SEHER’s core team members and mentors are who help us achieve our mission and bring our ideas to life. SEHER wouldn’t exist without these incredible people!
Founder & Head of strategic legal interventions
Koshika is a human rights lawyer and social activist from India. She is the Founder of SEHER, (NGO) that focuses on addressing gender based inequalities through advocacy and strategic legal interventions. SEHER’s advocacy engagement has directly impacted the lives of over 12,000 women and young girls across rural Maharashtra. The legal interventions have led to policy level changes around access to water, pension rights, quality healthcare services and redressal of gender based violence across multiple states. She is a 2017 Resolution Project Fellow NY, USA, a 2018 ‘FundYourOwnWorth’ Awardee by the ICICI Bank, India and a 2020 +1 Global Fund Awardee by the Roddenberry Foundation, Los Angeles, USA. Currently she works as the Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager for Asia and Oceania at Peace First, USA.
HEAD of EDUCATION &
From finance and journalism to social work, Harshada’s biggest strength is her diverse experience. She has conducted numerous workshops with women in rural Maharashtra on menstrual health and nutrition. She has also organised workshops with young girls and boys on sexual violence. Her gender sensitization work spreads from community centres to colleges covering topics such as consent, victims of rape and legal rights of Muslim women. She has also assisted trainers in legal sessions with Judges and Magistrates on the DV act. Coming from the family of a businessman, a homemaker and three highly educated sisters, Harshada’s wake towards liberating women from social obstructions is not just her job, but her lifestyle.
HEAD OF HEALTH &
Vedant brings to fore a unique perspective and loads of empathy. He is passionate about helping people and is hence pursuing a career in medicine. Vedant has volunteered his efforts for various social causes like educating primary school children from lower income groups. He has conducted an extensive study on dialysis patients that was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research. A feminist at heart, he envisions a world where women are treated equally, and the patriarchal oppression doesn’t hinder their growth. Through SEHER, he believes he can help accomplish this to a great extent. As a SEHER member he has conducted deep research on the resource materials around nutrition that are used at our advocacy sessions.
Head of Research &
Mallika is a lawyer working to provide socio-legal support to victims of domestic and sexual abuse through a Mumbai based NGO. She pursued her LLM from the reputed Azim Premji University, Banglore in Law and Social Development with her research focusing on ‘legal pluralism and UCC’. She is passionate about women and child rights and has extensive experience in family, constitutional, gender, and civil law. She has been a part of SEHER since its inception and has lent her efforts especially in creating on ground data around menstrual health among women.
Guide, Network &
SEHER’s cool mommy and ardent animal lover, Charu has been connected to the development sector for over 7 years now. Her specialisation is in gender equity and inclusivity. She believes that the best way to achieve this is through a cross-sectional rights-based approach. She is especially passionate about the sexual and reproductive rights movement in India and believes that there is an urgent need to address issues in this area.
Diksha graduated with a B.A (LLb) from the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata in 2016 and holds an LLM in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London on the Felix Scholarship. She has worked at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy as a JALDI (Justice, Access and Lowering Delays in India) Fellow where she researched the lack of diversity within the lower judiciary. Here, she was also a part of the Queering the Law project which looked at how Indian laws could be made LGBTQ+ inclusive. She has also worked at the Centre for Law and Policy Research in Bangalore as a Litigation and Research Associate where she litigated in the areas of transgender, women and disability rights. Diksha is passionate about the interrelationship between law and social change especially in the context of queer and feminist movements.
Business & Strategy
William Leiner is a Senior Director at Albright Stonebridge Group, where he advises ASG’s health and life sciences clients on regulatory challenges, market entry, and business strategy. Prior to joining ASG, Mr. Leiner spent six years at Johnson & Johnson providing financial and strategic analysis for the company in various markets across the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer healthcare sectors. Outside of the office, Mr. Leiner has held leadership roles at various nonprofit organizations, including Junior Achievement of New Jersey, which helps children develop financial literacy skills, and Christ the King Prep, Newark’s Cristo Rey School.
He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford and a B.S. in Finance, with a minor in Economics, from Pennsylvania State University.
K. K. Maurya
Business & Strategy
Krishna Kumar Maurya is the Sales Director (Dairy Products) at Lactalis India. He has been in the sales industry for over 29 years. He was previously worked with Paithan Mega Food Park as their Chief Operating Officer. He has also worked at Baramati Agro as the Business Unit Head, Frigorifico Allana Ltd., as Head of Domestic Frozen Foods Division, Mother Dairy as National Sales Manager and the National Dairy Development Board. He has been featured in leading trade and retail magazine ‘Progressive Grocer’.
Throughout his career Mr. Maurya has set up new divisions and created vibrant and profitable companies. He has vast experience in building new business, owning P & L and formulating strategies that create shareholder value and facilitate growth through transformation of company’s core strengths. He has been a part of SEHER since its inception and has guided the team in designing the impact model.