The Board


The Wishwas Board of Directors are a dynamic group of motivated volunteers who are dedicated to the Wishwas mission. They bring creativity, enthusiasm, financial management skills, and networks to accomplish the Wishwas mission.


Wishwas Founder and television Producer at Queens Public Television and an activist, she has a great deal of concern for the women who are first generation immigrants in this city. Through volunteering in various women’s organizations she identified the lack of economic support system that are available to the low-income women if they are in domestic violence or any other issues.


Nivedita Chandrappa worked for over a year to build the base of this organization at the grassroots level, while this was certainly not easy, it was a learning experience.


Nimet is a Brand Ambassador for REBORN by SOHAM DAVE, an eco fashion clothing line. The line is merchandised in New York and produced in India by local artisans, creating a cottage industry of women entrepreneurs.  The company won the Innovation USA award for their lofty vision and aesthetic in sustainable fashion from Ethical Fashion Forum in London. {}  Nimet co-leads the NYC Fair Trade Coalition and a spokesperson for promoting fair trade practices and encouraging collaboration.  NYCFTC organizes various new platforms such as educational panels, Fair Fashion Runway show and markets to increase awareness of Fair trade in the city.

She has a master’s degree in Global Fashion Management (GFM), from FIT, and studied textile engineering in her native Turkey.


Her name is known internationally for innovations in fine jewelry creations. Her craft is sought after from actors, philanthropists, politicians, elite professionals, and brides. She reigns the accessory industry and has been marveled by the media. Her jewelry has been used in major photo shoots notably with Mary Kate in the September 2010 issue of Marie Claire.



Teresa is the publicity coordinator for a global non-profit, with a focus on the empowerment of women internationally. Her work at the organization, HandCrafting Justice, has garnered publicity from the Huffington Post, Green Vitals Magazine, Woman Around Town, HAND/EYE Magazine, and the publication Shop to Stop Slavery, to name a few.  Teresa earned her A.A. degree at Pasadena City College, with an emphasis on journalism and public relations. She moved to New York City after being accepted to Columbia University to study political science. She has since transferred to SUNY Empire State College to complete her B.A., with an expanded concentration on cultural studies.

Advisory Board


This is still in the works

Thank You and our Supporters

Anita Bhatt

Aroon Shivdasani

Gita Surie

Kamla Motihar

Lavina Melwani

Sheila Meyer

Sonali Vaidya

Ujwala Samant

Vasundhara Kalasapudi

Ritika Burman