Ramji Raghavan is a former international banker who created Agastya, a transformative and innovative education charity and the world's largest mobile hands-on science education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers. Agastya has reached creative hands-on science education to nearly 4 million disadvantaged children and 150,000 teachers in rural India and pioneered innovations including mobile labs, Young Instructor Leaders (children-teaching-children) and a 170-acre Creativity Lab that has incorporated science labs, an interactive museum, model making, teacher training, art and ecology in a single campus. Ramji has an MBA from the London Business School.
After nearly two decades in the commercial world I felt the urge to give back to my home country through a meaningful social endeavor. Inner fulfillment and personal spiritual awakening became more important to me than commercial success. I dreamt of creating a campus in the Himalayan foothills that would build creative leaders who would transform India. My exposure to Jiddu Krishnamurti and spiritual reflections with my friend Gopi in London forced me to acknowledge my selfish existence. I felt I needed to reach out to society, and acted on it.