Founder & Executive Director
Vibha founded Ummeed Child Development Center in 2001 and serves as its Executive Director. Vibha has grown Ummeed from a clinic providing integrated services to a center of excellence for clinical care, as well as a resource center in the field of developmental disabilities for professionals, families, and community organizations. Vibha’s vision is to put Ummeed at the forefront of a movement to make the inclusion of children with developmental disabilities a visible agenda for India.
Chief Executive Officer
Anita, as Chief Executive Officer, works in close partnership with Vibha, to scale Ummeed’s impact and to bring the cause of Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood Development, and inclusion to the mainstream agenda. As a volunteer prior to joining Ummeed, she helped develop standardized operating procedures and mechanisms for measuring impact of Ummeed’s training programs.
Chief Operating Officer
Abhijit is the Chief Operating Officer at Ummeed. He joined Ummeed on 11th January 2021 after a long corporate career with Tata group and with Accenture. His last assignment in Tata group was as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Voltas Ltd., a publicly quoted Tata company in the air conditioning and projects business. Prior to Voltas, Abhijit worked as Senior Vice President Finance and earlier as Chief Internal Auditor at Tata Motors.
Director, Early Childhood Development & Disability Programs
As Director of Early Childhood Development and Disability (eCDD) programs, Ashwini leads a team that trains community-based workers to monitor and promote early childhood development, early identification and mitigation of risk factors that can impact development in low resource settings. She is passionate about resource conservation and optimal utilization, as well as about teaching, research and clinical work, and is able to blend these together in her current role.
Director, Autism Intervention Services & Head, Research
Koyeli is the Director of Autism Intervention Services at Ummeed. She aims to build a menu of clinical services at Ummeed that will cater to the wide range of autism-related difficulties across childhood and adolescence and to build capacity in the community to provide evidence-based, child-directed, family-centered and comprehensive autism care to children and families.
Head, Information and Technology
Pervez leads Ummeed’s information & technology services team. He is confident that using IT will deliver solutions that can record, improve and scale the outcomes of Ummeed’s services.
Director, Developmental Pediatrics & Head, Clinical Services
Roopa heads Ummeed’s Clinical Services vertical. She aims to develop sustainable models of care delivery that are evidence-based and outcome-oriented for children with developmental disabilities. Roopa also leads the Developmental Pediatrics, Occupational Therapy and Social Work teams.
Director, School Outreach & Senior Counselor
Shamin has played a key role in conceptualizing, building and supervising the School Outreach team at Ummeed. Her vision is to assist schools in developing inclusive environments, in order to create “safe spaces” that support children reach their maximum learning potential in both academic and social arenas.
Ummeed believes in leveraging the resources of other organizations to reach out to children and families. Many wonderful organizations have contributed to Ummeed's learning and have benefited from Ummeed’s training programs. Ummeed has also collaborated with organizations on both research projects and advocacy initiatives in the field of early child development and disability.
Action for Autism
Ambuja Cement Foundation
Autism Care Nepal Society
Boston Children’s Hospital
Central Society for Education of the Deaf
EAR Education and Audiology Research
Forum for Autism
Fragile X Society of India
Indian Academy of Pediatrics
Latika Roy Foundation
Mumbai Mobile Creches
Narrative Practices, Adelaide
Re-authoring Teaching, Vermont
Sahyog Chehak Trust
Santosh Institute for Mentally Challenged Children
Tara Mobile Creches
Teach For India
The Orchid School (Pune)
Yale University, Dept. of Pediatrics
Chairman of the Board and Founder
Ashish is the Chairman of Ummeed Child Development Center. Ummeed was incorporated in August 2001 and started its operations from 5th November 2001. Ashish has been an active member on the Board since its and helping with fundraising activities.
Arun has been on the Ummeed Board from August 2001. With his rich experience, Arun has been providing invaluable support to Ummeed’s operations right from its inception.
Merry has been on the Ummeed Board from April 2004. As an individual who has pioneered some of the most effective care for children with Autism, Merry has been a very valuable resource person to Ummeed to effectively help service children with developmental disabilities.
Ujwal Thakar joined the Ummeed Board in August 2005. Ujwal is an active member on the Board and plays a significant advisory role to the organization.
Rajnish Dhall was appointed to the Board in June 2010 as Alternate Director. He was later appointed as a Director on the Board at its AGM in September 2015. Rajnish is a shareholder of Ummeed, an active member on the Board, and plays a significant role in supporting its activities.