Dr. Daphne Pillai
Dr. Daphne Pillai is the co-founder of the Pillai Group of Institutions and Chairperson, Management Board, Mahatma Education Society. She holds a doctorate in English Literature from Mumbai University. She is well travelled and has is a deep understanding of the socio-economic issues affecting women and girls. She has initiated and implemented several projects for the upliftment of women including a literacy drive for women in slums.
Ms. Namrata Saxena
Ms. Namrata Saxena has Masters in Chemistry & Masters in Education from Mumbai University. Sheis the Program Director for Early Years & Curriculum Head K-12 at MES, Mumbaiand Assistant Professor at Pillai College of Education & Research, New Panvel.She is currently at the helm of growing a successful chain of Preschools in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, the ‘edukidz INTERNATIONAL’.
Her involvement with SI Bombay Chembur has been as an active member in the areas of Adult Literacy Drive, International Day for Eradication of Poverty, World Environment Day and more. She has also served as the PAC at SIBC for two consecutive terms successfully.
Ms. Susanna Cherian
Susanna Cherian is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a post graduate degree from the University of Mumbai.She is a strong believer of equal gender rights and also education & empowerment of women.Her interest mainly lies in working with girl children and making a difference in their lives.
Ms. Yvette Lee
Immediate Past President & Programme Action Co-ordinator
Yvette Lee works as a Counsellor and a professional Social Worker. She has a Masters degree in Social Work, a diploma in Psychotherapy & Counselling and has completed a course in Crisis Intervention Counselling. She is interested in community service which is aimed at bringing about social change in our present structure. She is a feminist by heart and her interest lies in women issues and equality of rights.
Ms. Preeti Pawar
Ms. Preeti Pawar is a Post graduate in English and Education and works as an Asst. Professor in Mahatma Junior College of Education. Her young and energetic persona and positive outlook to life has helped her face many challenges in life and overcome them. She is a strong believer in education for all and has been working towards this cause since many years. Her interest mainly lies in education of the girl child.
Ms. Mamta Patil
Ms. Mamta Patil is a Post Graduate in Commerce and Education and works as an In-Charge Principal of MES’s Pillai HOC College of Education and Research, Rasayani.
She has a qualitative experience in teaching and administration inclusive of teacher training. Well versed with modern pedagogy and educational practices, she believes in developing inclusive environment, geared towards maximizing learning experiences. Making a difference in the community is something that drives her every day.
Ms. Munawira Kotyad Pillai
Club Extension & Membership Officer
Munawira Kotyad is an Associate Professor in Computer Engineering at Mahatma Education society. She has a Masters in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. Although a computer geek, her heart lies in working with underprivileged children. She completed a post graduate diploma degree in Child Rights and Child Protection and is interested in working primarily towards creating a safe space for children, both physically and emotionally.
“We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear” ~ Nelson Mandela
Dr. Smita Dalvi
Communication & Publicity Officer
Smita Dalvi is an Architect and holds a PhD from the IDC School of Design, IIT-Bombay. She is a professor of architecture at Pillai College of Architecture, Panvel.
Smita Dalvi believes in the ideals of feminism and humanism. She stands by the principles of inclusivity for all sections of society in public spaces and public discourse. She believes in education as a means for emancipation of women, their social and financial freedom. Introduction to the world of Soroptimism has been for her an opportunity to learn from strong and kind women and to be of service to the society in small ways.