Board & Team

Rukmini Banerji

Director, ASER Centre and
CEO, Pratham


Rukmini Banerji is the Chief Executive Officer of Pratham Education Foundation. Until recently, she was responsible for Pratham’s programs and activities in several major states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and was also the Director of ASER Centre (the research and assessment unit of Pratham).

Initially trained as an economist in India, she did her B.A. at St. Stephen’s College and attended the Delhi School of Economics. She was a Rhodes Scholar at the Oxford University and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago where she also did post-doctoral research at the Population Research Centre. Rukmini worked as a program officer at the Spencer Foundation in Chicago for several years before returning to India in 1996. In 2008, Rukmini was awarded the Maulana Abul Kalam Shiksha Puraskar by the Government of Bihar, India.