Binal Gandhi, Founder
Prior to starting The Learning Curve Academy, Binal Gandhi worked for close to 20 years in the areas of Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Corporate Strategy in senior roles at companies like GE Capital and Wells Fargo, both in the USA and India. As Senior Vice President, she led the Mergers and Acquisitions team at Wells Fargo, USA. After moving back to India, Binal was an Executive Director at MAPE Advisory Group, a leading boutique financial services advisory firm in India.
Binal is a visiting faculty at SP Jain and NMIMS, teaching courses in Corporate Finance, Valuation, and Strategic Financial Management. She has mentored many students as they prepare for their future careers. Binal has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, USA and an MBA from Purdue University, USA.
Over time Binal’s desire to be an educator has evolved and was the spark that led to the foundation of the The Learning Curve Academy. She brings her industry experience and her strong educational background to counsel parents and students. She is a mother of two girls and loves to play the piano, read, and travel.
Niyati Patel, Faculty Head
Niyati Patel has over 9 years of experience in the banking and financial sector. She was a Vice President at Bank of America, where she handled treasury services for both multinational and large Indian corporates. She is the Head of Faculty at The Learning Curve Academy and has taught over 1000 students across a variety of colleges as part of the Finance GYM program. She brings her experience in banking and finance, as well as her passion for imparting students with life lessons when teaching.
Prof. Rupa Shah, Advisor
Prof. Rupa Shah has had a distinguished career in the field of education. She was previously a Director at International Knowledge Park and was instrumental in establishing the Ecole Mondiale World School and Russell Square International College. Prior to that, she was the Vice-Chancellor of the SNDT Women’s University from 2001-2005. Before that she was the principal of Mithibai college for 10 years. She started her career as a Professor in Psychology and established the Department of Psychology at Mithibai College.
She is currently part of the Governing Bodies of over 25 educational institutions across the country, including the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (JNU), IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University), The ICFAI University (Institute of Chartered Financial Analyst of India), and Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research.
She has published several papers on Education and Womens Studies. Her awards include “Dr. Sir. M. Vishveshwsaraya Suvarna Mahila Stree Rathna Award – 2005”, Outstanding Citizen’s Award by the Women’s Political Forum, Priyadarshini Academy’s National Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of Education.
Aashita Mehra, Advisor
Aashita has over 15 years of experience, both inside and outside the classroom. She has taught at Jamnabai Narsee School and Ecole Mondiale with both the IGCSE and IB curriculums. She currently holds a Board Advisory role at Oberoi International. Prior to her assignments at these schools, Aashita helped establish the BMS program at NM College. She has an MBA from SP Jain.
Aashita has two children and she loves spending time with her family. Her other interests include travel and keeping fit. She is committed to the field of education and helping parents make the right choices for their children.