Kirthi Jayakumar is an activist, artist, entrepreneur and writer from Chennai, India. She founded and runs the Red Elephant Foundation, a civilian peacebuilding initiative that works for gender equality through storytelling, advocacy and digital interventions. She also founded and runs fynePRINT, a feminist e-publishing imprint. She is a member of the Youth Working Group for Gender Equality under the UNIANYD. Kirthi is the recipient of the US Presidential Services Medal (2012) for her services as a volunteer to Delta Women NGO, and the two-time recipient of the UN Online Volunteer of the Year Award (2012, 2013). Her second book, The Dove’s Lament, made it to the final shortlist for the Muse India Young Writers’ Literary Award. Kirthi coded an app for survivors of gender-based violence called Saahas, which works as a web and mobile app.
She was recently invited to the United State of Women Summit at the White House in Washington DC, as a nominated changemaker. Kirthi has spoken at TEDx Chennai, addressing Peace Education as a means to end Bullying. She has also spoken at FICCI FLO, as one of the youngest speakers to address the members. Kirthi has also had the distinction of addressing the UNV Partnerships Forum on her work as an epoch-making online volunteer with the United Nations. She is also a Zen Doodler, and runs a HerStory project called Femcyclopaedia. Her works have been commissioned by corporate establishments, non-profits and art collectors world over. Kirthi is the recipient of the 2016 Orange Flower Award from Women’s Web, the 2016 World Pulse Impact Leader Award and the 2017 Empowerment Leader Award from the Dais Foundation. Her work has been published in The Guardian and the TIME Magazine.
Nishma is a human rights lawyer and gender rights advocate. She is a Director at Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights and heads its India team, working to improve access to formal and community-based systems of justice. She is also the Strategy Lead at Shiva Foundation, which supports systemic change to tackle human trafficking in the UK and in India.
She has experience working on issues surrounding gender and race, including working 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 is currently based between London and Mumbai.
Soumya Garg is currently engaged as an Executive Director at Rishihood University and as an Associate Director at Vision India Foundation. Along with this, she is also researching Gender Narratives during Vedic Times and developing a card game on electoral politics. Previously, she has worked at Model Youth Parliament and Centre for Civil Society. Soumya studied sociology at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.
Amrita Tripathi is a writer, a former news anchor and the founder-editor of The Health Collective, a platform dedicated to spreading awareness about mental health, through first-person stories, original reportage and interviews with experts. She writes contemporary fiction — both of her novels Broken News and The Sibius Knot deal with relationships and the darker side of urban realities. She resides online @amritat and increasingly @healthcollectif.
Dr. Avinash De Sousa is a consultant psychiatrist, psychotherapist and also a school psychiatrist. Dr. De Sousa is a Research Associate at the Department of Psychiatry, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, and Founder Trustee of the Desousa Foundation, a trust that works in the area of mental health awareness. He is also an Associate Professor and Secretary at International Institute of Organizational Psychological Medicine, an organization that works in the field of organizational psychological medicine across 7 countries. Dr. De Sousa is an International Faculty for UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, working in over 8 countries. In Mumbai, he works with 10 mainstream and special schools as a Visiting School Psychiatrist, Counselor and School Mental Health Expert. He is also a visiting Faculty and Professor at various Teacher Training Courses across Mumbai and at multiple and psychotherapy training programs across India. He has over 475 publications in national and international journals and is the author of 6 books in the area of mental health. He is one of the few psychiatrists who in addition to a psychiatry degree, holds a Masters in Counseling & Psychotherapy, an M Phil in Applied Psychology and an MBA in Human Resource Development. He has been awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hertfordshire UK in the year 2011.
ElsaMarie D’Silva is the Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) which is a platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces, it is now the largest crowd map on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal. ElsaMarie is an alumni of the Stanford Draper Hills Summer School, the US State Department’s Fortune Program and the Commonwealth Leadership Program. She is also a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and has won Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Dusan Stojanovic (European Angel Investor of the Year 2013), Government of India Niti Aayog’s #WomenTransformingIndia award and The Digital Woman Award in Social Impact by SheThePeople. Recently she was awarded the Global Leadership Award by Vital Voices in the presence of Secretary Hillary Clinton. She is also the recipient of Gold Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year – Government or Non-Profit -10 or Less Employees in 2016. She has penned articles that have appeared in CNN, Huffington Post, WIP amongst others. She has spoken about her work at the Aspen Ideas Festival, at TEDx MidAtlantic, UN Women, State Department, Vital Voices South to South Leadership Summit. She has been a panelist for NDI, USIP, SheThePeople and hosted a roundtable at the Bloomberg CityLab London 2015. Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500 daily flights.
Ruben is a techie by training and Socio-Political Activist by choice. His educational qualification ranges from computer engineering to Hindi literature to astronomy and astrophysics. He is presently the COO of Serv’d which is a fintech impact enterprise working towards organising unorganised domestic workers.
Varun is a Young Professional involved in social impact consulting space with tremendous focus on integrating the concept of value creation and addition for organizations with application of limited resources for harnessing a sustainable impact. Currently, he is working as a Project Lead to the International Innovation Corps hosted at University of Chicago. Earlier, he was deputed at NITI Aayog (Formerly Planning Commission of India) wherein he worked as a Project Associate for the International Innovation Corps. He was responsible for project management of the Digital Transformation Index and National Data and Analytics Platform developed by NITI Aayog. He is also appointed as the UNESCO Youth Chair and Representative for the GAMAG division and is an International Steering Committee Member of UNESCO Asia Pacific Chapter of GAMAG.
In 2014, during the World Conference on Youth, he was elected as the Global Youth Representative by the world youth and worked actively with Ministries across the world on Millennium Development Goals. He has been associated with Teach for India as a Leadership Fellow and is the Founder and President of Young Leaders’ Consortium, a youth led organization which aims at enhancing leadership skills amongst the youth.
Abhijith is currently pursuing a Masters program in Health Data Science at Harvard University. Also, a Masters holder in Mathematics from BITS Pilani, he carries Data Science as his ardent passion and finds excitement in the cryptic nature of Data and what it withholds underneath. Previously he was the Head Data Scientist of Safecity, which fights gender-based violence using data analytics in multiple countries. He carries in his repertoire, academic and professional exploration with programming and data tools such as R, Python, Tableau, Spark etc, across datasets in healthcare, real estate, communications, media and more.
With the explosion in data-driven initiatives today, the involvement of data science in policy decisions is inevitable. Abhijith holds a key interest in providing mentoring on data-centric policy projects. His experience with a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative data coupled with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of data analytics offers a unique perspective to pressing development issues.
Raghu Appasani graduated from Wesleyan University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Arts in Neuroscience & Behavior and Science in Society. While at Wesleyan, Raghu founded The MINDS Foundation, served on the University’s Academic Honor Board, was a Director of the Wesleyan Investment Group, founded a student committee for the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and was a member of Shakti (South Asian Student Group).
Raghu has extensive scientific research experience through his work in the labs of Dr. Michael Greenberg, Dr. Laurie Jackson-Grusby, Dr. Eric Kandel, Dr. Jingyue Ju, Dr. Janice Naegele, and Dr. Eric Nestler. For his neuroscientific research, he received the Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist Award, the Sanofi-Aventis BioGENEius International Finalist Award, and the Genzyme Award. Raghu has a true passion for social entrepreneurship and has been recognized as a One Young World Delegate and Ambassador, StartingBloc Fellow, Nexus Youth Delegate, Kellogg Innovation Network Member, a Dell Top 40 Semi-Finalist, and was a semifinalist in MassChallenge. Raghu has over 12 academic publications, has co-edited four scientific books, has given over 10 poster presentations, and has given over 20 talks on mental health, entrepreneurship, and global health. Raghu is completing his MD at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and will begin specialty training in Psychiatry in 2018.
Swarnima is the founder of Women’s Health Line, a platform for women to discuss their health and bodies, with experts and communities. She also works as a Gender and Mental Health Consultant with companies. She is a Do School Fellow and a Women Deliver Young Leader.
Pooja has worked in the development sector in areas as diverse as education and art & culture and is currently a Faculty for Humanities and Design. She has a Masters in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Passionate about gender, she has been working on understanding its intersection across domains, served as the Student Representative to the Gender Sensitisation Committee against Sexual Harassment at JNU and has been part of several complaints screening committees during her tenure. She has also organised several workshops and sensitisation programmes for students and community members on campus on issues around gender and sexual harassment and has always been at the forefront of creating awareness on the need to have an Internal Complaints Committee to address Sexual Harassment at Workplace.
Ms. Janki Mehta is a Consulting Psychotherapist and visiting faculty at undergraduate and post graduate colleges. She has completed a Masters’ degree in Career and Developmental Counseling from S.N.D.T Women’s University. She teaches at The National Association of the Blind. She has been an external examiner at various universities.Apart from being trained in several clinical modalities, she is also a certified hypnotherapist. She is the co-founder at Mind Mandala that offers integrated psychological services and organizes several workshops, seminars and students & professionals training programs. She loves working with individuals interested in self-empowerment and is equally passionate about the holistic development of the self. She is a skilled and solution oriented mental health care professional with her individual therapy practice since the past 8 years.
Sharda is development sector professional, having worked in areas as diverse as urban planning, governance, gender empowerment and social enterprise, Sharda is passionate about using the digital space for empowering the society and improving citizen participation at varied levels. She strongly believes in the power of education and the ways in which it can act as a catalyst in empowering communities. It is this belief that has been instrumental in her choice of working within the education domain.
Ms. Havovi Hyderabadwalla is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. She has completed a Masters’ degree in Forensic Psychology Studies from the University of York, UK and a Masters’ degree in Clinical Psychology from S.N.D.T University. She has been a full time lecturer at S.N.D.T Women’s University and National Association of the Blind. She has been a visiting faculty at National College, S.N.D.T Women’s University, Jai Hind College, St. Xavier’s College and Thakur College. She is the founder at Mind Mandala that offers integrated psychological services and organizes several workshops, seminar programs and trainings for students & professionals. She also has her own private practice with clinical testing and psychotherapy. She has served as a trainer and consulting psychologist for FACTS – Forensic Advise Consultancy and Training Services. She considers the knowledge of psychology as a powerful tool that improves lives. Enthusiastic about teaching and through it, she aims to make this knowledge more accessible.
Mr. Korday holds a degree in MSW from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work. Mumbai and MA (Clinical Psychology) from IGNOU. He is trained in Transactional Analysis and Gestalt techniques from Avila School of Counselling and ICTA – Institute for Counselling and Transactional Analysis and has completed 40 hours of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and CBT training at Sion Hospital. Certified by associate fellow of Albert Ellis institute USA. Ashish is trained in advanced NLP by Richard McHugh who is trained by originators of NLP and is the first person in the world to do PhD in NLP. He is also a Yoga therapist and has passed his Diploma in Yogic Education.. He has undergone training in Advanced Human Processes from Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science (ISABS) Mumbai. Mr. Korday has worked as a yoga coach at National Institute of Sports, at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad. He offers programmes for Corporate like: Larsen and Toubro, Times of India. Glaxo, Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hindustan Petroleum, Godrej, Mahendra and Mahendra. He also offers programmes for Educational Institutes like: University of Mumbai-NSS unite, SEC day school, colleges like- Podar, Ruia, Ruparel, Kirti and several schools in Mumbai; and NGOs like : Various projects of Nirmala Niketan college of social work and Tata Institute of Social Studies, Rotaract Club of H.R. college, Stree-mukti sanghatna, Akshara- a women’s resource centre, CRY- Child Relief and You, AYBI-Association of youth for better India, Bal Asha trust, Family service centre, Swayamsiddha Sanghatana- an organization for HIV positive people, Urvi charitable trust.
Sweekar Trivedi is a lawyer at Manilal Kher Ambalal and a trustee at Troy Foundation, which works towards the welfare of underprivileged children and women. Troy Foundation raises funds and diverts them towards organisations undertaking social welfare activities. Sweekar has an Honours degree in Commerce from HR College, Mumbai, and a degree in Law from Durham University, UK. He has previously headed the Syrian Legal Development Programme at Durham University for two years where he undertook research related activities. Furthermore, he founded a project called ‘Yours Sincerely’ which strives to protect the interests of the children of sex workers and children with disabilities, in Mumbai. He has worked at several human rights organisations across the world, notably in Nepal, UK and Cambodia. His work primarily entailed assisting in drafting model legislation, researching, interviewing survivors of human rights violations and participating in peaceful demonstrations.
Bansri has completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology, Mumbai. At the moment she is professionally a visiting counselor at local hospital, and also a part time researcher at a local English coaching institute. She has interned as a school counselor for a year and also at an alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation center. She finds psychology based research extremely interesting and enjoys content writing. She strongly believes in dispelling the lack of awareness and myths surrounding mental health, and that life skills training should be a part of our education system. She is an ardent Potterhead and loves her coffee and tea equally, and believes there is nothing in the world a good book can’t solve. She’s engaged in driving digital conversations around mental health at One Future Collective.
Prarthna is currently pursuing my MPhil in Clinical Psychology at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai and is placed at Sion Hospital at the Adult Psychiatry Setting. She holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology from TISS in collaboration with the Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health at Chennai. While she was studying for my Masters ( 2015-2017), she interned at several places including as a Psycho-Oncology trainee at the Tata Memorial Hospital at Kolkata and at the Cancer Institute, Chennai. Apart from that she has also had the opportunity to intern at the Banyan and Mind-Zone de-addiction Centre, both at Chennai. She has also been an English Teaching Volunteer at the Make a Difference Foundation (Mangalore Chapter) India and has volunteered at The Spastics Society of Karnataka -. both of which are very special to her. At One Future Collective, Prarthana engages in research and writing to further positive mental healthcare and practices.
Krupa is a TYBLS student at Pravin Gandhi Law College, Mumbai. She has extensive experience in undertaking social sector based research and on ground activism. A budding writer, Krupa aims to use her voice to bring to light diverse opinions and give her thoughts an action based direction. She wishes to work towards building social change and transformation through her writing based activism while weaving new ideas for larger impact. She is working on research and digital activism at to inform this policy legal change and action at One Future Collective.
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 development policy vertical.
Shradha is a recent law graduate from Dr. RML National Law University, Lucknow, currently specialising in Law and Development from Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. During law school, her interaction with the society through various internships under practicing lawyers and NGOs gave her an objective perspective of the problems currently being faced by the community as a whole. She wants to help improve mass understanding of the instrumentalities of Law that can empower individuals in their daily lives, as well as contribute in the area of public policy. Having a keen interest in philosophical foundations of Law, and determination to understand how it can be a powerful instrument in shaping a better society, she is working towards honing her research skills and contributing to the collective understanding of the Law and Development sphere, towards this she is engaged as a Research Assistant at One Future Collective.
Devina is a recent MA (Hons.) graduate of Sociology and International Relations from the University of Edinburgh. She is deeply interested in journalism, academic research and public policy, specifically gender mainstreaming, refugee rights, and development. As an intersectional feminist and writer, she believes in bringing her skills of ethnography, journalism and documentation to give a voice to the people who need it the most. In the past, she has worked on projects with refugees in Scotland (LIVED Projects, Refuweegee) and Germany (Me&Migration), and with the Godrej India Culture Lab in Mumbai. She also worked as a media writer for Edinburgh Fringe, and as a policy consultant with Hollaback Edinburgh working on anti-harassment policy research and awareness workshops for people of colour especially.
She also previously worked with the NGO Safecity in Mumbai, as the Program and Outreach Officer, where she undertook community work, awareness workshops and also created an exhibition and event for global anti-harassment week 2017 called ‘Reclaiming public spaces: challenges in local transport’. She currently works as a research consultant with 4th Wheel, a social impact evaluation organisation. She is happiest on the field working with people, and writing for change.
Devina holds intersectional gender justice at the core of her work and is driven by a passion for seeing effective on ground change that pushes the narrative around gender in India.
Ninad is an E&Tc engineer. He worked for a telecom IT solutions provider (Tech Mahindra Ltd.) for 5 years before finally transitioning into the social development sector with a full time agriculture based venture. He runs a plants nursery which specializes in promoting cultivation and propagation of native and medicinal plants. Currently working on a sustainable, scalable and non-conventional farming model. His interests include reading, exploring new places and meeting new people.
Ninad is a passionate social entrepreneur. He leads outreach and partnerships at One Future Collective, working towards our core ideals of mainstreaming social development.
Jessica is a young professional in the fields of social change, film, writing, social media and education. In the past, she has led Youth and Volunteer Outreach, designed Digital Toolkits, blogged and driven online campaigns at Safecity. She worked on the Invisible Women photo essay, the Not My Hero campaign (Bronze medal at the Creative Abbys Awards 2017) and was the Key Content Creator at the Periscope show #MySafecity – at Safecity. She was a member of the Curriculum Development team at The Red Elephant Foundation (REF) where she developed a curriculum on Non-Violent Communication, which was then published as the e-book “Speaking Our Truth: A Curriculum on Non-Violent Communication”. She has also contributed to the Body Positivity Handbook at REF. She was a 2017 WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award Nominee. Her work has been published on platforms such as Safecity and SheThePeople. She believes in moving forward through building people up. When she is not burrowed in a project, you can find her writing, reading and lost in the realms beyond – if she isn’t already sleeping.
Jessica is positively empowered and takes on every challenge as a learning opportunity and lives her life intentionally. At One Future Collective, she thrives off of the energy of her teammates and finds inspiration in people’s words. She tries to imbibe the same in the creative content for OFC and wishes to create a wave for change with it.
Mubaraka is a highly motivated student. She has diverse and practical experience in writing, communications, photography, marketing, social Media, team-building & management. She is seeking to shape herself while also contributing to society. She has previously headed the Campus Ambassador Programme at Safecity and driven social media for Trafflin and Bed Head. Mubaraka was recently awarded the ‘H.E.R.’ award at the We The Women conference by Barkha Dutt. She is currently pursuing a BA degree from Sophia college, Mumbai. She enjoys photography, reading and traveling.
Mubaraka is a proud feminist who uses her voice to drive community level change. At One Future Collective she undertakes research to inform our education programs towards gender justice and photography projects to visualise gender conflicts.
Anoushka is currently a student with an inclination towards a more in-depth study of psychology and is pursuing her higher studies in Psychology. She is engaged as an Associate Blogger at The MINDS Foundation, Gujarat and a volunteer at Sister’s Living Workers. In her free time, Anoushka loves to play the guitar, read historical literature and is passionate about football. She envisions a tomorrow where mental health will be a topic that is talked about openly without any fear of stigmas. At OFC, Anoushka’s aim is to inspire and encourage people to unbox their thinking towards mental health and she wants to create more awareness for the same.
At One Future Collective, Anoushka is undertaking extensive research to inform curriculum towards our mental health education programs while building innovative tools to aid such education and intervention.