*This interview was recorded at the Teach For All Social Innovator Global Gathering in Kuala Lumpur in July 2008.
Kiran Bir Sethi is the Founder/Director of The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India. She is also the founder of 'aProCh' —an initiative to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008. In 2009, she received the "Call to Conscience Award" by the King Centre at Stanford. In 2009, she founded 'Design for Change' (DFC) - the world's largest movement of change - of and by children. DFC is now in 60+ countries—impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.
She has won numerous awards including the prestigious INDEX – Design to Improve Life Award in 2011, Rockefeller Foundation Youth Innovation Awardin 2012, Patricia Blunt Koldyke Fellowship 2013 from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Design for Change was declared Lego Foundation's Reimagine Learning Challenge Champion in 2014. Awarded as Top 10 Educators for the Global Teacher Prize, Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award, Asia Game Changer 2015, Excellence in Instructional Leadership Award - 2017. She has also been appointed as Ambassador, Vital Voices, in February, 2017. On 9 th June, she met the Pope in the Vatican to sign an Agreement whereby DFC is being introduced in over 460,000 Catholic Schools across the Globe.