Founder of Samvada Youth Resource Centers and Baduku Community College, organisations today recognized for equipping young people with values, knowledge and skills to build their lives while also making meaningful contributions to society. She has anchored multidimensional projects funded by prestigious institutions like the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation, German Church Development Services, Swiss Development Cooperation, American Jewish World Service, Tata Trusts and is a CSR partner for reputed corporations. Alongside building and leading SAMVADA, Anita has also consulted with international donors, educational institutions and grassroots NGOs for policy formulation, program design, institutional development and impact assessment. She has dedicated the last 25 years of her working life to disadvantaged youth. As a result of her drive and vision, over 4000 youth from excluded communities have ledinitiatives for social change, and more than 700 have entered socially critical professions such as teaching, counseling, journalism, youth work, child care and sustainable farming.
If you are looking for a resident social entrepreneur, expert facilitator, prolific writer or a deep, impassioned exponent on gender and youth issues…look no further! Anita has authored over 25 research papers, several newspaper articles, and writes fiction as well as poetry.
Combining a humane and sensitive approach with the practicality of experience – Anita, brings to our team her immense belief that true change starts with us all.
She has an M.A. In Development Studies (University Of East Anglia, 1997) and a Post-graduate Diploma In Rural Management (Institute Of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), 1983).