For any program to scale and enable community participation, it is critical to keep the grassroots workers, internal teams, and partner teams updated with newer skills, processes, or tools that are relevant to the changing times. There is a need to build participatory learning ecosystems, involving project stakeholders in the design, and not just implementation.
We work closely with our partners and learners to craft touchpoints, learning content, and systems to help meet learning and training needs and support in the design and implementation of a program.
Left to right: Akshay, Abrar, Yashna, Sheneille
Akshay’s work at Ooloi comprises project management, business development, accounting and admin. Much of his time after work hours is spent reading, going for walks and learning to be a cat parent to Timmy.
An ardent lover of misal pav and surfing, Abrar co-manages the product team and looks into the details of building the OKF. He loves the craft involved in creating a technical architecture not only for user experience but also developer experience and scale.
As someone who works with business development, project management and financial planning, Yashna likes to stay away from clutter, both on the inside and outside. She can be found working out of cafes and coworking spaces.
A wearer of many hats at Ooloi, Sheneille; Works on documenting processes, Manages the product team and works on articulating the roadmap for OKF. When she isn’t working, she is either cooking some Asian meals, exploring music or going for hikes.
Strategy & Partnerships Team
Saurav (left) and Sacchita (right)
When Saurav isn’t travelling, he is either conducting research, facilitating workshops, or creating marketing strategies as a part of the strategy and partnerships team. On most days he is pretty enthusiastic about work and finds even the most mundane tasks to be exciting.
Infamous for her tendency to devour books, Sacchita’s work at Ooloi consists of design research, product development, partner support and marketing. When she isn’t reading, she likes to paint, sketch and solve puzzles.
Known to be the embodiment of calm and composure in Ooloi, Suchee is an instructional designer who can make any subject interesting to learn. When she isn’t working, she likes to read and try her hand at different crafts and sometimes she likes to do nothing.
Kartika (left) and Samarth (right)
Inhabitant of breakout room 10, Kartika (also known as Uma) mostly works as a visual designer, and provides support wherever else she can. She can be found joking around to help alleviate the stress others are feeling. Her cats’ mood is her mood.
Co-inhabitant of breakout room 10, Samarth is a visual designer and researcher who works with graphic narratives. When he isn’t working he’s usually reading, cooking, struggling with his guitar or generally geeking out about something.
Left to right: Ali, Muskaan and Kishan
A self taught coder while pursuing a degree in pharmacology, Ali is a web developer who loves learning new things week in week out. He likes being disciplined and daring, pushing himself to be a better developer. Ali looks forward to his next life, and in his words - “I want to live with gratitude, and die with honour”
A diligent avoider of anything related to drawing, Muskaan is a backend developer who loves to learn new things and solve new problems at work. When she isn’t working, she is usually spending time with her cats.
Well regarded as being the most unintentionally humorous team member, Kishan is a front end developer at Ooloi. He likes the fact that his role is not limited and gladly accepts opportunities to learn on the job. One may find him gaming most of the time and engaging in self-study some of the time.
Rishabh (left) and Harsh (right)
The team’s F1 enthusiast, Rishabh is a product designer who derives pure joy from solving problems. When he isn’t working one may find him working out, looking at stock market statistics or just sitting in his balcony and daydreaming.
Easy going, approachable and one of the most dependable people in Ooloi, Harsh is a product designer who draws inspiration from architecture and art. He is a self proclaimed ruinophiliac who likes running, reading, watching movies and making playlists.
Why are we called Ooloi?
The name ‘Ooloi’ is borrowed from Octavia Butler’s seminal trilogy, ‘Lilith’s Brood’. In the series, the last remaining humans on an Earth devastated by income inequality, climate change and disease are rescued by an alien species. This species has three ends to their gender spectrum: male, female and ooloi.
The role of the ooloi is to take in complex information from the environment, assimilate and process these internally, and put things out into the environment that make it more habitable for their community.
Taking on the name Ooloi, signals an aspiration to play a similar role in the communities that we inhabit.