our discussion. His passion, insight and knowledge around education and equity are so powerful and so resonant, especially given the times we are living through. I am thrilled therefore that he has agreed to join us for our next in conversation with. We will explore his incredible personal story and his vision for our children’s future." 

Karthik Krishnan is Adjunct Professor (since 2012) at NYU - Stern School of Business and  an NACD Certified Board Director. He is also the former Global CEO (2017 - 2021) of the Britannica Group, which includes the iconic Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam Webster brands in addition to other modern day brands. Under his leadership, Britannica was recognized as No. 1 company to watch in EdTech, Top 20 brand in voice innovation and a Great Place to Work for three years in a row. Britannica also filed a patent (pending) for an AI/NLP knowledge discovery solution and forged partnerships with Education Ministries globally to transform learning to meet 21st century needs.
 

Richard has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. He began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In just two years, he famously transformed the school into one of the most acclaimed learning environments in the world. He was celebrated by UNESCO and the UK Government for its incredible turnaround.


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Speaker Info

Speaker Name

Karthik Krishnan

Speaker Details

Karthik Krishnan is Adjunct Professor (since 2012) at NYU - Stern School of Business and  an NACD Certified Board Director. He is also the former Global CEO (2017 - 2021) of the Britannica Group, which includes the iconic Encyclopedia Britannica and Merriam Webster brands in addition to other modern day brands. Under his leadership, Britannica was recognized as No. 1 company to watch in EdTech, Top 20 brand in voice innovation and a Great Place to Work for three years in a row. Britannica also filed a patent (pending) for an AI/NLP knowledge discovery solution and forged partnerships with Education Ministries globally to transform learning to meet 21st century needs.

On the World Economic Forum Expert Network, Karthik is a recognized expert on  Education, Healthcare and Information Media. He is an advisor to UNICEF and Global Coalition for Education on Youth Skills and Education. He is on the board (since 2009) of Urban Upbound, a nonprofit focused on transforming the lives of people in public housing in New York City through job training, financial fitness, and college access. 

Karthik was active with the William J. Clinton Foundation and recognized by former US President Clinton for his leadership in launching the Urban Enterprise Initiative. He has been involved in a number of transformative initiatives including Doubling India’s agricultural production, Transforming Harlem (New York City) into a vibrant business community and tourist destination, and Establishing New York University (Stern Business School) as the pioneer and top destination for Entertainment, Media and Technology specialization.