Private Equity Leader Ashish Dhawan takes over as Chairman of the Board of Centre for Civil Society

To focus on School Choice and Right to Education; Luis Miranda is Chairman of Advisory Board

March 30, 2012 ( For Immediate Release)
[New Delhi] – [Centre for Civil Society]

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New Delhi based Centre for Civil Society (CCS), a 15 year old think tank, has named Ashish Dhawan, Senior Managing Director of ChrysCapital as the Chairman of its Board of Trustees. Ashish takes over from noted intellectual and writer, Gurcharan Das who led the board for the past five years.

Ashish Dhawan co-founded ChrysCapital in 1999, one of the most successful private equity funds in the country. Ashish is stepping down from ChrysCapital in July 2012 to establish the Central Square Foundation that will focus on philanthropic investments in education. In his new role as Chairman of Board of Trustees of CCS, Ashish will provide strategic direction and energize CCS' initiatives in K-12 education and propagate School Choice.

Commenting on the occasion, Ashish said, "In the two years since the passage of the Right to Education Act, 33 states/UTs have adopted the rules of the Act. 2012 is the year to build momentum and scale up some innovative pilots in states like Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan to a pan-India level. We at CCS will champion this cause and hope to achieve optimal outcomes through this renewed focus on solving the K-12 conundrum in our country".

Centre for Civil Society also announced the strengthening of its Board of Advisors with Luis Miranda as the Chair. Luis was the Chairman of IDFC Private Equity and quit in November 2010 to focus on high impact social and policy initiatives. The Centre's Board of Advisors is also bolstered with the addition of Ankur Shah, Interim India Director at Acumen Fund where he also manages the Education Investment portfolio, Praveen Chakravarty, Eisenhower Fellow, noted public policy adviser in education and financial inclusion and CEO of Anand Rathi Financial Services, and Reuben Abraham, Assistant Professor at the Indian School of Business and Executive Director of its Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions.

Luis Miranda said, "In the last two years, CCS through its School Choice Campaign has been responding to RTE by engaging with governments and civil society and advocating for a robust relationship between governments and the private sector to improve quality and access to education for the poor. I am excited to join the CCS team and help in furthering its cause to promote access to education and school choice".

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Bhuvana Anad
Centre for Civil Society
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New Delhi 110016 India
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