Rajiv Pandey (Co-Founder)
Co-Founder Rajiv Pandey,is an acclaimed T.V writer who has weaved many successful dreams for the small screen and contributes his expertise to the many creative activities of the organisation.A child abuse survivor himself, Rajiv had faced sexual abuse at a tender age of 4,by someone he had trusted. Having gone through the lasting negative implications of sexual abuse,Rajiv is now on a mission to create awareness and a positive change in the lives of those affected,by offering a unique method of healing,through creative writing and storytelling.
Pranav Joshi (Member Executive Committee)
An MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Pranav is Co-Founder & CEO of a Mumbai-based financial services firm and he also supervises his family’s business of chemicals distribution.
He joined the fight against Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in late 2017. He is convinced that the scourge of CSA needs to be eradicated for the progress and the betterment of our society and is dismayed that this cause remains one of the most under-addressed ones in India. He believes that a pan-India, force-multiplier `movement’ is required for this cause and is determined to do all he can in that direction.
He was responsible for establishing and driving new vectors of fund-raising for a Mumbai-based NGO working at the grassroots for the same cause. He has also supported and been involved with The Hands Of Hope Foundation (THOHF) over the past few years and formally joined the NGO in March 2020 as member of the Executive Committee. His area of responsibility includes organization development, structure & governance, business development and facilitating tie-ups and collaborations that are aligned to THOHF’s mission and goals.
An enthusiastic distance runner, his interests include astronomy, bird-watching, trekking, travelling and history and being a permanent foodie.
Chandni Shiyal (Manager – Admin & Operations)
Chandni acquired her Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Mumbai. Thereafter she completed her M.Phil. from the Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai on the subject of female genital mutilation in Africa with a special focus on Ethiopia. She is also a freelance researcher. In 2019 she completed her Ph.D. from the Centre for African Studies, University of Mumbai.
In 2015 Chandni authored a book titled `Female Circumcision/ Female Genital Mutilation: A Human Rights Violation – A case Study of Ethiopia’.
Chandni feels very strongly against the social injustices prevalent in our society and is not one to remain a silent bystander. She is passionate for causes related to children and women’s rights. Since 2016, she is working at Sahiyo, a NGO whose mission is to empower Asian communities to end the practice Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Chandni joined The Hands of Hope Foundation (THOHF) in August 2020 and she looks after the operational, HR and general administration aspects for the NGO.
Her interests are travelling, watching documentary films, drawing and research.