Dr. Meenakshi Nayar – President
An FPM in Organisational Behaviour (equivalent to a Ph. D) from IIM Ahmedabad and a Masters in Industrial Psychology, Dr. Meenakshi Nayar is the Founder President of ETASHA. After working in the corporate world for over 2 decades (last assignment as Executive Vice President HR, DCM Ltd.) Meenakshi founded ETASHA while working with adolescents as Founder Director of EduServe Consultants which specializes in career guidance and life skills development.
Vimala Ramachandran – Vice President
Vimala is a National Fellow, NUEPA, New Delhi and was the Managing Director of Educational Resource Unit – a group of researchers and practitioners working on education and empowerment. She helped found and was the first National Project Director of Mahila Samakhya, a government program on women’s education and was founder and Managing Trustee of HealthWatch – a women’s health network. She has published extensively on education, health, gender issues and women’s empowerment and is engaged in advocacy for universal quality education and girls’ education.
Mukesh Aggarwal – Secretary
ETASHA alumnus Mukesh joined us as an office administrator after having completed the CODE (Computerised Office & Data Entry) program at our Career Development Center in Madanpur Khadar, where he was awarded Best Trainee for CODE – 4. Mukesh settled right into the team at our GK Office is in charge of ETASHA’s backend and logistics work.
We are proud to have an alumnus on the board of our Governing Council.
Sangeeta Sharma, Staff Representative – Treasurer
Sangeeta completed her GNIIT from NIIT whilst simultaneously studying for a BCom. Completing both in 2009 she joined a CA program at ICAI from where she was articled to Ahuja and Ahuja Chartered Accountants.
A self-employed professional, Ritu is a Founder-Member of ETASHA and truly its moving spirit. Zealously committed to the society’s cause, Ritu is involved in everything from fund-raising and strategy to content development and is a very hands-on governing council member helping steer the organization in its desired direction
Dr. Usha Jumani
A management consultant for over thirty years, Usha has worked on a host of development issues to bring about sustainable change. Her major interest and concern is to strengthen people’s organizations and enable them to represent themselves at all levels from grassroots to global. Usha has an FPM and PGDBM from IIM Ahmedabad.
A self-employed professional, Anita’s core expertise is in the domain of market research where she takes on assignments on a consultancy basis. Anita is also a career guidance specialist and worked with EduServe Consultants on several Career Guidance Projects in schools as well as in the Sexuality and Adolescence Education Project of the Ministry of HRD in the Kendriya Vidyalayas.
A practicing chartered accountant in the field of auditing, direct taxes, FEMA, and service tax, Pramod has a track record of 27 years’ professional work at Jaipur and Delhi. He has been involved with ETASHA since its inception.
Dr. Cherian Joseph
Dr. Joseph has a Ph. D in Sociology from Delhi University. In the first phase of his professional experience, he worked as a Faculty member at the National Labour Institute, New Delhi and since 1995 he has been working as an Independent Consultant. Dr. Joseph is currently working with Philips Electronics India at their Vadodara and Mohali lighting Plants. He also facilitates learning exchange processes for LOGIN Asia members in Horizontal Learning program in Bangladesh, and supports a Structured Learning Visit at Mekong Institute, Khon Kaen, Thailand.
Freda J Swaminathan
An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad with specialization in marketing and 25 years of experience with top corporate entities, she brings expertise in management consultancy & teaching. Her love for academics takes Professor Swaminathan to FORE School of Management where she teaches marketing. Freda is also a guest faculty at many other business schools.
Anindita Kar Gupta – Permanent Invitee
With a Masters in English Literature and Bachelors in Education, Anindita has over ten years’ of rich experience which is a blend of administration (as school Principal) and classroom teaching. Her capability and achievements can be gauged from the fact that she was awarded for outstanding performance by a federation of Public Schools in Delhi, in 2002-03. With her sincere commitment to the development sector and an incisive understanding of adolescent concerns/issues, Anindita has demonstrated her multi-faceted competence in managing ETASHA’s CDCs, working in the community and facilitating classroom learning.
Mini Bhargava – Permanent Invitee
Mini joined ETASHA in 2006 and is ETAHSA’s Chief Placement Officer. She is also responsible for content development, and facilitation, particularly for our World of Work module.
Parul Mehra – Permanent Invitee
Parul Mehra has done commendable work in the development space as Programme Manager with Spandana – a reputed NGO dealing primarily with micro credit & finance. Her qualifications include an MA in Psychology and a PG Diploma in Population Ecology and her professional work ranges from Projects on Women and Violence in the Institute of Development Studies, Jaipur and a Research Associateship in the State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, State of Rajasthan. A real multi-skilled asset to ETASHA, Parul conducts English, Pronunciation, Selling skills and WOW classes and works tirelessly to ensure that her energy and enthusiasm make her and her classes unforgettable for the students.