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OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE


KRISTIN ADAIR,JD, M.A.

Washington, D.C., U.S.A

Kristin Adair is a social documentary filmmaker and multimedia producer who is deeply committed to collaborative storytelling.  Trained as an attorney, she brings a background in non-profit advocacy and social justice to her work as a storyteller. She first began to understand the impact of mass incarceration on young people during more than 4 years volunteering to offer a mindfulness and arts curriculum in a local juvenile detention center. She completed her MA in New Media Photojournalism from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University in 2017. Previously she received her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 2002 and her JD from the George Washington University in 2006. She has extensive experience creating documentary projects in partnership with  many organizations and her work has been featured in several national and international film festivals, exhibitions and publications including NPR, Yoga Journal and Washingtonian Magazine.

 
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NITESH BATRA,MBA

Bengaluru, India.

It was in 2007 that Nitesh attended his first Yoga class. It was that class that marked the beginning of his quest to discover the depths of Indian culture and history. He has practiced Yoga and Meditation under the KPJAYI lineage and has been authorised to teach by his Guru Sh. Sharath Jois. He runs the Ashtanga Yoga Sadhna Program in Bangalore. His passion led him to become a Media Professional and produce two feature films on India. Nitesh started his career working for financial firms like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae prior to becoming an entrepreneur, where he ran a successful health care business working with the federal government in the United States. Nitesh currently runs The Mindful Initiative, a firm that promotes mindfulness and is an investor in firms in India. Nitesh graduated from University of Maryland with a BS in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, and an Masters in Computer Engineering. He also holds an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He is an avid photographer and traveler. You can follow his photography on his photography website.

NAUREEN BHULLAR,Ph.D.

Bengaluru, India.

Naureen Bhullar is the manager and research coordinator of the Behavioural Science Lab at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB). Earlier, she was a post-doctoral research associate at IIMB. She has her Ph.D. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and taught in the Department of Psychology at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, where she was tenured. Her research interests include emotion and emotional contagion, women in STEM, cross-cultural differences, perceptions about meaning of life, and ASD (autism-spectrum disorder) in adults.

 
 

KIM FOULDS,Ph.D.

New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

Kim Foulds is the Senior Director of International Research and Evaluation at Sesame Workshop. She has more than twelve years of experience in education research and evaluation at primary, secondary, and tertiary level in Afghanistan, Kenya, Uganda, United States, and Yemen. Kim has been a member of the faculty at Columbia University, Quinnpiac University, Chapman University, and Pacific Oaks College. She also has experience working and leading team assessments with USAID, Ministries of Education and Women’s Affairs, UNESCO, and UNICEF, and a number of international NGOs for education assessments in Afghanistan, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Uganda, and Yemen. Kim has successfully designed and implemented tools for teaching and learning for USAID, Ministries of Education and Women’s Affairs, International Rescue Group, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Aga Khan Foundation, and Concern Worldwide through work in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Pakistan, Uganda, and Yemen. Her scholarship has been published International Higher Education; International Journal of Educational Development; Gender and Education; Development in Practice; Gender, Place, and Culture; and The Conversation Africa. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Education and a M.A. in African Studies from University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.

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AKHILA IRUKU

San Francisco, C.A., U.S.A.

Akhila Iruku is currently a customer success manager in San Francisco, California. She is passionate about growing and scaling organizations, with experience ranging from Google to startups to the non-profit space.  She heads the partnerships team at "Move Up", 501c3 certified non-profit with the mission of empowering underserved women in the bay area with a path towards economic independence. Akhila is a graduate from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.

STEVE JOHNSON, M.F.A.

Charleston, S.C., U.S.A.

Steve Johnson is an Associate Professor of Art and Head of the Drawing Department at the College of Charleston, SC.  Johnson received a Fulbright Fellowship to India where he taught drawing in a variety of collegiate and non-traditional settings.  He has taught at Penland School of Crafts, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, NYC, and Steneby Skolan, Sweden. Recent solo exhibitions include Blackburn 20|20 NYC, 111 Minna, San Francisco, and Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, as well as group international showings in Belgium, China, and India.  Johnson’s work is included in the collection of The Library of Congress.

 
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ARISTARICK LYIMO

Tanzania, Africa

Aristarick Lyimo has seven years of experience in teacher training and literacy program development/implementation, working with government, universities, and international NGOs. Starting his career as a teacher, Mr. Lyimo has gone on to develop reading instructional programs that include development of, and training on teachers guides, decodable and leveled readers, scripted lesson plans, video training models, and leadership resources. Recently, he worked with RTI Intl in the position of Senior Reading Specialist for USAID’s Tusome Pamoja Program in Tanzania. A Program to improve primary school instruction on reading, writing, and arithmetic in early grades. Previously, Mr. Lyimo has worked with Creative Associates Intl as a Senior Literacy Advisor for TZ21 in Tanzania, where he collaborated in the development and implementation of all teacher professional development materials, training, and classroom resources on the key areas of TZ21 program. Mr. Lyimo also has worked with Children’s Book Project (CBP) as a Technical Project Coordinator, where he coordinated production of leveled reading materials.  His previous experiences include various leadership positions at the University of Dar es Salaam College of Education (DUCE), Publishers’ Association of Tanzania (PATA) and schools. His overall work with GRN is planning, designing, organizing, and conduct a range of training activities related to primary grade reading improvement in support of the Global Reading Network. 

 

JENNIFER TAM, JD, CPA

Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Jennifer Tam is a lawyer who specializes in advising nonprofits on obtaining federal tax exemption, federal grant management, responding to audits, unrelated business income, lobbying and political activities, contract and agreement review, and general governance issues. Jennifer Tam is an alum of The University of Maryland and The University of Pennsylvania Law School.