Know the BGFI Team
‘Be the change you wish to see in the world’, a famous quote by
Gandhiji and actively followed by the BGFI members. Passionately
working in various fields, the members are highly motivated and
inspired to join hands with the visually challenged and bring about a
The BGFI core members are enthusiastically working in various public
and private organizations and are passionate to empower persons with
blindness in India.
Sadaf Khan, President.
Sadaf Khan a Mumbaikar, is a post graduate in Industrial Psychology
from Mithibai College. She is a human resource professional having
experience in talent acquisition and training and development across
financial risk management and cyber security domain. she is currently
working in the risk advisory cyber security team of Ernst & Young PVT
LTD as HR analyst. Sadaf is ambitious about psychology and loves
catching up on research on various psychological topics, she is an
avid reader, loves travelling and exploring places.
Harish Kotian, Vice President
Harish is an Assistant General Manager (Information technology), at
Reserve Bank of India. He occupies himself with amateur Radio,
trekking and mountaineering during leisure times.
Payal Jethra, Honorary Secretary
Payal, currently working with a reputed public sector bank as
Assistant Manager, is handling NRI & Digital Banking. She is a
Bachelor in Arts from Mumbai University with specialization in English
Literature. She also holds a P. G. Diploma in Journalism from K. C.
College, Mumbai. Payal is passionate about reading books and is a
Ajay Minocha, Honorary Secretary
Ajay hales from Faridabad, he currently works with a leading European
investment bank in their credit rating department in Mumbai. Ajay is
an MBA from IIM Indore and a CFA charter holder from The CFA
Institute, USA. Apart from his work, Ajay loves catching up on
financial markets, technology and adventure sports i.e. trekking,
tandom cycling etc.
Amit Pahuja, Honorary Secretary
Amit, a Bachelor in Arts from Delhi University, is currently working with State Bank of India from last 5 years. Amit is passionate about technology. In his leisure time, he loves to read books and listen to music.
Ruchi Patil, Honorary Treasurer
I am an Electronics engineer with years of experience in embedded systems having worked on prestigious defence projects. I have also developed a couple of apps for the visually impaired, to enhance their learning experience. Am a mother of a bright cheerful 16 year old boy, who is blind.
Santosh Salian, Executive Committee Member
I am Santosh Salian. I am a central government employee, posted as
assistant in Mumbai. I am EC member of BGFI. My hobbies are
travelling, mountaineering, playing cricket and football, interacting
with different types of people. I intend to be happy and serve for the
Vishal Kumar Jain, Executive Committee Member
Vishal has done his MBA from IIM Lucknow and currently working with
Shell as an HR Consultant. He is an advocator of accessibility and
inclusion of persons with disabilities. Vishal is a trained
mountaineer, musician and an avid reader.
Aditi Shah, Executive Committee Member
Aditi has completed a Masters in Cyber Security at the Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A and also owns a Masters in Information Technology from University of Mumbai. She is an all-the-time
technology enthusiast with a passion for Cyber Security and Accessibility. She has over 5 years of industry experience and works as a Software Engineer with a leading Tech Company in Redmond, Washington. She is actively involved in Research projects including Assistive Technology and contributes as a beta tester for promoting accessible online learning on a popular MOOC platform.
Shraddha Edke, Executive Committee Member
Shraddha bassed out of Mumbai, is a Post-Graduate student in Social
Work, from College of
Social Work, Nirmala Niketan. She is presently serving a Public sector Bank as
an Assistant Manager. She is a fun loving person who enjoys various
adventurous activities like, trekking, Tandom Cycling, etc.
Umang Mehndiratta, Executive Committee Member
Umang Mehndiratta is a permanent resident of Delhi. He is working in Union Bank of India from past 9 years, currently in the capasity of manager. Umangs hobbies include, listening to music, playing chess, socialising etc.
Ratul Arora, Executive Committee Member
Ratul Arora is an IT Professional who hails from Delhi. He is presently working with Accenture Solutions Pvt. Ltd. As a Test Engineering Analyst. Prior to this, He was working with HCL Technologies Ltd. As a Senior Test Engineer, having his core area/domain of expertise in Accessibility Evaluation. As far as his educational qualifications are concerned, Ratul holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology(BSc.IT) degree from Manav Rachna International University. He is passionate about exploring new gadgets, keeping up with all the latest happenings/developments in the field of Technology etc. His hobbies includes lissening to music, traveling, socializing etc.
We also have invitees who have been active core members of BGFI
Tanya Balsara is an x-student of St. Xavier’s Mumbai. She is involved with computer training for the visually impaired at Tanya Computer Centre that is supported by Madison Resource Foundation. Courses on Basic & Advanced computers are held at TCC. Students are also taught spoken English and personality.
Paresh is an entrepreneur who is an Authorized dealer of Samsung. His
hobbies primary include being abreast of current affairs and listening
Working with Lead School as a Senior NodeJS Developer, Sagar is a passionate about how technology can create social impact. In his fre time he loves reading books.