Resource Persons

Resource Persons

Anil Kumar Valmiki: A self taught computer expert, a prolific blogger and a budding poet, Anil also teaches computer skills to the youth from the community on a voluntary basis.

Anju Uppal: Anju has keen interest in exploring participatory media and communication approaches, tools & methodologies. She facilitates intense and engaging participatory processes with groups and communities across the country. Over the past 15 years, she has been facilitating participatory workshops, designing participatory communication resources, practicing participatory theater, making documentary films, and documenting processes in text video & photo as a medium to enable collective critical abilities for action. She has completed her MSW from Nirmala Niketan College, Mumbai.

Anupamaa Joshi: Anupamaa worked as the full-time office manager with PUKAR from 2005 to 2008. Her prior stints included teaching Radio & TV at Sophia Polytechnic ( Social Communications  & Media). With a  masters in Psychology,  a diploma in Social Communications,  certificate course in Women’s Studies from  and a diploma in Ecology and Natural Resource Management, Anupamaa bring many talents to her current job at PUKAR as a grant manager.

Ashish Shigwan: An advocate by profession and leader of the LGBT Movement, Ashish  also works as a child Right Activist and lectures extensively on these subjects. He has been a PUKAR youth fellow.

Bhavisha Sanadhya: With a Masters degree in Human development and family relations, a rich and varied experience of 15 years of working in the development sector in the flied of health, education and empowerment, innovating and starting new projects is one of  Bhavisha’s  core competency.  The executive Director of Gunvati J Kapoor Foundation, Bhavisha brings 7 years of experience of working with pediatric cancer patients and deals with a responsibility of leading  and scaling up the organization with an elan.

Dr. Aloke Thakore: Aloke Thakore is a journalist, researcher and teacher. A Media Leadership Fellow of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Thakore has a Ph.D. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and an MS in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Amita Bhide: Professor Amita Bhide is the Chairperson of the Center of Urban Planning, Policy and Governance in the School of Habitat Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences . She has been engaged in teaching at the Institute since 1996 . A former faculty in the School of Social Work in the Department of Urban and Rural Community Development, she has been deeply involved in issues related to urban poor communities.

Dr. Anita Patil- Deshmukh: USA trained faculty neonatologist by profession, social scientist by passion and developmental researcher by preference; Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh is the executive director of Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR). Anita received her Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard and worked as a faculty Neonatologist in a teaching institute in Chicago over 25 years. She relocated to India in 2005 to contribute to the developmental sector. Her research interests are urbanization, urban poverty, health and urban knowledge production through the lens of youth.

Dr. Hubnath Pandey: Professor Pandey is a a professor of Hindi at the University of Mumbai and  an author who has published many collections of poetry. He currently heads  National Service Scheme, Post Graduate Unit at the University. His area of research  and study are  issues of Communal Harmony and Peace.

Dr. Mala Pandurang: Dr Pandurang is currently (2015) the vice principal of Dr. BMN college of Home Science, SNDT University, Mumbai. She is a professor of English literature, a Fulbright Fellow and Review Editor of Journal of South Asian Diaspora, Routledge, UK.  Her area of research and study are Gandhian Philosophy and she heads the Gandhian Study Centre at the College.

Jaya Nuty: Jaya is a professional consultant on Organizational Development and  has been a consultant with SNEHA, a not for profit that works on the issues of women, children and health in Mumbai for more than a decade.

Kiran Sawant: While completing second  year of law degree, and working on the Mythologies of Mumbai-PUKAR project simultaneously,   Kiran found his  calling and he became the self taught expert of photography,  web design and mapping technology.  His media and technology skills led him to become the creator and webmaster of PUKAR as well as  technology expert for “Information for All- E-Governance for All- Building Knowledge Bridge for Digital Divide”  project in  which he coordinates with IIT-Bombay on the technical aspects of the project as well as works on mapping the different areas.

Nitin Paranjape: Nitin Paranjape is one of the founder-members of Abhivyakti Media for Development. For more than 20 years, his passion has been around supporting community media for deeper personal reflection and social dialogue in local communities. Most recently, Nitin has co-founded Earth Care Designs, a green enterprise which designs and prototypes eco-friendly products and technology.

Poonam Yewale: With a degree in Engineering and an MBA, Poonam changed tracks after a few years in the corporate world and retrained  herself in an nationally accredited course of Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Scienecs (ISABS). She has been a professional facilitator at ISABS, and at other corporate as well as social sector organizations. Her expertise and research are in communication management.

Reetika Subramanian: Reetika  is a journalist and social media consultant with 5 years of experience in the field.  Armed with a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences,  Bachelors in Political Science with honors from the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Mumbai, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights,  all from University of Mumbai and a Diploma in Advertising and Public Relations, Reetika makes  a sought after researcher, a branding expert and an excellent blogger.

Shachi Phadke: Research and Development Professional,  Shachi has worked with Amnesty International and Development Trust, Larson & Toubro Health Centre, Mumbai. She has studied at Victoria University of Wellington

Shrutika Shitole: While pursuing her degree in Marathi literature, Shrutika also became a PUKAR Youth Fellow,  completed a diploma in Marathi journalism at St. Xavier’s College and an advance level course of ISABS, thus giving her the edge to become a consultant.   Her doctoral studies on Marathi poetry and her research in public health issues has continued simultaneously. That  has led to her co-authoring six papers in international peer reviewed journals and presentation at many national and international conferences including Harvard University. She is the community relationship specialist for the “Information for All- E-Governance for All- Building Knowledge Bridge for Digital Divide”  project supported by Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives.

Sujatha Subramanian: Sujatha has completed her M.Phil from TISS in Women’s Studies and a Masters in Media and Cultural Studies. She is a responsible for research and documentation at SahaPedia,  a not for profit  based in Delhi.

Sumanya Velamur: Sumanya is currently pursuing her PhD from University of Bergen. She has rich experince in the field of writing and research, she has worked with Magic Bus, PUKAR, TISS and Prayag Consulting Education.

Suvarna Deokule: Suvarna is self trained Right To Information (RTI) activist who was propelled to that position through her own experienecs of launching multiple RTIs for her community and her personal issues. In addition to her teaching profession, Suvarna conducts workshops for citizens to teach them everything about RTI.

Tejal Shitole: Tejal posseses a Bachelor of Science  from Mumbai University,  a degree in software engineering and a diploma in Public Health  from the Public Health Foundation of India with a focus on Women and Children.  After a pit stop in Indian Oil in software management she joined PUKAR as a youth fellow. In addition to coauthoring six papers in International journals, she presented her research on immunization and coding and mapping slum communities  at the National Institute of Health Summit, Washington DC  in 2012