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.
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.
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. 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
Dr. Vibhuti Patel is Professor, Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She retired as Professor and Head of Economics Department of SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai on 30-6-2017. Her areas of specialisation have been Gender Economics, Women’s Studies, Human Rights, Social Movements and Gender Budgeting. She has authored Women’s Challenges of the New Millennium (2002), co-authored Reaching for Half the Sky (1985), Indian Women Change and Challenge (1985) and Status Report for ICSSR- Critical Evaluation of Women’s Studies Researches during 1947-1988 (1989). She is co-editor of series of 15 volumes- Empowering Women Worldwide. She has edited 2 books namely Discourse on Women and Empowerment (2009) and Girls and Girlhoods at the Threshold of Youth and Gender (2010). She had been a member of various Expert Committees for IGNOU, Ministry of S&T and NCERT (Delhi) during 2005-2014. She prepared base paper on Gender for Mumbai Human Development Report, 2009, MMRDA Human Development Report (2017) and coauthored “Socioeconomics Status of Muslims in Maharashtra” for Maharashtra State Minority Commission, Government of Maharashtra, 2013. Currently she is Governing Board member of Women Power Connect, Indian Council of Basic Education, Maniben Nanavati College for Women, Anusandhan Trust, VACHA, Women’s Research and Action Group, Institute of Community Organisation and Research in Mumbai, Olakh in Vadodara and ICSSR-sponsored Centre for Social Studies (Surat). She is also Advisory Board Member of Institute of Indian Culture (Mumbai). She is Chairperson of Ethics Committee (IRB) and member of Academic Council of International Institute of Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai. She is a Chairperson of Board of Studies in Non-Formal Education of SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai and member of Board of Studies of Sophia College (Sociology), Jaihind College (Economics, Foundations Course) and Nagindas Khandwala College (Economics). She is also BOS member of Economics for Guvahati University and North Maharshtra University.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
Amal Sethi is a doctoral candidate at Penn Law where he researches on Constitutional Courts in Developing Democracies. During his time at Penn, he has been a Legal Writing Fellow, a Salzburg Cutler Law Fellow, a Global Women’s Leadership Fellow and A Fellow with the UN Women’s Family Law Project. He has served as a Special Rapporteur for a United Nations Forum on ‘Women and Legislative Reform’. Amal was also part of a group that provided recommendations to the Office of the UNHCHR and UN Women on the ‘Impact of Gender Equality Provisions and Constitution Making’. Further, he has assisted in the drafting of an SDG Fund Report on ‘How the Private Sector Can Contribute to SDG 16’. Moreover, he has worked with both sovereign states at International Courts as well as with organizations such as the Center for Ethics and Rule of Law, International Refugee Assistance Project, and International Human Rights Advocates. Back in India, Amal has assisted organizations on issues such as primary education, Gujarat riots litigation, and rehabilitation of prisoners. Currently, Amal serves on the Board of Dagar, a non-profit organization based in Mumbai. Before commencing his doctoral studies, Amal completed his L.L.M. from Penn Law and his L.L.B. from GLC, Mumbai. He also holds post graduate diplomas in Human Rights Law from NLS, Bangalore and International Humanitarian Law from NALSAR, Hyderabad.