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
  • Pragya Lodha
    Pragya Lodha
    Chief Knowledge Officer
  • 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
  • Nishma Jethwa
    Nishma Jethwa
    Program Director, Feminist Justice
  • Vini Doshi
    Vini Doshi
    Research Associate, Mental Health
  • Ayesha Mehrotra
    Ayesha Mehrotra
    Program Director, Sustainability Initiatives
Board of Advisors
  • Kirthi Jayakumar
    Kirthi Jayakumar
  • Pooja Taparia
    Pooja Taparia
  • Soumya Garg
    Soumya Garg
  • Amrita Tripathi
    Amrita Tripathi
  • Avinash De Sousa
    Avinash De Sousa
  • Ruben Mascarenhas
    Ruben Mascarenhas
  • Dr Kannamma Raman
    Dr Kannamma Raman
Mentor Panel
  • Varun Jhaveri
    Varun Jhaveri
  • Devyani Kacker
    Devyani Kacker
  • Abhijith Asok
    Abhijith Asok
  • Raghu Appasani
    Raghu Appasani
  • Swarnima Bhattacharya
    Swarnima Bhattacharya
  • Ashwin Parthasarathy
    Ashwin Parthasarathy
  • Ashish Korday
    Ashish Korday
  • Havovi Hyderabadwalla
    Havovi Hyderabadwalla
  • Sharda Vishwanathan
    Sharda Vishwanathan
  • Sweekar Trivedi
    Sweekar Trivedi
  • Janki Mehta
    Janki Mehta

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.

Pragya Lodha
Chief Knowledge 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 CKO, she leads research and mental health initiatives and education efforts.

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.
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.
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.

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.

Pooja Taparia
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.

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.

Dr Kannamma Raman

Dr. Raman retired as Professor from Department of Civics and Politics, the University of Mumbai, after a teaching career that spanned over three decades. She was instrumental in the launch of the postgraduate diploma courses in human rights, consumer protection, public policy as well as the MA (Hons) in Public Policy. Her PhD was on the pharmaceutical policy of the Government of India. She has published and presented papers at national and international levels. Her areas of interest include women and politics, and use of social media in elections. She is also the editor of Journal of Public Affairs and Change, a peer-reviewed online journal

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.

 

Devyani Kacker
Devyani is a lawyer qualified in India and New York. She received a Master’s Degree in Law from Columbia Law School and holds a Law Degree and a Bachelor’s in History from Delhi University. She previously worked with the Thomson Reuters Foundation where she handled pro bono legal projects for TrustLaw’s community of NGOs and social enterprises, and framed and defined projects to connect them with lawyers. She also managed cross-border research and policy advisory programmes that addressed the most critical needs facing NGO and social enterprise members.
Prior to that, Devyani worked with the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the Netherlands and as a United Nations Volunteer in Pristina, Kosovo. Devyani also engaged in private practice in New Delhi before the Supreme Court of India, Delhi High Court and trial courts in the areas of constitutional and criminal law.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.