ASHRAF PATEL

Ashraf Patel

Ashraf is the Co-founder of ComMutiny and the fundraising champion.

Fondly known as Ash, she is passionate about promoting youth development through the co-creation of 5th Spaces across the country in partnership with youth engaging oganisations. She is also a human development professional by heart and is interested broadly in the field of lifelong learning and the issue of social inclusion. Her key attention currently is on advocating for great investment in youth work from all stakeholders and strengthening partnership and nurturing national international and regional youth collectives

A post graduate in Human Resources from XLRI, she is a co-founder of Pravah. She was the first CEO of Pravah and shaped the early years of the organization for nine years. She is an Ashoka Fellow and was also one of the finalists in Jubilant Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2016. She was awarded distinguished Alumni in 2015 by her Alma mater XLRI. Ashraf is currently representing ComMutiny- The Youth Collective on the steering committee of the Commonwealth Youth Workers Association (CAYWA). She is part of the steering groups of campaigns and organizations including Pravah and Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA).

She has co-authored a powerful book published by Sage in 2013, Ocean in a Drop – Inside Out Youth Leadership along with Kamini Prakash, Meenu Venkateswaran and Arjun Shekhar. And Played a key role in the production of Co-creating youth Spaces: A practice-based guide for youth facilitators 2014 in partnership with ComMutiny and Pravah and NYKS. Ashraf has effectively placed the youth agenda in drafting policies as a member of working groups on adolescents and youth set up by the Ministry of Youth and HRD for the XIth and XIIth Plan in 2008 and 2011 respectively. She has been part of policy making as well the design and development of a number of creative curriculum in the adolescent and youth development filed. At ComMutiny, in her role as convener she is currently focusing on developing second line leadership and building systems and processes and nurturing new partnership. At work, she motivates herself and the teams as well as the member organizations and partners of ComMutiny to achieve their best potential by enthusing them with energy through meaningful conversations and direct engagement on the go. She also dedicates part of her time in supporting the Pravah partnership portfolio.

One of her favourite quotes is “let’s go home” and for her home can be anywhere. Where there is learning and growth, ownership, love, freedom and social hope.

She can be reached at ashraf@commutiny.in

KANIKA SINHA

Kanika is the Convener of ComMutiny – The Youth Collective, where she looks after partnerships and outreach and in that role, supports building new alliances towards amplifying the 5th Space approach to youth development.  Kanika is also passionate about people development and engagement and within ComMutiny also oversees internal processes to strengthen the organisation and progress towards creating a working space that is joyful and one that promotes learning as well as excellence.  Kanika also serves in an advisory capacity as a member of the board of Farm2Food Foundation, Assam.

Kanika started her career, working in the area of inclusion at National Centre from Promotion of Employment for disability sector. Thereafter, she moved to Pravah, where she worked in direct programmes with adolescents, youth and youth workers.  As a mentor to several young social entrepreneurs, Kanika has been a part of the conception and growth of many youth led start ups.

After 14 years of designing and facilitating interventions for youth centric development, Kanika sees herself as an advocate for youth work in India.  She comes with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College and a Master’s Degree in Social Development from the University of Sussex. Kanika volunteered at the relief camps in Ahmedabad post the Godhra riots of 2002 which she believes was the was a turning point in her life that  began her journey into the world of self transformation and social change.

She can be reached at kanika.sinha@commutiny.in

KHATEEB

Khateeb is the Senior Accounts and Admin Coordinator at ComMutiny. Having an eye for numbers, Khateeb did B.com from University of Delhi and has been working for over 12 years in the field of accounts and administration in the social sector. He is passionate about sports and loves to create meaningful relationships with people. He believes in stability and perseverance as one of the most important values in life. He is a very contented and an organized person.

At work he is very calm and focused. He can often be seen taking calls and writing bills in the office. One of his favorite quotes is “something is better than nothing”.

He can be reached at khateeb@commutiny.in

LOKASISH SAHA
Lokashish aka Loka, is the CEO at ComMutiny and is overseeing programmes and facilitating youth development initiatives along with strongly holding advocacy & fundraising portfolio. He is a firm believer and voyager of 5th space.

A development professional with experience of over 14 years across thematic such as gender, livelihood, child rights, youth development and citizenship action across leading agencies in India like Vikram Sarabhai centre, ASK, Pravah and CRY- Child Rights, He He has also worked with Pravah, heading the SMILE Programme and eventually the Youth Intervention initiative. He is a post graduate in Rural Management from Indian Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur.

He is a believer, voyager and learner of 5th space who is interested in philosophy, traveling, exploring, poetry and peace. He can often be seen having a quiet discussion with somebody in some corner of the office. One of his favorite quotes is “yesterday I was clever so I wanted to change the world, today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

He can be reached at lokashish.saha@commutiny.in

SAUDAMINI PANDEY

Saudamini is  the Lead – Public Initiative at ComMutiny and is heading the public initiative ‘Be a Jagrik – Samvidhan LIVE… Live the SDGs’. She has been an integral part of the many other public initiatives run by the organization on various issues like Youth in Governance & Constitutional Literacy. She has played a key role in production of many media products especially films and has supported organization in building the resource bank for youth workers.

She is a Post Graduate in electronic media, production and management and comes with over 5 years of experience in the field of media and communication in the development sector. Saudamini believes in the power of conversations and therefore loves to create spaces for dialogues amongst young people. She is a constant learner and explorer of new learning avenues. She feels life is a journey where one can keep evolving and finding new milestones for oneself.

You can reach her at saudamini@commutiny.in

SHIVANGI 

Shivangi is the Programme Coordinator with the Media and Visibility team at Commutiny and has been at the center of curating aggregated narratives for the Collective in the digital media space. Her role also includes handling partnerships for youth advocacy initiatives and her engagement is key in the campaigns and events conceptualized and implemented by the Collective.

She started working right after school and has been associated with various organizations like Help In Suffering, Pravah, Jaipur Rugs Foundation, Drishti Media, Shikshantar Andolan. She is a dance student, and her experiences with Clowning and Movement Therapy has got her to believe that if there is Art in one’s life, he/she would be sane for most of his/her life. Her areas of interests are ‘story-telling’, ‘alternative education’, ‘alternative forms of healing’, ‘tracing traditions for building narratives of well-being’. Her favorite quote is  “When the job is small and rewards are few, remember the mighty Oak was once a Nut like you”.

You can reach her at shivangi@commutiny.in 

PRIYANKA SARKAR

Priyanka is the Director – Media and Communication at ComMutiny and co-envisions and implements the media and communication strategy of the Collective.

She has over 16 years of experience in developing communication strategies, corporate communication, donor and partnership management, programme management and training on youth leadership and women’s rights with UKAid, Christian Aid, TARU Leading Edge, Breakthrough, Pravah and Voluntary Health Association of India among other NGOs, corporates and bilateral agencies. She has worked with different stakeholders in understanding communication needs to tailor strategies to optimise the work of grass root level organisations.

She has a passion to learn everyday – whether about website, social media, tally, budget, writing. She loves to write, time permitted. Her favourite line is – nothing is impossible, because impossible says – I’m possible

You can reach her at priyanka.sarkar@commutiny.in

RAJESH

Rajesh is currently working as Director- Partnerships and Capacity Building at ComMutiny. He believes in constantly exploring newer interests and passions, from farming to social entrepreneurship, from photography to youth leadership. He intends to enable communities to grow their own food in all kinds of landscapes. Outside of work, he loves working with soil, jewelry making, reading non-fiction, listening to music, going for road trips, and cooking.

He completed his M.Phil. in Science Policy from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi a few years ago and since then has worked extensively in the youth development and social entrepreneurship sector. He has worked with Pravah and ComMutiny- The Youth Collective where he led their Changelooms programme, the Adolescent intervention and a campaign on social inclusion. In the past, the love for adventure and storytelling inspired him to co-design a traveling cafe called ‘Cafe Bean Here Been There’.

You can reach him at rmeher@commutiny.in

SHALINI NARAYAN

Shalini is the Associate Director with ComMutiny and looking after Collectivization and Partnerships focused on creating empowering spaces for adolescents and youth across India. Her primary area of focus is bringing on board like-minded organizations dedicated to the cause of youth development and leadership and through them, encouraging the dissemination of the principles of the 5th space that will go a long way in building participatory processes for adolescents and youth.  

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is a Post graduate in Journalism. Leisure for Shalini is dabbling in the creation of Thangka paintings, listening to music and dreaming about making a difference in the world.

Shalini has over eight years of professional work experience in the media and in the development sector that have given her multi-disciplinary insights on issues that need both empathy and focus. Beginning her career as an investigative journalist with the Indian Express, Shalini has covered issues ranging from terrorism, gender-based violence, communal riots, human rights violations and other social inequalities including poverty and health.

Having held the hands of victims of unimaginable violence and written their stories of tragedy and strengths as they rebuilt their lives, Shalini moved onto the development sector with SPYM with a deep desire to find solutions to the problems she wrote about.

You can reach her at shalini.narayan@commutiny.in 

PUSHKAR KUMAR

Pushkar currently working with a Chartered Accountant’s Firm and also supervises the Finance & Accounts team at ComMutiny. An Accounting professional, CA-Semi qualified & MBA (Finance) having experience in NGO-financial management, Income tax laws, FCRA Laws & other statutory laws, Well versed with MIS reporting. His responsibility includes overall control of the Finance & accounts team.

Pushkar is passionate about numbers and always have an eye on compliance.

You can reach him at pushkar.cyc@gmail.com