Chicago

Pratham Chicago Brings Momentum to India's Learning Crisis

On Saturday, October 6, 2018, close to 350 prominent business leaders, dignitaries and members of the local Indian-American community gathered in downtown Chicago for the annual Pratham gala. Held at the elegant Venue SIX10, with its panoramic views of the city and Lake Michigan, the event raised $350,000 for our transformative educational programs.

In his keynote speech, Steven D. Levitt, William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and co-author of Freakonomics, made his admiration of...
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Pratham Walk Brings Together Chicago Community

On August 19, Pratham Chicago hosted a 5K walk at Harms Woods in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The event, designed to raise awareness of Pratham’s work, drew 110 participants of all ages, roughly half of whom were new to the organization.

Once across the finish line, supporters mingled while enjoying dosas, idlis and vadas on the beautiful summer morning.

Chapter president Joher Akolawala was thrilled with the turnout: “It’s great to get people out and about, drive awareness for...
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Chicago Hosts Young Professionals Happy Hour

On June 13, the Pratham Young Professionals Group of Chicago hosted a special happy hour at the Sidebar Grille. Along with an opportunity to network and learn more about Pratham, the evening offered attendees a chance to meet Snigdha Gupta, a researcher at the University of Chicago and former program manager with Pratham in India.

“The young professional mixer was a great way for me to explore what Pratham is all about while getting to know people who are similarly interested...
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Pratham Chicago Hosts an Evening with Raghuram Rajan and Rukmini Banerji

On Monday, May 21, Pratham Chicago hosted an evening of in-depth conversation between renowned economist Dr. Raghuram Rajan, who is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Pratham CEO Dr. Rukmini Banerji, a former Rhodes scholar and University of Chicago alumna.

The event, held at the Mid America Club in downtown Chicago, focused on a simple yet all-important question: Will India fulfill its potential? After an introduction by the...
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Genpact and Wrigley CEOs Headline Annual Chicago Fundraiser

Prominent business leaders, dignitaries and members of the local Indian-American community gathered in downtown Chicago for the annual Pratham Gala on Saturday, September 9, 2017. Held at the elegant Winter Garden of the Harold Washington Center, the event was attended by 300 guests and raised $260,000 for Pratham’s award-winning education programs.

“A small amount will make big difference in a child’s life forever,” explained Allstate Executive and Chapter President Suren Gupta.
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Leadership

President
Joher Akolawala

Vice President
Smruti Rajagopalan

Executive Board
  • Ketu Amin
  • Rina Akolawala
  • Dilip Bhattacharjee
  • Suren Gupta
  • Ajay Parkhe
  • Srinivas Reddy
  • Krishnan Saranathan
  • Deepak Seshadri
  • Praveen Sharma