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Kiran & DFC Global

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Kiran Bir Sethi is a designer who became a teacher, a principal who grew into an education reformer, an advocate who morphed into a social entrepreneur. A trained graphic designer, she comfortably uses the language of design — iteration, prototype, design specs — to develop not only curriculum innovation, but also community-based social programs. Sethi was a star at the first Ted India last year, where she movingly told stories of how she champions children. But her “Design for Change School Contest,” a recent initiative only mentioned near the end of this talk, swept India like wildfire in 2009, and will expand globally this coming school year.

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