Ishita Chaudhry | Founder & Managing Trustee

Ishita founded TYPF and served as Executive Director from 2002-2015, working with 450,000 young people from 18 states in India to advance their health and rights. An Ashoka and INK Fellow, she is an Advisory Member of the Committee for Designing Training and Capacity Building of Teachers for SCERT, Government of Delhi, a Founding Member of the international alliance RESURJ and Advisor to the Global Fund for Women. Developing programmes at local, national, regional and global levels on advancing youth leadership and social justice, Ishita works in several UN and government committees to advance young people’s access to SRHR, health and education.

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Arshiya Sethi | Founding Member & Chair

Arshiya has been a permanent member of the Board of Trustees at TYPF since 2002. She has served as the Creative Head of Programmes at India Habitat Center (New Delhi), and has also worked with the UN office for Drugs and Crime as a key member of the Drug and HIV national prevention project. She has also been involved with other social development issues like child labor, ageing, and gender. Twice a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, first in 2003-2004, and subsequently in 2017-2018. She is a well known authority on Indian performing arts, having in the past been dance critic for Times of India, Delhi, member of many government committees and has also  an Advisor on Doordarshan. She is Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kri Foundation



Apar studied at Amity Law School, Delhi, and Columbia Law School, New York. He has worked at Karanjawala & Co. and was a partner at Advani and Co. from 2012 to 2015. Apar set up a private practice in March 2015. He also has represented government bodies and been on the panel of the Union of India and the Controller of Certifying Authorities. He has authored a book on the Information Technology Act, presently in its second edition. He is deeply engaged in the formation of Technology Law and Policy, being retained as the counsel for the Internet And Mobile Association of India (IAMAI). Apar has been listed by Forbes India magazine in its list of “30 under 30” for his work in the media and technology sector. he has written columns for the Indian Express, Pioneer, Business Standard, the Caravan and others.


Shahnaz Siganporia | Founding MEmber

Shahnaz joined the organization’s staff in 2003 as Coordinator where she managed a peer education programme with adolescents, with an expertise in communication and facilitation training, as well as addressing issues of Substance Abuse, Peer Pressure and SRHR. In 2006, she transitioned to the Senior Management of the organization. After a Masters in English Literature from Lady Shri Ram College, Shahnaz began working with Platform, an indie arts and lifestyle magazine. After a long stint as Deputy Editor, she went on to work with Penguin Books India as a Commissioning Editor and then with Cosmopolitan Magazine as Deputy Editor. She is now an Associate Editor with Vogue, India.

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Pramada Menon | Advisory MEMBER

Pramada Menon is a queer feminist activist who has worked in the social justice and women’s human rights sector in India and internationally for more than three decades. She is the Co-founder of CREA and was Director Programs from 2000 till 2008. Prior to that she was with Dastkar as Executive Director. Since 2008, she has been working as an independent consultant on issues of women’s human rights, gender and sexuality, organizational change management and professional coaching. Pramada is also a stand up performance artist and has traveled with her show Fat, Feminist and Free to various cities. In 2013, she directed her first documentary film: ‘And you thought you knew me,’ which explores the lives of five persons assigned female at birth and their interactions with sexuality, queer activism, gender and Delhi.


Vishal Talreja | ADVISORY MEMBER

Vishal co-founded Dream a Dream along with 11 others in 1999, and became CEO in 2002. Vishal comes with deep grassroots level experience of working with children and young people over 17 years and is a passionate dreamer and believer in the inherent potential of each child. He is an Ashoka Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow and also sits on boards of Unltd India and India Cares Foundation. He has represented Dream a Dream at many national and international fora including as an 'Architect of the Future' at the Waldzell Meetings - A Global Dialog on Inspiration at Austria, and as a delegate of the International Visitor Leadership Exchange Program hosted by the Department of State, United States. He is an avid blogger, writer of poetry and mentor to young social entrepreneurs.