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 policymakers, 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 Curriculum Vitae here.

Gurumurthy Kasinathan

Director

Gurumurthy Kasinathan is founder and director of IT for Change. He has 32 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 ICT integration in school education, teacher education and pre-service teacher  education. He also works in the areas of school leadership and free and open digital technologies. He was earlier with Azim Premji Foundation, where he was deputed to work in the ‘Policy Planning Unit’ in the Karnataka education department. He has been a visiting faculty at TISS Mumbai and Hyderabad for their 'Education Leadership and Management' and "ICT and Education" courses.

Read Curriculum Vitae here.

Nandini Chami

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.

Fellows

Parminder Jeet Singh

Senior Fellow

Parminder is a Senior Fellow at 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.

Team

Abbas Bagwala

Research Assistant

Abbas researches developments in the political economy of data, governance around data policy issues, and labor laws in the digital economy, seeking to formulate progressive policy positions in those domains. He has a background in physics and philosophy.

He completed his BSc in Physics from Savitribai Phule Pune University, and his MA in Philosophy from Manipal Centre for the Humanities, MAHE. He has worked as a Teaching Fellow at Ashoka University for a variety of courses including the philosophy of mind and behavior, the philosophy of AI, Greek philosophy, and mathematics. He is also addicted to chess and badminton.

Amay Korjan

Research Associate

Amay works on projects that aim to formulate progressive policy positions around various sectors within the digital economy. He has a background in philosophy and sociology, and is particularly interested in the political economy of data and digital technology.

He received his undergraduate degree (Liberal Arts) from the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands; and his Master's degree (Philosophy) from the Manipal Centre for the Humanities. He has conducted/managed research projects for various institutions, and has spent some time teaching across both high-school and university levels.

Read Curriculum Vitae here.

Amshuman Dasarathy

Research Assistant

Amshuman’s work seeks to understand online life and its offline effects. He works on projects related to platform governance, intermediary liability, and gender, with the intention of making the internet a safer and more free space for all. He has a background in law and sociology.

He has an undergraduate degree in law from Jindal Global Law School and a master's degree in sociology from Delhi University. He has experience in conducting ethnographic research on cinema as a travelling medium and digital media consumption practices in non-metros. This work dealt with concepts of infrastructure and virality, and the politics of piracy. He also enjoys listening to music and playing football.

Anand Desai

Education Program Manager

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.

Ankita Aggarwal

Research Associate

Ankita's interests lie in the intersection of gender and digital justice to explore feminist frameworks for the information society.

Her previous research initiatives examined social movements in India. She performed a field research on sexual violence in South Chhattisgarh. She has worked on implementing a model of convergence between Panchayati Raj institutions and women from community-based organisations in rural Uttar Pradesh. She strives to understand the ground level grammar of gender justice.


Ankita holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Azim Premji University and an undergraduate honours degree in Economics from Delhi University. At leisure, she paints, loves travelling and trekking. She carries an unceasing love for different cuisines. She is a conversationalist, too.

Anupama Suresh

Coordinator - Programs

Anupama holds charge of overall operations of IT for Change’s integrated approach to women's empowerment and education project, Prakriye. 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.

Anuradha Ganapathy

Senior Program Manager

Anuradha Ganapathy has worked as an HR leader in the corporate sector for over two decades before transitioning to the development sector. She is currently pursuing a full time Master's in Social Anthropology (Development & Sustainability Pathway) from SOAS, University of London. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from India, a Postgraduate Certification in Gender, Sexuality and Society from Birkbeck, University of London, and a Postgraduate Certification in Technology Policy.

Her work interests lie in the areas of the digital gender divide, technology and social justice, platform labor, identity and precarity studies, feminist approaches, and affect and materiality studies.

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.

Anusha Sharma

Program Assistant - Education

Anusha is involved in the design and implementation of student and teacher education programs at IT for Change. Her interest areas include the content, curriculum, and pedagogy of mathematics and science. Her keenness to work in the social sector drove her to pursue an MA in Education at Azim Premji University after a three-year stint in the corporate sector. She holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Visveshwaraya Technological University.

She has trained in Carnatic music for over a decade and also has a penchant for singing other genres of music. She enjoys photography, food, and watching movies and TV shows.

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.

Girija MP

Program Assistant - Education

Girija works on IT for Change's education-related projects. She contributes to the Mathematics classes for the Teachers' Communities of Learning program. She also teaches subject specific tools to teacher educators along with supporting other projects under the education team.

She completed her Master’s degree in Computer Application from CMR Institute of Technology, affiliated to Vishvesvaraya Technology of University (VTU), Belgaum. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Vijaya Teachers College, affiliated to Bangalore Central University, Bangalore. She has taught programming languages at the Pre-University College of Education before this.

Harish P

Project Assistant - Technology

Harish is responsible for coordinating technology training and system administration. He coordinates conducting workshops for NGOs, educational institutions and government officials on Free and Open Source Software platforms and tools, supports workshops on integrating ICT in education, and provides tech support for teachers' trainings as part of the organisation’s education-related work. He has completed his Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, affiliated to VTU.

His non-working hours are dedicated to family and friends. He is a certified International Karate Player and has done some short Kannada movies. Other areas of interests include football, cricket, cooking, dancing, music, development of applications and networking.

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.

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.

 

Keerthana Sharma

Program Assistant

Keerthana has an MA in Development from Azim Premji University, and her areas of interest are gender and education for marginalized groups. She approaches field-based insights and self-growth as a constant learning process. She is a passionate local wanderer and regularly hunts for places that allow her to understand the culture and tradition of various communities. She completed Bachelors degree in BA (Journalism, Psychology and Literature) from Jain University and interned with various media houses to experience the field of journalism. She further chose MA in Development in Azim Premji University to understand the roots and concepts better and the communities in depth.

As a hobby, Keerthana enjoys photography, mandala art, and digital art.

 

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.

 

Mahammad Mustafa

Senior Officer Accounts

Mustafa leads the program team at IT for Change. He works to build the bridge between finance and management to facilitate the smooth process of organisational activities. He has 19 years of experience in the fields of core accounting, financial analysis, statutory matters, costing analysis, and process management. He has experience in different industries and worked with large platforms as well. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Karnataka University and completed 3 years of CA article-ship.

His hobbies are playing badminton and chess, and he is interested in technology and science.

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.

Nayana Kirasur

Project Associate – Research and Communications

Nayana’s work at IT for Change involves field research, documentation and archiving of Prakriye’s programs and campaigns. She also works on external communications and social media outreach for the field centre.

She holds a Masters degree in Media and Cultural Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her academic interests lie at the intersections of gender, education and media practices. Her research and documentary projects have explored areas of caste in private schools, curriculum in India and work of women’s collectives.

In her free time, she can be found reading, looking for recipes or finding cats to cuddle with.

Neeta Jose

Program Assistant - Education

Neeta works as a Program Assistant in the Education team at ITfC. She has completed a Bachelor's degree in Education from Vijaya Teachers' College (C.T.E.), affiliated to Bengaluru City University, Bangalore. She has also completed a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Christ (Deemed to be) University, Bangalore. She has previously worked in a private school and as a part-time summer camp facilitator. She additionally has experience in the research field through the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

She is an open-minded and friendly person who likes to spend time with family and friends. She spends her leisure time dancing, gardening, and writing poems.

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.

Pruthviraj Rajaram G

Project Associate - IT

Pruthviraj 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 into education. He was previously a Lecturer at KLE’s BK College of Computer Application, Chikodi, and prior to that was part of the Faculty of Computer Science in Central Institute of Petrochemicals Engineering and Technology (CIPET), Govt. of India. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering and an M.Tech in Computer Network Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belagavi.

His hobbies include playing and watching cricket, watching The Kapil Sharma Show, listening to music and preparing food.

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 organization.

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, 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 - Technology

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 labor 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.

Read her Curriculum Vitae here.

Satyavrat Krishnakumar

Associate-Networking

Satyavrat has a background in journalism and is one of the editors of Tech People, a magazine run by the All India IT and ITeS Employees' Union, representing the interests of a broad range of IT workers engaged in collective action.

Satyavrat completed his degree from Christ University in Literature, Psychology, and Media and has since contributed to various publications, including Himal Southasian, Scroll, Elle, and Motherland, among others.

Shabharisha M

Technical Associate

As part of the Prakriye project, Shabharisha's primary role is to provide technical support at the community-run telecenters. He also provides technical training to intermediaries at our information centers. 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 mapping on OpenStreetMap 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.

Sneha Bhagwat

Communications Assistant

Sneha assists in content strategy, external communications and social media outreach for the organization. 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 and reading about old Hindi cinema and reading literary and children's fiction.

Somashekhara UT

Project Associate

Somashekhara contributes towards community media production and field implementation of the Prakriye 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.

Sunil C

Program Assistant

Sunil joined IT for Change in June 2013 as an accounts intern, and after completing his internship, has been working as Program Assistant since November 2016. Sunil has completed his Bachelor's 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.

Tanay Mahindru

Research Associate

Tanay contributes to ITfC's research and advocacy projects in technology design and regulation. He is particularly interested in applying ‘emerging technologies’ to social challenges considering ‘problems on the ground’ and the potential side effects of technology.

He has worked with the Government of India to frame strategies for technology application through research and implementation of small scale pilots. He has also worked in management consulting, focusing on business technology strategy.

Tanay is an engineer and a graduate of Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT), University of Delhi. He is currently a YLT Fellow, funded by the University of Chicago Trust. In his free time, he enjoys reading science fiction, playing video games and football, and rock climbing.

Tanvi Kanchan

Communications Assistant

Tanvi works on communication and design strategy for the organization. She also produces and hosts the Bot Populi podcast, and provides editorial and strategic inputs on BP's activities.

She holds a Master’s degree in International Journalisms from SOAS, University of London, and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UPG, University of Mumbai. She has previously written for Rolling Stone India and The Ladies Finger, and has served on the Executive Committee of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest.

Her academic passions lie at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and digital media, with a special focus on postcolonial articulations of queer sexuality. Outside of work, she likes writing poetry, discussing the socio-politics of music, making short films, and building queer solidarities.

Tilak Rajkumar N

Project Assistant and Driver

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

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

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

Senior Project Associate - Technology

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 across projects.

He is an avid contributor to the localization of most commonly used FOSS applications 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 Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU), Belgaum.

Consultants

Sohel Sarkar

Communications Consultant

Sohel holds charge of the online magazine Bot Populi. She also provides strategic guidance to, and plays an active role in, the organization'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.