Kamakshi Malhotra (she/her): Founder & Chief Executive
Having gone through the journey of recovery from severe Anorexia, Kamakshi holds this cause extremely close to her heart.
With a deep understanding of the pain points of several, if not all, stakeholders involved in the process, and a network of working professionals that are excited to contribute to this cause, she started Freed in late 2020.
Kamakshi comes with a background in engineering, strategy, entrepreneurship, business development, and scaling small businesses. She holds a Chemical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech, and an MBA from Insead. In her free time, she enjoys working with startups, mentoring young women, dancing and being outdoors in nature.
Dr. Mahek Singh (she/her): Head of Operations
With a decade’s experience in social work, Mahek is passionate about helping others find and exercise their agency. She has wide-ranging experience of working across geographies, organizational sizes, and focus areas, and is excited to help build Freed into a community that fosters trust, support and a safe space for expression.
Mahek believes in bringing not only professional acumen but also empathy and compassion to her work. “In the midst of the pandemic, more than ever, we need to focus on ourselves and our holistic wellbeing,” she says, “My own brush with Covid-19 has sharpened my resolve to help others in their journey because together, we can be FREED!”
When not working, Mahek loves to sing, walking along mountain roads, or cooking up a storm.
Shivangi Puri (she/her): Communications & Outreach
Since a young age Shivangi has had a tumultuous relationship with food, body image and subsequently binge eating disorder. She hopes that people can see each other and themselves beyond how one visually looks. She wants to form communities of trust, support, compassion and kindness. She has completed her Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and has extensive experience in working with institutional spaces including prisons and Child Care Institutions. Previously, she worked at Enfold, with vulnerable children from varied difficult circumstances and is a trained Trauma Informed Restorative Practices practitioner. She has also contributed to research and writing in the area of child rights, justice and restorative practices. While she’s not working she likes to doodle, paint, listen to podcasts, learn new things and lately has found a new love for cats.