Celebrating Britain's 101 Most Influential Asians 2024

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Dr Selva and Tharshiny Pankaj


VISIONARY educationalist and author Selva Pankaj believes in creating success through transforming thinking, habits, and behaviour. Along with his life and business partner Tharshiny Pankaj, he is currently in the final stages of creating a state-of-the-art new British university that will have an emphasis on shifting mindsets to unleash the natural intelligence of humans. Selva and Tharshiny are spearheading Regent Group as a leading global technology enabled education provider. Author of the path-breaking book Thinking into Character, Selva is passionate about the opportunities that technology presents for education when paired with innate human potential.

Selva, along with Tharshiny, created a curriculum at its core something known as natural intelligence – and this is all about figuring oneself out and appreciating the true purpose of life – which he deems “incredibly important” in the light of rising influence of artificial intelligence. Today Regent Group is a global organisation with headquarters in London and New York. In the UK, the group offers education from kindergarten to sixth form, higher education and beyond, as well as courses, online micro credentials, and transformational programmes. Overseas, the group provides education from nursery to sixth form, plus technical and vocational training, offers Thinking into Character masterclasses in the US and operates an Ed Tech start up in Silicon Valley.

Regent Europe an online University is also in the making. Globally, 10,000 students are currently learning with the Regent Group, either directly or through one its joint ventures. Selva’s own journey from arriving in the UK with just £100 as a student to becoming a leading figure in global education and entrepreneurship is a testament to human resilience and the power of positivity. Landing in the UK at the age of 19 from a war-torn Sri Lanka, Selva enrolled on a chartered accountancy course, as his parents

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