Ajit George

Ajit George

Ajit George is the Director of Operations for the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, a board member of the Indian Institute of Journalism, a frequent consultant for emerging non-profits, an energetic advocate for diversity in the game industry, a professional speaker, and the co-author of a forthcoming non-fiction work highlighting the role of dignity in personal and communal wellbeing.

George and his team, through the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project, work to alleviate severe poverty among members of the Untouchable caste in India by giving children an intensive, long-term education over the course of 17 years, from the age of 4 until they graduate from college. Shanti Bhavan students have gone from homes with no running water and electricity to post-college careers at companies such as Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, Deloitte and Mercedes Benz, making Shanti Bhavan’s success unprecedented in the non-profit world. Shanti Bhavan is the focus of an upcoming major multi-part television documentary series.

George oversees all domestic and international fundraising, volunteer and teacher recruitment, media relations, strategic partnerships, and the mentorship program. He coordinates with the planning and implementation of projects and the roll-out of new initiatives. He commutes between the U.S. and India 2 to 3 times a year, spending 3 to 5 months in the field, working with the children of Shanti Bhavan and the impoverished communities he serves.