Innovativus is conceived, founded and directed by social entrepreneur Karim Ajania.
Innovativus represents 25 years of work by Karim and is an umbrella website for 100 websites.
The Community websites are based upon Karim’s work and interactions with clusters of diverse and creative communities around the world including leaders of humanitarian organizations, artists, journalists, authors, economists, educators, ecologists and policy-makers.
The Africa websites are based upon Kenyan-born Karim’s work in various African countries as a school teacher, an economic and educational advisor, and as a humanitarian worker.
The Education websites are based upon Karim’s teaching experience in New York inner-city schools in Harlem and the South Bronx, as a principal of a Massachusetts state charter middle school, and from his research as a doctoral student at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
The Economics websites are based upon Karim’s profession as a former Wall Street banker.
The Story websites are based upon Karim’s cultural background of growing up in the Indian oral storytelling tradition as well as his professional experience as an Editor-in-Chief.
The Science and Technology websites are based primarily upon Karim’s experiences working alongside scientific researchers, inventors and innovators, as a Master of Science graduate student at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Doodle websites are based upon Karim’s habit of doodling in class throughout school.
Innovativus is a 100 website representation of the diverse scope and intellectual range of Karim Ajania’s rich career experience which includes science and technology, art and artisanship, political economy and global policy, education administration and curriculum development.
Karim is a former teacher and school principal of a Massachusetts state charter middle school.
He also taught at Boston and New York inner-city schools in Roxbury, Harlem and the South Bronx and taught at schools in Zimbabwe, England, Lithuania, India and several other countries.
Karim is Executive Director of The Educationalist which is an international speaker series.
He is also the Founder and Editor of The Brick Project, a multicultural forum for teachers and students, which was the subject of his doctoral thesis at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also the Founder and Director of a middle school program in the San Francisco Bay Area which builds community with children in Africa called Pencils for Africa.
He is also the Co-Founder, together with Noble Peace Prize Recipient Desmond Tutu, and the Editor-in-Chief of the African Peace Journal which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. African Peace Journal is currently working on a series on the plight of African land and boat refugees with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva.
Together with Founder and Director, Prince Jayasinhji Jhala, Karim is Director of The Halvad Revitalization Initiative, which works to reinvigorate a 15th Century citadel in Gujarat, India.
Karim is a rather reluctant founder and member of The Bored of The British Toast Rack Society.
In the great British tradition Karim is also a keen and avid colonizer. Karim oversees a colony of authors and scholars as Editor of the Café Philosophie, a colony of artists and artisans as Editor of Salon de Refusé, and a colony of inventors and engineers as Editor of Frugalis Creativus (‘frugality and creativity’ from Latin) which includes patented education technology applications.
He was born in Nairobi, Kenya and was sent off to school at age 7 to London, England where he attended Chiswick and Bedford Park Preparatory School. After moving back to Africa for several years he returned to London at age 14 to attended Drayton Manor Grammar School in Hanwell.
He is fluent or conversant in 7 languages.
Karim holds advanced graduate degrees from MIT and from Harvard University.