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. Click HERE to read more.

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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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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.  Click HERE to read more.

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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.  Click HERE to read more.

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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. Click HERE to read more.

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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. Click HERE to read more.

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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]

Over nine years of experience in the international non-profit sector in India.  A TEDx Speaker, YES Alumnus of 2007-08 batch to United States to study abroad for a year, Interculturalist, Trainer, Visual Communication Specialist and a Storyteller. At AFS,  I plan, develop and direct marketing efforts for AFS India with development of strategies & methodologies for the growth of volunteers & AFS. Background in Journalism with subsequent degree in Conflict Analysis & Peace-Building. 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]

I joined AFS India as Regional Coordinator in the Year 2017. I am holding Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and pursuing Master’s in Finance Sector. Overall, I work primarily with Sending Department and providing support to other departments whenever required. Being a regional coordinator, you get opportunity to work and interact with Volunteers on daily basis which itself is a Learning process. I am very enthusiastic by nature and a fun-loving person, having almost 3 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.

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Balram

Office Support

E-mail: [email protected]

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]

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]

I started my association with AFS in 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 a diverse work experience for over 25 years across various schools, NGO, 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 have the motto “buck stops here” – that covers everything.

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Falguni Surana

Event Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected]

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

Alumni & Projects  Coordinator

My Journey started with the organization as a staff who joined back in 2015.  I have been responsible for the execution of hosting year-long programs, where I had great challenges and achievement working with Host students and volunteers at the same time. At present my work with hosting continues with short-term programs with the addition to key focus work on maintaining relationships with the Alumni, Schools, and Embassies. I have always enjoyed working with Host students and volunteers, I am sure this new addition in my job profile has many new learning opportunities with Alumni, Schools, and Embassies. I happy being part of the journey of the organization where we are creating Active Global Citizens in different Capacities.

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Kuldeep Mishra

Office Support

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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Mehak Nayyar

Support Specialist 

E-mail: [email protected]

I’m Mehak and I’ve joined AFS India as a Support Specialist. I look after the program management, support cases management and volunteer development. I’ve completed my Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis University, Pune and have a prior experience of working as an HR for a couple of years too.  I have been an International Scholar and a YES Fellow Alumni as well. I love travelling, photography, writing and exploring different cultures.  I look forward to a super amazing journey with AFS.

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Nikhil Bhatnagar

Outbound AFS Program Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected]

Started as Outbound AFS Program Coordinator in AFS India in 2015 and since then I have been Learning each and every day. My work responsibility is to take care of AFS Year as well as Short Term Programs (Outbound). It’s an added benefit of work in AFS that you get opportunity to work for & with other departments whenever required and it really gives you a sense of satisfaction as your learning never stops. At professional front, I am having 9.5 years of experience in the Education Sector and have done Masters in the fields of Marketing and Finance. Personally, I am a very Enthusiastic & Positive Person. Life has taught me to always keep trying and never give up. I always try to laugh at some point in the day especially during times that are Stressful. Outside of AFS, I enjoy dancing & cooking. 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]

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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Pawan Tanwar

Programs Support

E-mail: [email protected]

My experience of NGOs began as a student in Learning Habitat Center at the Indian Habitat Center in the year 2006-2007. That one year experience of associating with LHC always attracted and encouraged me to work in the social sector. I joined an NGO known as Freedom English Academy (FEA) as an English Facilitator in November 2013. FEA provided me tremendous learning and growth opportunities. I enjoyed working at FEA as a Facilitator, Compliance Supervisor, Sr. Compliance Supervisor and Area Manager till August 2018. I enjoy travelling and exploring. AFS is an amazing organisation to associate with. Here under guidance of Divya Ma’am all are so focused at work and have fun at the same time. It’s a very dynamic organisation with lots of opportunities for everyone to learn and grow. You get exposure to the different cultures around the globe, opportunities to learn & grow and a family like environment at AFS. I am proud to be a part of AFS.
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Priya Bhattacharya

Admin and Special Programs Coordinator

E-mail: [email protected]

I joined AFS in 2015 in the capacity of Admin Coordinator and with several learning experiences have been taking care of some Special Programs in the organization. Overall I work closely with Administration team of the organization and support in Volunteer Development and the Short-Term team. Being a part of volunteer development team, gives me ample opportunities to know and interact with volunteers, the backbone of our organization, which is. Apart from this, I take care of Domestic and International Class Exchanges, Virtual Exchanges and any other special programs. I have studied Economics in bachelors and masters and have pursued Executive Program in Management from IIM C.  Working with AFS has given me an opportunity to find my own potential and build new perspective of cultural learning and understanding which is really great.

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Roshan Sajan

Deputy Hosting Operations & GCC Qualified Trainer

E-mail: [email protected]

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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Sonam Luthra

Sending Manager (Sponsored Program)

E-mail: [email protected]

My name is Sonam. I joined AFS in May 2013 and now it an association of more than 5 years with the organization and working with students and parents applying for the sponsored programs (Year Program). Each day is a new learning with all the stakeholders and 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.I am a Bachelor’s in Political Science (Hons) from Delhi University and thereafter pursued my Masters in Marketing and International Business.In my spare time I enjoying dancing and solving analytical puzzles.

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Sushan Arora

Finance Specialist

E-mail: [email protected]

My association with AFS commenced in May 2018 as Finance Specialist.

I am responsible for the accounts and finance oriented tasks at AFS in addition to handling budgeting, billing, taxation etc. By profession, I am a Cost and Management Accountant and a Company Secretary. I have good experience of handling accounts in ERP environment and handling day to day accounting activities of the organization. Committed to give the best I can, my desire is to work with greatest zeal and motivation. Outside AFS, I love cooking, reading, and outdoor games. Also, l like to learn good things from the experiences and from different people I meet as it always leads you ahead in life. Its always been nice and amicable at AFS and looking forward for a lot of growth at individual and interpersonal level.

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Suraj Sharma

YES Senior Assistant

E-mail: [email protected]

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

Deputy Hosting Operations and ICL Support

E-mail: [email protected]

I started my career with AFS India as Alumni Coordinator in the year April 2015. In due course of time, I also got an opportunity to be an integral part of YES department.  In my current job role, I am working with Hosting Department as one of the team members. In addition, I am also an interim ICL Support 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. In spite of challenges, working with different departments have widened my horizon and given me an opportunity to enhance my skills. Besides work, I like travelling and reading.  

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