Binayak Acharya

Founder-ThinkZone | Global Education Practice Specialist-The World Bank | Impact Investing-Unitus Seed Fund

Bhubaneshwar Area, India

Social work education, Qualitative Research, Public Health and Community Health, marketing strategy SAP BI/BW B2B/B2C : business development & sales management SR, Rural marketing ,Sustainability & Ecosystem Management ,Strategic Management Education & Training Early Childhood Education Government Liasioning Educational Workshops Early Stage Investment Social Impact Impact Investing Educational Technology Social Entrepreneurship Early-stage Startups
Binayak Acharya is the Founder CEO of ThinkZone – an award winning social start-up that empowers women in low income communities to deliver quality education programs through a technology-enabled “school in a box” approach. Binayak is passionate about inclusive development and has worked widely in BoP markets for several years. His background spans the fields of Pre-Primary and Primary Education, Impact Investment, ICT4D, Public Policies, SAP, Education Technology, Skills Development, Financial Inclusion, Livelihoods and Sanitation.

Global Education Practice Specialist at The World Bank

Jul 2016 - Present

• Project design and preparation of $119 million Odisha Higher Education Project focusing on improving access and equity in tribal-dense areas and integrating skill development education in colleges • Designing and developing a state-wide MIS and supplementing the monitoring and evaluation capacity of Odisha government to improve data reporting and using it in a strategic manner • Working on capacity building of Odisha Government for results based governance in education aimed at translating regional education data into usable, digestible data source for policy makers • Working on higher education governance and financing by guiding current analytical work to fill in gaps of current scenario and provide policy recommendations to develop new higher education strategy

Investment Consultant at Unitus Seed Fund

Oct 2014 - Present

• Evaluating and investing seed-stage venture capital in startups that create opportunities for the masses in India • Identifying and building effective channels, key relationships & partnerships in the startup ecosystem • Researching targeted sectors and geographies for uncovering new entrepreneurs and investment opportunities • Developing the entrepreneurial eco-system by mentoring high-potential startups • Sourcing, analyzing and proposing seed-stage investment opportunities & mapping early-stage start-ups • Working on new media and public relations for sourcing, ensuring effective addition to pipeline and rapid follow-through in the investment cycle

Founder CEO at ThinkZone

Nov 2013 - Present

• Scouting for potential locations, feasibility study and stakeholder analysis at possible areas of operations • Developing an effective support system for clients (parents engagement, testing, training) • Establishing key performance indicators for operations and delivery activities, training standards and ensure their implementation while reporting performance • Leading, guiding and skilling the team of women micro-entrepreneurs and testing team to take responsibility for and monitor the children’s progress on basic learning skills • Working with academic team on developing an alternate curriculum framework for first generation learners • Developing real-time platforms for content implementation, data collection & monitoring • Working towards raising institutional investments for scale-up work and building alternate financial partnerships • Establishing partnerships and creating operational linkages for effective program implementation

State Head – Projects & Skills Development at All India Society of Electronics and Computer Technology

Mar 2013 - Oct 2013

• Proposal formulation for the state government, funding & monitoring agencies and corporate organizations • Manpower planning, fund management and deciding the implementation strategy for the various central government, state government and corporate projects • Liaison with the State government for projects in the purview of the functioning of the organization • Opening of new skill development centres, achieving targets at the state level, opening up of new areas for the organization to expand in different sectors • Handling the state team of regional managers and business development executives and guiding them to function as per the requirements of the organization and achieving the state level targets

SAP BI Consultant at L&T Infotech

May 2009 - May 2011

• Development of Supply Chain Management applications for Procter and Gamble’s Purchases Department • Support of the Purchases applications and development of user-friendly dashboards • Team management, resource allocation and daily interaction with clients & business users • Developing Sales and Distribution applications for Johnson and Johnson and creating BI Reports • Maintenance of existing BI Applications, Data Extraction from R/3 Server to BI and Data Maintenance


Rural Management at Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)

May 2011 - Mar 2013

Electronics and Telecommunication at BPUT, Odisha

Jun 2005 - May 2009

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