The Team

Kanksshi Agarwal


Kanksshi Agarwal, is a gender activist, policy researcher working at the intersection of technology, society, gender and politics. Currently working as a Technology policy researcher with CPR. She has worked with the All India Congress Committee Research Department and formed a part of the core research team behind drafting the Election Manifesto for Congress during General Election of 2019. She has been a part of multiple prestigious fellowships- LAMP Fellowship, Citizen for Public Leadership Fellowship, Lead like a Girl- Shenomics Fellowship and has been awarded Rex Karamveer Chakra (Bronze, Silver-2019) instituted with United Nations. Having completed her Masters in Urban Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai she is trained in qualitative and quantitative research. In past, as a State-in charge (youth advocate) with UN Women’s HeForShe gender solidarity campaign for Madhya Pradesh, she devised a strategy and led the plan and helped numerous men to pledge into solidarity. In 2018, she was the youngest panellist on a women leadership conference, held under the aegis of Ministry of Women and Child Development organised in Hyderabad by VROneness Foundation. She has been invited to speak at different forums like- National University of Taiwan, Taipei, MIT-School of Government, Pune, Symbiosis School of Arts and Law, Pune, NetratvShaala's Conference on Leadership at RohilKhand University, Bareilly, UP. She writes for various digital content platforms such as The Wire, Feminism in India, etc. When she is not working, she spends time indulging in Urdu and Hindi poetry written by the progressive writers of undivided India.

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KOKILA Bhattacharya

Head Designer

She is a Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer. A feminist and LGBTQIA activist, she has worked with many NGOs for environmental awareness and protection, climate change, victims for Bhopal Gas. She co-founded Dylogg Coworking in Bhopal with her partner and they have created a community space for the arts, progressive dialogue and a culture of sharing.

Kalyanee Paranjape

Program Head

She primarily takes lead on program design and pitches in on the strategy. She has a Masters and specializes in Global and regional integration.

Adarsh Tripathi

Research and Operations Manager

Adarsh is an Urban Planner and Development Practitioner. With extensive work experience at National and State Governments to bridge the societal gaps and bringing social justice to marginalized groups, he is keen on managing the operations and research of our projects.

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Nandhini Jaishankar

Social Media Manager

Nandhini Jaishankar is a recent postgraduate from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. She has worked with several civil society organizations in India. Nandhini has been part of the Yes Foundation Media for Social Change fellowship for the year of 2018. She also holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women.


Krishnan Pallassana

Advisor, NETRI ; Country Director, Digital Greens ; Ex COO, Population Foundation of India

Krishnan comes with more than 25 years of experience in sustainable development sectors ranging from climate resilience to women's empowerment. He served as COO for Population Foundation India, India Director for The Climate Group, and Country Director in Afghanistan for ActionAid International. Krishnan has often joined organizations at times when they are making a strategic pivot and enabled them to scale and deepen their impact by forging new partnerships and securing new resources to execute. Krishnan holds an MBA in marketing and BSc in physics degrees and enjoys travelling and spending time with rural communities to hear their wisdom and pragmatic approach to life. He's also a voracious reader and loves listening to music, especially Indian classical. At NETRI, he is involved in strategy and organisation building.

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