Who We Are / Anchors and Associates

  • Chandrani Dasgupta
  • Krithika Balu
  • Nitish Chandan
  • Ronita Chattopadhyay
  • Joyatri Ray
  • Saru Narula
  • Rajendrani Banerjee
Vandana Menon

Vandana Menon is a Literature Graduate and a Post Graduate in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from the Madras School of Social Work, Chennai. Starting her career in 1993, her career involved roles in the area of Human Resource Management in diverse settings both in manufacturing and service organizations. Her managerial experience spans Factory personnel management, Industrial Relations, Management Development, Corporate HR and Organization Development.

As a practicing manager, she worked with Tube Products of India (Chennai), where she began her career, and later with RPG Paging Services (Chennai), Since 1999, she has been in organization consulting.

Since 1999, she has been associated with TAO Knoware (now called FLAME TAO KnowarePvt. Ltd.) as Principal Consultant. She is currently a Director on the Board of the company.

Her particular areas of interest are in the realm of organization development: diagnosis, alignment, culture building, leadership development, dialogue and processes of individual and organizational change.

Some of the organizations she has consulted with in the last two decades are Malladi Drugs & Pharmaceuticals (Organisation culture building, Alignment & Transformation), TCS (Leadership development), Ingersoll Rand (Development centers), AAT Academy India Ltd (Organisation culture building, Alignment & Transformation) , Interdominion (Organisation diagnostics, Organisation culture building, Alignment & Transformation) and Akshaya Homes (Organisation diagnostics, Organisation culture building, Alignment & Transformation).

A significant part of her consulting has been partnering SMEs through thresholds of growth and working with entrepreneurs to help build the organisation of their dreams. She helps create spaces for dialogue and learning.

She also does coaching for various levels of the management team.

She has done an Internship in Process Work through Sumedhas: an intensive programme of self – exploration and working with groups – a valuable preparatory ground for meaningful organization development consulting through process facilitation.

She uses theatre extensively both in her work with individuals/groups as well as organisations to enable self-reflexivity and learning that leads to deeper awareness of the self and transformation.

She is a Fellow and current Executive Director of Sumedhas Academy for Human Context, an institution committed to enhancing self-awareness, reflection and personal unfolding, facilitation of dialogue on the emerging human context, and promoting commitment driven action.

She was engaged in a 3 year project with the European Union that involves research into the working of Virtual teams. She was a Director on the Board of a client organization for a period of time and has also been a Trustee on the board of Koothu-p-pattarai, a theatre group in Chennai.

Vandana is based in Chennai and can be contacted at

Email: vandana@totallyalignedorganization.com,

Barnali Ghosh

Barnali Ghosh is a mental health specialist with more than 20 years of experience in providing preventive and curative counselling, mentoring and psychotherapy. She is also one of the few trainers and practitioners of Play Therapy in India by using the Sceno Box. Barnali's expertise lies in working across all age groups – children, adolescents as well as adults.

Barnali has conducted training workshops in West Bengal, Chennai and with the Bangladesh government as well. She has worked on skills and capacity development, group therapy, play therapy, dance movement therapy, stress management, gender issues, life skills, parenting and positive discipline, systemic development and as a trainer and supervisor in a multi-sectorial programmefor prevention of violence against women.

She was invited as an expert by GAIL (India) ltd. one of the few Maharatna conferredPSEs in the country, for the selection of National Law students and cost accountants. In the long span of her career, she has worked as a Faculty member at Jadavpur University, as a psychotherapist with Samikshani, mental health consultant with Groupe Development, Kolkata Sanved. At present she is working as a consultant psychologist in Columbia Asia Hospitals.

Barnali has a Master's in Clinical Psychology from University of Calcutta. She has also completed an advanced training course in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Samikshani Kolkata.

Vinti Mehta

Vinti Mehta is an Organisation Consultant and Coach with over 20 years of experience in the fields of Organisation Development and Human Resources. She has worked with organisations of varying sizes and complexity - ranging from small, young start-ups to large, mature and global corporates. Her stints in corporate organisations have included roles in generalist HR as well as specialist Learning and Organisation Development. As a consultant, she has also worked with organisations in the development sector.

Among corporate organisations, Vinti has worked with HR Business Partner roles, at various levels, with Standard Chartered Bank, Thermax, and headed HR for Total Environment. Through these, she brings deep and wide experience in setting up and running HR systems and processes, particularly Organisation Development, Leadership Development, Learning and Development, Talent Management, and Performance Management. She has also led the Learning and Organisation Development function at CEAT, where she designed and implemented various large-scale culture change initiatives using Appreciative Inquiry.

As an Organisation Consultant and Coach, Vinti has brought her passion for facilitating growth and transformation to individuals and systems. This shows in the work she has done in areas of teaming, leadership development, and change using human and group process methodologies. She has also coached leaders and teams towards greater self-awareness and alignment, and helped individuals and teams discover strengths and potential waiting to be tapped. Some of her consulting engagements have included working with organisations on Visioning, Alignment of Vision to Values to Strategy to Objectives and Goals to Actions. Additionally, she has helped leadership teams with alignment, designed and facilitated interventions around Leadership Development for senior and mid-level leaders, including individual Coaching and larger Capability Building.

Vinti is a certified practitioner of the MBTI®, EUM®, and TAM® instruments. She holds an MSc in Organisational& Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and an MBA in HR from NMIMS. She is a Fellow of Sumedhas, the Academy for Human Context, an institution dedicated to the studying and fostering of human processes.

Vinti runs Co-Alchemy Consulting, a practice offering consulting in the areas of Organisation Development, Leadership Development, and HR Advisory. She lives in Bangalore with her family, loves learning about human dynamics from her daughter every day, and enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and cooking during her spare time.

Atul Sapre

Atul Sapre has a graduate degree in Mathematics and a post graduate diploma in Management. In addition, he has completed an Advanced Praxis Conference at the Tavistock Group Relations Conference.

He has an experience of about 25 years in academics and consulting. He has used qualitative analysis in OD assignments like building competency inventories, organisational diagnosis, and interventions. Atul is also well-versed in quantitative data analysis and has directed and conducted over 30 documentation projects. He is also a visiting faculty in a couple of renowned institutes in India. His last assignment was Director, Institute of Management, Development and Research, Pune.

He has designed and delivered over 50 Assessment & Development Centres in India and abroad for senior and mid-level managers. Atul specialises in using the Action Science (Chris Argyris et al) approach to organisation consulting. His work in consulting is based on the socio-technical systems approach. He has also been trained in the socio-economic approach to management at ISEOR, Lyon, France. ISEOR is a research organisation affiliated to the University of Lyon.

Veena Lakhumalani

Veena has been working as a freelance consultant since January 2009 after a career spanning 30 years with the British Council in India and 5 years with its office in Ukraine. From the late 1980s and early 1990s, she led their programmes in Health and Social Development while in Kolkata and then was their HIV and Human Rights Adviser in Ukraine where she was invited to develop the organisation’s profile in these themes.

She initiated programmes for the British Council and the British Government on prevention of HIV and AIDS amongst Sex Workers in West Bengal, Disabilities, Violence Against Women, Child Protection and particularly child sexual abuse, Trafficking of women and children, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health, amongst other social issues. During the implementation of the HIV and AIDS programme, she established herself as an international consultant as well, undertaking assignments for UN agencies (WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP)  in Eastern Europe first to undertake KABP studies and then as a trainer for both government agencies and NGOs who intended to work with vulnerable populations on HIV prevention.

Her recent assignments include evaluation of three programmes funded by the AzimPremji Philanthropic Initiatives, one each on Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health, Trafficking and more recently Prevention of Domestic Violence.

Experience showed her that most of the issues cut across all socio-economic sections of society.  Silence, denial, shame and stigma are common factors too and therefore most cases are not reported, thus denying survivors emotional and legal justice.