RED BALLOON TEAM
Samar is a photographer and an installation artist. In addition to his path-breaking work, he is engaged with a wide range of social issues. In the past, Samar has been commissioned by the UN, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF and many grassroots organisations. He is regularly on TED and TEDx including speaking at TEDxVienna on “Artists’ role in sustainability and capacity building”.
Pratik is a social sector specialist with a career spanning three decades in the UN, International NGOs, Indian Government and the private sector. He is the Founder Director of Sashakt Foundation. Earlier he was the CEO of Magic Bus India Foundation and responsible for scaling the organization from a small program in Mumbai to 23 states in India, reaching out to 400000 children and youth. He has extensive experience of managing large scale programmes in a leadership role.
Lavanya is a Design Thinker and Creative learning & facilitation specialist. Her belief in the power of creative expression to influence social-emotional growth of individuals and society has steered her to design experiential learning programmes for young people. She is also an Exhibition & Experiential Space design practitioner (Alumni NID, India), and has over the years worked on projects with many established artists, design studios and institutions such as INTACH and National Museum. She is an advisor to Delhi based NGO Artreach India and has been its past Director of Development.
Marya is a communications professional with 15 years of experience in the areas of public relations and integrated marketing communications. She has managed CSR communications for corporate clients and worked actively with social organizations that focus on education and the environment. She conducts workshops with government and private schools on various issues and believes that children are insightful and have the power to initiate change in small and big ways.
Preeti is communication specialist with a background in strategy, communications and content planning. She has experience in course development and facilitating workshops for children on leadership and social issues, both in Hindi and English. Preeti has also led corporate campaigns and conducted CEO level training for both large and small focused groups. She believes art is an invaluable part of life as it makes you value and appreciate the freedom of mind and senses.
Anupriya is a content curator with a Masters in English Literature. She has worked in the Social Sector for the past three years with CEMCA, with special focus on children. She is currently pursuing her PhD in English Literature. With a vision to supplement and transform the current scenario, she works with the goal to explore, create and be a part of developing better avenues for education that can help achieve a measurable social impact.
Ela Gupta is a strategic and outreach consultant with over 10 years of experience. She works with multiple organizations on various projects and is skilled in communications, partnerships, marketing strategy, business development, fundraising and public relations. Her associations include organizations like Sahapedia, Pranab Mukherjee Foundation, BeyonDiversity and BitGiving. She is passionate about empowering people and initiating social change, and loves to work with social entrepreneurs and change-makers.
Maanik is a designer by profession and holds a Master’s Degree from NID. He works on addressing social issues and uses design, technology, and photography as a medium to achieve the same. He was a Co-founder of a startup and has also mentored a few. He is an enthusiastic young individual, driven by self-innovated philosophies for motivation in his work.