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Peerbagh was conceptualized first with a free monthly children’s magazine from Montreal in 2021. Since then, the team evolved and adopted a larger mission. We’re aiming to make the world more inclusive, one story at a time. Our leadership team is comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are all connected with our mission to innovate and raise diverse storytellers.

Our Team

The whole is much more than the sum of its part. Meet our team!


Peerbagh began as a monthly children’s magazine, the Everything Times, founded by Vatsala Kakroo. She was a consultant and technology lead at SAP with 15+ years of experience in technology. Vatsala was also TEDx speaker, audiobook creator, and passed away in 2024. We are forging a path ahead to honor her love for stories and creating joy.

Madhu Dalela


Award-winning theater patron. Former Deputy Director of Song and Dance division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.

Rashmi Chaloo


Retired school principal of a senior secondary school in Delhi-NCR. 40 years of progressive experience in the K-12 education system in India.

Umar Anjum


Urdu language faculty at the U-Mich. Co-founding member of the Punjabi Boliyan Research Initiative (PBRI). TED. Ed fellow and a TED translator.

Vishal Verma


International banking and treasury professional with experience with global organizations such as GE and HSBC. Fundraises for Delhi-based children’s charitable organizations through theater productions.

Claire Lerner


Psychotherapist, specializing in providing guidance to young children and families on early childhood development. Ex-Director of Parenting Resources at ZERO TO THREE for 18 years.

Upasna Kakroo


20 years of experience as a brand storyteller in organizations like the University of Michigan, McKinsey, and as founder of small business consultancy, Brandanew. Author of 3 books and blogging for over 20 years. (more)

Tina Chen


Managing Director, Concussion Center, University of Michigan. Certified clinical researcher. Graduated with honors in aging and public policy. DEIB advocate.