About The Red Pen

Education consulting services for families and applicants around the world
Our team’s qualifications and experience, combined with our data-driven approach, result in rich, holistic perspectives

About Our Founders

Kavita Mehta and Kimberly Dixit grew up in the US and met in Mumbai. After being tapped by friends and family to provide advice on studying abroad, they realised applicants would benefit from holistic guidance based on students’ specific background and goals. Kavita and Kim founded The Red Pen in August 2011 with the desire to empower applicants. They were inspired by the idea that editing was traditionally done with a red pen. The name ‘The Red Pen’ symbolizes our approach to education consulting, which is to guide applicants and help them express their voice with confidence.

Dynamic Team

Highly qualified team of consultants who draw on their extensive experience and provide in-depth advice to applicants around the world

Kavita Mehta

Kavita Mehta

CEO & Co-Founder

Kavita Mehta CEO & Co-Founder MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; BS in Business, Wake Forest University As an enthusiastic mentor, Kavita has advised students and parents in the US, Singapore and India on MBA and undergraduate admissions for over a decade. Prior to founding The Red Pen in 2011, Kavita worked in financial services with PaineWebber (acquired by UBS) on Wall Street, Yahoo! in Silicon Valley and GroupM (a division of WPP) in Singapore. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Wharton Alumni Association of India. Kavita has previously lived in Singapore, Silicon Valley, New York, London, Philadelphia and Chicago. She currently resides in Mumbai with her husband and three daughters.
Kimberly Dixit

Kimberly Dixit

President & Co-Founder

Kimberly Dixit President & Co-Founder PhD in Anthropology Duke University; BA in Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara Kim has nearly a decade of experience as an independent education consultant for undergraduate and MBA applicants. Through her regular Hindustan Times newspaper column, Kim offers study abroad advice to readers across India. In the past, she has taught undergraduate anthropology and writing courses at Duke University and taught at Stanford University as a postdoctoral teaching fellow in the humanities. In Mumbai, she has conducted courses in anthropology at St. Xavier’s College and writing workshops at the American Center. Originally from California’s Central Valley, Kim has also lived in San Francisco, New York and now calls Mumbai home.
Namita Mehta

Namita Mehta

Partner & Undergraduate Services Manager

Namita Mehta Partner & Undergraduate Services Manager Masters in Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, University of Oxford; A-Levels at Charterhouse Boarding School, UK Namita led the University Guidance Counselling Department at B.D. Somani International School in Mumbai for over three years.  As an in-house counsellor, she advised students on effective profile development, managed the international university application process, and developed relationships with university admissions offices. Namita also specializes in training applicants for the Oxford and Cambridge interview process. Namita currently resides in Mumbai, but past homes include Hong Kong, UK and Germany.
Vrinda Jalan

Vrinda Jalan

MBA & Postgraduate Services Manager

Vrinda Jalan MBA & Postgraduate Services Manager MBA, Schulich School of Business, York University; BMS Mithibai College Vrinda’s interest in mentoring and guiding students started when she was an active member of the student council at the Schulich School of Business. Post Schulich, Vrinda worked for a healthcare company Merck Serono, developing & executing on the brand strategy along with trade & consumer promotions. She continued to assist MBA applicants to Schulich and decided to transform her passion for helping students into a career in education consulting. Vrinda has successfully leveraged her knowledge to assist candidates from New York, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai secure admissions to leading institutions in North America and Europe. She also actively volunteers for Mentor Me India, a non-profit mentoring organization, whose mission is to help children in low-income communities grow to their full potential. Prior to Mumbai, Vrinda lived and worked in Toronto and Bangalore.

An international team of 35 members representing 8 nationalities across 6 countries,
each of whom contribute diverse perspectives


The team’s educational qualifications include the world’s top institutions

*Representative list of universities

Our Strengths

code of conduct

The Red Pen is committed to high
ethical standards

code of conduct

Integrity is essential to the admissions process and The Red Pen is committed to high ethical standards.

Our organization and its consultants practice ethical and respectful behaviour in interactions with our clients, their families, international institutions, admissions officers and the public. Our consultants practice within the boundaries of their competence. We accept payment only for work contracted. We do not exchange payment with university admissions offices.

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