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BasicFirst appoints Dr Akhilesh Kumar as CAO

He possesses a valuable mix of corporate and academic exposure

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NEW DELHI: BasicFirst Learning OPC Pvt Ltd – a personalised e-learning platform – today announced the appointment of Dr Akhilesh Kumar as chief academic officer for the US market. 

Kumar possesses a valuable mix of corporate and academic exposure that can benefit the ed-tech platform. He holds a PhD from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Sloan, USA where he also pursued an MBA. An alumnus of IIT Varanasi, Kumar has held top positions at leading multinational companies like N R Corporation USA, Intel Corp USA, British Telecom London and CEC Ltd and as a Professor at MIT for over 17 years.

BasicFirst founder and chief mentor  Randhir Kumar said, “As we rapidly expand our overseas operations, it’s a pleasure to welcome the accomplished Dr Akhilesh Kumar. His visionary outlook and passion for education will enable us to capitalize on many upcoming opportunities. Moreover, Dr Kumar’s deep understanding of the US markets will help broad-base our overseas presence.”

Kumar stated: “I am honoured to be offered the opportunity of leading BasicFirst’s US operations at such an important juncture in its development. I believe a four-step expansion model premised on Create-Grow-Generate-Innovate should ensure positive outcomes in addressing society’s educational needs. To stay ahead of the curve in the ed-tech space while leading the international market, it is imperative to continue innovating.”

In a career spanning 36 years, Kumar has received various awards and accolades. Furthermore, he has worked as a junior research scholar with Peter Drucker, Father of Modern Management, on improving the US economy during Ronald Reagan’s tenure in the early 1980s. He has undertaken extensive research on ‘Higher Education: A Road Map’ for the Government of Rajasthan towards skills and employability. Dr Kumar has also been associated with Harvard Business School USA, MDI, XLRI Jamshedpur India, University of Stirling Scotland, the University of Huddersfield UK and the University of Connecticut USA.

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