Meet the ANBU team

TRUSTEES

VOLUNTEERS

Trustees

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Vanajah Srinivasan

ANBU UK Director and Trustee

Vanajah has publicly spoken about her experience supporting her family through a complex past of childhood sexual abuse, which eventually led to prosecution through the legal framework. This compelled her to share that experience and become a part of the transformative healing process for others, she believes ANBU is that transformation.

Vanajah has spent her recent years in international development, designing and establishing projects that empower, protect and save the lives of marginalised communities all over the world. Vanajah’s experience includes setting up a Syrian refugee programme and a short term deployment in Afghanistan. She has a MA in Refugee Studies and Community Development and now works as an independent consultant supporting NGO’s in commercial contracting.


vanajah@anbu.org.uk

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Nibarna

ANBU UK Trustee

Nibarna Kannathasan is a BACP registered psychotherapist and works in the NHS within sexual assault referral centres (SARCs).

Nibarna works from an integrative approach drawing from various modalities including transcultural and narrative approaches in order to provide holistic therapy.

At ANBU UK, Nibarna is a Trustee and oversees the therapeutic components including thinking about best practice and culturally sensitive frameworks.

For further information:

Website: nevanawellbeing.co.uk
 

Jitesh Joshi

ANBU UK Trustee

Jitesh is a professional accountant with experience in audit and deal advisory in the financial services sector. More recently he works for a technology start-up and is involved in developing its financial processes and data analysis. He brings insight into financial governance and planning which will aid the strategic vision of projects at ANBU.

Vanisha Jassal

ANBU UK Trustee

Vanisha is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent (UoK) and Senior Fellow with the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).  As the Acting Director of Studies for the MA in Advanced Child Protection at UoK, Vanisha is responsible for teaching child protection professionals from a range of statutory and third sector organizations, and from across the UK and abroad. Vanisha's teaching specialisms in developing practitioner skills in communicating more effectively with children and have developed a portfolio of teaching programmes in this area, including one of the University’s first ever MOOCs (a Massive Open Online Course), ‘Communicating Effectively with Vulnerable Children and Young People’.
 

For further information:

Email: sacsauk@gmail.com
Personal website: mysandtray.com
Twitter: @vanishajassal

 

Volunteers

Mayuri Thiraviyanathan

Mayuri is a MA History graduate who has worked predominantly in the public sector. She is currently involved in the social media work for Anbu UK along with her full time role.

In her spare time, Mayuri enjoys writing and picking up new languages from movies and tv series.

Arathi

Arathi Rajanth has been with Anbu UK as a volunteer since Anbu started in the UK. She helps with Tamil community Outreach.

Ahrabi 
Rajkumar

Ahrabi is a strong believer in mindfulness and healing through all forms of creativity and actively maintains her passion of art and music. She currently manages ANBU Safe Space and is involved in various other ANBU UK projects. 

Ahrabi envisions a future where Tamil communities around the world are open to conversation regarding abuse, as well as collectively working together to protect and maintain the wellbeing of its members.

Dharshana Navendren

Dharshana has been in the field of education for 10 years with a passion to guide, uplift and safeguard the younger generation. Her aim is to help survivors feel less alone and support them through their own healing journeys.

Gayathri
Nagarajan

Gayathri works in Business Development at a tech startup. She is passionate about womxn's empowerment and has been working with charities for the past 14 years. At ANBU she works on community outreach. 

In her free time she enjoys cooking and listening to podcasts.

Mayuri is a MA History graduate who has worked predominantly in the public sector. She is currently involved in the social media work for Anbu UK along with her full time role.
In her spare time, Mayuri enjoys writing and picking up new languages from movies and tv series.

In her spare time, Mayuri enjoys writing and picking up new languages from movies and tv series.

Shavena
Vigneswara Kumar

Shavena is the designated Independent Sexual Violence Advocate for ANBU. She has previous experience working in the Tamil community in community development and advocacy for conflict affected women in Sri Lanka.

Her masters thesis titled "Recasting resilience: decolonising narratives of conflict affected women in the north and east of Sri Lanka" was based on this work.

Mayuri is a MA History graduate who has worked predominantly in the public sector. She is currently involved in the social media work for Anbu UK along with her full time role.
In her spare time, Mayuri enjoys writing and picking up new languages from movies and tv series.

Jumani
Yogaraja

Jumani began her adventure as a freelance hair and makeup artist in 2013. She is also the founder of The Lash Bar UK and is a spokesperson for ANBU UK. She has a keen interest in promoting awareness around the issues surrounded by childhood trauma and abuse in the Tamil community. She is passionate about helping support fellow survivors.

In her spare time, Mayuri enjoys writing and picking up new languages from movies and tv series.