Board of Trustees
Founder & Chairperson
With a Masters in Special Education from University of Manchester, Brinda Crishna has a monumental 35 years of experience in the disability and development sectors. She has worked with a multitude of international and bilateral agencies and NGOs, including ADB in Vietnam and Cambodia, UNICEF in India and the West Indies, DFID, IFC, World Bank, British Council, Cheshire International, Handicap International, and Save the Children. She established the first NGO in Assam to provide services to multiple-disabled people in Northeast India – Shishu Sarothi, Center for Rehabilitation and Training for Multiple Disability.
Akhil S Paul
Akhil S. Paul is the Director and Founder member of Sense International India. He is also the Founder Member of the Board of the National Trust for Welfare of People with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple disabilities. He is also the recipient of HSBC-Indo British Award – 2003 for outstanding services to deafblind people in India.
Indrani Roy is M.A. in English from Calcutta University. She was Secretary and Head of Administration, Institute of Cerebral Palsy ( IICP) from 1987 to 2002 . Mrs. Indrani Roy is Peace Works Co-ordinator, Seagull Foundation for the Arts from 2003. She is also Member, Managing Committee of International Institute for Poverty Awareness & Education
Asyha Sreekanth has over 15 years of experience in the Development Sector in helping organisations adopt technology, database applications, and websites-based services. She is currently the Head of Client Relations at Mahiti Infotech Pvt. Ltd. and has been instrumental in developing large portals for the White Swan Foundation, Sama Foundation, Every Child India, and many more.
Sriparna Chaudhuri has over 20 years of experience in the Development and Corporate sectors and has worked extensively on poverty alleviation, gender, governance, livelihoods, sexual and reproductive health, education, community mobilization, empowerment of women and children, leadership building of political practitioners, and policy advocacy.
Our Core Team
Vinod Pandey is a development sector professional with several years of experience working with companies such as Charities Aid Foundation India, Oxfam India, Caritas India, and the Foundation for Ecological Security(FES). In 2014, he won the Millennium Alliance Award by FICCI and the Govt. of India for his model on “Hamari Paathshala- a Collective Action for Education” which endeavours to promote education and learning opportunities for 3 to19-year-old girls in marginalised communities of Mushahars in Bihar. Vinod Pandey has a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Management from Tata Dhan Academy and SP Jain, Mumbai, and also has master’s degree in Commerce.
Deputy Director – Training
Inky comes with 12 years of experience as a practicing lawyer in the Guwahati and Kolkata High Courts. She has worked as a Legal Advisor and Public Relations Officer with the Sarbanand Group of Companies in Kolkata, and the Himatsingka Group in Assam. She ran a Disability Law Unit for Shishu Sarothi in Northeast India, and worked towards advocacy and raising awareness about education, accessibility, laws surrounding the rights of differently-abled people. Inky has immense knowledge and experience of the issues surrounding childhood deafness and the needs of families, and she directs all work in this area as Deputy Director – Training.
Deputy Director – Programmes
Ajita is a Graduate in Maths from the Guwahati University. She has over 12 years of experience working with organisations such as Tata Tea Social Welfare, Raksha Society for Children, and Shishu Sarothi. She began working with VAANI as a State Programme Officer – Assam, and has worked hard to grow our footprint across the North East. She is now Deputy Director – Programmes (North East) handling VAANI’s most unique programme that brings together ground level workers of the Government of Assam, technical trainers from VAANI and donors from the corporate sector.
Senior Manager – Strategic Partnerships
Jovial has a Degree in Economics and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Pune University. He has 13 years of experience in the development sector working on themes such as education, healthcare, sustainable livelihoods, and peace building. In the past, he has worked in various capacities for Oxfam, ActionAid, and IFAD.
Manager – Communications
Shashank is a Graduate in Business Administration from Madras University. Shashank is a self-taught website developer, social media marketer, and a documentary photography/filmmaker. He began his career selling computer games and developing websites for Sify Technologies. He then pursued a career in photography and went on to work in the development sector with UNDP India and the Institute for Financial Management and Research covering topics ranging from Bio-diversity conservation to micro-finance.
Manager – Finance & Admin
Kariappa PC has a Post Graduate degree in Commerce and a Diploma in Financial Management and Accountability from TATA Institute of Social Sciences. He has over 12 years of experience in managing project finances and donor specific project reporting and accounting. In the past, he has worked with NCBS, The Swallows India, USAID-SDPP and SOS Children’s Villages of India.
Manager – Admin & Finance
Avanthika has a Masters degree in Business Administration, specializing in Finance and HR from Osmania University.She also has an English Professional Skill Certificate from the English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad. She has over 6 years of experience in the development and corporate sector. She has worked with the Center for Collective Development, Mahita, New Concept Information System and has managed clients like UNDP and UNEP.