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. 

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education

2018-2019

M.A. SOCIAL DESIGN

experience

SINCE JUN 2020*

COVID HIATUS

  • Expert in navigating the pandemic repercussions and the chaotic global world order.

  • Prioritising self care and human connections.

2007-2010

B.A. SOCIOLOGY

I.P. Desai Scholarship recipient

AUG 2019 -  MAY 2020

DESIGN RESEARCHER

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

MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS

Prerana Anti-Trafficking

  • 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.

skills

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

TECHNICAL

  • Indesign + Illustrator

  • Mural + Miro

  • MonkeyLearn + Prezi

  • Canva + Piktochart 

community projects

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

VONIZ Inc.

  • Led content development and creative writing for a networking website, assisted with product testing + wire-framing.