Volunteers




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!


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 a London-based Human Rights lawyer and the founder of Project Darya, an initiative documenting the intersection of femininity and Islam. She is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science and is equally passionate about legal advocacy and activism.









Nanditha Ravindar
A communication professional who loves going back to academia to hone her knowledge, Nanditha Ravindar is passionate about grassroots education, having volunteered with Teach for India in the past. She has been a content writer and editor for various organizations over the years and enjoys academic research writing as well. Most of her conversations somehow seem to circle back to venting about the state of education in the country and she hopes to make a difference to the same by getting into the teaching space soon. 


Mariam Shoaib 
Mariam Shoaib is from Lahore, Pakistan. She has been connecting people and ideas as soon as she could hold a pen ... err ... mouse. She feels physical pain when she reads stuff like: “YOLO”.  Her 'nose for news' had her in the trenches of a 24/7 international news channel based in Lahore. When she is not rehearsing her poetry for Open Mic nite, Mariam can be found researching human development theory or gender equality in South Asia.






Deborah Dauda
Deborah is a mother, dancer, social activist, creative visionary and strategist. She is the founder of LEPA (Leading Everyone to Participate in Africa), an initiative designed to build the leadership capacity of youth in Africa and the Diaspora. She's dedicated to using her skills to promote dialogue around civilian peacebuilding, gender-based violence, social justice, and global health. She enjoys reading, street-dancing and bringing people together via cooking/sharing food. Deborah is a graduate of UCLA’s program in International Development (BA), Public Health (MPH) and African studies (MA) and currently works with CFHI, an NGO based in San Francisco.  


  
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. 



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.



Sanchit Halder
A young environmentalist who has taken deep interest into taking the onus upon him to be the reformer of the reforms he wants to see around him. He believes that even a small act can create ripples way bigger than itself and because of that even a small act of kindness can create huge waves for the rest to build upon . A second year student of law, he is also pursuing his entrepreneurial dream by co founding his own firm. He currently works as a volunteer at REF with desire to be a permanent member as soon as possible.



Shravan Kumar
Shravan is an aspiring computer scientist who works on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity technologies. During his college days at Shiv Nadar University, he worked with a Delhi based NGO, teaching English to rural kids in the NCR region. He also has facilitated sexual violence prevention and awareness workshops while attending grad school at Boston University. Shravan loves to read about world history and politics, and has a particular fondness for poetry as well. Just like every other tech company, he too hopes to make this world a better place for everyone, one article at a time.



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.



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





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”!








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.

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/


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!



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.  Rachel is currently taking online courses and learning Spanish. She believes in learning a new thing every day and discovering new places.


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.




Malavika Mani
Malavika holds a Master’s of Sciences in Economics from University College London. A policy and research enthusiast, she currently works as a Research Associate for J-PAL South Asia at The Behavioral Economics Lab. When she is not gathering evidence and finding effective policies in developing economies, she likes to read a wide array of books, travel and learn different cultures, sort her collection of indie music into different playlists, watch indie films, and write.





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.