We are a team of professionals who think and work for the rural.

 

We are 

 

Fellows.Thinkers.

Creators.Advocates.

Makers.Consultants.

Students and the locals. 

We are a group of international professionals, planners, architects, engineers, journalists, activists working to support and promote the self-organizing and governing heritage and potential of communities living in rural areas of the world. As a team, we are committed to stimulating the imagination of other designers of the world- thinkers who could initiate a fundamentally alternative discourse on the meaning of agency, autonomy, and democracy for socio-economic, socio-cultural and socio-political integrity in human affairs. Thus, we are engaging in projects that comply and bring to the forefront, our intellectual and professional responsibilities, therefore.

 

DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

 
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FOUNDER, CEO

Thein Manimekalai Sowrirajan

Architect; Urban planner

Milan / Chennai

 Urban Planner, Architect and now a social entrepreneur, Thein is never a person to limit herself to singular disciplines. An avid learner, she broadens her expertise to cater to specific needs of projects and opportunities. As a founder of NU, she strives to make this into a social movement where urban and rural professionals

work together to achieve

equitable development.

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DIRECTOR OF ADVOCACY

Nethra Ganesan

Architectural Assistant

London / Dubai

 An architect and designer with an

ardent interest in the role of

 built environment in relation to its

cultural and ecological contexts

and by extension, its users.

Currently on her year out from the

AA School of Architecture, she is architecting by day and

moonlighting as a Rural Advocate at NU.

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DIRECTOR OF COMMS.

Divya Ariga

Advertising and Media Professional

Dubai

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LEGAL ADVISOR

Reshma Nair
Lawyer, Legal Consultant 

Hyderabad / London

Corporate lawyer with a keen interest in multi-jurisdictional brand protection and pharmaceutical IP. Currently studying the renewable energy sector and researching whether climate mitigation technologies could be considered as "public good" to construe under the purview of non-intellectual property flexibilities in a way to include environmentally sound technologies.

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FINANCIAL ADVISOR

Shivansh Mehra

Finance Consultant

Bangalore / London

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AUDITOR

Manohar
Chartered Accountant

Hyderabad / London

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FELLOW

Shashank Gupta 

Civil Engineer

Milan / Kanpur

Brilliant innovations do not come up while sitting in isolation and try to think of big ideas. The trick is collaborating while sharing an eclectic mix of thoughts, stemming from individual passion, experience, and cognitive thinking.

 

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Jeel Doshi

Mechanical Engineer

Dubai

 A mechanical engineer by profession with a passion to make a small, positive change in the world around me through simple and elegant design solutions. Design belief: Just like life, designs should be simple too!

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Devika Bajaj

Public Health Scholar

Washington D.C / Dubai

Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. With a strong passion for public health and medicine, Devika is completing her Master of Public Health at George Washington University, focusing on Global Health Program Design, Monitoring, & Evaluation. She believes collaborating with various disciplines is the way forward, when creating truly equitable and sustainable healthcare systems, around the globe.

 

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Athiba Balasubramanian

Artist/ Architect

Chennai

Athiba is an architect, designer and an art enthusiast. He’s completed his bachelor’s degree in architecture from SRM University; during which he spent a semester abroad at National University of Singapore learning the influence of economics & East Asian principles on design. He has worked for & learnt from leading design firms in Colombo - SL, Bangalore & Chennai. Athiba has his own Architecture and Design Practice called Makra Works, in Chennai (India) where he is currently residing.

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Kaavya Reddy 

Architect, Fashion Entrepreneur

Chennai

An architect by profession, I am not out there to change the world but to do my bit to respect the environment through my sustainable endeavors whether it is architecture, fashion or even the way I live.

 

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MEDIA STRATEGIST

Anooya Swamy

Trans - Media Creative

Bangalore

Currently married to the internet. Anooya practices multimedia storytelling and creates inspired visuals. She practices designing and sharing expansive narratives to create an active and involved digital community.

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SENIOR DESIGNER

Ashna Kapadia

Communication & Design Professional

New York

 A Graphic designer interested in community-focused design approaches.

She is passionate to be part of nonurba

foundation because she hopes to see how young voices can really create a impact within respective rural communities. She hopes to make a change as part of the social media team and senior designer of nonurban team. 

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JUNIOR DESIGNER

Lohita Krishna

Content Creator

Chennai

 Believe in the power of gratitude. Mail me at lohita.shannu@gmail.com for collaborations.

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ADVOCATE

Robin Ezhil

Cinematographer

Valad / Chennai

 Documentary filmmaker. Cinematographer, Animal rescuer, Musician and Singer.

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ADVOCATE

Roshan Siddharth

Artist; Radio Jockey

Chennai

Roshan is a creative enthu-cutlet. He has a skill for bringing creative ideas to the foray and dabbles across writing, photography and film, with the goal of telling an impactful story.

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Neeraja Sriram

Content Writer

Chennai

 Content Writer by choice and profession. Self-expression is driven by curiosity and the search for answers.

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ADVOCATE

Priyadarshini

Artist, Blogger, Content Writer

Chennai

Priya is an experienced content strategist and an amateur artist. Firmly believes in the saying "Leave it better than you found it" and generally tries to do so every day.

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ADVOCATE

Druthi Kalavapudi  

Content Writer, Journalist 

Hyderabad

 Dhruti is a writer who's passion lies in storytelling and listeig to new stories. She enjoys working in the development sector; Inspired by frugal innovations; Motivated by small-scale startups and business ideas. 

 

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ADDRESS

Nonurban Foundation

Sea Cliff Conclave, Chennai

600119, India

CONTACT

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