Ms. Sashwati Banerjee founded Sesame Workshop India Trust to amplify the impact of Galli Galli Sim Sim. Under her leadership, the organization implements innovative educational outreach programs to engage children as agents of change. Prior to being involved in social development communications, Sashwati worked across various organizations in the private sector handling communications, public relations, and marketing. She also serves on the boards of various other non-profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Diploma in Advertising and Communications. When she is not working, she enjoys travelling, reading, theatre, and music.
Mr Hisham Mundol joined CIFF (Children’s Investment Fund Foundation) in 2012. He started his career in the private sector – working in sales, marketing and consulting with Unilever, WorldTel, Accenture and Infosys. He switched to the development sector and was with the Government of India’s National AIDS Control Programme where he headed up the national condoms program. He then set up the Wikimedia Foundation’s operations in India to drive free knowledge through projects like Wikipedia in South Asia. Hisham is an economics graduate and has a management degree.
Dr. Asha Singh has worked extensively with teachers of young children using the dramatic medium to propagate the use of theatre as a classroom resource. She makes maximum use of the arts in her teaching and pedagogy with anganwadi workers, field functionaries in NGOs like Mobile Crèches, Deepalaya and other grassroots organizations. She has been a regular panelist for NCERT talks with teachers in different states on satellite television as a Member of the Focus Group on ECCE of National Curriculum Framework 2005. Ms. Singh also held the position of Director, Education & Research, Galli Galli Sim Sim (Television Program for Preschool Children). She holds an MSc Degree in Child Development from Delhi University.
Ms. Alka Singhal Pathak is helping NGOs move towards self-reliance and sustainability. She is also working with NGOs on issues of strengthening CSO Board governance in the wider development space. She has been a developmental professional in South and South East Asia for the past 40 years, in the broad areas of strategic planning and management, rights based programming focusing on vulnerable and marginalized women and children. Her last full-time assignment was with CARE – first in Bangladesh, where she led CARE US’s largest worldwide program. In 2010, she joined CARE India where she was majorly responsible for the Indian resource mobilization unit. She received her M.Sc in Child Development and Family Relationships from Delhi University.
Mr. Ajay Sud has over 30 years of professional experience in providing client focused holistic solutions encompassing tax, legal and advisory services primarily in the social sector. He is qualified as both senior legal counsel, as well as a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Sud has served as the Executive Director at KPMG Advisory Services Private Limited, India. He has also served as counsel in a number of organizations like United Nations Network for Implementing Global Fund Grants for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, CARE, Save the Children and many more. He holds a degree in LLB and B. Com (Hons) from Delhi University.
Dr. Renu Singh is the Country Director for Young Lives, India and provides leadership to a longitudinal study on childhood poverty lead by University of Oxford. The role offers exciting opportunities to influence policy and lives of children in India, through analysis of the longitudinal dataset.