Current Team

Chinmayi S. K.

Founder

Chinmayi is a computer science engineer by qualification and the founder of The Bachchao Project, a community that works on the intersection of gender and technology. She previously worked as an engineer with Nokia and founded Saakshin, a software services start-up in Bengaluru, India.

Over the past four years, Chinmayi has been a pivotal part of several civil society projects, which involve building technology communities as well as creating technological solutions to address gender and humanitarian issues. She supports the technical and policy needs of numerous groups and organisations such as Internews, Safecity, Breakthrough, Flone, Geeks Without Bounds, and Bailancho Saad.

Rohini Lakshané

Director (Emerging Research)

Rohini is a technologist by training, a long-time Wikimedian, and a public policy researcher. She has worked on several research and advocacy projects on the intersection of technology, policy, and civil liberties. Her body of work encompasses diverse territories such as the application of technology and policy to solve issues of gender inequity, violence and discrimination; access to knowledge; openness; patent reform; making tech spaces diverse and inclusive; and the cross-hairs of gender, sexuality and the Internet. In 2014 and 2015, Rohini served on the jury of The Best of Blogs, an international award honouring excellence in online activism, instituted by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. She conducts digital security trainings for journalists, activists, at-risk civil society groups, and the general public. In a previous avatar, she worked as a technology journalist and editor in the print and web domains, ferreting out stories on human interest and online civil liberties.

Tania Devaiah

Projects Lead, Goa – research, advocacy and social action

Tania is an activist and campaigner with a passion for working on issues that arise in the intersect of human rights, environment, resource use, gender and conservation. With a Master’s degree in Social Work (TISS), she has spent the last decade working on issues ranging from anti human trafficking, public education and health care, community media as a tool for social change, running and winning campaigns on environmental and gender rights issues to name a few. She has worked with Prerna Anti Trafficking Center, Biocon Foundation, Video Volunteers and Jhatkaa.org. Currently, she is focused on community centric, innovative organizing as a tool for social change and aims to use her skills to support social movements.