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Meet the Team

Board of Trustees

Tulika Srivastava

Tulika Srivastava is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in building and working with organizations and institutions dedicated to the realization of women’s human rights. She is the Founder Member of Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives Trust (AALI). She currently works as the executive director of Women Fund Asia in Lucknow and has been Former Executive Director of International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP).

Huma Khan

Huma Khan is a human rights, gender and development professional with over twenty-five years of experience in her home country India as well as in various conflict and post conflict settings. Her work focuses on implementation of international human rights instruments globally. Huma is a Lawyer by training and currently works as the Senior Human Rights Advisor for the United Nations.

Nisha Srivastava

Nisha Srivastava is a former Professor in the Dept of Economics, University of Allahabad. She has worked with the United Nations World Food Programme as head of the Vulnerability Analysis Unit. Presently she is a visiting Professor with the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi. Her work straddles many areas, including issues of gender, social sector, employment and poverty.

Rajashri Dasgupta

Rajashri Dasgupta is an independent consultant based in Kolkata specializing in issues related to gender, health, human rights and social movements. She has been involved with the peace and women 's rights movements in India for more than five decades.

Geeta Ramaseshan

Geeta Ramaseshan is a renowned senior advocate in Madras High Court Chennai in the area of criminal law and family law for the past three decades. She is known for her work in upholding the rights of women and is a famed commentator on gender issues.

Seema Misra

Seema Misra is a lawyer who has been working on the issue of legal empowerment of various marginalized communities for over two decades. She is an experienced trainer and has worked extensively on building the capacity of legal practitioners and grassroots workers.

Azra Musavi

Azra Musavi is a professor with fifteen years in the higher education sector & has leadership skills for managing an academic department. She has an interdisciplinary background with a masters’ degree in Economics and a PhD in Sociology. She is a teacher and researcher, with a grounding in the discipline of women’s studies.

Executive Director

Renu Mishra

Ms. Renu Mishra is the Executive Director at AALI has been leading the organization since 2016. As an experienced lawyer, she has been active in the field of women’s rights and empowerment for two decades now. Her work centers around ensuring the access to justice for women and children. Ms. Mishra specializes in feminist counseling, casework strategy, socio-legal intervention in gender-based violence and promoting women’s socio-economic and civil and political rights. She acts as a technical member and consultant to several national networks as well as state and central departments. In 2016, her contribution to women’s rights in Uttar Pradesh was recognized and honored by the State Government. In 2014 she was presented with the Hindustan Times Woman of the Year Award for her work on women’s empowerment. She holds an L.L.B. degree from Lucknow University, and a master's degree in Commerce.

Core Team


Coordinator – Women Leadership & Community Initiatives

Anshumala is the coordinator of the Women’s Leadership and Community Initiatives Program with AALI and has been associated with the organization for more than 12 years now. Her expertise includes building capacity of women leaders and mobilizing for attainment of social-economic rights at the community level. She holds an MPhil degree in Women’s Studies and is also trained in Law.


Coordinator- Jharkhand

Reshma currently leads the Jharkhand Unit at AALI as its coordinator. With over 19 years of experience in the development sector, she has intervened extensively on issues of women and child trafficking. She has also been engaged in advocacy at the state level with the government and the officials of various departments. She holds an MA degree in Human Rights from Ranchi University and PG in Rural Development from IGNOU, Ranchi. 


Coordinator – Socio Legal Intervention

Apoorva is a young and dedicated lawyer with vast experience in the social justice sector. She has been with AALI since 2011. She has worked extensively on providing direct socio-legal support in cases of gender and identity-based violence. Her prolonged experience in the area of feminist-legal practices and multidimensional access to justice at the grassroots has aided her in taking up role as Coordinator of Socio Legal Intervention Unit. 


Coordinator- Casework
Aalima Zaidi is a practicing lawyer and currently leads the casework unit at AALI. She has extensive experience of facilitating women’s access to justice systems through socio-legal intervention. As a legal expert with a feminist perspective, her work encompasses supporting women’s right to choose in relationships, decision-making, and violence-free life.


Unit In-Charge- Resource Centre and Advocacy
Neetu is currently in-charge of the Resource Centre and Advocacy Unit at AALI. She is a dedicated social worker and lawyer, active in the field of social justice and gender equality for more than 17 years. She has vast experience in casework and capacity building and has provided technical support to state stakeholders and grassroots workers in the past.


PSU Head & Finance Coordinator

Sonali is the PSU Head and Financial Coordinator at AALI. She is a semi-qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAI) having 5+ years of experience in the field of Finance, Accounts, Compliance, Due Diligence, Taxation and Audit. She has vast experience of conducting audits of governmental and non-governmental institutions and organizations. She has completed her B.Com (Honours) degree from Lucknow University. She is currently pursuing a law degree.