CCDS has been promoted by a team of experienced, highly-regarded and competent media professionals, communication experts, development researchers and analysts. All mid-career professionals, we were brought together by the shared desire to use our knowledge and skills in ways that would help bring about change in the lives of the most deprived sections of society. And in doing so, bring about change in our own lives. Each member of the team has substantial years of experience in either activism or communications and in most cases, both these fields. CCDS thus has an extensive network of journalist-activists/activist-journalists. This network is perfectly placed to synergise perspective, knowledge, skill and experience, so that communication and information are used to effect institutional and social change.
John Samuel (Managing Trustee) John has 25 years of experience in strengthening democratic governance, public policy advocacy and sustainable development in India and internationally. He has headed the Global Programme on Governance Assessments, and been Global Democratic Governance Adviser at UNDP Headquarters, New York, and the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre. He was the International Director of ActionAid, leading its global thematic work on just and democratic governance and heading the Asia-Pacific region. He is the former Executive Director of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies. John has been a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and at the Advocacy Institute, Washington DC. John heads CCDS's governance initiative, the Institute for Sustainable Development and Governance (ISDG), in Thiruvananthapuram.
Manisha Gupte has been part of the women's movement since the mid-1970s. She has also been an activist in the health and civil rights movements in India. She co-founded MASUM, a rural women's organisation in 1987, after living in a drought-prone rural area for five years and has been its co-convenor since. She has an MSc in microbiology and a PhD in sociology. Manisha spent one year in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, as a visiting fellow. She is actively associated with pro-people and progressive organisations nationally, regionally and internationally. She has participated in and promoted campaigns related to women's health, violence against women, sexuality and minority rights. She has also worked on policy issues with the state and central governments in India over the past two decades.
Hutokshi Doctor has over three decades of experience in media and communications. She held senior editorial positions at leading Indian publications before deciding to focus on communications for social change. She co-founded CCDS in 2002, and has headed the organisation since. She conceptualised, launched and edited Infochangeindia.org, CCDS's award-winning online resource base on social justice and sustainable development in India. She also conceptualised and guided CCDSís civil society outreach programme, Open Space. She has been a communications consultant to several international and national development organisations and institutions.
Sandhya Srinivasan is a senior researcher and writer on public health and medical ethics. She has a bachelorís degree in philosophy (Bryn Mawr College, USA) and masterís degrees in sociology (University of Bombay) and public health (Columbia University, USA). She was executive editor of the Indian Journal of Medical Ethics from 1998 to 2011 and is currently consulting editor of the journal. She is also associated with Scroll.in, a digital daily of political and cultural news from India. In 2002-03, she was an Ashoka Fellow for her work in medical ethics. She has served on the institutional ethics committees of the National Institute for Research in Reproduction, a government body, and of the Anusandhan Trust, which conducts research and advocacy on health and human rights. She is a member of the editorial board of Developing World Bioethics.
Mari Marcel Thekaekara is founder-associate director of ACCORD, an organisation that works with the tribals of Gudalur, Tamil Nadu. She researches and writes on issues related to social exclusion. She is the author of Endless Filth, a book on the safai kamdars of Gujarat, published by Books for Change. She was commissioned by the Directory of Social Change, UK, to do a study of poverty and development in the United Kingdom.
Hutokshi Doctor: Director
Anjula Srivastava: Research Associate
K C Dwarkanath: Manager, Finance and Operations
Sachin Mankar: Admin Manager