Gautam John is the Director of Strategy at Nilekani Philanthropies. Prior to this, he spent several years with the Akshara Foundation building the Karnataka Learning Partnership and at Pratham Books building their open source publishing model. He is an advisor to Pratham Books, Akshara Foundation, Inclusive Planet Centre for Disability and Policy, STIR Education in India and Children’s Lovecastles Trust. He was a TED India Fellow in 2009. Before his time in the non-profit sector he was an entrepreneur for six years and graduated from the National Law School in 2002.