Although our classic Indian historical texts (e.g. the concept of Ardhanarishvara) and architectures (e.g. depictions in the Ajanta & Ellora caves) recognise the transgender community and notes their importance and talents, the general society of present India has a long way to go before the transgender persons will be seen as an equal part of the society across all levels.
There was a need to create an exclusive solution designed from the ground up to address this scenario and uplift the socio-economic standing of the Transgender community. It was that need that made Neelam Jain, a then 22 year old Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs, submit a proposal to her team via an internal competition for social impact.
It is Neelam's passion and the ideas in that proposal eventually became the first blueprint out of which PeriFerry was born. Neelam quit from Goldman Sachs in 2016 and spent more than a year doing field work before ultimately founding PeriFerry in 2017.
Till date, Neelam and her team continue to work and create equal opportunities for the Trans community through Employment and Training. PeriFerry may have evolved from its first office being nothing more than a shade under the tree in a public park to having offices across Chennai & Bangalore, but what really sets the team apart is the impact they set to create every single day.
Meet Our Team
Founder and CEO
Core Team Members
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
With a vision of enabling every trans person to be financially independent & every corporate to become LGBTQ+ inclusive - Neelam is dedicated to scaling the organisation and it's reach.
She is also committed to driving our fast growing L&D services vertical.
Co-Partner & Chief Operating Officer
A dedicated problem solver, Nishant comes with 8+ years of work experience in managing & scaling his family owned business. He is now committed to overseeing our India wide recruitment operations and integrating our clients and community seamlessly.
An avid photographer and design lover, Nishant occasionally enjoys the same.
Our community guide and counsellor, Preety has worked extensively for the rights of the transgender community for over 10+ years. She comes from the experience of working as a peer counsellor and field manager in various NGOs.
Preety loves cooking and in her free time enjoys experimenting with her culinary skills.
Training and Partnerships Officer
Trishala is an artist, Human Resource professional and a grass root community worker, she has always been moved by businesses and initiatives that solve real world problems. On a constant look out for new approaches and ideas to make inclusive recruitment a part of any company’s agenda. She strongly believes that an environment that fosters a diverse culture is sure to succeed and impact human evolution.
Saran assists in our transgender hiring efforts and community correspondence including sourcing, onboarding, and profile matching. He also has a good rapport with the trans men community and inspires his community brothers in their journeys of being their true selves.
Saran's free times are mostly spent by him practicing various dance moves and creating Insta reels!
A postgraduate in Political Science, Samarth came to PeriFerry with 1 year experience in HR operations and 2 years of experience as a Relationship Manager. After completing his training at PeriFerry's Trans Inn, he joined PeriFerry as a core team member. His work involves interacting and processing applications of trans community members who reach out to us for jobs and training. Additionally, he also engages with our recruitment partners for placement related work. Samarth is an explorer by nature and loves to travel to new places.
Empanelment, Project Accounting, Sourcing, and Q.C. Consultant
Over the years of her working at PeriFerry, Mohana has acquired a lot of experience in the D&I space. Her finesse in managing our external communications is as great as is her brilliance in developing our LGBTQIA+ sensitization programs in coordination with our founder, Neelam. At the moment, she works as Procurement and Quality Consultant which is very different from her past roles and enables her to take on new challenges. Her allyship with the LGBTQIA+ community is something we all can learn from. When not drenched by a torrential flow of emails, she enjoys taking pictures of those little random moments of life that many of us give a miss.
Post Placement & Sensitization Associate
A graduate from our Revive residential corporate training program, Ankita is now working with PeriFerry in conducting our routine post-placement feedback collection process. She is also working with our corporate partners in improving our LGBTQIA+ sensitization modules so as to help build inclusive workspaces.
Ankita is an avid dancer and is also committed to her daily meditation routine.
Training and Development Consultant
With over 10 years of experience, Thomas is a vocational trainer with Periferry, focusing on the digital literacy front. He comes with 4+ years of banking experience where he worked as a process and non-process trainer. He also runs his own business in his hometown.
In his spare time, Thomas likes to dabble in his love for carpentry and woodworking.
Founder of Transgender India
Neysara is one of India's best known transgender rights activists. She is the first trans women from the country to be included in the prestigious Hall of Nations in the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts - Washington D.C., USA.
She is the founder of Transgender India, a pioneering online help and support platform for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
Community Consultant | NBCFDC under the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India
Simran is a firm believer in the power of education. As one of the very few trans women in India who has been able to find acceptance within the family and the society, Simran is now relentlessly working to make a positive difference to the trans community and is constantly helping her fellow community members to venture into the mainstream.
We are responsible in our interactions with our community, our partners, and also ourselves. We understand the impact of our actions and how they demand us to maintain accountability. Taking responsibility of our goal is a crucial element that enables us to deliver a positive change.
We don't just empower the trans community, we also empower our very own selves through our work. Each of us leads by purpose and is enabled to take decisions for it is empowered teams that create empowered organizations.
Being agile is an essential requirement to address the different challenges concerning the trans community. Rigidity is not an option and unlearning is just as important as learning. It is by being agile one gains the flexibility to adapt to an ever-changing world.
We are all different individuals but we all are in this together. Our focus is to embrace our differences while working in synergy.
We are committed to honour the trust that you put in us. We understand that trust is not given but it is earned. All our services are designed to keep your trust and grow our relationship with you.