Ashwin Tombat is a journalist, researcher and writer with a background in student activism, street theatre and outdoor pursuits. He has been editor of two major English dailies and a monthly magazine in Goa over the last 20 years. He is an office bearer on the managing committee of Children's Rights in Goa (CRG), as well as the Goa Yachting Association (GYA) and the Goa state unit of the Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI). He was elected to Sangath's managing committee in 2008.
He is a post graduate teacher at the Institute of Psychiatry & Human Behaviour, Goa. His area of interest is alcohol use disorders and community mental health. He is trained in epidemiology from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi. He is currently the Vice-President of the Psychiatric Society of Goa.
Trained in microbiology and chemistry, Edna works as the Social Secretary at the Embassy of Brazil, and as a Portuguese translator and interpreter for the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. She is the founder of the Special Olympics (Bharat Goa Trust) and of the Disha Charitable Trust for Special Children. She is a member of the Managing Committee of SFAL School of Peoples Educational Trust. Edna has pioneered a number of programmes for differently-abled persons.
Gauri (MRCPCH) is a paediatrician who has been working for Sangath since 2005. She works as a developmental and behavioural specialist, guiding parents and families on the best management strategies for their children. She was also the clinical consultant on the ARTI project and now works with the PASS project. Having contributed to the health promotion in school programmes, Gauri also participates in a number of training initiatives in Sangath directed at teachers, counsellors, parents and professionals.
Kalpana is a graduate of home science and has a masters in social work specialising in family and child welfare. She has worked at the family court in Mumbai, the Association of Promotion of Adoption, and as a consultant. Her work at Sangath has included coordinating projects such as the SMIPS project and individual clinical work. She has also helped design and conduct workshops and trainings. Since 2007, she worked as a special educator and spent time with her family. She is an appointed member of the State Level Inspection Committee constituted under the Juvenile Justice Act.
Isabel was a reader at Dhempe College of Arts & science, Miramar. She has a PhD in English Literature and is a founder member of The Mustard Seed Art Company, an amateur theater group. She is also the Secretary of Positive People, an NGO in Goa.
A gynaecologist practising at the Goa Medical College Hospital, Dr Mrinalini Sahasrabhojanee is also a lecturer in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the same college.
Nazneen is a founder member of Sangath who started her career here as a speech and language therapist, working with children with speech and language delays and in particular Autism. Although no longer practicing as a therapist, she continues to serve on the Managing Committee.
Nishtha holds a doctorate in Sociology. She is the director of Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG), an NGO involved in Child Protection and Advocacy, since 2001. She has been involved with the various publications and has worked with the Goa government on childrens issues. In 2010, she was appointed on the North Goa District Inspection Team under the Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act by Department of Women and Child Development. She has regularly conducted training courses on children’s issues for the tourism industry, Goa police and teachers’ workshops from 2001 onwards.
Percy has completed her masters in psychology with a BEd and was the coordinator of thePRAYAS project. She loves working with children and is especially interested in understanding children's learning disabilities. Percy enjoys collaborating with groups or individuals involved in improving children's lives.
Prachi has a masters in clinical psychology from Pune University and is currently the coordinator of the SHAPE project. She has been with Sangath for more than a decade and is also a member on the Juvenile Justice Board, North Goa.
Pradeep has been an officer in the Public Health Department of the Government of Goa for the last 32 years. He is the project director of the Goa State AIDS Control Society in Panaji. He is a medical graduate with a post-graduate diploma in occupational industrial health and a recipient of WHO fellowship for a post graduate diploma in STDs/AIDS. He is a life member of the Indian Medical Association, Indian Public Health Association, Indian Association of Occupational Health, and the Green Triangle Society.
Prashanti is an associate professor at DM's College, Assagaon, Mapusa. She is also an accomplished radio, TV, theatre and film artist. This versatile member of our board also writes children's stories in Konkani.
Dr Rajendra Hegde has been practicing psychiatry in Margao, Goa since 1982 after obtaining his MD from Bombay University. He is a life fellow of the Indian Psychiatric Society, founder member of Indian Medical Association & Psychiatric Society in Goa, and also been its president. He has organised several conferences. He takes keen interest in mental health and child education and promotion of mother tongue Konkani. He was a part of COPSI project.
Dr S Ramaswamy, having attained an MBBS from the Government Medical College in Bellary, Karnataka, has been serving the medical fraternity since 1982. Discharging his duties as a medical officer in Goa at various places, he has also been the President, Association of Government Doctors of Goa from 2005 to 2006.
Smita has a bachelors degree in home science. Through her years of experience in Sangath, she has gained immense knowledge in the research field and is now Sangath's Data Manager. She coordinated the COPSI project and managed the Global Mental Health website.
Dr. Abhijit Nadkarni is an addiction psychiatrist conducting research aimed at developing and evaluating interventions for alcohol use disorders in low resource settings. He was a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK and is currently based in Sangath, Goa where he leads the Addictions Research Group. Having completed his medical degree and a specialized degree in psychiatry in Goa, India; he further pursued his post graduate training in General Adult and Addictions Psychiatry under the South London and Maudsley training scheme in UK. He then earned a Masters in Mental Health Services Research from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London and did his doctoral studies at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. His research interests encompass global mental health, and particularly alcohol use disorders. Having recently completed one of the largest cohort study exploring the progression of alcohol use disorders in India, he is currently leading programmes to develop and evaluate a lay counsellor delivered complex intervention for alcohol dependence in low resource settings and to develop a supportive psychosocial intervention for family members of people with alcohol problems. He is actively involved in the capacity building of mental health researchers and lay health workers. He teaches on the Global Mental Health MSc course at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Leadership in Mental Health course in Goa and a similar course hosted by the World Health Organisation-Eastern Mediterranean Region Office.
Dr Vikram Patel is a psychiatrist and a Professor of International Mental Health and a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is a founder and past Chairperson of Sangath, and barring a gap of six months, has been a member of its Managing Committee since it was started in 1996. He has a number of publications to his credit including scientific papers, book chapters as well as a book. He was an editor of the recent Lancet Series on Global Mental Health (2007) and is editor of a forthcoming Lancet Series on Health for All in India.
Vishram Gupte is a double graduate, one in commerce and another in legislative law. He has also acquired a masters degree in philosophy. He has served as the Chairperson of Sangath. He is a creative writer and has produced two novels, one of which has bagged two prestigious awards in Maharashtra, India. He also has an award-winning Marathi translation to his credit. He has permanently settled in Goa with his gynaecologist wife and two sons, both of whom are avid nature lovers.
Dr Veena Hegde has obtained her diploma in Psychological Medicine from Goa University in 2011, after finishing her MBBS degree from the same university. She has attended several national level conferences and workshops, and is interested in working for the awareness and improvement of mental health in Goa.
Monica Bariya, 51, lives with her family of four in Dona Paula, Goa. She graduated in '86 from Bombay University and explored her passion for traveling by finishing a course in Tourism Management in '87 and working at the Travel Corporation of India until '92. She runs her own photo shoot production company working with companies like Vogue India, Vogue Japan, New York Times, Vanity Fair and the Observer, to name a few. She loves travel, yoga and healthy living.
Farah Vakil is a social and environmental activist who has worked with 'Bombay Environmental Action Group' on natural and urban environment projects. In 2006 she joined ' The Kishkinda Trust' in northern karnataka to work on community development and sustainable livelihoods for women. She also worked in the area of early education for underprivileged children. She now lives in Goa and volunteers with 'Bebook (mobile library) Trust' for children.
Dr Amit Dias is an epidemiologist who has also specialised in geriatrics and infectious disease. He works as a lecturer in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the Goa Medical College. He has received the prestigious Fondation Médéric Alzheimer and Alzheimer Disease International award for the best evidence-based research on interventions for people with dementia. He is the Chairperson of Sangath.