Dr. Vanita Shastri

Dean of Global Education & Strategic Programs, Ashoka University

Dr. Shastri comes with a multi-dimensional experience having worked as an academician, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Prior to joining Ashoka University, she made a mark for six years as Executive Director at TiE-Boston where she was responsible for all programming, educational initiatives, membership, the annual conference and sponsor engagement. In the early years of her career, she worked for Redwood Investment Systems, Inc. in Boston where she led the team to set up their wholly owned subsidiary in India and directed their global operations. Later, in her entrepreneurial journey she founded two non-profit organizations – the Meru Education Foundation, USA and the Habitat Learning Center in Delhi, India.

She is passionate about learning and higher education. A senior visionary executive with a proven record of building organizations, global programs and higher education administration. Diverse experience that spans private and public sectors with an extensive network in higher education, industry and the entrepreneurial eco-system.

She is inspired by new developments in education like blended learning, experiential and immersive learning opportunities for all. Successfully ran an accelerator for start-ups with workshops, advising and Angel funding pipeline. Have deep experience in developing strategic partnerships, business development and client engagement. Results oriented team player who has led teams in diverse settings including higher education, non-profit and corporations.