Dr. Trupti Jhaveri – the leader, architect, and guide of Samvedna’s vision and growth since 2009; is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and the Chairperson of Centre for Women Centred Social Work, School of Social Work at TISS – Mumbai. She also serves as the director of Resource Centre for Violence against Women, and as the Director of Special Cells for Women. In addition to serving as the Chairperson of Samvedna, she serves as the Chairperson of VIKALP, and Humsafar. An important voice in the fight against violence against women, Dr. Jhaveri’s illustrious career keeps to inspire many. Along with leading Samvedna from the front, Dr. Jhaveri also guides the team with the Livelihood initiatives.
Dr Suresh Mishra is a retired professor of History with over 30 years of teaching experience. He has written more than 20 books, translated 4 books, abridged 3 books, and published numerous research papers. A recipient of Swaraj Fellowship 2007-08, he was also awarded Senior Research Fellowship of ICHR for 2009-2011 to work on “Shahzada Firozshah – A forgotten Hero of 1857?. Dr Mishra is deeply interested in wildlife, folk culture, and the development sector. He serves as the secretary on Samvedna’s board, and mentors the research work conducted in the organization.
Ms Advaita Marathe is the Senior State Consultant for the state of Madhya Pradesh with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With more than 11 years of experience in the development sector, she has expertise in issues of gender justice, democratic governance, livelihoods, child protection, adolescent empowerment, etc. Ms Marathe serves as the treasurer on Samvedna’s board, and guides Samvedna with the issues related to law and finance.
Dr Veerendra Mishra, the founding member of Samvedna, is a renowned expert on human trafficking. With over 18 years of experience as a law enforcement officer, Dr Mishra completed his PhD on “Changing Image of Police: An Empirical Study”, in 2004. A recipient of the prestigious Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, he has also extensively studied the workings of local and international police bodies in addition to authoring a book titled Community Policing: Misnomer. He edited another book, Human Trafficking: The Stakeholders’ Perspective. Presently the Director of the National Service Scheme, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in the Government of India, he guides Samvedna with the youth-related programmes.
Mr Prashant Dubey is a professional social worker and works with Awaaz Samiti, a child rights organization. He was also awarded the prestigious Young India Leaders award for exposing the extent of Child Malnutrition in the state of Madhya Pradesh using the Right to Information Act. He also received the best RTI User Award in the Citizen category for the same. Mr Dubey is a member of Samvedna’s board, and mentors the advocacy initiatives of our organization.
Ms Divya Parmar pursued her Masters in Social Work from the Bhopal School of Social Sciences. She has worked with DEBATE and Sudhaar, and has been associated with Samvedna since. She has a keen interest in issues related to criminology and justice.
Sagar completed his Master’s in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2012, and joined Samvedna in 2013. He supervises the organisation’s Research, Livelihood, and Advocacy initiatives. An ardent fan of the Oxford comma, Sagar is also our in-house Tatkal specialist, responsible for all our last-minute travel bookings!
Ramani completed his Master’s in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2012. After working with Reliance Foundation for four years in various parts of the country, he joined Samvedna in 2016. His experience of working with communities and capacity building make him stand out. At Samvedna, he supervises our Education and Youth-related programs, and also has the responsibilities of activities related to law, society, and finance. Along with the superpower to pretty much singlehandedly run the show in Samvedna, he also has the superpower to binge watch multiple TV series on multiple platforms at the same time!
Mrinalini completed her Master’s in Social Work from Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya, Indore. After working in Mumbai for a year, she joined Samvedna in Bhopal in 2018. She adores children and is passionate towards ensuring a bright future for all the kids associated with Samvedna. Along with leading all the programmes in the Narsingarh cluster, she manages Samvedna’s Educational, Legal and Financial, and Women-centred programs. Mrinalini is our warrior, conquering Bhopal one street at a time on her scooty.
Harshita completed her Master’s in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2018 and joined Samvedna as its latest member in the same year. She leads all the programmes in Maksudangarh cluster, and also manages Samvedna’s Research, and programs related to women. She will hit you if you mess with her stationary but she earnestly believes that earning forgiveness is just a chocolate away.
Ajay completed his Bachelors from Jiwaji University, Gwalior. He has been a part of Samvedna for 6 years now. Prior to Samvedna, he worked with ActionAid on Project BHOR that addressed caste-based Commercial Sexual Exploitation of the Bedia and Bacchara communities in Madhya Pradesh. Ajay leads all the programmes in the Vidisha cluster along with managing Samvedna’s Advocacy, Livelihood, and Youth-related initiatives. A hard-core fieldworker, the fastest way to make Ajay disappear is by requesting him to sit in the office for more than 2 hours!