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Pedagogy

For more than a hundred years our methods of learning have been two sided - on one side is the teacher who imparts it and on the other is the student who receives it. What this doesn’t account for is the application of learning, the context in which the learnings are applied in the world.

Our mission is to bring context to learning. We do this through our unique pedagogy, inspired by the principles of experiential learning.

Human Centered

We keep human beings at the center of our process.

Do it Yourself

We encourage learning by doing.

Critical Thinking

We value inquiry based thinking.

Pragmatism

We help you apply your learning to the real world.

Founder's Story

After graduating with my Masters degree in engineering, I wanted to use my education for creating meaningful solutions in the world. So I quit my corporate job on first day and took off to Mozambique, Africa. Next 5 months, I spent working on the ground in a rural hospital.

Despite 6 years of engineering, I found myself ill-prepared to translate my classroom knowledge into skills for real world problem solving. To fill this gap and bring our education closer to the challenges of our world today, we launched Ycenter.

Dhairya Pujara Founder, CEO Ycenter

Our Team

Our team’s combined experience in engineering, business, design thinking and international development allowed us to craft a learning pedagogy and high impact programs for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity. From being awarded an exceptional VISA from US government for extra-ordinary work in this field to being a reputed economist in African continent to dynamic founder of a non-profit media company, we have a diverse team based out of USA, India and Kenya.

Dhairya Pujara

Dhairya Pujara is the Founder, CEO at Ycenter, he is responsible for building a global ecosystem bringing in corporates, universities, NGOs for creating experiential educational programs. Dhairya is the curator for "Global Shaper Hub Philadelphia" by World Economic Forum. He has been a global TEDx organizer and a sought-after public speaker on entrepreneurship and international development. He delivers keynote and guest lectures in some of the top business schools and conferences around the globe. Dhairya sits on the advisory board for European Commission program LASIN - Latin American Social Innovation network. In 2015, American Immigration granted him an approval for special category work visa reserved for "an individual of extra-ordinary abilities”. He received his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Drexel University.

Rohaan Goswami

Rohaan Goswami is the COO and Director of Product at Ycenter India. He leads the engineering and design teams, and is also in charge of conceptualizing and implementing creative features along with go-to-market strategies for Ycenter's worldwide expansion programs, specifically in Asia and the Middle East. When not solving challenges at Ycenter, he works as the Creative Director at ProjectOne, a non-profit media collective that he founded in 2016 to celebrate human diversity. He travels across India documenting and researching on the various sub-cultures within the nation's diverse demography, and also conducts workshops on Design Thinking, Storytelling and Community Building. In November 2017, Rohaan was invited as a delegate from India to the Misk Global Forum in Riyadh, in association with the United Nations Development Program. He believes that the shortest distance between two people is a story, and that the world can be brought closer together through efficient storytelling mediums and experiential education.

Dr. Reeta Shah

Dr. Reeta Shah is the Executive Director at Ycenter India. She is a Chartered Accountant (32nd rank in India at final CA), Ph.D. in Finance from SJMSOM, IIT Bombay, a Law graduate and holder of triple masters’ degree [M.COM., MBA (HRM) AND M. PHIL ]. She has wide experience in Education and training for last 27 years in the areas of finance and transformation and has trained and helped over 30000 people across India. She has conducted training sessions for 20+ corporates and organizations including CRISIL, SOCIETE GENERAL, LIC of India, IIT Bombay & Delhi, IIM Indore, ICAI (across various locations in India) and many more. Her flagship training program Superwoman Unleashed empowers women, where as SuperYou Unleashed empowers MSME business owners and SuperAchiever Unleashed empowers the youth to grow in the personal life and professional career. She is an Independent Director at Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd. She is recipient of outstanding research paper award at a conference at IICM and also her research paper got selected at International Conference at Harvard.

Manshi Dubey

Manshi Dubey is the Frontend Developer at Ycenter. Her primary responsibility is designing, developing and maintaining the UI / UX of the web portal and learning platform, making it more human-friendly. In love with minimal designs and filming stories, she also dons the hat of a Photographer + Full Stack Developer at ProjectOne, a non-profit collective that celebrates human diversity, with whom she has been associated since its inception. She quit her job at a corporate MNC to work on projects she believes in.

Pooja Kamath

Pooja Kamath manages Strategic Alliances at Ycenter India. She is responsible for creating new partnerships with universities, non-profits, governments and communities in India. She has a varied experience of working with various big corporates and small companies through her professional career. She has developed expertise in business development and project management through her career choices. She has a PG Diploma in Sustainability & Climate Change, experience of teaching under-privileged kids, building an eco-friendly house and spiritual well-being. For the last 3 years her focus has been on projects mostly in the North-East of India, spearheading multiple student and teacher exchange programs, organizing medical camps and raised funds for a government aided schools in the North East states of Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Kiringai Kamau

Kiringai Kamau is the Founding Executive Director for Ycenter Africa based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Kiringai is an Agricultural Economist, Value Chains Analyst, a Knowledge Specialist and an ICT4Ag/ICT4D Enthusiast. He is retained by growing number of organizations including the EU/GIZ Transformation Program to advise the Kenya government on the strategic directions of reforming the agricultural sector in Kenya. His area of research is trade intensification through producer driven value chain organizations. He founded VACID Africa as a community sustainable agribusiness innovation promotion initiative that promotes knowledge in the areas of Value Addition and Cottage Industry Development (VACID). This he achieves through collaboration with communities and local champion organizations. His work identifies champion organizations as local agricultural initiatives that are lead by an individual whom VACID Africa further trains to become knowledge workers in their area through our Community Experiential Learning Program.

Our Advisors

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Bala Mulloth

University of Virginia
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Michael Glaser

Drexel University
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Dr.Banu Onaral

Drexel University
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Matthew Grande

Ex-Accenture
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Shelton Mercer

Benjamin’s Desk, Twitchange
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Tensai Asfaw

United Nations OCHA
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Our Partners

We work with organisations from all over the world.

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