India’s fastest growing overseas education platform Leap has brought onboard ed-tech veterans Monica Kapadia Mehta and Simona Campbell as it embarks on its next stage of growth.
Speaking on the appointments, Vaibhav Singh, co-founder of Leap, said “ Both Monica and Simona are exceptional leaders with a wealth of experience in the transnational education sector. As Leap continues to democratize access to global education for thousands of Indian students, they will play a pivotal role in expanding our offerings for students, bolstering institutional partnerships, and deepening our market presence across key geographies. I am delighted to have them aboard”.
Monica Kapadia Mehta joins Leap as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. She is a seasoned leader, bringing over 29 years of experience across strategy, investments, and operations.
She joins Leap from Wadhwani Foundation, where she was an Executive Vice President and led the Wadhwani Entrepreneur Initiative. As part of the initiative, she scaled the delivery of entrepreneurship programs in India, South East Asia, and MENA.
Before joining the Wadhwani Foundation, she was a Director at Omidyar Network, where she led education initiatives as well as grants in India. She has also been the founding partner of Kaizen Private Equity, India’s only education-focused equity fund. She has an M.B.A from the Thunderbird Global School of Management.
Simona Campbell is a distinguished ed-tech leader in North America, with over 15 years of experience across strategy and operations. She joins Leap as the Vice President, International University Relations and will lead Leap’s operations in the region.
Before Leap, she was the Vice President, General Manager at 2U, Inc., a global leader in education technology. At 2U, she oversaw partnerships with several key university partners and multiple product lines, focused on program success and strategic growth.
Prior to 2U, she held roles including as assistant dean of the MBA Program Office at Georgetown University and as a derivatives analyst for Goldman Sachs. She won a silver medal as the coxswain for the US rowing team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and was named to the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list in 2018.
Campbell has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Since its inception Leap has helped over 20,000 students in their study abroad journey and aims to serve 150,000 students in the current academic year. In February 2021, the company raised $17 million in Series B funding led by Jungle Ventures, along with Sequoia Capital India and Owl Ventures. The total funding raised by Leap to date stands at $22.5 million.