MENTORS and ADVISORS

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Mr. John Mason.

Mr. John Mason has been a well known educationist for over 45 years and is well known in the education world. [5] An alumnus of La Martiniere,Calcutta, he has served as the Headmaster of several major public schools, including St. James' School, Kolkata, the Modern High School in Dubai, and the Doon School. He was also Head of the Asian Schools sector of GEMS, Dubai. Mr. Mason has written several text books in his subject, English.He travels extensively, visiting schools and working with teachers on the teaching of English. He is also a great believer in progressive and inclusive education and is a highly respected educational consultant. Based in Gurgoan, Mr. Mason is an advisor to and on the boards of a number of schools.

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Dr. Sudha Kaul.

Founder, Trustee and Vice Chairperson of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy (IICP), Kolkata, Dr. Kaul has a PhD in Augmentative and Alternative Communication from Manchester Metropolitan University. She has authored several books on AAC and presented papers at several national and international conferences. She was the former President of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC), an international Society of the UN for persons with complex communication needs. Dr. Kaul is a Fellow of ISAAC and a recipient of several national and international awards. Dr. Kaul received the Padmashree in April 2010 from the President of India.

She was appointed Chairperson by the Government of India, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, to formulate a New Disability Rights Bill based on the UNCRPD.

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Dr. Reena Sen.

A founder member of the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy, DrReenaSen is now a member of its Governing Body and the former Executive Director. Her area of specialization is literacy and development of reading, intervention for specific learning difficulties and all issues related to inclusive education. Apart from her work with persons with cerebral palsy she coordinates IICP’s work with mainstream schools, helping these schools to meet the needs of students who have learning, emotional and behavioural problems, through direct assessment and guidance, and teacher training. She has published papers and articles in journals and books and in 2006, was awarded the ABLENET-ISAAC Literacy Award for her work with individuals who have severe speech and physical impairments and use augmentative and alternative communication.

She holds a Ph.D, M.A and PG Diploma in Special Education from Institute of Education, University of London.

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Seema Sapru.

SeemaSapru, the principal of The Heritage School,Kolkata, has a Masters Degree in Chemistry and Education. She has more than 24 years of experience in some of the most prestigious schools of the country. She was instrumental in setting up the Kothari International School in Noida. Mrs. Sapru is also an advisor to and on the boards of a number of schools.

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Lina Bardhan.

Lina Bardhan is a Rehabilitation Psychologist with 23 years of specialization in the field of special education through counselling, behavior management, curriculum planning and other rehabilitation services for students with developmental and intellectual challenges. She is an empanelled resource person and examiner for professional training courses under Rehabilitation Council of India. She is a recipient of the Calcutta University N. Sengupta Memorial Award in 1985 and the 2010 Derozio Award as Principal of Noble Mission – a specialized centre for training, rehabilitation, awareness generation and inclusion for students with special needs.

Having developed its Bengali version, Lina Bardhan has been instrumental in implementing the Functional Assessment Checklist for Curriculum Programming of National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped in various districts of West Bengal, Bihar, Tripura and Bangladesh. She has promoted sports as a tool for development and mainstreaming in her capacity as Area Director of the Special Olympics, the international sports program for the intellectually challenged, providing sports training and competition opportunities to 2.4 million persons. In the course of her work as a disability activist, she has been a coordinator between training centres, government agencies, NGOs and parent associations.

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Shalini Dewan

Shalini has a professional experience of almost three decades with HSBC Bank, The Capital Group, Barclays Bank, and Accenture in India. It gave her the opportunity to interact with all sections which are important in giving one a sound business sense of communication, brand management, sales conventions, event management, marketing and sales, distribution, recruitment, training and operations. She has been responsible for large scale internal communications for more than 130,000 employees through on-ground and online digital channels with a focus on learning and implementing new trends in communications and the use of interactive mediums.

She was also responsible for the percolation of messaging for critical leadership communication, business initiatives, policies and practices, corporate marketing, recruitment marketing, human resources, digital transformation and crisis communication. She also has experience in the education world in the area of TAL (Technology Aided Learning). Her job stints have been in Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Presently, she operates as a Brand Strategy Consultant out of Kolkata. Spearheading design, identifying unique brand values using brand personification, and digital marketing communications strategy for brand positioning are some of her key areas of work. She also works extensively with start-ups for various business and social impact programmes to create scalability using technology and digital solutions.