Our Trustees

Jyoti Adya

Director

Jyoti is the Founding Member & Executive Director of Lajja Foundation. She has a work experience of over 20 years as a grassroot worker, trainer, implementer and a leader. She has also written and published many articles on women’s rights and has been the recipient of multiple awards.

Anoushka Adya

Director

Anoushka is a Feminist at heart, an Entrepreneur, a TEDx Speaker, a marketeer, a Social Entrepreneur and a believer in the indispensability of hard work. She is a graduate from Warwick Business School and St Xavier's College, Mumbai. She is the Founding Member & Executive Director of Lajja Foundation, a social enterprise that supports resource poor women to gain “Livelihoods with dignity”. She has been involved in various development initiatives in India and is involved in creating and implementing programs for Lajja at the ground level. She has also written and published many articles on women’s rights and has been the recipient of multiple awards including Top 30 Under 30, Change Maker of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Rising Star of the Year, to name a few. She has also been a guest speaker at IIM Rohtak, IIT Mumbai and IIT Delhi on several occasions. She is a known entrepreneur with two successful start-up businesses – Lajja Diaries, a platform for women to voice their experience with abuse and Di-Mentions Studio, a digital marketing agency. She is driven to contribute greatly to the business world as well as to the social treatment of women.

Trisha De Niyogi

Chief Operating Officer

Trisha De Niyogi is the Chief Operating Officer and Director at Niyogi Books, an independent publishing house based inf New Delhi. On one hand, she has started new lists of fiction, non-fiction and translations taking literature, art, architecture, history and culture from the Orient to the rest of the globe, on the other, she has been acquiring high quality content from around the world for the Indian subcontinent’s readership as well keeping in mind that publishing must be an inclusive process. It tries to accommodate voices from both urban and rural India and also from the marginalized section of the society like the dalits, the oppressed and the religious and caste exploitation. She was a fellow at the Istanbul fellowship Program 2020. She has also been a regular speaker at several forums and literature festivals. She is also an adviser to multiple organizations, including Heritage & Education organization called Heritageshaala and an Indian Literature initiative called Purple Pencil Project as well as a diversity and inclusion platform, Belong.

Prarthna Batra

Co-founder

Prarthna Batra is an avid reader and a known public speaker. She represents Gen Z on Team Lajja and throws light on various trending issues. Prarthna has spoken at many large public forums from a young age. Last year, she spoke at the Annual Women’s Economic Forum where she was amongst the three youngest speakers. She captivated the audience with her address on why menstruation should not be celebrated. This year she has inspired young minds at IIM Tiruchirapalli on Women’s Day. Prarthna is also the recipient of the TIE Young Entrepreneurs Award. Her article on Gender Bias recently got published in The Hindu and has received excellent feedback. Prarthna is also soon to be an author and is in the process of writing her debut book on entrepreneurship which will launch later in 2021. She is our youngest and most fierce member on the team, and her mission is to make this world a kinder place, and create a paradigm shift in women’s human rights in India.