K. P. Mohanan
K. P. Mohanan, a co-founder of ThinQ, did his PhD in Linguistics from MIT, and has taught at the University of Texas at Austin; MIT; Stanford University; and at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has made significant contributions to linguistic theory; he co-designed with Tara Mohanan an Inquiry-Oriented undergraduate program in Linguistics at NUS; and has worked extensively with the nature of academic knowledge and inquiry, against the backdrop of human beliefs. He joined the IISER-Pune Faculty in 2011, where he continued his work till he retired at the end of 2016.
Tara Mohanan, a co-founder of ThinQ, is well respected internationally for her work on theoretical issues in semantics, syntax, morphology, and phonology, based largely but not exclusively on phenomena in Hindi and Malayalam. She did her PhD in Linguistics at Stanford University. At NUS, where she taught for 16 years, she co-designed with K P Mohanan an Inquiry-Oriented undergraduate program in Linguistics. She has a rare range in educational experience that spans experimenting with Inquiry-Oriented activities in 2nd Grade to advising PhD scholars writing a doctoral dissertation
Madhav, a co-founder of ThinQ, got his PhD in Mathematics, with a focus on Mathematics Education, at The University of Arizona in 2021. His focus for his PhD was on students constructing mathematical theories, and his thesis was titled 'Theory Building in Geometry Education.' He received his Masters in Mathematics in 2019 from The University of Arizona. His Master's thesis was titled 'Assumption Digging in Euclidean Geometry.' Before starting on his PhD, Madhav consulted for UNESCO-MGIEP on developing a course on Global Citizenship. Before that, he worked with Learn Today, the educational arm of India Today, developing curriculum and managing their online product development team. His first job after graduating from Oberlin College in 2011 was founding a startup, SmarterGrades, an online, adaptive numeracy learning portal. He is currently writing on mathematical thinking at madhavkaushish.substack.com.
B. Tech. (IIT Madras), M. A. (Delhi School of Economics)
Vaideeswaran (Deesh) consults in the field of environment, climate change, and sustainable solutions. He has an established consulting practice, in both the development and business sectors, and works both within India and in other developing countries. He has been a core consultant with the World Bank for more than 20 years. Further to that, he has a keen interest and is passionate about engaging in the betterment of school / college education. He has contributed as a resource person in high school education for 12 years.
PhD, Computational Molecular Biophysics, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Vigneshwar Ramakrishnan is an Associate Professor at SASTRA University, Thanjavur, teaching Bioinformatics. His research work focuses on investigating the mechanisms of protein-DNA interactions. With an interest in inculcating scientific thinking in young minds, he founded the "Science Arattai", an informal forum for science discussion, for undergraduate students at SASTRA, where alongside the knowldege component, he takes every available opportunity to build inquiry abilities into the curriculum.
Sriram Naganathan has been closely associated as a resource person with IgnusERG, a group of professionals working to improve the quality of education for marginalized children across India at elementary and secondary levels. When he finds time, he also teaches History at The School-KFI, Chennai. Sriram trained in Business Journalism at the Times Research Foundation in Delhi and was a Reuter Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. He held editorial positions in publications such as Business India and Business World, and wrote for publications such as Asian Venture Capital Journal and Oxford Analytica before moving to the field of education full-time. Sriram also advises Venture Intelligence, which tracks deals in the private equity and venture capital ecosystem in India.
Ramesh has a range of experience from working in various fields - starting with troubleshooting electronic devices as a hobby from his school days, training and tech support in computer hardware and networking, facilitating personal development programs in Landmark Education (based on Werner Erhart's work), being a volunteer and trainer for a suicide prevention helpline, and doing photography and videography for social causes. He currently runs a school in Chennai, where he is initiating meaningful changes. He believes in using his life for causes that can make a difference to the world. He saw ThinQ as a good solution to ailing school academia, that bothered him all his life, and thus volunteers his time with ThinQ.
Master’s in Elementary Education (TISS, Mumbai)
Aditi discovered her interest in thinking about education during a sociology lecture in her undergraduate degree. Since then, she has been volunteering and interning with various organisations that work in education and began working with ThinQ in July, 2018. Here, she learnt ways to tap into her intellectual interests and pursue them wholeheartedly. She is also trained in Bharatnatyam and enjoys reading about philosophy.
MSc Biotechnology, University of Pune
Rashmi works as a curriculum and program developer at Agastya International Foundation, an NGO working in the space of hands-on science education for underprivileged children in rural India. After many years of research in Neuroscience at NCBS, Bangalore, Rashmi got very interested in school education and the neuroscience of how we learn. Rashmi believes that ThinQ was a transformative experience for her as it helped her overcome fear and insecurity associated with open exploration and begin to see it as an exciting journey. She is committed to developing an inquiry-oriented high school curriculum for Biology as well as pursuing research on how knowledge is created in the brain.
Sayali Tamane, after completing her Bachelors in Engineering, entered the developmental sector. She went on to complete her Masters in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia and has been involved in the design and development of the 'Avirat' online training program for secondary school teachers across Maharashtra. She has worked as a member of the Board of Studies for creating the textbooks for 'Self Development and Art Appreciation' for grades 9th and 10th for the Maharashtra State Board. She has been working on educating students from underprivileged background for several years. She currently works as a consultant in education and educational technology for different non-governmental organizations.
Rahee has been working in the field of education at the undergraduate and higher secondary level for over two decades. Teaching Language, Literature and Humanities has allowed her to engage with constructs, question binaries and facilitate students to think through how and why they learn. She hopes to contribute to a classroom environment that encourages the learners to use, explore and develop their metacognitive skills and have no fear of failure. She feels that ThinQ's IIE course has been instrumental in making her a conscious learner, especially while teaching. She enjoys writing and translating poetry and working with theatre.
B.Tech, TKM College of Engineering, University of Kerala
Yadu manages collaborations and contributes towards content development at Agastya International Foundation, a non-profit which aims to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and instil confidence among government school students. After completing his Engineering, Yadu worked as an IT professional for 8 years before breaking away to explore development sector and education. He believes that ThinQ's inquiry oriented learning is a liberating experience, allowing him to enjoy exploring different paths. Yadu hopes to contribute towards developing and disseminating ThinQ's views.