After graduating in Physics from Delhi University, she completed her post-graduation in PM & IR from XLRI, Jamshedpur and worked as an HR professional in the corporate sector before becoming the co-founder and CEO of Pravah in 1993.
She subsequently co-founded ComMutiny–The Youth Collective. Both organisations have significantly shaped the youth work field in the country by leading from the front and developing world class designs and high impact interventions including the 5th Space Framework. An Ashoka Fellow and among the finalists of the Jubilant Schwab Award (SEOY- 2016), she was also awarded distinguished Alumni XLRI 2015. She is currently working on a mission to develop an eco-system of multi-sectoral institutions called the Varta Leap Coalition, which is working to promote the vision of ‘Every Youth a Jagrik and Every Space Nurturing Jagriks’ to build the narrative of youth leadership based on values of justice, equality, liberty and fraternity at scale.
As a passionate advocate, she has been part of policy making as a member of Boards and steering committees of a number or organisations and collectives at National and International levels. She is the co-author of 'Ocean In A Drop – Inside Out Youth Leadership' (Sage 2013) and was part of anchoring an Asia-wide research as part of the International Baseline Study of Youth Work in the Commonwealth.