Senior Management Team
Pavan ChauhanPavan Chauhan is the co-founder and Managing Director of Meritnation.com. He obtained a Bachelor’s in Engineering from NIT Karnataka and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore. Prior to launching Meritnation.com in the year 2009, Pavan successfully completed several projects in the field of education, gaming and assessment. He also worked with several global brands such as Castle Rock Research, USA, Microsoft Inc to name a few.
He brings with him over 15 years of experience in the education sector. Pavan has taught and counseled thousands of students over the years. Many of his students who have kept in touch with him over the years continue to express their gratitude for his timely help in shaping their careers.
Ritesh HemrajaniRitesh is the co-founder Director of Meritnation.com. A Business Studies undergad from the University of Delhi, he later went for his MBA to IIM-Bangalore. Having spent the last 15 years in the Education industry, Ritesh has had a varied experience working with different Educational segments such as Digital Learning, Test Prep, Education KPO, Counselling etc. Along with this experience, he has also actively taught students over the years.
Pradeep GairolaPradeep is Chief Operating Officer at Meritnation.com. Prior to joining meritnation, Pradeep was Vice President and Head of Business for timesofindia.com. His primary forte lies in scaling up businesses and creating new revenue streams.
Pradeep has over 24 years of experience wherein he was associated with some of the largest media companies including The Times of India Group, The ABP Group and Mid Day Multimedia limited.
He believes that online education can add significant value to students and aims to make meritnation.com an integral part in the life of every K12 student.
Pradeep has done his MBA from University of Lucknow prior to which he graduated in Commerce from Jiwaji University, Gwalior
Vivek NarayananAs Vice President – Product, Vivek is responsible for the design and functionality of all the features of meritnation.com. With a keen focus on interaction design and user experience, Vivek strives continuously to deliver the best possible impact and experience for lakhs of students, parents and teachers. He is a true believer in technology led education and guides the development of Meritnation's customised reporting and recommendations that are crucial to self-paced learning. Prior to joining Meritnation, Vivek worked at leading technology companies like Intel, Qualcomm and AMD in their R&D labs and has extensive experience in logic design and algorithms
Vivek has completed the PGP in Management at the Indian School of Business and holds a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
Somak ChatterjeeSomak Chatterjee is the Vice President - Content Development at Meritnation.com. He did his Bachelors in Physics from Presidency College Kolkata and Masters in Physics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Prior to joining Meritnation.com, Somak worked as a research fellow in JNU in biophysics and has to his credit multiple publications in international research journals.
Somak is responsible for all the content releases for classes I to XII on Meritnation. Somak brings to the table several years of content development experience from his work in projects involving schools across multiple U.S. and Canadian states such as Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida and others. Somak's keen interest in the area of developing assessment and game-based learning content has seen him get actively involved in immersive learning modules for Meritnation.
Arfat RizviArfat is our Vice President and Head of Retails Sales. With over 15 years of experience in building out large and effective business teams, Arfat has been instrumental in building a deep culture of customer success at Meritnation.
He holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from Delhi University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IMT, Ghaziabad. His professional interests include Market Research, Customer Service, Training and Business Process Management and strategic customer connect initiatives. In his last assignment, Arfat was the Group Manager for Navigant Technologies.
Dipak BiswalAs Assistant Vice President - IT, Dipak’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Meritnation is always available to the millions of students who love and adore us. A firm believer in the power of high quality education, Dipak plays a crucial role in ensuring that all of the great content developed by our subject matter experts is available to students, teachers and parents across the world, around the clock and on all devices be it, mobile, tablet or desktop!
Dipak holds a Masters degree in Computer Applications and brings more than a decade of experience in setting up and managing highly scalable IT infrastructure by constantly exploring and adopting the best cutting edge technologies available.
Mayank LakhanpalAs GM - Customer Engagement, Mayank takes upon his shoulders that the students, parents and teachers are getting the maximum benefit from the content on meritnation.com. As a custodian of customer voice he ensures that any and every feedback reaches the right ear and is then worked upon. He believes in "Wisdom of Crowds" and that only collective opinion of customers and management can bring out a truly revolutionary product and enrich lives.
Prior to this, Mayank has worked for Customer Services in DTH and Telecommunications. He was last working with Bharti Airtel Ltd, where he had joined as a Young Leader after completing his MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University Business School, Panjab University. He also holds a Bachelors degree with distinction in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Manipal.
Mayank loves to read fiction, listen to rock music.
Vishwanath NairVishwanath , also known as Vishi , is National Head - Alternate Channels at Meritnation.com. Prior to joining meritnation, Vishi was Vice President - Sales with a Leading Real Estate firm. He has 14 years experience is Direct Sales, Corporate Sales and Retail Sales and has previously worked with organisations like ICICI Bank,Citibank NA, Max New York Life , Indiamart.com. He is a Post Graduate in Business Management from FORE School of Management , Delhi.
Vishi has extensive experience in setting up and managing business operations which require deep understanding of critical business drivers in multiple markets; highly successful in building and managing large sales and business development teams.
Shwetank PatniShwetank is the Chief Financial Officer at Meritnation.com. Prior to joining Meritnation, he worked as an Associate Principal with Jacob Ballas Capital, an India focused Private Equity Fund.
During his stint at EY and ICICI , Shwetank gained comprehensive experience in various fields of finance that include Corporate Finance, Valuations and Business Modelling.
Shwetank believes that a good education is a panacea for most social issues. He is extremely bullish about using technology to increase the reach and effectiveness of education. A Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary, he went on to get a management degree from IIM Ahmedabad. He graduated in B.Com (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.