Kasturba Gandhi

We must become the change

we want to see.

We envision India with an interconnected community of KGBV schools that provide high quality education for a better future of underrepresented adolescent girls.
Our Vision

To increase decision making and foundational skills in adolescent girls by implementing a transformative design process where teachers, learners and community leaders choose and address educational challenges in KGBVs.

Our Mission

our values

our team

Ananya Tiwari

Co-Anchor

An Alum of St. Stephen’s College and Ashoka University (Young India Fellowship), Ananya studied Chemistry, Neuroscience and Liberal Arts before switching to Education. She was a teacher in a rural school, opened a school in a village, and designed, implemented and evaluated at-scale interventions. She is driven by interdisciplinary educational approaches aimed to reduce social inequalities. A recipient of the coveted Illinois Innovation Prize, the Illinois International Achievement Award, Due and Ferber Research Award and the Bailey-YMCA Fellow, Ananya is a regular swimmer and an occasional runner.

Vaibhav Kumar

Co-Anchor

A Mechanical Engineer (NIT-B, IIT-Kanpur) and a Liberal Arts student (Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University) by degree and a teacher at heart, Vaibhav believes that quality education to every child can bring equality in society. Since 2013, he has worked as a teacher, volunteer, education leader, mentor to an after-school program, content developer and designer of a teacher professional development program. He often writes on education for national newspapers in both Hindi and English. He believes in finding answers internally and draws inspiration from running.                                                      

Arzoo Shakir

Program Lead

Born and raised in Kolkata, Arzoo has her bachelor’s degree in Urdu. Through her volunteering experience at Play for Peace since 2016, she has lived through the benefits and success of cooperative games in building peace and resolving conflict in communities, classrooms and organizations. She is a certified Master Coach from Quest Alliance and has volunteered with World Vision since 2012 as a life skill education facilitator with individuals suffering from HIV AIDS. She has also worked as a district project manager for an year with Project Potential. She likes to travel and explore about having communities beyond walls.

Suganya Sankaran

Fundraising Lead

The hope, strength and resilience present in India’s rural communities has been serving as a guiding inspiration for Suganya to explore education and development at the grassroots. She believes in the spirit of collective partnerships and the power of collective voices to bring about change. Since 2016, she has worked across multiple organizations serving as a volunteer-teacher, partnerships manager and teacher facilitator. She has studied business and liberal arts before moving to education.

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our mentors

Ms. Daya Kori

Managing Director - Software R&D Center, Evive India

Daya has around 30 Years of experience in Corporate space with Accenture, Customer Asset, Evive Motorola and Zyme. She has an immense experience in organization building and has been a constant support for SwaTaleem.

Prof. Mona Yadav

Department of Gender Studies, NCERT

Prof. Mona Yadav has an experience of over 2 decades on Gender and Girl Education. She has conducted researches and Teacher Professional Development pertaining to KGBVs across 6 states in India. She was instrumental in preparing Bridge course for KGBVs and was also a part of National Focus Group Position Paper on “Gender Issues in Education” (2006). She has been supporting us through her academic expertise.

Mr. Ravi Gulati

Founder, Manzil & Co-Founder, Safe in India

Being a Social Activist, Educator with over 20 years of experience in this space Mr. Ravi Gulati has been a constant support and mentor through his valuable inputs since the inception of idea.

Mr. Mehmood Khan

Managing Trustee of Rasul Kanwar Khan Trust, Mewat

Mr. Mehmood Khan has over 4 decades of experience of working in corporate space including 2 decades of experience in leading roles in Unilever. He has been a pillar of support for SwaTaleem varying from understanding local context to mentoring on organization building.

Darnell Leatherwood

Darnell Leatherwood

A public figure in the spheres of business, education, social activism, and media, Darnell is a native of East St. Louis and currently resides outside of Chicago. Along with his team, he has founded, co-founded, or served as a founding member of multiple organizations dedicated to promoting social justice, healthy communities, equitable outcomes, and the obliteration of oppressive systems and false stereotypes.

our directors

Monika Mahto

Graduated as an Electrical Engineer, she has worked in corporate sector for a brief period and also as a volunteer and academic mentor. She holds interest in multiple fields, specially education and women empowerment. She is an artist, a nature lover and a detail oriented person. She also has a keen interest in observational astronomy. 

Ratnakar

A firm believer in education as the most powerful tool for social and personal change, Ratnakar has academic training in Chemical Engineering, Education, Pedagogy and Psychology. His engagement in teaching started in 2010 and since then he has volunteered in Schools, NGOs and also worked full time in Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti (JBVS) working for the education and welfare of migrant children. He believes that the only thing that limits us is our imagination. 

Hemang Srikishan

An Indicorps fellow alumnus, Hemang has been connected with education in India and the United States for over a decade. As a resident of Chicago, he has been teaching mathematics in under resourced schools since 2011. Hemang loves mindfulness and shares this with his students and teacher colleagues through regular guided meditation.

our advisors

Wynne Korr

Wynne Korr

Dr. Korr was among the founding deans for the award-winning I-Venture Accelerator and on the initial executive committee for the Siebel Center for Design. She serves her local community as member of the board of the East Central Illinois Community Foundation and as an adviser to the Community Solutions nonprofit incubator. She is also a member of the United Way Community Impact Committee.

 

our volunteers

Ayushi Chaurasia

Backend work pertaining to Fundraising and conducting sessions in KGBV Jalmana

India

Mahima Jaju

Backend work pertaining to Website Design and conducting sessions in KGBV Jalmana
India

Ilisha Nigam

Building Induction documents and Partnerships
India

Marco Toc

Marketing Strategists

Guatemala

Sailendra Samal

Accounting and Admin related work
India

Abhinav Pappu

Web Development
USA

Wanyu Bi

Media
China

Anica Bhargava

Graphic Designing, Content Development, and Research

USA

Mansi Jain

Internal Team Capacity Building

India

Deepak Vamsirajavarappu

Backend work pertaining to Graphic Design and conducting sessions in KGBV Jalmana
India

Shantanu Sinha

Website Coding
India

Srishti Madaan

Fundraising
India

Vaishnavi

Backend work pertaining to Video Making and conducting sessions in KGBV Jalmana
India

Aashna Mehta

Web Development
USA

Avantika Maurya

Content
India

Shafagh Hadinezhad

Design and Research

Iran

Natasha Goel

Marketing and Research

USA

Anurag Dhyani

Research

India

Kavya Mohta

Backend work pertaining to Social Media and conducting sessions in KGBV Jalmana
India

Tanushree Sarkar

Designing Newsletter
India

Nikhil Tripathi

Building Partnerships
India

Sachin Umrao

Website Coding
India

Jen Wu

Web Development & Responsiveness
USA

Yingrong Li

Financials and Budgeting
China

Anita Grudzien

US Nonprofit Incorporation

USA

Rashi Dembi

Marketing and Research

USA

Surabhi Kiran

Media

USA

Kavya Bhola

Internal Team Capacity Building

India