Founder and CEO

Incubation

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. 

Core Team

Neelam Jain
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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. 

Nishant Agarwal
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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. 

Preety Mehra
Community Lead

Our community guide and counsellor, Preety has worked extensively with and for the rights of transgender community for over 10+ years. She comes from the experience of working as a peer counsellor, field manager in various NGOs. 

Preety loves cooking and in her free time enjoys experimenting her culinary skills. 

Vish Dutta
Community Associate

The youngest and the most enthusiatic in the team, Vish manages our various community relations and helps us build seamless rapport. She is dedicated to coordinating our training and recruitment programs for the community. 

A tattoo and mehendi artist, Vish is inclined to all things art. 

Preksha Bothra
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Operations Lead

A communications graduate, Preksha comes from the background of managing all things events and people. A complete task master, she supports the COO in running our India wide operations smoothly, prioritizing our clients and community needs. 

She is also a digital creator and enjoys outdoor engagements.

Faiza Khan
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Training & Development Lead

Gender and social studies graduate from TATA Institute of Social Sciences, Faiza comes with 6+ years of experience of enabling various organizations in their inclusion journey. She leads the training and content creation, and supports the CEO in implementing Learning & Development services to corporates.  

Faiza is also a design and mixed media artist. She is also a research enthusiast and has over a few already published. 

Community Partners

Neysara Rai

Neysara is one of India's best-known transgender rights activists. She is the first transwoman from the country to be included at the prestigious Hall of Nations in the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.

 

She is the founder of Transgender India, a pioneering online help and support platform for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.

Simran Arora
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.