One Future Collective is an organization that works towards building compassionate youth social leadership through the use of art, education, community intervention and policy advocacy – across verticals of gender justice, mental health, legal reform and development policy.

Mumbai, India
+91 9082301339
info@onefuturecollective.org
 

Team One Future

Leadership Team
  • Vandita Morarka
    Vandita Morarka
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
  • Jerin Anne Jacob
    Jerin Anne Jacob
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Ayesha Mehrotra
    Ayesha Mehrotra
    Program Director, Sustainability Initiatives
  • Sanaya Patel
    Sanaya Patel
    Editor, The Thought Project
  • Shruti Venkatesh
    Shruti Venkatesh
    Program Director, Queer Resource Centre
  • Sara Sethia
    Sara Sethia
    Senior Program Officer, Art Initiatives
Additional Core Team

  • Nishma Jethwa
    Nishma Jethwa
    Program Director, Feminist Justice

  • Priyanshi Vakharia
    Priyanshi Vakharia
    Program Officer, Feminist Justice

  • Ashita Alag
    Ashita Alag
    Research Associate, Feminist Justice

  • Prerna Laddha
    Prerna Laddha
    Program Officer, One Future Fellowship
  • Rebecca Shibu
    Rebecca Shibu
    Program Officer, Sanskaari Girls Book Club
  • Vini Doshi
    Vini Doshi
    Research Associate, Mental Health

  • Soumya Agarwal
    Soumya Agarwal
    Research Associate

  • Samragni Dasgupta
    Samragni Dasgupta
    Program and Outreach Officer, Bangalore
  • Vidur
    Vidur
    Business Development
  • Melita Menezes
    Melita Menezes
    Program and Outreach Officer, Bangalore

One Future Collective

Vandita Morarka
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Vandita is a development policy consultant, legal researcher, and gender rights facilitator. She has worked with philanthropists, government bodies and politicians towards building development based action plans, several of which have been implemented in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. She has trained 500+ young persons in social leadership and 15,000+ persons on issues related to sexual violence, gender justice, and the law. Vandita has been the Policy, Legal and United Nations Liaison Officer, at Safecity, during which time she was a member of the Policy and Strategy Group, World We Want 2030, UNDP and the Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality, IANYD, UN Women. She is a Legal Researcher at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights and at Red Elephant Foundation while writing for various digital platforms. She has won several awards for her work in the development sector and was recently awarded the Women Economic Forum’s ‘Young Leaders Creating a Better World for All’ award, 2018, and the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars, India, an award for social impact, 2017. Vandita was featured in the ‘Press for Progress: Top 100 Trailblazers’ list by Ananke, in 2018, for her work towards gender justice. 

She has completed her MA Hons in Public Policy from the University of Mumbai, where she was a university topper, and an LL.B. from Government Law College, Mumbai. Vandita has been otherwise engaged with organizations like Rann Neeti, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Human Rights Law Network, Maharashtra State Election Commission, United Nations Development Program, amongst others.

Vandita founded One Future Collective out of the developmental needs she recognized through her personal lived experiences. Vandita is driven towards building sustained social change through everyday actions and policy legal impact.

Jerin Anne Jacob
Chief Operating Officer

A passionate lover of literature and languages, Jerin is currently a Ph.D student at TISS, Mumbai, under women’s studies. She has been an educator at Gundecha Education Academy and thrives on her ardour for teaching to foster radical and progressive thinking among young minds. She is a graduate in English Literature from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai, and a post graduate in the same from Delhi University whilst being the college topper in her faculty at both levels. Jerin firmly believes in the need for equal gender rights. She is an avid reader of Queer theory and envisions the formulation of a Third Gender corpus or canon of literature in the forthcoming years. Her varied research interests apart from Queer studies include Dalit literature and poetry, postcolonial fiction, virtual media studies, Indian Mythology and Catholic Theology. She affirms the need for the development of a feminist understanding beyond the boundaries of religious spaces and wishes to work in the area of critical feminist liberation theology. She is presently pursuing her diploma in Theology and in Journalism. A former volunteer at Childline and Teach for India, she is also academically interested in the portrayal of abuse in literature across genres. Jerin is also an avid traveler, poetess, art enthusiast and photographer.

Jerin swears by the power of words changing lives and creating change. At One Future Collective, Jerin co-leads our education initiatives and operations. She is also the Chief Editor of our flagship digital advocacy efforts: The Thought Project.

Ayesha Mehrotra
Program Director, Sustainability Initiatives

Ayesha Mehrotra is pursuing her Master’s degree at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She is passionate about the environment and various social issues of gender, feminism and advocacy. An avid reader and environmentalist, she loves traveling, learning and exploring new fields of thought. Through her writing at this platform, she hopes to encourage all generations to understand the importance of equality, liberty, justice and happiness. She is determined to make a difference in the field of sustainability through research and grassroots work.

At One Future Collective she leads sustainability based research, education, and action.

Sanaya Patel
Editor, The Thought Project

Sanaya is a student of law at Government Law College, Mumbai. She aspires to work in the fields of public policy, gender justice, environmental law, and international trade and investment law. Sanaya is on the team at The History Project, an educational organization which inspires critical thinking and empathy in children through curricula on multiple perspectives of history, and has co-authored their 2016 publication, Partitioned Histories: The Other Side of Your Story, on pre-Partition Indian history. She is also currently engaged with the Policy and Legal team at Safecity to conduct research on laws against sexual harassment and the barriers of access for women in public spaces. Sanaya has learned western classical music for 15 years and is passionate about education, yoga, and using music and art as media of social change. With One Future Collective, Sanaya hopes to work towards an India in which the law is just and fair, and where people know their rights and recognize their collective power to shape public policy.

At One Future Collective, Sanaya is combining her love for language and the law. While working on research and building tools to build access to justice, she also assists in the editing of our digital advocacy content.

Shruti Venkatesh
Program Director, Queer Resource Centre

Shruti is an aspiring Clinical Psychologist and Research Assistant at De Sousa Foundation and is currently pursuing her higher studies in Psychology. She has been trained in Transactional Analysis, REBT, Forensic Psychology and Clinical Psychotherapy. In her capacity as an associate at OFC, her ultimate aim is centered around spreading mental health awareness in India. Shruti has worked towards the same at multiple platforms with her intensive focus and training in Social Work and Psychotherapy. She has been a volunteer teacher for NIOS (ChildReach) and SPJ Sadhana, both being institutions for children with intellectual disabilities. Shruti’s keen interests involve criminology and forensic psychology, playing the violin and content writing. Shruti perseveres towards a positive tomorrow for the mental health of people belonging to all age groups in India – free of shame and stigmatisation.

At One Future Collective, Shruti is using her expertise to change the narrative around queer rights and is working on building training tools and policy design strategies for community based intervention and large scale advocacy and awareness. She also works on the mental health initiatives.

Sara Sethia
Senior Program Officer, Art Initiatives

Sara is a young professional with a keen interest in the fields of Economics, Biology and Literature. She is currently pursuing a BSc in Economics and Finance. Sara is an excellent team player, brimming with enthusiasm. She has always been deemed a diligent, consistent and innovative person -both by her teachers and her colleagues. She has designed social outreach programs, developed content and written articles at Earth5R.  She is also a member of the Data Analytics team at Safecity where she advocates and provides support for evidence based policymaking to resolve issues of sexual violence. She identifies as a feminist and is a passionate propagator of equal rights for all genders. Sara writes beautiful and empathetic poetry which has been published on several platforms. She was recently awarded the Orange Flower award for her poetry by Womens Web. If she’s not engrossed in understanding economic theories, you’ll find her reading novellas and poetry or designing her aspirational travel tales.

Sara is deeply interested in resolving gender conflicts and ensuring gender equality sees an actual reality. At One Future Collective, she works as a researcher and poetess, who uses her skills to build compassionate narratives around themes of gender justice.

Nishma Jethwa
Program Director, Feminist Justice
Nishma is a Mumbai-based gender rights activist and human rights lawyer. Her expertise in tackling of gender and race inequality stems from years of professional experience in the field of human rights law, including work at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre and Aman Biradari. She was trained in law at Linklaters, a top UK-based law firm and holds a BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick. She is a qualified lawyer in the Senior Courts of England and Wales.
For ten years, she was a co-founder at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights, a non-profit seeking to break barriers to justice for survivors of gender- based violence. She also set up Shiva Foundation, a UK-based corporate foundation working to tackle modern slavery and the systemic exploitation of people. She is currently working to improve access to formal and community-based systems of justice in India in collaboration with grassroots lawyers, community activists and students. In addition to this, she also consults with a number of NGO leaders to develop their organisational sustainability, as well as advising businesses on their human rights commitments.
At One Future Collective, Nishma leads the feminist justice based projects.
Priyanshi Vakharia
Program Officer, Feminist Justice

Priyanshi is a third year law student at Government Law College, Mumbai. She is greatly interested in women’s rights, humanitarian law, public policy, and gender justice. Priyanshi worked as the Editor-in-Chief of The Paper Route an online newspaper initiative which broke down news and policy based information for teenagers across a wide age group. Subsequently, Priyanshi worked on the GLC magazine, méLAWnge. She currently serves as the Chief Student Editor of méLAWnge for the academic 2018-19. Priyanshi has also written for the daily Mumbai Mirror.

Priyanshi has appeared for London Trinity Guildhall examinations upto Grade 5. She is passionate about reading (of every kind!) art history and has a flair for the dramatic.

With One Future Collective, Priyanshi hopes to work towards affecting social change, not just in terms of creating positive dialogue through writing, but also creating significant real life impact. At One Future Collective, Priyanshi works as a Research Associate under Feminist Justice and Legal Reform, drawing on her interest and inclination from law and legal reform.

Ashita Alag
Research Associate, Feminist Justice

Ashita is a lawyer and has completed her B.A.LLB(H) from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi, India. She is currently working as a Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant at the Supreme Court of India. She developed a keen interest in the field of international arbitration in her law school days and has focused herself on projects associated with subject. In her free time she loves writing poetry and travelling. She is also a proud feminist and is passionate about issued related to feminism and gender.

At One Future Collective she will be actively involved in curriculum development and research towards issues of feminist justice.

Prerna Laddha
Program Officer, One Future Fellowship

Prerna completed her graduation in Psychology and Political Science and is currently pursuing her MA in Psychology. She undertook did The Gender Lab Fellowship in 2017-18 which changed her life and perspective towards social issues. She identifies as a doer and has strong skills in organising and managing events.

She started at One Future Collective as a volunteer and soon joined the team as the Program Officer for the ‘One Future Fellowship’.

Rebecca Shibu
Program Officer, Sanskaari Girls Book Club

Rebecca is currently pursuing her MA in Public Policy from St. Xavier’s College – Autonomous, Mumbai. She holds a BA with majors in Sociology with 1 paper on Ancient Indian Culture from the same institution. To construct all-inclusive changes with regards to the society, it is imperative to have comprehensive ideas, expertise, empathy and acceptance. She is willing to learn, help and build such constructive changes.

With the undying love for literature, she manages operations and logistics of The Sanskaari Girls Book Club at One Future Collective. The book club combines her love towards social justice and enthusiasm to know more about South-Asian feminist engagement.

Also, she’s here to learn.

Vini Doshi
Research Associate, Mental Health
Vini is an aspiring Clinical Psychologist with a keen interest in improving the mental health scenario for adolescents and young adults in India. She is involved in designing and conducting workshops for caregivers with Adveka Foundation. She was previously a trained volunteer at Samaritans Mumbai and has worked at Masina Hospital. She has also been a faculty for Psychology at a well-known college in Mumbai and had used the position to spread awareness and debunk several myths related to mental health and psychology.  An avid reader, dance and yoga enthusiast and an animal lover, she believes the key to a better future is a non-judgmental platform for everyone to share their views.
She perseveres to build an inclusive future for all people to talk about mental health at One Future Collective.
Soumya Agarwal
Research Associate

Soumya Agrawal is currently pursuing her MA in Public Policy from St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai. She holds a BA with majors in economics from Sophia College for Women, Mumbai, where she was the Student Body President in her final year. She has actively participated in various MUNs and debates and has engaged at places such as Edelweiss Financial Services, Centre for Study of Society and Secularism and Blue Ribbon Movement.  A highly motivated individual, her enthusiasm towards her work is quite refreshing. She is also a die hard lover of theatre and sports and is absolutely crazy about anyone talking to her about Roger Federer and books.

At One Future Collective, she will be working on building resources and digital activism to inform the work of the legal reform and development policy verticals.

Samragni Dasgupta
Program and Outreach Officer, Bangalore
Samragni is a student of Communicative English, Political Science and Economics at St. Joseph’s College (autonomous) in Bangalore. She has been an avid reader since the age of 3, leafing through books ranging from Enid Blyton to Steig Larson. She has also been active in the theatre community from a very young age, learning and working under the tutelage and guidance of Kirtana Kumar since the age of 6. Her passion has also been the arts (yes, in plural). From theatre to photography to fine arts, her love, admiration and belief that art can change the world is what makes her strive towards a better future. She is a firm believer in interconnectivity of the arts, the sciences, and the social sciences. Without one, the other cannot be fully explored. she want to work in building this interconnectivity and creating a space for all ages, genders, sexualities, and races to connect and build.
At One Future Collective, Samragni leads outreach and program based activities towards this in Bangalore, especially with a focus on gender justice.
Vidur
Business Development

Vidur, with his graduation in Business Studies from Delhi University and schooling from Modern School, Delhi, comes with 9 years of diverse experience across functions and industries. Starting his career with Protiviti Consulting, a business & risk advisory firm, handling analytics and research for the firm. He used the knowledge gained to help launch a stand-alone-resort in Jim Corbett, Samsara. From helping in securing funds, procuring interior products, to developing procedures for their operations team, hiring the team, and training them – he got a hands-on experience of launching and running a business. Vidur presently manages the Supply Chain for a coworking space, 91springboard, where he helped in forming the Product department, as a member of their Design Team, and also in developing design thinking for the procurement of their products.

At One Future, he ventures into Business Development along side helping in facilitating trainings in the northern part of country.

Melita Menezes
Program and Outreach Officer, Bangalore

Melita is an analytics consultant with a keen interest in economics, psychology and sociology. She is equally passionate about several social issues including: mental health, gender justice and feminist advocacy. She has always imagined the world to be her oyster (she still, kind of, does) and she wants to partake in everything that life has to offer. This and a healthy dose of FOMO made her try a bunch of varied things during her days in school and college. Outside of her workspace today, she seeks to make mental health care accessible to all. She believes that the strongest advocates of mental health need strong economics evidence to drive change – she wishes to join the cause by using an evidence based approach, with a grounding in economic theories, to emphasise the economic impact of mental health. All of her adventures have shaped her into who she is today. She believe her curiosity will ensure a lifetime of learning, earning her some incredible opportunities and introducing her to some amazing people.

At One Future Collective she will be working towards these goals, especially in the areas of mental health and gender justice: through outreach, research and education based advocacy.