Asheesh Advani is the CEO of Junior Achievement Worldwide and the Board Chair of Prosperity Now. With a background in innovation and entrepreneurship, Asheesh is well versed in starting new business ventures and developing an entrepreneurial mindset.
Asheesh was raised in Canada and as a high schooler was introduced to JA, from where he received some of his most important life and business lessons. He earned degrees from both the Wharton School and Oxford University, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar and began his career as a consultant at Monitor Company and the World Bank where he conducted research on promoting economic growth through industrial clusters as a source of entrepreneurship and innovation.
Having a natural penchant for innovation and entrepreneurship, Asheesh started his first company CircleLending very early on in his career. The company was later sold to Richard Branson’s Virgin Group in 2007. He also served as CEO of Covestor, an online marketplace that has democratized access to investment managers for consumers, which was acquired by Interactive Brokers Group in 2015.
Since then, he’s gone on to work as a corporate executive, an author of business books, an active member of nonprofit boards related to entrepreneurship, as well as a magazine columnist. He is also an occasional commenter in media outlets such as NPR, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.
In addition to his work with JA and the various boards, Asheesh also travels for speaking events, including education and innovation conferences. Currently, Asheesh resides in Boston with his wife and children.
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