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Vikas Pota

CEO, Varkey GEMS Foundation

Vikas Pota is the Chief Executive of the <a href="http://www.gemseducation.com/philanthropy/about-the-varkey-gems-foundation" target="_hplink">Varkey GEMS Foundation</a> - a not-for-profit organization, established to improve the standards of education for underprivileged children. <br /> <br /> The Varkey GEMS Foundation builds new classrooms and centers of learning, addresses global teaching capacity and seeds excellence and innovation in the next generation of educators.<br /> <br /> Partners of the Foundation include UNESCO, Clinton Global Initiative and Pratham. <br /> <br /> Vikas has also been selected as a '<a href="http://www.weforum.org/community/forum-young-global-leaders" target="_hplink">Young Global Leader</a>' by the World Economic Forum - joining the prestigious programme of 2013.<br /> <br /> In a voluntary capacity, Vikas is a founding member of an annual <a href="http://www.sewaday.org/home/?country=uk" target="_hplink">social action day</a>. The grassroots campaign seeks to promote volunteering & public service in local communities around the world.