Anita Gurumurthy is a founding member and executive director of IT for Change, where she leads research collaborations and projects in relation to the network society, with a focus on governance, democracy and gender justice. Her work reflects a keen interest in southern frameworks and the political economy of internet governance and data and surveillance. Anita engages actively with policy makers, practitioners, social movements activists and the academic community to expand and deepen conversations on the digital, as it rewires social justice, gender relations and citizenship rights. She also directs and draws inspiration from the work of Prakriye, IT for Change’s field centre, that works with rural communities, promoting women’s and girls’ leadership and digital capabilities.
Anita is part of the Feminist Alliance for Rights, a global advocacy platform that emerged during the SDGs process and on the International Steering Committee of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender. She also serves as a member of the Science and Technology Constituency of the Asia Pacific Regional CSO Mechanism. She was invited to be part of the Karnataka State Committee to address violence against women, set up by the Department of Women and Child Welfare in 2017.
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Gurumurthy Kasinathan is founder and director of ITfC. He has 28 years of experience in the development and corporate sectors. Guru leads ITfC projects in the area of education, including in research, demonstration projects, systemic teacher education reform and policy advocacy. His areas of expertise include open educational resources, ICT integration in education and school leadership.
He is a visiting faculty at TISS Hyderabad for their MA Education program. He was earlier with Azim Premji Foundation, where he was deputed to work in the ‘Policy Planning Unit’in the Karnataka education department. Prior to that he was with Oracle Financial Services and A.F.Ferguson Management Consultancy Services, where he designed, implemented and managed global software projects.
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Parminder Jeet Singh
Parminder leads IT for Change's work in the areas of governance reform and Internet Governance. He was closely involved with setting up the field centre of IT for Change, Prakriye – Centre for Community Informatics and Development, and led its work for many years. He has been working in close association with many civil society networks in India and worldwide in the areas like right to information, trade governance, ICTs for development and community informatics. In the area of governance reform and ICTs for development, he has worked on many committees of governments, and inter alia helped come up with the government of India's report on proactive disclosures under the right to information, and had led a study for the Knowledge Commission of the state of Karnataka for setting up rural knowledge centres. He has also contributed to e-governance thinking and strategies of organizations like UNDP, India, and ActionAid.
Parminder has been closely associated with global governance processes in the area of Information Society and Internet since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2005. In this regard, he has been been a Special Advisor to the Chair of The UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and an Advisor to UN Global Alliance on ICTs and Development. He has been a civil society member of the two Working Groups that have been set up the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development in the follow up of the WSIS – one of improvement to the IGF and another on operationalization 'enhanced cooperation'. Parminder was the first elected co-coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus, then the premier global civil society network in this area. He has been a founding member of the global Internet Rights and Principles group and is on its steering committee. Parminder has been a key figure in organizing a new coalitions of civil society organizations from across the world, called the Just Net Coalition, for promoting a just and equal Internet. Currently, he is active in developing the Internet Social Forum initiative.
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Sriranjani Ranganathan is Deputy Director of IT for Change. She has over 17 years of experience in the development and corporate sectors. She leads ITfC work in curriculum design and development, school development, teacher education and education research projects. Her areas of expertise include teacher education, environment education, Science and Mathematics education and open educational resources. She leads a project on ICT integration in school and classroom processes including in Mathematics and Science education, in a set of government high schools in Bengaluru. She led a similar project earlier in Yadgir, one of the most educationally backward districts of Karnataka.
She has designed and delivered courses for diploma, under graduate and post graduate programs in education offered by various institutions and universities. She is a member of committees of the central and state governments for designing ICT curriculum in education, including the development of the National ICT Curriculum by NCERT, the state ICT text book and hand book for Telangana state and the diploma in teacher education for Karnataka state. She was earlier with The Valley School, Krishnamurti Foundation and prior that with Bristol Myers Squibb (New Jersey) and the Industrial Development Bank of India. She has been associated with the tribal schools in the Kaigal Education and Environment Programme and is one of the founders of the Learning Network, a community of educationists in India.
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Amrita is engaged in policy research on Internet-related public policy issues and inclusive e-governance. She is currently handling a regional research study on evaluating the effectiveness of existing legal-institutional response mechanisms to technology-mediated Violence Against Women in South Asia, focusing on two country-contexts: India and Bangladesh.
Amrita has previously worked with a Member of Parliament as part of the Legislative Assistance to a Member of Parliament Fellowship offered by PRS Legislative Research. She holds a Masters in Law from NALSAR University, Hyderabad, with a specialisation in intellectual property rights.
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Anand works as a Programme Associate in the education team. He has been working with government high schools to assist teachers in innovating new pedagogies in the classroom. He has been exploring multi-lingual approaches to language learning, through ICT integration. He has facilitated varied language activities with teachers and students, including activating libraries, fostering creativity in teachers and students to create prose, poetry, digital stories, wall papers and magazines in these schools.
Prior to joining ITfC, he worked as a Kannada Teacher in JSS Composite PU college in Bengaluru for 8 years. He has been working with the Bengaluru Nagara Zilla Vichara Vedike (Bengaluru District Thinkers Forum) for teaching Kannada to non-Kannadigas in the city. He has participated in discussions on Vachana Sahitya (Vachana literature) in various events in different districts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. He also writes on issues connected to ICT integration and language learning.
Anand has completed his Masters in Kannada from Kuvempu University, Diploma in Inscriptions studies from Hampi University, and has cleared his NET exam in Kannada. He also holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Mysore.
Office Manager cum Secretary
Ashwini is Office Manager cum Secretary at IT for Change. She was also elected as ladies representative during her study term. She was working as business development executive, since March 2010 at Synova Innovative Technology Bangalore.
She has done her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Mysore University.
Chaitra B. S.
Chaitra works as a Programme Associate in the education team at IT for Change. She has completed a Masters in Education from Azim Premji University and Bachelors of Education from Indira Gandhi National Open University. She was an educator for nine years in diverse social and academic settings.
She taught Science and Maths to the middle-schoolers in ‘The Valley School’, Bengaluru (Krishnamurti Foundation, India) and also worked as a special educator at Spastics Society of Karnataka, Bengaluru.
Deepti Bharthur is a Research Associate at IT for Change. She contributes to academic, action, and policy research in the areas of e-governance and digital citizenship, data economy, platforms and digital exclusions. She has also coordinated and co-developed design based digital interventions for gender training and leads fund-raising and grant development activities at the organization.
She received her PhD in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University in 2015, where her thesis work was on the policy architecture of rural connectivity in India.
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Senior Research Associate
Nandini's research is in the areas of digital rights and development, and women's rights in the information society. She has supported the organisation’s advocacy efforts around the 2030 development agenda on issues of ‘data for development’, and digital technologies and gender justice. She also provides strategic support to IT for Change’s field centre Prakriye in its training programmes for women’s rights groups on adopting digital tools in their field practice, and critical ‘education for empowerment’ for rural adolescent girls.
She has a Masters in Urban and Rural Community Development from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
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Prasanna Kumar Gowda B. K.
Office Administration Assistant
Prasanna is the Office Administration Assistant at IT for Change. He joined our team in May, 2008. He is in charge of all work related to office maintenance, providing administrative support to ITfC's directors and staff - mainly the admin and accounts officers. Before joining IT for Change, he worked at Prakash Motors and Primus Kabsons.
Prasanna's strengths are patience, pro-activeness and availability. He is a social media fan and an excellent cricket, volleyball and chess player.
Project Associate - IT
At IT for Change, Rakesh is responsible for technology training and system administration. He has designed and conducted workshops for NGOs, educational institutions and government officials on Free and Open Source Software platforms and tools. He also supports workshops conducted for teachers and teacher educators on integrating ICT in education. His work has taken him to all parts of Karnataka and also to other states in India. He is an expert in configuring custom distributions of the Ubuntu GNU/Linux operating system and he has provided these to teachers in all these locations.
He has completed his diploma in Electrical and Electronics from the SJM Polytechnic, Challakere and the CCNA course from Jetking in Davangere. His areas of interest include Free and Open Source Software and networking.
Senior Accounts Officer
Sandeep is responsible for Financial Accounting and Management Accounting at IT for Change. He runs a fairly sophisticated accounting system, catering to the diverse needs of multiple funders and statutory agencies, covering the activities of the various divisions of IT for Change. His responsibilities also include banking, finance and audit.
He has completed his B.Com in Bengaluru University and is pursuing his Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Prior to joining IT for Change, Sandeep has worked with two accountancy and audit firms, where he acquired deep experience connected to accounting, taxation and audit.
Swati is a Communications Associate, leading IT for Change's communication strategy. She works closely with all the programs, ensuring a robust and integrated digital and social communications framework for the organisation. Her research interests include digital rights, politics of data, digital sociology, and the politics of transparency and secrecy in open governance.
Swati brings with her 8 years of experience in communications and advocacy, having previously supervised the digital media and advocacy space for international organisations like Greenpeace. She has also been a mentee to aspiring women leaders as part of the World Pulses Voices of the Future programme and has also worked on a UNDP Innovation Project, which used integrated methods and visual analytics to learn from the experience of climate change adaptation.
Her interest and experience in digital media and advocacy drove her to to acquire a second MA in Digital Media and Culture from the University of Warwick. This has only sharpened her interest to research the complex and subsuming intersections between technology and society. While she thrives on digital, Swati has also worked in print media as a sub editor and reporter.
Sunil joined IT for Change on June 2013 as accounts intern and after completing his internship, he his working as Program Assistant since November 2016.
Sunil has completed his Bachelors in Commerce from Bengaluru University.
Tamilarasi maintains the cleanliness and positive vibe of our office premises. She has two children, Stephen who is in class four and Sudha-Mary who is in class five.
Valli makes fabulous lunches for the team and keeps our tummies happy. She has two children, Prithviraj who is in class three and Pramod, who is in class one.
Yogesh K S
At IT for Change, Yogesh is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of the cloud infrastructure. He is a keen Free and Open Source enthusiast and supports the expanding use of FOSS at IT for Change. He is an expert in various FOSS tools, including those that can be used for educational projects. He collaborates with online communities to improve the FOSS applications that are used in the organization and by other organizations that ITfC works with. This includes Drupal and MediaWiki, apart from the basic Office related applications. He is an avid contributor to the localisation of most commonly used FOSS applications including Firefox, VLC. to his language, Kannada. He also actively contributes open collaborative projects like OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia.
He has completed his Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering from the Government Engineering College in Hassan, which is affiliated to the Visveswaraiah Technological University, Belgaum.
Technology - Intern
Ajay has completed his Masters in Development from Azim Premji University. He also holds a Masters degree in Computer applications. He has worked with Infosys ltd. and Accenture. He is keenly interested in exploring the social and developmental linkages with digital technologies. He likes designing and developing software applications for mobile and the web.
He is keenly interested in how digital technology links with digital education and e-governance related issues. He is a cinephile and likes writing poetry and stories in Kannada. Karthik has completed his Masters in digital communication and signal processing engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University. He finished his Bachelor of Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, Bengaluru.
Dara Casey is a Research Intern at IT for Change. He contributes to academic and policy research in the areas of e-governance, surveillance, and digital exclusion.
He is currently completing his studies as part of the Global Studies Program, associated jointly with Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, FLASCO Argentina and Jawaharlal Nehru University. He received his B.A. in the subjects of Philosophy and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin.
Prakriye - Centre for Community Informatics and Development (CCID) Team
Coordinator - Programs
Anupama has completed her Postgraduation in Human Development from the University of Mysore, with 14+ years of experience in the areas of programme and project management - inclusive of operations, capacity building, resource management and relationship management. She has worked in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, in the areas of micro finance, watershed, water and sanitation, nutrition, livelihood, gender issues, empowerment, HIV AIDS etc.
Shreeja has a Masters in Women's studies from University of Mysore. She has been associated with Kelu Sakhi by writing scripts for the comperer, rendering voice, and editing. She also facilitates community meetings.
Harisha has a Diploma in Rural Development and has finished his BA from KSOU. He primarily takes care of the Namma Mahithi Kendras (community telecentres). He also contributes to community radio programme by rendering his voice and writing scripts.
Chaya A. P.
Accountant and Admin
Chaya has completed her bachelors in business administration and she works as admin assistant in Mysuru office.
Shabareesh has trained in hardware and networking from Jetking. He has completed his BA from the Karnataka State Open University(KSOU). His primary role involves providing technical support at the community-run telecentres. He also engages in giving technical trainings to intermediaries at our information centres. He is passionate about free software and gets involved in the capacity-building workshops. He also contributes to film-making – editing, camera work, etc.
Somashekar U. T.
Somashekar has completed his bachelor's degree in education. He supports Namma Mahiti Kendra and takes care of multimedia editing.
Tilak Rajkumar N.
Project Assistant and Driver
Tilak is the official driver. He is an expert videographer. He provides administrative assistance to the Prakriye team and takes care of logistics.