I am a pissed off optimist and a keen observer of human behaviour.
I believe in the collaborative dynamic of design and strive to build sustainable solutions that place people at the centre of the process.
M.A. SOCIAL DESIGN
SINCE JUN 2020*
Expert in navigating the pandemic repercussions and the chaotic global world order.
Prioritising self care and human connections.
M.A. MASS COMMUNICATION
AUG 2019 - MAY 2020
Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Collaborated with diverse stakeholders via contextual inquiry, focus group discussions and ideation sessions to design student-centred tools for pedagogy + staff application.
Facilitated workshops for Program Directors + the Staff to share key insights and recommendations.
NOV 2018 - APR 2019
SOCIAL DESIGN FELLOW
Emocha Mobile Health
Engineered qualitative + design research to strategically identify opportunities for D2C product offering through stakeholder mapping, in-depth interviews, analogous research, rapid prototyping and team collaborations.
JUL 2017 - JUL 2018
Directed anti-human trafficking communication + advocacy efforts and developed the digital Anti-Trafficking Resource Center.
Managed the development of several deliverables via field visits, in-depth interviews and community sessions.
JUL 2014 - AUG 2016
SR. OFFICER, COMMUNICATIONS
Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)
Handled communication with pan-India teams + global partners and developed insight-driven print + digital deliverables based on ethnographic research, expert interviews and secondary research.
Supervised social media + blogs and assisted with media advocacy.
RESEARCH + SYNTHESIS
Human-Centred Design + Social Innovation
Design Research + Ethnography
Power Analysis + Community Engagment
COLLABORATION + IDEA BUILDING
Facilitation + Storytelling
Writing + Visualisation
Ideation Exercises + Rapid Prototyping
Communication Design + Dissemination
Indesign + Illustrator
Mural + Miro
MonkeyLearn + Prezi
Canva + Piktochart
JUL 2017 - JUL 2018
CO-FOUNDER & PEDAGOGY
Olakh (Goonj Youth Initiative)
Planned, organized and executed a project to create a safe space for underprivileged children and offer life-skills + supplementary education using non-traditional teaching methods.
AUG 2018 - DEC 2019
DESIGN RESEARCHER + STRATEGIST (MICA M.A. PROJECTS)
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
Conducted research + synthesis, ideation and prototype development to improve digital training + transition to on-board the project team of the globally growing ‘CAPABLE’ program.
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Designed a consent-based communication model to simplify inter-departmental patient transfer process through hierarchy mapping, body storming and systems thinking.
The Baltimore Innovation Team
Executed field observations + interviews and presented recommendations + findings to assist the Innovation team better understand the problem of vacant housing.
MAR 2012 - JUL 2013
COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT & CREATIVE WRITER
Led content development and creative writing for a networking website, assisted with product testing + wire-framing.