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Roshni Shanker 
Executive Director

Roshni is the founder of M.A.P. After completing her law degree from National Law Institute University, Bhopal, Roshni initially worked with one of India's leading law firms, Amarchand Mangaldas, as a corporate lawyer for 3 years. Realising that her real interest lay in humanitarian and relief work, she left her job and decided to pursue a Masters degree from Columbia Law School, New York, where she focused mainly on international humanitarian law and civil liberties. She joined the UNHCR in 2010 and worked in different UN field offices, including, India, Egypt and UAE, before leaving to set up M.A.P. At M.A.P, she is responsible for the overall management, fundraising and M&E.

Ishita Kumar
​Legal Consultant

Ishita graduated from National Law University, Jodhpur in 2016. She has previously worked in a top Indian law firm, Luthra & Luthra Law Offices, as a corporate lawyer. At M.A.P, Ishita provides specialised assistance to clients who have faced gender-based violence. She also conducts outreach activities with refugee women, assists in strategic litigation work and undertakes casework including in-take interviews, legal research, identifying and highlighting protection concerns, drafting legal documents, and accompanying clients to the UNHCR for their asylum interviews.

Tanya Gupta
​Outreach Consultant

Tanya graduated with Bachelors in International Relations from the Australian National University, Canberra, in 2013, and completed her Masters from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, in 2017. She has previously volunteered with the Australian Red Cross where she worked with refugees, and has also worked for 2 years in the welfare sector with the Australian Government. At M.A.P, Tanya is primarily responsible for implementing advocacy and community outreach initiatives.

Hamsa Vijayaraghavan
​Legal Director

Hamsa completed her law degree from Symbiosis Law School and her Masters from University of Rouen, France. She has nearly 2 years of work experience with the UNHCR field office in India. Hamsa has previously worked with Bail for Immigration Detainees and with Refugee and Migrant Justice, both in London. Hamsa has also worked as a consultant with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India and UNICEF, where she worked on child protection laws. At M.A.P, Hamsa manages all the programmes, supervises the legal team and undertakes fundraising. She has expertise in dealing with claims involving displaced women and children. 

Nayantara Raja
​Legal Consultant

Nayantara graduated from University Law College, Bangalore in 2013, and completed her LL.M. from SOAS, University of London in 2016. She has previously worked as a researcher on the rights of children with disabilities at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore. At M.A.P, Nayantara provides legal assistance to clients who are survivors of torture and other forms of persecution. She undertakes casework and accompanies clients to the UNHCR for their asylum interviews. She also manages the organisation’s media presence. 

Kalyani Nedungadi
​Digital Media Consultant

Kalyani graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts in 2014. She has studied history and studio art and has also completed an Artist Residency Program at the Vermont Studio Centre in printmaking. She has also worked as a Staff Reporter for The Hindu. At M.A.P, she develops material for M.A.P’s digital media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. to generate public awareness on the subject of refugees and M.A.P’s work in this field. 

Pallavi Saxena
​Senior Legal Consultant

Pallavi completed her law degree from Symbiosis Law School, Pune, and her Masters from Indian Law Institute, New Delhi, with a specialisation in Human Rights. Pallavi has also completed a course on Armed Conflict, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from HREA. She has nearly 4 years of work experience at UNHCR field offices in India and Thailand. Prior to this, she worked with International Bridges to Justice, where her focus was on juvenile justice and legal assistance for indigent prisoners. At M.A.P, Pallavi manages the legal empowerment programme and supervises legal consultants and translators.


Eshanee Shukla
​Legal Consultant

Eshanee graduated from the Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur in 2014.  She has worked with M.A.P since January 2015 as a caseworker. In 2017, Eshanee 

obtained a Masters from SOAS, University of London. In 2018, Eshanee will be representing M.A.P through a year-long fellowship at OHCHR Geneva. The fellowship is an opportunity for young professionals from grantee organisations (like M.A.P) to gain experience of working at the HQ on human rights issues.


Merlyn
​Administration Officer

Merlyn graduated with a Bachelor of Computer Applications from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak in 2016. During this time, she also worked as an Admissions Counsellor for prospective students. Merlyn has previously worked as front office staff in hotels like The Leela and The Lalit. At M.A.P, Merlyn is responsible for handling the reception, day-to-day administration and overall office management.