Our Team

The team working towards building IAC comprises a vibrant network of special educators, program leaders, scientific researchers, individuals on the spectrum and their parents, working integratively to build an inclusive community.

  • BHISMADEV CHAKRABARTI

    HEAD OF RESEARCH
    Professor of Neuroscience and Mental Health, and Research Director of the Center for Autism at the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading - are only a few accolades that precede Professor Chakrabarti’s name. As an honorary Senior Researcher at the University of Cambridge where he conducted his doctoral and postdoctoral research, Dr. Bhismadev will be spearheading the research conducted at IAC.
  • IPSITA DEY

    ASSISTANT RESEARCH COORDINATOR
    Research has been her preferred lens to see her subject and she is presently working as an assistant to the research and learning and living committee at IAC. She is analytical and has a love for creation. Ipsita is a post-graduate in Psychology from Banaras Hindu University. She has made Psychoanalytic ideologies her way to salvation. She is always open to intriguing discussions ranging from literature to sports.
  • NISHANT SHAH

    HEAD OF PROJECTS
    Nishant's dynamic experience ranges from Manufacturing, Insurance, Financial services, Technology Implementation to Project Finance. His palpable passion, commitment, and boundless ambition make his management of the India Autism Center, a success. A proponent of cutting-edge technologies coupled with his contagious energy and managerial excellence, he never flounders to ensure sustainable progress in every field of the project. When not at work, you will find him playing badminton - a hobby turned passion!
  • SAKHI SINGHI

    PROJECT COORDINATOR
    Sincere, friendly, curious and ambitious, Sakhi is the driving force behind every complete picture, segment and masterpiece at the IAC. An outshining and resourceful coordinator, she enjoys meaningful conversations and purposeful work, as little as she enjoys giving pointers for her third party bio.
  • SHANEEL MUKERJI

    HEAD OF LEARNING AND LIVING
    As a Special Educator in Scotland, UK, in 2001, Shaneel has returned to the homeland to focus her attention on individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Her expertise ranges from parent and teacher training in social communication to adaptive skills and behavior management. She helps children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome by easing their difficulties in behavior, learning and peer group interactions. Additionally, Shaneel is a part-time Latin dance instructor and uses this platform to invite those in the community who might require a social outlet.
  • SREERUPA CHAKRABARTY

    ASSISTANT PROJECT COORDINATOR
    Curator and Manager at IAC, Sreerupa is a Sociology post-graduate from Jadavpur University. She has encouraged education amongst underprivileged children through her work at Child Rights and You. From research to architecture planning to designing a website, she lets her inner Monica unveil at work. When she isn't at her desk you will find her traveling to the mountains or devouring cuisines from around the world.
  • SURESH SOMANI

    MANAGING TRUSTEE
    Ratnabali Group is the brainchild of Suresh, and the backbone of the India Autism Center. Driven by the basic idea that success in business eventually and inevitably follows if and when led by values, Suresh is committed towards building, guiding, and uplifting an inclusive community for those on the spectrum at IAC. Every place he enters is left a lot more joyous due to his radiating benevolence. His hobbies include designing.
  • JAI RANJAN RAM

    LEARNING AND LIVING

    With eleven years of working as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist in the UK, Dr. Ram returned to Kolkata to serve as the Senior Consultant Psychiatrist at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkata. As the current co-founder of Mental Health Foundation, Dr. Ram continues to devote his life towards enabling and liberating troubled minds.

  • JEHANZEB BALDIWALA

    LEARNING AND LIVING

    As a mental health counsellor from Mumbai, Jehanzeb’s stronger suit lies in her desire to help individuals better understand their aspirations and realign their lives to match their goals. Her sense of respect and ability to come across as non-judgemental, has helped hundreds improve their lives. She is currently practicing online and offline in Worli & Parel and consults over home visits if requested.

  • JO CHOPRA MCGOWAN

    LEARNING AND LIVING

    A writer and a peace movement organiser, Jo Chopra McGowan is an American but has been living in India since 1981. Parent to three, of whom one has special needs, Jo is personally invested in supporting mental health upliftment in children. In addition to being a columnist for digital newsmagazine The Wire and the Commonweal Magazine, Jo has authored five books and hundreds of articles for Indian and international newspapers and journals. She is also a co-founder of the Latika Roy Foundation – a voluntary organization for children with special needs in India.

  • MERRY BARUA

    LEARNING AND LIVING

    Merry Barua began her journey championing Autism rights, and her activism has fittingly enough led her to reforming national policy. In addition to raising awareness and successfully convincing the Indian government to include Autism in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, her organization ‘Action for Autism’ builds systemic support and understanding for the children affected, their parents and educators.

  • MOHAN RAO

    HEAD OF LANDSCAPE

    Principal designer of the leading multi-disciplinary consultancy practice, Integrated Design (INDÉ), Mr. Rao is an Environmental Design & Landscape Architecture professional. His research and design programs have taken him to China, France, Italy, Morocco, and Libya, to chair several international and national conferences on biodiversity and ecosystem services, climate change and passive design; low impact development & city planning. In addition to being published in the notable “1000 Landscape Architects,” Mr. Rao is the only Indian to have felicitated the 2010 International Federation of Landscape Architects’ President’s Award for the Asia Pacific Region in IFLA’s 62-year history.

  • RAVINDRA CHAMARIA

    MANAGEMENT

    Ravindra Chamaria isn’t your everyday de rigueur businessman. In addition to being a first-generation entrepreneur with Infinity Group, he dons many other hats like that of the Vice-Chairman on the advisory board of Akshaya Patra and Chairman of the Board of Trustees in Akshaya Patra UK, the world’s largest NGO-run school meal programme. His vision, captaincy, and foresight are strong pillars in IAC’s growth to be a world-class, state-of-the-art campus.

  • RANJAN BHATTACHARYA

    RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

    A Neuro Psychiatrist Consultant from West Bengal, Ranjan is also a designated Assistant Professor for the Government of West Bengal. He has a decade worth of experience in this field, and continues to consult those who stop by at his clinics in Remedy Polyclinic (Kolkata), Ranibagan Medical Center (Berhampore), Sonoscan Clinic (Malda), Chikitsa Clinic (Baruipur), and Doctor’s Clinic (Bagbazar, Hooghly).

  • SANDIP AGARWAL

    HEAD OF ARCHITECTURE

    Sandip Agarwal is the Founder Director of Practice Designs, Sandip is responsible for strategic focus and overall business operations of the firm. He manages the firm’s growth, development and sets out Practice’s business objectives for performance across locations, professions and sectors. Sandip maintains a high quality of design over two decades and is proud of the breadth of the firm across urban design – architecture – interior design over six years since inception. He is the driving force in Practice’s expansion towards digital interventions and knowledge-based design consultancy.

  • SUMANTRA CHATTARJEE

    RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

    Dr. Chattarji is a Professor at the National Center for Biological Studies, Bangalore, India. His expertise lies in the research areas of neural mechanisms of stress, neurodegenerative and autism spectrum disorders; synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus and amygdala. He is having a large number of publications in various international journals and awards to his credit.

  • UJJAL SINHA

    MANAGEMENT

    An entrepreneur with diverse business interests, Ujjal is a one-man-army. In addition to having single-handedly built the largest full-service advertising agency from scratch, he uses his extensive knowledge to nurture IAC along every step. His keen attention to detail and ability to connect with his clients at a personal level makes him stand out in any crowd.