Durba Ghose moved from project management to communications over 20 years ago when the need for reviving a magazine as a distance learning tool for rural teachers arose at Vikramshila Education Resource Society, Kolkata. Since then, she has acted as Director-Communications at Pravah, headed Resource Management and Partnerships as an Executive Board Member at Commutiny – The Youth Collective, and worked with several non-profits and corporates as a trainer/consultant until co-founding Mittika in 2013.
Durba holds a Masters degree in Comparative Literature and was awarded the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship in 2005-06 and undertook it at Voluntary Service Overseas, London. As a Kriya Visharad in Bharatnatyam and an actor-director for stage, her passion lies in strengthening the interlinkages between human development, social development and the world of arts.
Outside Mittika, some of the organizations that Durba has worked with as a consultant/trainer include Ashoka – Innovators for the Public, BPL, Coca Cola, CRY, Centre for Indian Classical Dances, Dance Alliance-India, Gati Dance Forum, Genpact, HSBC, IOCL, International Planned Parenthood Foundation, Maynard Leigh Associates, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Sopra Steria, etc.
Kavita Arora has 25 years of experience in the corporate and development sector as well as with educational institutions. She has been the Director of several national and international programs with youth and educators.
She has about 1000 days of design and workshop facilitation under her belt with a range of organizations, teachers, youth and students, working on different components of softskills, gender and sexual harassment.
Kavita has a Post Graduate in Marketing management. She has attended trainings and courses in storytelling, instruction design and facilitation skills, gender and sexuality, as well as theaatre, life skills and project management. Before Mittika, she was a consultant to the Health and wellness programme of Bluebells Group of Schools in Gurgaon, an independent consultant with IPPF, iVolunteer, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Pravah, and Gati Dance Forum among others, prior to which she was the director of the Youth Program at Pravah.
Co-ordinator – Projects
Zubair Idrisi has over twelve years of experience in working with youth for youth and social development. With powerful theater skills, Zubair has been using the medium to engage with people across diversities to build their awareness and engagement with issues of self and society. With extensive experience in working with government institutions, non government organizations, educational institutions (formal and non formal) and private companies, Zubair specializes in developing and coordinating street theatre, social campaigns and a range of training programs for youth development.
A founder member of Khoj Foundation, in the course of his career, Zubair has consulted with a range of organizations,schools and corporates including Heritage schools, SOS Children’s Village, Google, KPMG, DU, UNICEF, WWF,CARE, ACSSES, Jagori, Pradan, Government of Chattisgarh. He has also been responsible in coordinating large scale youth programs at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
Zubair is also passionate about facilitating creative processes for diverse groups to explore history and heritage of the city of Delhi and using bike rides to campaign for different causes.
Veenu is an independent consultant and trainer with 19 years of experience working in the field of gender-based right. She enjoys leading teams, working within communities, facilitating workshops, and has also worked in research, module design, fundraising. She has worked with youth, women, men, students in urban, peri-urban and rural demographics on issues ranging from gender and sexuality to solid waste management. Her training roster includes school and college students, university lecturers, government officials, members of rural communities, media people, as well as corporate houses and their employees. She has performed trainings and designed modules for organisations including Oxfam India, Action India, Breakthrough, and Chintan, among others.