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Mitesh Thakkar is the Team Lead on the Virtual Open School project, an SDSN Solutions Initiative. Mitesh brings 20 years of development sector experience from around the globe — as Director of Social Research at Altai Consulting in Afghanistan; a Research Analyst at the World Bank (DC); an Education Specialist at Pratham – India; and as a Curriculum Consultant to the Ministry of Education, Vietnam. Over the last 8 years, he has worked on technology and development endeavors in South Asia and Africa. He is the founder of, a mobile-technology social-venture. He holds a BA in Astronomy from the University of Texas – Austin, an Ed.M. in Education Policy from Harvard University, and an MBA from INSEAD.