Agamishaala is a 6 month online learning journey curated by Agami for high caliber Justicemakers committed to advancing ideas that serve justice.

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Co-created with Manish Srivastava and Sonali Ojha, it is designed to create space for Justicemakers to step back, reflect and draw from the strength and wisdom within the community. And to discover fresh perspectives to old and familiar problems. Deploying creative methods that are experiential, embodied and engaging, the Agamishaala is geared to enable changemakers to become unstuck and evolve to realise their highest potential.

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The Agamishaala 2021 Cohort

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Co Founder & Director, Studio Nilima:Collaborative Network for Research and Capacity Building

Abantee Dutta

"How do you build a community of justice leaders who are empathetic, committed, creative and resilient? What is the role of community members?"

An action researcher, Abantee Dutta, works at the intersection of law, conflict and governance. She's part of a collective called Studio Nilima:Collaborative Network for Research and Capacity Building based in Guwahati, Assam. One of their primary interventions is to engage with the correctional spaces (prisons) ecosystem and strive for reforms from within- ones that reflect the lived experiences of those who inhabit these spaces, particularly the incarcerated inmates.
Shreya Rastogi
Founding Member, Project 39A

Shreya Rastogi

"Is the best way to disrupt the system to work with it?"

Shreya is a founding member of Project 39A, a criminal justice initiative at National Law University Delhi. At P39A, she heads the death penalty litigation and forensics teams. She graduated in law from the National Law University, Delhi in 2013 and completed her LL.M. from the New York University School of Law in 2017. Her broad areas of interest are criminal justice, and the interaction of science and law.
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Lead (Judicial Reforms) and Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy

Deepika Kinhal

"How does one evaluate long term work that shapes the ecosystem? How do you keep your energy up for the here and now?"

Deepika Kinhal is a legal researcher and a policy professional focused on bringing solutions to the Indian justice system through a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach. As a lead for the judicial reforms team at the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, she is currently managing multiple projects at the intersection of law and policy with technology, design and management. Apart from research reports, she regularly writes in mainstream media about issues concerning the judiciary, and women and child rights.
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Founder & CEO, TrustIn

Meghana Srinivas

“How do you build institutions that endure? What is justice when it comes to safe workplaces? What is the role companies can play?”

Meghana is the founder of TrustIn, a legaltech SaaS solution for preventing workplace sexual harassment. She believes it’s our moral responsibility to harness the strides science and tech have made for the greater good.
When she’s not geeking out over frameworks or good coffee, she can be found playing with her adorable Labrador Dobby. 🙂
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Co-Founder, Zenith: Society for Socio-Legal Empowerment

Abhay Jain

“What is my role in the process of change? How does it sustain beyond me?"

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Head, Legal Aid and Advocacy Cell - Aajeevika Bureau

Santosh Poonia

"What does one do to enable one's team to realise its full potential? How do you build a solution that is effective and accessible to all classes of citizens?"

Programme Manager, leading Aajeevika Bureau’s legal aid work, Santosh Poonia guides and supervises legal aid and education for migrant workers and their families. He also mentors collectives of migrant workers and liaises with government departments, corporates and other NGOs. Previously, Santosh worked at the Indian Institute of Health Management and Research, Jaipur. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. Santosh can be reached at [email protected]
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Co-Founder, Zenith Society for Socio-Legal Empowerment

Swapnil Shukla

"How do you involve more young people in the changemaking process? And sustain the process itself?"

Human rights lawyer and the co-founder of Zenith Society for Socio-Legal Empowerment. Based out of Madhya Pradesh, Swapnil works with the marginalised communities in the region to empower them to realise their rights fully. He believes that the path to justice requires a combination of behavioral, structural and systemic changes. These changes can be furthered by youth leadership and participation. Zenith's work therefore involves direct engagement with the communities. They also engage with young students to create meaningful spaces for them to realise their potential and contribute to bridge the gap between communities facing issues/injustice and enable access to justice.
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Co-Founder, CORD

Badarivishal Kinhal

"How do you know if you're on the right path as a leader?"

Badari is an engineer with over 15 years in the field of technology. As a theatre artiste, he has performed in over 200 shows on stage and also runs a theatre company called, Tahatto. He is the co-founder of CORD, an online dispute resolution institution aiming to make justice accessible.
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Sector Lead, CivicDataLab

Apoorv Anand

"How does one unravel assumptions? What is the role we play in the bigger picture?"

Apoorv works at CivicDataLab where his role is to find collaboration opportunities that seek to enhance the public access to information. He looks forward to discussing, learning and unlearning ways in which data and technology can help us demystify the Rule of Law and find pathways that might take us closer to a collective goal of 'Access to Justice for All'.
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Head, Restorative Practices, Enfold Proactive Health Trust

Swagata Raha

"In the larger world, how do we build acceptance for a community based restorative approach to justice?"

At Enfold Proactive Health Trust, Swagata co-leads the interventions to introduce restorative processes in the juvenile justice system, child care institutions, and schools. Her work also entails legal and policy related research, teaching, and training on issues of child protection. She completed her B.A.LLB (Hons) in 2005 from W.B.National University of Juridical Sciences and Mst in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University in 2016.
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Former Judge, Madras High Court

Justice Prabha Sridevan

"Not just in the field of justice, but how do we overcome difficulties in enabling access to relief for those who have no privilege?"

Justice Prabha Sridevan (Retd.) describes herself as a literature student, lawyer, judge, translator and occasional columnist. Justice Prabha served as a judge of the Madras High Court from 2000 to 2010. Post retirement, she was appointed as the Chairperson of the IPAB (Intellectual Property Appellate Tribunal) from 2011 to 2013. As a High Court judge, Justice Prabha dealt with a wide range of cases, including the celebrated Novartis Glivec case, the Da Vinci Code case, and the minor Deepika case. The World IP Review has named her as one of the most influential women in the IP world, and she has also been awarded the Justice Shivaraj V. Patil Award for Service to Humanity, among many other honours. And ‘grandmotherdom’ is her real joy.
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Director, Transerve Technologies Pvt Ltd

Ashwani Rawat

"How does one break conditioning to motivate someone towards an idea?"

Entrepreneur who likes photography, running and is passionate about technology. Founder of Transerve and commited to helping the underprivileged using edge computing. He has been instrumental in building the technology and also handles business strategy within Transerve. He has research publications in remote sensing and satellite image processing journals.
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Chief Technology Officer, Sama

Vikram kumar

“How do you make the idea of dispute resolution easy for large scale adoption? How do you get buy-in from multiple stakeholders?"

"The thing which describes any person the best are there values and my core values are love, courage, commitment, creativity, and kindness". Vikram runs a legal-tech startup called Sama and their motto is "Suljhao Magar Pyaar Se". For more details checkout
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Founder, Legistify

Akshat Singhal

"What will it take to break down systemic constraints and legacy infrastructures? And to make systems more efficient and transparent?"

Akshat is an engineer turned entrepreneur. While he was pursuing his engineering at BITS Pilani and trying out his hands on some business ideas, he felt that there is a huge gap to solve in how legal work is being managed and done in the country and started building Legistify from his dorm room.
Legistify is a tech enabled, legal concierge platform which works with large enterprises providing an avant-garde enterprise legal management suite (ELM) along with access to over 7000 pre-verified lawyers pan India, on demand.
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Assistant Director & Junior Fellow, IDFC Institute / Access to Justice

Avanti Durani

“How do you navigate for change in a relatively unchartered territory like police and judicial reforms? How do you go about building a vision and mission aligned future?”

Avanti Durani is the Assistant Director and a Junior Fellow at IDFC Institute. With a background in Law and International Relations, she co-leads the research on Access to Justice and Policing and works on Organisational Management at the Institute. The Access to Justice vertical at IDFC Institute works on the premise that research and implementation support can have a catalytic and systemic impact on policing and in turn rule of law, access to justice, and economic growth and empowerment. The route to this is by working alongside the police to bring incremental changes in an evidence-informed way and pursuing independent research and analysis to socialise the innovations.
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Weaver, Agami

Tammanna Aurora

"What is it about certain issues that elevates them to a movement?How do you hold the space for something to emerge and then sustain it to make it happen?"

Tammanna is a lawyer and a poet shaped by the life and sea-scapes of Goa. Her explorations at Agami are centred around understanding what brings people and ideas together. She is also fascinated by the intersection of the laws and the arts. She wants to be a poem.
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Creative Head/ Co-Founder, Lawctopus/ Unpadh Wakeel

Suhaib Salman

"How can art help in de-mystifying laws and increase legal awareness?"

In his own words, Suhaib shares "I didn't accept a proposal for arranged marriage (Engineering), instead, I opted for love marriage (Law). For livelihood, I ventured my skills and everything towards creativity. I am transfusing art and law in order to de-mystify complex legal jargons to increase legal awareness in society."
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Weaver, Agami

Jahnavi Jayanth

"What does storytelling as 'therapy' look and feel like? Who tells these stories and how?"

Jahnavi is a storyteller for justice at Agami and the co-founder of Bolti Bandh, an initiative that reimagines political progress by depolarizing political dialogue. She is a graduate of cognitive neurosciences and social impact, and has spent 6 years in the Indian social impact sector.
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Associate Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Aditi Singh

"How do we catalyse greater interest and participation from the development sector towards ideas that advance justice?"

Aditi is an Associate Partner at Dalberg Advisors, a strategy consulting firm focusing on international development. Her work focuses on creating meaningful livelihood and entrepreneurship opportunities for the disenfranchised and the vulnerable, with a specific focus on economic empowerment for women. In addition, she is now shepherding Dalberg Asia’s work on advancing access to justice. Aditi is a lawyer by training.
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Curator, Agami

Keerthana M

"What is the journey to take from idea to action? How do we get others to join in with energy?"

Keerthana is a lawyer by education, a researcher at heart, and is passionate about building communities and creating opportunities that work better for the society, particularly the legal system. Outside of work, you will find her exploring and talking about mental health, or persistently trying to be a morning person. Before Agami, she was a Senior Research Fellow at CLPG, NLU Delhi. She completed her BA.LLB from NLU Delhi and LL.M from Harvard Law School.
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Co-Founder, LegalMind

Anubhav Mishra

"How can technology be integrated and transform every aspect of the judiciary and law?"

Founder at LegalMind. Looking to make data a culture in law and willing to take intelligence from courts to cloud where it is made widely accessible.
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Group General Counsel, ICICI Bank

Pramod Rao

"What are the intersections when advancing ideas across dispute resolution, the legal industry and possible overlays with the criminal justice system? How do you harness the power of LawTech for both the common person and commercial entities in a way that is disruptive and scalable?"

Lawyer (Class of 1996, NLSIU) and Financial services professional, desirous of harnessing technology to help the citizenry and commerce; conceptualized and collaborated with Agami on helping create a vibrant ODR ecosystem in India. Looking to learn how to do more.
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Co-Founder and Partner, Ooloi Labs

Akshay Roongta

"How do you keep-up with the evolving nature of your work and what it requires from you as a leader?"

Akshay is a designer, researcher by training and co-founder at the social enterprise, Ooloi Labs. Ooloi works at the intersection of technology, program design, operations to support various social sector organisations and projects to leverage learning of communities and grassroots workers to scale their efforts. The team is developing and deploying a product called the Open Knowledge Engine as well as supporting programs to take their learning/training efforts virtual. They currently work in the domains of access to social justice, drinking water, education, livelihoods, millets processing, amongst others.
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Founder, Landryt

Girish CK

"How do you build value and ownership from the bottom up? How can we discover and push the boundaries of adjacent possibles in the justice ecosystem?"

Co-founder of Landryt. Passionate about access to justice and a firm believer in technology making a difference in this space.
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Operations and Digital Security Manager, Internet Freedom Foundation

Shivani Singh

"In this 'black hole of uncertainity' how do young people continue doing the important work they set out to do? What is wellbeing for those on he frontlines who witness the injustices faced by disenfranchised communities?"

Shivani heads Operations and Digital Security for the Internet Freedom Foundation. She's interested in understanding how successful non-profit organisations are built and what are the things that help CSOs have impact whilst remaining resilient especially during unprecedented situations like the Covid-19 pandemic.

Additionally, she is also working to build capacity for digital security training aimed towards human rights defenders in India. The goal here is to bring this aspect of security into their lives in a language and a manner that is accessible to them and created keeping in mind the challenges that are unique to the Indian ecosystem.

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Creative Producer, Kabir Khan Films Pvt Ltd

Rahul Vohra

"What can those in a position of 'privilege' do to shift the balance of power in the hands of the people?"

Rahul works in films with film director, Kabir Khan. They have recently completed a film called '83 starring Ranveer Singh, and are waiting for theaters to open to bring a smile on people’s faces again. He is also currently working on making a documentary that covers the work of the Agami Prize winners of 2020.
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Managing Partner, Ikigai Law

Anirudh Rastogi

"What are the practises to be built today for an emerging future?"

Founded Ikigai Law, a differentiated law and policy firm that helps change-makers deploy novel technologies and business practices amidst evolving regulatory frameworks. Anirudh takes particular pride in the firm's impact in opening up and enabling entire industries, such as drones and blockchain, in the country.
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Producer and Chief Editor, Nirantar The Third Eye

Shabani Hassanwalia

"What happens when the power and tools to create are handed over to contexts that traditionally serve as ‘subjects’?"

Shabani is a filmmaker and a writer, who uses documentary as a form and device to discover the world. She currently heads the feminist think tank The Third Eye, powered by Nirantar Trust.
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Head of Operations, Sama

Jishnu Veetil

“What will it take to overcome the adversarial mindset?"

Jishnu heads operations at an online dispute resolution institution named, Sama. He is passionate about taking the access to justice initiative forward by engaging in collaborative modes of resolution with the judiciary and enterprises.

Who can take part?

Agami curates each Agamishaala by invitation for Justicemakers who we see are at an inflection point in their justicemaking journey, and are actively seeking to break out of traditional ways of seeing and doing. These are leaders and innovators from a cross-section of backgrounds across law, tech, media, data, social justice, research and more. Applications are invite based only.

What does one learn?

Agamishaala is designed to understand what its members need at this stage in their journey, to be able to unlock their full potential as leaders – both at a personal and at a more foundational skill level.

This ensures that the journey is relevant to the people in the room and is not prescribing one solution to all.  Having entrepreneurs and innvoators, the Shaala is a space for each member to create their own learning curve, while Agami only facilitates them through it.

To that end, through carefully facilitated sessions, you will be able to identify your own patterns of ‘stuckness’, sense the ecosystem that you are a part of and expand the horizon in which you currently operate. And you will do this with 30 other Justicemakers who will add to the richness of this experience.

Based on what surfaces from the cohort, we will also curate sessions on foundational skills with mentors and subject experts sharing their knowledge and practises around core areas such as strategy creation, systems thinking, movement building, managing changemaking teams and more.

What’s the journey like?

The Agamishaala cohort will be built around justice areas that are ripe for advancement, with upto 30 members in all. Between May and October 2021, monthly and weekly sessions will be organised for all cohort members collectively and as part of smaller groups. There will also be interactions with mentors and experts along the way. There may be an offline retreat at the end of the  journey in November 2021, depending on where we are with the pandemic. Or we will have an online alternative to mark the culmination. 


About the Agamishaala 2021 Cohort:

The curation for the Agamishaala 2021 cohort took place in the months of April and May 2021. Bringing together 30 diverse leaders from the field, including legal tech entrepreneurs, researchers, policy specialists, grassroot community builders and filmmakers, the whole that they represent offers a variety of perspectives. Together, they seek to unlock their potential as leaders and the ideas that they can advance for the field of law and justice. 

Got more questions?

Catalyzing Dispute Resolution at Scale

Reshaping the Legal Industry

Reimagining the Criminal Justice System

Empowering Citizens to be Justicemakers

Seen here: A 4D mapping of the Criminal Justice system with different participants embodying different parts such as: Judiciary, Prisoner, Prisoner’s Family, Defence Lawyers, Media, among others

The Agamishaala 2019 Cohort

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Dr. Shamnad Basheer

"How to ensure that people stay "good" and "moral" in an era of increasing complexity and uncertainty, where it is easier to fall prey to the bigoted ways of black and white?"

The late Dr. Basheer was an academic, professor, and entrepreneur. With a vision to make diversity in law schools a reality, he founded IDIA. Among many other accolades, in 2015, he received the Infosys Prize in Humanities for his work on legal education and on democratising the discourse around intellectual property law and policy. He was also an Ashoka Fellow.
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Akshetha Ashok

“How can we change the adversarial mindset of people organically?”

Akshetha is a graduate of NUJS, Kolkata and found her passion when she discovered mediation in law school. She is now working on changing the perception around disputes and making mediation more mainstream through SAMA, a technology-driven platform that will resolve large volume of disputes online.
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Project 39A, NLU Delhi

Dr. Anup Surendranath

“If scale is truly possible only by collaborating with the state, what should the imagination of that collaboration be?"

Anup led a nation wide empirical study on death penalty in India which culminated with the launch of the Death Penalty India Report in 2016. Through Project 39A, he is now focusing on how do we ensure equal opportunities and equal justice in the criminal justice system by removing economic and social barriers.
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Ritvik Lukose

“How to manage multiple priorities and build a learning/collaborative culture?”

Ritvik cares most deeply about new generations of lawyers achieving their fullest potential. Having spoken to 100's if not more people at the crossroads of their careers, Ritvik is always thinking about what are the new ways in which Vahura can meet people where they are in their journeys.
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World Law Forum

Pratik Bakshi

“What impact is he bringing to the world through his work?"

A lawyer cum entrepreneur, Pratik began his entrepreneurial pursuits while in law school. He founded the Network for International Law Students, and the Union Debates. Believing that everyone has the potential to make a unique contribution to the world, he founded the World Law Forum for changemakers to transform the world through law.
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Internet Freedom Foundation

Apar Gupta

"What part do I play in this journey? How to ensure that I, myself, do not become a roadblock to it in the future?"

Apar is a Digital Rights crusader in India, whom you may recognise from the SaveTheInternet campaign. Given the times we live in, he is working on how we can ensure technology respects fundamental rights.
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Pranjal Sinha

“How to have a unicorn startup, an iron man title, and happy relationships, all at once?"

Pranjal is a graduate of NUJS, Kolkata whose ambition throughout law school has been to start his own business. He founded ODRWays (now SAMA) while in college, where he also organized the first ever India Mediation Week.
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Ramanuj Mukherjee

"How to scale my team - how to manage and lead people better?"

Almost every law school student and young lawyer is familiar with Ramanuj and iPleaders. He has built a digital library of learning and practice related resources that make lawyers more efficient. He is also passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs and plays an active mentor role as well.
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CIVIC Studios

Roohi Bhatia

“Can we re-imagine the relationship between the individual and the social - to make it more dynamic, sustainable, and mindful?”

Roohi is working at the intersection of research, content creation, and gender. At Civic Studios, the focus is on creating civic entertainment to encourage civic participation and to build sensitivities into audience perspectives at scale.
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Tanuj Kalia

“What hinders and encourages collaboration?"

Tanuj has made it his life's work to bring the voices and perspectives of law students and young lawyers into the mainstream. Rather than mentoring, guiding one student at a time, his initiative Lawctopus has created bridges between those who have knowledge and those who need it.
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Centre For Advanced Mediation Practice (CAMP)

Tara Ollapally

“How do you influence social behaviour to see the value of a process that might seem counterintuitive but essential for the greater good”?

Tara is passionate about helping people see the full potential of mediation. She has endlessly innovated on the idea of how to overcome long held lack of understanding around the power of solving disputes amicably.
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Telangana Prisons

SP Sampath Mandarapu

"How to sustain change? What role can prisons play in supporting victims? How to make “restorative justice” an important part of our criminal justice system?"

Superintendent of Cherlapalli Central Jail, Telangana, Sampath is at the forefront of State leading innovation. Supporting various initiatives at Telangana prisons, he is constantly exploring ways to see how prisons can play a better role in the criminal justice system.
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Antaraa Vasudev

"How can we create a common badge/currency that enables citizens to be recognized across platforms for their effort?"

Antaraa's interest in civic engagement led her to launch India's first technological platform that enables citizens to participate in lawmaking and policy making processes.
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Association For Advocacy And Legal Initiatives

Renu Mishra

“How do we best use the information and data we have from the field to effectively capture our qualitative experience, in an organized manner, without reducing it only to numbers?”

Renu has been working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for years now. Through her work, she maintains a balance of working with women at grassroot level and building a national strategy for policy advocacy.

Seen here: A 4D mapping of alternate dispute resolution as it exists and what it could be with participants embodying roles of the Mediator, Judiciary, Ministry of Finance among others

The Team Behind Agamishaala 2021

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Co Director- Social Presencing Theatre & Core Faculty, Presencing Institute

Manish Srivastava

"How does the legal profession use/ misuse power, work with the powerful, empower/ exploit those who have less voice, resources and power in our society? How can each role-holder reflect on— who are they in service of?"

Manish is a coach, facilitator and a poet. He is a master facilitator in Theory U based systemic transformation processes; and a senior teacher and process-facilitator with Arawana Hayashi in Social Presencing Theatre. Manish is also trained in Bridging Leadership, deep democracy, facilitating nature retreats, dialogic processes etc.
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Co-Founder, Agami

Sachin Malhan

"Not just now, but what can we achieve for the justice field by 2028? And how will our individual lives, fragile and ephemeral, feel for having been a part of it - body, mind and soul?"

Before Agami Sachin was the Executive Director of the Changemakers program of leading non-profit Ashoka. Sachin has previously co-founded three ventures in India – test prep pioneer Law School Tutorials (LST, now called CL LST), Rainmaker, a learning and talent platform that ultimately spun off Vahura and, and Inclusive Planet, a venture focused on greater literary access for the visually impaired. For his work in technology, media, social impact and education, Sachin became an INK Fellow in 2010. Sachin is a graduate of NLSIU Bengaluru and began his career with Amarchand Mangaldas at their Mumbai office.
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Coach and Founder, Dreamcatchers Foundation

Sonali Ojha

"What needs to happen for justice to be meted out quickly and efficiently?"

Sonali as Founder of Dreamcatchers Foundation, is empowering street children to create and sustain a vision of the future through an innovative and participatory curriculum that will help them to leave the street behind and build successful lives. By training organizations working with street children nationally and internationally in this new curriculum, she adds wholeness of spirit and emotion to the list of "basic necessities" children need.
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Senior Curator, Agami

Artika Raj

"What does it mean to build an ecosystem for law and justice? How do you get others to co-own your vision?"

Artika is a news junky who loves to do puzzles, especially when they come as challenges that require putting together the right people and ideas. At Ashoka Innovators for the Public, where she served last, the world of leading social entrepreneurs gave her an insight into what is transformative change. A lit-major from Delhi University, she's worked in print media and as Managing Editor of the digital platform, Youth Ki Awaaz.
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Co-founder, Agami

Supriya Sankaran

"Are we drinking our own koolaid? Who are we listening to?"

Supriya is a recovering lawyer, mother, changemaker and aspiring dancer. Though her formal education was at NALSAR University of Law, her real education was at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, where she worked to launch over 100 leading social entrepreneurs across different sectors, support 500 others and co-create projects like the Wellbeing Project. She is also grateful for her stint at Amarchand Mangaldas, as a capital markets lawyer.

With expert facilitation by Sonali Ojha and Manish Srivastava, the Agamishaala in 2019 sought to introduce the 17 participants to a deeper way of embodying and sensing the system that they are a part of.


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Note: Actual dates of the sessions will be announced shortly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of selection?

Agami extends an exclusive invitation to apply to a curated list of leaders and changemakers in the justice field. Those invited are then required to fill a short application form and send it in by the deadline. The team then evaluates the applications and selects a list of people for the next stage of interviews, either with an Agami team member or an ex-Agamishaala participant. Based on the interviews, the members are confirmed. The Agami Prize 2020 Shortlist receives the first invite, followed by others we think will add to the richness of the cohort. Members who have been part of a past Agamishaala, can’t re-apply.

Who is a good candidate?

Candidates for the Shaala should be:

  • Founders or senior leaders of organisations which have demonstrated impact, whether in early or late stage;
  • At an inflection point in their lives or careers;
  • Are curious leaders, who maybe feel stuck and want to explore new possibilities.

What kind of support is included for Agamishaala members?

We believe we can most effectively support leaders in building their capacity through a combination of personal growth, skill enhancement and network access. To that end, each Agamishaala member is eligible to receive: 

  • guidance from mentors and experts as part of Agamishaala; 
  • resources, and help from Team Agamias and when;
  • key introductions to relevant network members based on need;
  • and an invite pass to the annual Agami Summit when it happens next. 

Are all sessions online?

This year we are curating Agamishaala as an online journey running for 6 months with each month having a variety of engagements. But the online sessions will have segments where you are doing things by yourself offline, or in sync with others in your cohort. These maybe Dialogue Walks you do with another member, or even 1:1 virtual chai sessions to reflect back. Incase members are in the same city and find it safe, we would encourage you to do some of the sesion from the same space.

An offline retreat may be curated at the end of the year, depending on circumstances. This retreat will be optional to the members and there will be an additional participation fee for this. 

Is there a participation fee?

No, there is no participation fee for the online leg of the journey. The offline retreat, if it happens at the end of this year given the circumstances, may have a separate fee but would be completely optional.

What is expected from an Agamishaala participant?

Specific expectations and time commitments include:

  • Full and engaged participation during the 6 months. 
  • Approximately five to six hours each month for sessions and activities, including mentor sessions, and wellbeing check-ins from mid-May to mid-November 2021. 
  • Active communication with Team Agami as needed between monthly check-ins.
  • Annual surveys, testimonials and data collection through December 2021- March 2022.

What if I want to apply for more than one idea that I am interested in advancing?

We suggest that you apply for the area you are most committed to advancing. On evaluation of your application, if we feel you may fit another cohort better, we will ask and move you to it. However, most of the activities between all cohorts will be the same, so not much cause to worry.