Shaheen Mistri is the CEO of Teach For India and serves as one of its founding board members. She has earned global recognition for her dedication and commitment to the fight for educational equity.
Born in Mumbai, Ms. Mistri lived in 13 different countries while growing up. At the age of 18, she returned to Mumbai, where she founded the first Akanksha Center in 1989, enrolling 15 children and employing college friends as volunteers. The center eventually evolved into the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit education project that provides after-school tutoring to children from low-income communities.
Along with five colleagues, Ms. Mistri launched Teach For India in 2008. Since then, the organization has recruited, trained, and placed nearly 1700 Fellows in schools across seven cities. She is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), and an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006). Ms. Mistri also serves on the boards of Ummeed, The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation, The Akanksha Foundation, The Indian School Leaders Institute, and Design For Change, and is an advisor to the Latika Roy Foundation. She also serves as a committee member for the National Council for Teacher Education. Ms. Mistri has a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Manchester, England.