• Phone
  • +91-9870 3077 48
  • Email
  • mavamumbai@gmail.com
  • Location
  • Dadar (West), Mumbai

Our Team

Mr. Harish Sadani, Hon.Secretary and Chief Functionary

Mr. Sadani has been passionately running multi-sector developmental programs on gender and health, for over 26 years. He is a co-founder and Chief Functionary of MAVA. Harish has done his Masters in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has been engaging and mentoring thousands of adolescent boys and young men across India to communicate with peers on healthy relationships, masculinity and sexuality-related matters, using out-of-the-box methods. Currently, he is also a Consultant and Trainer to Corporates, Universities, Colleges and NGOs across India on prevention of sexual harassment at workplace and other gender matters. Harish has been invited by national and international bodies like UN Women and UNFPA to share insights and build capacities of various stakeholders on addressing issues of gender-based and sexual violence against women.

Dr. Pradeep Patkar, Hon. President

Dr. Patkar has been a distinguished psychiatrist based in Navi Mumbai practising for over past 37 years. He has been actively associated with various social movements and standing up for the rights of disadvantaged groups including displaced individuals and communities. He is the Vice-President of Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti, a leading state-level organization promoting rational thinking and challenging superstitions. He has been Founder of ‘Manasmitra’, a community of mental health work volunteers. He has been a founder of a School for Mentally Retarded children in New Panvel. Dr. Patkar keenly writes on psycho-social-community health matters and has been recipient of 2 state level literary awards for his book titled ’Chinta’ on Anxiety.

Mr. Vasudevan Srinivasan, Hon.Vice-President

Mr. Vasudevan Srinivasan has over twenty-five years of corporate experience in areas of Human Resource Strategy building, aligning Human Resource strategy to Corporate Strategy, Gender Sensitivity & Inclusion, Performance Management et al. Under “In Betweens”, his film production company, Vasu has scripted, directed & produced over 90 educational and training films, for a number of organizations including ACC, Aditya Birla, HUL, Pepsi, Marico, Dabur and Microsoft and even the occasional advertising film for NGOs. To his credit is the scripting and direction of the much acclaimed management film ’Chanakya Speaks’. Post the enactment of the Sexual Harassment Act 2013, Vasu spearheaded an exhaustive research which culminated in the in-house direction and production of 3 much acclaimed short videos on Prevention of Sexual Harassment at the Workplace. Some of organizations which have benefited from the video-based workshops are Asian Paints, Wipro, Philips, Siemens, Taj Hotels, Marico, Tata Sons, Pfizer et al. Vasu has a Masters in Business Economics from the University of Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur, (1983). Vasu received the Gurukul Chevening Scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science for a programme on Leadership and Globalization, and has also conducted workshops at the LSE for the same programme.

Mr. Sunil Gangavane, Hon. Joint Secretary

Sunil has been working as a Program Director with PUKAR after he completed his Masters Degree in Psychology from Mumbai University in 2010. To prepare himself well for these responsibilities, Sunil has completed international Diploma course in Development Education from TFT, South Africa, Gender, Diversity and social transformation certificate course at Visthar and XISS, Ranchi. In addition, he is pursuing higher level training in the Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Sciences (ISABS). He has facilitated and supervised around 30 original participatory research studies, focusing largely on issues related to gender, sexuality and expression of identities. Sunil loves traveling and swimming!

Mr. Shanker Viswanath, Hon. Treasurer

Shanker is a Fellow Chartered Accountant with over 30 years of rich local and international experience with various Multinational Companies in the areas of Finance, Audit, Consulting and Operational aspects. In 2018, he has completed his PGPDM from S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research and was awarded the Dean Top Honors for standing first in his Batch. He is also a Professionally-Certified Train the Trainer, Soft Skills Trainer, Business & Life Coach, Facilitator, Speaker and Writer with approximately 35,000 man hours equivalent of training experience to his credit and has trained over 7,000 participants. Shanker believes in making his training programs / workshops Experiential, Engaging and Fun with real life examples than mere knowledge transfer. He also has varied interests in other areas like playing Cricket, Table Tennis, reading philosophical books, singing and listening to music and Practicing Silence.

Pratima Joshi, Member - Managing Committee

Ms. Pratima Joshi is a Senior Journalist, Writer and Social Activist actively working for over 40 years, based in Mumbai. She is closely associated with many social organisations working for social justice and fight against all kinds of suppression and discrimination, including gender-based discrimination. She has worked extensively for sexually abused persons, atrocities on scheduled caste people, unorganised labourers. She is a promising author and been awarded for her books. As a journalist, she has covered social, environmental, socio-economic issues, legal and developmental issues. She has received 9 state level awards for her committed journalism. She has contributed towards framing Maharashtra State Womens' policy. Basically, she is a hard core pro-people activist.

Anjali Kanitkar, Member - Managing Committee

Associate Professor (retired), College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan. At present, she is Director, Social Audit, Government of Maharashtra and is involved in conducting social audit of MGNREGA, Old Age and Widow Pensions and Housing schemes of the Government. A social work graduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she taught at the College of Social Work for almost three decades and has been closely associated in various capacities, with several organisations working for tribal and rural development in Maharashtra. Ms Kanitkar was elected from the Teachers’ Constituency to the Senate of the University of Mumbai for three consecutive terms and actively contributed to the functioning of the University during her tenure. She has also worked on the Committee against Sexual Harassment at the University and has addressed issues of gender equality in the various colleges and institutions of higher education of the University. She is the Founder Member and Trustee of AROEHAN - a non-profit organisation working for the past twelve years to bring sustainable change to the tribal community of Mokhada and Palghar District.

Mr.Mahesh Kamble, Member - Managing Committee

Mr. Mahesh Kamble is working as Assistant Professor in the Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai since 2006. He completed his Master's Degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, where he is currently pursuing his PhD. Mahesh was the Coordinator of Rural Development Programme of SIDDHI in Guhagar block of Ratnagiri District. He was one of the consultants in drafting the Disaster Management Action Plan for the state of Maharashtra in 1997. As coordinator of youth programme in YUVA, he anchored the Anubhav Shiksha programme for Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. He worked as the Director of Samarthan, NGO working for state level budget analysis and policy advocacy. As part of studies and profession, he intervened in various disaster situations at different levels like Earthquakes in Latur and Gujarat, Floods in Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, landslides and floods in Uttarakhand, Cyclone in Odisha, Malin landslide and Droughts in Maharashtra. He is a Supreme Court nominated member on the State Level Monitoring Committee on Shelter for Homeless. Apart from regular work of teaching, research and guidance, he actively engages in field practices for food security, Dalit issues, livelihood and governance and policy advocacy.

Pravin Thote, Project Coordinator

Mr. Pravin Thote is working currently as Project Coordinator at Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), Mumbai looking after the Gender-Sensitization and Mentoring Program among college-going young men in Mumbai since September 2017. He has done Masters of Arts in Development from Azim Premji University in 2016 and Masters of Arts in Sociology at Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, Nagpur in 2014. Pravin has previously worked with Aangan Trust in a district in North India on child rights looking after Capacity-Building, networking with various stakeholders and community resource-organizations. He has also worked as a Field Researcher at Government of Goa on the topic of imbibing constitutional values among young children. He has been a founder-member of Ek Swapn, Ek Aasha, a social organization working for the education of disadvantaged youths in Bhandara district of Maharashtra State.

Mr. Altamash Khan, Project Coordinator

Altamash Khan is working currently as Project Coordinator at Men Against Violence and Abuse (MAVA), Mumbai looking after the Gender-Sensitization and Mentoring Program among college-going young men in Mumbai since August 2018. He has done his Master of Arts in Women Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in the batch 2016-18. Altamash has previously worked with the Committed Community Development Trust, Mumbai as a Research Officer. His paper titled ‘The experiences of women post Bodo Muslim Conflict 2013 in Kokrajhar, Assam’ was awarded as the best paper in the young scholar category by the Indian Sociological Society. Altamash also served as an elected student member of the Internal Committee (IC) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai related to Redressal of Complaints on Sexual Harassment. He enjoys cooking and loves to host people so that they appreciate his cooking.

Suraj Pawar, Associate

Suraj has been conducting workshops on gender, sexuality, masculinity, sexual harassment at workplace, communication and relationships. He has done his Masters of Arts in Women Centered Practice (WCP) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in the batch 2012-14. Suraj has done his post-graduate certificate courses on "Gender and Women's Movement" and "Gender and Culture" from Women Study Centre of Savitribai Phule University of Pune. He was awarded CFL CORO Fellowship for 1 year for working on the issue of Sexual Harassment at Workplace in College Campuses, Pune. Suraj has been part of the women’s movement in Pune as an activist for last 10 years. Suraj is working currently as a Manager - Credit at Micro Housing Finance Corporation (MHFC), Mumbai which works for Housing for economically excluded, informal and unorganized people in India.

Laxmi Yadav, Associate

Laxmi has been conducting workshops on Legal Awareness focusing on Women’s Rights, Sexual Minorities’ Rights, Gender and Sexuality. She has done graduation in Law, Psychology (Counseling), Political Science, Education and People-Centred Advocacy. Currently, she is working with SNEHA organization (Mumbai) as a Training Manager in Prevention of Violence against Women and Children Programme.

Hazel Lobo, Associate

Hazel is an experienced Counselor on matters of Sexuality and Sexual Abuse. She is an artist activist using art-therapy through Inter-Play, Dance, Drama, Music and Voice Movement Therapy. Hazel is committed to continue contributing in the fields of gender and sexuality by spreading awareness on Child Sexual Abuse, human trafficking, gender-based violence and laws like POCSO and POSH. She believes in working with boys and men helps break the cycle of violence and create a circle of respect and care. She attends to various cases of domestic violence and crises situations. Each workshop, each person, each moment… expanding her heart to say one more YES to one more person on the boundary… to dare to include!!

Laxmi Sathe - Jadhav, Associate

Holding a Masters in Social Work, Laxmi has been working passionately in the social field for the last 25 years with women and children as a Project Co-ordinator and Community Development Officer. She has worked as a Professional Counsellor for family and children at the Special Cell in the Police System. Laxmi has been part of the women’s movement as an activist for many years. She has participated in television shows and debates on women's issues and various other programs on women’s self-help groups. She has worked as a lecturer at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth. Laxmi has been periodically conducting various training workshops with Police, Schools, Colleges and NGO social workers on Gender and Women's Rights Laws. She is also working as a Consultant on Domestic Violence cases.

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