About Us

Founded in 2010 by Abhishek Syal, ARISE Impact (Act to Rise for Innovation in Special Education Impact) is a non-profit developing confidence, language fluency and life skills of people with disabilities.

We believe in empowering change from within. By enabling self-confidence, we believe that people with disabilities can lead more inclusive, purposeful lives and create value for society through their work and contributions.

We deploy self-learning and self-training as a tool (an intervention). We have found that self-learning and self-training for people with disabilities leads to them feeling empowered, and trusting themselves to learn on their own. This opens them up to explore and teach themselves new concepts - a much needed skill in an ever-changing business world.

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Our Team

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ARISE Impact Abhishek
ARISE Impact Abhishek

Abhishek Syal

Founder and CEO

ARISE Impact Erandi Palihakkara
ARISE Impact Erandi Palihakkara

Erandi Palihakkara

Chief Marketing and Advocacy Officer

ARISE Impact Renuka Sharma
ARISE Impact Renuka Sharma

Renuka Sharma

Director of Content Development

ARISE Impact Payal Roy
ARISE Impact Payal Roy

Payal Roy

Human Resources Manager

ARISE Impact Srikanth Raviprasad
ARISE Impact Srikanth Raviprasad

Srikanth Raviprasad

Content UX Lead

ARISE Impact Lavina Bijani
ARISE Impact Lavina Bijani

Lavina Bijani

Finance Lead

ARISE Impact Nivisha Shah
ARISE Impact Nivisha Shah

Nivisha Shah

Content Developer

ARISE Impact Amit Koikkarah
ARISE Impact Amit Koikkarah

Amit Koikkarah

Programs Lead

ARISE Impact Arnav Pandey
ARISE Impact Arnav Pandey

Arnav Pandey

Product Manager

ARISE Impact Damien Ohalloran
ARISE Impact Damien Ohalloran

Damien Ohalloran

Web Development Lead

ARISE Impact Danstan Ochieng
ARISE Impact Danstan Ochieng

Danstan Ochieng

Web Development Lead

ARISE Impact Divij Gulati
ARISE Impact Divij Gulati

Divij Gulati

Associate Director of Chandigarh Operations

ARISE Impact Nicholas Nicodimus
ARISE Impact Nicholas Nicodimus

Nicholas Nicodimus

Data Analysis

ARISE Impact Paul Kniaz
ARISE Impact Paul Kniaz

Paul Kniaz

Content Development principal lead

ARISE Impact Pawandeep Khatri
ARISE Impact Pawandeep Khatri

Pawandeep Khatri

Programs Lead

ARISE Impact Shruthi Shashidar
ARISE Impact Shruthi Shashidar

Shruthi Shashidar

Social Media Marketer

ARISE Impact Kazi Siam
ARISE Impact Kazi Siam

Kazi Siam

Programs Lead

ARISE Impact Pilar Rojas
ARISE Impact Pilar Rojas

Pilar Rojas

Content Advisor

ARISE Impact Lakshitha Duseja
ARISE Impact Lakshitha Duseja

Lakshitha Duseja

Programs Lead

ARISE Impact Nihav Jain
ARISE Impact Nihav Jain

Nihav Jain

Advisor

ARISE Impact Rohit Lall
ARISE Impact Rohit Lall

Rohit Lall

Advisor

Founding Story

ARISE Impact's journey begins in Abhishek's childhood where his mother used to take him and his sister to visit the Institute for the Blind in Chandigarh, on their birthdays.

In 2006, Abhishek began to spend more and more time at the Institute, attending the classes and observing how the children learned. By experiencing learning with them, he invented a multi-patent pending map and diagram reader for the visually challenged children in India. While working on his research from 2006- 2010, he realized that his work was enabling self-learning for the visually challenged children, a much needed skill for empowering them from within.

Read more about the founding story Here.

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