Asheesh Advani, President & CEO, JA Worldwide

Asheesh is a lifelong social innovator with a passion for entrepreneurship. As an alumnus of JA, he recalls how participating in a JA program as a teenager stayed with him during his entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Early in his career, Asheesh founded CircleLending, which pioneered the business of managing peer-to-peer loans within social networks and was acquired by Richard Branson's Virgin Group in 2007. His experiences as an entrepreneur and founder were chronicled in case studies at Babson College and at Harvard Business School. Prior to joining JA, he 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. 

Outside of his entrepreneurial activities, Asheesh has served as a corporate executive, magazine columnist, author of business books, active member of non-profit boards related to entrepreneurship education and financial capability, and occasional commentator in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and The New York Times. 

Since 2008, Asheesh has been an active member of the board of CFED, a Washington, D.C.based nonprofit that bridges public policy and practice in the areas of education, financial capability, entrepreneurship, and home ownership. He is also actively involved in the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a member of the Civil Society Advisory Council and the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Education, Gender, and Work. Asheesh started his career as a consultant at Monitor Company and at the World Bank, where he conducted research on industrial clusters as a source of entrepreneurship and innovation in promoting economic growth. 

Asheesh holds degrees from the Wharton School and Oxford University, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. He and his family now live in the Boston area.