An avid reader, who believes in the power of books to change lives, Kavita is a co-founder of the Neev Literature Festival, that aims to grow and recognise the impact of children’s literature in India, through multiple initiatives, including the Neev Book Award. She is also the Head of School, Neev Academy. With a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology from Mumbai University, she completed part of the MBA programme at Harvard Business School before returning to restructure the family business. Kavita’s professional experience till 2002 was largely in corporate strategy and finance functions that she headed for one of India’s largest publicly listed firms, Lupin Pharmaceuticals. She switched to education after frustrations with pre-school education for her own children – starting Neev in 2005 with a vision to avoid the extremes (overly academic/overly unstructured) and strike the right balance for overall early childhood development. This vision then moved to starting a grade school which works with the programmes of the International Baccalaureate. Besides the teacher training institute, Kavita also aims to start a community school for under-privileged children bringing Neev’s education to impact children across socio-economic strata.