Our team


We have a committed team of staff, interns and volunteers who are extending all their efforts to make the organization function well. As part of our empowering community development work, we have chosen most of our staff from the communities to work as full/part time staff  and interns. Needless to say, efforts from our volunteers have also added great depth to our work at the Learning Centers and toward the organizational development process.

Board Members

Joy Srinivasan –  Chairperson and Managing Trustee

Joy latestPrior to founding Makkala Jagriti, Joy worked in the corporate sector for over a decade. She is an accredited Professional Member of Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences (ISABS), and a graduate of a five-year Women’s Collaborative Leadership Development Program offered by Mayyam and Aikya, Bangalore and Weir Merrill Associates, U.S.A. She is associated with organizations involved in training as an independent consultant. She is also on the advisory board of Rural Youth Educational Trust (RYET), Pondicherry.

She deeply believes that every disadvantaged child and adult has tremendous potential, which has to be nurtured through the right opportunities. For more than two decades she has walked along with such children and adults guiding them in unraveling their strengths and potential. This belief inspired the creation of Makkala Jagriti and continues to drive her vision and mission for the organization.

G Viswanath – Trustee


Founding Director of Organisations & Alternatives Consulting Pvt. Ltd., over the past 19 years, building upon 13 years of experience working in the corporate arena, Viswanath (“Vish”) enjoys his work as a consultant in Organisation Development and a trainer in Behavioral Science, with newer and ever-expanding areas ahead of him to explore. His core purpose of work is to help people realize their true potential.

In the field of Education, he has been a regular with the Montessori movement, working with institutions in both Chennai and Bangalore. His work is to equip the adults in education with a clearer understanding of how areas like Team work, Leadership and Vision are critical to the growth of the field in which they operate.
His respect for children, their enormous potential and perspectives towards life motivate him to be a part of Makkala Jagriti. He strongly believes in understanding the children’s perspective from their point of view.

Rangarajan Padmanabhan – Board Member

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Rangarajan (Ranga) as part of the board at Makkala Jagriti plays an active role in supporting the activities around fund raising, communications and networking. This is his first exposure to the social sector and he is keen on learning from this vibrant NGO and enabling their mission of holistic development of children. He is currently part of the founding executive team at Appnomic Systems, a growing company in the IT Operations Analytics and Automation area. Since 2006 he has played many roles during the start-up to current growth phase of the company. Before Appnomic, he was a key member of the team that built the Finacle product business at Infosys, from a few clients to one of the top 3 global banking product solutions. A Management graduate from SP Jain Institute of Management, Mumbai and an Engineering graduate from BITS, Pilani, he brings a strong perspective of delivering value, focus and innovation to clients.

Shaheen Ali – Trustee

Shaheen has graduated from St. Xavier’s, Calcutta and worked for three years with REACH, a school for special children. Along with teaching these children, she was involved in public awareness campaigns and fund raising. In Bangalore, she has also worked with a center for physically challenged adults. What she enjoys the most is working with children.

Shaheen brings to Makkala Jagriti her understanding, affection and patience in handling children.