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Trustees

Suparna Gupta

Founder Director

In 2002 Suparna founded Aangan, with the commitment to protecting the most excluded, isolated, vulnerable groups of children. In 2006, she developed a unique model to partner with state governments across the country making Aangan the first non-profit to access hundreds of state-run institutional facilities for rescued, trafficked and other vulnerable children all over India.

In 2009, Suparna extended the organisation's work to identify children in dangerous situations with a view to preventing occurrence and recurrence of serious child harm.

By 2014, this had been developed into an integrated model for child harm prevention and is currently implemented in 39 locations across the country. She has co-authored reports (Changing Spaces 2006, See You Again if I Survive 2007, A Real Opportunity for Change 2010) and led the development of training/empowerment tools for parent/caregivers and children.

Suparna's work has been recognised – she was awarded the Ashoka fellowship for leading social entrepreneurs (2009), selected an Asia 21 Young Leader (2011), the Edward S. Mason Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2012), Ash Centre Fellowship for I Democratic Governance and Innovation (2012). Recently she was a finalist, Jubilant Bhartia Schwab Foundation India's Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, on CNBC TV 18's Young Business Women 2016 list of 20 women entrepreneurs pushing boundaries, and winner of the L'Oreal NDTV Women of Worth Award, Social Impact 2016.

Shailja Mehta

Trustee

Shailja began her working career in public relations with Procter and Gamble after completing a Bachelors in Economics from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and a Diploma in Social Communication Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai. She left her job in Media to following her instincts to become a part of the founding team at Aangan after her transformative experience as a volunteer in a Juvenile home at the age of 16. Shailja currently works as a consultant with Dasra. She is a Dasra Social Impact Fellow, 2012, Ford Motor Company Fellow, 2012 and an Aspen India Initiative Fellow 2013.

Governing Board (In alphabetical order)

Ajit Mahadevan

Country Director, Acumen

Ajit Mahadevan joined Acumen as Country Director in 2014, from Ernst & Young, where he served as Advisory Partner & Leader (Life Sciences) for six years. At EY, he was a strategic advisor to the leaders of prominent Indian and global life science and healthcare companies. Prior to his time at E&Y, Ajit was President of Piramal Healthcare, where he built its international business from inception. Ajit has held multiple leadership roles across sectors like strategy, M&A and business leadership. During his tenure at Accenture’s Strategic Services practice in UK and India, he led the development of one of the firm’s largest and most successful internal projects - the Offshore Development Centre in 2001, which has now grown to about 100,000 people across multiple cities in India.

Ajit holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences from PSG College of Technology, India and a Masters of Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper School of Business).

Dr Gayatri Menon

Sociologist, Azim Premji University

Bangalore, India

Gayatri is a sociologist who teaches on the faculty of the School of Development at Azim Premji University. Previously, she taught in the sociology departments at Franklin and Marshall College and Cornell University. She is a co-editor of Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life (University of Georgia Press, 2011). Gayatri has worked for several years in India on issues related to livelihood challenges facing the rural poor in Maharashtra and on biodiversity and agricultural practices in Garhwal. She received her PhD in 2009 from Cornell University. She also holds a BA in Development Studies from Mount Holyoke College (USA). Her association with Aangan dates back to 2002.

Geeta Goel

Mission Director

Micheal & Susan Dell Foundation

Geeta is Mission Director at the Micheal & Susan Dell Foundation, and is responsible for leading the foundation’s global Mission Investing function. The foundation has made catalytic program-related investments across its India-based microfinance, health and education initiatives, and its U.S. based education initiatives. The foundation supports four early-stage funds and incubators in India and the U.S. to accelerate the funding of mission aligned companies in the areas of education and skill training.

Prior to this role, Geeta led the foundation’s Family Economic Stability initiative. She has represented the foundation on several investee boards, including that of Janalakshmi, Ujjivan, Micro Housing Finance Corporation and Swadhaar.
Before joining the foundation, Geeta spent more than 12 years with the corporate finance group of PricewaterhouseCoopers in India, advising large Indian and multinational clients on joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, business plans, and valuations. She is an alumni of the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad) and Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi).


Madison Cox

Vice President, Pierre Berge Yves Saint Laurent Foundation

Paris, France

Madison is the Vice President of the Pierre Berge Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris. A garden designer by profession, he inspired Aangan to initiate gardening as a means of healing and rehabilitating institutionalized children in government shelter and Observation Homes. Madison additionally serves as an Executive member of the Board of Directors of the American Schools of Tangiers and Marrakech, Morocco and is also the director of the Majorelle Foundation, an exotic garden complex in the city of Marrakech. He has worked all over the world, from the United States to Europe and Morocco and has authored three books on gardening.

Miel Sahgal

Director, Sanctuary Asia

Miel Sahgal is a Director at Sanctuary Asia, an organisation committed to communicating the rationale for wilderness protection. She has worn many hats at Sanctuary over the past two decades, including writer, editor, manager, event planner, strategist and general go-to person. She also worked closely on the initial setup and operations of Kids for Tigers, a nationwide conservation campaign in schools. Her current area of interest is the quality of urban childhood, with a focus on reconnecting children with nature. She has a BA in Environmental Science from Bryn Mawr College.

Minal Vazirani

Co-founder, Saffronart

Minal is the Co-founder of Saffronart a leading global corporation which is a proponent of Indian art internationally. It hosts a series of critically-acclaimed exhibitions, events and auctionsthat provide buyers with a transparent and professional environment to transact with each other.

Minal has been instrumental in growing Saffronart's business from a startup to its current position. She has provided leadership in every area of the company from strategy and business development, to technology and finance. She was instrumental in establishing and expanding Saffronart's presence internationally, and has driven the company's foray into new businesses, including jewellery.

Minal is a regular panelist and guest speaker at Indian contemporary art events as an industry expert.She is on the board of advisors panel to the Friends of Sir JJ School of Art Trust and Time Out Magazine India.

Prior to founding Saffronart, Minal was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton in Mumbai where she worked across several industries globally. Minal received her MBA from INSEAD in France, where she received the Sasakawa Fellowship, and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering & Bio-engineering with a minor in art history & Indian history from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mustafa Doctor

Advocate, Bombay High Court

Mumbai

Mustafa Doctor is an advocate practicing in the Bombay High Court. He specializes in civil litigation, and over the last 20 years, has represented NGO's such as the Bombay Environmental Group and SPAARC, as also various citizen groups and bodies in a number of cases pertaining to environmental, forest and urban town planning issues, and issues pertaining to human and civil rights. He has also been appointed as amicus curiae by the Bombay High Court on several occasions to assist the court in cases relating to the administration of BMC schools, river water pollution, urban noise pollution and town planning. Mustafa is also a member of the board of the Praja Foundation, an NGO involved in the work of establishing accountability and transparency in governance.

Dr Priyamvada Narayanan

Resident board-certified general and forensic Psychiatrist

New York, USA

Board-certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry, Priyamvada earned her MD from McGill University. She completed her residency training at the New York University Medical Center in addition to completing her fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Furthermore, Dr Narayanan has been an attending psychiatrist at Riker's Island Correctional Facility - the Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program - and has assisted the Outpatient Program at the Bellevue Hospital Center, New York. She has been a part of Aangan's Advisory Board since 2010.

Rajnish Dhall

Founder & CEO,

Micro Housing Finance Corporation
Mumbai, India

Rajnish completed his P.G.D.M from IIM (Ahmedabad), after which he worked with American Express Bank in a variety of roles and locations (Mumbai, Singapore, London) for 15 years. He left the Bank as a Senior Director in 2006 and returned to Mumbai to work in the social sector and initially joined Aangan, looking after its financial, administrative, fundraising, legal and accountancy matters. In 2008, he set up Micro Housing Finance Corporation www.mhfcindia.com , an organization dedicated to providing housing loans to urban low income families - especially those from the informal sector - who are excluded by the mainstream financial system. He is also on the Justice Dhanuka court appointed committee to look into the infrastructure of Mumbai municipal schools, and on the Board of Ummeed (an NGO which helps children with development disabilities).

Executive Committee


Aangan's Executive Committee (EC), chaired by the Executive Director, is entrusted with the administration and management of program implementation. This includes day-to-day operations, certain budgetary decisions, personnel management, the internal complaints mechanism, coordinating and planning for teams and theirdevelopment. Keeping alive the organizational culture that promotes innovation and finding solutions from the ground, the EC is also tasked with mentoring, supporting and encouraging field teams to bring ideas, suggestions and opportunities to management for adoption and development.

Atiya Bose

Executive Director

Chaitali Sheth

Director

Dr. Smita Dharmamer

Head, Training and Partnerships

Neeti Daftari

Head, Knowledge, Impact and Sustainability

Iram Praveen

State Coordinator, Bihar

Shrabonti Ghosh

Project Head, Jharkhand

Ajit Yadav

Project Head, Uttar Pradesh

Sukanya Guha Roy

State Coordinator, West Bengal

Purva Narain

Associate, Training and Impact

Ratna Gill

Senior Associate, Government Partnerships

Anjali Srivastava

Senior Associate, Government Partnerships

Sudeshna Basu

State Coordinator, Jharkhand

Manali Vaidya

Lead, Data, Impact and Evaluation

Prathna Kalra

Project Head, Bharatpur

Atiya Bose

Executive Director

Atiya has worked for 20 years with marginalized populations both in the US and India on securing human rights, focusing on access to justice and opportunity. Her current preoccupation is making child protection everyone’s business. She focuses on engaging government and the law for the advancement of children's rights and protection, and demonstrating the power of the "non-expert" in Aangan's community-based prevention model to combat serious child harm.

Chaitali Sheth

Director

Chaitali oversees and provides direction to the operational functions and programs at Aangan. She ensures that strategic vision and outcomes are achieved across teams and states and supports and provides inputs to engage and partner with the government across states and departments. She collaborates with state teams to identify learnings and trends from the ground, using data to develop and implement solution-focused strategies. She also supports in managing and further developing long-term funder relationships.



Dr. Smita Dharmamer

Head, Training and Partnerships

Smita leads community strategy initiatives through the mentoring and on-the-ground coaching of community-based child protection volunteers, who are women from far flung bastis and villages. In 2005, Smita gave up a career as a practicing Homeopath to pursue her interest in human psychology. She completed a postgraduate diploma in counseling and joined Aangan in 2006 as a counselor. Here at Aangan, she believes she has found her true calling. In November 2016, Smita received the prestigious Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship (RKGF) Award. The RKGF Award recognises Smita’s passionate commitment to safeguarding the vulnerable child's right to safety, protection, and development.

Neeti Daftari

Head, Knowledge, Impact and Sustainability

Along with being a qualified Clinical Psychologist, Neeti is a Commonwealth Scholar and has an MSc. in Social Policy & Development from the London School of Economics (LSE). With core expertise in child rights and protection, Neeti’s experience since 2004 spans program design, project management, impact evaluation, partnerships, fundraising and government advocacy. She has undertaken significant national-level social policy and programmatic research for statutory bodies, national and international NGOs in Mumbai, Delhi and London. She has been awarded numerous international fellowships and is an international trainer and facilitator in human rights.

Iram Praveen

State Coordinator, Bihar

Iram Praveen has been in the development sector for more than 10 years working across India. She has a postgraduate degree in Social Work and a postgraduate diploma in Human Rights and International Law from Delhi. Currently, she is the State Coordinator for Bihar, providing overall support in implementation of Aangan's child protection model in Bihar.

Shrabonti Ghosh

Project Head, Jharkhand

Shrabonti Ghosh began her career as lecturer after completing her postgraduate degree in Education from the University of Calcutta. She continued the search for the right career path that aligned with her life goals until she joined a psychoanalytical counseling course with Samikshani, Kolkata. Following that, she worked with youth and vulnerable children as a counselor and facilitated capacity-building programs for urban youth since 2002.

Shrabonti Ghosh

Project Head, Jharkhand

Shrabonti Ghosh began her career as lecturer after completing her postgraduate degree in Education from the University of Calcutta. She continued the search for the right career path that aligned with her life goals until she joined a psychoanalytical counseling course with Samikshani, Kolkata. Following that, she worked with youth and vulnerable children as a counselor and facilitated capacity-building programs for urban youth since 2002.

Ajit Yadav

Project Head, Uttar Pradesh

Ajit Yadav has a PhD and Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from the Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. In his early years, Ajit worked as a Guest Faculty and as a Research Associate at Department of Applied Psychology at VBS Purvanchal University, where he co-authored several papers. Ajit’s research interests include community policing, quality of life of marginalized youth groups, profiling excluded communities, governance, and children's mental health.

Ratna Gill

Senior Associate, Government Partnerships

Ratna completed her Bachelors in Economics at Harvard University, where she was the recipient of the Green Carpet Award for Sustainability Leadership. She comes to Aangan from Living Cities, a nonprofit based in New York working on creating jobs for low-income people in U.S. cities. Ratna has previously worked for the Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Convervancy, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She has been passionate about children's issues since 2008 when she founded Gyaan Ghar, a learning Centre for low-income students in Ludhiana, Punjab. In her free time, you can find Ratna singing, writing, or exploring Mumbai.

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