Ondede Trustees Members as per the governing structure

Role Name Gender Pronoun Occupation
Managing Trustee/President Mr. Elengovel.P Cis Man (Gay) He Information Technology Company
Trustee/Director Dr. Akkai Padmashali Transgender woman




Social Activist
Trustee/Treasurer Mr. Hemanth Kumar M.G Cis Man He Handloom Business and Farmer Activist
Trustee Ms. Archana B.C Cis Woman She Activist
Trustee Mr. Avinash Suvarna Transgender man


He Finance Officer


Trustee Anindya Hajra


Transgender She Social Activist
Trustee Siddappa Alagond alias Siddamma Jogappa She Begging/Telling Saga stories

Ondede Advisory Members

Role Name Gender Pronoun Occupation
Advisory Member Ms. Shakun Mohini Female She Women’s rights activist
Advisory Member Ms. Madhu Bhushan Female She Women’s rights activist
Advisory Member Dr. Shaibiya Saldhana Female She Gynaecologist and Trustee- Enfold
Advisory Member Ms. Kavita Ratna Female She Director, The Concerned for working Children (CWC)
Advisory Member Ms. Jayna Kothari Female She Lawyer
Advisory Member Dr. Daya Prasad Male He Doctor
Advisory Member Ms. Poojitha Transgender woman She Community Member

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Dr. Akkai Padmashali

Ondede Founder/Trustee/Director

Dr.Akkai Padmashali, a male to female trans- woman and gender activists has over a decade of experience in the developmental sector.

Born a male in a middle-class family, she had to discontinue her studies, after Grade 10, due to discrimination based on gender. She took to sex work to make ends meet and in 2004 joined Sangama (an organization working on transgender rights), as a part time staff member to educate the sexual minority community members about their rights at cruising areas. She was the promoted as a community Mobilizer and was soon promoted as a Field Supervisor. During that time, she also worked on issues concerning Right to Health and Right to access Condom and other services.

In 2009, as a the Documentation officer for Sangama, she started to work on Gender, Gender based and Sexual based violence with Indian Judiciary, Legislation, Execution, Media, Civil Society Organisations, working class gender and sexual minorities etc.

In 2012, Akkai was invited by the President of India to attend the Swearing in Ceremony of the Hon’ble Chief Justice Shri Altamas Kabir, Supreme Court of India, and was invited  His Excellency Governor of Kerala to attend the swearing in ceremony of the Hon’ble Chief Justice Smt Manjula Chellur of the Kerala High Court and in the same year she became the first male Transgender in Karnataka to complete her  Sex Reassignment Surgery counselling process in NIMHANS and  underwent a  Sex Change Surgery.

She was also part of the discussion on rape law, at the Justice Verma Committee constituted for the Nirbhaya Gang rape case. In 2013, she joined Radio Active CR 90.4 MHz, a community radio station, licensed to Jain University to head the project “Out of Shadows”. The project was aimed at Strengthening Advocacy Activities for Gender, Sexual Minorities & Sex Workers. Following a year of field work, in 2014, she co-founded Ondede  (which mean convergence in Kannada), to link the different movements like Child Rights, Women’s Rights and Sexual Minorities Rights through areas of dialogue, research and action on dignity-voice – sexuality with the dream of pursuing her vision for a gender just world. Ondede at present is supported by Radio Active and will soon be registered as an independent entity.

In  her free time, Akkai practices singing and has recorded Lakshmi stuti- Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma ( a Kannada prayer dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi ) for the album- Songs of Caravan and for the popular  show Jeeva Diary –  Rethinking Perspectives: Queer Issues, Views and Stories” on the life of Uma on Radio Active.


2 M. Suman (Sana)  Program Manager (Trans Sexual Women)

BBM (Bachelor of Business Management) – Discontinued in 4 Sem, United Degree Mission college, BA – Journalism in sociology,   Computer Knowledge         DCA (Diploma in Computer Application), DEO (Data Entry operating), MS Office etc.

Work Experience:    Worked in Sangama (NGO) – as full time out reach worker on HIV/AIDS Prevention, as Community mobilizer, Data Entry Operator, Monitoring & Evaluations officer – 2 years from 2007 to 2009

Worked in Samara ( Community Based Organisation )as Project Co-ordinator on KHPT (Karnataka Health Promotion Trust) project and KSAPS ( Karnataka State Aids Prevention  Society) project.- 2009 -2012

EQUATIONS as program Associate in Website Management, Researcher, Information managements, and Information Dissemination. 2012 to 2016…

  • Research Paper on LGBT and Tourism in Karnataka.
  • Research Paper on Caste Based and Sexuality Based Discriminations (exclusion – economic benefits, & violence) in Tourism in Tamil Nadu
  • Developed an Advocacy Material (Poster and Briefing Sheet on LGBT and Tourism) Attached

Worked in news TV channel as an Anchor for news reader

Radio Active (Community radio): Done a Radio programme shows on the issues Transgender violence, Family acceptances etc

  • Associated with Ondede organisation:
    • work on the Transgender rights as in part convergence activities in different sectors of marginalized communities  as advisory for the organisation

Worked in Swatantra Organisation for the human rights of LGBT community in Karnataka as project coordinator

3  Amulya  Finances /Admin, (Trans Sexual Women)

She as completed 2nd PUC , Computer Fundamental Course, Kannada and English Typing, Tally, experiences 2 years worked as Data entry operator  and 1 year as team leader Data entry in SOS soft ware tech, 1 year worked in Samara a Community Based Organisation as Assistant Finances and Admin,

4 Priya Community Advocate (Transgender Women)

she is the first trans beautician in Karnataka to run a independent beauty saloon in Bangalore, and as experiences working in HIV prevention in Samara a Community Based Organisation as community mobilize for 5 years, in Garments as sample maker 10 years and she as completed her 10th standard and living in Bangalore.

5 Harish  Community Advocate, Khothi

He as done 2nd PUC, Senior Typing, Computer Basic, Experiences Garments as Store Keeper 3 years, Sangama Community Mobilizer for 2 years, Out Reach Worker, Data Entry Operator, ans Social Accountability, Training officer in Pehchan project 3 years.

6 Jaganathan Office  Assistant and she is a senior most  Khothi in the community she as experiences working in Sangama community mobilizer and Samara a Community Based organisation as field Supervisor 5 years, she as completed 9th standard and living in Bangalore.


Madu Shri


Community Advocate, Raichur  (Jogappa, Transgender Women)

She as done 2rd PUC, worked in Apthamithra organisation as Out Reach Worker, she is very active among the transgender community in north Karnataka communities who also been considered as Jogappa communities, present working in Ondede in Raichur district in Karnataka.