Mentors

Anshu Gupta

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A postgraduate in economics with a double PG Dip. in Journalism, Advertising and PR from IIMC, in 1998 Anshu left a corporate career to work full time on GOONJ, his dream for many years. In his journalistic stint Anshu closely analyzed the suffering due to lack of proper clothing especially in winters. In 2004 Anshu was made an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of his innovative work and entrepreneurial ability.  He has led GOONJ’s growth as an idea and as a nationwide movement, over the last ten years, making clothing a matter of concern and linking it with the development process.

 

Dev Tayde

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Dev currently manages the Indicorps fellowship. He joined the Indicorps team in January 2006 and has   ambidextrously juggled Project Development and Fellowship Support roles. Dev brings a decade of experience spread over low cost housing and sanitation, community development, governance, education, youth development and capacity building. His volunteer stints with numerous organizations across India have enabled him to channelize his passion for service. Dev assisted co-found Down To Earth and Jagruti,  non-profits engaged with children and youth from humble backgrounds and rural development respectively. Dev loves his time with earthworms as they collectively dig deep to make the world greener, and with young adults in workshops and on sports fields exchanging notes about making things better. During his time at the Akanksha Foundation, he was voted “Most Hardworking Team Member” for two successive years. The award was scrapped in the third year!

 

Jayesh Patel

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He is the co-founder and director of Manav Sadhna, an NGO based in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. Formed in 1990 with the mission to serve the underprivileged, Manav Sadhna now provides health and hygiene, education, and employment services to over 4,500 women and children through over 38 projects.

 

Ravi Gulati

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Founder of Manzil, has been involved for over the last 10 years in building a nurturing community of young people who come from the lower middle class background in the Khan Market area of New Delhi. He has a post graduate diploma in management from IIM, Ahmedabad, who returned to pursue a hands- on course in Environment Education from CEE, Ahmedabad after spending a year in the corporate sector in Canada. Some of Ravi’s main interests are education, environment and alternative economics. His association with Pravah dates back since its inception, and he is currently on the board.

 

Shaheen Mistry 

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Shaheen is the CEO of Teach For India movement. She is also the founder of the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to impact the lives of less privileged children, enabling them to maximise their potential and change their lives. Akanksha works primarily in the field of education, addressing non formal education through the Akanksha centre model and also formal education by initiating school reforms. Over the past 19 years, the organization has expanded from 15 children in one centre to over 3,500 children across Mumbai and Pune. Mistri is an Ashoka Fellow (2001), a Global Leader for Tomorrow at the World Economic Forum (2002), an Asia Society 21 Leader (2006) and serves on the boards of Ummeed, The Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation and is an advisor to the Latika Roy Foundation. Mistri has been working on the idea of Teach For India from 2007, and serves as its founding CEO and one of its founding Board Members.

 

Vivek Sharma

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Vivek currently works with Gandhi fellowship. Before joining Gandhi Fellowship, he was a Programme Director with Pratham, a leading NGO, working on universalising elementary education and creating school improvement programmes for and with the government. While working on Pratham’s footprint in the northern states. he set up learning enhancement programmes in government schools. Was trained to be a journalist and spent over a decade working for a cross-section of Indian media, including the last assignment as Group Editorial Coordinator, India Today. Was part of some hugely successful tech start-ups in the space of www, IT & Telecom. In his third and final career Vivek decided to deal with a fundamental issue like Shiksha (Education). He travels across the country looking for Gandhi Fellows.