The Collective Team

The initiative garners support from artists, activists, outdoor and experiential educators, corporate trainers, rock climbers, storytellers, puppeteers, youth workers, wildlife conservationists, researchers, special educators, classroom teachers and corporate organizations. A collective of passionate and a highly diverse network of 70 people who wanted to share their skills, invest their time and resources in working for low and middle income groups focusing on projects and platforms that work towards positive social change.

  • Shalini Menon

    Founder

    Shalini has been working in the area of experiential education for 7 years now, largely focusing her work with children, youth and communities in urban slums through leading NGO’s and independent projects. In her work she has used adventure, inclusive gaming, community work, arts and theater as mediums, often for youth at high risk. She has worked with leading outdoor learning organizations in wilderness settings and has hiked through several parts of Indian and Nepal Himalayas.


    In 2008, after an emotionally powerful and transformative experience of graduating with a Grade A from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling, she left her career as a PR professional. In her corporate stint, that lasted 8 years with top PR firms in New Delhi and Bangalore, she learnt her basics of building powerful PR campaigns, media relations, brand positioning and has worked with clients in healthcare, technology and education industry, oscillating between summits, conferences, media partnerships and corporate CSR campaigns.


    Since 2011, she has been actively engaged with Jagriti Yatra – the world’s largest train adventure focused on enterprise led development, drawing inspirations for her own entrepreneurial journey and dream for middle India.

  • Rajeshwari Varambally

    Corporate Partnerships

    Rajeshwari started her career at Titan Industries Ltd in 2006 through campus placement from T. A Pai Management Institute, Manipal where she studied an MBA in Marketing. Her work was focused on brand management and retail marketing. She was involved in a series of product and store launch, gaining expertise in product portfolio management, advertising & promotion and business partner management. After 4 years of marketing, she chose to move to corporate social responsibility and realized the potential to connect the dots between CSR and social change. She has a deep interest in spirituality and enjoys adventure and dance.


    She has also received the Rashtrapathi Guide Award from the President of India (1997) and Rajyapuraskar Guide Award from Governor of Karnataka (1995) for excellent performance as part of National Scouts and Guides organization. She currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.

  • Pooja Rao

    People and Passion

    Pooja has covered a long journey from being an engineer to an educator over the last 5 years, working with leading names in the development sector including Dream a Dream, Teach for India and Azim Premji Foundation. She has been trained in facilitation by PYE Global (Partners for Youth Empowerment) and is currently pursuing a certification in creative arts and therapy from Studio for Movement in Arts and Therapy (SMaRT). Over the last few years, she has spent time working for children and youth from vulnerable backgrounds and has been with Educators Collective even before the idea took shape to support its monthly initiative – FUN(N) Saturdays.


    She has been trained in designing and facilitating large scale interactive process and has studied engineering at the MS Ramiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore followed by a Master of Science in Management Information Systems, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University, Texas, USA.

Advisory Board

  • Amith Prabhu

    Amith Prabhu has over 15 years of work with Public Relations companies in Gurgaon, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chicago, USA. He is the founder of PRAXIS (Public Relations and Corporate Communications India Summit) and ZERO HOUR Strategies – a not for profit experiment to get elected officials to embrace the power of social media.

  • Nadia Chaney

    Co-founder of Metaphor (meta4crew.com), a hip-hop based youth empowerment org, Nadia is also a PYE Global’s Senior International Trainer and has completed an M.A. in Imaginative Education. Since 2002 she has facilitated well over a thousand events and workshops on four continents using the arts for personal and social transformation.

  • Manshu Verma

    Manshu is an MBA in Finance from Goa Institute of Management and is currently based in Illinois, USA. Founder of OneMint (www.onemint.com) and is one of India’s leading personal finance bloggers. His articles have appeared in moneycontrol, Economic Times and other online social media platforms.

  • Dr. Krithi Karanth

    2013 INK Fellow and 2012 Nat Geo Explorer, Krithi is a conservation scientist with Wildlife Conservation Society, NY, USA and Executive Director of Center for Wildlife Studies, India. Awarded a Ramanujan fellowship, 2011-2016 and has studied at the University of Florida, Yale University, Duke University and was a postdoctoral fellow with Columbia University.

  • Agyatmitra

    Agyat is a ‘Play for Peace’ practitioner for last 14 years and has done trainings for Peace Building, Conflict Transformation and Peace Education as member of an International Network ASPBAE (www.aspbae.org). He is also a co-founder of PLAY(Peace Leadership And Young people) with his partner Swati Bhatt.

  • Vishakha Chanchani

    Vishakha is a renowned artist and educator who has written and illustrated children’s books for the National Book Trust, Children’s Book Trust and Tulika Publications. Founder of ‘The Crafts Studio’, she is driven about the art and crafts curriculum, with particular reference to Indian culture.