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Members of the Governing Council

Ms. Bela Sood
Bela has done Instruction Theory and Design from Connecticut, USA after M.Sc- Dietetics. She has worked as an Education Consultant for inception and starting up of Education Institutions. She has worked with WIPRO initiative for professional training of teachers in more than 25 schools in India, with The Teacher Foundation. She is presently heading Training and Development department at Shantilal Muttha Foundation (SMF), Pune. She has more than 20 years of experience as a Content designer, Teacher Educator, Life skills mentor in various contexts and spaces. Worked in India, in the rural and urban Education set ups. Also has work experience in Ireland and USA. Bela is a keen process worker who incorporates the principles of process work in personal and professional spaces. She is a kathak dancer, who likes to travel and enjoys relating to different cultures and people

Uday Mazgaonkar
Uday Ramesh Mazgaonkar is an Independent OD Consultant working out of Pune, India and Columbus, Indiana. He started his career in Advertising and Sales and later moved to Training and Development. He is an accredited MBTI practitioner who has designed and facilitated Corporate Activity based outbound learning spaces since 1999 for a multitude of clients from a wide cross of industries and countries. He has co-anchored Explorations in Role and Identity Labs for IIM Ahmedabad and Framing Identities & Roles through Exploration Lab for IIM Lucknow. Also a Mountaineer, Herpetologist, avid biker & a cross country driver.

Ms. Farah Khan
Farah is an educationist with a HR qualification, who has spent more than a decade contributing to innovative ways of teaching-learning processes and in developing a curriculum that fosters wholistic learning. She has expertise in designing and conducting workshops and has anchored workshops for schools and corporate organisations. She has held the role of the Head of CIE Centre (Cambridge International Examination) at Prakriya Green Wisdom School. Farah has been keenly involved in understanding and working with issues of adolescence and enabling young adults to search for a direction for themselves. Currently she is Director- Programmes at Bhoomi College and is in charge of the Teacher Training Course (in Holistic Education). She is the Executive Director of the Governing Council of Aastha

Ms. Mehroo Kotval
Mehroo Kotval is a corporate trainer who began her career in Sales and Sales Administration in Ceat Tyres Ltd. She subsequently moved into Training and HRD. She has been involved in corporate training for 25 years. She however, made a happy shift to work with NGOs. She completed her internship in process work and facilitation from Indian Society for Individual and Social Development and is an Institutional Member of Aastha Foundation. She lends this expertise to IMDR Pune and IIMs Ahmedabad and Lucknow. She is currently on the editorial board of a of a community magazine called Parsiana

Ms. Ishita Bose Sarkar
Ishita is an educationist with over two decades of experience. She has been involved with Prakriya Green Wisdom School since its inception, in visioning and co-creating an alternative educational space. She was the Headmistress of the school. Ishita is currently with Bhoomi College as one of the facilitators. Her creativity finds expressions through music and art. She is an institutional member of Aastha and a trained facilitator since 2005.

Ms. Reva Malik

Reva’s area of work and interest is in developing methodologies and processes that are inspired by natural systems. She has been involved in initiatives on rethinking and re-envisioning learning spaces; research and revival of natural/ indigenous processes of knowing and learning and looking at learning beyond educational institutions and curriculums. She draws her learnings from having worked in the education sector, in urban and rural spaces as well as her ongoing study and practice in process work. Co-founder of Primalise and Existential Knowledge Foundation, she works with social and business organisations in the area of culture building and eco-system design.

Ms. Padmavati Rao

Padmavati Rao is the Founder Trustee of Sarsayee Foundation for Theatre and Education. She is an accomplished actor, theatre person, writer and poetess. She has recently published a collection of her poems in Hindi and English. A storyteller and a puppeteer she enjoys working with children. Padmavati has translated Girish Karnad's plays to Hindi. At present her passion is to revive traditional knowledge systems through natural farming, arts and crafts. She is an institutional member of Aastha and a trained facilitator since 2006.

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