Transcending to Digital Economy

TRANScending to digital economy-

As we know, COVID-19 has severely and adversely impacted the livelihoods of the trans community in India. RWS, through this humble attempt, is trying to find a way to enable the community by helping the community upskill themselves in pivoting their existing businesses and taking them to the digital platforms.

The workshop, on 28th June, will have two sessions. One by a trained motivational speaker sensitive towards LGBT+ community, and the other by a speaker, who has worked extensively with LGBT+ community’s small and medium scale entrepreneurs. RWS will also host follow up virtual sessions to ensure that the LGBT+ community is able to create sustainable businesses and contribute towards the pink economy.

Aparna Mittal

Aparna Mittal is a leading Diversity & Inclusion Advisor, and an internationally recognized corporate lawyer with over 16 years of experience. Previously worked as Partner at leading Indian law firms such as AZB & Partners, and Luthra & Luthra.

She is the Founder of Samāna a Centre for Gender, Policy, and Law. A Gender and LGBT equality focused consultancy. She advises leading organizations on 5 key areas: Gender and LGBT Diversity & Inclusion at the Workplace, Anti Sexual Harassment, Gender Mainstreaming in Philanthropy & CSR, Gender Impact Investing, and Advocacy on Gender Laws & Policy.

She is also a member of the FICCI Taskforce on Diversity and Inclusion and also mentors several organizations, and Advocacy on Gender Laws & Policy.


Krupali Bidaye

Krupali works in the Social Development sector as a Consultant working in areas of Social Inclusion, Program Communication and Gender; where she has been striving to redefine gender discourse beyond the binary. She has worked at the grassroots with the transgender persons, especially hijra community across various states in India for their mainstreaming and inclusion through a Mumbai based group of volunteers – The third ‘I’

She served as a Special Invitee to the State Planning Commission, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, working with the Social Inclusion Task Group leading the portfolio for inclusion of Transgender Persons in the state. She has led the group to deliberate on the Transgender Persons’ Bill 2016, and drafted the recommendations on behalf of Govt. of Chhattisgarh (GoCG). She has worked as a UNICEF consultant on Transgender Persons Issues for Inclusive and Accessible WASH pilot project of State Swaccha Bharat Mission, GoCG and a presently a retainer Consultant with Shodhana Consultancy, Pune.

She also leads the Third ‘I’- Trans and Hijra Empowerment initiative at Anam Prem, which aims at inclusion and mainstreaming of the transgender community through various innovative approaches. She is also the Convenor of the Trans and Hijra Empowerment Mela (2016, 2017, 2018).

She has authored a year long series of articles for a digital magazine, Empowering Times by Empowered Learning Systems Pvt. Ltd., in their segment VOICES, focussing on issues of transgender persons and corporate sensitization, reaching out to industry thought leaders. She has also co-authored a research paper for a UK based publication focusing on the cross sectionality of Gender Identity and Disability, which is due to be published this year.

She was recently awarded the Loksatta Tarun Tejankit Award 2019, Yashwantrao Chavan Yuva Puraskar 2018, Ivolunteer Hero Award 2017. She received a Special Jury Mention at the Sandvik India Gender Awards 2018, for the innovative inclusion model. She has been recognised as one of the Top 100 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders at the World Diversity Congress 2018.


Anurag Maloo

Anurag is the Head of Partnerships (Asia) at Seedstars, building key partnerships to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. He is an entrepreneur, community builder, innovation and well-being coach and an ecosystem architect. He has also been featured as #ProfessionalsOfLinkdln. He practices #GiveFirst mantra in life and is incredibly passionate about the “why, our work is not a job, but it’s a mission”.

He is the Curator for Emerging Economies Startup Digest, and as a Global Facilitator, Community Leader & Mentor for Startup Weekend.

He used to work with Techstars, the global platform for investment and innovation, as Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific for almost 6 years to develop regional entrepreneurship ecosystems.

He has travelled to over 58 countries across 6 continents, has also been to Antarctica and Mt. Everest base camp.