globally between 2020-22
Innovator, Change Maker & Entrepreneur
Dev Aditya's work upskills a generation of students in Asia, Africa, and the UK. Previously he has successfully launched a green transportation scheme that serves 30,000 people every year, ran national award-winning inclusivity campaigns in the UK, and developed sustainability models for rural communities.
Dev Aditya is a strong believer in AI for good and works towards long-term high-impact social projects using technology and innovation.
Upskilling a generation through skills training
In 2018, Dev Aditya and Dr Pauldy Otermans had the vision to upskill millions of students in South Asia who, they discovered, were given no professional skills and life skills training. The region was already facing its highest unemployment rates in decades, and having an untrained workforce would not only mean gloom for the local economy but would result in millions of young people being unemployed for no fault of their own. This gave birth to Otermans Institute; a specialised education research and development firm in London that focuses on providing essential skills training to students in South Asia to significantly improve their employability.
Otermans Institute is contracted by governments and bodies like UNICEF and has trained 40,000+ learners across 3-continents. In 2021, Otermans Institute rapidly expanded to countries like Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan.
Dev Aditya aims to upskill 750 million learners by 2030 using AI and digital technology innovation.
COVID-19 RELIEF PROJECTS
A reflection of work done from a strange and not too distant time
COVID-19 FUNDRAISER BOOK
Launched: 5 July, 2020
The world needs to hear the many heoric and personal stories from the 2020 pandemic. This initiated the project to launch the world's first fully comprehensive anthology from the 2020 pandemic, comprising of 74 authors connected to five continents. This amazon bestseller utilised their collective voice - as the voice of humanity - to continue fundraising to support our frontline services who continue to battle the virus globally.
All funds raised from sale of this bestseller was donated to health charities and such frontline services.
LOCKDOWN DIGITAL LEARNING
Launched: 1 May, 2020
While the lockdown gave people time to finally learn essential life skills, it also shut down teaching and training for children. There was limited access to bite-sized self-learning lessons - especially in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. This initiated Lessons for humanity which provided key bite-sized lessons from the Otermans Institute curriculum to continue training students online during the lockdown, and to provide support for mental wellbeing.
Over 20,000 people have benefited from it between May - December 2020.
CLASSROOM STUDENT PROTECTION
Launched: 17 July, 2020
During the pandemic, Dev was stuck in Dehradun for 5-months. During this time Dev participated in various community projects during the pandemic.
A special provision led by him made 1,000 liters of free sanitizers to 200 schools that Dev Aditya worked with to make them safer. at that crucial time
The teacher and trainer of tomorrow providing access to a teacher to absolutely anyone and anywhere built using Artificial Intelligence
In 2020, all training provided by Otermans Institute was brought to a grinding halt by the COVID-19 pandemic. To tackle this Dev Aditya first launched the Lessons for humanity series which was used by 20,000 people at the height of the first lockdown, and then he launched a Digital training series called Project OI Digital Training. However, it was clear that without a quick technological solution that could bring a teacher or a trainer to learners who needed it the most, such upskilling interventions would continue to not be accessible to millions of learners globally. This expedited his work on creating an Artificial Intelligence solution to provide Otermans Institute's training to the world and OIAI was born.
OIAI is a humanlike AI-driven teacher that can be accessed by anyone with a smart device and low latency internet 24/7. It was initially tested on training students in South Africa and BCF United Nations camp in Kurdistan Iraq in 2021. OIAI was launched to train and upskill people displaced by war or violence and has since started to disrupt traditional in-person and digital training provisions globally.
OIAI aims to give a personalised teacher on-demand to everyone globally.
Recent Awards & Recognitions
The Bengal's Pride Award
“Awarded in the House of Commons, UK Parliament for work done to improve and build projects for communities in the UK and in Asia.”
— September, 2019