Arjun Shekhar, Ashraf Patel and Meenu Venkateswaran are the co-founders of Pravah. In the religious conflict, riots and violence of 1992 these passionate individuals envisioned a more connected India, where each member of society knew their social responsibility. Together, instead of being passive observers, they decided to take action to mobilize public opinion against violence through various mediums. This was the start of Pravah.
Since Pravah’s official registration in September 1993, the organisation has grown organically into an energetic, loving, positive space that has an unbreakable sense of belonging and hope. Today the team has over 40 professionals with qualification and experience in a variety of fields. We are proud to introduce them:
Arjun Shekhar is one of our Co-Founders of Pravah and is still ambitiously involved in helping the organisation grow, and continue making an impact. Known as our Chief Volunteer, Arjun comes in as a mentor for the Learning Voyages program, Fundraising, Streaming and CEO. Creative and determined, Arjun believes the ability of the founders to identify a niche psychosocial space, which leads youth on a secular self-quest, as they act to change the world around them has allowed Pravah to wholeheartedly achieve what other organisations only planned. His dedication to the organisation, and light hearted humour has made him one of the organisations most pivotal and influential members, and is well respected by all of his colleagues. Arjun studied a Masters of Management majoring in Human Resources at XLRI. In his personal time he loves trekking, and aims to hike in the mountains at least twice a year for a fortnight at a time.
Meenu Venkateswaran is one of our co-founders, and former CEO of Pravah. Hardworking and committed, today she still has many roles within the Pravah office. She is our current Champion for Teen Clubs, Fundraising and Finance, and also a member of the HR task force. Meenu’s desire to make a positive difference within society led her to co-founding Pravah. Since then she has been constantly motivated by watching young people, through Pravah programs, develop into capable, excited young leaders who are also striving to make a positive difference. She believes this has allowed Pravah to become a unique space, where leadership blossoms from within, and employees are really living the common values. Dedicated and diligent, she has a Masters of Economics from the University of Delhi as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Meenu is also fun loving, is interested in performing arts, and in her personal time enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music and reading.
Ashraf Patel is one of the Co-Founders of Pravah. Today she works today as the Champion for the Learning Voyages program and is also the convenor of CYC. Excited and full of ideas, she studied her Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations at XLRI Jamshedpur. Since childhood Ashraf has seen great importance in understanding identity and promoting peace, such that during the religious conflict she had a strong urge to respond and make a difference. Having a background in Human Resources, Ashraf also sees much value in learning. Through having reflected her own values so thoroughly into the values of Pravah, when at work Ashraf feels completely at home. Her hard work and determination, along with the other founders, have created a space where individuality is celebrated, learning is always encouraged and individuals are free to be their true selves. Ashraf is always inspired and motivated each time she or another team member facilitates, knowing that each and every intervention is making a difference and creating change in today’s youth. Outside of work she loves travelling, wandering through forests and bird watching, and making arts and crafts.
Neha Buch is our delightful CEO (Chief Enthusiast Officer) who oversees all the programs at Pravah. Her first experience with the organisation was when she attended a Sunday workshop run by Pravah whilst studying her Masters of History at St Stephens College. Unimpressed by the closed minded views of others, Neha had no intention of coming back till she was followed out by Co-Founder Ashraf, who inspired her to return. Neha began volunteering for Pravah, and was excited by the space which, even for a volunteer encouraged discussion, disagreement and development. She found this kind of inspiring, critical thinking was hard to find elsewhere and was delighted to join the family full time in 2004. Since then Neha has seen Pravah evolve into a dynamic place of experimentation, innovation and critical thinking, where no one ever goes with the flow. Generous, nurturing and dedicated, she is a highly valued leader, inspired daily by the enthusiasm of the Pravah family and their desire to constantly learn. Known for being notoriously hardworking, and always busy, whenever Neha gets free time, she loves to travel. She visited many exotic destinations including Pakistan, Turkey, the Phillipines, the United Kingdom, Dubai, Japan and spent 3 days in a remote Italian village.
Ishanee Bhattacharyya is one of our Associate Coordinators for the Adolescent Intervention team and joined our family in July 2015. After completing Masters in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia, Ishanee worked as a Research Associate for an education consultancy development designing curriculums and workshops for teachers. It was her desire to work directly with youth that drew Ishanee to Pravah’s youth focussed approach. She was inspired by the holistic, individual journey each young person is encouraged to take. A confident, funny and interpersonal communicator Ishanee is excited learn and share her knowledge with adolescents and youth. Outside of work she enjoys reading all genres of books, travelling and meeting new people.
Cornelius Ngade is our Administration Associate Coordinator, and works closely with the Teen Clubs and Am Centre programs. He joined the Pravah family in March 2015 desiring to work closely with youth as he believes they are “the spine of any nation”. After graduating a Bachelor of Arts and Humanities at The University of Delhi, Cordelius chose to work in development, and was inspired by the unique philosophy of Pravah’s goals. Described by his friend as funny, Cornelius enjoys watching Chelsea Football Club games on the weekend, and trolling other clubs fan groups.
Naghma Abidi is our Senior Consultant for the Teen Clubs program. She has been a valued member of Pravah since September 2000. In 2004, she left Pravah to pursue further studies to come back to join Pravah in August 2011. She has been intimately involved in many programs including Youth Intervention, Learning Voyages and Teen Club. Naghma feels Pravah is a great working environment because of the constant innovation of the organisation and the meaningful relationships she has formed with her colleagues. Highly qualified with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and Applied Developmental Psychology, Naghma also enjoys reading, catching up with friends and teaching in her personal time.
Hano John is our Associate Coordinator for the Youth Development team and works with the SMILE program. After graduating from a Bachelor of Commerce at IGNOU, he joined Pravah in February 2014. Youth development work at Pravah was so attractive to Hano because of the investment it makes into every young individual. Hano has a firm belief that youth are as much the leaders of today as they are tomorrow and it is so important for young people to “focus on the now”. He loves working for Pravah, as they believe in youth development in the most true and realistic sense. Whilst some might find Hano’s personality slightly crazy, he enjoys reading, listening to music and travelling.
Yusra Khan is our Associate Coordinator for the Streaming team. She has been a part of the Pravah family since July 2014, with this being her first full time role out of University. She graduated from a Masters in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia which inspired her to work with youth in the development field. Yusra’s gentle, calm, empathetic personality allows her to engage in meaningful interactions with others, as she works closely with partners to assess and further develop the 5th Space in Streamline projects. Creativity is her forte, but she also loves playing with her 3 cats outside of work, or hanging out with friends.
Taposh Roy Chowdhury is our Administration Associate Consultant and has been a part of the Pravah family since June 2015. His desire for excitement and continuous learning inspired him to make the career change from the corporate to the development sector, and prior to joining Pravah he was involved in the organisation Going to School. Taposh graduated from Trinity College of Engineering, Malaga University with a Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Computer Science. He has a large passion for his work at Pravah, and the sense of accomplishment when a project is completed motivates him even more. An engaged and dedicated employee, outside of work he enjoys photography, travelling and writing raps and poems.
Dipanjana Bhattachjeree is one of the Program Coordinators for the Youth Intervention team and graduated with a Masters of Science majoring in Economics from Calcutta University. Dipanjana has been a part of the Pravah family since June 2012 when she was attracted to the organisation because of the innovative 5th space concept. This concept is one she believes, which allows young people the opportunity to be their own stakeholders, and engage with other critical stakeholders to make informed decisions. Her calm and resilient personality has flourished at Pravah, as she loves the encouragement of other colleagues to ask critical decisions and make a stance on important issues. Dipanjana is also known as a notoriously passionate dog lover.
Neeru Malhotra is the always smiling, Associate Coordinator for the Youth Intervention team. Her first Pravah experience was when she began volunteering on the SMILE rural internship in 2009 and officially joined the family full-time in March 2014. Whilst having been involved with other organisations in the development sector, Neeru connected closely with the values of Pravah, and loves the positive and supportive work environment the organisation offers. Youth development has been of interest to Neeru since she graduated her Bachelor of Psychology from The University of Delhi, and further into her Masters of Social Work specialising in Women Centred Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Outside of work she loves to travel and has explored many places, including solo backpacking through Kerela.
Meghamala Sengupta is our vibrant HR Coordinator and has been a member of the Pravah family since April 2009. She graduated with her Masters of Business Administration from I.P University. After working in the corporate world and simultaneously volunteering for NGOs, Megha found her passion lay in youth development, and decided to change to this profession. The vivacious foodie has thrived in Pravah due to the ability to be herself, consistently experiment and learn from her mistakes in an open and supportive environment. In her spare time Megha runs her own dance group and loves to choreograph as it provides her with the best source of energy and inspiration.
Yasar Ahmad is one of our Associate Coordinators for the Youth Intervention team. His calm, ambitious and dedicated nature has allowed him to closely connect his personal and professional life and fully embrace the Pravah work philosophy. The freedom for innovation and experimentation embraced by the organisation has allowed him to thrive in our work space. He has been a valued member of the Pravah family since June 2015, after graduating from Azim Premji University, Bangalore with a Master of Arts in Development. Outside work he is an adventurer with a keen interest in adventure sports, travel and technology.
Sakar Saxena is our Program Coordinator for the Fundraising and Marketing team. After studying a Masters in Accounting and Financial Management at La Trobe University in Melbourne he was attracted to the youth development sector when he realised his passion to inspire youth to move forward. Sakar has been a part of the Pravah family since June 2015, working at Pravah to motivate the youth of India to become the leaders of today and tomorrow. Whilst he may seem simple, this sarcastic, joker is a keen snooker player and also loves listening to trance music.
Divya Mukand is our friendly Senior Program Coordinator for the Streaming department. Having early career aspirations to be a councellor, she was attracted to the youth development industry after volunteering at Childline. Divya studied a Masters of Science majoring in Development Studies at the London School of Economics. Approachable and focused, she has thrived in Pravah’s flexible environment, and engaged with the vibrant, yet challenging work of the organisation. She has a keen interest in watching both Indian and foreign films and loves to read in her spare time.
Richi Singhai is a member of both our Fundraising and Finace teams. She studied her Chartered Accountancy at ICAI and worked in the corporate sector before moving to Pravah. Driven by her go-getter attitude, Richi joined the organisation in June 2015 to try a new career path, and work in a sector where she knew she could make a difference. In an environment surrounded by supportive colleagues, Richi hopes to influence and inspire many people. Outside of work she is a busy house manager but loves to play badminton in her spare time.
Meenakshi Bhanjdeo is our Consulting Director at our Jaipur Initiative Office. A valued member of the Pravah family since August 2008, we are blessed that Meenakshi stumbled across the organisation at a Sabbatical when looking for more meaningful work. After completing her Masters in Organisational Psychology at the University of Rajasthan, Meenakshi worked in the as a HR Manager for 6 years. Since being at Pravah she has discovered her own passion of transforming the lives of youth, and has undertaken her own journey of self-discovery. Meenakshi is continually encouraged by watching youth blossom into their own selves, assisted through the support and nurturing of partner organisations who she consults. Warm and sensitive, she has formed meaningful relationships, yet her rebellious spirit is not afraid to challenge boundaries. Outside her busy work schedule, Meenakshi loves watching movies, travelling, spending time meeting and engaging with new people.
Shruti Sharma is one of our full time interns working with the Youth Intervention team, and graduated from the University of Delhi with Honours in History. She completed the SMILE rural internship through Pravah and joined the family as an employee in November 2014. Having volunteered with other organisations, the bubbly, talkative intern clicked with Pravah’s concept of self to society, and found it a supportive space to work, and learn her own passions. Shruti is a social butterfly and loves making conversation with everyone, as well as dancing, singing, travelling and meeting new people.
Rameez Alam is one of our Program Coordinators for the Youth Intervention team. His desire to see people living more responsibly, and understanding the full impact of youth on society encouraged him to volunteer with Pravah in 2008, and in 2010 Rameez became a full time member of our family. Throughout his time here, he has most appreciated Pravah’s positive working atmosphere through the innovative work philosophy that sets it apart from other organisations. Rameez graduated from Jamia Millia University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Programming, and enjoys reading works about philosophy and religion in his spare time.
Nivedita Soni is one of our hardworking Program Consultants for the International Citizens Services. Her own experience with the program as a volunteer allowed her to realise that her passion lay in development work, and she became a part of the Pravah family in May 2007. The open, supportive space Pravah provides, has allowed her to promote constructive actions rather than simply advocating for activism, but also to challenge and reinvent herself. Talkative and hardworking, Nivedita has thrived at making the program successful, and continuing to grow in her experiences. At home she loves listening to music and baking exotic treats.
Sandeep Bhogra is our Project Manager for the US Embassy Alumni, and works closely with the Learning Voyages team. His desire to work with youth led him to join the Pravah family in November 2014. Qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant, from the University of Delhi, his passion to be a lifelong learner has inspired him to be a change agent, and work alongside the Pravah values in promoting youth to be self-inspired. Outside work he loves to play guitar, tennis and engage in farming activities. He also loves travelling and has travelled to many exotic destinations including Paris.
Pratibha Pathak is one of our full time interns working with the Youth Intervention team. She joined the Pravah family in July 2015 after being one of our SMILE interns. Through this internship, Pravah provided an attractive, fun space where Pratibha was challenged on her beliefs about herself. The uniqueness and creativity within this space was what attracted her to the Pravah family, and she has is constantly motivated by the energetic, interpersonal work ethic and colleagues who are not afraid to challenge each other’s beliefs. Bubbly and energetic, Pratibha completed her Bachelor of Commerce Honours at the University of Delhi, and loves to sing and write poems in her personal time.
Polash Ari is one of the most versatile members of our family, working as the housekeeper, part of the Admin team, manager of the office resources and a support for the Finance team. He joined Pravah in January 2011 without much knowledge of the development sector but since starting has become one of the most essential, supportive and hardworking members of the team. Pravah has provided Polash with incredible freedom to grow and learn, as well as an an opportunity to meet incredible people. Known by colleagues as the Pravah helpline, Polash is always there to help, even if it is just bringing a cup of his famous chai. Outside of Pravah, he loves to watch and play his favourite game cricket, and is also a keen soccer fan.
Purva Naraien is one of our Associate Coordinator for the Learning Voyages program. After studying a Bachelor of Law at the University of Delhi, Purva found Pravah’s “unshakable faith in youth” very innovative, and believes the work of the organisation is just what the world needs. She has been a member of the Pravah family since August 2013, and loves the philosophy behind every aspect of work. An experience which has been filled with many happy memories, she loves being a part of the Pravah family as the dedication and relationships mean work doesn’t feel like work. Outside of work, Purva enjoys reading, writing, painting and traveling.
Om Prakash Rai is our Associate Coordinator for the Accounts, Finance and Administration departments. After studying a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Binova Bhgve University, Om Prakash was drawn away from corporate consultancy by his personal need to engage with an organisation which focuses on developing honesty and integrity. Driven by this desire, the efficient, responsive, keen problem solver has been a valued member of the Pravah family since 2010. Whilst being highly logical, Om Prakash is also one of the office jokers, and described as hilarious by many of his colleagues. Outside work, his hobbies include playing with his children, tasting fine foods and listening to music.
Gagan Jena is one of our Finance Consultants. Gagan graduated from Uktal University with a Masters of Commerce, and has extensive experience in the corporate sector. One of our few part time staff, Gagan began helping Pravah with accounts in March 2006 whilst working as a Chartered Accountant, and has become a highly valued member of the Pravah family since this partnership emerged. Whilst some may describe him as introverted, Gagan’s desire to learn has flourished at Pravah where he has experienced freedom in his work, and been provided with the opportunity to experiment and consistently learn. Working for Pravah has been an effective exchange of Gagan’s financial expertise and he believes this work has played an instrumental role in his self-development. In his personal time, Gagan enjoys writing poems, and plays various outdoor games including cricket and soccer. He is also a newly self-crowned gym junkie.
Nida Ansari is one of our friendly Associate Coordinators with the International Citizen Service team, and has previously worked with the Youth Intervention team. She has worked previously in the youth development sector as a journalist and full time with other NGO’s, however was drawn to Pravah to widen her own knowledge of the sector. An energetic and dynamic personality, Nida graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru University with a Masters in Arts and Aesthetics, and has formed authentic relationships with her colleagues since she became a member of the Pravah family in January 2014. Her dedication to her work and desire to consistently learn has inspired many and made Nida a valued member of the team. Passionate, yet quirky Nida is very musical, and loves the theatre, playing guitar, singing and jamming with friends.
Punrima Srivastava is one of the Associate Coordinators for the Teen Clubs program, and has been a highly valued member of the Pravah family since November 2013. Insightful and intelligent, Purnima engaged closely with Pravah’s visionary journey from self to society when volunteering in the SMILE program in March 2013. Since then, she has been encouraged by the organisations desire to invest in the learning of the entire team and the loving support she receives from colleagues. Purnima graduated from the University of Delhi with a Masters in History. Calm, friendly and composed, Purnima enjoys an afternoon walk, a good chat and a great cup of coffee.
Ankita Singh is our Associate Coordinator for the Adolescent Intervention team. After graduating from Azim Premji University, Bangalore with a Masters in Development, Ankita felt a strong desire to engage and inspire the women and youth of India to improve the sense of community within society. An amicable and motivated individual, she was drawn to Pravah’s diverse environment which encourages every individual. Ankita joined the family in June 2015, and has found Pravah to be a space which fosters her fun-loving nature, and decision to serve her society. Outside of work Ankita enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, shopping and eating. She is also very adventurous and loves going on unknown journeys to explore.
Anushree Godbole is our Consultant for the Streaming team and re-joined Pravah in June 2015. After studying her Masters in Organisational Psychology at Leeds University, UK, Anushree was determined to make a difference in the lives of individuals by making a difference within an organisation. She was particularly attracted to Pravah’s strong, confident and innovative environment where change is encouraged. Being family orientated, Anushree was also attracted to Pravah’s flexible working hours, and family friendly working space. She believes her work through the streaming team has effectively empowered many individuals, and is really making a difference in society. Friendly and talkative, Anushree loves spending time with her young daughter, reading, singing and travelling.
Amreen Ahmed is the head of the Pravah Jaipur Initiative, and is involved with both Adolescent and Youth Intervention work. Her first experience with Pravah was in 2008 when she volunteered with the organisation, and was inspired by her sense of self-development. Since becoming an employee in February 2011, the ambitious individual has thrived in our environment where she has had many opportunities to experiment and challenge herself. Amreen studied a Masters in Psychology at the University of Rajasthan, allowing her to be empathetic and sensitive in all interactions with others, and develop meaningful relationships with the entire Pravah team. Outside of work, Amreen releases her stresses through cooking, and loves experimenting with new dishes.
Justin Raya is our Associate Coordinator for the Finance team and has been a member of the Pravah family since May 2015. His firm belief that youth are the future of the nation guided Justin towards the youth development sector. After studying a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Delhi, Justin’s firm belief that youth are the future of the nation led him to work in the youth development sector. He was attracted to Pravah by the work done with youth, and the ability to meet great new people. Friendly and hardworking, Justin has become a valued member of our team, and enjoys the openness and positivity of the Pravah space. Outside of work Justin enjoys exploring Delhi, spending time with friends and family, and playing badminton.
Sonal Chaturvedi is our Director of the Streaming team and has been a valued member of Pravah since October 2008. After obtaining her Masters in Social Work from the Delhi School of Social Work her prime reason for joining Pravah was her passion to work with youth. Young people who are “full of energy” were not a group she had worked with before, and Sonal was determined to be challenged and learn from these individuals. Passionate and perseverant, Sonal is kept at Pravah by the innovative programs, the constant ability to learn and the freedom to experiment. Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her friends and family, and has a small garden where she enjoys growing plants.
Ambika Puri is one of our full time Interns for the Learning Voyages program. After attending Pravah’s Fun Camp, she began interning part time in 2013 whilst still studying a Bachelor of Commerce at Delhi University. When interviewing for corporate jobs after finishing her studies Ambika was constantly reminded of how positive and meaningful her internship experience was with Pravah, and joined as a full time intern in December 2014. Confident and courageous, the young intern is kept at Pravah by the fun, energetic atmosphere and the constant encouragement to learn. In her personal time excitable Ambika loves meeting people and western style dancing.
Swati Sharma is one of our Coordinators for the Teen Clubs program. After working in development for 6 years, Swati chose to join Pravah in July 2015 to work with youth on empowerment, human rights and enabling individuals to make their own informed decisions. Trustworthy, committed and a continuous learner, Swati has loved the dynamic, spirited team environment at Pravah and is thoroughly enjoying her role. She graduated with her Masters in Rural Management from FMS-IIRM, Jaipur, and in her personal time loves to watch animated movies and meet new people whilst exploring the world.
Tarun Anthony is our Associate Coordinator for the Adolescent team and is responsible for coordinating, designing and facilitating intervention workshops. A sensitive and deep individual, Tarun studied his Masters of Social Work at Jamia Millia Islamia, and completed placement with Pravah during his degree. Tarun joined the Pravah family in June 2013, and since then he has loved the many opportunities to learn, experiment and connect with others in the innovative space. An abstract thinker, Tarun has great musical talent. He loves to sing and play guitar, as well as playing many sports including basketball, cricket and table tennis.
Malavikia Pavamani is our Co Director of the Learning Voyages team. After studying her Masters in Social Work at the University of Delhi, Malavikia began interning at Pravah because of the focus on youth and adolescents. She became a full time member of the family in June 2011, and loves the alternative, niche approach to youth development Pravah has adopted. The ability to engage in a variety of work focussing on different issues, whilst also having the ability to focus on her own personal growth has inspired Malavikia and keeps her with the organisation. Outside of work, Malavikia loves the creative arts including music, theatre and singing.
Kritika Mattoo is one of our Coordinators for the Adolescent Intervention and also manages the Lifeskills program & CBSE mandated trainings. Her first contact with Pravah was in 2006 when she volunteered with the SMILE program whilst studying her Bachelors in English Literature & Global. She then completed the Global Xchange program through Pravah and was inspired by their innovative philosophy. After completing her studies, Kritika worked with rural youth in Maharashtra but returned to Pravah wanting to work directly with adolescents and the schooling system. Friendly and chatty, Kritika loves the social, fun atmosphere of the Pravah office, where everyone feels like family. Outside of work she does lots of yoga and reading, and also cycles often. She is also a seasoned traveller, with her favourite destination being Lahual Spiti.
Arjun Shekhar is one of our co-founders of Pravah. In the religious conflict of 1992 Arjun was one of the passionate individuals who envisioned a more connected India, where each individual knew their social responsibility. Since Pravah’s official registration in September 1993, he has watched the organisation grow organically into an energetic, loving, positive space that has an unbreakable sense of belonging and hope. His creativity to identify the niche target audience of youth has allowed Pravah to wholeheartedly achieve what other organisations have only planned.
Today Arjun is still ambitiously involved in helping the organisation grow, and continue the fantastic work Pravah does. Whilst he no longer has a formal role within the Pravah family he comes in as a volunteer to mentor, particularly in the Learning Voyages program. Arjun’s dedication to the organisation, and light hearted humour has made him one of the organisations most pivotal and influential members, and is well respected by all colleagues. Arjun studied a Masters of Management majoring in Human Resources at XLRI. In his personal time he loves trekking, and aims to hike in the mountains at least twice a year for a fortnight at a time.
Ritikaa Khunnah is our Director for both Fundraising and the Learning Voyages program and works out of the Hyderbad Office. She joined the Pravah family in 2008 inspired by her own personal mission to encourage and nurture youth development. Determined and hardworking, Ritikaa completed her Masters of Social Work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Here at Pravah she has found a perfect organisational fit, in a workplace she finds open, genuine and honest. Ritikaa is constantly inspired by the meaningful work completed and the many opportunities provided through Pravah for learning and self-growth. Motivated, and consistently providing 100% effort, Ritikaa has become a well-respected and loved member of the Pravah family. When not at work, she enjoys watching movies, playing with her young daughter and socializing with friends.
Ishani Sen is our Director for the Learning Voyages program and has been a part of the Pravah family since March 2003. After completing a Bachelor in Education from Pondicherry University and a Masters in Sociology from Kalyani University, Ishani’s desire to change the philosophy of the education system led her to the youth development sector. Attracted to Pravah by the individual journey of exploration, Ishani has found the energetic atmosphere of Pravah to be less of an office and more of a home. Hardworking, honest and impulsive, Ishani has also undergone a journey of self-exploration during her time at Pravah, overcoming many complexities and learning to focus on the journey as much as the destination. She is also curious and delightfully social, enjoying chatting to others on her long metro commute home.
Shilpa Jhawar is one of our versatile Consultants who provides assistance to the Pravah teams as and when required. After completing hers Masters in Psychology at Indore University, Shilpa wanted to work in a comfortable environment, where she was helping people and making a difference. Since joining the Pravah family in 2005, Shilpa has thrived with the support of employees who are now friends and the comfortable environment which allows for ample experimentation. A dedicated, gutsty, outgoing and fun personality, Shilpa is very adventurous outside of work. In her spare time she enjoys experimenting with painting, mountaineering and trekking.
Meenu Vankateswaran is one of our co-founders, and past CEO of Pravah. Hardworking and committed, today she still has many roles within the Pravah office. She is our current Champion for Teen Clubs, Fundraising and Finance, and also a member of the HR task force. Meenu’s desire to make a positive difference within society led her to co-founding Pravah. Since then she has been constantly motivated by watching young people, through Pravah programs, develop into capable, excited young leaders who are also striving to make a positive difference. She believes this has allowed Pravah to become a unique space, where leadership blossoms from within, and employees are really living the common values. Dedicated and diligent, she has a Masters of Economics from the University of Delhi as well as a Postgraduate Diploma of Management from the Indian Institute of Management. Meenu is also fun loving and in her personal time enjoys spending time with her family, listening to classical music, watching dance concerts, listening to music and reading.
Sulab Kumar is our passionate Director of the Adolescent Intervention program. After completing his Masters in Social Work at Vidyasagar School of Social Work, West Bengal, Sulab was inspired to engage with young people as he believes they are the tools for development and change within society. His passion for change, and an innovative work culture led him to the Pravah family in July 2008. Since joining, he has thrived in Pravah’s open and understanding environment where all are encouraged to voice their opinion, and innovation is key to moving forward. In this environment, Sulab consistently made a conscious effort to push his own limits and enjoyed experimenting as much as he can. Outside of work he loves travelling, and believes this is one of the factors that encouraged him to pursue Social Work.
Aiysha Umar is one of our very lively Associate Coordinators in the Adolescent Intervention Team. She joined the Pravah gang immediately after completing her Masters in Social Work from Jamia Milia Islamia in July 2015. The idea of working with adolescents and helping them create a space and discover themselves along with her understanding her own self brought her to Pravah. Described as crazy and funny by her friends, she says “college doesn’t seem over at Pravah”. The amazing and friendly environment along with hard work keeps her passion alive to work with Pravah. In her personal time, she likes hanging out with friends, watching movies and reading books.
Amerah Khan is our Associate Coordinator HR & Admin. She did her Bachelors in Applied Psychology from Gargi, then moved on to do MBA. She traveled to different countries in the MENA region and being in the midst of different conflicts and watching them closely increased her curiosity in the field leading her to pursue Masters in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building from Jamia Milia Islamia. She has very fond memories of being a fun camper and describes that experience as a complete perspective changer, and that is what brought her to Pravah. The immense work that Pravah does for youth development and the encouragement provided at Pravah to each employee to be confident in one’s own decisions and taking initiative keeps her motivated to stay in Pravah. In her free time, she loves admiring nature, listening to music, reading books and playing table tennis.
Indrani Chakravarty is one of our dynamic Associate Coordinators in Pravah. She has done her Bachelors in Business Economics and Masters in Business Administration. She has been associated with Pravah in 2010 where she felt that Pravah had by far the best approach towards people development bringing her back to join Pravah as a full time employee in August 2015. She loves the creative space and openness that Pravah has to offer for learning and growth. She is passionate and about youth development and explores every possibility where she can contribute in this sector. Outside of work she loves sky diving, rafting, ice skating, rock climbing etc, watching movies, exploring food joints.