Srinivas Alavilli is a software engineer by profession and a citizen activist by passion.
Srinivas did his schooling in small towns in Uttaraandhra. Srinivas did well in school, even received multiple gold medals but didn’t know how to speak in English till he went to USA to study.
Srinivas has a BTech Computer Science from Andhra University and M.S Computer Science from Utah State University, USA. After working in Silicon Valley, California for a decade, Srinivas moved to Bengaluru in 2007 to work in the software industry. He has been contributing time and energy to make Bengaluru a better place.
Srinivas started Corruption Saaku! campaign in Bengaluru with others which later transformed into India Against Corruption, a nation wide anti corruption movement against rampant political corruption. Srinivas worked on several election campaigns to get progressive candidates elected in a bid to change politics.
Srinivas is one of the founders of the #SteelFlyoverBeda movement in 2016 that led to the formation of Citizens for Bengaluru referred to as CfB, a non political, public pressure group with no office, no bank account and no office bearers. CfBs primary goal is to make Bengaluru liveable for all by mobilising and organising public protests for various causes.
CfB has been campaigning vigorously for sustainable transport solutions with highly visible campaigns like ChuKuBukuBeku BusBhagyaBeku NadeyaluBidi ModaluTrainBeku NamaGaagiULisi, and more recently to strengthen the BBMP Ward Committees with Namma Samiti Namagaagi.
Srinivas strongly believes that the when citizens act in collective and focused manner with clear goals, impossible becomes possible. That can only happen when the next generation, the students take interest in learning how our government works.
Sudha is a MSc in Chemistry (IIT Bombay) and holds a postgraduate diploma in communications from Xavier’s Institute of Communication (Mumbai) and has wide experience of about 20 years in the development sector. One of New Concept Centre for Development Communication (NCCDC)'s Lead Trainers in SBCC, she has planned, organised and conducted series of training programmes in our partnership with UNICEF. Armed with additional experience and learning from the UNICEF – Ohio-Hyderabad University C4D Course, Hyderabad, her zeal and enthusiasm for training is contagious.
She has been instrumental in leading projects on a wide range of subjects that include maternal and child health, fortified wheat, iodised salt, child labour, child rights, and gender issues, among others. She has substantial experience in print and audio-visual documentation, development of BCC/IEC strategies and conceptualisation of advocacy material, as well as process and policy documentation.
Chandra Latha is a specialist in Childhood Education, Teacher Training, Telugu and English Literature. She runs Prabhava Publishing house and library. She has received many awards for her Telugu literary work. She is a writer, trainer, blogger and publisher.
Rikin Gandhi is co-founder of Digital Green and Loop, global development organizations that empowers smallholder farmers to lift themselves out of poverty by harnessing the collective power of digital technology and grassroots-level partnerships. Rikin began his career at Oracle, where he received patents for linguistic search algorithms that he helped develop. Later he joined Microsoft Research's Technology for Emerging Markets team in India, where he researched ways to amplify the effectiveness of agricultural development globally. Digital Green uses peer-to-peer farming videos to increase the efficiency of agricultural extension services and Loop is a shared logistics to market service to boost farmer incomes. Digital Green is now building FarmStack as an open platform to enable the 2 million smallholder farmers across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia that it has already worked with to control and share their own data with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID, Walmart Foundation, and others. Rikin has a bachelor’s in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University, a master’s in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from MIT, and is a licensed private pilot.
Shyla Talluri, who says her confidence is her identity, is an equal rights advocate. Shyla dreams of a gender and race free world. She believes that Freedom that comes with conditions based on gender, race, color, marital status, caste, creed is worse than slavery.
Meenu Chhetri is one of the Best Sarpanches of the country. She received ‘Best Women Empowerment Award’ for three consecutive years from her state. She received best Sarpanch Award for promoting Swachhtha Abhiyan from her Block-Shahpur, Dehradun district, Uttarakhand. She received Best Panchyat Trainer Award from the ministry of Panchayat Raj. She is the master trainer of panchayat raj and involved in many number of training programmes. She also had an opportunity to train young IAS officers at Lal Bahadur Shastri IAS Training Academy and interacted and shared her experiences with IAS officers.