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.


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.


pooja-warrierPooja Warier is the co-founder & director of UnLtd India, Bombay Connect (a co-working space that offers affordable work facilities, training relevant to growing a venture) and Journeys for Change (takes leaders from around the world on expeditions to learn from some of India’s most exciting change makers). UnLtd India is a launchpad for early stage social entrepreneurs. It provides seed funding, hands-on support and high-value connections to guide on their journeys of transforming an idea into a high impact venture. Pooja was nominated as a 2013 Young Global Leader – World Economic Forum.


rukmini-dattaRukmini Datta anchors Cipla’s CSR as operations head. In the past she has been Senior Pogram Officer at the Tata Trusts. An Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) alumni, she has more than 17 years of experience in the development space. Here core expertise includes – (i) developing support agendas from a donor’s perspective (ii) providing direct inputs through workshops/training programs and hand-holding (iii) carrying out process monitoring and evaluation on behalf of NGOs and building their capacity and (iv) working on implementation projects in NGOs.


sanyukta-sahaSanyukta Saha is an applied theatre practitioner. While working with Aga Khan Foundation in the first 4 years of her career, Sanyukta began working with the children in the Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti and saw the potential that theatre had to initiate conversation among children about social issues in their community. Thus Aagaaz Theatre, her organization, was formed with a small group of children living in the Nizamuddin Basti and today is a group of 30 children. At the fellowship, Sanyukta engages with our fellows in areas of story telling, creative writing and guiding them in their leadership journey.


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.


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.


vibha-sriVibha is a facilitator for holistic facilitation. She has 25 years of experience in the social sector. Vibha has worked with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), USAID’s SIFPSA, Population Services International (PSI), Johns Hopkins University, USA (JHU) – Centre for Communication Program, Room to Read and StartFund – Holland. With the global Genuine Contact™ Program, she started working as a facilitator using holistic methods. Through her non-profit organization Muskaan, Vibha has been instrumental in facilitating more than 100 workshops on the theme of Happiness.


vivek-joshiVivek Joshi, long before the eCommerce flourish, he with a rich background of engineering and subsequently management studies went on to co-found a business to business e-commerce marketplace called Go For World Business. After a successful tryst with enterprise himself; he has been actively involved in investing and mentoring start-ups across domains via his StartupFundas. He enjoys to work with passionate entrepreneurs in early stages of the enterprise and is leading the coaching of UnLtd Delhi and working towards setting up CashRelief India.