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Adolescent Psychiatrist & Behavioural Scientist
Founder, Neev Academy
Chief, Policy & Partnerships, EkStep Foundation
Co-Founder, Dream A Dream, India

Date & Time

Thursday Thu, 17 Sep 2020

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

A discussion that looks at the impact of the pandemic on children, especially between ages 8 to 18.

How have the various restrictions imposed affected their routines, their mental make-up? How will it affect their future? Will this become the lost generation?

What can we do to prevent it, both at the level of the individual child, and society as a whole? What has been done before, in different parts of the world, when children have been under collective stress, through wars and disease?

The goal of this diverse panel of stake holders, would be to let be truly understand the impact on children, but also learn from past history – say through other experienced pandemics, or the last World War, how societies tried to mitigate the impact on young people. And therefore feel inspired to innovate our way out of the current situation, when it comes to the future citizens of the country.


Shekhar Seshadri

Adolescent Psychiatrist & Behavioural Scientist

Dr Shekhar Seshadri is a graduate of Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi and a postgraduate in Psychiatry from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. He is currently Senior Professor, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Associate Dean of Behavioural Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. Besides working with child and adolescent mental health including developmental disabilities, he is actively involved in the areas of gender and sexualities, violence/trauma and abuse, children in difficult circumstances, juvenile justice, experiential methodologies, school programmes/teacher training in life skills education,Community and school mental health programmes, forum theatre and qualitative research.

Some resources:

http://www.nimhanschildproject.in/    (  A repository of materials for community work)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrRG7tWuG2Y ( 24th to 48th minute in English) COVID related
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRDtAiylHNo&feature=youtu.be ( August Talks with Dr.Shekhar Seshadri – Dr.Shanta Sinha)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbZD6O01i_8&feature=youtu.be ( August Talks with Dr.Shekhar Seshadri – Dr.Jaswant Guzder)

Kavita Gupta

Founder, Neev Academy

Kavita has worked in diverse fields of scientific research, corporate restructuring, finance and now education. Her interests include reading on education, brain development, History and India.

She is a science post graduate from Bombay University, and an alumnus of Harvard Business School. She founded and heads Neev Schools and Neev Academy, aspires to spend more time with Neev children through her love of history, literature and connect children and teachers with strong school practices meeting the needs of Today’s child. Education has had an unparalleled value in Kavita’s family – with many generations before her being educators, including her father who was a lecturer at BITS Pilani before starting Lupin.

Deepika Mogilishetty

Chief, Policy & Partnerships, EkStep Foundation
Deepika Mogilishetty is Chief of Policy and Partnerships and part of the leadership team at EkStep Foundation. She is a lawyer and a graduate of NLSIU, Bangalore. Deepika has for the past 10 years been working on issues at the intersection of technology and access – particularly on large scale social solutions that address issues of social equity in the areas of education and identity. In her career spanning close to 25 years, she has been an entrepreneur, has worked on a range of policy and human rights issues such as the right to information, identity and access to justice for women, in addition to working on various mergers, structured debt and venture capital. In her spare time, she co-runs a creative community to support young artists and performers particularly at the intersection of mental health and artistic expression, plays ultimate frisbee, stays actively engaged with community initiatives in her neck of the woods in east Bangalore. She is a parent to two daughters – a teen and a nearly teen – who can be entertaining/exasperating depending on the hour of the day!

Vishal Talreja

Co-Founder, Dream A Dream, India

Vishal Talreja comes with deep grassroots level experience of working with children and young people for over 15 years.

He has co-founded, along with 11 others, Dream a Dream, a charity which empowers young people from vulnerable backgrounds to overcome adversity and flourish. He is an Ashoka Fellow, an Eisenhower Fellow, and a Board Member at PYE Global.

Vishal has been recognized as an “Architect of the Future” by the Waldzell Institut, Austria. He is also an advisor and mentor to start-up NGOs and young social entrepreneurs. He is a TEDx Speaker, an active writer on development challenges and human-interest stories, and a poet. In 2018, he was awarded the “Heroes of Bengaluru” award.A passionate dreamer and believer in the inherent potential of each child, Vishal is a bundle of infectious energy.

Rohini Nilekani


Rohini Nilekani is Founder-Chairperson, Arghyam, a foundation she endowed to fund initiatives for sustainable water and sanitation across India. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher. She is Co-founder-Director of EkStep, a non-profit education platform.

A former journalist writing for leading publications, she is also the author of “Stillborn” and “Uncommon Ground”, both published by Penguin Books India. In 2017, she was inducted as Foreign Honorary Member of the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Sciences.

As signatories of the Giving Pledge, Rohini and Nandan Nilekani have committed half their wealth to philanthropy.