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Meet the Team

Viswanathan R

Co-founder & CEO

What started as a means to keep his 4 year old hyperactive son busy at home, has now become Vishy's passion and mission. Vishy was part of the senior management team at Tutorvista and led business development efforts for its school division. He set up and ran the deal team that achieved industry leading growth and grew the business from scratch to a network of 36 schools with a student base of 26000 students across 18+ cities in just 4 years. He now brings the same passion and energy to building a company that is known for delightful products that children love and parents value. Vishy holds an engineering degree from IIT, Varanasi and management degree from IIM Kozhikode.

Karthik Lakshman

Co-founder & COO

Karthik has extensive experience running & managing Operations across Coca Cola, GE and HP. He also spent 5 years advising C-level executives on Strategic direction, Sales & Operations during his tenure at Mckinsey & Co, a top Management Consulting firm. At McKinsey, he led projects to turn-around a large financial institution in the US, divestiture of a multi-billion dollar flash memory devices company & led the sales turnaround of a call center for one of India's largest banks. He led a team of Sales Strategy & Analytics professionals at HP to guide worldwide sales. Karthik holds an engineering degree from University of Madras and a Masters from Georgia Institute of Technology.

Nina Kanjirath

Early Childhood Expert

Nina has over thirty years’ experience as a teacher trainer, curriculum developer, and pre- primary and elementary school educator having worked in New Zealand Kindergarten, the British and American schools in SriLanka and Indonesia and in Mallya Aditi International School, Bangalore. She developed multimedia lessons and trained teachers at Schoolnet, India in the application of Multisensorial approach, combining it with technology in the classroom. She has written, directed and produced several plays for children, and has a background in Art and Western Classical music.

Anindita Sengupta

Chief Designer

7 years after changing gears from engineering to design, Anindita pursued what she wanted to do rather than what others thought she ought to do. Being at the helm of Magic Crate works as the perfect platform to taking something from non-existence to a reality. Winner of CII's Design Excellence Award for Toy Design, Anindita holds for responsibility designing original activity and toy ideas for Magic Crate that are fun and learning oriented. Apart from this, she oversees all design related activities within the company; including brand building, packaging, prototyping etc. She holds and Engineering Degree from RV College of Engineering and Masters in Toy and Game Design from NID, Ahmedabad.

Advisors

Srikanth Iyer

Ex-CEO, Pearson Education and Venture Partner, Unitus Seed Fund

As co-founder of Edurite Technologies and later CEO, Pearson India, he has been responsible for bringing technology enabled education to millions of schools in India and making Pearson a leading player in Indian education. He now brings that driving force, the spark of entrepreneurial energy and organizational growth to Magic Crate as our Advisor.

Umashankar Vishvanath

Ex- President, Pearson Schools & COO-International Operations, VIBGYOR Schools

Umashankar comes with 25 years of varied experience and with more than 10 years experience in K-12 space. Amongst others, Uma set up Pearson's school management business in India and advises education companies including Edusports, VIBGYOR Schools and Chrysalis Schools on efficacy led delivery. Uma acts as our conscience keeper and ensures that we continue to build products that are fun and efficacious at the same time.