Pinky Chandran has over 17 years of experience spanning careers across international education, research, training, community mobilization, livelihood development, animal welfare and community radio.
She is currently the director of Radio Active CR 90.4MHz, a Bengaluru-based community FM radio station that she was instrumental in launching, in 2007. She is a Trustee of HasiruDala, a member-based organization of waste-pickers, sorters and itinerant waste-buyers in Bangalore, working towards improving working conditions and access to waste. She is also the founder member of the Solid Waste Management Round Table ( SWMRT) Bangalore, a voluntary group working on decentralised waste management, integrated and sustainable waste management. She has co-authored many papers on community radio and waste management and developed training manuals for waste-pickers, scrap dealers and sensitization of street animals. She has also been part of various working groups and committees set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and worked. She also a steering committee member of the South Asia Network for Community Media ( SANCOM), a virtual network that was launched in 2015 to promote community media in the South Asia region, for a democratic and pluralistic media environment
Her work in the various organisations have received various awards including Manthan Award – South Asia 2010 for Community Broadcasting for Radio Active, Namma Bengaluru Awards 2011for SWMRT , the mBillionth Award 2013 for the Community Web platform between Bell Labs and Radio Active, Karnataka State Environment Awards 2015 for SWMRT and 2016 for Hasiru Dala.
In 2012, she was selected among 600 candidates as a delegate for the inaugural Australia- India Youth Dialogue; the AIYD was created with the aim of forging a sustainable strategic dialogue between the youth of Australia and India in the areas of education, economics, business, security and climate change. In 2014, she received the AIYD Alumni grants for a small study titled “Community Radio: Lessons from Australia”. The report was released in January 2016
Meera has over two decades of experience in community news media, urban data, citizen engagement, governance and technology.
Meera co-founded Citizen Matters, an award winning local news media in Bangalore in 2008; She is the Managing Trustee of Oorvani Foundation that supports public interest journalism, open data and community empowerment. She is an Ashoka Fellow, and her work has won innumerable awards including Manthan Award – South Asia and the Namma Bengaluru Award.
A Masters in Computer Applications, Meera has also undergone a course in Entrepreneurship at IIM Bangalore. She has worked with large corporates as well as startups, holding varied responsibilities in the product development space.
Meera is active in neighbourhood improvement initiatives and volunteers for projects related to sustainable development, transport, lake rejuvenation, organic kitchen gardening and solid waste management.
Beula Anthony has been associated with Community Services since 2009 after returning from the UK. She has been working as Administrative Officer and Project Coordinator of Radio Active – Community Radio CR 90.4 MHz, a Jain Group of Institutions initiative. In this role, she has been instrumental in setting up systems for the effective functioning of Radio Active. She is also a member of the SWMRT and has been part of the Bengaluru Recycling Habba.
Committed to making people understand the value of community radio, Beula has led several workshops, been engaged in cultural exchange programs, and conducted training programs for people from all walks of life, be they school children or social workers.
A Graduate in Arts, Beula enjoys painting and craft work when not at work.
Shobha S V
Shobha S V has a combined cross-sectoral experience of more than thirteen years in journalism, research and digital media for non profits.
As a researcher, her interests lie in the intersection of gender, media, technology and society.
In the past, she has been associated with organisations including International Center For Journalists, Breakthrough India, Bangalore Mirror and other media organisations in different capacities.