Our Team

Mithu Alur

Managing Trustee

Mithu Alur, Founder Chairperson of the organization, is a member of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), New Delhi. Padmashri Dr. Alur has also been appointed to the Round Table on School Education and Disadvantaged Sections: Women, Persons with Disabilities and SC/ST set up by Shri. Kapil Sibal, former Minister, Human Resource Development, New Delhi. She is a member of the Working Committee of the National Advisory Council (NAC), the Round Table on Elementary Education and the Anil Bordia Committee to synergies the RTE with existing programmes. She has also been nominated to the National Monitoring Committee on the Education of Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes/Persons with Disability.

Sitanshu Mehta

Trustee

Sitanshu Mehta is a Fulbright Scholar; Professor Emeritus, MS University, Baroda; former Vice Chancellor of Saurashtra University, and an eminent poet and critic. He is a recipient of the Padmashri and the Sahitya Akademi Award. He advises the organization in pedagogy and presents the parent perspective. One of his recent initiatives has been the development of a plan for 'after care' services for adults with disabilities.

Malini Chib

Joint Honorary Secretary and Acting CEO

Malini Chib is the Founder and Chairperson of the ADAPT Rights Group, and also heads the Library and Media Services. Ms. Chib regularly conducts Empowerment and Sensitisation Courses for individuals, corporates, parents, professionals and activists with disabilities, and lectures nationally and internationally. She plays a key role in the Training, Pedagogy and Library Service areas. Ms. Chib has been Senior Events Manager, Oxford Bookstore and has also consistently written on the rights of people with disability. Her first book, One Little Finger, received both critical and popular acclaim.

Priya Dutt Roncon

Former Parliamentarian and Trustee

Priya Dutt Roncon has highlighted social issues with her late father, Shri. Sunil Dutt, and assisted in fundraising ventures for the organization. Mrs. Dutt Roncon continues to help in liaising with government agencies at the national, state and local levels to create awareness on disability and inclusion. She has been associated with The Spastics Society of India since the age of six.

Nikhil Chib

Honorary Treasurer

Nikhil Chib is an economist trained in Finance, turned professional chef and restaurateur. Mr. Chib runs the award-winning restaurant, Busaba, in Mumbai. He provides inputs on financial aspects which include fundraising, budgeting, expenditure, cost cutting and portfolio management.

Varsha Hooja

Trustee and Acting CEO

Varsha Hooja trained as a special educator at ADAPT and has been with the organization for nearly three decades. Mrs. Hooja has taught at the primary, secondary and pre-vocational levels at ADAPT's three Centres in Colaba, Dharavi and Bandra. She also assists Dr Alur in policy interventions at the national level. Mrs. Hooja is General Secretary, All India Regional Alliance on Inclusive Education (AIRA), liaising with partner organizations across the country at the state and district levels.

Ami Gumashta

Member, Governing Body

Ami Gumashta is a Chartered Accountant and the organization's Honorary Director, Finance. Mrs. Gumashta coordinates and monitors the revenue generation efforts, forecasts and consolidates individual departmental budgets and scrutinises expenditure. She is also in charge of coordinating, under Dr. Alur, the national and international projects of the organization.

Deepak Kalra

Member, Governing Body

Deepak Kalra joined the Spastics Society of India, Mumbai first as a parent and then as a professional. Mrs. Kalra has worked for several years as a teacher, educator and researcher and was in charge of the Outreach Project of the organization in the community. She also headed the Faculty of Teacher Training. She is now Founder and Head of Umang, an inclusive NGO and partner organization in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She has been appointed Chairperson of the Rajasthan State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR).

Vishal Bakshi

Member, Governing Body

Vishal Bakshi is Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, where he heads the private equity business in India based out of Mumbai. Mr. Bakshi has an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM, Ahmedabad and a BA (Hons) in Economics from St Stephen's College, Delhi. Prior to moving back to India in 2008, he worked in Goldman's Investment Banking Division, New York.

Aslesha Gowarikar

Member, Governing Body

Aslesha Gowarikar is Partner in the leading legal firm, Desai &Diwanji. Ms. Gowarikar advises on mergers, acquisitions and project finance related transactions. She also has substantial experience in assisting foreign investors, investment banks and Indian promoters on transactions across various industry sectors and has significant experience in advising on private equity.

Jayabrato Chatterjee

Member, Governing Body

Jayabrato Chatterjee is a well-known film director, novelist and corporate communications expert based in Kolkata. He has spent over thirty years advising NGOs on changing public perceptions of disability in India. Mr. Chatterjee's films have received critical acclaim at international film festivals. An English (Hons) graduates from St Stephen's College, Delhi, he has served as Writerin-Residence at the University of Stirling and Hawthornden Castle, Scotland.