Joanna holds an MA in Social Work in Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has five years of field experience in various areas of social work like women's issues, health, community development and business development in Meghalaya, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Always inclined to philanthropy and a believer of social justice, Joanna constantly strives to build a better society through her work. "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." – Aesop
Satvika Khera has an M Sc in Digital and Broadcast Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. She has worked with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and the Sightline Media Group in Washington, D.C. Satvika's passion for filmmaking led to her work for the James Foley Legacy Foundation. Her documentary productions were chosen to be an integral part of 'The James W. Foley Guide on Journalists’ Safety'. She has previously volunteered as a videographer at anti-trafficking organisations across northern Thailand.
A thirst for making a difference and experiencing different environments led Fatema to volunteer at a young age. Working with education-oriented organisations in Mumbai and rural Karnataka and running a youth-led initiative focused on making education more accessible in rural Maharashtra, confirmed her belief that the development sector was indeed her calling. After graduating from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, with a BA in Sociology and Economics, joining Atma seemed like a natural progression in achieving her aim to make quality education more accessible. When not bogged down by to-do lists, she can be spotted by the window with a cup of tea or advocating feminism. Quote for change: “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion” ~ Rumi
Vanita completed her Bachelors in Psychology and Political Science from Jai Hind College in Mumbai and went on to doing her Teach for India Fellowship in Ahmedabad for two years. She also started Rangmanch Foundation in 2014 to build life skills through Performing Arts for children from low-income communities. She advocates the need for excellent education and strongly believes in Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship. She works with a mindset that passionate individuals with the right knowledge and skills can bring about change. Quote for Change: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!" - Dr. Suess
Abishek graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Management Studies and after a brief stint with AC Neilsen, he worked with Teach For India for 5 years across their Fellowship Recruitment and Alumni Impact verticals. After a short foray in the skill development space, Abishek's firm belief in the infinite power of a quality education and his deep desire to make a tangible impact in the education space brings him to Atma. Outside the office, Abishek’s two greatest passions are following the exploits of the Indian Cricket Team and watching documentaries across a variety of subjects. Quote for change: “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep." ~ Robert Frost
Darren Rebello is the latest addition to the Atma team. He is enthusiastic and loves to talk! Darren is also a student of Atma Partner Mann - Centre for Individuals with Special Needs.
Krisstina began working with Atma soon after completing her B.A. from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai in Psychology and Sociology. Having worked within the developmental sector before, through her work as a volunteer in a Teach For India classroom and then an associate with an education-based startup Videos For Knowledge, she feels quite at home here. She's taken up learning languages in her free time: French and Mandarin, while also trying to develop her skills in graphic design. She'd describe her work experiences as a set of random choices, nonetheless important learning experiences. One quote for change from the mighty set she holds close: "...Still, something in the coming dusk whispers not to fret. Don't matter that we'll lose today, it's not tomorrow yet." -from 'The Point' by Kate Tempest.
A people’s person, Roseann completed her Masters in Industrial Psychology and started working in the corporate sector. However, her previous stint as a volunteer with various organizations (which were undertaken quite by chance) had made quite an impact. This led her to return to the development sector and join Atma. Roseann loves the outdoors or lets just say anything and everything that has nature in it. Quote for change: “If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” –Thich Nhat Hanht
A BA graduate from SNDT Women’s University, she began her career as a Secretary and worked with various companies like Ion Exchange (I) Limited, Kodak India Limited and Eastman Chemical India Limited in customer service and administration portfolios. Doola took a break in her career to focus on family and has resumed working to explore new avenues and further her career. Quote for change: “Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” - Margaret Mead
Aparna began her career in the development sector with a research internship, an impact evaluation project and her own skills training initiative. She then learnt about social entrepreneurship during her Masters through a course, a thesis and a fellowship with a South African social enterprise. 2014-15, she worked at Ennovent, where she was involved in advisory projects for development agencies and also managed the Ennovent Expert Pool. In her free time, Aparna loves cooking food from various cuisines and sketching. Quote for Change: "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." - Master Oogway, Kung Fu Panda
With over three years of work experience in the grassroots as well as the startup ecosystem, Taniya works as a Business Development Manager at Atma. She has previously worked with Bold Kiln as a Business Development Executive and was a fellow in the Gandhi Fellowship Program where she worked in rural Rajasthan to train government school headmasters on implementing education leadership solutions at their schools as part of the Principal Leadership Development Program (PLDP). When not at the office, you can find her snuggled comfortably in a corner of her house with a pot of tea (always green), lost in a book of poetry or making multiple to-do lists on how to organize her day. Her quote for change? A poem if you will - " Whether you love what you love what you love or live in divided ceaseless revolt against it, what you love is your fate." - Frank Bidart
Sunil loves Samosa Pav, Cricket and Fitness. He has been an integral part of the Atma team since 2014. Sunil is always ready with a hot tea or glass of water for weary visitors to Atma. He is also the guy who looks forward to meeting you at the Mumbai airport or while delivering a parcel. Quote for change: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi
Before joining Atma, Pankaj worked for a copyright lawyer in Mumbai as an Accountant. In school, he discovered that was exceptionally good at Math. Considering this, making a career choice for him was as easy as 2+2. Pankaj is a B.Com graduate from Mumbai University. In his free time, he loves listening to Indian classical music, romantic songs, and enjoys indoor games. Quote for Change: “Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you-” Confucius
Mary Ellen Matsui is the Executive Director of Atma. She has grown Atma’s portfolio substantially in Mumbai bringing a concerted focus on special education and life skills education. She has consulted over 30 education organisations and has been a panelist and advisor for organisations such as UnLtd India, Edupreneur Quest and UNICEF. Mary Ellen is also a member of the inaugural Dasra Social Impact Leadership Programme. Originally from Canada, Mary Ellen has been working in educational development in India for the past 8 years. Quote for Change: “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lilla Watson, Aboriginal elder, Australia.
An engineer from BMS College of Engineering, Jigyasa began her career with Accenture in 2009 and moved on to work as a Senior Development Consultant with CSGI. She always had an inclination towards education, so she took to teaching underprivileged children in her free time. This inspired her to pursue a career in education. Jigyasa also had a short stint at Avanti Learning Centre. She enjoys travelling, hiking and playing sports. Quote for Change: "It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then" ― Lewis Carroll
Elena loves reading, hiking and teaching. A member of the inaugural Teach For India (TFI) batch, Elena went on to teach and program manage with Sujaya Foundation while obtaining her MBA in Social entrepreneurship from NMIMS. Elena is a dedicated professional and brings focus to all the partner NGOs she works with. She's a rising star of table tennis, by the way. Quote for change: “The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.” - C.S. Lewis
Carmeline has worked at anti-human trafficking organisations for over 10 years. She has managed offices, supervised teams, assisted in field assignments, headed administrations and led HR and community relations portfolios. In her spare time she leads her church youth group. Her extensive experience and calm persona is a perfect addition to Atma! Quote for change: "Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself." ~ John Dewey
Apurva is an Engineer by qualification who started with IT giants TCS. The social worker in her made her apply for Teach for India - after which there was no looking back. Apurva's goal is to make education accessible to all. Travelling, learning new languages, new cultures and beaches excite her. Quote for change: “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” - Mae West
Anna loves everything pink, India and event planning. Armed with NGO sector experience across Asia and a degree in Development Studies and Global Politics from Ateneo de Manila University, her sunny deposition is her greatest asset. She is responsible for coordinating all Atma events! Quote for Change: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson
Dr. Sood is a Mumbai native. He studied Economics at Elphinstone College, Mumbai. Later, he earned his BA in Film at Stanford University, a MS in TV-Radio at Syracuse University, and a PhD in Communication Research from Stanford University. After returning to Mumbai from the US in the mid-90s, he focused his career on pro-social TV serials.
Anant Bhagwati is a partner at Bain and Company in Mumbai. He joined Atma as an advisor and mentor aiding Atma in fundraising strategy before officially joining the board in 2014. Anant is an expert in sales strategy and operational improvement. Anant previously worked with Accenture and Hindustan Unilever. He has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and BE in Computer Engineering from the University of Delhi.
Mr. Murugkar is Founder & Director at Evolve – an organization that provides training and consultancy services to improve personal and managerial effectiveness. A motivational trainer, Amit received his post-graduate degree in Sales and Marketing from Tack Training International, UK. He has previously worked with Pfizer, Baxter and Johnson & Johnson in various leadership roles. Amit’s association with Atma began in 2007 as a volunteer. Over the years his commitment to Atma and the cause of quality education deepened with him donning various hats as a volunteer, advisor and now a board member.
Harinakshi has been an Atma supporter since its inception in 2007. As a part of the well-known Somaiya family, she has been actively involved in philanthropy and advocating the cause of education.
Ajay Rastogi works independently in the banking sector, having previously served as Managing Director and Business Head at Deutsche Bank, after working with the organisation for nearly 21 years. An MBA graduate in Finance from the University of Delhi, he has actively involved himself through volunteering for the cause of education, among others. Ajay is active volunteer and Advisor with the Art of Living Foundation, India and joined Atma as an Advisor in 2015.
Mr. Kripalani has been an Atma supporter right from its inception. After obtaining an engineering degree from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) he pursued Masters in Operations Research from University of California at Berkeley. After a long stint with IBM in San Francisco, he returned to India in the early 90s to start a series of SAP (software) Training Centres. He joined Atma as an advisor since he identified with the organization’s approach to addressing the lack of quality education. Mr. Kripalani has been actively involved with Atma and its growth, remaining part of its Board till 2016.