Board Members

The AFS India Board Members are a diverse group representing AFS alumni from sixties, and leaders from like-minded organization who believe in the vision and mission of the organization.
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Angela Roye

Chairperson

Educationist, Environmentalist, Founder-Principal of Angela Roye’s Child Development Center, Bangalore (established in 1997), An AFS Returnee from batch of 1966-67), Former banker who served in a large nationalised bank at various senior managerial positions. Has a Masters Degree in Child Development and is a sought after speaker, teacher, and trainer in her subject of Early Childhood Education.

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Arvind N Agrawal

Alumnus for  IIT  (Kharagpur), IIM (Ahmadabad) and IIT (Bombay), Awarded National HRD Award in 1992, Qualified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) From International Coach Federation, International Qualified Trainer for Intercultural Learning, An AFS Returnee from 1967-68 batch, Proud Host father of AFS Hosted Student.

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Bharat Wakhlu

Committed, results-oriented business leader and cross-functional manager with a demonstrated record of success, transforming enterprises and guiding leaders to deliver outstanding and lasting value to chosen stakeholders. Cross-culturally sensitive and engaging, and a technologically perceptive facilitator of beneficial change.

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Ebbe Skovdal

President and Chief Coach of iDIMENSIONS Alignment for Success, Leader, Manager, Toruble-Shooter, Change-Agent. Corporate Secretary for AFS Intercultural Programs in New York. AFS Returnee.

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Jayant Krishna

Jayant Krishna is ED & COO, National Skill Development Corporation. Most of Jayant’s experience of 30 years was with Tata Group with key positions at Tata Consultancy Services, including Director – Life Sciences & Healthcare (Europe); Regional Director (UK); RM (London); DCH; and Global Relationship Manager. He handled some of Tata Group’s key HR, CSR and Communications initiatives. He worked in Management Consultancy Group of a division of Tata Sons.

Jayant championed apprenticeship reforms and served as Chairman, GoI’s Task Force on its rationalization. He was Member on its Committees on Optimization of SSCs and Developing Industry Linkages for ITIs. Jayant chairs [email protected] Taskforce on Skills & Entrepreneurship. He has led CII’s Apprenticeship Reforms taskforce and was Co-Convener of Planning Commission’s Task Force on Employability. Jayant was actively involved in evolution of NSQF.

A Fellow of AIMA & CSI, Jayant was awarded the coveted British Chevening Scholarship. An Adjunct Professor at IIT Kanpur, he has been on the Board of Governors / Studies of a few institutions. Jayant is a recipient of prestigious Dr APJ Kalam Award for Innovation in Governance.

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Joseph Kuok

Alumni of St. Stephen’s College, Post Graduate in Business Economics from Delhi University, Winner of Bronze Medal in the 1982 IXth. Asian Games held at New Delhi in Waterpolo. Father of AFS Alumni.

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Mandeep Kaur

Mandeep is the All-India Principal Program Advisor in the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, where she has served since July 1994.  She was instrumental in setting up the U.S. State Department’s, “Youth Exchange and Study(YES) Program,” in India in 2005 in collaboration with AFS-USA.  Mandeep did her Bachelors (Lady Shri Ram College) and Masters (Hindu College) in English from the University of Delhi. She is a qualified teacher with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  Mandeep’s one enduring passion for the past three decades has been to work with underprivileged tribal girls at a Delhi-based non-profit “Yuvati Sewa Sadan (YSS),” run by Spanish missionary nuns.

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Ranjana Iyer

Ranjana Iyer is a practicing lawyer and has over three decades of experience and expertise as a senior litigator and has handled a vast variety of commercial disputes. She  has appeared before courts and tribunals in matters relating to intellectual property laws, immigration laws and arbitrations  and has also  worked as a legal advisor to   group of companies in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Ranjana has, at times, donned the cap of an educator when she was invited as guest lecturer in business laws at Wigan and Leigh College, Bangalore.  She is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers and of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO).

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Siddharth Singh

Siddharth Singh has been the Principal of the Emerald Heights International School, Indore, M.P., India since 2012. He has a global approach and that is reflected in the Exchanges and College Placements enjoyed by his students at the Emerald Heights International School. He is actively associated with AFS (India), British Council, Round Square (UK), Global Connections (China) and World Leading Schools Association (WLSA) (Netherlands). Pursued Aspiring Leadership Course from Harvard Graduate School of Education, University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Strategic Leadership Course from IIM, Kozhikode, Kerala., India; Masters in Business Administration from Stony Brook University, Public University in Stony Brook, New York, USA. He is also specialised in Marketing and Finance with a Double Major in Finance and was CUM LAUDE in Economics.

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Sumer Singh

Alumnus of The Doon School and St. Stephens College, Was head of Lawrence School, Sanawar. Served as Director of the Asian School, Dehradun. Elected as Chairman of IPSC for 2 years in Jan 2014, Trustee of the Round Square Board in London, on the Advisory Executive of HM King Constantine and is a member of G 20 and the Global Connections.

Staff

AFS Staff supports our volunteers, and enable exchanges to succeed by working together to ensure that the highest quality experiences are afforded to all participants and host families. The staff at AFS International provide worldwide support, quality control and development of the more than 50 AFS Partners across the globe.

Staffers

In Alphabetical Order
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Aadil Fahim

Manager – Communications, Branding and Volunteer Development

E-mail: [email protected]  | Skype: aadilfahim

My association with AFS goes back to 2007 when I went on an AFS exchange program to the United States. After coming back, I volunteered with AFS Delhi Chapter. Currently, I work as Manager, Branding & Volunteer Development where I plan, develops and direct marketing efforts for AFS India with development of strategies & methodologies for the growth of volunteers. I pursued my Masters in Conflict Analysis and Peace Building with Bachelors in Journalism. I hold a Diploma in Script Writing with certification of Fundamentals of Graphic Design from California Insitute of Arts & Design and Make Inforgraphics from Michigan State University.

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Ashish Kalal

Regional Coordinator (Gujarat Region)

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: ashish_kalal

I joined AFS as Regional Coordinator of Gujarat Region. I am holding Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and pursuing Master’s in Finance Sector. I am enthusiastic by nature and a fun-loving person, having almost 2.5 yrs of Experience in Education Field. Alongside I got opportunity to work on Community projects also during my College days. Working with AFS has provided me a wide platform to meet and work with new people, Volunteers, Students from different cultures around the world which I love the most and it inspires me each and every day to do more for the society.

I truly believe that “to become more enthusiastic, act more enthusiastic”

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Balram

Office Support

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: balram.afs

I like working at AFS India. I believe that a smooth running organization can only be developed only when every administrative work is taken care of in a meaningful way. I enjoy the company of people in office. I have learned a lot since I joined the organization. WIth changing organization, I have seen the growth and development in the people around myself and in the organization as a whole.

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Bharat Kandpal

Account Senior Assistant

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: bharat.kandpal

I like  learning and exploring new things. My main motive during the time I joined office was to learn from others and giving my best in what I do: account & finance work. With the finance work, I get plenty of time to interact with the volunteres & other stakeholders which helps me grow as an individual at personal and interpersonal level.

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Divya Arora

National Director

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: divya.arora33

I am Divya and I am associated with AFS since May 2006 first as a volunteer and then as staff. It seems like a life time that I have been with AFS. Before AFS…I have done many things and gone from profession to profession. I have a diverse work experience for over 20 years across various schools, not for profit organizations, hospitals, businesses and export houses. My father is my inspiration. He was motivational writer & speaker and has taught me from beginning to be always positive and he gave me a thought that work is worship. I became the National Director since 2009 and lead the team at the AFS National Office in India. I work in all departments associated with the governance and operations. I have the motto “buck stops here” – that covers everything.

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Falguni Surana

Event Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: falgunisurana

I joined AFS as an Event Coordinator I assist AFS team with Events and Orientations Part. I hold an experience over work of 2.5 years. Whereas in Academic front I am graduate in History honors From JDMC, Delhi University and also have completed certificate course in Graphic designing from Shri Aurobindo College of arts and Commerce.  Whereas I love to meet new people, and listen their experiences, as that inspires me further with my job as well as life as in whole. Being True to yourself is something which I believe in.

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Heena Shahzad

Hosting  Coordinator

I am responsible for the execution of program planning in Hosting Department of the organization, within the diverse local setting. I work from the initial phase to the end of the Year long programs. I always try to make sure that there is volunteer engagement in the process which helps in facilitating smooth hosting process in terms of recruiting host families, reaching out to a new school, community service organizations and supporting the students at the chapter level. During the hosting process, I always try to providing timely support to host students by addressing their distress concerns. I joined AFS back in 2015 and I see my journey today with many learning, exposure and more importantly working with fun.

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Joceline Joshy

Volunteer Support

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: jocelinejoshy.afs

I joined AFS as a Volunteer Support. My role is to assist in the Volunteer Development Process.  Being part of the volunteer development team, it is a great to know the volunteers closely. On the academic front, I have completed my post graduation in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia and am a graduate from Jesus and Mary College, Delhi University. For me, AFS is not just a normal job but more of living through different worldviews, learning and spreading the same across. I love to travel, explore new places, meet different people and learn about their culture along with my job maintaining the perfect mix of work and fun. Being positive is my mantra to everything in life.

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Kuldeep Mishra

Office Support

Skype: kuldeep.mishra921

I work as an Office Support. With new addition to the AFS family, I have lot to learn and explore. I try to provide my expertise in any field I can as per the need and requirement. With each assignment, I learn a new thing, and that, in the end, feels like an achievement.

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Nikhil Bhatnagar

Outbound AFS Program Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: nikhil.afs

I joined AFS India, as Outbound AFS Program Coordinator. I am mainly responsiblefor promoting AFS Year Program.I work and assist Students and Parents through the whole Application Process of Year Program. I also support other departments, whenever required. I am having 8.5 years of experience in the Education Sector and have done Masters in the fields of Marketing and Finance. I am a very Enthusiastic& Positive Person and these are two strong points about my personality. I always try to laugh at some point in the day especially during times that are Stressful. Outside of AFS, I enjoy dancing &cooking. I like Exchanging new ideas, finding interesting things about different cultures and experience new things. Life has taught me well and Working with AFS has given me vast exposure in International aspect of Intercultural Learning and I believe that AFS makes difference in the lives of many.

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Nishita Mehta

Manager – Programs, Fundraising & Alumni

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: live:nishu92mehta

I have been associated with AFS from 2009 as an exchange student to Italy. After my exchange year, I volunteered with Baroda chapter. I have also represented the alumni on the AFS India board from 2014-2017 and now working in the capacity of a Manager – Programs, Partnerships, Fundraising & Alumni jointly with the respective teams. I have a Bachelor’s in French and Master’s in Journalism and Communication Studies.
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Niki Benn

Regional Coordinator (South India)

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: Niki Benn

I joined AFS as Regional Coordinator of South India Region. I have a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing. I am an enthusiastic and a fun-loving person, having almost 4 yrs of experience in financial services sector. Working with AFS will provide me a wide platform to meet and work with new people, volunteers, and students from different cultures around the world which would be very interesting. I would like to help students in experiencing the AFS effect and creating a better world.

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Prashant Kumar

Finance Head

E-mail: [email protected]

I head the Finance department at AFS India. I have been making sure that the functioning of AFS Intercultural Programs India doens’t get hindered or interrupted because of any snag from Finance side. Working with AFS family is a great experience as I not only get to work in my field, but I also get to explore many other dimensions: meeting people, learning new things and being part of AFS family.

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Priya Bhattacharya

Admin and Special Programs Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: priya.afs

I work as the Admin and Special Programs Coordinator since 2015 in AFS India. I take care and manage the overall administration of the organization and support in Volunteer Development team and the Short Term team. In the volunteer development department, I take care of the International Volunteer Exchange programs and involved in overall chapter related activities. Being a part of this team, gives me ample opportunities to know and interact with volunteers, the backbone of our organization, which is great. Apart from this, I support the Short Term team, especially on the hosting side and take care of the Domestic Class Exchange program as well. I have done bachelors degree in Economics and have pursued Executive Program in Management from IIM C. I believe that an organization can only perform at its potential, if the people associated with it have proper administration, coordination and communication within themselves. Working with AFS has given me vast exposure to know and have an international aspect of intercultural learning and understanding which has been a great learning experience for me.

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Roshan Sajan

Hosting Support

E-mail:[email protected] |
Skype: roshan_sajan

I work with students participating in year or semester programs that depart in the fall. I also have served as Content making resource which involves a knack of researching, niche write-ups and believes in cross cultural worldviews, experiences or witnesses to recognize, wants to be part of the same. At AFS India, I currently manage the role as Hosting Support for all year or semester Programs. It has been nearing two years since the day I have stepped up for immersion amongst participants of International Intercultural Exchange Programs. Before Joining AFS India, he was previously employed in a publishing company, David C. Cook India, J127 project on trauma, wounds & healing of Children at Risk. I am a student of of Economics, from Jamia Millia Islamia University (JMI), New Delhi. Outside of AFS, I enjoy singing in Choir, Playing Violin, doodling with Calligraphy & enjoy involving in philanthropic activities

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Sarita Badhwar

Manager, School & ICL Responsible

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: sbadhwar

I am Sarita Badhwar , Manager School and ICL Responsible for AFS intercultural program India. I have recently retired from one of the most reputed Public school of India Daly College in Indore M.P.I have worked for 38 years  and retired as Sr. Mistress and Dean Internationalism.

My association with AFS dates back to 2009. I have worked as a volunteer in different capacities .I have specialized in Intercultural learning and completed ICL  level  I ,II and National Qualified  Trainer’s training. I have worked as National Qualified trainer for last three years. AFS is very close to my heart and I owe a lot to it for my professional and self-growth. I would like help schools in experiencing the AFS effect and prepare students to be global, sensitive and caring citizen of tomorrow’s   World.

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Sheldon Alliew

Volunteer Coordinator 

E-mail: [email protected] |
Skype: sheldon.alliew

I have joined AFS as a Volunteer Coordinator where I will be part of the team of volunteer development. I am also involved in other programs of AFS India. Having over 11 years of work experience in school relationship and client servicing I decided to move to the National Capital a couple of years ago. Since my younger days I have always been very active in spreading a smile (I love to smile). Be it teaching children with learning difficulties, during my school days to spending time with the elderly in old aged homes, as part of the community service in college. I love to listen to people and always try to give a helping hand wherever needed. I love interacting with students and young minds. I have travelled to almost every part of India spreading knowledge and learning new things every day. I love photography, traveling and cooking. Working with AFS for me is “loving what I do”

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Sonam Luthra

Sending Manager (Sponsored Program)

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: sonam.luthra

My name is Sonam. I work with students and parents applying for the sponsored programs (Year Program). I strongly believe that International learning and knowledge propels students towards acceptance and understanding of an array of different cultural and community perspectives and develop the knowledge and skills needed for participation in our multicultural society.

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Suraj Sharma

YES Senior Assistant

E-mail: [email protected] |
Skype: surajsharma3

I am working in the YES department and have been with AFS India for over 10 years. I assist students and parents through the application process, My immense contribution is in providing support with applications to the department as well as to the students, natural families and volunteers. My love for children and the desire to be associated with an organization providing life changing opportunities keeps me going enthusiastically and has been a strong support for one and all in the office. I believe that AFS has given me a lot since beginning, and I want to continue giving best to the organization and learning from it. Also I love to travel new places and learn about different cultures.

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Ujwal Singh

YES & Alumni Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected] | Skype: ujwalsingh

My name is Ujwal and I joined AFS India as Alumni Coordinator since April 2015.  Now I am also an integral part of YES department. I am mainly responsible for smooth functioning of both YES and alumni department. In addition, I am also an interim ICL Responsible taking care of the ICL trainings and related task. My engagement with AFS has not only helped in building self confidence but has also provided a platform to grow and learn something new every day. Travelling to Egypt for a workshop with AFS was certainly a highlight of my two years here so far.

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Vyom Raisurana

Inbound Sponsored Programs Support

E-mail: [email protected] |
Skype: vyomraisurana

At AFS, I primarily work on the Sponsored Programs on which students come to India. My association with AFS dates back to 2010 when I went to the US for my exchange year. While working at AFS India has been an enriching journey thus far, I strive to contribute to the growth of the organization and thereby build on my skills as an individual. I feel that Intercultural Learning helps bridge the gap between people and cultures; and AFS has been instrumental in implementing Intercultural Learning at the grassroots level. Working with AFS, I  feel a strong sense of contribution to the society.

Learn to appreciate and accept others' point of view while working with AFS.

“There are many organisations which are involved in the lot of conflicts around the world, almost all the conflicts originate from lack of understanding of other point of view of the other side but there are very few organisations like AFS which give people, the experience and tools not only to understand the other’s point of view but also to appreciate and accept that point of view without giving up their own views.”

Staffer with AFS India

 

A platform to make real different in the society. Work with a group of motivated volunteers and be part of the change-making process!

“AFS has given me a wonderful chance to grow with them, feel young at heart and live a beautiful life while making the world a smaller place by meeting the people from various culture. The joy of watching these participants making the differences in their life and encompassing people’s lives is something I really enjoy the most .It would be incomplete if I don’t mention about the valuable, selfless & outstanding volunteers. Working with the volunteers is an experience in itself.”

Staffer with AFS India