I am often told Asia is not ready for it. The education debate in Asia is about jobs and money, and nothing else. But this is precisely the top-down view I want to disrupt. Having grown up within a newly independent nation, I instinctively reject any notion of a world where developed countries would find solutions for everyone else. For me, Asia is at the sharp end of globalisation and it must find its own response, and I am concerned with making that response appropriate, productive and socially beneficial.
Indeed, this is a big project and I am just starting. My current role allows me to engage and see the education question from close quarters, though admittedly, I am just tinkering at the edges. However, I am right in the middle of the conversation that I want to be in, and I get a lot of opportunity to meet interesting people doing interesting work. I may not agree with many of them, given my peculiar views about institutional purpose etc., but I can still engage and explore. I am hopeful that in the next few months I shall be out of my stop-gap life and be able to start the big project. Watch this space!