Sharda Vishwanathan

 

Co-founder & Director

A development sector professional, having worked in areas as diverse as urban planning, governance, gender empowerment and social enterprise. Sharda is passionate about using the digital space for empowering the society and improving citizen participation at varied levels. She strongly believes in the power of education and the ways in which it can act as a catalyst in empowering communities. It is this belief that has been instrumental in her choice of working within the education domain.

Raghu Ramachandran

 

Co-founder & Chief Illustrator

Raghu has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Clemson University, USA. He is extremely passionate about design and when he is not busy building townships, one can find him engaging in other creative and artistic pursuits ranging from sketching to photography and music. A traveler by nature and a musician at heart, Raghu enjoys listening to Sufi music and collecting different musical instruments from across the world. His hobbies also include collecting match-boxes from all his travels and exploring this visual arts tradition.

Kirthi Jayakumar

 

Chief Advisor

Kirthi Jayakumar is a Lawyer/Writer from Chennai, India. An avid reader with a keen interest in Peace and Conflict, Public International Law and Gender issues, she has worked as a volunteer with the UN, as an advocate and activist with several grassroot organisations and academic foundations. Her interest and experience over all lie in Afghanistan, the Middle East, DR Congo and South-Asia. She is the author of Stories of Hope, and the co-author of Love me Mama. When she isn’t pretending to work, you can find her with her nose buried inside a book.

Jennifer Wentling

 

Illustrator

Jenny is an Ohio native, currently living in Atlanta. She attended the University of Cincinnati for Architecture and has worked in Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta and New York. She currently is working in film as a set designer and is an improviser at Dad's Garage Theatre Company. When she can get a free moment she is working on illustration, sewing and embroidery projects.

Nanditha Ravindar

 

Writer

Nanditha is a Masters student majoring in Communication. After a bachelors in Commerce from Stella Maris College, she worked with Google India for a while before she took to volunteering and teaching primary school students in Chennai for a while. During the course of her Masters, she developed an interest in research as well as development communication. She loves critiquing movies, discussing Raghuram Rajan or good pieces of journalistic writing and watching culinary shows, apart from reading books when she does find time for them. 

Gargi Gole

Illustrator

A sixth-grade student, Gargi enjoys painting and exploring different mediums like acrylic paints, water colors, and oil pastels to make arts and crafts.  Art is a passion for Gargi. Gargi loves science especially anything to do with animals and insects and is exploring how to follow her dual interests in Science and Art. Her artworks have been exhibited at various art exhibitions in the US. Some of her artwork is curated at www.myartscapes.weebly.com

Vini Agarwal

Illustrator

A public health expert, Vini has diverse experience in developing and organizing health and education-based programs. She especially enjoys working with children using innovative and interactive teaching methods. An amateur painter, she loves to bring stories and poems alive with her typical style of acrylic painting.

Diana Castillo

Illustrator

Diana is a Colombian Architect who loves to create new worlds and alternative atmospheres, whether in a spatial way or in a graphical representation.  After living in China for almost 3 years, where she earned her master's degree in sustainable design, she came back to her country to continue her professional and personal growth.  Now, interested in the power of the image, in her free time, she volunteers with organisations and translates her passion for graphic speech to express powerful ideas to people. 

Bairave Sajenthan

Illustrator

Bairave is an accountant by profession. She is a Master’s degree holder in Business Management. Apart from number crunching, her interest lies around getting busy going all creative with any and all types of arts and crafts. When she gets the time she also would not let go of a chance to snuggle up with a good book. Working to build up a society with education has been one of her major goals.

Kritika Kulshrestha

Writer

Tanvi More

 

Illustrator

At 14,  Kritika began penning a bunch of poems. She describes herself as a wide-eyed teenager wondering where life would take her, and if she would ever get to live somewhere other than Bombay. And, boy oh boy, life has indeed been a roller coaster ride.

She worked for a technology consulting company called Deloitte. But later realized that her love for writing was truly stronger than she thought it was. The essays that she hated writing in school, did NOT come back to haunt her. And she fell truly, madly and deeply in love with the art of writing. So much so that she quit her job without a plan and switched careers.She started writing for boutique writing studios and non-profits. And somewhere along the way, she discovered that telling people's stories was her true calling. She went to study at UT-Austin in Texas and later found herself interning as a business reporter for the Austin Business Journal. She has lived in Bahrain, Austin, New York, and Bombay and has travelled far and wide from Norway and Sweden to bustling Budapest and Singapore. After studying and working in multicultural environments, she now works as a content marketing writer for a digital media company in Bombay.

Tanvi is pursuing her masters in human resource management at the University of Exeter. She is driven by a desire to explore the world, meet new people, and have new adventures. She believes that food for the soul is as important as food for the stomach.

 

In her free time, you will find her either painting, building conspiracy theories around the many shows that she watches, or reading psychological thrillers curled up in her bed. The next thing on her bucket list is to travel to Norway to see the Northern Lights and cuddle the huskies.

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