Project Director, Common Purpose India

Anisha Padhee

Anisha is currently Project Director at Common Purpose India, where she is project leading the South Asia Leaders Programme. On joining Common Purpose she worked with Common Purpose Student Experiences, planning and delivering student programmes across Asia –Pacific and UAE. She comes with over six years of experience of working across corporations and not for profits, and has worked with organizations like EdelGive Foundation, Intel Corporation and Teach For India. In her previous role as Fellowship Selection Manager at Teach For India, she was responsible for managing different stages of the robust selection process to ensure smooth running of the same and a high quality experience for over 15000 Applicants annually. She also was responsible for setting vision, goals, strategy and delivery of the ongoing Selector training for staff members such that Selectors were equipped for and confident of selecting Applicants onto the Fellowship who were likely to be impactful as both Fellows and Alumni.

Anisha feels passionately about women's rights and gender issues, and has a diverse set of skills including training, research, strategy and planning. She has worked as an independent gender consultant and is associated with a two organizations in an advisory capacity. She is a published author in academic journals and magazines. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and an M.Phil in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK.

She loves to travel, sing, read and to spread smiles and laughter wherever she goes. She is originally from Odisha, absolutely loves Bombay but currently lives in Bangalore with her husband.