Anant Gangola comes with 30 years of extensive experience spread across school education, higher education and adult literacy. 15 years of this was in Azim Premji Foundation leading field institutions in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and he was also the head of the field practice segment of Azim Premji University. Prior to this, Anant worked with the Government of Madhya Pradesh and was the key coordinator for highly impactful DPEP, SSA, TLC projects. When he started his career, Anant spent close to 3 years living, teaching and learning in a Gond tribal community in Madhya Pradesh and the association is still alive to this day. Scores of young people in the social sector have been mentored by him and he continues to guide and encourage us at WeLive Foundation.
N S Parthasarthy
Partha is the Co-Founder of Mindtree Limited and served as its Vice Chairman and COO till July-2019. Partha was instrumental in designing scalable systems in Leadership Development, People processes and Technology incubation. He was passionate about creating a unique culture, which serves as a sustainable differentiator for business growth. He was at the core in designing and implementing a unique residential program for new college graduates called Mindtree Kalinga – where modern pedagogy was combined with new technologies to skill people for the future.
Partha is now a Managing Partner in Mela Ventures – a SEBI approved AIF Category II fund – which aims to create the next generation of entrepreneurs , by investing in early stage start-up in the tech space. ( www.melaventures.in )
Partha is a Director in White Swan Foundation for Mental Health – a not-for-profit organization that offers knowledge information in the area of Mental Health. White Swan Foundation provides persons with mental illness, caregivers and communities with well-researched information that helps them make informed decisions on how to deal with mental health issues. (www.whiteswanfoundation.org).
Partha holds a Masters (Honors) degree in Mathematics from BITS Pilani, and a Masters in Computer Science from IIT, Kharagpur. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Partha is a passionate long distance runner and has participated in many half-marathons all over the world.
Priya, is a part of Co-Impact, and was earlier the Lead for Gender Justice and Persons with Disabilities Clusters in Azim Premji Foundation. A Chartered Accountant, Priya is the founder of Durga, an organisation that builds gender justice in public spaces.
Ramya is the chief executive officer at welive foundation and has been a part of the team from the program inception stage. Her association with welive has been extremely meaningful with her working as head of programs for 2 years before assuming her current role.
She is a certified english language trainer whos associated with the azim premji university as part-time faculty for their english language support centre. With a postgraduate degree in management, ramya is a professional storyteller who takes great joy in her interactions with children and young people. Her capacity to put in the work to make dreams a reality combined with her fierce commitment to the cause makes her a valuable resource for welive.
Srikanth is a strong business professional and has been a strategic leader with 28 years of multicultural and diversified experience with hands-on experience in driving delivery excellence, workforce transformation and innovation.
Advisors & Staff
Domnic Solomon is the Centre Mentor and is the closest and constant mentor for the young people in our Bridge Program. With a postgraduate degree in social work, Domnic has got valuable experience in working with youngsters from difficult circumstances. Domnic’s intense commitment to the growth of the young people in the program ensures that they have him watching out for their best interests at all times. With his willingness to extend himself, Domnic is able to create the optimum environment for the young people to learn and grow.
Feba Peter is our Centre Mentor for the Young Women’s centre. She holds a Master’s degree in social work from Christ University and has worked closely with rural women entrepreneurs. At Welive, she adds value by mentoring young women who are part of the program.
Dhruvi Lankar, Shailey Maloo, Ananya Anil Devan, Kavvya Sankritik, Aditya Rajput, Shreya have worked with us as interns and added their youthful energy, enthusiasm and effort to our work.
Janani is a social development specialist and an entrepreneur. She enjoys leading teams that create solutions to solve deep rooted social problems. She has worked with reputed organizations like Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Deaf Child Worldwide and Leonard Cheshire International in leadership roles specializing in the thematic areas of children in distress and disability. Over the last twenty years she has developed an expertise that extends to working on rights-based participatory frameworks, engaging with high risk communities, rights holders and duty bearers. Janani has cofounded Immunize India which is the world’s largest immunization reminder service that is positively impacting the lives of over 2 million children. Janani is a part of various advisory groups to the Government of Karnataka on programmes for persons with disabilities and is the General Secretary on the Board of Sheila Kothavala School which is India’s most reputed school for deaf children. She is also on the board of Sanrakshan, a national level NGO that works for children in need of care and protection.
Nazia Tabasum has bagged various awards as a teacher and brings the experience of training and mentoring with her. Nazia has a unique way of creating safe and comfortable spaces for the young people in the program and for the well-wishers and volunteers who wish to join hands with us. She has worked closely with Naz Foundation in sports for development and life skill development for adolescent girls and will help the young people in WeLive in their well-being and work readiness journey.
Advisor to WeLive. Prachur Goel is a Director at Socratus Foundation for Collective Wisdom. Earlier he has worked at Sattva, an impact consulting firm where he advised major international philanthropies on program design and strategy. Right after college, Prachur joined the Teach for India fellowship where he taught primary grades in Bombay. After this fellowship, he worked with youth on technical and employability skills by teaching, creating national curriculum frameworks, and partnering with employers and governments. He has a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Bombay and a Masters' in Public Policy from Azim Premji University.
Saidul tekam is our assistant centre mentor with more than 5 years of teaching experience. Prior to joining us at welive, he has worked with several private ngos and has led numerous projects in rural development, health, education, youth, and child rights. Qualified with an m. A in development and bachelors in social work, saidul is a fitness enthusiast who brings in energy and spirit in his interactions with the young people. He is all set to assist the yps in their fitness endeavours and life experiences with passion and vigour.