Quest Alliance was founded in 2005 as an innovation and collaboration–focused coalition of state governments, NGOs and social impact investors. For media / press inquiries contact:


With the objective of demonstrating and scaling up models that develop 21st century skills in learners & educators, we at Quest Alliance have been endorsing self-learning and the effective use of education technology.

We empower 5 million learners & facilitators with 21st century skills to drive social and economic growth. We strengthen learning ecosystems through education technology, innovation and collaboration.

Quest Alliance engages in research-based school-to-work advocacy for priority issues in school to work transition. We alchemize the cultures of:

  • An Innovation Hub
  • A Social Franchise
  • A Leadership Springboard
  • A Thought Leader for Policy Change



Aakash Sethi has over 18 years of experience in the education and youth development sectors. He has served in leadership and network-building roles at organizations like AIESEC, Ambuja Cement, Microsoft and International Youth Foundation -- where he designed, implemented and facilitated multi­-stakeholder partnerships for social and economic growth. As the Founder-CEO of QUEST Alliance, he steers the organizational mission to impact 4 million learners and educators with 21st century skills for self-learning, through the effective use of education technology, capacity building of educators and leaders, and partnerships with NGOs and government to transform learning ecosystems for youth to successfully transition from school to work. He is an Ashoka fellow & Asia 21 young leader and serves on the board of Dalit Shakti Kendra–a vocational training center in Ahmedabad and Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness in Bangalore. He has a graduate degree in Economics from St. Xaviers College, Ahmedabad.

Chief Operating Officer:

Abhijeet Mehta [1981 - 2020] has worked for over 10 years on vocational training and life skills projects for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. Abhijeet brings rich experience in cultivating and driving multidimensional partnerships with global corporations and nonprofits. Abhijeet has worked in the Netherlands on the global leadership team of AIESEC; a stint as an analyst with Electrolux in China and a marketing manager for sports management agency Globosport. Abhijeet believes the quality of and access to education in underserved communities can significantly improve with the right mix of learning, design and technology.

At Quest, he worked at the intersection of technology, content and design as well as on managing and growing relationships with donors and partners.


We have five main programs:

Anandshala - Strengthening capacities of schools to ensure students stay, engage and learn.

Secondary Schools - Fostering 21st century skills in adolescents using STEM concepts.

Educator Development - Creating 21st century educators to nurture effective teaching and learning.

MyQuest - Facilitating lean school-to-work transitions and career pathways for youth.

Change Leader’s Academy - Cultivating a community of leaders to drive and support change.

Quest 2 Learn - A two-day conference facilitating knowledge exchange and policy dialogue in the area of school-to-work transitions and future of work and learning. See:


Read the stories of children, youth and educators we’ve impacted here.



  • CNBC TV 18 and ICICI Foundation's Inclusive India Award for Emerging Non-Profit Urban Livelihoods 2014-15.
  • Under the Ministry of Rural Development Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana, the Anandshala program was selected for the top 100 Best Practices in Education.
  • Great Place to Work 2017 and 2018
  • Our digital career exploration toolkit, Career Conquest, won the 2019 Design Education Initiative Award by Core77. This toolkit was supported by LinkedIn and designed by Treemouse.
  • Our CEO, Aakash Sethi, was one of seven finalists announced for the 2019 Social Entrepreneur of the Year (India) Award by Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation.
  • As part of the Future Right Skills Network, we were AVPN's inaugural 2020 Constellations Laureates, recognized and awarded for our efforts to transform India's ITI skilling ecosystem.


  • Tier 1 certification from Give India, a national online portal promoting individual and employee giving.
  • GuideStar Platinum Certification


The Better India
The Hindu
The Economic Times
Business Standard
National Skills Network
The Telegraph
The New Indian Express
The CSR Journal
Skill Reporter
Forbes photo essay
The Hindu - Aakash Sethi article
Hindu BusinessLine
BW Education
Times Now
Rural online communities (quote by Amitav Nath)
AMD CSR article (quote)
Mobile empowerment (quote by Abhijeet Mehta)
What We Need In Order To Thrive Are Skills Like Communication Problem Solving Decision Making etc Aakash Sethi Executive Director Quest Alliance- BW Businessworld
New-age abilities important for youth in rising platform economic system: Quest Alliance
How Can India's Rural Communities Get Online And Get Going? | Forbes India Blog
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