Global Head, Corporate Affairs
Vikas Pota is Chief Executive Officer of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to improve global teacher capacity and promotes universal access to quality education. Through the foundation, Pota has pioneered an ambitious programme to train 250,000 teachers throughout Africa and Asia. He also spearheads a campaign to raise teacher status globally. Last year, Pota commissioned and co-wrote the Global Teacher Status Index and recently launched the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, an award that will be given to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession. He is also the convener of the Global Education & Skills Forum, and launched a global advocacy campaign called Business Backs Education to rally the private sector to support global education. Pota serves on a number of UNESCO international education panels, including the Girls and Female Education Panel, the Teachers Task Force and the Global Alliance of Corporate Partners for Education. He is the author of “India Inc.: How India’s Top Ten Entrepreneurs Are Winning Globally”.