Venkatesh Malur is the President at Sampark Foundation. At Sampark Foundation the focus is on leveraging expertise in “frugal innovation” to invest in large-scale transformation in the field of education, livelihoods and water and thus help create a million smiles. Prior to that heworked with UNICEF for nine years as an Education Specialist till early 2013.Venkatesh Malur has been closely associated with the policy formulation at the national level for the implementation of the Right to Free & Compulsory Education Act. He has been a member of several committees and taskforces constituted by the Government and Joint Review Missions for the Education for All Program. In addition to this Venkatesh has been instrumental in creating a RTE Forum- a platform of around 10000 NGOs from 12 states across the country. Venkatesh holds a Masters degree in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and in Economics from University of Mysore.