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Meet the team

Administration and Management

Archana Dwivedi, Director Archana has determined to dance through her 40s with a certain style, a certain firmness about literacy targets and RTE provisions, and some help from the romantic paperbacks stashed in her bag.

Sosamma Mathai, Team Member Sosamma has undergone secretariat Training & Management Course in a Commercial Institute run by Indian Chambers of Commerce in Bombay, after clearing her SSLC Examination in the year 1972. She was with Nirantar for 18 years as an Accountant and retired from regular service in the year 2014. Currently, she is working on a consultant basis for Nirantar in the Accounts section and looking after its several operations.

Ajay Singh, Team Member Ajay handles overall accounts in the organization since last 11 years as Accounts Coordinator. He monitors and maintains the project budgets, books of accounts, audit preparations, legal compliances, and field accounts.

Prasanna V.T., Team Member Prasanna has been working with Nirantar last 15 years as Administration Co-ordinator. She mainly regularizes and maintains all systems related to staff functioning and maintenance of office procedures, publications, and important documents. She also works closely with all the teams in coordinating all administrative work and logistics for trainings and events.

Anil Hasda, Team Member Anil has been working with Nirantar last 20 years, and mainly handles field work, publication dissemination, maintaining stationary, Hindi typing, and overall office maintenance.

Sandeep Kumar, Team Member

Sandeep Kumar is a Commerce Graduate and has a working experience of 5 years in accounts assistance, voucher making and entry, bank reconciliation, TDS return, and admin support.

Women’s Literacy, Education, and Empowerment

Nishi Khandelwal, Team Leader Nishi did Graduation in Biological Science, Post Graduation in Psychology, and also Post-Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling from NCERT (New Delhi) in 2005. She also has an MBA with specialization in Human Resource Management. Nishi has over 11 years of professional experience in organizations concerned with woman empowerment, education, and health, working on material development, training, research, and likes to write on the issues related to education

Anita Singh, Team Member Anita is working as a Project Associate under the Women Literacy's project since 2011. Prior to this, she was working with UNDP- Partner organization for CWWA under adult women's functional literacy project. She has done her Masters in Social Work in Rural Development.

Gauri Saxena, Team Member Gauri Saxena has a Master's in Development Studies from IDS and has written on issues of gender during internships. She also has been part of a research study on the issue of unpaid-care work undertaken by women. 

Fathayya Khan, Team Member Fathayya Khan has done her masters in Economics and is working as MIS Coordinator under the project women's literacy. Prior to this she has experience of research in the field of education and health.

Mainstream Education

Ekta Oza, Team Leader Ekta previously was the Team Leader for the PACE team and is currently the Team Leader for the Mainstream Education team at Nirantar. She completed her masters in Psychology from Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has worked with a public school in Delhi as a school Counsellor and some other Delhi-based NGOs working with youth. She believes that her strength lies in her ability to consistently learn, relearn, and unlearn that has helped her work with the various issues of psychology, gender, and education.

Sonam Grover, Team Member Sonam has a Master in Education and a Post Graduate in Sociology. She has worked as a research assistant in one of the projects of Aditi Mahavidyalaya, University of Delhi. She was also one of the five founding members in an independent project titled, ‘Gender& Sexuality Sensitisation Project’ (GSSP) funded by the UNHATE foundation.

Parvaaz Adolescent Centre for Education (PACE)

Prarthana Thakur, Team Leader Prarthana is working closely with Delhi-based partners to provide technical support for running learning centres for adolescent girls. She has completed her M.S.W from Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi. Before Nirantar, she has worked with UNICEF, Monitoring and Evaluation in Jharkhand for 8 months and worked closely with Jharkhand Education Project Council. She had also worked with a Rajasthan-based NGO, Bodh Shiksha Samiti and coordinated KGBV project in both Alwar and Jaipur districts.

Huma Khan, Team Member Dr Huma Khan has a Ph.D from JNU, on the aspects of Muslim women in Urdu literature. She is well-versed in research and field studies, and imparting new knowledge to the marginalised groups. She has been associated with Nirantar for some years now, with an experience of almost 6 to 7 years in her field.

Early Marriage, Young People, and Empowerment

Apeksha Vora, Team Leader Apeksha Vora joined Nirantar after completing a Masters degree in Development Studies from Institute of Development Studies, Sussex. After being part of the team which conducted a landscape analysis of early and child marriage in India, she since has been involved in connecting issues of gender and sexuality to the discourse and interventions around early and child marriage. She is currently leading an action research project that is trying to use theater as a methodology to understand issues most relevant to diverse youth collectives and organizations working with young people to enable empowering spaces.

Ipsita Gauri, Team Member Ipsita is currently exploring ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ to have a dialogue with the young people to understand more about their views, desires, and aspirations. She has completed her Masters in Social Work with specialization in Children and Family and Developmental Counselling from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has been working in the developmental sector for the past 5 years, largely in the field of child rights and gender based violence.

Aiman J Khan, Team Member Aiman Khan is a post graduate in Women's Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her master's thesis was a Gendered Study on Access to Public Toilets in Mumbai. Her interest areas are identity politics, gender, sexuality and media. 

Gender & Sexuality

Shweta Radhakrishnan, Team Member Shweta Radhakrishnan is currently working on Gender and Sexuality at Nirantar. She completed her Masters' in Media and Cultural Studies from TISS, Mumbai and has previously worked on setting up a community radio station in Uttarakhand.

Publication & Communication

Sadia Saeed, Team Leader Sadia joined Nirantar 16 years ago as a librarian. She gradually got involved and started handling the publications work of Nirantar like writing, editing, translation, proofreading, designing, etc.

Annie Singhal, Team Member Annie is an English Literature graduate from Delhi University who handles the communication responsibilities and strategies for Nirantar, including online and offline media, material dissemination, etc. She has more than three years of experience in the field of Marketing, Content Writing, Copywriting, and Social Media Optimisation.