Meet The Team
MC is what MC does
And who are the people who do what MC does? It is the crèche worker who travels two hours to get to the start of a hard day’s work at a construction site centre on time; the project leader who builds rapport with local leaders in a slum basti of multiple ethnicities; the trainer who criss-crosses the country to capacitate childcare workers and parent communities; the ED who juggles people, funds, tasks and priorities; the board members who look at the long term and the big picture. We introduce a sampler, below.
Devika ji has a double graduate degree in English Hons from Bombay University and Leeds University, respectively. She taught English at Loretto College, Kolkatta, as a lecturer for a few years before coming to Delhi in 1969. She joined Meera, not only to co-found Mobile Creches, but to start a movement in early childhood care for the very young of the most invisible migrant community. She was responsible for the development of the day care program at construction sites, looking for entryways into the forbidding construction industry, and fleshing out the laws that applied to the industry, in how they could be tapped for the benefit of children. The program developed under her leadership and clear understanding of the complexities of the problem of migration.
She is still an active part of the advocacy team and is available in the office everyday! The MC team, today, has been nurtured by her every step of the way.
A post graduate in Special Education for persons with disabilities, Sumitra comes with over twenty years of work experience in the development sector in India. Her direct work experience with disenfranchised communities of children and women has been the pivot of the strategic programming, fund raising, organizational development and policy influence abilities. Sumitra has steered organizations through the process of program delivery and partnerships, CSR development, strategic communications and governance processes. Social justice for poor and excluded people is the fundamental agenda of her work.
Integrator -ECD Partnership & Community Engagement
A post-graduate in Rural Development from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, she has 21 years of experience in the development sector. At MC, she has gained expertise in grass root mobilization and built an understanding of state services and local government systems. She has been with MC for the last 11 years.
Integrator- Childcare Service and Capacity Building
Chavi Vohra is a development professional, experienced in prompting children rights,
women’s empowerment and youth development through programme development,
advocacy and capacity development.
Chavi has successfully advocated for gender and non-discriminatory responsive impact of
Sustainable Development Goals for most marginalized children, women and youth. She has
closely worked with frontline workers in the rural setting to social impact entrepreneurs. She
has worked with UN, national and international civil society organizations and academics
institutions on above-mentioned areas at local, national and international levels.
Furthermore, as a trainer, she has conducted capacity development and learning
programmes for children, women and youth using participatory and experiential learning
methodologies and tools.
She has also been a Judge at Women's Safety Anu & Naveen Jain Prize Competition,
She is a co-curator of Twitter handle @SDG2030 and recipient of WebWonderWomen
award by the Ministry of Women and Child, Twitter India and Breakthrough India.
Sr. Manager, Human Resources & Administration
A balanced HR professional with 13 years of experience in corporate & social development sectors. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur, and is a member with professional HR body National HRD Network, Delhi chapter. She leads HR and Administration functions at MC, and has been with the team for the last three years.
Sr. Manager, IT
Santosh has a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science, and has over 13 years of experience in ERP Implementation, Network Administration, Server Administration, Hardware Management & support for various large scale diverse industries. He is instrumental in getting ERP implemented in MC. He has been managing IT Hardware, Software, Networking & ERP Implementation in MC for the last 2.5 years.
Thematic Lead, Programme Strategy & Impact
Development professional offering 23+ years of extensive experience and spent 14+ years in a leadership and management role. A post-graduate in Child Development and Resource Management and Extension from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. Currently holding position of Thematic Lead, Childcare Services, Quality and Scale Portfolio and in past as Thematic Lead, ECD capacity Building and Innovation for 12 years handled varied project along with different government and institutional technical partnerships. The core work areas are quality programme management, training and capacity building, developing modules and curriculums, training of trainers, designing proposals, grant management, monitoring & evaluation, and handling resources for the programme vertical. I have previously also worked in resource mobilization role positions with other funding organizations at international level like HelpAge India. I have undergone leadership training from DASRA under social impact leadership programme in 2018 and AMEX foundation in 2014-15. I have been instrumental in successfully developing childcare models for varied settings and contexts, developing scaling up strategy of Mobile Creches PAN India and orienting/building capacities of like-minded organizations on ground. I have represented the organization in national and international forums like ARNEC, Grand Challenges Canada, ISSA. I also attended a short term course on learning disability organized by Lady Irwin College and three months online ourse on Theory of Change by Harvard University.
Thematic Lead, ECD Innovation & Development
Sheetal Nagpal is a child development professional with more than 16 years of experience in the field. She is Ph.D. in Home Science from University of Delhi and postgraduate in Human Development and Family Studies from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar. She has more than 7 ½ years of teaching experience at the graduate and postgraduate level in several Universities- Ambedkar University Delhi, University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia and G. B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology. She has worked as Consultant in IGNOU, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi for about 2 ½ years and has written several units for the ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood and Foundational stage Education’. She has also worked as a Consultant and Co- Investigator in the World Bank- CECED, Ambedkar University Delhi collaborative feasibility study on “ Integrated ECD package and the role of MSRLS” and as Consultant for PLAN India – CECED, project for developing Parenting Manual. She is currently working in Mobile Creches as Thematic Lead, ECD Innovations, Training and Development. Her responsibilities include improving ECCE curriculum and pedagogy, strengthening ECD workforce, scaling ECD business transference, developing innovative and scalable ECD models, team mentoring, and managing partnerships.
Head of Resource Mobilization
A developmental Practitioner having more than 15 years of professional & pro bono experience of working from grassroot to senior management positions in national & International NGO’s like Save the Children, Save the Children Finland, CanKids…KidsCan, Gene Campaign, on various issues like Homeless, Childrights, women rights, Legal Awareness, childhood Cancer. Through his experience as a resource Mobilisation person, he fully understand the need of resources, as the only dividend on investment is the smiles and contentment of beneficiaries and his endeavor have always been to conceptualize, strategies Fundraise & implement those projects which really add value to the last beneficiary. A trained lawyer, he completely understands the nuisance of CSR, their reporting, audit & compliances and in the same vein is rooted with the real causes.
Thematic Lead- Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, & Knowledge
Deepshikha is a Researcher and Writer in Social Science - interdisciplinary areas of Childhood, Gender, and Social Environment. Over the years, she learned research and evaluation approaches in ECD, Childcare, Disability, Inclusive Education, Women's Health, and Disasters. Deepshikha oversees Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research at Mobile Creches. She is responsible for Evidence building to support advocacy initiatives of Mobile Creches. She manages Knowledge in support of the organisation's goal of developing and communicating ECD science. She previously held academic position at Ambedkar University Delhi - Faculty, CECED and School of Education Studies. In this role, she taught courses in ECD and lead Program evaluation. She was associated with NCERT and CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University - as Research Consultant. Deepshikha is MPhil and PhD in Early Childhood Intervention and Inclusion from the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA). She is postgraduate in Women Studies from Isabella Thoburn College. She also specialises in 'Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction', Diploma attended at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She carried out a research project on 'Gendered Vulnerabilities and Resilience to Disasters’ in Mumbai, India.