Mentors

A mentor is an expert with considerable experience in their domain and will personally be a friend, philosopher and guide to the fellow in his/her journey. They help the fellows regularly on personal progress and development. All the advisors and team of the fellowship part take in this. Additionally, the following experts also are a part of the mentoring and training of the fellows. Click on image to view LinkedIn profile.


manali-shahManali Shah, is a facilitator of Meaningful Meetings & Participatory Strategy. She has worked with various organizations including BullzI Inc, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit, GIVE Network (Voluntary Services Overseas) and Sir Ratan Tata Trust. In her own words ‘my focus in every engagement is to create and sustain alignment within the group about the larger purpose, the values, the vision, stakeholder participation and overall process management’. At India Fellow, she has been instrumental in developing and implementation of the learning framework as well as organizational development.


Tejinder Bhogal, is the co-founder of Innobridge Consulting Pvt Co, Dean-Social Development, ISABS (Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences) and a Lead-India fellow. An IRMA alum, for the first 15 years he worked at the grassroots – in the areas of micro-irrigation and social-forestry as a team leader with PRADAN. For last 16 years, he has worked as a consultant and trainer in organizational effectiveness and human resource development with over 70 NGOs, donors and govt. programs. He is the co-author of a forthcoming book, Human Resource Strategies to Build Effective Institutions for the Poor: A Policy Maker’s Guide.


Parth ShahParth J. Shah is founder president of the Centre for Civil Society. CCS advances social change through public policy. Parth taught economics at the University of Michigan before returning to India to start CCS. He has published academic articles in the areas of development economics, welfare economics, business-cycle theory, free or laissez-faire banking, and currency-board systems. He has edited Morality of Markets, Friedman on India, Profiles in Courage: Dissent on Indian Socialism, Do Corporations have Social Responsibility?, and co-edited Law, Liberty, and Livelihood, The Terracotta Reader, and Agenda for Change.


MohitMohit Satyanand is a multi-potentialite. After an M.A. from Delhi School of Economics, he joined Hindustan Lever, establishing India’s first snack food brand, Crax. From 1981-89, he was with Theater Action Group (TAG), where he acted, handled sound and light design and the business end. Since 2009, he is with the theatre group, Wide Aisle. In 1990, he co-founded Teamwork Films that focuses on performing arts, and produces several arts festivals, including the Jaipur Literary Festival. Mohit is consulting editor, Outlook Money, where he oversees the magazine’s coverage of the equity sector. Mountain-lover and life-long trekker, recently taken to half-marathons and angel investing.


venkat-krishnanVenkat Krishnan is the founder of Give India and Daan Utsav. He graduated from IIM-A in 1993 and started working at “The Times of India” in various corporate and brand management functions. He then helped set up Sony Entertainment Television. In 1996, he co-founded Eklavya School, Ahmedabad. Educational Initiatives, a socially oriented education company in 2001. Parallely Venkat setup GiveIndia, to strengthen the “giving culture” in India by providing donors high standards of transparency and accountability. Since 2009, Venkat has been involved in evangelising the Daan Utsav.


Venu-AroraVenu Arora is co-founder of Ideosync Media Combine, a non profit working on communications for social change. She is a media trainer and a filmmaker and specializes in planning, design and execution of integrated communication initiatives for multi-sectoral development programs, with special emphasis on issues of gender and sexuality, education and young people. Venu is also director of the National Awards winning film Nirankush (1997). She has also been instrumental in the partnership with India Fellow to start the Ideosync UNESCO India Fellow from 2016 onward.


shalabh-sahaiShalabh Sahai, Co-Founder of iVolunteer is an Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) alumni. iVolunteer was born as the first and only one of its kind in India, a social enterprise that promotes volunteering for indians as well as foreign nationals. He founded JobsForGood in 2007, with a clear objective of enabling social enterprises to leverage human capital towards their mission. His next intra-venture was the iVolunteer Awards in 2012, that aims to ‘inspire by example’. Having run 3 editions, it is the country’s largest awards celebrating the spirit of volunteerism.


*** Visiting resource persons include – Dr. Ajit Kanitkar, Sachin Sachdeva, Dr. Sudha Kothari, Rajiv Khandelwal, Rukmini Dutta, Sonam Wangchuk and Sanyukta Saha.