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Rishi Kapal Global Strategist and CEO, EDUGILD Global Edtech Accelerator

Rishi Kapal, a Stanford LEADer, is currently the Global Strategist and CEO of EDUGILD Global Edtech Accelerator. His academic and entrepreneurial journey started in 2013, initially as a teacher of Sales, IMC and Entrepreneurship at leading management colleges. Presently, Rishi holds a portfolio of more than 20 edtech companies, invested in sweat equity as a business strategist and sales facilitator. Within 24 months of his association, couple of Rishi’s portfolio startups have reached a monthly revenue rate of 5–8 lakhs and have raised funds close to `10 crore in all.

From 1993 to 2013, over two decades, Rishi helmed strategic and operational roles in Sony, Qualcomm, Ericsson, BP/Castrol, Avaya, and HCL. Having received several awards and accolades for his professionalism and speed of execution, his last corporate assignment was as the VP and Interim MD of Sony Mobile Communications, owning a business deliverable of over USD200M.

As a senior coach with Right Management, Rishi conducts career transitions, experiences and performance management engagement sessions. His beneficiaries include super-senior and middle-management leadership teams of multinationals and students of educational institutes.

Rishi has been an invited speaker at the United Nations HQ in New York and has travelled and learned extensively from his global journeys. He speaks at various international forums and is also a published author. He has co-authored research papers with laureates of Oxford University and IIT Kharagpur. Academically, Rishi has dabbled in many fields. He is an Electronics Engineer and a Law Graduate. He also holds a master’s degree in marketing management from Pune University and is a post-graduate in management from IMI and on-boarded LEAD Certificate Program (one year) from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.