* Rajeev Chaba, President and MD at MG Motor India and Ivan Kolomoetz, CEO and Co-Founder of UCHi.RU will work closely with Ruchir Arora to further drive CollegeDekho’s growth in India and global markets
CollegeDekho, India’s largest college admissions and education services platform has appointed Rajeev Chaba, President and MD at MG Motor India and Ivan Kolomoetz, President and Co-Founder of Russia-based company UCHi.RU and U.S based company Happynumbers.com as Independent Directors to its Advisory Board. They will work closely with Ruchir Arora, CEO and Co-Founder of CollegeDekho to play a key role in shaping the company’s future strategies and aid in the company’s governance.
Coming from varied backgrounds both Rajeev and Ivan are known to have played an instrumental role in disrupting their respective industries and achieving exponential growth for their companies. Rajeev has an enriching experience of three decades in the auto segment where he has held senior leadership positions at top global automotive brands such as Chevrolet, Cadillac, Opel & Buick across multiple international markets. Ivan is a young entrepreneur and co-founder of Russia’s biggest edtech company with more than 8 million students.
On the appointment, Ruchir Arora, CEO & Co-Founder, CollegeDekho, said, “I am excited to work with Rajeev and Ivan to help CollegeDekho enter its next phase of growth. Rajeev and Ivan’s experience across global markets and ability to build a strong product portfolio will play a key role in helping us in our commitments to transform India’s higher education space with ingenious offerings.”
Rajeev Chaba, President, and MD at MG Motor India said, “It is inspiring to see CollegeDekho’s phenomenal journey, and I am delighted to now be a part of it. I truly believe in its mission of simplifying students’ higher education journey and am hopeful, the company will be able to expand its product offerings and markets to make it a truly globally competitive company. I am looking forward to working with the incredible team of CollegeDekho and its investors.”
Ivan Kolomoetz, CEO and Co-Founder of Russia-based company UCHi.RU and U.S based company Happynumbers.com added, “India has a huge untapped potential in the education space offering companies like CollegeDekho an immense potential to grow and replicate a similar growth model in other global markets. I am eager to help CollegeDekho in further strengthening its product offerings and scale better.”
CollegeDekho is one of India’s fastest-growing ed-tech companies in the higher education space. Earlier this year it acquired two ed-tech companies Prepbytes and GetMyUni to expand its product portfolio. It raised $35mn in its Series B funding round and is backed by investors including Winter Capital, ETS Strategic Capital, Disrupt ADQ, QIC, Calega and Man Capital.
About CollegeDekho (www.collegedekho.com)
Founded in 2015, CollegeDekho is on a mission to institutionalise students’ counselling in India in the higher education space. It connects prospective students with colleges using its proprietary technology and AI-based chat conversation bot. Its Common Application Form platform, which enables students to apply to multiple colleges with a single click, is India’s largest of its kind. Since its inception, CollegeDekho has counselled more than 44 lakh students and has helped more than 1500 colleges with their student recruitments. For study abroad students, CollegeDekho provides a full stack of services from profile building, test preparation, university selection and visa assistance. The company recently announced a Fintech vertical that offers students with end-to-end financial assistance and CollegeDekho Learn, an online learning platform that helps students prepare for their future course of studies and placements. The company is backed by investors like ETS, an organisation responsible for conducting GRE and TOEFL exams globally. (www.collegedekho.com)