Anitha Alappat

Learning & Development | Career Transitions | ISB + BITS

United Arab Emirates

Operational Strategy New product development Learning Solutions Career Transitions Educational Consulting Program Management

Passionate about education, learning and development. Deeply self-motivated. Exceptionally organized. That's me!

I am a vibrant and optimistic individual, passionate about education and life long learning and always looking to make an impact in this space. I was previously with Explorars, an educational travel company and earlier with KNOLSKAPE, an technology-enabled experiential learning company. Prior to that I lead new product strategy and local operations at Amba Consultancy and Training Services. I bring nearly 10 years of proven experience across strategy, operations and program management in manufacturing and education sectors.

When not working, I love traveling, crochet and desserts. 


Head of Product and Client Management at Explorars

Apr 2017 - Nov 2017

Explorars is an educational travel startup that offers immersive, experiential learning programs for igniting a purpose in children’s minds Responsibilities New Product Development: Create products that can generate over USD 1million in 2018-2019; customize existing programs for UAE for 2017-2018 Process Design and Execution: Streamline operations for defect free program execution Strategic Partnerships: Build partnerships to expand product portfolio Achievements Launched cloud-based tracker for operations pipeline and product design review Built a network of program partners in UAE and USA Designed 5 highly immersive products for execution across UAE, USA and Singapore

Regional Director - Middle East at KNOLSKAPE

Apr 2016 - Mar 2017

KNOLSKAPE is a multiple award winning immersive gamification and simulation software company focusing on talent transformation. With over 40 experiential learning products, KNOLSKAPE helps organizations attract, grow and retain talent. At KNOLSKAPE Middle East, using GSMA (Gamification, Simulations, Mobile and Analytics), we help organizations race ahead in their talent transformation journey. Through top notch Assessments and Talent Analytics, we empower HR and L&D leaders to demonstrate the true business impact of learning. If you would like to know more about the Future of Learning/Digital Future or see how to move from Human Resources to Happy Returns, do get in touch!

Head of Operations at Amba Consultancy and Training Services DMCC

Apr 2013 - Aug 2015

Amba (Intelligent Partners) offers schools, universities, and government bodies education counseling, teacher recruitment and training services, and has offices across GCC. Responsibilities Strategy & Program Management: Develop and execute new product strategy across three divisions - Teacher Training, Teacher Recruitment, and Student Services Marketing & Communications: Identify suitable marketing and communication channels, monitor all branding initiatives and collateral, and develop new business relationships Operations: Manage and monitor daily operations including team (6 direct and 4 indirect reporting), work priorities, and budget for Dubai office Organization Building: Improve productivity and accountability through robust processes, better reporting, effective recruitment and impactful mentoring Achievements Conceptualized and successfully launched Teacher Training division in 2014; organized over a dozen workshops, including 3 in collaboration with international universities Compiled and built GCC wide network for Teacher Training division Expanded client base from 5 to 15, doubled the team size and improved revenue projections for Teacher Recruitment division; lead team to win two government tenders Built processes for Student Services division that improved traceability by nearly 50% Managed end to end process to obtain KHDA approval for Teacher Training division Recruited and mentored more than 10 permanent employees and student interns


Strategy and Leadership at Indian School of Business

Mar 2009 - Mar 2010

MS Industrial Engineering at Purdue University

Jul 2004 - Apr 2006

Engineering Technology at BITS, Pilani

Jul 2000 - May 2004

Push pixels...
Shovel coal into server...
Create mockups...
Defend the wall...
Draft storyboard...
Disrupt an industry...
Achieve profitability...
Become a unicorn...
Become Batman...