Sharath Jeevan is one of the world’s leading experts on how to practically re-ignite the inner-drive (or intrinsic motivation) in our lives, and particularly our working lives.
He is the founder and Executive Chairman of Intrinsic Labs. The Lab solves important motivation-based problems for partners – particularly focusing on how employee and stakeholder motivation can accelerate an organisation’s overall strategy – through a consulting and coaching approach.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Roehampton University for his contributions to the field in 2017. His work has been featured in likes of The New York Times, The Economist, CNN, National Public Radio and The Times of India. And he has served on the High Level Steering Group of the Education Commission, the pre-eminent global think-tank founded by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
He holds degrees from Cambridge University (First Class BA/MA in Economics), Oxford University (MSt) and INSEAD (MBA with Distinction).
Sharath has addressed large global audiences at the Royal Festival Hall in London, Lego Ideas Festival in Denmark, WISE Summit in Qatar, Draper Richards Kaplan Convening in San Francisco, Varkey GEMS Conference in Dubai, and the Lemann Conference in Sao Paulo.
He gained first hand experience in the field through founding STiR Education in 2012. STiR represents the world’s largest initiative to improve intrinsic motivation – in this case in education. Through partnerships with governments and leading donors, it has grown from supporting 12 schools in 2012 to over 35,000 schools today, across India, Africa and South East Asia. 200,000 teachers and 6 million children have been re-ignited to date. STiR has received over $25 million in funding from the UK and US governments, and from leading corporate foundations and partners such as UBS, MasterCard, Vitol and Ikea. It has also spawned innovative research partnerships with leading research groups, including with the World Bank, Brookings Institute and the Surgo Foundation, the behavioural insights unit co-founded by Malcolm Gladwell.
Prior to STiR, Sharath was the Founding CEO of Teaching Leaders (now Ambition School Leadership), an innovative UK-focused education leadership organisation. Teaching Leaders was expanded to all eligible primary and secondary schools in the UK, and to eight cities in the US, with backing and support from the UK government and US governments.
He held senior corporate roles at management consultants Strategy & (formerly Booz & Co), and at eBay. He first cut his entrepreneurial teeth as one of the founding team of ContactDetails.com, a social network that preceded Facebook.
Sharath lives in North East London with his wife and two young boys. He is desperately trying to reduce his time on planes. He loves reading the latest ‘smart-thinking’ books, trying out London’s and the world’s coolest new restaurants and plays, and is a serious (early morning) tennis player.