Grantmaking Committee

2019 Grantmaking Committee
Members of the 2019 Grantmaking Committee and the DRF/DRAF Team

The DRF (and DRAF) Grantmaking Committees are Committees of the Boards responsible for contributions to grantmaking strategy and pooled fund grants decisions. The Committees are made up of institutional donors to the Funds and global disability activists. Current activist members are listed below.


Jenipher ‘Jane’ Akinyi Jenipher ‘Jane’ Akinyi is an advocate for persons with intellectual disabilities. She has been actively involved in advocacy since 2005 when she joined the Kenya Association of the Intellectually Handicapped (KAIH) as a self-advocate and member. She is well versed with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and uses it as a basis for training other self-advocates. Jane has a mild intellectual disability, which means she has difficulty in reading, writing, and conceptual skills, but this has not stopped her from speaking out about discrimination against persons with intellectual disabilities. She is an active member of Inclusion Africa and Inclusion International and has participated in numerous meetings both in and out of Kenya. She continues to champion the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities with the goal of equal rights for all, including the rights to independent living and legal capacity.

Nandini Ghosh is an academician-activist working on the intersectional issues of disability and gender. At present she is working as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Institute of Development Studies, Kolkata, India. She has a PhD degree in Social Sciences from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai where her research focuses on cultural ideologies of disability and gender and ways in which they impact on lives of disabled women. She is widely published in academic and other journals, highlighting issues of disabled people in India. She is closely associated with disability activism within India and was also part of the process of framing the new disability rights law in India. She has also represented the delegation of Indian activists at the review of the implementation of the UNCRPD in India in 2018-19

Sanja TarczaySanja Tarczay was born in Zagreb, as a deaf child in a deaf family and later became DeafBlind. In 1994, she established the Croatian Association of Deafblind Persons – Dodir –where she currently serves as President.  She is the creator of a Croatian Sign Language course, courses for Service Support Providers (SSPs),  courses for Deafblind interpreters and the founder of the Croatian Sign Language Interpreting Centre. Since 2008, Sanja has been the practicum leader for a module on Deafblindness at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb, and a lecturer on Sign Language at the University of Applied Health Studies in Zagreb. She has also lectured at numerous other universities at home and abroad as a guest lecturer. She has published several expert and research papers, both as a sole contributor and as co-author and has participated in 40 conferences at home and abroad. In 2013, she was elected President of the European Deafblind Union.  Sanja earned her Doctorate degree in 2014; her thesis was titled, ”Meeting Challenges – Deafblind Interpreting From a User’s Perspective.“  She is fluent in five Sign Languages including: Croatian Sign Language, British Sign Language (BSL), International Sign Language (ISL), Swedish Sign Language and American Sign Language. She received the “Award for the Promotion of Rights of the Child” in 2016  from the Croatian Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Welfare for  “outstanding achievement in protecting the welfare, rights and interests of children.”

Waqar Puri is currently working as a Project Manager at STEP, the Special Talent Exchange Programme, based in Pakistan. He is also working with Transforming Communities for Inclusion Asia Pacific (TCI AP) as a core member for the inclusion of persons with psychosocial disabilities in the Asia region. He is also an ICT Accessibility Group member for Pakistan Telecommunications Authorities (PTA).He is founder of the first ever right based network of persons with psychosocial disabilities in Pakistan. He is an Accessibility Consultant for the IAAP & Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES). He is part of Technical Working Group for Elrha’s Humanitarian Innovation Fund. Waqar is a BRIDGE Alumni from the BRIDGE CRPD-SDGs Trainings Initiative, as well as a member of the Pakistan US Alumni Network. He graduated with a BSc Hons in Economics, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

We are currently seeking nominations for activists with disabilities to fill two vacant seats on the Committees.  For  more information, review the Grantmaking Committee – Frequently Asked Questions document which details the criteria.  To submit your nomination, send an email to with the subject heading – GMC Nomination.”  

DRF/DRAF is grateful to all Committee members for their time and valuable insights.