Radha Kapoor Khanna

Founder and Executive Director,
Indian School of Design and Innovation (ISDI)

Design Thinker, Innovation Evangelist, Creative Entrepreneur and Founder of Indian School of Design and Innovation, Radha Kapoor wears more than one hat in her professional endeavours.

Being a right brained person, and having an eye for aesthetics and design from her early days, Radha pursued a degree in fine arts majoring in Communication Design at the Parsons School of Design New York. She is the first Parsons alumnus to have collaborated with the school to set up the Indian School of Design and Innovation in association with Parsons, New York, in 2013, here in Mumbai.

With alternative careers and entrepreneurship on the rise, Radha saw this as an opportunity to cut her teeth into the education industry and set up a platform for both design and innovation to flourish.

Radha’s passion for design made her push the envelope once again as she launched DO IT Creations, a holding umbrella company, to conceptualize and catalyse Design, Innovation and Creativity led Entrepreneurship (DICE), while keeping education and design thinking at the core. ISDI has branched out into specialisations with high profile partners to bring this vision of Radha’s to life. In addition to the association with Parsons, ISDI has tied up with global communication services giant, WPP, and launched the ISDI WPP School of Communications in July 2015. The school looks to nurture and bridge the creative talent gap faced in India.

To further stimulate innovation and technology led by design, Radha set up ISDI ACE (accelerating creative entrepreneurs) in a partnership with Microsoft Ventures to foster the start-up ecosystem in India, in 2015. With innovation and start-ups thriving in the Indian economy Radha had the breadth of view to establish LPID, i.e the Lower Parel Innovation District, a burgeoning district in Mumbai, aiming to boost economic activity by building an urban network and platform that fosters innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

Fuelled with an appetite to excel, Radha’s dynamism overflows into her most recent venture – ‘Awfis’. A new-age venture aimed at providing ready to use, plug & play, co-working offices spaces, embedded with the latest technology solutions for flexible and ‘Just in Time’ space utilization. Awfis is focused on redefining the way work gets done in the current business environment.

Linking back to her fascination for design and fashion, under DOIT Retail (under DOIT creations umbrella) Radha has tied up with the iconic French luxury brand Longchamp, Paris. Together they have set up their first store in New Delhi, at DLF Emporio and will be inaugurating the second store in Mumbai at Palladium in May, 2017.

Education:

June 2015: Stanford Leadership Program
June 2012: Harvard Business School; Executive Education in “Launching New
Ventures”
2007: Gemmological Institute of America (GIA) New York, Graduate
Gemmologist degree
2004 – 2009: Parsons School of Design, The New School, BFA in Communication

Design

2003 – 2004: University of Arts, London, Diploma in Art & Design

Awards & accolades:

2016: The Sunday Standard women’s award for dynamism and innovation.
(DEVI award)
2016: Appeared on The Real Deal show on NDTV PRIME as Jury member,
Investor and ISDI as Innovation Partner
2016: GR8 WOMEN’S award for Emerging Young Entrepreneur
2016: Edutainment award for Best Emerging Media School ISDI-WPP
2016: Special mention on Impact’s Most Influential Women List
2015 & 2016: Edutainment award for Best Emerging Design School ISDI-
PARSONS
2015-2016: Chapter Co Chair
2014 – 2015: YPO NEXT GENERATION (YNG) Founding board Mumbai as
Education Chair Speaker at FICCI, IMC, Startup Grind, UN Conclave, Make in
India, and CII to name a few.