Featured Alumni 2018

Aabhas Gaba
24, Male

Work Location: India (multiple locations)
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2015
Domain of Work: Sanitation

Email: aabhasgaba93[at]gmail.com


Aabhas is part of the Swachh Bharat Mission National Project Management Unit (KPMG Government Advisory team) of Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. His team’s phenomenal work in Indore aided the city in being ranked as Number 1 in Swachh Survekshan 2017.

Current Work

Swachh Bharat Mission is among the major schemes of the government and the dire need of the country today. India has bad statistics in terms of open defecation than most developing and underdeveloped countries. 40% of its population defecates in the open. Further, Solid Waste Management is becoming a humongous challenge for our cities. Poor state of waste collection, transportation and treatment makes it a ticking bomb for our urban population. Having an urge to be part of the solution, and an interest and commitment towards nation building, Aabhas decided to work towards the mission and contribute to it personally as well as professionally.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“Policy Bootcamp was the best thing that happened to me while I had to decide career path before my graduation. It became a launching pad where I met like-minded people, passionate about India’s development. VIF continues to be a place to discuss and share ideas and take them to level of implementation.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Aakash Singh
24, Male

Work Location: New Delhi
VIF Program: Governance Journalism
Domain of Work: Governance

Email: akashsinghdd[at]gmail.com


Aakash Singh is a member of Central Executive Body of Youth
United for Vision and Action (YUVA) with the aim to unite
non-political youth with a nationalist vision across 50 Delhi
colleges. He also runs a news portal ‘Campus Chronicle’. On
completing Masters in Media Governance, he joined LAMP
Fellowship.

Current Work

Being associated with campus activism, he observed that energy of non-political youth, a majority in campuses, goes unutilized largely due to disenchantment from the campus politics. Thus, he decided to channelize their energy towards nation-building through YUVA and Campus Chronicle. Being a student of Media Governance, he was able to observe the existing loopholes and after joining the LAMP fellowship was able to observe governance issues more intricately. He drafted and filed ‘Right to Public Service Bill’, ‘The Press Council (Amendment) Bill’, ‘The Menstruation Benefits Bill’ and the first two bills are attempts to reform media and democratize governance.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“VIF has helped me to see a practical implementation of digital governance which I was studying in theory in my Masters course. I was also able to see governance with a positive perspective through VIF”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Akshat Gandhi
24, Male

Work Location: Gandhinagar, Gujarat
VIF Program: Policy Bootcamp 2017
Domain of Work: Political Analysis

Email: akshatgandhi73[at]gmail.com

Akshat is managing the campaign for a major political party in the upcoming Gujarat assembly elections, with the aim to achieve maximum seats in an optimum manner. By micromanaging the election process from constituency to the booth level, he plans for party’s best performance.

Current Work

The 2012 Gujarat Elections, where he voted for the first time, were the turning point of his life. Thereafter, he began his journey of exploring the democratic process. By analyzing data, he tried to understand thoroughly the journey of pre and post elections from 2013 onwards. With an interest in the field of electoral analytics, he decided to be a part of big game of elections and not a mere spectator. He now works on the campaign strategy for each booth and provides the political party with detailed analysis of the seat, budget required for each booth, mode of campaign, social media guidance, media track, strategic implementation, feedback etc. He has even provided possible solutions for Patidar Andolan effect that has heavily influenced the area.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“My dream turned into reality after joining VIF as a delegate in PBC17. Shobhit Sir and his team guided me throughout. VIF continues to be a strong pillar of guidance in both my professional and personal lives to achieve success and contribute towards nation-building.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Ankit Tulsiyan
30, Male

Work Location: New Delhi
VIF Program: Good Governance Yatra 2016
Domain of Work: Sanitation

Email: tulsyanankit[at]gmail.com

Ankit is working in Quality Council of India as National Project Manager for Swachh Bharat Mission. On graduating from NIT Nagpur and TERI University, he worked for ranking of 500 AMRUT cities on Swachhta Parameters, for SwachhSurvekshan 2017.

Current Work

Sanitation is a basic human need and cities, towns and village level authorities are responsible for effective on-ground implementation. Monitoring the performance helps all authorities realize their gap areas and initiate targeted action. It shall also help in knowing the best practices across the Nation and promote a culture of cross-learning. As part of the Open Defecation Free project, he has been responsible for conducting inspection of 1308 cities/towns across India. Another 2800-3000 cities/towns are working for improving their sanitation infrastructure coverage and standards. Million of lives esp. in low income communities/slum areas shall get the basic dignity of an access to a toilet if 4041+ cities/towns become ODF in the next two years. The journey has already started.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“I attended VIF’s GGY Winter 2016. Seeing the governance mechanism, initiatives, dedication of authorities reaffirmed my thoughts that Govt. is the largest social enterprise in the world. I am thankful to VIF for making such a beautiful programme. Seeing is believing.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Arshad Shaik
27, Male

Work Location: Old City, Hyderabad
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2015
Domain of Work: Education

Email: arshadshaik94[at]gmail.com

Arshad is working towards reforming Islam and Madrassas (educational institution) in the old city area of Hyderabad. After completing his engineering, Arshad has been working in the social sector at Youth For Seva and Vandemataram Foundation since last 6 years. He started Kalam Foundation and is running a magazine.

Current Work

Old City Hyderabad is a very sensitive place for communal issues. From Nizam’s time, Hyderabad is more connected to Arabs. Even now Arab sheikhs marry minor girls and contract-based marriages are common. One year back, his NGO became the first NGO to start planned programs of modern education in Madrasas. This paved way for easy entry into Madrasas by other NGOs. Gradually, people are opening up about their problems and have started raising questions against their odds. Eventually, they aim to even start solving the issues but currently, their success lies in encouraging people to open up.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“Shobhit Mathur, VIF’s Executive Director has helped me by sharing contacts and facilitated learning on diverse issues and understanding problems. I’m active on VIF’s WhatsApp groups wherein the discussions are engaging and thought-provoking”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Chandra Sabbavarpu
38, Male

Work Location: Warangal, Telangana
VIF Program: World Governance Expedition 2017
Domain of Work: Skill Development

Email: chandra.sabbavarpu[at]gmail.com

Chandra is working for youth empowerment through Chandra Sekhar Foundation(CSF) at Warangal, Telangana. Graduated in Computers from Kakatiya University, Chandra worked in various organizations including Paypal in US. Through CSF, he is training local youth to find IT jobs.

Current Work

Giving a fish to a man feeds him for a day, teaching him to fish will feed him for lifetime. He started CSF which teaches spoken English, corporate training & software training for hiring entry-level graduates. They focus more on aptitude skills such as training on mathematical skills, reasoning, puzzles etc.; verbal ability (English); and soft skills such as attitude, positive thinking, resume preparation, presentation skills, communication skills, group discussion skills, job interview skills. The course is for a tenure of 3 months, after which the students are provided internship opportunities in Valsatech Corp, a US-based company.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“I feel the idea of Vision India Foundation itself is inspiring as this gives young, fresh minds a channel to aspire and make positive changes in the country, in a creative way. CSF looks up to VIF for making a more creative change in society.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Hansika Singhal
26, Female

Work Location: Delhi
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2016
Domain of Work: Education

Email:hansikasinghal91[at]gmail.com

Hansika has been working as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi while simultaneously pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology from IIT Roorkee. She has completed her graduation and post graduation in Psychology from University of Delhi.

Current Work

She feels that in order to change the system one has to be a part of the system. Hence, she chose to serve the society by catering to skill development of youth. She imbibes in her students a sense of ownership towards their nation by including in her lectures examples of social activists who are positively impacting the society through their work. Additionally, she encourages students to think out-of-the-box and helps them with career decisions. Her students show a renewed interest towards working for the society through organisational Psychology discipline that she teaches. Her Ph.D. deals with inculcating positivity in Indian employees.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“This platform paves way for meeting and networking with people from varied fields. It’s one of the best ways to understand about policy making and linking it to your field, thereafter coming up with creative ways to deal with the societal issues at hand.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Ishaan Sethi
23, Male

Work Location: Various districts of J&K
VIF Program: Good Governance Yatra 2016
Domain of Work: Rural Development

Email: ishaan.sethi2015[at]teachforindia.org

Ishaan works as a consultant with the Directorate of Rural Development, Govt. of J&K, and is scaling-up efforts under Swachh Bharat Mission-Grameen to make J&K free from open-defecation by October 2019. Previously, Ishaan was a Teach for India fellow in a low-income minority school in Old city, Hyderabad.

Current Work

If one claims that Kashmir is a wholehearted part of the Indian union, then one also must not be ignorant or indifferent about the atrocities faced and restrictions imposed upon our fellow citizens in the Valley. The people in the rest of the country have been kept at a distance from the crisis that has erupted in Kashmir since the 1990s and the suffering the average Kashmiri has gone as a result, through deaf ears. He is attempting to uplift the backward communities in the villages of Kashmir, along with baby-steps to integrate this region, with the rest of India.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“Being part of VIF’s Good Governance Yatra gave me the ability to look at various social problems from a public policy lens. I saw proverbs in action and those continue to give me inspiration whenever I am confronted by an enigma.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Kundan Singh
30, Male

Work Location: New Delhi
VIF Program: Good Governance Yatra 2016
Domain of Work: Agri-business

Email: kun.singh87[at]gmail.com

Kundan is working with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of United Nations in Delhi. His work involves designing, implementing and assessing projects in the country that are managed by various agencies of the government and financed by International Financing Institutions such as the World Bank.

Current Work

I am primarily working on agribusiness and rural livelihood projects. Many times we are left wondering that if year on year the government is spending so much money on poverty alleviation then why don’t we see any difference in the conditions of farmers. He focuses on management and financial aspects of agri-business projects and rural enterprises that have a sharp focus on engaging with small and marginal farmers and connecting them with bigger and profitable markets across the country.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“VIF has helped me learn the importance of governance. GGY helped me understand that individuals i.e “us” are a critical link for the government to succeed and it is “us” who determine the quality of governance that is delivered to us.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Ninad Sonawane
29, Male

Work Location: Pune
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2016
Domain of Work: Environment

Email: sonawaneninad[at]gmail.com

Ninad is an engineer turned entrepreneur with an engineering background and IT industry work experience. He currently works for his family firm and is focussing on streamlining its existing business model.

Current Work

Declining forest cover, environmental degradation and agrarian issues are the main focus areas.These mainly affect sustainable growth and could have disastrous results in the long run for all of us. He has been involved in native and medicinal tree promotion, propagation and plantation. This is being done through different drives/events which are very useful in dissipation of information and inspiring people to take action. Besides, he has been studying cultivation methods, market demand and economic models for non-conventional/medicinal crops and will start pilot field trials very soon. This should provide alternative cropping cycles/patterns which are more commercially viable than the current cash crops which are causing more harm than benefit.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“VIF has introduced me to a huge growing network of enthusiastic people determined to make change happen in a proper manner.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Pooja Mehra
25, Female

Work Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan
VIF Program: World Governance Expedition 2017
Domain of Work: Governance

Email: p14poojam[at]iima.ac.in

Pooja is Assistant Director, Industry, Govt. of Rajasthan. Prior to this, she was an Independent MSME Consultant. While at IIM Ahmedabad she co-founded Shehzadi, a modest clothing start-up.

Current Work

With her start-up, she aimed to provide fashionable yet modest clothing options to Muslim women who otherwise find it difficult to speak powerfully about their faith via dressing. They came up with corporate and power dressing. In Rajasthan government, they are trying to create a support system for MSMEs and start-ups to provide hand-holding and assistance to new and aspiring industrialists. MSMEs, with maximum employment, are growth driver of Indian economy. Rajasthan being rich in mineral resource base yet lacks in thriving industry ecosystem. There is urgent need of intervention and she is doing it in the Ministry. They have developed MSME Investment Facilitation Centre, which has prospective industry opportunities with sectoral industry profile, information repository with all the schemes and incentives of Government.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“My relationship with VIF was path defining. VIF provided me opportunities to genuinely contribute towards nation building and be a change agent. I feel proud to be part of such an impact-driven organisation.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Pranam Bansal
25, Male

Work Location: New Delhi
VIF Program: Volunteer, Campus Ambassador
Domain of Work: Consulting, Organizational Development

Email: pranambansal[at]gmail.com

A Production and Industrial Engineer from IIT Delhi and a former Young India Fellow, he has since been working in the field of experiential learning and growth. He is currently the co-founder of iDiscover.me, a research lab and HR consulting firm.

Current Work

35% of our total waking hours in a lifetime is spent at the workplace. Still, jobs are the greatest source of discontentment for
most people. Pranam believes that fulfilment at the workplace is not possible unless it is geared to the inner growth of an individual. At iDiscover.me, he is helping design new scientific methods to assess and develop the human potential. The tools designed at the lab have gradually started to build a new vocabulary for spiritual growth in organizations. Pranam aims to design large scale interventions that impacts the organizational culture and helps build more nurturing workplaces in our country

Role of Vision India Foundation

“VIF has always been a source of inspiration and guiding light for me. Knowing that a dedicated community of individuals is working with the same vision, gives me hope and acts as a constant pool of motivation.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Prasad Thakur
29, Male

Work Location: Pune, Maharashtra
VIF Program: World Governance Expedition 2017
Domain of Work: Infrastructure Finance

Email: p14prasadt[at]iima.ac.in

Prasad works with Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) ‘War Room’ in the domains of public-finance, international relations and renewable energy. He is a graduate from IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Bombay. He led PMC’s efforts in launching the largest municipal bonds program in India in June 2017.

Current Work

In the context of the rapid and unplanned urbanization seen in India, there is a need to make cities better places to live, work and visit. Our cities must lead the country in achieving faster, inclusive and sustainable development.This entails the creation of large scale financial resources for Urban Local Bodies to fund infrastructure projects related to mobility of people and goods, solid waste management, drinking water, sanitation, education and renewable energy. Prasad is currently developing various models and instruments to create these financial resources in partnership with various national and international organizations.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“WGE 2017 organised by VIF helped me establish connections with relevant stakeholders in the UK for setting up institutional partnerships to exchange knowledge and best practices in urban governance. I look forward to working with VIF on more projects that contribute positively towards our country’s development.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Radhika Singhal
23, Female

Work Location: Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh
VIF Program: Good Governance Yatra 2017
Domain of Work: Sanitation and Rural Development

Email: cds.radhika[at]gmail.com

Radhika is working for Swachh Bharat Mission (Rural) with Panchayati Raj Office, Uttar Pradesh. She has done Masters in Economics and has done research on organic farming, rural labour and drought conditions.

Current Work

India is at the peak of development and standard of living has been improving. But, people have not yet adopted safe sanitation practices. This leads to diseases, health costs, pollution, gender inequality and garbage sights are a pain to the eyes. To have a greater reach and scale, working with the government in an efficient manner is essential. Her method has been to work as a doer, supporter, communicator, investigator, facilitator, innovator and motivator to create the ambience to achieve the Open Defecation Free (ODF) target on time on a mission mode. Simultaneously, she’s working on sustainability and usage using CLTS (Community Led Total Sanitation) and SBCC (Social Behaviour Communication Change) approaches.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“VIF has been a ‘tool’ of constant upgradation and nourishment for my curious mind. I am working with civil servants and local government staff. Without GGY, I wouldn’t have had a positive mindset working ‘with’ and ‘for’ the system.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Sabareesh Ramachandran
23, Male

Work Location: Bhopal
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2016
Domain of Work: Research

Email: ramachandran.sabareesh[at]gmail.com

Sabareesh is working as a Research Associate, on an education project, at J-PAL South Asia, based out of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is an alumnus of London School of Economics and Indian Institute of Science.

Current Work

Policies in our country should be based on data and rigorous analysis. The governments spend a lot of money on various schemes and programs. It is hence necessary that every policy is rigorously evaluated and the public exchequer be spent efficiently. A prerequisite to this is the availability of quality data. The research project he is working on is evaluating some of the policies introduced by the Madhya Pradesh Government in the field of education.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“VIF gives me the hope that there are many in this country working with nation-building as the goal. I have been introduced to many wonderful people through VIF.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Saranya Dhingra
25, Female

Work Location: New Delhi
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2016
Domain of Work: Governance

Email: saranya.dhingra[at]gmail.com

Saranya Dhingra is a Research Consultant at Evidence for Policy Design (EPOD-India) at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development. Graduating from Delhi College of Engineering and Sri Sri University, she is also an active Volunteer with Art of Living.

Current Work

Through her brief experience of working at EPOD and travelling, she has learnt that a scheme/initiative /Govt directive partially implemented is worse than it not being there at all. So she is working with government schemes by evolving and promoting local, indigenous methods and practices to solve local issues and problems. I have attempted to tackle policy/governance gaps by the use of information technology and also, working on building better human relations by facilitating mind management (meditation) workshops within communities and organisations so that by coming together, they are now better equipped to deal with their own problems.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“It has given me confidence and opened up opportunities in terms of connections that I made at the PBC. The diversity of talented people in VIF, all committed to nation building, is a huge resource and inspiration at the same time.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Satish Kumar Pendyala
29, Male

Work Location: Telangana
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2015
Domain of Work: Youth empowerment and politics

Email: satishpendyala.advocate[at]gmail.com

Satish, an Advocate at Hyderabad High Court, is Founder and CEO of DeedsnDrafts and a Mentor for Civil Services aspirants. He started off as a volunteer with Abhilasha Foundation in 2008 and now is playing a key role in youth empowerment and politics.

Current Work

He is working on developing future thought leaders who are aware of different socio-political aspects by utilizing various means like Right to Information (RTI), Public Interest Litigation (PIL etc., Youth constitutes more than 50% of the population and they are the future backbone of the country. He believes that there is a need to train the youth towards nation building. He has played a key role in Foundation of Democratic Reforms, Youth for Better India, Youth Parliament and is also consulting Government of Andhra Pradesh. Recently he filed 3 PILs in public interest on double MRP of water bottles, Library cess and illegal parking fee collection. He is also the founder of DeedsnDrafts, an organization which provides consultation services to constituencies.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“VIF is a unique organisation that works with the sole motive of indulging youth in nation-building. It is a platform which gives an opportunity to interact with futures leaders of the country in all domains.  #BeAndMake “

(Last updated: December 2017)

Snigdha Bairagi
28, Female

Work Location: West Bengal
VIF Program: Good Governance Yatra 2016
Domain of Work: Rural Development

Email: snigdhabairagi555[at]gmail.com

Snigdha is working on holistic community development in Rural West Bengal with Bithari Disha NGO. On completing Gandhi Fellowship in Rural Rajasthan, Snigdha worked for a year with Goonj NGO with a special focus on women health & hygiene and child education.

Current Work

Her family lost three ladies due to cancer (Cervical & breast). She saw that awareness of women’s health and hygiene is very low and it is a secondary issue of the family. Especially in the eastern region, the rate of cervical and breast cancer is very high compared to other parts of India. Currently, she is am working with 30 women pressure groups, with 7 – 10 women in each group. The approach is a holistic development of the community where women are the most important pillars. They are trying to bring these women groups on one platform by generating alternative livelihood options and sensitizing them about their health, rights, gender issues, disaster management, etc.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“I participated in GGY 2016 (winter). It was a huge opportunity for me to learn about projects initiated by government and brought back my faith in the government.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Ujjwal Deepak
36, Male

Work Location: Raipur
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2016
Domain of Work: Governance

Email: ujjwal.deepak[at]gmail.com

Ujjwal is working as an Officer on Special Duty to Chhattisgarh CM. He has worked in multiple leadership roles with TATA and Reliance. With a strong desire and passion to serve his State, he has been a political strategist for last five years.

Current Work

During Chhattisgarh State separation movement, he and his friends fought for the statehood and were even imprisoned temporarily. Unlike the capital region, other regions were deprived of infrastructure, education and health facilities. On graduating, he worked on a pro-bono basis as a consultant to government’s key officials through his NGO, while being employed on full time with corporates in Mumbai. In 2012, impressed by his commitment towards Chhattisgarh, the Honorable CM offered him the role of a political strategist in his core think-tank team, and now he is serving as the OSD to the CM.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“I unlearned several perceptions during PBC 2016 and then during my regular interactions with the VIF team. Unparalleled sharing of knowledge especially from younger generation provided insights which have helped me in solving real problems in governance.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Varun Pendyala
23, Male

Work Location: Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2015
Domain of Work: Governance

Email: ursvarun.varun[at]gmail.com

Varun is working as a Research Associate in Chief Minister’s Young Professionals for Development Program, Govt. of MP. On graduating with B. Tech from Osmania University Varun worked as a Technology Analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. for about two years before taking up this role.

Current Work

Larger systemic changes can be achieved by engaging with the government in the policy-making process. With this thought in mind, he is working with the officials in the district administration to understand the various schemes, procedures/processes involved, grievance redressal mechanisms in place and the implementation challenges. Also, he is engaging with the people by conducting surveys, interviews and inspections. This approach has helped him in gaining valuable insights on issues in beneficiary identification, procedural hurdles, malpractices across the process chain that stall intended benefits. His on-ground experiences are helping him come up with informed perspectives & work towards solutions based on evidence and logic.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“The VIF experience has been exceptional in terms of introducing me to a vast network of amazing people and ideas. The PBC helped me gain significant insights into the policy issues of various domains.”

(Last updated: December 2017)

Vijay Mallangi
22, Male

Work Location: Hyderabad, Telangana
VIF Program: Policy BootCamp 2017
Domain of Work: Anti-corruption Activism & Civic Engagement

Email: vijaymallangi[at]gmail.com

Vijay Mallangi is working on strengthening grass root governance and fight against corruption by activism and civic engagement through 5th Pillar Hyderabad. A Civil Engineer from Osmania University, he established the Hyderabad chapter of 5th Pillar (International Anti-Corruption Organization) in 2015 while he was in the 2nd year of his college.

Current Work

Through 5th Pillar Hyderabad, he is creating a chain of young change agents (Via college chapters) who will work at ground-level to solve local civic Issues and tackle the inherent lethargy in local governance by creating an environment of active citizenship, pressure groups, petitioners, mass grievances etc. College students are trained to empower & enable the local communities to demand/fight for their basic civic facilities. They are fighting lower-level corruption at government offices by creating awareness on RTI and distributing their “ZERO RUPEE NOTE”. They have worked on the restoration of a 100-acre polluted Ibrahim lake, getting a footpath sanctioned, fixing roads/streetlights, garbage management etc., all by citizen participation.

Role of Vision India Foundation

“PBC17 was the least expected platform that fortunately turned out to become the most significant one, where I received help and mentorship to make a critical decision of continuing in the field of activism after my engineering.”

(Last updated: December 2017)