Sapna Shahani

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Sapna has a background in community media in the U.S. and moved back to India, where she is from, to work in the field. She is thrilled to have been given this opportunity by HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation to launch the women's empowerment project she conceptualised with partner Angana Jhaveri. They will be training one woman from every state in India (28 total) to video blog about their communities, and creating a first-of-its-kind online creative platform for women-led development.

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Sapna was raised in Bombay, India and moved to the US for media studies. She started out her career working at Berkeley Community Media as manager for 6 years and later decided to move back home to India and advocate the use of media for social change. After a couple years spent working in Bombay corporate production houses, creating non-fiction TV shows, managing VFX staff and editing, she was happy to return to her chosen field of community media in India, working with a pioneering organization called Video Volunteers. Presently, she is thrilled to be director of a project she conceptualized called 'Women Aloud: Videoblogging for Empowerment' which is supported by HASTAC and the MacArthur Foundation. WAVE India is looking forward to an exciting year ahead as they launch India's first all-women network of videobloggers from every state in the country, expressing views on development, at a critical stage in India's modern history.