Top 5 Couples in Education
There are now so many couples directly or indirectly working in the education sector that it deserved a Top 5 category of its own!
Pratik Dattani, Country Director for the UK, for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), helps to organise the FICCI Higher Education Summit & Exhibition – a three day exhibition & conference featuring a platform for educators, higher education institutions, service providers and technology companies. He and Smita Patel also host higher education delegations to the UK and support links between HE institutions in both India and the UK. Dilshad and Barinder Hothi are the husband and wife team who founded The Knowledge Academy, an online business training and learning platform.
In 2014, Priya Lakhani & Rahul Bakrania founded Century Tech, which is set to disrupt the education sector by utilising big data and data mining techniques to improve students’ learning outcomes. Selvanayagam Pankayachelvan ‘Selva Pankaj’ and his wife founded the Regent Group with Selva as the CEO and Tharshiny Pankaj the Principal of Regent College. Mehool H. Sanghrajka is Founder and CEO of the Learning Possibilities Group, now the largest e-learning platform on Microsoft SharePoint technology, and his wife Arshna Sanghrajka is an avowed authority on Jain Temple architecture and contributor to the Jainpedia projects.
Top 5 Couples in Education
- Pratik Dattani & Smita Patel
- Dilshad & Barinder Hothi
- Priya Lakhani & Rahul Bakrania
- Selva & Tharshiny Pankaj
- Mehool & Arshna Sanghrajka
Pratik Dattani & Smita Patel
Pratik Dattani is the Managing Director of the boutique EPG Economic and Strategy Consulting, specializing in economic analysis and strategic communications. He is also the Country Director for the UK, for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the premier and largest industry body in India. He is a former Chairman of the City Hindus Network (2010 – 2013) and is the Founder of Europe’s first comprehensive charity rating platform, Charity Clarity. He has published academic research on social impact measurement and behavioural economics and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Warwick. Pratik Dattani is married to Smita Patel.
Smita Patel holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Biotechnology from the University of Pune, India, and Master’s degree in the subject from the University of Essex. She is currently Manager at EPG Economic and Strategy Consulting and created the annual “BioConclave” platform to facilitate health and life sciences collaborations between India and the UK. She is also a Committee member of Asian Circle, which is a network of UK based Asian leading business women, lawyers, financiers, academics and entrepreneurs working in collaboration with Oxfam India.
Dilshad and Barinder Hothi
Dilshad and Barinder Hothi are the husband and wife team who founded The Knowledge Academy, an online business training and learning platform, in 2009. The company provides education and consultancy services to private and public sector organisations like HSBC, the NHS, DWP, and local government which has led to six years of exponential business growth and a turnover of £20.8m and profits £3.2m for the year to March, 31 2015. The Knowledge Academy has revenue targets of £100m by 2018 and aims to achieve this by expanding into areas such as apprenticeships, higher education and recruitment. The Knowledge Academy employs 220 people from a base in Bracknell, Berkshire. Dilshad was born in India and educated at The Lawrence School, Sanawar. He holds a Masters in Marketing from the University of Lincoln.
Barinder Hothi was born in the UK has a degree financial economics from Kingston University. She previously worked at British Airways, DHL, Xerox and Microsoft before founding The Knowledge Academy.
Priya Lakhani & Rahul Bakrania
Priya Lakhani OBE is best-known as the founder of Masala Masala which creates authentic Indian cooking sauces that are stocked in the chilled cabinet. Priya who grew up in Altrincham in Cheshire, initially trained as a lawyer before giving up her career to launch the food brand. She went onto to found a social enterprise focussed on Brands Giving Back Charity SOCO (Socially Conscious) and is currently incubating her latest venture Century Tech which applies cognitive neuroscience and big data analytics to the education technology sector. In 2014, Priya was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to business, community and voluntary initiatives and clinched the Asian Achievers ‘Woman of the Year’ Award in September of that year. She lives in London with husband Rahul Bakrania.
Rahul Bakrania has a BSc degree in Mathematics & Economics from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Finance & Economics from the London School of Economics. He started his career at UBS Investment Bank before becoming Chief Operating Officer at Marquis Jet Europe which was sold later to NetJets Europe. He then joined as Chief Operating Officer at WPSChallenger, a venture fund focusing on early stage and growth opportunities in digital media, technology and entertainment but left in 2014 to set up Arrow Ventures, which invests in the success of early-stage entrepreneurs.
Selvanayagam & Tharshiny Pankayachelvan
Selvanayagam Pankayachelvan ‘Selva Pankaj’ is a Chartered Management Accountant with an MBA who has enjoyed a career that has spanning two sectors; spending 16 years from 1994 to 2009 in the financial investment and merchant banking sector and from 2000 till the present day working in the education sector. His career in the investment sector has involved work at firms including Pricoa, Rockspring, Fortress and Prudential Financial Inc amongst others. In 2000, Selva launched the Regent Learning Centre, with his wife Tharshiny, offering programmes of supplementary tuition for students Year 7 and above in English and Maths. In 2004, Regent expanded into childcare with the opening of Regent Nursery School. The Regent Independent School & Sixth Form College was flourishing so in 2009, the couple opened Burlington College. In 2010, the Regent College Higher Education was born and has since blossomed and 2012 brought the addition of a third sixth form centre, Albany College. Selva serves as CEO of the Regent Group and was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year accolade at the Asian Achievers Awards in September 2016.
Tharshiny Pankaj is Managing Director, Regent Group and Principal Regent College. She is a graduate of Brunel University where she studied Computer Sciences. In 1998 she took the post of ICT & Computing Teacher at a sixth form college. In 2000 she played a large part in the founding of Regent College and has been deeply involved in the day to day running of the various businesses and been intrinsic in the growth of the Group.
Mehool and Arshna Sanghrajka
Mehool H. Sanghrajka is Founder and Chief Executive of the Learning Possibilities Group. He founded his first IT business whilst still at university and went on to develop IT businesses in the UK, Middle East, Asia and India over the following 12 years. In 2001, he formed a joint venture with the UK’s largest school builder, Jarvis Plc, exiting the business to set-up Learning Possibilities with Professor Stephen Heppell in 2007. Learning Possibilities went to build the LP+ platform – now the largest e-learning platform on Microsoft SharePoint technology – and the company has won the Education Investor Technological infrastructure Award for the past two years. Mehool holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Computing from City University, London, and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the Institute of Directors, and a Chartered Engineer in Information Technology. He is a Trustee and Director of Education for the Institute of Jainology, a charity set up to the religion and philosophy of Jainism, and an Executive Director of the Jainpedia project.
Arshna Sanghrajka qualified as a pharmacist from King’s College London and works for a high street retail group. She is also an avowed authority on Jain Temple architecture and was invited to guide HRH The Prince of Wales during his trip to the Jain Derasar in Potter’s Bar, Hertfordshire, in January 2015.