Rukmini Banerji is Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation. Trained as an economist in India, she completed a BA at St Stephen’s College and attended Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and later earned her Ph. D at the University of Chicago in 1991.  Rukmini joined Pratham in 1996. She has extensive experience in the field - working directly with communities as well as implementing large scale partnerships with governments. She led Pratham’s research and assessment efforts including the well-known ASER initiative (Annual Status of Education Report) from 2005 to 2014. Rukmini became CEO in 2015. Originally from Bihar, she is now based in Delhi.