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The Karta Initiative


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Role Managed by:

Charlotte Dickinson

Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6279


Primary Practice Group: Global Non-Profit Practice

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience

Closing Date: 03/02/2020

Formal Interview Date: TBC

Connect the unreachable with the unimaginable

We don’t think of ourselves as a charity or an organisation. The Karta Initiative is a social mobility movement, bridging the divide between the “bottom billion’s” youth and 21st century opportunity. Our vision is a world where meritocracy - not accident of birth - drives position, power, influence and life outcomes.

Each of us plays a critical role in achieving this mighty mission. Our business model, initially focused on India, blends people, partnerships, technology and finance to drive impact.

We are seeking a special individual with a clear passion and commitment to Karta initiative’s mission, to serve as our inaugural CEO. Your role will be to power and grow the movement, building on our early success and scaling our impact to reach more young people.  You will strengthen and amplify our partnerships while developing and leading a deeply committed and passionate team across India and the U.K.

You will have experience of shaping vision and strategy.  You will possess international cultural fluency.  You will be accustomed to delivering outstanding operational results at speed.  You will be skilled at building trust-based relationships within a complex stakeholder context across sectors, continents and cultures. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate strong fundraising skills, a track record of advocacy and influencing and a deep understanding of our areas of work and where we operate.  You will work closely with the Board and Executive Team to develop systems, structure, interventions and innovation to deliver outstanding results and impact for young people. 

The role will see the person having a profile and network in the UK, while maintaining a strong presence in India through regular travel. 

This represents an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative team who believe passionately in a fairer world for young people who lack opportunity but not talent. The Karta Initiative wishes to encourage applications from experienced leaders drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds who can drive and inspire change for young people. 

We promote equality, diversity and inclusion in our workplace. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from. If you share our values, are ambitious, talented, and motivated by social mobility and inclusive prosperity, you’ve come to the right place.

Perrett Laver will meet with the Selection Committee to agree upon a Longlist of candidates. Longlisted candidates will be invited to discuss the role and their candidature further with Perrett Laver in February.

The role can be based in either the UK or India as both are geographic hubs for the Karta Initiative and the salary is competitive with the seniority of the appointment.


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