Saurav is passionate about making a difference to the lives of children through access to education. He believes in bringing out the best through the untapped potential of people. Having come from very humble backgrounds, Saurav had the opportunity to study in some of the most prestigious universities in the world and have led large global diverse teams across cultural and geographical boundaries for over 15 years. He observed and learnt that spotting talent and providing access to opportunities makes a difference to enable children to find their hidden talent, whether they learn normally or have a difficulty. An avid traveller, reader, mentor, Saurav is an entrepreneur with a global MBA from LSE, NYU Stern and HEC Paris and experience of delivering multi million dollar projects world wide.
Senior Advisor, UK
Ivo is an internationally experienced and global-minded professional bringing 25 years of experience, of which 15 years in Strategy, Product & Market Development, M&A, Change Management, Investments / PE and Post Merger Integration, and 10 years in Customer Engagement, CX Partnerships and Digital. He has a proven track record of operating in multinational companies, multi-cultural environments and leading cross-border matrix teams of up to 250 people.
After 15 years in Financial Services, Ivo made a deliberate career change, and over the last 10 years, he specialised in Customer Engagement, CX, Partnerships and Digital. He is very passionate about fuelling growth through creating loyal customers by building and bringing to market digital customer propositions, products and solutions.
Early Childhood & SEN Advisor, US
Amy Hermans has over 25 years experience teaching both children and adults. Her education includes a B.A. in Fine Arts, a B.E. in Education, and an M.E. in Creative Arts in Learning. She has a license in teaching Early Childhood with Special Needs and has taught in both elementary school and early childhood settings differentiating the needs of many children. Amy lives and teaches in Massachusetts, USA, where she loves to share her passion for inclusion and learning with others.
Senior English Teacher and Advisor, UK
Ms. Jennie Sharples, BSc., MA, PGCert., PGDip., TESOL, CELTA, has worked internationally as a Language and Literature teacher (IGCSE, IBDP, AP), head of department, head of school, a principal, and an educational leader for over 20 years. She holds certificates in Dyslexia and Foreign Language teaching, Challenging Behaviors, and Girls Education amongst other qualifications. She has worked in Kazakhstan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Sudan, Alaska, and China. A Restorative Justice practitioner, her educational philosophy is based on the belief that every child is unique and has a different learning style that makes them not only capable of learning but also of succeeding." She loves teaching history geography and English using different methodologies suited to a student's learning style.
NAOMI MENON, InclusivED
Linguaphile Implementation Partner, Bangalore, India
InclusivEd caters to children in need of academic, social and behavioural support as they believe in inclusion where all children can come together to support each other and build their skills. They support children who go to mainstream schools and require after school support as well as children as young as 3 years old to prepare them for schooling. Naomi Menon is the founder of InclusivEd and a Member of the International Association of Special Education and is a trained Animal Assisted therapist Naomi has worked as a special educator in mainstream schools in Bangalore and was previously the co-founder of Merittude. She also enjoys spreading awareness and speaking about inclusive education in various forums. With an unending passion for and knowledge of the subject, she believes in providing a holistic and inclusive environment for all children who seek support to maximize their learning.
SEN Teacher, India
Medha holds an MSc in Psychology and a BA in Psychology, English and Journalism. Having previously worked in the education sector, she believes in providing better quality and equity in education. She is a mental health advocate, and aims to fight the stigma and discrimination against it through education and awareness.
She has experience working with children; having worked as an intern at a psych ward in a hospital and as a play therapist at an NGO, she wants to utilise these skills in the future. She also wants to be instrumental in devising tools to help both children and adults inculcate empathy and self-awareness.
In her free time, Medha enjoys dancing, watching TV shows including anime and K-dramas, listens to K-pop and loves to travel.
Creativities Intern, Pakistan
Sahaab has always been intrigued by the brain, it’s intricate systematics. To her, it was always fascinating how the grey could hold everything from our ingenious ideas, anxious conclusions, memories or traumas but simultaneously govern life as well. There were too many questions and psychology had all the answers which is why she decided to delve into the same and take it up as her bachelors major at University. She’s amiable, sanguine and empathetic and wants to learn and work closely with people of all capacities, from all contexts, in every continent. Her greatest aspiration is to work with the United Nations one day and be of succour to people in terms of psychological aid, she wants to pursue this dream for multiple reasons and them being to de stigmatise the taboo and shame around mental health and to establish the fact that being different only means being differently abled. If anything could insinuate how she looks toward life would be the phrase that goes “to understand and be understood”.
SEN Teacher, India
Roopesh is an enthusiastic college under graduate pursuing Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is extremely passionate about Mathematics and started his tutoring career by teaching Maths to students of Grades 4-12 in IGCSE, CBSE, ICSE curriculum. Now he teaches Maths, Physics, Chemistry and French to various kids with an aim to make them understand and love the subjects. He specializes in finding ways to efficiently solve problems and find short solutions to problems which usually take lots of time to solve.
He has also tutored kids with special needs and has used different approaches to keep them interested and excited about the subject. He takes very interactive classes with these children to keep them involved and interested to learn and solve problems.
Roopesh has helped several kids improve their problem-solving capabilities and overall performance in the subjects by providing adequate practice and cumulative assessments to track progress and keep the kids motivated throughout the process.
Chief Education Officer, UK
Papiya is a leading expert in teaching children with Special Education Needs and Learning difficulties. An experienced clinical Psychologist, NASENCO holder from UK, TESOL holder from Canada, diploma holder in pre-primary & primary education and a bachelors degree in Education, she has spent over 15 years in teaching children in international schools globally to bring out the best in them who require the support from their teachers and parents to ensure they can learn the same way as their peers. A firm believer in inclusive education, Papiya has touched the lives of numerous children with a variety of learning difficulties who have now gone on further in their careers and have become very successful in life. Papiya also holds degrees in Commerce, English and Masters Degree in Special Education & Inclusion from renowned UK university. Her passion is to work with children and make a difference to their world as well as bring a smile to the parents as they see their children succeed.
Senior Advisor, SEN Education & Inclusion, India
Shweta Sharan is a freelance journalist with bylines in The Hindu, Mint, Deccan Herald, and many other publications. She writes on books and education. In 2012, she started a Facebook group called Bangalore Schools, which has grown into an active community of over 56,000 parents and educators.
She is also one of three women behind Toka Box, a California-based company that curates children's books and activities. Shweta has an MA in Literature, with a specialization in journalism, and loves spending time with her 11-year-old daughter.
Head of Maths & Science and Examination Coordinator, India
Preeti has over 15 years of teaching experience with 4 years in Special Education. She has worked with several International schools in India which work towards the inclusion of children with special educational needs into mainstream society. She has Master degree in Computer Application, Honours in Mathematics, Diploma in SLD and NTT.
Having coached children with various difficulties, she believes that our society is facing a bigger problem of teaching disabilities than learning disabilities, because if taught differentially, every child can learn.
She includes yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and lots of fun in her sessions because she is convinced that if the child is healthy and happy, learning automatically follows.
Specialist Consultant Subject Teacher, Thailand
Originally from India with Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with passion of learning and teaching carved her way towards the teaching profession, been teaching computer science for the last 5 years and alongside Business studies after completing masters degree in International business. To further enhance her credibility in teaching she pursued masters degree in International Education from Framingham State University (USA). It has been a beautiful journey to be part of the student’s education life and see them become successful in life in whatever careers they want to pursue.
Creative Content Specialist, India
Esha is an illustrator visual artist and writer. Her enthusiasm for art and design, sparked at a very young age, largely due to the influence
of her mother and cultural upbringing. Constantly surrounded by music and the powers of imagination as a child, drawings created an inner sanctuary for her mind allowing her
creative powers and ideas to weave stories and spin life into characters.
Esha has a bachelor’s degree from Srishti Institute of Art Design and Technology, Bangalore,
specialising in visual communication and strategic branding. She also has experienced training from die Angewandte, University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Leading way to her Masters education in Illustration and Visual Media from the University of
the Arts, London college of Communication.
Head of R&D and Student Intern, India
Aastha has always been a critical thinker, someone who analysed everything in detail. There was always this inquisitiveness in how the brain worked things out and going to the depth of it was fun. This eventually led her to questioning WHY and HOW she thought the way she did.
And here she is, with a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences, all ready to find answers while pursuing her Master’s degree in Neuroscience.
Aastha is looking forward to research in the field of Behavioural and Medical Neuroscience. She wishes to make a difference by understanding people as they are and helping them come out of their difficulties, to see the brighter side of the world.
Clinical Psychologist, India
Ruth Ferdinand is from Delhi. Her education includes M.Phil in Clinical Psychology, M.A. in Applied Psychology and B.A (Hons) Psychology. She is an RCI recognized Clinical Psychologist.
Ruth is very passionate about her field and has always found Psychology very intriguing. She believes that every child is unique and should be given a nurturing environment to reach their potential.
Ruth started her career with an Early Intervention Centre where she provided Early Intervention and
assisted the team in identifying various Childhood Disorders. Ruth was involved in delivering
Developmental Surveillance, Early Intervention Services and Formulation of Individualized Intervention Plan for each child at Holy Family Hospital.
She worked as an Assistant Child Psychologist at BLK Hospital and was involved in conducting
Psychological and Educational Assessments on children having ADHD, ASD, Learning difficulties, ODD. Ruth is well acquainted with the Orton Gillingham Alphabetic Phonics Program which she used with children having Learning Difficulties. Following this, she was also associated with Mom’s Belief as a Child Psychologist.
Ruth is proficient in carrying out I.Q. Assessments, Psychometric Assessments, Neuropsychological
Assessments and is trained to provide Psychotherapeutic Interventions with children and adults.
Performing Artiste, Mentor to Music Courses, India
Abhisek is a Kolkata based singer-songwriter writing songs about contemporary issues around us. With strong inspirations from Leonard Cohen and Pete Seeger, Abhisek has created his distinctive identity through his poetic writings and heart wrenching melodies. Apart from his independent musical identity, he has been active working for the mainstream film industry for an array of commercial requirments