Country Representative, Girl Rising India
As a trained lawyer, Nidhi brings an unwavering commitment to social justice to her role as the India Country Director for Girl Rising. With over 15 years of experience, she has spent her career employing the art of storytelling and the power of advocacy to affect positive change for marginalized populations within India. In the past, she has worked with Lawyers Collective, Heroes Project - Richard Gere Foundation, Johns Hopkins University - Centre for Communications Program to fight stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV using advocacy strategies, mass media campaigns and the influence of celebrities. Most recently, Nidhi served as the Vice President of Global Health Strategies in Delhi. In this position, she focused on improving access to new child health interventions through innovative advocacy and communications campaigns.
With a passion for travel combined with volunteering work, Nidhi has traveled to the interiors of the country working on various voluntary projects. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter.
With an honours degree in communications from St Xaviers Calcutta followed by a summer scholarship at Gallaudet Washington DC to study ASL with dance and theatre, Tess Joseph has always made eclectic choices. Tess Joseph began her journey as a Casting Director (India) on Mira Nair’s ‘Namesake’ and went on to work with many international directors including Wes Anderson, Jeffrey Brown, Ang Lee and Doug Liman. She was among of the Top 40 producers handpicked for the Puglia Experience 2013 by AFC Italy. Tess is also one of the co-producers on “Girl Rising' a feature length docu-drama that opened at Sundance 2013. And in 2014, she was the producer on oscar winner Megan Mylan’s short documentary “After My Garden Grows”.
While making movies is her passion, she has also been on the Board of Directors of EU funded NGO GD-Sanjog which works to prevent exploitation and trafficking of children. Along with her friends she continues to run a program called CHILDWISE which believes that children have innate wisdom and potential which adults need to learn from. She studies process based psychology, plays the piano, crusades for street dogs and is a travel junkie!
Consultant, Girl Rising India
Prior to joining Girl Rising, Smriti worked as SAARC-SAIEVAC’s Program Support Manager (Consultant), India to the Ministry of Women and Child Development, GoI, where she provided advocacy, technical, coordinative and administrative support to the Government and represented the Bureau in national and international meetings/conferences. Before this, she worked as UNICEF’s Legal Consultant for the Ministry of Women and Child Development where she provided technical and program support on matters related to Child Sexual Abuse in India. Smriti has also worked as a Consultant with UNICEF India Country Office for protection of children affected by HIV and/or AIDS and at the State level with Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Smriti is really passionate about gender sensitization and is also teaching a Seminar Course on ‘Law, Society and the Queer’ in National Law University, Delhi.
Smriti has also single-handedly taken up initiatives such as designing and implementing innovative behavioral change communication and advocacy strategies to build support systems against and prevent sexual abuse of children in India. She was a Youth Representative for Indo-Japanese Global Summit’s NGO Forum held in Tokyo (2010) and her efforts in the field of child sexual abuse were recognised and appreciated by the then President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. She holds a Masters Degree in Law with a specialization in Human Rights from National Law School of India University, Bangalore.
She is trained in Indian Kathak dance, loves to sing and is also an ardent street photographer.