Biswajit Mitra is the key philanthrophist of the organization. After his masters (M Stat and M Tech) from Indian Statistical Institute in 1987, Biswajit worked in Tata Consultancy Services for 16 years. His IT endeavor came to an end in 2010, when he retired from Tech Mahindra as Global Head, Business Intelligence Group. He got involved in social work and founded “Abheda Foundation” in 2012 with a mission to changing the education process in rural India. A follower of Swami Vivekananda’s ideology, Biswajit believes that only true education can and will remove inequalities in society, effecting ‘Abheda’.
DR. SOMPRAKASH BANDYAPADHYAY
Somprakash is a Professor of MIS Group at Indian Institute of Management Calcutta and Project Director of Social Informatics Research Group.. He is a PhD in Computer Science from Jadavpur University and B.Tech in Electronics from IIT, Kharagpur, India. He has around 25 years of experience in teaching, research and software development in several organizations of international repute, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, ATRI Japan, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Germany and TIFR Bombay
DR. KALYAN MANDAL
Kalyan is professor of Sociology, Public Policy and Management Group, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He, a PhD in Sociology from IIT Bombay, is President, SANCHAR (a voluntary organization working among disabled children in rural areas); Member, Governing Body of CINI (a voluntary organization working on health and nutrition related problems of mother and child among the poor); Member, Governing Body, PARIVAAR (a voluntary organization for rehabilitation of homeless children); Founder Member of SAKAR (a voluntary organization working for the rehabilitation of mentally retarded persons). Currently he is at Lund University, Sweden as Visiting Indian Council of Cultural Relations Chair Professor at Centre for Contemporary India Studies.
DR. SUROJIT MOOKHERJEE
An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur (B Tech and PhD), Surojit worked as Chief of Operations of a manufacturing setup for 5 yrs in the field of industrial research, operations and JV setup, followed by IT operations, project management, IT program management, global delivery engagement for SAP and other IT related projects in PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM India. He has about 15 yrs of Industrial experience and 16 years’ experience in Information Technology.
Pushan is a senior Information Technology Architect at IBM having twelve years IT experience behind. He also leads some organization initiative for new business & technology. Within and outside the organization, Pushan strives towards causes which converges to improve quality of life around. This includes his active participation in social cause (through Abheda Foundation) and also in literary pursuits (through an academy).
Naresh works as a Branch Manager at Kotak Bank. Once an entrepreneur he co-founded www.little1.in, an award-wining initiative on “baby book”. The “baby book” allows parents to preserve and share images and documents associated with their child’s growing-up years online along with recording of child’s milestones, growth chart and medical records. Naresh, holder of a MBA degree, has 10 years of experience in Banking industry. At Abheda he contributes in administrative and financial work.
Sudip is a senior Information Technology Architect with IBM. Having worked in Tech Mahindra for 4 years, Sudip is now a business intelligence architect apart from having teaching experience earlier in the field of software. Having overall experience of 12 years, Sudip aspires to contribute to Abheda by conceptualizing and developing digital contents and social media platform. He holds an engineering degree in Computer Science.
Priyadarshini is a research associate at the social informatics research group at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. She is also a guest faculty at Surendranath Law College, Kolkata. She has also taught in Calcutta International School as a senior faculty in sociology. Priyadarshini, holder of Mphil in sociology from Jadavpur university Kolkata, has been a social activist since 2009 dealing with issues on safety of women and girl children.
Arina Bardhan studied Sociology from St. Xavier’s College Kolkata (Bachelors) and University of Hyderabad (Masters). She had worked with Cancer Foundation of India, a NGO based in Kolkata in a Research Project on Tobacco Control Project, India for a year. Currently she is working as Research Associate with Social Informatics Research Group, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata.