Ranjani Saigal is the Executive Director of the Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA.
A 501(c)(3) organization, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA primarily raises money to support the efforts of Ekal Vidyalaya, which runs over 51,000 schools in rural and tribal areas in India, providing education to nearly 1.5 million children. Each school is used as a nucleus to bring about holistic transformation of the village.
She has worked in the field of Education Technology for over 25 years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tufts University. She has facilitated the development, piloting and deployment of several teaching learning tools and has many publications to her credit. Ranjani Saigal is also the co-founder of a bi-weekly South Asian e-magazine, Lokvani.com that has over 40,000 subscribers. This e-magazine is the premier source of South Asian news in the New England area. She serves on the board of several social enterprises and has helped organize many social enterprise conferences in the US and in India.
A strong believer in the power of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship to transform the lives of underprivileged people around the world, Saigal has actively engaged in fundraising, outreach and mentoring for several non-profit organizations. She serves as co-chair of the TIE-Boston Social Enterprise special interest group that works to foster social entrepreneurship in New England. She has won many awards including the India New England Woman of the Year award in 2012 and was honored by Governor Deval Patrick for her contributions to the Arts and Indian Cultural Heritage in Massachusetts.
Ranjani Saigal earned her undergraduate degree from IIT Bombay, her Master’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida and her Master’s in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.