Enfold India was founded in November 2001 by Dr Sangeeta Saksena and Dr Shaibya Saldanha, who were both Associate Professors in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St John’s Medical College, Bangalore. They were dismayed at the occurrence of preventable health problems in progressively younger age groups. Modern healthcare practices seemed to be oriented toward the curative aspects of health rather than the preventive. There being more sense in preventive and promotive health care, the two doctors left the medical college to devote their full time to improving adolescent and child health. They realized that most schools were not, in part for a lack of funds, providing adequate education about personal safety. They started conducting sessions on Adolescence and Human Sexuality from 2001, enfolding children in a safety net against child sexual abuse.

Founders

Dr Sangeeta Saksena

Dr Sangeeta Saksena

Founder

Role

• Vision and Execution
• Mentoring

About

Dr Sangeeta left St John’s Medical College as Associate Prof, Gynecology, to start Enfold with Dr Shaibya in 2001. She has over 30 years of medical experience and has completed courses on counselling and life skills. An avid reader of evolutionary psychology and anthropology, philosophy and neuroscience of behaviour, she continues to bring her learnings to classrooms and in her daily interactions. She conceptualized and initiated Post Graduate Diploma and Certificate courses in Christ University and Colleges in Bengaluru. She co- authored On Track – a series on Life Skills and Personal Safety for School children, complete with teachers’ and parent’s manuals published by Macmillan Pvt Ltd.

Dr Shaibya Saldanha

Dr Shaibya Saldanha

Founder

Role

• Vision and Execution
• Chief Trainer for Police and Medical Personnels

About

Md (OBG) 1993 DGO (1992) Grant medical college and JJ gr of Hospital, Mumbai.
DNB (1995)
Assoc Prof, St. Johns Hospital, Bangalore till 2000
Diploma in Counseling skills, Child and adolascent counseling
Trainer for stakeholders (doctors, Police, lawyers, NGOs, Childline, judicial officers) in multidisciplinary approach to child sexual abuse management
Sexuality educator

Trustees

Ms Abha Choudhuri

Ms Abha Choudhuri

Trustee

Role

Vision and Guidance

About

Ms Abha Choudhuri is a graduate from Calcutta University with a BA honors in Geography. with Cartography 1961, and an LL.B University of Bombay 2003. She is a free-lance cartographer, and associate member of Society of Friends of Sassoon Hospital – assisting in adoption of orphaned or abandoned infants, Pune. She is a freelance editor for private publications like ‘And the Bamboo Flowers in the Indian Forests’ by Dr. Manorama Savur. She is also a life member of Maharashtra State Womens’ Counci, worked at Asha Sadan Rescue Home for Girls 1989 to 1998, and a life member of Bombay Natural History Society.

Ms Meena Sivaraman

Ms Meena Sivaraman

Executive Trustee

Role

Guidance and Implementation Strategy

About

Ms Meena Sivaraman, equipped with an M.Sc in Child Development from MS University, Baroda, has worked in the area of primary education for underprivileged children, and is on the expert panel of Parent Edge, a parenting magazine. She now runs several day care centers in Bangalore for companies like Infosys, Ness Technologies, HCL and Mind Tree.

Josephine Chakrabarti

Josephine Chakrabarti

Trustee

Role

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About

Ms. Josephine “Joy” Chakrabarti has over 30 years of experience in Brand and Marketing Communication, Soft Skill & Cross Cultural Training. She started her career with advertising agencies – Contact advertising & TBWA, and went on to be Brand & Marketing Communications Consultant for clients based in Pune & Bangalore. Her consultancy work in Bangalore included Soft Skills & Cross Cultural training for corporates & foreign study groups. She also serves as visiting faculty for various marketing programs at business schools located in Pune, Bangalore & Kerala.

Dr S T Ramesh, IPS

Dr S T Ramesh, IPS

Trustee

Role

Vision and Guidance

About

Dr S T Ramesh is a retired Director General & Inspector General of Police, Karnataka state. In his time in office, he spearheaded the modernization program including computerization and software development for all of Karnataka police, as well as the introduction of several e-governance initiatives. He emphasized the importance of updating police training to incorporate Gender Sensitization & development of ’Work place policy for HIV.’ He also presented several reforms to humanize prisons, which won high acclaim from the Supreme Court & Karnataka High Court, Government and NGOs.

Dilip Panicker

Dilip Panicker

Trustee

Role

Support Fund Raising, Management Advice

About

After getting his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Dilip began his career in 1984, as a member of the Technology team at Madras Computer Labs, and since then has gained over 30 years of experience in the software business spanning engineering, management and business development. Along with being a hands on engineer and entrepreneur, Dilip helps Enfold raise much needed funds.

Executive Team

Bilquis Gangjee

Bilquis Gangjee

Head, Planning & Collaboration

Role

• Liasoning with Educational instituitions & Corporates for various programs that Enfold offers
• Create opportunities for growth

About

Bilquis comes with a private sector background of over 20 years in sales. She has the operating experience to turn strategy into results, while building credibility with key collaborators. Her endeavours support Enfold’s mission & have a tangible impact on the community it serves.

Kushi Kushalappa

Kushi Kushalappa

Head, Policy and Community Integration

Role

• Support to survivors and families of child sexual abuse
• Liaising with govt stakeholders
• Trainer -Legal rights around Child Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment to Government stakeholders

About

Kushi has over 10 years of couselling experience. She supports children and families who have reported abuse under POCSO Act since its inception. She has initiated collaborative relationships with government stakeholders and NGOs to further the cause and garner support to strength systems and processes under the POCSO Act. She is a facilitator, recognised by the Government of Karnataka,Telangana, Delhi and UNICEF India to conduct training sessions on POCSO. She is a panel member at BPAC, member of JJ state rules formulation team, member of drafting committee of Child Protection Policy Karnataka, IC member at various corporates.

Suja Sukumaran

Suja Sukumaran

Senior Coordinator, Advocacy and Integration Support

Role

Support person registered with CWC Bengaluru
Support to survivors and families of child sexual abuse
Support to child sexual abuse and POCSO related queries and concerns

About

Suja is a research scientist with Masters degrees in Molecular Biology and Botany, having worked in the Pharma Industry and IISc, with several publications, she quit her job to pursue other interests. Also ran as a Biology Lecturer; Science Olympiad coach for Middle School in California, and as Undergrad Teaching Assistant in Biology at the University of South Carolina. Explored being a Freelance news correspondent for for 6 years in the US. Decided to be a Court appointed Special Advocate (CASA volunteer) working with cases of Juvenile delinquents for 4 years, for the Org ‘Voices for Children’ in San Diego, US. Moonlighting as a writer with published short stories and fiction. Progressed to a certified Counsellor and Life Skills Trainer from Banjara Academy, having worked with children for several years now.

Ashika Shetty

Ashika Shetty

Head, Program Development and Communication

Role

· Coordination of Research
· Coordination of Content and Program Development
· Maintenance of communication channels through all media
· Exploration of new initiatives and new programmes

About

Ashika joined Enfold after spending years developing her skills and interests in working with children, and defending their right to participation with matters that affect their lives. As a teacher, an academic product developer, a research officer reviewing the POCSO bill and implementation of Juvenile Justice act, and a communications manager, she advocates for an inclusive education system that emphasizes agency for children to make their own decisions. She is a humanist who believes in equality of all gender and sexual orientation and represents Enfold in these initiations. She is also a member of the Child Welfare Committee in Bangalore Urban, a quasi judicial body appointed by the Government of Karnataka, under the Juvenile Justice Act whose responsibility is to pass orders with regard to rescue and rehabilitation of children who are in need of care and protection, keeping the best interest of the child in mind.

Geetha Nair

Geetha Nair

Head, Operations and HR

Role

• Organization design
• Project Management
• Coordinating meetings, seminars, and workshops

About

A strategic professional with 21 years of experience in the areas of Global Mobility Management, Expatriate Management, Program Management, Travel & Immigration & Team Establishment, and Vendor Management. Her ability to successfully spearhead organizational initiatives and meet multiple goals has won her many accolades in her career. At Enfold, Geetha works with the founders on organization design, initiatives and talent assessment, and manages the the reporting process of donations and compilation of various reports. She handles the Finance team, and also helps in forming Internal Committee for Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the work place for various corporate companies with proposals, negotiations and finalisation.

Smita Chimmanda

Smita Chimmanda

Consultant - Research and Content Development

Role

Facilitator and Coordinator
Program and Curriculum Development

About

Smita has 16 Years of experience in learning and development, psychotherapy, life skills, and children’s safety. She has worked across a variety of IT and ITES organizations including Infosys, IBM, Yahoo, Intuit & Concergys in managerial roles related to people development. She is currently working in the space of child and women safety, and has a private psychotherapy practice. Smita is associated with Enfold as a facilitator and resource person. She develops curriculums for various trainings and conducts workshops for parents, teachers and children, on topics related to child sexual abuse and prevention, self-esteem, personal safety, sexuality and responsible relationships. She anchors initiatives to reach out to a larger audience of youth and adults, to help create safe spaces for children and women.

Gitanjali Gupta

Gitanjali Gupta

CSR & Community Partnerships, Advocacy

Role

Partnership building and Strategic Alliance
Marketing communications
Fundraising

About

Gitanjali is a strong advocate for child rights and believes in creating change for women and children in India through multiple channels. Balancing her activities with various other organizations, since 2012 Gitanjali has donated her time and expertise to Enfold by engaging with corporate and community stakeholders for the purposes of Fundraising and Marketing. She has worked towards enhancing Enfold’s presence in the digital space, optimizing donor engagement, and does not let her congenital heart condition prevent her from consistently helping others.

Priyadarshini

Priyadarshini

Project Coordinator

Role

End to end coordination of project
Facilitator

About

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Bhavana

Bhavana

Accountant

Role

Accounts and billings

About

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Radha Siddhanti

Radha Siddhanti

Head, Training & Capacity building

Role

• Mentor to trainee facilitators
• Training and facilitation coordination

About

Dynamic facilitator, every child‘s favorite Ma’am, in-house counselor/mentor and chef in hiding

Bharathi Govindasamy

Bharathi Govindasamy

Program Strategist (Honorary)

Role

• Program Head Laksha Makkala Surakshe Project
• Consultant – organisation growth and strategy

About

Proposal Queen, Encyclopedia on Strategy and Donator of positive energy