"Zubin brings an enviable track record of starting and scaling successful businesses and I’m excited for the potential we can unlock with his leadership,” said upGrad Co-Founder and Chairman Ronnie Screwvala. “Having built a proven and trusted edtech brand in India, we are now poised for growth with plans to scale our offering to support more people in building their future careers, and Zubin is very well-placed to help us achieve this. He brings a lifetime of commercial wisdom and is a proven change-maker with a passion for LifeLongLearning, which aligns squarely with upGrad’s values. His background in forging strategic partnerships and his keen interest in digital content delivery will be key accelerants for our expansion in Asia. I look forward to working with him to realise our vision of reaching a billion people through upGrad.”
Mr. Gandevia comes to upGrad from FOX Networks Group Asia, part of the Walt Disney Co., where he most recently served as President, Asia Pacific and Middle East. He has significant experience in the entertainment industry, including other senior roles with Star TV Network and co-founding one of India’s first cable networks.
“By 2025, WEF predicts that around 85 million people will lose their jobs. Whilst, over the same period, 97 million new jobs will be created, which will require very different skills,” said Mr. Gandevia. Without the ability to reskill people quickly, and at scale, millions will potentially be displaced from work. It will require new technology and a fresh approach to partnerships between the government, industry and academia, if we are to meet this challenge head-on and in doing so, truly change the lives of millions for the better.”