About us

Independent education consulting company, advising applicants who seek to study abroad at the school, university or postgraduate levels. We also assist high schools in developing student-focused, scalable university counselling infrastructure.

Our commitment to helping each applicant find their best fit is at the heart of The Red Pen. We believe that education is a source of empowerment and that going to the best school, college or professional program means going to the one that is best for you.


The company co-founders, Kavita Mehta and Kimberly Wright Dixit, grew up in the US and met in Mumbai. After helping several friends and families with their essays and applications, they were struck by the way differences in global education systems and cultural expectations led to knowledge gaps, misconceptions and confusion among Indian students. They established The Red Pen in 2011 to provide holistic guidance and empower applicants to make informed choices about studying abroad. Namita Mehta joined the company as a partner in 2015.



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

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

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.

6+ fantastic years!


70 team members strong


6 service offerings

Early Advising
Boarding & Day School
Institutional Support

Consultants with diverse academic backgrounds and industry experience


9 NATIONALITIES 7 global locations

US, Canada, Belgium, India, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong

Membership & Affiliations


THE RED PEN TEAM – Experienced, International and Diverse

Consultants with diverse backgrounds, who possess a wealth of education, experience and knowledge of life in India and abroad, represent the company’s strong foundation.

An international team of 70 members representing 9 nationalities across 7 global locations, each of whom contribute diverse perspectives.

Team of consultants, who draw on their extensive educational background and industry experience to provide holistic guidance. The team’s educational qualifications include the world’s top institutions.

*Representative list of universities

Global Presence

Team of consultants, who draw on their extensive educational background and industry experience to provide holistic guidance. The team’s educational qualifications include the world’s top institutions.

*Representative list of universities

Highly Qualified Team Members

An international team of 50+ members representing 8 nationalities across 6 countries, each of whom contribute diverse perspectives.


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.


We are affiliated with industry-leading organisations



Our partners offer varied enrichment opportunities


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