TEAM

THE PEACEBUILDING PROJECT

Founder and President,

Rhea Mahanta

Rhea founded The Peacebuilding Project at the University of Chicago in 2017, where the project began its operations on Conflict Transformation and Mediation, and humanitarian work with Syrian refugees. She is the first person in the history of the University's Committee on International Relations to have received the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award, for her voluntary contribution and commitment to peace.graduated with Masters in International Affairs and is now pursuing a PhD in International History at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva.

Currently, she works as a Civil Affairs Officer at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) where she conducts conflict management and supports the implementation of peace agreements at the sub-national and local level. Rhea has previously held various positions in the UN system including at the United Nations Headquarters under the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA), Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UN Women. She has also served as an expert Mediator at World Mediation Organization (WMO), and is an experienced peacebuilder having worked in the West Bank, Israel-Palestine.

Program Director - India,

Tarana Faroqi

Tarana manages the India Operations of Peacebuilding Project since 2018, when the organization expanded in India as the Director.  Additionally, she is the Regional focal point for South Asia & Central Asia for UNMGCY Humanitarian Affairs and Director at Peace 360. She has facilitated Peacebuilding workshops across India and Europe. Currently working with a UN organisation based in Delhi focusing on migration in the MENA region and South Asia. She has worked in Europe and India both across different NGO & International Organizations such as MSF, CARE INDIA, OHCHR, WHO, & GPPAC Netherlands. Her areas of interest include gender, forced migration, refugee rights, peacebuilding and politics in South Asia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and a Post Graduate Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. She is an alumnus of Masters in International Affairs from The Graduate Institute Geneva. 

MEMBERS

Oonmona Das​

is currently pursuing her under graduation in History with minors in Philosophy from Indraprastha College of Women, University of Delhi. She has a special interest in World History and International Relations. She primarily got in touch with the Peacebuilding Project due to her curiosity about her own region’s geopolitical issue, i.e. Assam. She was also part of the Rohingya Literacy Project and helped in curating and coordinating the program.

Pratiksha Pathak

graduated with a master’s degree in International Studies from Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune. She was a student of Hindu College, Delhi University, acquiring her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Currently, she is also a Shaper at Global Shapers Community, Guwahati Hub. With a keen interest in international affairs, diplomacy, social issues, human rights and development, she joined the Peacebuilding Project in August 2019.

Navya Khanna

is  a final year undergraduate student of Political Science from Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi. She has worked with several civil society organisations in the last two years on conflict resolution, gender and peacebuilding. She has been volunteering at The Peacebuilding Project since July 2019.

Sampurnaa Bora

is a volunteer and a researcher at The Peacebulding Project since 2019; she is pursuing honors in Political Science in Maitreyi College, University of Delhi. Her interest lies in the area of International Relations. She is also involved in writing and debating.

Arundhati Agomacharyya

is currently pursuing Sociology Honours from Kamala Nehru College Delhi University. She is a writer, orator, a literary and social sciences enthusiast. She is the Social Media Manager for the Peacebuilding Project. She was intrigued by the cause the organization works for and has dived into all of its work with a lot of passion. She is passionate about politics, peacebuilding and international relations.

Ridhika bora

manages Social Media at the Peace Building Project. She is pursuing her Masters from Kamala Nehru College, Delhi University. She has a keen interest in international affairs and politics. “Working with The Peacebuilding Project has led to a comprehensive understanding of analyzing a conflict and to understand the importance of socio economic development. Furthermore, these were instrumental in harnessing my skills to understand cross cultural differences.”

Anandita Pathak

is a final year undergraduate student of History at the University of Delhi. She believes it is her quest for comprehending the several policy issues across the world that brought her to engage with the Peacebuilding Project. It is through her multiple encounters with the social and economic realities in both her home state Assam and the national capital that evoked her interest to understand and work with the policymaking sector.

Ananya Raj Kakoti

is a terminal semester student, pursuing Master’s degree in International Relations and Area Studies, from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is also pursuing a PG Diploma in Human Rights Law from National Law School of India University (NLSIU), Bengaluru. With her areas of interest expand across international politics, law, security and strategic studies, diplomacy and human rights, she joined The Peacebuilding Project in August.

Anshu Saikia

is a recent Economics graduate from Delhi University, with an avid interest in the field of International Relations. She hoped to further pursue masters in International Relations and work along the lines of Security and Peacebuilding. “Being part of The Peacebuilding Project strengthens my passion for working towards the global community. I hope to be a positive addition in contributing to the wellbeing of the world”.

Terese Teoh

is a first-year undergraduate student of Environmental Earth Systems Science and Public Policy at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She is the founder of ‘A Letter For Peace’. Feeling the urgency of reducing tensions and divisions, she joined the Peacebuilding Project in August 2020 and have taken the initiative of the ‘Letter Campaign’ for the Peacebuilding Project. Apart from peace advocacy, Terese is also passionate about the environment. She organises outreach activities at Plastic-Lite Singapore and Singapore Youth for Climate Action.

Sharati Roy

is pursuing Political Science honours from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University. She joined The Peacebuilding Project in July 2020. She identifies as an intersectional feminist and has avid interest in the realm of Politics, Diplomacy and Global Affairs.

Maumita Banerjee​

completed her Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Jadavpur University and Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies from TISS. Her areas of Interest lies in Conflict Resolution, Peacebuilding, Women, Peace and Security, International Relations. She joined The Peacebuilding Project in August 2020 as the vision and work done by the Project coincides with her areas of interest.

Priyakshi Pujari

is a student at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, pursuing MA in International Relations and Area Studies. She takes interest in women, peace and security and hopes to work in the area of conflict resolution and peacebuilding in future. She has published articles relating to international politics. Her interest in conflict resolution and peacebuilding inspired her to be a part The Peacebuilding Project which she joined in July 2021.

Morina Singh

 is an avid reader and researcher, who is deeply interested in issues of conflict and peace, justice, women’s rights, and human rights. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi and she recently completed M.A. in Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding from the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She has previously worked with organizations like ENACTUS where she worked on the AIPAN Project which was aimed at helping economically and socially underprivileged sections of the society in acquiring sustainable livelihood sources, and Global Youth India, a platform for youth engagement in international dialogue and diplomacy. She is currently engaged with various civil society organizations where she works passionately in the arenas of human rights and social transformation. She is a part of the Partnerships & Outreach and Communications teams of The Peacebuilding Project.

Putri Rahma Asri ​

is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universitas Diponegoro, Indonesia. Her concentration in International and Transnational Crime leads her to fascinate towards Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding. She’s captivated by UNSCR 1325 Implementation: Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in the Southeast Asia & Balkan region which she dives into immensely at present. To grasp the experience beyond the classroom, she signs up in the capacity of Program, Outreach, and Partnership Officer at The Peacebuilding Project. Aside from that, she aspires to disseminate gender equality awareness and straighten views on feminism in Indonesian through a community she manages, named Plain Feminism.

Kashvi

is a literature student from New Delhi who works to facilitate support towards marginalized communities in Asia. She has been named by UNHCR as Global Young Change-maker and has previously served as a journalist fellow for the UN Women’s program to advance human rights in the Asian region. Kashvi is interested in the sphere of gender and how collaborations between civil society and governments can conjure stronger development systems for communities.

Avantika

has academic and professional experiences in India, France, and Switzerland. Avantika is currently working with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development on monitoring human rights and impunity in 7 countries in the South Asia region. She is also a volunteer researcher at the Peacebuilding Project working in areas of armed conflict and human rights. Avantika has previously worked with the International Justice Mission, Indian Institute of Human Settlements, and Sustainable Development Goals Society. In the summer of 2019, Avantika was chosen to conduct independent research as a ThinkSwiss Scholar at the Graduate Institute, Geneva where she studied armed conflict.

Avantika is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in International Humanitarian Law at the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR). Avantika has graduated with a Masters in Development Studies and International Relations, from IIT Madras. She has also attended an exchange semester in International law at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) between January-June 2020. Avantika has written her thesis on ‘The Attribution of State Responsibility For Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment’.

Avantika is passionate about studying human rights and humanitarian action, conflict studies (genocide and war crimes), international humanitarian and criminal law.

Diksha Pandey

is a social researcher, with expertise in data-driven policy analysis and M&E. She has previously worked on projects led by the Harvard University, Asian Development Bank, LinkedIn and WaterAid in multiple geographies across South Asia and the USA. Her research areas include gender & women empowerment, education, skills & livelihood, agriculture and WASH. She has also interned with the Government of India and Government of Bihar to gain first-hand exposure to policy making and implementation. Diksha has been associated with The Peacebuilding Project since last year as a volunteer-member. She has volunteered with various other non-profit organizations including Turn the Bus, The HOPE Project, and Connecting Dreams Foundation that serve underprivileged communities across rural India. Diksha has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Postgraduate Diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She has now received a merit-based scholarship to pursue a Master’s in Public Affairs from Brown University beginning Summer ’21.

Arisha Parvez ​

recently completed her Gandhi Fellowship where she was working at the grassroots of the rural Thar desert of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan and the tribal district of Kalahandi, Orissa. She is an alumnus of Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University and has been involved with different organizations working in the social impact space. Her desire to work for the most vulnerable stemmed from a volunteering experience with Kat-Katha, where she worked for the sex workers living in GB Road, Delhi. With a keen interest in the refugee crisis, skill development, and conflict-affected areas, she will be working as a part of the partnerships team of The Peacebuilding Project.

ROHINGYA LITERACY PROGRAM MEMBERS

Srishti Gautam

is currently in the final year of Political Science honours from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. Her subject interest lies in International Relations especially in relation to China and Sustainable Development.She has been volunteering with the Peacebuilding Project since March 2019 and have been closely associated with the Rohingya refugee children of Khajuri Khaas by teaching them basics in Engish, Mathematics and value education.

Sanjana Sharma Sahu

currently pursuing BA(Honours) Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She have been associated as a volunteer with the Peacebuilding Project since 2019 and have been involved in teaching Rohingya refugee children of the Khajuri Khas community in Delhi. Her study interests lie broadly in the field of Human Rights and Social Justice, which is a major reason for volunteering to be a part of the Project.

Samhita Gogoi

currently pursuing BA (Prog) in Political Science and Economics from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. She has been associated with the Peacebuilding Project and have been involved in teaching the Rohingya refugee children of the Khajuri Khas community in Delhi, since 2019. Her study interests majorly lie in Human Rights and Developmental Policy Making.

OLD VOLUNTEERS

Jigyasa

is a peacebuilding and project development professional. She has undertaken field projects working with refugees, migrants, and women and has worked with various national and international NGOs in the field of youth and peacebuilding, and humanitarian action. Currently, she’s an ALLY Fellow where she is working on violent extremism in South Asia. She’s also a researcher and has written papers on strategic peacebuilding, gender mainstreaming, etc. Further, she is interested in YPS, WPS, and global nuclear issues.

She holds a MA in Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding from Jamia Millia Islamia and BA in Political Science from IPCW, DU. Besides, she’s passionate about movement, nature, stories, doing crafts, and poetry.

Grazeldiz Lyngdoh

is a Research Scholar from the Centre for European Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research interests lie in tech policy, cybersecurity and the intersection of social media, digital governance and politics.

Daniele Speziale

graduated in BSc Political Science from Leiden University, Netherlands and pursuing Development Studies at the SOAS University of London. Originally from Italy, he has interned as researcher in political science in Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang (Malaysia) as well as volunteered for two months in a grassroot NGO in Mangadu, a village in Tamil Nadu. Passionate about international development, issues of poverty and inequality, socioeconomic justice and sustainability. Joined The Peacebuilding Project in January 2021 to gain more knowledge in areas such as humanitarian work, advocacy and campaigning, and community empowerment. Currently also a writer for Aliran, Malaysia’s oldest human rights group. In his free time, he loves studying languages (having studied to different degrees about 19 languages) as well as delving into poetry.

Ryan Mitra

is pursuing a Masters in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute Geneva. He’s specialising in Global Security, Conflict, Peace, and Development. Having been published by various journals and other platforms, his interests range from refugee policies to maritime security. He has previously interned with the Southern Division of the Ministry of External Affairs and is currently a Human Rights Intern in the Univeral Period Review Branch at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.