Founder of Not Just Art and Youth4Jobs, Meera is a pioneer in skilling rural, tribal and youth with disabilities for jobs. She has worked in senior government positions, and consulted for World Bank, ILO and UNDP across South Asia. She has won several national and international awards. Her recent inspirational book You Can is a best seller. She is invited globally to do workshops around the book on inclusion. She conceived of Not Just Art based on her discussions with parents of adolescent children with disabilities, with artistic talent.
Co-founder of Not Just Art, Kannan has over 30 years of experience in FMCG, Manufacturing and Hospitality industry in Human Resources holding several senior executive positions in India and in the Asia Pacific region. He and his wife Kalpana, have two daughters, one of whom has Down’s Syndrome and is an acclaimed painter. His family is very passionate about supporting parents of special needs children and the cause through their trust ‘Anuraag’. Kannan has contributed to many social causes over the years and is a recipient of several awards.
Co-founder of Not Just Art, Rupa is a New York-based artist and award-winning digital creative leader with 14 years of global design experience in prestige beauty, luxury, and consumer goods. She currently leads user experience and product design for global beauty brands like Estée Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Aveda, Bobbi Brown, La Mer, Smashbox. She is inspired to leverage her strengths in art, design, and technology to bring the vision of Not Just Art to life, giving others the opportunity to live up to their full creative potential. View her work at www.rupashankar.com.
Project Coordinator of Not Just Art, Priya is an information professional and arts advocate with experience in libraries, archives, and arts organizations. Originally from the US, she is working with Not Just Art through the American India Foundation as a 2017-2018 William J. Clinton Fellow for Service in India. She is passionate about harnessing information technologies to promote art in all forms and empower artists worldwide.
Special thanks to our volunteers: Kedar Malegaonkar (Mumbai), Atul (Delhi), Abhinav (Hyderabad), and Jahnavi Magandi (Hyderabad).