CORE TEAM

  • Pranay Desai
  • Asma Hussain
  • Nikita Desai
  • Parul Patel
  • Nivedita Menon
  • Nilu Singanporia

ADVISORS TO DFC GLOBAL TEAM

  • Ruthie Sobel
    Innovation and Resources | Student Leadership

    Ruthie Sobel


    Hi, I'm the DFC Israel partner. I am an educational entrepreneur with a special bent for designing educational programs and training educators to teach with heart and empower students with self esteem. I'm Tom's grandmother now and I hope that when he grows up all the efforts of our FIDS KIDS will have made the world a little better. But if there's anything left to fix, I hope that his first words will be Yes I CAN.

  • Madhu Verma
    Innovation and Resources

    Madhu Verma


    Madhu’s interest in children’s empowerment led her to set up DFC Singapore, a social enterprise in 2010 that engages the young to drive change for a better world. (dfcsingapore.com)

  • Chaka RJ Phiri
    Innovation and Resources

    Chaka RJ Phiri


    My name is Chaka, born in 1994, from Blantyre, Malawi. i am passionate about growth (mindset change), innovation, social development and i love to work with the youth.

  • Estela Rodriguez Ros
    Innovation and Resources

    Estela Rodriguez Ros


    I am a sustainability consultant , a coach, a positive psychology practitioner and have experience in education management. My passion is to help people to have tools to live in a more positive way.

  • Wendy T Muzite
    Student Leadership

    Wendy T Muzite


    32 years with lots of experience in the educational and civic society sector .Passionate about children girls and women leadership and education for development as well art in eduart and music. Sociable and very eager to learn.mingle and grow.

  • Amalia Setiabudi
    Student Leadership

    Amalia Setiabudi


    Amalia is the country partner of Design for Change for Indonesia.

  • Shirine Al Khudari
    Student Leadership

    Shirine Al Khudari


    Shirine Al Khudari is an educator with more than 31 years of practical teaching, teacher training and leadership skills. She led local and international schools in the capacity of a school leader. She is a passionate advocate of children’s leadership skills and children’s rights to create, innovate and campaign for a better world. Shirine is a true advocate for Design for Change - World initiative and is currently the official global partner at Design for Change Jordan and the director of the NGO’s executive committee.

    Shirine aims to help support generations of responsible youth who will change their world for the better aiming at just and long lasting peace.

    Shirine has also officially started her own educational consultancy company under the name Tanawarna, offering local and global educational consultations, teacher training and leadership training skills.

  • Julio Intriago
    Student Leadership

    Julio Intriago


    Head of Education at Diseña Futuro. Political Scientist with experience in delivering social innovation processes in pedagogical contexts.

  • Jawad Abuown
    Funding / Grant

    Jawad Abuown


    Jawad AbuOwn is a Co-founder and the CEO of Partners for Sustainable Development (PSD) a not-for-profit organization working in education, digital transformation, and entrepreneurship, with youth, women, and teachers to achieve sustainable development.

  • Juanita Rea
    Funding / Grant

    Juanita Rea


    I am an artist, activist, wellbeing specialist and EdTech innovator with 21 years of global teaching experience, passionate about empowering children. (BPrim.Ed, M.Ed, PGCert Sustainability, Yoga, Mindfulness)

  • Pamela Ycaza
    Research

    Pamela Ycaza


    Political Scientist with a MSc. International Social and Public Policy for the London School of Economics (LSE). Partner of Design for Change Ecuador and founder of Diseña Futuro. She has experience managing and evaluating education projects and working in innovation and cultural transformation consultancies for the private sector.

  • Sonam Norbu
    Celebrations

    Sonam Norbu


    Mr. Sonam Norbu is an Edupreneur, social worker and a lifelong learner. Sonam has been a teacher for 12 years. Currently he has founded VTOB Educational Solutions and Services which comprises of a community based organization, an institute and few social enterprises that aims to enhance educational engagements to nurture active citizens through consistent quality services that are innovative, problem solving, relevant and affordable.

  • Natalia Allende
    Ibero American Partnerships

    Natalia Allende


    Natalia Allende is the founder and president of Design for Change Chile and served as a founding DFC Global Board member for four years. Before her commitment to DFC, she was a teacher with 15 years of experience in the classroom. She also holds a M.A. in Aesthetics and an M.A. in Literature.




Anjali Chhabra


‘Outside the comfort zone, is where the magic happens’, is the motto that drives this dreamer. With a strong belief in the children’s power to become superheroes, Anjali Chhabra aspires to become a peace educationist by making education a laboratory of peace. A Journalism graduate with masters in Peace and Conflict Studies, she has done intensive field and research work in the border areas of Kashmir. Recently she graduated from Gandhi Fellowship, a two year leadership programme in Mumbai (Maharashtra) aimed at transforming the head masters of government schools to leaders of tomorrow. Her vision is to create a successfully scaled peace education curriculum based on PLAY and ultimately mainstreaming it in the state’s education policy.

Asma Hussain


Asma has spent half a decade with children inside the classroom as an educator. Spending her time inside classroom taught her to be patient, humble, curious and a believer in persistence. She has completed her Bachelors in Economics. She also has a Bachelors degree in Education. Before joining Design for Change, she was a fellow at Teach for India.

Amogh Lux


Amogh Lux is a recent graduate from Chapman University in Orange, California with a degree in public relations, advertising and fine art. He firmly believes in the power of innovation and simplicity in tailoring experiences. A self proclaimed brand enthusiast, Amogh's goal is to help spread the “I Can” attitude around the globe via social media. His plan is straightforward; to turn up conversation and keep social media social.

Pranay Desai


Pranay Desai is an integral member of Design for Change. He has 11 years of design practice behind him. He graduated from the prestigious MS University of Baroda and specialized in Visual Communication. He started ‘IINFI Design Solutions’ in 2000 with his partner, Chintan. His core competency is in the area of graphic design. He is responsible for the design and technology backend expertise and support for Design for Change.

Anshul Aggarwal


After finishing his BE in Mechatronics from Manipal University and working with IMEC in Belgium for 6 months, Anshul joined DFC in 2011. He has since slipped into the role of Chief of (pretty much) Everything with complete ease. It’s standard practice to find Anshul looking alarmingly sleep-deprived, as it is to find his emails in your inbox at ridiculous hours. Don’t be fooled by his frequently spaced-out look; Anshul is a stickler for perfection, and demands it of everyone around him.

On the rare occasions that he is not working, you’ll find Anshul in some remote corner of the country exploring his interest in folklore and storytelling or making an earnest, yet unsuccessful attempt at growing a respectable ponytail. The ponytail aside, we don’t know what we would’ve done at DFC without Anshul and his remarkable ability to get things done.

Nikita Desai


Nikita Desai joined as a member of the Design For Change - Global team in 2017. She has been with Riverside School for the past 20 years as a parent, an educator, Head of Riverside Learning Center and as a School Leader for Key Stage 2. (Grades 3 to 7) The fundamental philosophy that drives Nikita’s impeccable work ethic of hard work, dedication and user-centered design is, knowing that with adequate opportunities and support, every child can do anything and everything. Attuned to the Design for Change motto of ‘I Can’, she aspires to help all her students become aware of what bothers them and then to empower them to shift focus from vision to action. Nikita’s understanding of the pedagogy has been strengthened through training in Multiple Intelligence, Differentiated Instruction as well as an online course by the Harvard Graduate School of Education - ‘Teaching for Understanding’. She was invited to present Riverside’s philosophy by the Royal Education Council of Bhutan, Day Star School, Beijing, and Design Thinking at the Teach For All conference in London. She has also co-facilitated a workshop with Kiran Sethi at the Lego conference in Billund. She has been to schools in Rajkot, Anand, Sangamner, and Chittoor as an auditor for their pedagogy and practice. She has been the core team member in organizing the I CAN Children's Global Summit in Rome, where 2000 children from around 40 countries had a personal audience with Pope. Nikita enjoys interacting with people and meeting new minds, photography, listening to music, traveling, and trying different types of food.

Parul Patel


Not only has she seen the beginning of DFC, Parul has been around since the founding of the Riverside School itself, way back in 2001. A graduate of B.Com, Parul uses her administrative super powers to ensure the smooth functioning of DFC as well as Riverside. With her knack for building enduring relationships over phone, email, or in person, Parul is the point of contact for all our India partners and an indispensible asset for the team!

When she is not walking around campus interacting with students and teachers, you will find Parul perched on her favourite chair, which offers her the perfect vantage point to keep one eye on everything that’s happening while doing her work.

Ruchi Junnarkar


Ruchi Junakar is a graduate from Sophia College, Mumbai and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media with a major in Journalism. She joined Design for Change in February 2013 and is the main Coordinator for DFC’s annual Be The Change Conference, as well as the overall operations of DFC. Her persistent hard work and genial nature makes her a valuable teammate.

Nilufer Singanporia


Nilufer Siganporia is an Administrator & an Examinations Officer for Key Stage 3 at The Riverside School. She is a Commerce Graduate, and has a Diploma in Secretarial Practice. She is essentially a PR/HR person, and the first face of Riverside!! This makes her the perfect Coordinator for Hospitality, Guests and Communication for Design for Change. Her inherent love for children has made her a popular ‘Agony Aunt’ for everyone at Riverside. She is ‘high on life’, and strongly believes that ‘God has a plan for our life, and that’s all we need to know’.

Akanksha Agarwal


At Design for Change, Akanksha is trying to bridge the theory and practice of school improvement and learning through Design Thinking. She was a Gandhi Fellow and has worked with Bombay Municipal School Headmasters on designing more engaging learning environments in public schools. She dreams of designing a relevant and inclusive public education system. She has studied literature from Miranda House, Delhi University and has a Masters in Development Studies from TISS, Mumbai.

Over the years, Kiran, Riverside and Design for Change have won several accolades and Awards, and some of them are:

In 2011, Kiran won the prestigious "INDEX – Design to Improve Life Award".

In 2012, "Rockefeller Foundation Youth Innovation Award".

In 2014, Design for Change was declared Lego Foundation's "Reimagine Learning Challenge Champion".

In 2015, Kiran was amongst the Top 10 Educators, nominated for the Global Teacher Prize - instituted by the Varkey GEMS Foundation.

In 2015, Design for Change won the Commonwealth Education Good Practice Award.

In 2015, Kiran was conferred the Asia Game Changer 2015 Award by Asia Society.

In 2017, Kiran met the Pope in the Vatican to sign an Agreement whereby DFC is being introduced in over 460,000 Catholic Schools across the Globe.

In 2017, DFC has been recognised as one of the 100 most innovative educational programmes in the world by HundRED.org (based in Finland).

In 2018, Kiran has been awarded the “Light of Freedom” Award, at the Vital Voices, U.S.A., Global Leadership Awards.

In 2018 Edutopia covered The Riverside School for best practices. The Riverside School is consistently ranked as the No.1 International Day School in the City of Ahmedabad and State of Gujarat by EducationWorld India School Rankings.

After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (India) in 1989, Kiran successfully ran her own Graphic Design Firm for over a decade. She moved into Education when she founded The Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India in 2001, which is now viewed as a Laboratory to prototype “design processes” that enables “transformative” student learning experiences.


Kiran is also the founder of 'aProCh'—an initiative to make our cities more child friendly, for which she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow in 2008. In 2009, she received the "Call to Conscience Award" by the King Centre at Stanford.


In 2009, Kiran launched ‘Design for Change’ which uses a simple 4 step design framework – FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) to cultivate the I CAN Mind-set in all children. Today, DFC is the world's largest movement of change - of and by children, and is in 60+ countries—impacting over 2.2 million children and 65,000 Teachers.


Kiran currently resides in Ahmedabad with her Husband – Geet Sethi and two wonderful children – their son, Raag and daughter, Jazz. She loves listening to music, watching movies, singing, dancing and has an insane love for fruit-filled Dark Chocolates!!!

Nivedita Menon


The latest entrant to the D.F.C. Team - Nivedita Menon - is a socio-cultural anthropologist from the State University of New York, Buffalo, U.S.A. She believes there is no end to learning and that we learn something new everyday from every person we meet. Experiences from her nomadic journey always have and continue to amaze, teach and inspire her - both in terms of work in the field of social development and human rights and life in general. She strongly believes that the power of music and the role that education plays can change lives and build a culture of peace. Also one motto (among many others) she does her best to follow : Eat .. Travel .. Love!!

Rahul Shah


Rahul is currently working as a management consultant in a firm specialized in strategy consulting. In his 15+ years of experience, Rahul has worked on various domains including technology, retail, airlines, insurance and manufacturing. Besides strategy formation, Rahul specialises in creating customer centric solutions, sales process optimization, organizational operational efficiency and process improvement, and business development .