Our Team

Sumita Ghose
President

Sumita Ghose is the founder and executive director of Rangsutra, an organization of Craftspeople who own shares and have a stake in the company. She has close to 20 years of experience of working with rural communities in remote areas of India in order to bring about social and economic change. From forming women's health collectives and self-help groups aimed at economic self-reliance, to mobilizing village communities to run primary education programs for their children, Sumita has worked extensively at the grassroots. Sumita has a master’s degree in economics from Mumbai University, India. She has a second masters in conflict resolution from the Eastern Mennonite University in the US as a Fulbright Fellow. Sumita is also a recipient of the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships in India. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the India Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Mario Noronha
Head Operations

With many years of administrative and training-related work experience, he brings to Charkha a mature understanding of managerial and coordinating practices that are expected to facilitate the efficient and effective use of the available resources, while streamlining Standard Operating Procedures in Project and Office Management. .

Sanjay Mishra
Manager I.T. Admin.

A part of the Charkha family since its early years, Sanjay maintains the organization’s website, creates the bimonthly e-newsletters and resolves any impediments at work – whether administrative, Accounts and Finance.

Nikhat Perween
Assistant Editor Hindi

Accolades won in journalism studies, now ploughed into Charkha

23 year old Nikhat is the newest entrant in the Charkha editorial team, joining as Assistant Editor, Hindi Features in October 2015 and has the onerous task of sourcing, editing and placing writings from the wide network of writers for the mainstream Hindi media. 
It has been an eventful journey for young Nikhat from Samanpura Mohalla in Patna district who after passing her CBSE Senior School Certificate Examination went on to do her graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism from Maulana Mazaharul Haque Arabic and Persian University, Patna. She excelled in her studies, topped her college and became the proud recipient of the University gold medal in 2013.
During her graduation, Nikhat had the opportunity to participate in a Charkha writing skills workshop in Patna in 2012 conducted by editorial team members, Anis ur Rehman Khan and Chetna Verma, This opened up a new dimension in her understanding of grassroots development issues.  From the beginning, Nikhat had seen role of the media as a change-maker in society. What she learned from Charkha not only reinforced her view but actually taught her how to write effectively on social issues.  “Even if we can make small changes over a period of time in the lives of people, through our work, it is worth the effort”, she says, her eyes shining.
There was no stopping her after that. She wrote extensively and sent to newspapers. She recalls the immense joy she experienced when Quami Tanzeem, a leading Urdu paper in the region published for the first time her article on anganwadis. Since then her work has found space not only in other newspapers in the region such as Inquilab but through Charkha’s Tri-Lingual Feature Service in other states in the country, notably in Chattan, a prestigious daily in J&K.
Nikhat is deeply appreciative of the handholding by Charkha team that has been a source of encouragement to a young writer finding her feet in the mainstream media.  Today Nikhat has an impressive body of work that has won her the Laadli Media Award in 2013 under the regional category and again 2014 under both categories of regional and national. 
As an editorial team member at Charkha today, Nikhat brings with her, the expertise and recognition gained in a short period of time that has led her to evolve into a young professional who combines a passion for development issues with journalistic skills.

 

Anisur Rahman Khan
Deputy Editor & Projects Manage

A teacher by training from Hamdard University, Anis conducts Skill Building Sessions with socially sensitive youth in rural and remote parts of India. He introduces them to development writing as a means of fulfilling their social responsibility towards the unheard rural poor. He also generates and edits writings in Urdu which are disseminated to mainstream print media in Urdu and, with translations, in English and Hindi.

 


 

Joy remains our inspiration and strength, as we work towards his dream of a better world.


 
 
 

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