Our Team
  • Village Coordinators

Dr. A.L. Sharada is the Director of Population First and spearheads the media advocacy campaign for Gender sensitivity - Laadli, which had initiated conversations with many influencers in print and electronic media, script writers, advertising professionals and other content developers through awards, Fellowships, Workshops and consultations. She is a member on the examining committee of the CBFC, Western region. She also initiated gender analysis of ads and films in Print media. 

She has done her Doctorate in Sociology from the Central University of Hyderabad . She has been active in the Development Sector for the last 30 years. She started her career as a faculty member in the Central University of Hyderabad.  She was also on the faculty of Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) at Jaipur. She carried out many short-term consultancy assignments for UNICEF and UNFPA in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra. She has also conducted several programmes for NGOs in U.P. and Rajasthan on various issues such as rehabilitation of the mentally handicapped persons, mobile crèches for migrant construction workers, adolescent, non-formal and innovative education initiatives, and empowerment of women, child labor and women’s health.  Dr Sharada has conducted various training programs for personnel of international agencies, NGOs and Government departments on gender and RCH as well as on Communication Planning. *She was invited by the US government Under International Visitors Leadership Programme on “Role of NGOs in addressing Global Gender Issues” in June 2009.

Dr. Sharada was awarded Anita Parekh Award by Rotary Club of Mumbai and the Changemaker Award by Working Mothers in 2016.


Anupriya holds a Masters in Health Sciences with an experience with Social Development Sector for last 7 years, research and project management being her forte. Anupriya brings to the table valuable experience gained by working in various settings such as a research organization, a political think tank and a media advocacy and research organization.

Anupriya is associated in the- - capacity of Program Manager for project 'Safe Abortion Advocacy Initiatives' in collaboration with IPAS India. The project focuses on reaching information from a rights perspective on safe abortion issues to Media and the Elected Representatives. She is also associated with Population First's AMCHI project which is a rural community development initiative focusing on health and women empowerment.


Neeta Khajuria holds a Masters degree in Resource Mobilization from S.P.Jain Institute of Management Mumbai. Since last 15 years she has been associated with development sector. She has worked with three organizations, namely Dignity Foundation, Mumbai Mobile Creches and Life Trust. She has worked for various causes like productive ageing for senior citizens, education, nutrition and health for children living on construction sites and education for the lesser privileged living in the slums. Currently she is working closely with students of around 40 colleges in Mumbai to promote greater gender sensitivity at individual and institutional level.

She is currently undergoing her “Visharad” degree program in Indian vocal classical music. She is also using her past experience to raise funds through corporates, individuals and institutions for the organization.

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Melanie Fernandes holds a B.A.degree in Sociology. She has good networking skills. She coordinates with various departments in the colleges and University under the Laadli Youth Intervention Program.


Miral is a post graduate in Sociology (Honors) from University of Mumbai. During her undergraduate programme in Sociology at Sophia College, Mumbai she interned with NGO’s like Akanksha and Harmony. Her passion to bring positive change in the society made her join Population First in 2012. Working as a programme officer for Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity helps her to see advertising/reporting in a more gender sensitive manner.


A post-graduate in mass communication (2012), Bhakti worked as project assistant for the Laadli Media Awards for the year 2011-12 and the National Laadli Media Awards 2012-13.

Currently, she is a secretary to both Mr. Sista and Dr. A. L.  Sharada and handles their appointments and correspondence. She is responsible for coordinating with all Trustees and Advisory Council Members to organize Board Meetings and Handling all the day-to-day administrative work of the organization.

Swapnil did his B. Com. in 2007 from Mumbai University. Working with Population First since 2009, Swapnil looks after the accounting process till Finalization of Book of Accounts. He has the experience of working with three organizations, namely Make a Wish Foundation of India, Thane Bharat Sahakari Bank Ltd. and Ashnijex Computer Ltd.
Fazal holds a Post Graduate degree in Social Work and is a master trainer as well. He is associated with Population First since 2007. Fazal has also worked with UNICEF for 3 yrs and the Jal Swaraj project during which he discovered his interests in rural community development. Fazal has been engaged in conducting several training programs for school children, rural women, farmers, adolescent and government officials on varied issues like school sanitation and hygiene, income generation, organic farming, health and their capacity building. Fazal also holds an expertise in conducting the micro planning activities during PRA surveys for rural community. Currently he is managing the AMCHI livelihood initiatives including Village Tourism Project and Vermin Composting Project.
Sangita has been associated with Population First for last 6 yrs, with an experience in social sector for nearly 12 years. She has worked with UNICEF for 6 yrs where she honed her skills and interest in areas of child health and adolescent health. During her association with Jal Swaraj project, A Government of Maharashtra welfare scheme, Sangita built her expertise in micro planning activity for the community. Being a grass roots person, Sangita shares her passion for empowerment of the rural community and their well being. She was actively involved in developing various training modules for the UNICEF and Government of Maharashtra training programmes for adolescents on health and gender issues. Sangita brings her knowledge and expertise to strengthen the AMCHI project in Shahapur block, Thane district.
Dilip has been a key player in the AMCHI project field staff since 2008. Dilip is a graduate who comes from Alyani village in Shahapur and has set an example in his village by choosing a different career path working towards the betterment of his community.

Through commitment and passion, Dilip has earned his way up in the organization from being a Village co-ordinator to Field Officer. Currently, he is engaged in capacity building, inspection and monitoring activities in the livelihoods project of AMCHI.

Village coordinators are volunteers who are paid a stipend for their time and help supervice activities in 5-10 villages. They have received on the job training and are instrumental I motivating women and youth to engage in village development activities. The names and villages of the volunteers are as follows:     
  • Bharti Mhaskar: Mohili
  • Nisha Walimbe: Alyani
  • Sadhana Chaudhary: Temburli
  • Sandhya Patekar: Dehna
  • Vishakha Nipurte: Savroli