Meet The Team

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Mohit

Founder

With a Post Graduate Diploma in NGO Management from Jamia Millia Islamia and a background in finance, Mohit turned his concern to create a more egalitarian and humane society into action by founding TYCIA together with his classmate and long-time friend Saanchi in 2011. He believes that aiming for a fair society requires a holistic approach. Starting with the right to education, the organization’s efforts expanded to prisoners’ rights, tribal rights and livelihood. After 8 years of having an operational role, he has now started focusing in bringing sustainability to the organization through strategy and fundraising. He likes reading about theories and considers himself a foodie.

Saanchi 

Co-Founder

After graduating in Education, Saanchi majored in Social Work and Finance. It was in university that she and her classmate Mohit founded TYCIA. She wanted to put her knowledge into practice and contribute her bit to build a more equal society. Having endorsed different roles in the organization, she acts today as a catalyst, is part of the overall strategy, recruitment and alliances. “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” by Albert Einstein is a life quotation which she adheres to.

Gauri

Program Co-lead

Prison Reformation

After graduating in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Gauri wrote her PhD in Rehabilitation of Prisoners with orientation from Delhi University. Looking for innovative projects in her field, she quickly joined TYCIA as a fellow in Tihar Prisons. Her tasks include creating and structuring a curriculum for incarcerated youth and training peer fellows within prison. She has a 6-year-old daughter, loves weekend family trips and enjoys dancing.

Tausif 

Program Co-lead

 Tribal Livelihoods

It is with an immense previous experience and expertise in groundwork that Tausif joined TYCIA and contributed with his knowledge and skills to make a difference for the Korku tribe in Satpura Forest, MP. Leading both an educational and livelihood program in this geography, he truly knows how to engage the community and how to create inclusive initiatives. With his enthusiastic nature he energizes people around him and likes singing catchy songs.

Tabish 

Program Co-lead

Youth Empowerment

Tabish graduated from Jamia Millia Islamia where he studied Human Resources Management. After a short experience in the corporate world he quickly understood that it was the development sector that moved him. He joined TYCIA as a fellow of the Transforming Tihar program and is now in charge of Youth Empowerment. He is currently engaged in providing learning opportunities to young national and international high school students through the 360+ leadership collective. In his free time, he likes playing and watching football and is a Chelsea FC supporter.

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Eleena 

Program Co-lead

  Prison Reformation

It is while she was graduating in Sociology from Ambedkar University in Delhi that Eleena’s interest came to prisons. Authors like Foucault and his incontestable analysis on punishment and discipline attracted her to this field. With great motivation, she became a fellow in Tihar Prison where she is focusing on education and contributing to create an educational kit for inmates. Whenever she gets an off moment, she loves doodling and listening to music.

Lindsay

Communications and Partnerships Co-lead

India Against Corona

Lindsay graduated from Columbia University in 2019 where she studied linguistics. Since graduating, Lindsay has worked in several countries on projects connected to international education and immigrants’ rights. She is passionate about intercultural understanding and the transformational power of education.

Monika 

Program Co-lead

Education

Monika Mam’ (as children and the team like to call her) is part of TYCIA since the very beginning. She is heading the PathShala project and is committed to offer children who do not have access to quality education, or in most cases, no access to education at all, an opportunity to go to school. She has proven to be a dedicated teacher and principal and is continuously looking at ways to improve our school with methods and strategies adapted to our beneficiaries. She is a proud mother of two.

Prakash

Community Initiatives Lead

Prakash has a great on-ground experience of working with youth

also a Youth Collective fellow. He has experience of working with

Delhi government departments where he was involved in work

related to Aganwadi, sanitization, night shelters, etc.

Pramila

Program Co-lead

Tribal Rights

Being a Korku woman herself, Pramila is deeply committed to improve her community’s life conditions. Education is her tool and she has through various forms contributed to make a difference. She not only created a dictionary from Korku to Hindi and Hindi to Korku but also takes the lead in field operation and human resources management for the Asha Kiran program. Encouraging and enabling Korku children to stay in school and work on their competences is her motive. In her free time, she loves watching old Hindi movies.

Rahul 

Technology Partner

MBA graduate in Marketing from University of Wales, UK and co-founder of the company InQuad, Rahul is our technology partner engaged in the assessment and evaluation of human intelligences, abilities and potential in individuals of all ages – young school children, college students and professionals with the firm belief that such an assessment would help them in realizing their true potential in life. Working with us from Punjab he is a diehard Chennai Super Kings Fan, fully engrossed in biking and riding. “Brilliance requires patience” is his motto in life.

Field Staff

We appreciate 60+ on ground field staff who are extremely dedicated and motivated and help us achieve our vision.