Ashish Dhawan, Founder of the Convergence Foundation

Ashish Dhawan, Founder of the Convergence Foundation

Ashish Dhawan is the Founder of the Convergence Foundation. A foundation which identifies critical void in the key economic and social development areas, partners with outstanding institution builders and works on building long-lasting organizations. Mr. Dhawan is also the Founder and Chairman of Central Square Foundation (CSF) and Ashoka University. He worked for twenty years in the investment management business and ran one of India’s leading private equity funds, ChrysCapital. 

In June 2012, he left his full time role at ChrysCapital to focus on philanthropic work in education. Ashish is an MBA with distinction from Harvard University and a dual bachelor’s (BS/BA) holder with Magna Cum Laude honors from Yale University. Central Square Foundation works on system reform in school education in India. The foundation has 130 team members who work on grant making, research, policy reform and policy implementation. Ashoka University is a new liberal arts institution that aspires to transform higher education in India. The university already has 2,600 students in its eighth year along with 200 faculty, both visiting and permanent. It has plans to scale to 10,000 students by 2032.