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Pro. Deepali S Ghelani

Civil Engineer, Yoga Teacher'

Education: M E (civil) Working :1) Coordinator & Trustee Sahiyar (Stree Sangathan)
2) I/C Head, Applied Mechanics Department, Polytechnic, The M S University of Baroda, Vadodara
3)Teaching Yoga informally

Dr. Neha Shah

Researcher, Active member at “Scrapeyard”

Dr. Neha shah is an associate professor with L J Institute of Management Studies, Ahmedabad. She is teaching economics and related subjects to the commerce and management students for last 28 years.

She is also actively engaged in research. Her research interests are development issues like micro finance, employment, social security, human development and gender issues. She has contributed on education and health aspects in the Human development reports prepared for tribal in Gujarat as well as Sabarkantha districts. She has also worked as a research consultant for SEWA union.

Dr. Neha was writing a fortnightly column on gender and economic issues in Gujarati daily ‘Divya Bhaskar’ from July 2016 to May 2018.

Besides academics, she is also actively involved in curetting a cultural space in Ahmedabad called ‘Scrapeyard – the theater’

Yagna Parmar

Social worker, Career Counselor

Yagna has a Master’s degree in Social Work in which she topped her university course. She has also done a Post Graduate Diploma in career counselling and has developed a career fair program for girls and youth from the deprived section. She has contributed to the issues of women and girls for the last 14 years. Her dedication and hard work has resulted in her rising from a Junior Social Worker to the level of Projects Director in Vacha. She is currently a Director of Vacha Resource Centre for Women and Girls - a project of Vacha Charitable Trust. Her role involves project management, monitoring the project execution, strategic planning, fund raising and Donor management.

Dr.Vibhuti Patel

Ph.D. (Economics), Author

Dr. Vibhuti Patel (Ph. D. Economics) worked as Professor, Advanced Centre for Women's Studies, School of Development Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai from 1st July 2017 to 30th June 2020 under the Reemployment Programme of the Tata Trust. She retired from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai where she was employed from October 2004 to June 2017.

Prof. Vibhuti Patel is Ph.D. in Economics, University of Mumbai. She was awarded Visiting Fellowship to the London School of Economics and Political Science from Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK in 1992-93.

She has authored and co-authored 12 books; edited and co-edited 9 books and contributed over 100 papers as chapters in various books edited by others. She has also authored and co-authored 34 research monographs and reports. Her research papers, comments, commentaries, and reviews have been published in the national as well as international academic journals.

Currently, she is board member of School of Gender and Development Studies of Indira Gandhi Open University (IGNOU). She is Governing Board member of Centre for Social Studies (Surat) and Gandhi Shikshan Bhavan (Mumbai) and Maniben Nanavati College for Women (Mumbai). She is an expert committee member of Academic Advisory Board of Indian Institute of Culture, Mumbai.

Awards Received
• Award from Mahila Sangha, Bunts Association, Mumbai
• Award for ‘Social Sector Work’ from Mayor of Mumbai,
• “Outstanding Citizenship Award” by Women Political Forum on Maharashtra Stree Mukti Din,
• Award for Women Achievers from Young Environmentalists Programme Trust, Mumbai
• The Times Foundation Award for Women Achievers
• Award for ‘Social Work’ from Vanita Samaj, Mumbai
• Award post-doctoral fellowship from Association of Commonwealth University

She has made contributions in Women’s Studies and Gender Economics. She has authored a book Women’s Challenges of the New Millennium
Discourse on Women and Empowerment,
Girls and Girlhoods - At the Threshold of Youth and Gender, 2010
She has co-authored two books: Indian Women - Change and Challenge and Reaching for Half the Sky