Chief Executive Officer
Laureate Education India
Sharad Mehra serves as Chief Executive Officer, Laureate Education India, a position he has held since July 2017. Prior to this, from October 2016 through June 2017, Sharad served as Laureate’s Chief Executive Officer for South Africa, where he turned around operations in less than a year and led the setting up of an Academic Innovation Center to drive research, blended learning and community engagement.
Before this, he was the CEO of Pearl Academy from 2011 to 2016 where he spearheaded strategic growth through geographical expansion and new product development. Under his leadership Pearl Academy was recognized as Best Design Institute in India and Best Education Brand in Fashion Design category.
Sharad is an accomplished professional with close to two decades of experience across diverse businesses. Prior to joining Laureate, Sharad headed senior roles in Technopak Advisors (P) Ltd. and Arvind Limited. His association with Arvind Limited was of significant duration spanning over 7 years and the last position he held there was of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Knits Apparel Business.
Sharad is a Graduate in Commerce from Kanpur University and holds an MBA in International Business from Faculty of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), which is now IIT-BHU, Varanasi. A certified leadership coach, he is a highly optimistic and adaptable individual with an ability to work in cross-cultural environments. On personal front, his wife and two daughters make his family. He is an avid reader, enjoys watching cricket and possess excellent culinary skills.