Ishita Chaudhry | Founder & Managing Trustee

Ishita Chaudhry is the Founder and Managing Trustee of The YP Foundation (TYPF). She served as Executive Director from 2002-2015, working with 450,000 young women, girls and other marginalized youth to advance their leadership, health and rights through community and policy programmes in 18 states in India. In 2016, Ishita transitioned to TYPF's Board of Trustees. A consultant and feminist activist, she works with youth groups, civil society and governments to develop programmes and influence policies at local, national, regional and global levels that advance young people's access to SRHR, education and good governance. An Ashoka Fellow and INK Felow, Ishita is an Advisor to the Global Fund for Women, and Founding Member of the transnational alliance RESURJ (Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice). She has worked in several government and UN committees, including as an Advisory Member for the Department of Education, Government of NCT and the United Nation's High Level Task Force for Population and Development (ICPD).

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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 Gupta | Member

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.