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

Core Team
  • Vandita Morarka
    Vandita Morarka
    Founder & Chief Executive Officer
  • Pragya Lodha
    Pragya Lodha
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Jerin Jacob
    Jerin Jacob
    Chief Editor, The Thought Project
  • Shrutti Rajgarhia
    Shrutti Rajgarhia
    National Lead, Development Policy
  • Shruti Venkatesh
    Shruti Venkatesh
    National Lead, Mental Health
  • Sara Sethia
    Sara Sethia
    Research Associate, Gender Justice
  • Sanaya Patel
    Sanaya Patel
    Assistant Editor, The Thought Project
  • Aparajith Raman
    Aparajith Raman
    Monitoring and Evaluation Lead
  • Vini Doshi
    Vini Doshi
    Research Associate, Mental Health
  • Riddhi Panchal
    Riddhi Panchal
    Research Associate, Mental Health
Board of Advisors
  • Kirthi Jayakumar
    Kirthi Jayakumar
  • Nishma Jethwa
    Nishma Jethwa
  • Soumya Garg
    Soumya Garg
  • Amrita Tripathi
    Amrita Tripathi
  • Avinash De Sousa
    Avinash De Sousa
  • Pooja Taparia
    Pooja Taparia
  • ElsaMarie D’Silva
    ElsaMarie D’Silva
  • Ruben Mascarenhas
    Ruben Mascarenhas
Mentor Panel
  • Varun Jhaveri
    Varun Jhaveri
  • Sourya Banerjee
    Sourya Banerjee
  • Abhijith Asok
    Abhijith Asok
  • Raghu Appasani
    Raghu Appasani
  • Swarnima Bhattacharya
    Swarnima Bhattacharya
  • Pooja Shah
    Pooja Shah
  • Janki Mehta
    Janki Mehta
  • Sharda Vishwanathan
    Sharda Vishwanathan
  • Havovi Hyderabadwalla
    Havovi Hyderabadwalla
  • Ashish Korday
    Ashish Korday
  • Ashwin Parthasarathy
    Ashwin Parthasarathy
  • Sweekar Trivedi
    Sweekar Trivedi
Volunteers
  • Bansri Mehta
    Bansri Mehta
  • Prarthna
    Prarthna
  • Krupa Savajiyani
    Krupa Savajiyani
  • Soumya Agarwal
    Soumya Agarwal
  • Shradha Thapliyal
    Shradha Thapliyal
  • Devina Buckshee
    Devina Buckshee
  • Ninad Sonawane
    Ninad Sonawane
  • Jessica Xalxo
    Jessica Xalxo
  • Mubaraka Motiwala
    Mubaraka Motiwala
  • Anoushka Thakkar
    Anoushka Thakkar

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.

Pragya Lodha
Chief Operating Officer

Pragya works in the field of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. She is the Honorary Assistant Editor of the Indian Journal of Mental Health, a UGC recognized national journal that supports research and writing in the field of mental health. She works as a Research Assistant at De Sousa Foundation, Mumbai, and has over 30 National and International journal and e-media publications. Pragya has been working in the field of mental health, engaging in various on-ground (spreading awareness, conducting training and workshops) and online (Mental Health Awareness Initiative on Facebook) projects for the last three years. Pragya is also the Trustee for Global Society of Digital Psychology, Mumbai. She also works as the Associate Programme Developer at The MINDS Foundation, Gujarat, where she creates content for training Community Mental Health Workers, school staff and students in rural parts of Gujarat. Presently, she is also the India Coordinator and Leader for an Indian-European Project called “Advocacy for Mental Health: Create Leaders to Innovate and Break Stigma”. She has served as a Trained Volunteer and Representative for Samaritans Mumbai, a Suicide Prevention Helpline for 2 years. Pragya aspires to see mental health as a comfortably addressed domain in India, in the coming time.

Pragya’s want for change in the mental healthcare sector extends beyond that to her belief in the need for change in social systems and the development process. As the COO she oversees partnerships and outreach opportunities along with leading the mental health vertical.

Jerin Jacob
Chief Editor, The Thought Project

A passionate lover of literature and languages, Jerin is currently 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. As the Chief Editor of our flagship digital advocacy project, she leads our writing based activism and curates our art for social change projects.

Shrutti Rajgarhia
National Lead, Development Policy

Shrutti graduated with a BA.LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai, after which she went onto pursue a Masters in Law (LL.M) from Cornell Law School, Ithaca. While pursuing her LL.M, she was awarded the Berger International and Comparative Legal Studies Summer Fellowship and the Rudolph B. Schlesinger Fellowship for International Students, by Cornell Law School.
She has previously worked with, UN Women, Infosys Limited, Walt Disney, HDFC Limited and Cadbury India Limited among others, in the capacity of a legal intern. Shrutti has also successfully been a judicial clerk under Justice Roshan Dalvi at the Bombay High Court, while at Government Law College.
After the completion of her LL.M, she was selected as a Humanitarian Action Fellow by the Duke Stanford School of Public Policy in Switzerland and went onto working with the United Nations in Geneva.
After working with the United Nations, Shrutti returned to India and joined as an Assistant Professor of Law at NMIMS, School of Law, where she taught various graduate and post-graduate courses such as Constitutional Law, Law and Justice in the Globalizing World, International Humanitarian and Refugee Law to name a few. She actively guides and advises students on the way forward in their careers and the pathway to studying abroad.
Shrutti, feels very passionately about spreading the importance of education and making education accessible to all without any discrimination and in light of this has done tremendous work in the field of rural education in India and South East Asia. She joins One Future as the National Lead for the Development Policy vertical.

Shruti Venkatesh
National Lead, Mental Health

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 mental health and is working on building training tools and policy design strategies for community based intervention.

Sara Sethia
Research Associate, Gender Justice

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.

Sanaya Patel
Assistant 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.

Aparajith Raman
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Aparajith is an Economics graduate from Loyola College, Chennai. It was here that he was introduced to the idea of Social Entrepreneurship as a tool for positive change. Leading his college team to the National semifinals, he found his passion in providing market based solutions to tackle urban poverty. After a brief stint at Goldman Sachs and UBS in their Investment Banking Divisions, he joined the social sector. He started off managing Operations for 13 branches at Svasti Microfinance, handling the Micro-insurance portfolio, Evaluating Credit Risk and overseeing Compliance. Post Svasti, as part of the founding team at Dhriti Foundation and Vriddhi, he has helped design niche financial products and has handled Operations for projects across Financial Inclusion, Water and Sanitation, Health and Livelihoods domains. Outside of work, he is a distance runner, a bridge player, an avid reader and a photographer.

Aparajith comes to One Future Collective with knowledge on Operations, Strategy, and Corporate Governance.

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.
Riddhi Panchal
Research Associate, Mental Health

Riddhi Panchal is currently pursuing a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She aims to spread awareness about mental health and to work towards reducing the stigma around mental illness. She has been former volunteer in Thankyou India Foundation and worked with Thane traffic police and helped in reducing their stress level and increasing their self-esteem with the help of Gratitude intervention. Right now she is working at MINDS Foundation as a Voluntary Associate.

At One Future Collective she is working towards building awareness of mental health concerns and support for such healthcare needs.
Kirthi Jayakumar

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 Jethwa

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

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

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.

Avinash De Sousa

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.

Pooja Taparia
ElsaMarie D’Silva

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 Mascarenhas

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 Jhaveri

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.

 

Sourya Banerjee

Sourya is a BBA-LLB (Hons) graduate with dual honors in Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Rights from ICFAI University, Hyderabad. Sourya spends his days as a Lawyer, holding expertise in economic offences and transactional disputes, and moonlights as an Edupreneur. His first venture Arguendo, was his amateur attempt at journalism, before he started LearnLaw, a YouTube channel to teach legal concepts using animation, as well as Off Campus Class, a website to teach employability skills which are traditionally not taught in via formal education, and co-founded Shredder Communications, which is a PR and Branding firm based out of Hyderabad. Currently, besides his full time job, Sourya is a Legal Researcher with the Red Elephant Foundation, having worked as part of the core team on its campaign to Criminalize Marital Rape and has worked extensively on other research research related to Gender Based Violence and the law. He is also a Legal Volunteer for Safecity, having also independently advised Safecity in their projects, and the Lead Editor of AThirty8, an online journal for International Law. Apart from these, Sourya is also a career counsellor for law students on Legum Locus. He swears by Bryan Stevenson and Elon Musk.

Abhijith Asok

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

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 Bhattacharya

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 Shah

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.

Janki Mehta

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 Vishwanathan

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.

Havovi Hyderabadwalla

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.

Ashish Korday

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.

Ashwin Parthasarathy

Ashwin is a Doctoral candidate with the Department of Politics, University of Mumbai. His doctoral work is the analysis of politics of dispossession during natural resource mining and its impact on indigenous population. He has undertaken study to measure the extent, influence and impact of social media when leveraged by politicians. Extensive study during the 2014 elections and the current scope involves a comparative study with the upcoming 2019 elections. He is currently the Assistant Editor for Journal of Public Affairs and Change, an ISSN registered journal. He is a Director at Forum for Research on Civic Affairs (FRCA), a research and consultancy group. His areas of interest include public policy, elections and cyber-politics.

Sweekar Trivedi

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 Mehta

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

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 Savajiyani

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 Agarwal

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 Thapliyal

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 Buckshee

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 Sonawane

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 Xalxo

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 Motiwala

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 Thakkar

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.