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Vinodini Sudhindran


A science graduate, Vinodini has been with ANEW since its early years. She has performed the roles and responsibilities of a secretary for several years alongside Dr. Annalakshmi. In the year 2013, she moved on to her new role as the President of ANEW. She is responsible for executing the office’s duties and ensuring smooth functioning of the organization and is also responsible for the Vision Care & Car Driving projects at ANEW. Diplomatic and thoughtful, her openness to people and ideas and her balanced approach to issues have enabled ANEW to continue growing without breaking stride. Vinodini is an ex-President and current member of Soroptimist, Chennai.

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Sumalini Shrikumar


Sumalini is a post graduate in Child Development and Family Relationships. She is a freelance Soft Skills and Communication trainer specializing in Voice and Accent Neutralization. She has used her experience in the corporate world to introduce, coordinate and facilitate the Spoken English &Life Skills program at ANEW. Her social media initiatives have enabled ANEW to get much visibility. She is friendly and easy to approach and interacts with the trainees on a regular basis. Sumalini is also a volunteer at Lakshmi Pain and Palliative Care.

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Sujata Paulose


A post graduate in Mathematics, Sujatha is an entrepreneur, managing a logistics and software company in Chennai. She is part of the team in charge of the computer department at ANEW. With her corporate experience, she guides ANEW on decisions regarding staff, rules and regulations. Her level-headed and enterprising nature has been crucial in seeking out innovative solutions at ANEW. Sujatha is also one of the trustees at Banyan, a care centre for mentally disabled women and also volunteers at Gnanadeepam, a school for mentally disabled children

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Dr. Annalakshmi

Founding Member

A doctorate in life sciences, Annalakshmi is one of the founder members of ANEW. After a term as the President, she was the treasurer and was also responsible for Computer Trainee placements as well as Car Driving projects. Anu shares responsibilities with the President, connecting and interacting with sponsors, forging new relationships and assisting in the day to day operations of ANEW. Anu’s quick decision-making ability, her leadership skills and her selfless focus on ANEW have made her synonymous with the organization.

Ranjini Venugopal

Committee Member

A post graduate in science, Ranjini is responsible for the administrative work including maintaining records, book keeping, stock registering and all work essential for ANEW’s smooth administration. Ranjini began working with ANEW as a volunteer but decided to contribute more when she witnessed the impact of ANEW’s work on the lives of underprivileged women. Order and organisation are her strengths. Ranjini has previously volunteered with Can-Stop, an NGO working with cancer patients. She was actively involved in “play therapy” for the paediatric cancer patients.

Vijayalakshmi Rao

Committee Member

Vijayalakshmi is a management graduate from IIMA, past Director & COO of scope E-Knowledge, and current mentor/ Business advisor for women entrepreneurs. With her years of experience in the corporate world, Viji mentors ANEW on a wide range of issues. She plays a key role in guiding the management to envision future growth plans and also in ensuring its successful implementation. Her measured and well-thought-out perspective has helped ANEW immensely.

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Sathya Anbajagane

Committee Member

Badrunissa Mahadevan

Committee Member

A graduate in engineering and a computer professional with work experience in the US, Sathya oversees the computer courses at ANEW. Her domain knowledge and her constant desire to do more for ANEW, especially with the computer course, have ensured that ANEW’s training is relevant and up-to-date. She has also done much to improve the placement rate of the computer trainees with special focus on hearing impaired candidates. Sathya is also a committee member of ICCW, Indian Council for Child Welfare, an NGO working for the cause of all children related issues.

A post graduate in history, Badrunnisa had done an online course in teaching English as a foreign language and had shared this expertise as a Spoken English teacher at ANEW. She was also responsible for coordinating the Home Nursing course in the initial years. Badrunnisa continues to support ANEW and is an active participant of the ‘Battle of the Buffet’ fund raiser that ANEW is a part of. Badrunnisa is also a committee member of Cheshire Home, a care centre for the disabled.

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Shyamala Kenath

Committee Member

A graduate in science, Shyamala has been supporting the administration and accounting work at ANEW. The committee relies on her for order in terms of meticulous documentation and maintaining archives. She is a significant contributor to the growth of ANEW in her own quiet way, and is very particular about ensuring the right reach of ANEW courses as she ensures strict implementation of the candidates’ screening process during admissions.

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