Seeking to address the challenges such as employment and upskilling faced by many economies in the region, Zubin Gandevia will lead upGrad’s expansion plans across APAC.
upGrad has signaled its commitment to growing its presence across Asia-Pacific, with the appointment of Zubin Gandevia as CEO for the region.
Most recently, Gandevia served as President, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East, at FOX Networks Group Asia (part of the Walt Disney Co.). Seeking to address the employment and upskilling challenges faced by many economies in the region, he will lead upGrad’s expansion plans across APAC.
On welcoming Zubin to his new role, Ronnie Screwvala, Co-Founder & Chairman, upGrad, said, “Zubin brings an enviable track record of starting and scaling successful businesses and I’m excited for the potential we can unlock with his leadership. Having built a proven and trusted edtech brand in India, we are now poised for growth with plans to scale our offering to support more people in building their future careers, and Zubin is very well-placed to help us achieve this.”
“He brings a lifetime of commercial wisdom and is a proven change-maker with a passion for lifelong learning, which aligns squarely with upGrad’s values. His background in forging strategic partnerships and his keen interest in digital content delivery will be key accelerants for our expansion in Asia. I look forward to working with him to realize our vision of reaching a billion people through upGrad”, he adds.
“By 2025, WEF predicts that around 85 million people will lose their jobs. Whilst, over the same period, 97 million new jobs will be created, these will require very different skills. Without the ability to reskill people quickly, and at scale, millions will potentially be displaced from work. It will require new technology and a fresh approach to partnerships between the government, industry, and academia, if we are to meet this challenge head-on and in doing so, truly change the lives of millions for the better,” said Zubin Gandevia, Chief Executive Officer, upGrad – APAC.
“I’m excited to be part of this transformation, helping to benefit individuals and societies by making it easier to continue to learn new skills throughout our working lives. What particularly attracted me to upGrad was the company’s entrepreneurial approach and obsessive devotion to making the learner experience creative, connected, interactive, and immersive – just like in the world of entertainment,” added Gandevia
Zubin Gandevia starts his new role from January, 2021 and will be based out of Hong Kong.