ITfC Team

Directors

Anita Gurumurthy

Executive Director

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 public policy imperatives of the intertwining of the digital in all spheres of life. She also directs and draws inspiration from the work of Prakriye, IT for Change’s field centre, that works towards promoting women’s and girls’ leadership and digital capabilities.

Read a brief curriculum vitae here  and a detailed version here.

Parminder Jeet Singh

Executive Director

Parminder is the executive director of IT for Change. His areas of work are ICTs for development, Internet governance, e-governance, and digital economy. He has been a special advisor to the UN's Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and UN Global Alliance for ICTD. He was a part of UN working groups on IGF improvements and on enhanced cooperation on International Internet policy issues. He was the first elected co-coordinator of the premier global Internet governance civil society group Internet Governance Caucus. He is a founding member of Just Net Coalition and Internet Rights and Principles Coalition. He was associated with the group that helped develop India’s draft e-commerce policy.

Read Curriculum Vitae here.

Gurumurthy Kasinathan

Director

Gurumurthy Kasinathan is founder and director of IT for Change. He has 28 years of experience in the development and corporate sectors. Guru leads 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.

Read Curriculum Vitae here.

Nandini C

Deputy Director

Nandini's work largely focuses on research and policy advocacy in the domains of digital rights and development, and the political economy of women’s rights in the information society She is part of 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. This includes 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 Master's in Urban and Rural Community Development from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Read Curriculum Vitae here.

Bengaluru Team

Amrita Vasudevan

Research Associate

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.

She 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.

Read her Curriculum Vitae here.

Anand Desai

Consultant

Anand works with the school and teacher education projects at IT for Change. He provides guidance on the development and maintenance of the cloud infrastructure, as well as program management activities.

Anand has worked for more than 25 years in the field of information technology. He has varied experience in solution architecture, program delivery and implementation of IT solutions to solve complex business problems for various customers across the globe. His areas of expertise include data warehousing, business intelligence, and analytics. He is an Engineer by qualification and an IT person by profession, but has always been passionate about improving the quality of education.

He loves reading, travelling, and listening to music.

Anand Devraj

Program Associate

Anand works with government high schools to assist teachers in innovating new pedagogies in the classroom. He explores multilingual approaches to language learning through ICT integration, and has facilitated various language activities with teachers and students.

He has a Master’s degree in Kannada from Kuvempu University as well as a Master’s in Economics from the University of Mysore. He has completed a Bachelor’s degre in Education from Bangalore University, and has a diploma in Inscriptions Studies from Hampi University.

Anand is interested in translation work. Articles translated by him (from English to Kannada) have been published in Learning Curve, a publication of Azim Premji University.

Anusha Hegde

Project Associate

Anusha has a Master's degree in Development from Azim Premji University. Previously, she has worked in the information technology sector for more than three years before moving to the social sector. Her academic interests include gender and rights of sexual minorities, community engagement, and urban sustainability.

Calvin and Hobbes, running and tennis are her lifetime interests.

Anushka Mittal

Research Assistant

Anushka researches data governance, digital economy and privacy and closely works with the Data Governance Network. She is interested in the intersection of law, economics and technology and increasingly, in the political economy of data and regulatory law. She wants to develop a better understanding of the convergence of private and public law, and the ways in which one can reinforce the other.

Anushka is a lawyer and a graduate of Gujarat National Law University (2018). She has previously worked at a law firm, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas.

In her free time, she likes to read non-fiction, listen to and play music, and occasionally tweet.

Aparna Kalley

Senior Project Associate

Aparna’s work focuses on positively affecting gender-based risks faced by adolescent girls from marginalized urban localities, helping them build a positive self-image, and steering them towards a safe and secure adulthood.

She has over 19 years of experience in the development sector and is passionate about working on gender dynamics, democratic team building and facilitating learning events.

She is an aficionado of various genres of movies and TV series from around the world. She is also an avid reader, and gets excited about integrating new technologies into creative training tools.

Bharath R

Project Associate – IT

Bharath is responsible for technology training and system administration. He supports workshops conducted for teachers and teacher educators on integrating ICTs in education.

Bharath has 14 years of experience in the technical field. His expertise lies in configuring custom distributions of Ubuntu GNU/Linux operating system. He has a diploma in Electronics & Telecommunication from the SPT Polytechnic, Tumakuru and the CCNA course from IIHT in Bengaluru. He also holds an AWS Solution’s Architect global certificate. His areas of interest include cloud infrastructure, free and open source software, and networking.

Outside work hours, you can find him near good restaurants or en route to hill stations.

Bhavna Jha

Research Associate

Bhavna works on the intersection of gender, law, and digital justice. Her current research focus is online gender-based hate speech.

Previously, Bhavna was part of the faculty of law at NUSRL, Ranchi where she taught Intellectual Property Law, IT, and gender and criminal law. She is pursuing her PhD from NUSRL on regulatory challenges to privacy in cyberspace. Prior to this, she spent two years as a Graduate Fellow at Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She is an alumna of the Brown International Advance Research Institute (2015) at Brown University. Bhavna has a B.A (Hons.) LL.B from NUJS, Kolkata (2013) and an LL.M in Public Laws from NLU, Delhi (2014).

When left to her own devices, Bhavna may be found writing poetry or learning to play an obscure musical instrument.

Deepti Bharthur

Senior Research Associate

Deepti contributes to academic, action, and policy research in the areas of data economy, platforms and digital exclusions, digital citizenship, and supports grant development. She also manages the alternative media platform Bot Populi, and currently leads an action research project in the city of Bengaluru which looks at community-led data systems for enhancing civic engagement.

Deepti has 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.

Read here Curriculum Vitae here.

Karthik K

Program Associate

Karthik is interested in the intersections of digital technology with gender, adolescence issues, and education. He works on projects that aim at building constructive futures for adolescent girls from various backgrounds. He is also interested in learning methodologies and the Kannada language.

He has a Master’s degree in Kannada from Kuvempu University, Karnataka, and an M.Tech in Electronics Engineering from VTU Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Bangalore. He has completed his Bachelor’s in Engineering from BMS College of Engineering, Bangalore.

He is a cinephile and interested in literature from around the world. When not at work, he can be found writing poetry in Kannada.

 

Khawla Zainab

Research Associate

Khawla currently works with women workers in agriculture, garment factories, and the beauty and wellness sector to develop alternative pro-labor digital platforms, which distribute gains more equally across the value chain. She is also interested in feminist frameworks on data privacy, surveillance and data ownership.

Before this, Khawla worked with survivors of violence in Mumbai to develop interventions which could be implemented in urban settlements of Dharavi. She has a Master's degree in Social Work from TISS, Mumbai and an undergraduate honours degree in Economics from SRCC, DU. She has also worked on state agriculture policy and skill development.

Her other research interests include questions of identity in Indian contemporary social movements.

 

Kishor KS

Project Tech Assistant

Kishor is part of tech support and also helps out with teachers' training in various schools and colleges as part of the organization’s education-related work.

He has a diploma in mechanical engineering from BGS Polytechnic and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the CMR Institute of Technology affiliated to VTU, Belgaum. Prior to joining IT for Change, he completed an internship in ‘515 Army Base Workshop’ in Bengaluru. He has also undertaken additional courses in networking, CCNA, Windows server from IIHT Institute. He is interested in watching and learning about emerging trends in the field of technology.

His non-work hours are dedicated to riding the bike and doing volunteer work.

 

Prasanna Kumar Gowda B. K.

Office Administration Assistant

Prasanna is the Office Administration Assistant at IT for Change. He is in charge of all work related to office maintenance, providing administrative support to directors and staff - mainly the admin and accounts officers.

Before joining IT for Change, he worked at Prakash Motors and Primus Kabsons.

Prasanna is a social media fan and an excellent cricket, volleyball and chess player.

R Vaishno Bharati

Project Associate

Vaishno’s work focuses on the programmatic aspects of the online magazine Bot Populi’s feminist track. She also contributes to the research and advocacy of national and international projects undertaken by the organisation.

Previously, her research has explored issues of branding in drag performances, construction of queer identities, livelihood, and gender performativity among drag queens, Aravanis and Jogappas, among others. She has an MA in Social Work from TISS, Mumbai, and an MA in Anthropology from University of Chicago and an MPhil in Sociology from Delhi School of Economics, DU.

Outside of work, she loves reading and writing fiction. Her other areas of interests include dance, music, languages, and mythology.

Rakesh B

Project Associate - IT

Rakesh is responsible for technology training and system administration. He designs and conducts 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.

Sadhana Sanjay

Research Assistant

Sadhana works on projects that lie at the intersection of gender, technology, and the future of work. She also assists with research on labour laws and international development.

Sadhana studied law at the School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, and completed her Master's degree in Public International Law from Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands. She has previously contributed to projects for the Indian Society of International Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross, and worked for Amnesty International's Centre for International Justice in the Hague.

Outside of work, she reads literature and non-fiction incessantly and widely in an attempt to find explanations for the inscrutable human condition.

Sneha Bhagwat

Communications Assistant

Sneha assists in content strategy, external communications and social media outreach for the organisation She also assists in the editorial and communication aspects of our digital magazine Bot Populi.

Sneha completed her Master’s degree in English literature from Presidency University, Kolkata and her Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Her research interests include caste, sexuality, feminist theory, and popular culture. Previously, she has worked in an editorial capacity at Zubaan.

In her free time, she enjoys watching films and TV shows, reading feminist and children's fiction, and feeding her neighbourhood cats and dogs.

Sohel Sarkar

Senior Communications Associate

Sohel holds charge of the online magazine Bot Populi. She also provides strategic guidance to, and plays an active role in, the organisation's external communications activities and internal knowledge processes.

Sohel holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London; a postgraduate degree in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Hons.) from Jadavpur University. Previously, she worked in the editorial desks of various news media outlets like CNBC-TV18, Financial Express, The Quint and BloombergQuint.

Her non-work hours are dedicated to reading feminist literature and planning the next trip.

Sunil C

Program Assistant

Sunil joined IT for Change on June 2013 as an accounts intern and after completing his internship, has been working as Program Assistant since November 2016. Sunil has completed his Bachelors in Commerce from Bengaluru University.

Tamilarasi

Support Staff

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

Support Staff

Valli makes fabulous lunches for the team and keeps our tummies happy. She has two children - Prithviraj who is in the third standard and Pramod, who is in the first standard.

Vedavathi M

Project Assistant - Technology

Vedavathi works as a Project Assistant in the technology team at IT for Change.

She has completed her Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the KS School of Engineering and Management which is affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum. Previously, she has worked on projects in the field of Internet of Things.

Vinay Narayan

Research Assistant

Vinay is currently working on research projects that delve into platform governance, data rights, surveillance, and artificial intelligence.

He graduated from Gujarat National Law University in 2018 with a B.B.A.,LL.B. (Hons.) degree. He worked in corporate law at Khaitan & Co. before joining IT for Change to follow his interest in policy debates on the digital economy. He also nurtures a keen interest in aspects of public international law including space law.

Vinay is a devoted foodie who loves cooking and baking, and is always looking to try out new recipes from different cuisines. He also likes to unwind by spending time with his dogs or playing, watching or discussing football.

Yogesh K S

Technical Associate

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.

He is an avid contributor to the localisation of most commonly used FOSS applications including Firefox, VLC. to Kannada. He also actively contributes to open collaborative projects like OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia. He has completed his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Government Engineering College in Hassan, affiliated to VTU, Belgaum.

Mysuru Team

Anupama Suresh

Coordinator - Programs

Anupama holds charge of overall operations of IT for Change’s integrated approach to women's empowerment and education project. She is responsible for strategic planning, project implementation, team management, operations and monitoring of the field unit in Mysore.

Anupama has completed her postgraduation in Human Development from the University of Mysore, and has more than 18 years of experience in programme and project management. In the past, she has worked in areas like microfinance, water and sanitation, nutrition, livelihood, gender issues, empowerment, HIV/AIDS etc. in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

She is a nature lover, and likes gardening and travelling.

Harisha N

Project Associate

Harisha has a Diploma in Rural Development and has completed his Bachelor's degree from KSOU. He primarily takes care of the Namma Mahithi Kendras (community telecentres) of IT for Change. He also contributes to community media strategy and is a core player in field implementation of projects.

He is keenly interested in providing support to the underprivileged in the areas of health and education. He works as volunteer with some local associations.

Mangalamma S

Project Associate

Mangala is part of community media team of Prakriye where she plays a key role in audio and video editing, film-making, script writing and screening. She has worked with IT for Change for more than eight years.

Prior to this, Mangala worked in the media industry for two years. She has a Bachelor's degree and a diploma in Journalism (Creative Media).

Her hobbies include reading, writing and watching the news.

Shabharisha M

Technical Associate

As part of the Mysore project, Shabharisha's primary role is to provide technical support at the community-run telecentres. He also provides technical training to intermediaries at our information centres. He is passionate about free software and involved in capacity-building workshops. He also contributes to film-making including editing and camera work.

He has trained in hardware and networking from Jetking. He has completed his Bachelor's degree from the Karnataka State Open University (KSOU).

He likes to explore open street mapping and gaming.

Shreeja K

Project Associate

Shreeja is involved in community media production at IT for Change. As one of the core trainers of Prakriye, she plays a key role in building gender awareness among adolescent girls and boys, women and line department officials. She is also responsible for implementation of the project and facilitation of community meetings.

Shreeja has a Master’s degree in Women's Studies from the University of Mysore and a diploma in early childhood education.

Her creativity is channelled towards designing eco-friendly handicrafts. She is also an expert in making the best out of waste.

Somashekhara UT

Project Associate

Somashekhara contributes towards community media production and field implementation of the Mysore project. He is also involved in capacity building of various stakeholders and mentoring the infomediaries of telecenters. He has completed his Bachelor’s degree in Education.

Somashekhara has written many newspaper articles and clips about gender, governance and education. He is keenly interested in politics.

Tilak Rajkumar N

Project Assistant and Driver

Tilak is an expert videographer and provides administrative assistance to the Prakriye team and takes care of logistics. He is also our official driver in Mysore.

He is involved in farming and loves to go on long drives.