Volunteers





Aashima Panikar
Aashima is a second year law student from the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore. A Believer. A Realist. An Optimist. A Naturalist. A Dancer. An Actor. An Artist. A Philosopher. A Foodie. A Environmentalist. A Romanticist. A Pantheist. A Socialist. Liberal. A Student. A Teacher. An Activist. An Explorer. A Traveler. A Dreamer. A Friend. A Sister. A Daughter. A FEMINIST.



Rouble Sorkkar
Rouble is a student at the School of Law, Christ University. Being from Kolkata, she grew up on a steady diet of passionate expression and rebellious spiritedness. She loves to read because she loves to know what was, what is and what will be. Works by Clarence Darrow and Winston Churchill are current objects of her obsession with the written word. Rouble's batch-mates, if asked, will claim that she is a fierce feminist, but she'd like to think of herself as an ‘Equalist’, that for her an injustice anywhere means a threat to justice everywhere.

Sussanah Ngwuta
Sussanah graduated from California State University, Long Beach in 2010 with a B.A in Political Science and minor in Sociology. She was born in the U.S. and grew up in Nigeria, and relates to and is passionate about challenges facing women in developing countries. A full-time Transportation Security Officer at Los Angeles International Airport and a Grant Researcher for Wells Bring Hope, an NGO that provides clean water in Niger, West Africa, her dream job is to work for the UN or an NGO working towards helping women, children and developing countries. Sussanah loves reading, listening and dancing to African music, cooking and trying different and new recipes!


Vandita Morarka
Vandita is pursuing LLB from GLC, Mumbai and MA (Hons.) in Public Policy from MU with a BA in Political Science and Economics. She strongly identifies as a sex positive intersectional feminist who hopes to find solutions to gender issues through a mix of policy, law and people willing to fight hard enough to change the status quo. She is the Co Founder of Students for Social Reform Initiative, a youth club to lead social change and of PenPal Inc., a India-Pakistan Initiative to create better peacetime relations. She is currently the Policy and Legal Officer at Safecity. Vandita enjoys writing, travelling, reading and has a passion for adventure sports.



Abby Docherty
Abbey Docherty is an LL.M. student in the International Human Rights concentration at the University of Texas School of Law. She received her LL.B. (Hons) degree from the University of Glasgow in Scotland. Over the years she has interned with several human rights organisations and law firms, and she intends to practice in the area of international women’s rights with a focus on reproductive justice and gender equality. She is an avid traveller having visited over 25 countries, and has a personal mission to visit every continent at least once in her lifetime.



Sourya Banerjee
Apart from being an Associate Counsel with a leading Law firm in Hyderabad, Sourya is a self professed Edupreneur, who runs two websites, namely Arguendo (www.arguendo.co.in) and Off Campus School (www.offcampuslaw.wordpress.in), both dedicated to helping current and future students, and a YouTube series which teaches legal concepts with the help of simple animations, called LearnLaw. A passionate writer, Sourya is a guest contributor for numerous online media houses including, The Indian Economist and LiveLaw besides being associated with REF as a Legal Researcher.


Harini Raghupathy


Harini is a fourth year law student. Her academic interests include Public International Law, Human Rights, Humanitarian Law and Peace and Conflict studies with special interest in Refugee law. She loves the idea of travelling to new places and meeting new people. She loves photography. She is constantly in search of good food. In her free time you can find her sleeping or catching up with the new TV shows. She loves poetry but can never write a poem. 




Esha Meher
Esha Meher is currently a post graduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Having pursued an undergraduate degree in law from Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar, she nurtures dreams of a political career in her home country. Known as an ardent feminist with a penchant for making radical statements, amongst her peers, she describes herself as a typically ‘people’s person’. In the past, she has won moot courts and debates, served on editorial boards for journals, directed and edited documentaries and been a regular (and she adds ‘popular’) teaching assistant for law school lectures.





Deborah Dauda
Deborah Dauda is a mother, artist and social activist born and raised in Nigeria. She has a concurrent Masters in African Studies and Public Health UCLA. As an avid dancer, she is passionate about addressing adolescent reproductive health, economic and social mobility of girls, education, peace-building, and sexual violence, through creative mediums. Her current projects include the launching of LEPA (Leading Everyone to Participate in Africa)- an initiative that seeks to empower, inspire, mentor and build the leadership capacity of African and Diasporan Youth, as well as the development of a Menstrual Hygiene Management Curriculum (MHM) for adolescent girls in West Africa.  


  
Deepti Menon
Deepti Menon is from Chennai, India. Having always believed in the power of the pen, and armed with a post-graduation in English Literature and B.Ed. in English, Deepti has been both, a teacher and a writer. She started writing at the age of ten, and had the advantage of being an Army kid, and later an Army wife, and loved the idea of travelling around India, meeting new people and acquiring new skills. For Deepti, writing needs to sparkle with simplicity and originality, and she strives to find that one word that conveys her ideas most meaningfully to her readers.



Hafsa Fathima
Hafsa is a freelance writer, journalist and grad student pursuing her Master’s degree in English Literature. When she manages to shut up about Star Wars, Game of Thrones or the latest graphic novel series she’s reading, she would more than happy to converse with you about the following; feminism, indigenous rights, LGBTQ issues, religion, and the dilemma of being a third culture kid. You can catch her writing for the dailies about books, theatre, food, culture and lifestyle. Her greatest dreams are that the world learns to live in peace with mutual understanding and respect for all, and that her cat Ginger will finally learn to love her back. 


Harini Ravi
Harini Ravi is based out of Chennai, India, and is currently studying BA (Economics) at Stella Maris. She enjoys attending Model United Nations sessions, and her love for representing countries and seeking to solve world issues led her to pursue a “Development and Economics” course at the London School of Economics. Harini has worked with the UNICEF in their programme “Shout it Out”, a musical album produced to spread awareness to poor children.  She enjoys painting, singing, watching movies and dancing, and lends her voice behind the screen as a dubbing artiste in advertisements and movies in over five languages.




Karthik Shankar
Karthik Shankar is a journalism student from Chennai. He currently freelances for Times of India. In addition to contributing to The Red Elephant Foundation, Karthik has also been part of the daily newsletter production team for 2013 edition of the  Chennai Film Festival. He was also a live blogger for Lit for Life 2014, the literary festival by The Hindu. Karthik is an avid reader and counts Dostoevsky, Victor Hugo and Ursula Le Guin as his favourite novelists. 





Manmeet Kaur
Manmeet Kaur is a student of English Literature at Lady Shri Ram College for Women and the student coordinator of the Women's Development Cell at LSR. Passionate about multiculturalism, feminism, and peace oriented educational tools, Manmeet dreams of transforming the Indian education system by making it a gender neutral space of learning. She is currently exploring the nexus between mental health, feminism, and the expressive arts. She is always available for a chat about food, love, laughter, and feminism.

Raakhee Suryaprakash
Raakhee has a Master’s degree in International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Her passion remains writing and researching things that change the world for the better. Her work has been published in print and online media. Raakhee is runs a social enterprise SUNSHINE MILLENNIUM that aims to help India's off-grid rural areas achieve the Millennium Development Goals by setting up of solar-powered millennium development centres maintained by local stakeholders and funded by corporate social responsibility programmes and government schemes.



Radhika Maira Tabrez 
Radhika Maira Tabrez is a writer and an erstwhile Learning and Development professional. Her debut novel ‘In The Light Of Darkness’ has won the Muse India – Satish Verma Young Writer Award (2016). She has also won many other national writing contests and her stories have been published in anthologies like UnBound; Sankarak, Defiant Dreams, When They Spoke and Mock, Stock and Quarrel.  She lives in Dhaka with her five-year-old son and husband. She is an active member of the Kalam Library Project. She blogs at https://radhikamairatabrez.wordpress.com/



Siddharth Shiva
Siddharth is an Engineering student, watersport enthusiast, metalhead and pop culture lover. He lives to see the day where everyone learns to be provocative without being hurtful. He gets mad when they’re hurtful, and writes about it online. He wishes superheroes were real, and would solve humanity's problems, but thinks ordinary people could beat them to it if they tried. He dabbles with storytelling, songwriting, and activism when he isn’t trying to make engineering socially responsible. He believes in the power of rock music and scicomm in making the world a better place.


Vaishnavi Pallapothu 
Vaishnavi Pallapothu is an avid reader, writer and unabashed tv-show binge watcher. Having recently completed 12th grade, she would like to pursue biochemistry while also experimenting with teaching and social activism. Her true passion lies in traveling and learning new languages. She is a co-author on the blog In Your Face and writes articles about topics that question her worldview. She provided inputs on a book authored by Gayle Kimball (professor at university of Chicago) about Women in India.  



Yashasvini Rajeshwar
Yashasvini promises she is a prose writer-reader, occasionally stumbling onto poetry. Full-time, she holds children captive in a classroom extolling the importance of grammar at a rural school. She can be found pounding at a poor laptop, talking dreamily about the magic of words on a blank page. She swears by tea (chai, not green) over coffee, night over morning, (real) winters over summers, and lies happily at the apparent contradiction between traditional and rebel. For all things not work related, she writes here  and for tales from the classroom, she can be found here






Anando Ghosh
Anando is an undergraduate student of Liberal Arts at Nagpur. He recently graduated from the Caux Scholars Program Asia Plateau 2016-17 and has also been declared a Global Youth Ambassador by Theirworld for the A World At School Programme. Anando has previously interned with the Better India and is also a certified yoga trainer. He loves researching on Ancient India and one of the first things in his checklist is speaking French fluently.  In his spare time, Anando prefers painting and going for walks. He is inspired by stories on overcoming personal struggles and is a big foodie, too!


Molly Price
Molly is an undergraduate student at the University of Melbourne and has just finished her second year of a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Studies and German, as well as a Diploma of Spanish. Molly has a passion for international development and has a strong belief that the education of children, in particular girls, is one of the best ways to strengthen international development. Molly wishes to do all she can to further girls rights to education and sexual equality. In her spare time Molly enjoys traveling and seeing as much of what the world has to offer as she can.



Rachel Nduta
Rachel is a mother, a Project Manager, a volunteer, a car enthusiast and a Diploma graduate in Business Management. She co-partners in managing Combat Child Labour, a media-based organization in Kenya that fights for the rights of youth and children through documentary films and photography. Keen on education and economic empowerment, Rachel works on various projects that highlight the need to keep children in school and creating youth employment. She is an avid reader and enjoys writing comprehensive pieces. Rachel is currently taking online courses and learning Spanish. She believes in learning a new thing every day and discovering new places.



Sophie Dowle
Sophie is a second year undergraduate at Oxford University, studying Arabic and Islamic Studies. She's currently on her abroad, studying in Jordan. She works for various projects that ensure that students from all backgrounds can achieve their full potential. She is interested in women’s rights and education, especially in the Middle East region. When she isn’t studying she enjoys dancing, hiking, playing the flute and reading in her spare time. She also loves to travel but still thinks her home country of Wales is one of the most beautiful parts of the world. 


Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo   
Karol is a professional in International Affairs in Guadalajara, Mexico. She currently serves as International Consultant for NGOs in Mexico and overseas, specialized in development, international organizations and human rights. She has worked in numerous projects and programmes led by the UN, OAS and the IOM. She has written collaborations with UN agencies and funds such as UNWomen and UNV. Karol is Founding Member of The Typewriter International, and writes for publications such as ViceVersa (USA), Feministing (USA), Delta Women (Nigeria), A38 (India), Crónica Global (Mexico), Contextualizaciones Latinoamericanas (Mexico) and others.

Raghavendran Ramachandran
Raghu has a Master’s degree in Architecture from Clemson University, USA. He is extremely passionate about design and when he is not busy building townships, one can find him engaging in other creative and artistic pursuits ranging from sketching to photography and music. A traveler by nature and a musician by heart, Raghu enjoys listening to Sufi music and collecting different musical instruments from across the world. His hobbies also include collecting match-boxes from all his travels and exploring this visual arts tradition.



Ujwala Iyengar
Ujwala Iyengar is a first year law student at Gujarat National Law University, India. She believes that there is nothing that can’t be solved by love and compassion. She loves going on road trips and finds solace in singing, painting and writing. From the toughest and hardest situations, she has learned that respect is commanded and never demanded. She is a hardcore music junkie and believes in music therapy. Ujwala has travelled every corner of India and met and connected with people. Like her name she believes to carry her own personalized sunshine everywhere.

Laura Donati
Laura holds a degree in Modern Languages and a Master in Intercultural Communication. Laura's fields of interest: the role of communication in the prevention of stereotypes, gender equality, and the importance of diversity. Laura’s love for adventures pushed her to step out of her comfort zone, heading towards Romania and Morocco. In Romania, she spent a month backpacking and hitch-hiking across Transylvania where she also worked as a children’s entertainer, whereas in Morocco Laura lived in Casablanca volunteering in a school assisting in the teaching of English.



Luqman Rabe
Luqman is an urban planner at the Katsina Urban and Regional Planning Board. He has been in the field of human settlement for over three years. His interests include; travelling, reading, and computers. Luqman has a philanthropic mind and always lives on the idea that one has to give back to the community and that in turn brings fulfillment to life.


Prathyusha Sadhu
An enthusiastic engineer by profession with many a hobbies in fine arts, Prathyusha believes that volunteering is the best way to involve oneself in a community. She firmly believes that education and education alone can give courage to one to fight abuse. For her, any kind of volunteering gives us joy - Virtual or physical.








Alka Mann
Alka Mann is based out of Delhi, India and is currently pursuing her MBA at Iowa State University, USA. She has six years of experience working with the Government of India as an Assistant Audit Officer in the office of the Comptroller & Auditor General of India. When free, she likes to follow her passion for Indian Classical Dance. She seeks solace in spirituality through actively practicing meditation and reading philosophical books. The deepest sense of gratification that she gets is through supporting causes such as the National Organisation for Social Empowerment and Helpage India.



Akshay Karthik 
Akshay Karthik is a final year engineering student at SSN and he belongs to Chennai. He is interested in pursuing a career in business and he is a people’s person. He is a great cook and loves to try out different world cuisines. He joined REF few months ago after getting inspired with its work explained by Kirthi in a Youth conference called SYCON. He is fond of pets, especially dogs. He is bit a nerd but loves to enjoy his life. He believes that, “Be a fan of a person who love their work”!






Vasanthi S Pillai Vasanthi S Pillai is a masters student pursuing economics at the University of Warwick and aims to be a change maker, creating solutions through her area of study. She also deeply believes in the power of words and runs a poetry page called A Dreamer's Destination across various social media platforms. She thoroughly enjoys performing poetry and classical dance, and is extremely passionate about creating dialogues on feminism through art forms. 


Daisy Mworia
Daisy is a marketer by profession with an abiding passion for global development and a commitment to bettering the lives of the less fortunate in the society. She holds a degree in marketing from Kabarak University and due to her experience across a number of industries she is flexible to work and/or volunteer in and across various countries and continents.   Her personal and professional interests collide together to create a monthly routine where you will find her participating in events, volunteering or networking. She is a keen photographer and loves to see new places and experience the beauty, food and people of different regions.



Mehvish Ally
Mehvish Ally is a law student at the University of London with a background in Political Science and Philosophy, splitting her time between her native America and Bangladesh. She has worked with various social justice organizations for 8 years and in between her studies is a freelance writer and pro-bono consultant with international development organizations and NGO's. She enjoys traveling, most recently to Egypt, and attained conversational fluency in Spanish after studying it in school and traveling to Spain and Portugal. In addition to her native English she is fluent in Bengali and can read and write in Arabic.



Patrick Soliman
Patrick is a pharmacist/political activist from Cairo, Egypt. A social and political activist with an outstanding dedication in the field of gender studies and issues, Patrick has volunteered with a number of local civil society organizations in Cairo, as human rights’ defender in Egypt. His interest and experience extend in Egypt as well as in the Middle East. He has more than 4 years of working and volunteering experience in the field of gender studies and women rights’ in Egypt. He’s extremely passionate about exploring the field of gender studies and the possibilities that lies within it.








Abi Limpin
Abi is a peace educator from the sunny, beautiful islands of the Philippines. She is a Nippon Foundation Fellow who obtained her master’s degrees in Peace Education from the United Nations Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica and in Global Politics from the Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. She currently works as a Research and Development officer for a Christian Development Organization, Visions of Hope Foundation, Inc. She believes that the world can have peace if we (learn to) live in love (and not in fear) the way that God loves each one of us unconditionally. 

Juanita Penuela
Juanita Peñuela is a Colombian political scientist with a minor in Conflict Resolution and Peace Research. Growing up in a country with a protracted conflict has had a huge influence in her life. That was why she developed a passion for serving others through volunteering and education. Next semester, she is set start and specialization in political and economic journalism. With this, she hopes to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, serving her country during its transition towards peace.

Maria Rosa Lopez Silvera
Maria Rosa is a student of Industrial Engineering Management from the Catholic University Santa Maria La Antigua of Panama. She is a believer in God. She enjoys reading but mostly learn about new cultures and the importance of them in the world. She is a volunteer online where has been able to perform work for different organizations. Believes in the importance of education in youth and empower women to generate changes in societies. 




Nanditha Ravindar
Nanditha believes in the “if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem” saying. Passionate about development communication and teaching,she loves writing and is part of Tale Weavers (an educational, storytelling initiative for kids). Having worked in an MNC for a while, she realized the corporate field did not interest her and recently joined a start-up that acts as employment consultants for transpeople. Apart from reading and researching, she loves listening to instrumental music and critiquing movies. More often than not, she is called a ‘hopeless optimist’ as she believes that people are inherently good. 

Viswanathan Sridhar:
An architect by profession, Viswanathan is very passionate about green and climate responsive architecture and deep thoughts on the saturated urban settlement's survival and it's sustainability. He also regularly volunteers for various organisations and contributes his time and efforts in engaging with the community to support initiatives aimed at empowering  children from disadvantaged backgrounds. He loves travelling and exploring the diverse cultures and lifestyle within and outside India.

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