Diverse, Global Experience Meets Local Expertise

EmancipAction works to bring socio-emotional healing and hope to vulnerable children in desperate situations. We develop and deliver life changing mental health interventions to children who have been abandoned, orphaned, abused or otherwise traumatized. We are working to end a cycle of abuse and gender violence by bringing together the best academic, corporate and government partners to renew minds and transform lives. We have been supporting children in crisis in India since 2012.

The leadership team of EmancipAction is comprised of diverse individuals with a wide range of global experience, from the clinical setting to the board room. But it is this eclectic mix, combined with our passion, that sets us apart from most non-profit organizations. Our technology and business experience drives our efficiency and operational standards. Our in-the-trenches, real world clinical and research work fuels our practicality, measurement guidelines and innovative thinking. And our combined zeal for holistically releasing children from the bondage of slavery - body, mind and soul - to a place of wellness and peace, drives us with daily urgency to make an impact.

 

Laura Entwistle

Co-Founder and CEO of EmancipAction

  • Canadian
  • University of Western Ontario; Harvard MBA
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Hong Kong, India, Singapore
  • Family, Friends, Faith
  • "I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

  • Laura has lived and worked in Asia for two decades, advising clients in Hong Kong, China and India. As the CEO of EmancipAction, Laura is passionate about using her professional skills and networks to bring healing and hope to some of our world’s most vulnerable and abused children.

    After receiving an MBA from the Harvard Business School, Laura gained professional experience consulting in both the corporate and nonprofit sector with the Boston Consulting Group in New York and Hong Kong.

    During her five years living in Mumbai, India, Laura served as President of the Board of Trustees at the American School of Bombay and founded the Mumbai Chapter of Room to Read. She was asked to do some strategic consulting in the anti trafficking space. That work pointed to the importance of and lack of capacity for mental health care for traumatized children rescued from sex slavery. EmancipAction is a response to that original call for help.

    Laura currently lives in Singapore along with her husband, Brooks, and her three daughters. She serves on the Board of Advisors for the International Rescue Committee, and on the Board of Directors of the Singapore American School, Young Life Singapore and the Battery Dance Company.

    Laura's favorite place outside of Asia is her cottage in Canada where family and friends come together a good meal, beautiful sunsets and koinonia.



    Darcy Pierce

    Co-Founder and COO of EmancipAction

  • Pilot
  • Corporate and humanitarian aid strategist
  • Florida, USA
  • Football, technology, faith and family
  • "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." - Henry Ford

  • As the COO of EmancipAction, Darcy is passionate about delivering tangible results through innovative thinking, technology, streamlined operations, and non-traditional working environments. Comfortable getting deep in the weeds or operating at the highest visionary level, he loves guiding EmancipAction's operations by creating replicable and effective approaches to help young girls recover and thrive in the world, when others had given them up as lost. Darcy has extensive corporate and international aid experience spanning 45 countries on five continents, including previous positions in aviation, the investment services industry, along with international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

    Darcy gained experience in corporate management, strategic planning, and labor relations during his 20+ year aviation career, which concluded with his retirement as a captain on the Airbus A-320 with American Airlines. He also served in various leadership positions with the Air Line Pilots Association, Regal Wealth Group and Food for the Hungry International. Darcy has been involved in long-range planning and strategic development of international NGOs. He has served on boards of organizations all over the world including Africa, Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America, and has managed both start-up and reorganization projects. A father of three grown children and two grandchildren, Darcy and his wife love the Florida lifestyle.


     
     

    Vandana Kripalani Bala

    Vice President - EmancipAction India Foundation

  • Indian
  • Anthropology & Sociology, Franklin & Marshall College, PA
  • Market Entry Strategist & Entrepreneur
  • Justice Seeker & Human Rights Defender
  • Believer of Grace
  • "You can choose courage or you can choose comfort. You cannot have both." - Brenee Brown

  • As the Vice President of the EmancipAction India Foundation, Vandana brings her expertise and passion for supporting the needs of trafficking victims and developing public-private partnerships. After graduating from Franklin & Marshall College in the U.S., Vandana returned to India in 2007 and began a successful career in consulting, eventually launching her own market entry strategy firm. During this time, she began to exercise a developing passion for humanitarian issues and women's rights. She left consulting in early 2013, to become the CMO for Set Beautiful Free, a non-profit that rescues, rehabilitates and reintegrates victims of sex trafficking in India.

    In her work with Set Beautiful Free, Vandana participated in several United Nations Conferences, presented to the US Congress, and was instrumental in raising more than USD 1.4 million in support. In 2014, Vandana worked with the organization to set up their new school, the BTC Academy, in collaboration with the American School of Bombay, (a partnership seeded by EmancipAction) which serves children rescued from the red-light areas of Mumbai. Vandana has been invited to share her expertise at several international forums on trafficking including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in 2013 and 2014; the Nexus Global Youth Summit in 2015; and to the 63rd and 64th National Presidential Prayer Breakfast on Human Trafficking.

    Vandana was awarded "Woman of Substance 2016" from among 500 nominees across India by the All Ladies League for her work and commitment to the cause of human trafficking in India.



    Dr. Sukriti Kushwaha, Ph.D, LMFT

    Chief Psychologist and Head of Programs

  • Indian
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Cultural Competence
  • Mental Health Trainer
  • Empathy, Kindness, Justice
  • "If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also lighten your path." - Buddha

  • Sukriti has built her expertise in the field of counseling with over 18 years of work experience built on a strong educational foundation of Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from USA as well as Master's in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. on the topic of Emotional Intelligence in India.

    With her desire to make a difference and innate curiosity to understand human contexts, she has developed a passion for culturally competent practices in the field of mental health. She brings a holistic approach to therapy that is individualized with an emphasis on Mindfulness.

    Having worked with diverse populations in prior Private Practice and Non-Profit Community agencies,she has learnt to adapt her extensive toolkit effectively for highest impact. She is well versedin using several trauma informed, evidence based therapies like Play Therapy, TF-CBT and EMDR. She has further contributed to the field by developing and conducting trainings for mental health practitioners as well as Government, Non Profit and Corporate organizations. She co-founded a training organization based in CT, USA.

    Sukriti now resides in Mumbai and hopes to change culturally competent, effective mental health therapies from a privilege available to a few, to an accessible tool for those in need.


     
     
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