VAANI's Board of Trustees
Indrani Roy is a Social Development worker and MA, English, Calcutta University.S he has been a Secretary to the Institute of Cerebral Palsy ( 1987 -2002), Peace Works Coordinator, Seagull Foundation for Arts ( 2003-2009). She was also Member of the Governing Body of Tomorrow’s Foundation. Currently Independent Director of NDTV since 2004 and VAANI trustee
Indrani was a very active Vaani Vice Chair, always ready with advice and suggestions. She has a very clear picture and direction for VAANI’s growth
T V Ramaswamy
T V Ramaswamy
T.V Ramaswamy An engineer from Madras University and an MBA from Bajaj, he has over 40 years of experience across a range of areas in the management and leadership of businesses, at ITC. For the last 6 years, he had been in the apex leadership team of ITC as a Member of the Corporate Management Committee, which has enabled me to obtain a bird’s eye view of leading change in a large, Multi-business Corporation. Specifically, he was involved in two critical themes – driving critical project initiatives, and the strategic management of R&D. For a period of 5 years from 1996 to 2001, he was the Managing Director of a joint venture in Nepal which involved, amongst other things, significant interface with government entities and chambers of commerce.
With a Masters in Special Education from the 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.
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.
Aysha Sreekanth has over 15 years of experience in the Development Sector in helping organizations adopt the technology, database applications, and website-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.
Ajay Sharma has a background in commerce, entertainment corporate law, and computer science. He is the Chief Operating Officer for ITW COnsulting which is one of the largest acquire of cricket rights across the globe and Start Sports for the Pro Kabaddi League. With a working experience of almost 25 years across various fields has been involved with the business of sports and sponsorships for the last 16 years.
He is an Avid reader, animal lover and an outdoor person who loves hiking, swimming, and cycling. He envisages a huge correlation between professional sports and Vaani. Given his background, he also contributes to certain legal and accounts related matters at Vaani.
Our Core Team
Sumedha Vijaylaxmi Joglekar
Sumedha Vijaylaxmi Joglekar
Sumedha has more than 13 years of experience in the Development sector. She has done her Masters in Education of Hearing Impaired Children-M. Ed (HI) from Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Hearing Impaired, Mumbai and has a deep understanding of the issues associated with Hearing Impairment with a career which spanned special schools and centers of hearing-impaired children.
She comes with the experience of having worked in Greenpeace over a decade and understanding issues of farmers, forest dwellers, and environmental degradation and in Change .org, India, where she was exposed to issues related to Women & Girls, Rights of children, Differently abled persons and larger Civic issues. Sumedha comes with a wealth of experience in fundraising as well.
Head Resource Mobilization
Deputy Head – Programme
Ajita is a Graduate in Maths from the Guwahati University. She has over 12 years of experience working with organizations 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. Email –agohain
Deputy Head– Finance,Admin & HR
Kusuma T.V is a Graduate in Commerce from the University of Mysore, M Com and PG Diploma in Financial Management from KSOU Mysore. She has over 12 years of experience working with organizations such as Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Mahila Samakhay Karnataka- a National Program for Rural women’s development and Girl Child Education as ‘Accounts Officer’ and State Panchayat Resource Centre, a unit of ANSSIRD Mysore as ‘Administration and Accounts Officer’. She is working with VAANI since January 2018, as Deputy Head- Finance & HR to grow our footprint across the South, East, and North East.
Sr. Training Manager
Avijit has been part of Vaani family for more than 8 years and excellent at Multitasking. He is a trained Teacher of the Deaf and trained in Indian Sign Language. He has been on a mission of training and empowering parents, regular school teachers, Community workers, ASHA & Anganwadi workers and sensitizing them on the issue of Hearing impairment.
He says VAANI gives him an opportunity to use new Ideas and a barrier-free environment to work with the families of deaf children. That’s his greatest motivation and strength.
Tonny Dutta Ray
Tonny Dutta Ray
Tonny is a Graduate from Kolkata University and trained teacher of the deaf from NIHH. He has been with Vaani family for more than 7 years and has fully mastered the skills of training children, teachers, parents and community workers.
He has been managing several on-ground projects in West Bengal, Jharkhand, Tripura, Assam, Bangalore and feels that Vaani offers him the opportunity to connect with hearing impaired children and their families, which is extremely satisfying.
Sovan has been with Vaani family for more than 8 years and has done Masters in Social work. He has a vast experience of handling on ground projects, training and conducting awareness programmes in schools, sensitizing Community workers, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers etc. Apart from his project coordinator responsibilities, he also takes care of the day to day operations in the east zone.
Sovan loves to work and engage with the community and personally feels its a great opportunity and learning.
Aloy is a trained teacher of the deaf and has done his D.ED from AYJNIHH. He has been with Vaani for more 4 years.
His passion is training and capacity building of special educators and parents. He loves working in the field with the community.
Project Co-ordinator & Special Educator
Mukuta is a B.A (Arts) in Arts and special educator from NEHU Shilong. He has been working with VAANI for more than 4 years as Project Coordinator and comes with an experience of working with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for children with special needs.
He is extremely passionate and feels lucky to be associated with the cause of Childhood Deafness and loves to work with families.
He feels Vaani gives him an opportunity to learn every day.
Sr. Teacher Of the Deaf
Doly has done her Masters in Political Science and Special Education From AYJNIHH. She has been with Vaani for more than 7 years and constantly been ensuring that children learn to comprehend & communicate and parents feel the confidence of engaging with the kids. She has conducted several workshops for our Parents and stakes holders and always strives to build their capacity on deafness.
She really feels happy when she sees a smile of satisfaction on parents’ face and feels Vaani has given her an opportunity to do her bit.
Sr. Teacher Of the Deaf
Ruby is a trained teacher of the deaf and has been with Vaani for more than 8 years and well versed with different modules for teaching deaf kids and also newborn babies.
She recalls her initial days at Vaani when she has taken sessions for hearing impaired children in a very small space, slums, with lack of drinking water and toilet facilities. In all the challenges that she faced, what really kept her going was seeing parents satisfaction and smile on children’s faces.
The experience she has gained by training in the different district of Assam, Shillong, West Bengal Panduah & Siliguri has brought a big change in her life. Her dream is to create more parent leaders who could motivate and help other parents in need of the service.
Finance & Admin Officer
Biswajit is a B.Com from Guwahati University. He has been working with VAANI for more than 4 years as finance & Admin Officer. He plays a crucial role in supporting the Vaani Sadhan Centre in Assam and feels that VAANI gives him an opportunity to excel.
Basana is our very experienced parent trainer. She has been with Vaani for more than 4 years and is constantly trying to provide social and emotional support to parents and spread awareness about different techniques to engage with Hearing Impaired Children who come to our Sadhan Centre in Assam.
She is a great motivation for all of us at Vaani.
Admin & Supporter Service Officer
Nithya has done her PUC in Commerce from Adarsh College Bangalore. Before joining VAANI she was working as a teacher at Asha School for MR & Hearing Impaired and was a Data entry operator.
She joint VAANI on 24th September 2016 as Office Assistant. Today she proudly handles the supporter engagement and office administration work at VAANI.
Nithya is qualified in Indian Sign Language and also assists the team in several outreach programmes. She also utilises her knowledge in sign language to take tuitions for 4th, 5th & 6th standard hearing impaired students in the evening.