meet your amazing mentors.

The best and smartest faculty across India focus on creating a fun learning environment for afdians to excel in their exams.

Vinny Thomas

CEO & Founder

From inception, Mr. Thomas has integrated technology to help creative students across India to crack design and fashion exams. His leadership has kept afdindia brand growing for past 22 years. Parents trust him to provide the best faculty and education for their children. 

Julie James

Academic Director & Founder

A post-grad from NIFT- New Delhi, Ms. James has 25+ years of experience in design education. She has worked in the fashion industry in various capacities after her graduation. As HOD, she has been instrumental in setting up of the fashion design department at Assumption College under MG University. At afdindia, she coordinates academics and designs curriculum based on latest changes in question paper pattern. Her creative teaching methods have enabled the institute to  achieve great success rate.

Simi Chandran

Admission Head & Consultant

Ms. Simi has been heading the admissions department of afdindia for the last 15 years. Her knowledge of the admission process to design and architecture schools in Indian and unparalleled, She is a strong pillar of afdindia. Her rapport with students is so great that many come back to visit her even after years of passion out.

Shilpi Chakraborty

Faculty & Mentor

Ms. Chakraborty is an external jury of grad project at NIFT and has been mentoring afdindians since 2010. She is a NID Ahmedabad alumni, and excels in using design for memorable communication. 20+ prestigious organisations have trusted her design inputs and creative skills. 

Abhilash Jose

Faculty & Mentor

A NID Ahmedabad alumnus, Mr. Jose has worked as a senior design consultant at Increa, Paris, and six other organizations. He is a highly knowledgeable award-winning visual designer and guides afdindians to create stunning visuals required to crack design exams. 

Nivedita Austin

Faculty & Mentor

Ms. Niveda holds a Masters Degree from NID Ahmedabad in Lifestyle Accessory Design. She discontinued her job as a Product Designer in Delhi to join as Creative Head in her family run Design studio. Her transparent sincerity in wanting the best for her students makes her one of the most favourite teachers at afdindia. 

Elizabeth Pulimood


Elizabeth is a veritable English Pundit and a long time faculty at afdindia. She has been associated with afdindia as an English teacher for last 10 years. Her teaching expertise make it so much easier for our students to crack the English component in the exams.

Sreehari S


Sreehari S is a star alumni of afdindia, scoring AIR 1 in 2017 NID entrance exam. After his graduation from NID Ahmedabad in Animation Film Design, he has been taking online sessions for students at afdindia. Even as a student he has gained industry experience as a creative visualizer for 8 months. His skills in illustration, painting, animation and poetry are incredibly inspiring for students at afdindia. 

Mary Nemiah

Instructional designer

Mary Nemiah is a M.Des from NIFT specialising in Design for Society. An alumni of afdindia she has come back to join as an Instructional Designer and faculty. Her calm aura and ever smiling face make her the most approachable faculty at afdindia. Her passion to constantly learn and grow helps in making the afdindia curriculum stronger.

Aneesa Jabbar

Faculty & Student Coordinator

Aneesa Jabbar holds a M.Des degree from NIFT Kannur. Her area of expertise is Design Strategy specifically for brands. Before pursuing design, she graduated with a degree in English literature. Currently, she uses her proficiency in both design and language to evoke creative skills in students and create academic content simultaneously in afdindia. 

Arun Job Pynadath


Another star alumni of afdindia, Arun Job made sure to score AIR 1 at the 2018 NID entrance exam and pursed a degree in Animation Film Design in Ahmedabad Campus. He credits the success to his journey as a hardworking and dedicated student at afdindia. Now he extends the same dedication towards current students inspiring them with his passion for sketching and hard work as a Online faculty.

Shereena Gaffoor


Shereena Gaffoor, our Mathematics faculty, began her teaching career 14 years ago after receiving her M.Tech degree in Power Systems. She holds on to her passion of teaching while pursuing her Ph.D simultaneously. Her knack of simplifying the most complex concepts for her students makes her rather popular. 

Grinsha Joseph

First Point of Contact

An MBA in Finance & Marketing, Grinsha takes care of the Accounting Division. This bright girl also holds a degree in computer application. Grinsha is the first point of contact for any one who visits. She assists the Academic department in their daily operations.