Harish Sadani

Founder Member and Chief Functionary, Men Against Violence towards Women (MAVA)

Harish Sadani pp size photoA senior, competent professional with over 26 years of intensive experience in running multi-sector developmental programs on gender and health. This includes managing the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of a multinational company GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals for 9 years, working for 5 years in leading voluntary organizations Child Rights & You (CRY) and Blind Men’s Association (BMA), Mumbai.


Currently, Consultant and Trainer to Corporates, Universities and NGOs on gender and developmental matters. This includes Consultancy, Sensitization Programs and Mechanisms to deal with sexual harassment of female employees at workplace

Received the prestigious ‘Health & Population Innovation’Fellowship from Population Council, India during August 2006 – July 2008 for implementing innovative Project on Gender & Sexuality in rural Pune. Project has been up-scaled, through collaborations, to 6 other districts of Maharashtra state.

Conducted various long-term initiatives on Education for disadvantaged in rural and urban India, Child & Youth Focused Community Development, Women’s Empowerment & HIV/AIDS Prevention

Have vast experience of Counselling Needy Men and Women on gender and sexuality matters

Visiting Faculty at College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan conducting sessions on DevelopmentalCommunications, CSR and Management of Voluntary Organizations

Have been Member of the Social Responsibility Committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry contributing significantly to Programs for Corporates on CSR.

Founder-Member and Honorary Secretary of Men Against Violence & Abuse (MAVA) — India’s first organization of men, working towards women’s empowerment and stopping gender-based violence and abuse of girls / women since 1993. Work has been recognized internationally. Have Mentored over 500 young men in 20s, who have reached out and engaged with over 80,000 youths across Maharashtra State in the last 8 years. This landmark youth initiative has been featured prominently as an example of ‘Best Practice in Public Service Delivery’ by the Government of India’s website.

Founder-member & Trustee of Samvedan, working on prevention, counselling, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS in Mumbai since 1999. Developed awareness material and conducted over 300 AIDS awareness & Sexuality Education programs for varied audiences in English, Hindi and Marathi.

Invited by Stony Brook University, New York to present my pioneering work with young men on gender and masculinity at International Conference on Masculinities held from 5-8 March 2015.

Specially invited by the U.S. Department of State to visit 4 cities of U.S. from Jan 7 – 27, 2012 to study notable work done on ‘Gender Issues in the U.S’.

Received the Grand Prize for providing innovative solutions to Preventing Violence Against Women at a global online competition organized by Ashoka Changemakers, US in April 2010.

Was Awarded the Civil Society Karmaveer Puraskar 2010-2011 in category of women empowerment by Indian Confederation of NGOs (iCONGO), New Delhi.

Received the prestigious Maharashtra Foundation Award in January 2011 by Maharashtra Foundation (US) for pioneering working with Men on issue of gender inequality.

Received the Muktaa Sanman 2014 Award from IBN – Lokmat, a reputed Marathi news-channel, part of the CNN Network 18 Group in India.

Have conducted over 2000 Capacity-Building Workshops and Gender Sensitization Programs for various groups including Schools and Colleges, Universities, NGOs, Women’s Groups, Youth Bodies and Corporates.

Have been writing articles and columns for leading newspapers & magazines and have participated as an expert at National and International Conferences (by UN Women, UNFPA and others) and on news-channels & radio programs voicing concerns on social issues.

Co-authored a Book called ‘Breaking the Moulds’ in July 2007 – first of its kind in India, containing expressions by sensitive men on a wide range of gender, masculinity and sexuality matters.

Founder & Co-Editor of Purushspandana (meaning ‘Men’s Expressions’ in Marathi), annual magazine brought out since 1996, featuring writings by men on a wide range of gender, masculinity and sexuality matters. The magazine has been awarded prestigious awards by Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad and several cultural bodies across the state for the past 18 years.

Received Gurukul Scholarship during June 1989 by Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture amongst Youth (SPIC-MACAY), for an exposure to various dying art forms of Kerala.

Involved in planning and organizing Natya Jatra ‘89 – a national level street theatre festival in Mumbai and participated in a street play, put up across the city.

Translated (from Marathi to English) the ‘Shatpatre’ (Hundred Letters) – Gopal Hari Deshmukh alias Lokahitwadi, noted social reformer, Maharashtra – for a German researcher in 1988Academic Credentials.

M.A. in Social Work (Specialisation in Urban & Rural Community Development), from the TataInstitute of Social Sciences (TISS) in 1989.