Our Team

Abhay Rao

Urban Sanitation

Abhay is one of the first members of the Urban Sanitation team, and he works with leaders in the sector to drive change across policy and practice – through collaborative research, stakeholder engagements, and advocacy.

Prior to working in the Urban Sanitation team, he also worked on our Due Diligence team, and engaged 50 nonprofits in various capacities, including the development of business plans and financial models.

With an Integrated Master’s Degree in Development Studies from IIT Madras, he has long been motivated to play a role in tackling global development challenges.

Aditi Agrawal

Adolescents

Aditi’s journey in the development sector started young, with a volunteering stint as a high schooler with a Mumbai based education non-profit that got her interested in the ways in which community, business and policy efforts converge to solve intractable problems. At Dasra, she works with the 10to19 Adolescents Collaborative, working with implementing non-profits to support and strengthen their programs, build the Collaborative’s MEL practice and help foster meaningful relationships with the government.

Prior to working at Dasra, Aditi worked with a Chennai based research and advisory firm, Okapi, where she researched and reported on issues across the areas of urban development and resilience. She has also interned at a range of organisations working on various facets of the social impact ecosystem in India including Elevar Equity, Brookings India and 321 Education Foundation.

Aditi graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Public Affairs.

Aditi Kulkarni

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Aditi Kulkarni works with the Knowledge Creation and Dissemination Team of Dasra. She works in the digital and branding segment of the team.

The strong desire to give back to the society and to leverage it with her experience in Sales and Marketing is what brought Aditi to Dasra. The opportunity to contribute towards a transformation in the society is what motivates her to work in the social development sector. She aims to participate in achieving a sustainable solution to the numerous challenges faced in the social development sector through her work at Dasra.

Prior to Dasra, Aditi has worked across sectors of Hospitality, Financial Services and FMCG. She worked as a Brand Manager for a startup (with Walt Disney licensee) before joining Dasra. She has done her MBA from ICFAI, Hyderabad and her graduation from IHM, Mumbai. She has varied experience across sales, marketing and customer service.

She is a travel enthusiast with special interest in wildlife.

Akanksha Badhan

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Akanksha works with Knowledge Creation and Dissemination team as a Design Analyst.

She believes that a good design is worth a thousand words and can minimize the social issues in many ways. It can also confront issues, people would rather not think about and can turn complex issues into clear and interesting visual.

Prior to Dasra, she was working with TBWA as a Visual designer creating communications for the Nissan brand. She has given her design support from the scratch on big Print Campaigns for Nissan Micra, Terrano and Sunny. She has also contributed to accounts like Nestle, Nescafe and Datsun.

1 year of volunteering with Make a difference helped her in making the decision of entering the social sector. She always wanted to use her design and creativity expertise in something she can be proud of.

Akanksha has a master’s in Communication design from DAIICT, Gandhinagar and bachelors in computer applications.

She likes travelling and photography plus observing people and their livelihoods. She is a self-taught illustrator and likes anything colourful and quirky. Acoustic music and raw vocals are one of her interests.

Akshay Tarfe

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Akshay truly believes in the power of communication to mobilize change and this is why he chose to work in media and communications. Since his college days, he always read and discussed the biggest development challenges India faced and how people centric movements & organizations offered innovative solutions to tackle them. Akshay’s expertise in the field of media equips Dasra & its stakeholders to effectively communicate their initiatives and collaborations.

After obtaining Master’s degree in Communications and Journalism from K.C. College, Mumbai University, Akshay started working at an ad agency in Delhi where he worked on content strategy, implementation and influencer management for Government of India’s Make In India initiative. With strong background in Content research and strategy, he was appointed as a full-time digital media consultant to Government of India where he continued his passion to effectively communicate policies and information of the central government.

Akshita Mehra

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

While representing India at the Seeds of Peace camp in Maine, Akshita interacted with teenagers from conflict zones and witnessed firsthand the challenges of marginalized communities around the world. The experience motivated her to join the development sector and learn about the range of social and developmental problems that India faces. She has had the opportunity to work in the fields of Access to Justice, Education, Gender, Strategic Philanthropy and Intellectual and Developmental Disability. Her ultimate goal is to effect meaningful change at a national and eventually international level.

Prior to joining the Knowledge Creation and Dissemination team at Dasra, she worked at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations as the Outreach Coordinator. She has also interned at Deutsche Bank, CNBC and Nanhi Kali and volunteered with the Akanksha Foundation and Muktangan.

Akshita holds a BSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Amit Nevrekar

Institution Building

Given than India has amongst the highest number of NGOs per capita, many perceive the Indian development sector negatively and believe that most non-governmental organizations are set up to help aid nefarious activities, including tax evasion.

Amit wants to change this perception, and through his work in audit and compliance over the past six years, he has come to believe that NGOs adhere to the same (if not higher) standards of compliance as for-profit organizations.

He works with internal, statutory, and donor-appointed auditors to ensure that all stakeholders are confident about Dasra’s compliance to Indian laws and accounting standards. Through his regular filing of FCRA returns, he also ensures that Dasra continues to be transparent about all of its its foreign donations.

Prior to joining Dasra, Amit worked with Onward Technologies Ltd (an IT company) as an Accounts Assistant for two years, and at SV Freight (a shipping and logistics firm) as an Executive Assistant for four years. Amit has a graduate degree in commerce with a focus on accounting from Mumbai University.

Amrita Parekh

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

As part of the Knowledge Creation & Dissemination team, Amrita leads research reports on key social issues based on consultations with experts across academia, non-profits, funders and government. She also conducts due diligence of impactful and scalable non-profit organizations to create content that directs philanthropic capital to some of India’s most significant development challenges. During her time at Dasra, she has led projects across the strategic philanthropy, adolescents and sanitation sectors with partners such as Bank of America, Bain & Company, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and OECD.

Since 2018, Amrita has also been working with the Founders’ Office at Dasra, supporting in developing and executing organizational strategy, redefining the organization’s values, building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, and engaging board members.

Amrita’s keen interest in mental health inspired her to work in the social sector, where she is committed to leveraging the power of knowledge to drive meaningful social change. She has previously worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Ummeed Child Development Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.

Anantvijay Singh

Capacity Building

Anantvijay’s concern for the environment and natural spaces of the world led him into the social sector wherein his time spent working in rural Rajasthan left a lasting impression upon him of the need for on ground impact and strengthening institutions. Dasra’s Capacity Building team affords him the chance to learn from a wide breadth of organisations as well as to work closely with organizations changing lives through innovative solutions. Anantvijay provides hands-on capacity building support to organizations in Dasra’s portfolio, helping them to grow institutionally and function strategically, enabling them to create impact at scale.

Before joining Dasra he worked for more than three years with Seva Mandir and Udaipur Urja Initiatives (a producer company promoted by Seva Mandir), working with tribal populations in South Rajasthan. His work there focused on climate change, clean energy technology accessibility and creation of market linkages for farmers in villages. He holds a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology.

Anisha Chaudhuri

Capacity Building

Anisha often wondered if a free nation which struggles to offer all individuals choices and opportunities is truly free. With the belief that quality education may empower individuals to recognize opportunities and exercise choices, she was motivated to leave a career in banking and join the Teach for India fellowship program.

This experience afforded her the chance to work in a municipal school and gave her a micro understanding of the inefficiencies which plague the country’s school systems. Anisha completed the fellowship with the hope that if these inefficiencies are tackled at scale it is possible to transform the country as a whole. This led her to Dasra, where she works closely with social organizations spearheading change in India. The Capacity Building team at Dasra provides her with a unique opportunity to leverage skills developed during her stint at Citibank and her academic understanding of Economics and Management to build the institutional capabilities of non-profits to accelerate social change.

Anisha brings with her over 7 years of experience across the corporate and social sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, and has graduated in Economics (Hons.) from St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta.

Anjali Sharma

Institution Building

Anjali works to build a workplace that ensures the health of the mind, body and soul of all employees at Dasra. She loves the constant human interaction that comes with managing office facilities, municipal authorities, and numerous vendors, and the satisfaction that comes from helping others solve their problems.

An economics graduate, Anjali has 25 plus years of experience working with Sterling Holiday Resorts as a sales executive, where she was awarded for exceeding targets in three consecutive years. She then worked as a trading manager in spot currency and forex at Topworth Investments (a US$ 100 million multinational investment firm). Anjali has also worked with Exotic Hotels & Resorts and Golden Swan Group of Companies as a customer care executive and business development manager, respectively.

Prior to joining Dasra she was with Bharti Airtel for 10 years and worked with the cell site acquisition team for 3 years helping the company renegotiate contracts to reduce rents, and achieved savings worth INR 3 crores in six months. Post this, she served as a secretary to the CEO & COO (Maharashtra & MPCG).

Ankit Gupta

Institution Building

Ankit is passionate about the role of technology in the development sector. He has a firm belief that technology alone won’t solve India’s pressing development problems, but if we empower organizations and its users, who are committed to solve those problems, with the right technology at the right time, it greatly amplifies human efforts to solve those challenges and lets organizations spend more time where it matters most, - serving more and more beneficiaries.

At Dasra, Ankit helps users with their systems and technology requirements, building and managing systems to help them do their jobs efficiently and smoothly. He also works with some of the organizations supported by Dasra, giving them consulting and advisory support on their tech journey.

Before joining Dasra, Ankit attended a 6-Month fellowship program called IDEX Accelerator through which he was placed full time with a Mumbai based Social Business-Mirakle Couriers, supporting them with operations, technology, and business development. Ankit also worked with Educational Initiatives, an Ed-Tech firm, helping them with the product development of Mindspark, an AI driven Maths learning internet based program.

Ankit graduated from IIT-Delhi with a Masters in Maths degree.

Ankita Panda

Capacity Building

Ankita thought she was going to pursue a career in Finance. But by chance, she landed an internship at a micro-finance NGO in Washington D.C. It was that internship, and a few volunteering assignments in Cape Town and London, that made Ankita realize that she genuinely enjoyed and felt more connected to the work and the people she came across in the social sector. Four years later, she’s still excited and optimistic that for those who want to make a mark, even if it's at a micro level, there are and will continue to be opportunities to make a difference in people’s lives.

At Dasra, Ankita works on the Capacity Building team where she plays a key role in the planning, coordination and implementation of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program, and supports with the execution of the Dasra Social Impact Accelerator Program and Dasra’s partner programs. Ankita is also involved with providing support and research on talent management initiatives on the Capacity Building team.

Prior to Dasra, she worked at the Results for Development Institute (R4D) in Washington D.C., where she worked on communications, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building across a number of mixed health systems initiatives. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. (Honors) in Economics and Minors in Statistics and English.

Anurag Chaturvedi

Urban Sanitation

Anurag Chaturvedi drives Dasra’s goal of improving Sanitation in India as the Project co-lead for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) Water and Sanitation program – a 3 year grant to foster collaboration and partnerships among the partners in the BMGF Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WSH) portfolio.

He comes with over 11 years of experience in both private and the development sector. His past work at Dasra includes leading the pre-investment evaluation and due diligence on high impact social enterprises and engaging with them to develop scalable growth plans to channelize philanthropic capital. He has worked across sectors such as education, sanitation, livelihoods, governance, health, and empowerment of adolescent girls and with funding partners such as BMGF, USAID, Kiawah Trust, Epic Foundation, Results for Development, Bank of America, and Vodafone Foundation.

A Chartered Accountant by education, Anurag also has over three years of consulting experience in corporate taxation and business advisory with KPMG, where he provided advisory, litigation and compliance support to international corporations; and two years of experience scaling a start-up.

Anurag Sharma

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

As part of the Knowledge Creation & Dissemination team, Anurag conducts due diligence and evaluates organizations and also assists in the ongoing evaluation of organizations to create meaningful impact for stakeholders involved and helping select organizations at scale and equity.

Anurag chose to be in the social sector as he really wished to understand the grassroots realities better upfront and wished to pursue a career that is more meaningful and fulfilling, not only professionally but personally as well. Having participated in a few social initiatives earlier and having seen the on-ground reality, Anurag decided to change paths and pursue a career that was closer to his heart.

Anurag comes with over 7 years of experience in the External Audit practice for clients in wealth management, especially private equity and financial services clients for US and Australian clients. His previous employer includes Deloitte & Touche LLP, Hyderabad.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Christ University, Bangalore and has in the past volunteered with organizations such as the Art of Living Foundation and SMVA Trust. Apart from that, he is an aspiring film-maker and enthusiast and has taken part in a few competitions in Deloitte and created films at an individual capacity for non-profits.

Aravindan Srinivasan

Capacity Building

Aravindan loves working with social entrepreneurs and moved into the development sector to be able to contribute his skills to non-profits and giving them access to professional management expertise that can multiply the impact of their work. He leads the Capacity Building work at Dasra, nurturing more than 200 non-profit organizations’ annually. His team helps non-profits become stronger institutions and realize their vision by strengthening their leadership teams, co-creating long term strategic plans, improving management systems and processes and fundraising for sustainability.

Prior to Dasra, Aravindan spent close to a decade in various strategy, finance and operations roles and is an alumnus of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad and the National Institute of Technology, Tirucharapalli.

Asmita Bhattacharjee Sen

Institution Building

Asmita secured a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Mumbai University about 20 years prior to her MBA and felt guilty that she not applied her learnings in the development sector. She chanced upon Dasra and as she went through the interview process, she felt the universe conspiring to give her an opportunity to redeem herself. The fact the she received the job offer on the seventh day of Navratri (considered pretty auspicious) only added to this conviction.

While Asmita observed that Dasra was blessed with an abundance of talent, she felt that systems and processes need to be strengthened. She hopes to utilize her knowledge and skills of human resource practices both within Dasra and at other NGOs to help them scale.

Asmita comes with over 19 years of experience across industries spanning Healthcare, FMCG, Financial Services, Consulting and Engineering in various HR leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Her last assignment was with GE Healthcare, where she was heading HR for the Technology and Medical Innovation teams based in Bangalore. She has done her post-graduation in personnel management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Masters in Social Work from Mumbai University.

Bhagyashree Kocharekar

Institution Building

Bhagyashree has seen it inherited within the family that whatever you make for yourself, should be shared with the people who are less privileged. This started as Bhagyashree saw her family becoming a foster family for 40 newborns, which developed the sense of giving. She wishes to have a society which has equal opportunities and rights for all individual, irrespective where one has come from. Dasra plays a very important role to have a very close connect and impact towards the beneficiary. Also being from the Talent Team.

Bhagyashree is super excited to have more people join the sector and get more knowledge about the sector.

Bhagyashree has a bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and comes with over 6 years of varied HR experience from Hospitality, Retail and Manufacturing sectors specializing in Employee Engagement, Onboarding, Recruitment, Payroll and compliance.

Binod B Singh

Adolescents

Binod B Singh has earned Master's degree in Psychology, bachelor's in Education and a short course on “Project Planning, Development and Management” from AIM, Philippines. He is having over two decades of work experience in Social Development sector working through Government agencies & International Non for profit organizations; like Pathfinder International & UNICEF, especially on education, reproductive & sexual health & right issues focused to adolescent & youth. Binod’s interest & skills are - Capacity building & Training, Project Development, implementation & overall management & creative writing.

Binod has been awarded with LDM-Fellowship Award in 2003 by IIE, New York, United States, full scholarship award by 5th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive & Sexual Health & Rights (APCRSHR) , China-2009 & 6th APCRSHR, Indonesia-2011.

Being a creative writer; he has developed several teaching, Learning & behaviour changing communication materials and modules for social development issues for many National and International agencies. He has been appreciated by UNESCO on his story writing.

By nature Binod is a creative & sensitive person who believes in social transformation. Professionally, he believes & practice - “to facilitate &catalyze the process of behaviour change/ modification to improve the quality of lives by organizing, managing and capacitating human resources & institutions.”

Chandrasekhar R

Leadership

Sekhar is Chief Operating Officer at Dasra, where he leads the Institution Building practice, which covers Technology, Finance, Operations, Compliance and Governance; he also leads the Capacity Building practice, which supports Dasra’s partner NGOs to sustain their growth phase.

Sekhar says, “My field experiences as CSR head at HDFC Life – working closely with partner NGOs in education, health, livelihoods and environment sustainability – were the tipping point in my decision to join the social sector. In my 18 months of leading the division, alongside my other roles, I made site visits to remote areas and met smart, inspiring leaders from the social sector. In India especially, we quickly become blind to inequality, and conditioned to ignore the injustices we witness every day.”

Sekhar comes with 24 years of corporate experience in the BFSI segment, spanning the range from startups to large institutions such as National Stock Exchange, Deutsche Bank and HDFC Life. During that time, he has created measurable and sustainable impact through large-scale implementation of process, technology and people solutions. He has also been recognized by the Association of Talent Development for his work in capacity development with multiple citations for excellence in practice and has been a speaker at international fora on capability strategies for emerging economies.

He holds a bachelor of Commerce degree and is a Cost and Works Accountant (ICWAI) and Chartered Financial Analyst (ICFAI).

Deval Sanghavi

Leadership

A couple of years into his first job at Morgan Stanley in New York, Deval Sanghavi realized he wanted to be in India, to focus on the lives of the many millions that live without dignity and equity. So the Texas-born investment banker packed up, came to Mumbai, and co-founded Dasra.

It’s very first workshop, for around 20 non-profit organizations working with children, was to support them in learning from each other – and this collaborative, learning philosophy remains central to how Dasra functions today, nurturing powerful partnerships among stakeholders across the spectrum – including government, donors, organizations, experts and the media.

Deval leads Dasra’s strategic philanthropy efforts, and provides foreign and domestic philanthropists with informed investment strategies for the social sector – with human lives as the center of all of its thinking. Since 1999, he has directed over USD 72 million to the Indian social sector; incubated and launched the Dasra Philanthropy Forum and Dasra Philanthropy Week; initiated the Dasra Giving Circle, India’s largest collaborative giving platform; and launched the Dasra Changemakers program, a peer-led learning platform aimed at inspiring philanthropists to take bold action to solve some of India’s most pressing problems.

Deval holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honors degree in Business and Finance from the University of Texas, Austin, is a Cordes Fellow, and a founding board member of Magic Bus and Villgro. In 2014, he was awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the 'Crossover Leaders' category for successfully transitioning from investment banking to the non-profit sector.

Diego D'Souza

Institution Building

Having worked in corporates for more than six years, Diego decided to join the social sector with the aim of sharing his knowledge and skills with many more organizations and supporting them in their efforts to reduce time and cost required to execute programs. He thus hopes to increase the operational efficiency of Dasra as well as our partner NGOs.

Before joining the technology team at Dasra, Diego worked in MI Web pro as an IT Support consultant for their clients US Business Centre and Ten Group. He managed their networks servers, access control, and reporting systems. Prior to this, Diego worked at Zenith Infotech as a Network support executive (level 2).

Diego has a bachelor’s of Commerce from Mumbai University and is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) with VMware V6 Cloud certification.

Dinella Oliveira

Strategic Philanthropy

With the drive to learn more about the social sector, Dinella took the plunge and is enthusiastic about learning new things through every available platform. As part of the Strategic Philanthropy team, Dinella assists Dasra's Founders in managing, organizing and prioritizing their schedules to ensure maximum efficiency and efficient utilization of their time.

Before Dasra, she was associated with The Wine Society of India for 5+ years, where she assisted the MD of the company in the capacity of HOD - Operations. Prior to that, she worked with FIS for 8 years where she managed a team of 20 associates, as a Team Leader. Dinella's portfolio comprises of customer service, data analysis, operations and administration.

Dipti Goyal

Institution Building

Inspired by her sister’s friends from IRMA, who chose to pursue their careers in the remote jungles of Orissa and Chhattisgarh, Dipti joined Dasra to associate herself with something that ‘felt’ meaningful. Through her 5 years at Dasra - spanning a variety of roles across research & due diligence, finance & compliance, and talent management - one of her biggest learnings has been that collaboration is critical to achieve any sort of impact or change; but also that the ‘how’ of collaboration is not intuitive for many of us, given our upbringings in a significantly competitive environment. Dipti is passionate about leveraging her experiences around this insight, to support others at Dasra, for it to work cohesively, and effectively realize its sensitive and worthy vision of a transformed India where a billion thrive with dignity and equity.

Dipti pursued investment banking/ financial advisory for 13 years working across Bank of America, ING Bank, Avendus Capital and Allegro Advisors. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, where she was on the Director's Merit List. She is a B.Com (Hons) university topper from Shriram College of Commerce (Delhi University) and also a Chartered Accountant Intermediate rank holder.

Evans Rebello

Urban Sanitation

Evans as part of the Urban Sanitation team at Dasra, works with a network of 60+ partners under the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation WSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) portfolio to connect the dots and identify key areas to foster collaboration and shared learning, strengthen partner organizational capabilities through capacity building, and amplify their work to achieve greater impact.

Prior to joining the Urban Sanitation team, Evans was part of Dasra’s communication team spearheading Dasra’s web presence and digital initiatives to drive the consumption of knowledge products, spotlight the latest research, highlight innovative development solutions, share best practices in the sector and provide impactful creative communicative solutions across Philanthropy, Sanitation and Adolescent.

In his previous avatar, Evans worked in a variety of creative roles – from promoting New Zealand art-house cinema, conducting research, advertising copy-writing to co-founding his own design boutique agency focused on new media.

He first got introduced to the development sector at the age of 13, when he used to help out at the Al-Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs (Dubai) every summer. This was further reinforced many years later when he interned at Amnesty International NZ, working on a project settling Algerian refugees in Auckland.

Evans holds a B.A in Psychology from the Auckland University of Technology.

Gagan Kaur

Capacity Building

Post her Teach For India stint, Gagan got introduced to the challenges and opportunities in this sector along with the scope of impact and hence, decided to continue working in the sector. What excites Gagan most about working in this space is that there is essentially no limit to how much one can contribute through their work, along with having a steep learning curve. Her work at Dasra revolves around working with different not for profit organizations to help them scale. Through this, she aims to create a multifold impact on all the people getting affected by the initiatives run by these organizations.

Gagan recently earned her Msc. in International Management from Kings College London, after the completion of her MBA in International Business and Finance. She has a little over three years of work experience in Financial and Not-For-Profit sector, having worked in GE India and Teach For India respectively.

Garima Jain

Institution Building

Garima developed and cultivated her passion to work for the social sector while she was working for the for-profit organizations. Her constant search for an organisation who is committed to create impact in a widespread, deeper and efficient way led her to Dasra.

As part of the Talent Management team at Dasra, Garima works on building new HR processes and talent management initiatives. Garima started her career as an HR professional in the Hospitality industry and then moved to IT and Healthcare sectors.

Before joining Dasra, she worked with the Metropolis Healthcare Ltd. Her diversified work experience has exposed her to various aspects of Generalist HR functions and helped her understand how HR can positively influence Human Capital in an organization.

Garima has a Diploma in Software Development and a Masters in Human Resource Management from M.L. Sukhadia University, Rajasthan.

Gaurav Rao

Institution Building

The enthusiasm of people involved in the development sector changed Gaurav’s perspective about superheroes. He met several individuals working passionately to improve the lives of people around them without wearing fancy capes or suits. Gaurav observed that while passion was available in abundance, many of these superheroes worked without leveraging the true potential of technology. He therefore wants to help them achieve their goals of social change using optimum technology tools and systems.

A short volunteering stint at an orphanage and an old age home piqued Gaurav’s interest in social causes, and his search for spending more time in the social sector ended with accepting a full-time offer from Dasra. Gaurav’s job at Dasra is to help us achieve a “technology Chi”. He regularly shares “best-kept NGO discount” secrets with other nonprofits to help them invest in technology wisely.

He has led technology teams at Monginis Foods and Nikhil Comforts, where he focused on building their IT infrastructure, project management and business processes mapping for ERP implementations. He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Information Technology) from Mumbai University.

Gayatri Kaul

Strategic Philanthropy

Gayatri's proclivity to work in the social sector was in part due to her understanding of the magnitude of the social issues afflicting the country and in part a realization that the skills and experience she had gained in the investment banking world could be easily transposed to the sector, given that there was a dearth of young, passionate and empathetic individuals in this space.

Within the Strategic Philanthropy team she works closely with an array of funders: corporates, foundations and individuals, to help align their goals with their respective philosophies and design a more structured approach to their philanthropy. At Dasra, she aspires to collaborate with influencers to make philanthropy more impact driven, whilst fostering personal growth in the process.

Gayatri brings in strategy consulting experience from Nomura where she worked prior to joining Dasra. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations from King’s College London and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi. Gayatri is a trained vocalist and a travel enthusiast.

Hamsini Srinivasan

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Having grown up in an entrepreneurial family, Hamsini was no stranger to philanthropy. She strongly believes that a zero-poverty India can be created if the right investments were made in the right people and organizations. She joined Dasra to enable an effective contribution towards that vision.

At Dasra, she works with the diligence team to identify high potential organizations to invest in. Being a creator at heart, most of Hamsini’s projects involve the building and implementation of new tools, strategies and methods. Some examples are leading the creation of Dasra’s Capacity Assessment Tool which enables the identification of an organization’s institutional maturity and therefore, the appropriate capacity building required, identifying innovative financing mechanisms for India’s WSH sector and running post-investment monitoring of Dasra’s grants.

Hamsini was a top performing member of GE’s finance leadership program where she worked across multiple businesses such as Renewables, Healthcare, Power and Digital, in India, Dubai and USA. She has developed an expertise in Capital Budgeting, Project Financing and Product Strategy. She holds an MBA degree from IIM Bangalore and is a Silver Medalist in Economics from the University of Madras (Stella Maris College). Hamsini is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and acts as a freelance advisor to social enterprises in her free time.

Harnidh Kaur

Urban Sanitation

Harnidh works with the Urban Sanitation team at Dasra. She helps in identification of strategic collaboration opportunities, capacity building, and amplification of sustainable impact of partners under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation WSH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) portfolio.

Previously, she has interned with organizations like the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) and Asia Society (India). Harnidh is a Master’s in Public Policy from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai, and a Bachelor’s in History (Honours) from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi. She hopes to continue working on building sustainable ecosystems that foster gendered access to dignity.

Harnidh is also a published author and poet.

Harpreet Bagga

Capacity Building

Harpreet provides management and institutional building support to non-profit organizations to support them in scaling up impact. She has supported organizations across sectors in expanding budgets and beneficiary outreach by 5-10x over 3-5 years. She brings over twelve years of experience of management and operational consulting experience to corporate and social organizations.

She is a CFA charterholder, holds a Master of Science in Development Economics and Finance from SOAS, University of London, and a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, UK.

Janani Rajashekar

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Janani has always been interested in the development sector and is excited by the opportunity to work on complex issues through a structured investment approach. In her role at Dasra, she produces research products for funders interested in philanthropy, oversees and conducts due diligence on prospective grantees, works on designing the curriculum for donor education programs and supports the management of the 10to19 Adolescent Community of Practice (CoP). This allows her to work on issues in a holistic way – through various methods and multiple stakeholders with distinct capabilities and expertise.

Janani is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor in Commerce degree from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics in Mumbai. Prior to Dasra, she worked for four years in the financial services sector – for three years in Deloitte’s statutory auditing department and then as an equity research analyst at a portfolio management firm called Securities Investment Management Pvt. Ltd. (SiMPL). She is skilled in financial analysis, investment oriented research and risk assessment.

Jual Days D'Souza

Capacity Building

As part of Dasra’s Capacity Building team, Jual works closely with the leadership of high-impact non-profit organizations to build their core institutional capabilities in order to amplify their impact and realize their full potential. This includes providing strategic & operational support to organizations in the areas of leadership development, impact assessment, business planning and strategy, fundraising, and financial management.

Additionally, Jual works with the Founders’ Office at Dasra – working with Dasra’s leadership to develop and execute organizational strategy, define and lead key organizational initiatives and build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.

She comes to Dasra with five years of consulting experience with Bain & Co., where she led teams across the Private Equity and Corporate Finance practices, and was part of the global core team that developed Bain’s trademark Inspirational Leadership model. She has been involved in the social development space since childhood, participating in after-school and after-college volunteering initiatives and is passionate about the potential of institution building to support the growth of social programs that can accelerate and multiply social change.

Jual holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies (Finance Hons.) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

Kalpana Sengar

Institution Building

Kalpana began her journey in the development sector with WHO, which highlighted the prevailing marginalized issues that directed her to contribute to this sector with the belief that “It is not enough to be compassionate but to contribute”. The thought “we are accountable to give back to society” evoked her to continue in this sector through many impactful organizations working towards upliftment of community like Sightsavers, Reliance Foundation etc. Opportunities to interact with the beneficiaries and reviewing NGOs portfolio have added more understanding about the hardcore requirement of existence of social sector. She has got the opportunity to work with Dasra which brings up like minded donors to support the community, to ensure donor grants are ethically utilized and validate value for money.

She is a postgraduate in accounts from Mumbai University with additional qualification of Diploma in NPO’s financial framework from TISS. She has over 15 years of experience in developmental sector including financial management, partner reviews, auditing, accounting, donor reporting and so on.

Kavneet Kaur

Capacity Building

Kavneet joined the social sector in 2013 to help non-profit organizations understand the importance of investing in their institutional growth and leadership development; areas often left unaddressed by both social organizations as well as the donors. The aspiration to bridge this gap led her to join Dasra, which offers support in these areas to high performing non-profits. Kavneet’s core strengths include designing and managing training programs for social leaders, with a focus on leadership development. She also leads project management, impact assessment, and strengthening stakeholder relationships. As part of the Capacity Building team at Dasra, Kavneet is responsible for planning and execution of the DSI programs. She engages with leaders of social organizations, helping them understand their leadership styles and building their capacity to create stronger and efficient organizations. She also helps facilitate partnerships and ascertain the impact of these programs on the leaders.

Kavneet brings with her four years of experience in the education sector. She has worked at Alliance University, Bangalore and IMFS, Mumbai, handling challenging roles in HR, Branding and Operations. Kavneet pursued a Master's degree in Economics from Panjab University and later a Post Graduate Diploma in Management, specializing in HR.

Kayomarz Bacha

Strategic Philanthropy

Working with credible nonprofits who are instrumental in improving the lives of the underprivileged has been Kayo’s biggest motivation for being part of the development sector.

As part of the Strategic Philanthropy team, Kayo aims at working with several stakeholders to learn and in the process support in creating greater impact.

Before joining Dasra, Kayo worked with GiveIndia where he was part of the HNI Giving team and handled the events and engagement piece and also briefly got involved with client servicing. Prior to GiveIndia, Kayo worked with Amar Chitra Katha in Bangalore creating creative content for children.

Kayo holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Christ University in Bangalore and is a motorcycle enthusiast in his free time.

Krishnan Hariharan

Urban Sanitation

Krishnan drives Dasra’s efforts to improve sanitation in India, with a focus on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Water and Sanitation program.

With over 18 years of experience, before Dasra, Krishnan worked in strategic consulting with firms such as National Economic Research Associates (a subsidiary of Mercer consulting), covering sectors including Telecom, Media and Financial Services.

He then switched to the development sector, where for six years he worked on the Gates Foundation’s flagship India program, Avahan – a 10 year, over USD 250 million HIV program. He then helped the transitioning of the entire program to the government.

In his time at Dasra, he has been part of various panels focused on sustainable sanitation and the impact of collaborative platforms. As co-facilitator for the National Fecal Sludge and Septage Management alliance, he has worked with key stakeholders that have together helped pass India’s first National Fecal Sludge Treatment policy.

Krishnan graduated from Columbia University, New York, with a masters in International Affairs and was awarded an academic fellowship at the time. Outside the development sector, he has supported with scripting for Hindi films such as English Vinglish and Dear Zindagi.

Kriti Krishnan

Strategic Philanthropy

Kriti works with the strategic philanthropy team at Dasra and focuses on donor outreach. She engages with philanthropists, foundations and corporates based in India to help them give more strategically by providing them with a better understanding of the philanthropic landscape of India and the sectors in which they have an interest. Kriti has been an avid volunteer working with various NGOs in the education space as a core team member and teaching assistant. Her desire to be part of an organization that works towards creating a positive social impact in the society led her to join Dasra.

Kriti holds a BLS. LLB (Law) degree from Mumbai University. She worked as a corporate lawyer with Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co for 2 years, with a special focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Prior to that she was a paralegal with AZB & Partners. During her time as a student as well as a lawyer, Kriti has worked with various NGOs in the education space, both in and outside India.

Mahesh Nigade

Institution Building

Mahesh is passionate about his role in Dasra’s Finance team as an Associate. Since NGOs completely rely on funding to do their good work, having proper accounting systems in place is crucial. As an NGO, it is especially important to manage all funds in a careful manner and you also need to be accountable to donor agencies and individuals who support your social cause. Only with proper systems can one keep track of expenditures and submit timely reports to donors. This enhances trust between the NGO and the donor, thereby increasing the NGO’s chances of getting continuous support.

Furthermore, proper finance systems also help the NGO maintain financial reports and showcase their spending suitably to regulatory bodies. Mahesh is extremely cognizant of the opportunities he has had which enable him to be where he is today. Therefore he feels it is his duty to contribute to the efforts being made to enable a billion in India to thrive.

Mahesh is a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai. Prior to Dasra, he worked with Disha Logistics Pvt.Ltd. (a shipping and logistics company) as an Accounts Executive for five years. At Dasra, he is responsible for maintaining accounts, vendor payments, handling taxation and various other regulatory matters.

Manavi Datta

Capacity Building

Manavi believes that working in the social sector gives a new dimension and an added meaning to the work and effort one puts in his/her career. The impact space in general has openness to foster new ideas and solutions for addressing the most pressing social issues. As a professional in the space, Dasra gives her opportunities to use her creativity and skills in the development of mission driven solutions. As part of the capacity building team, Manavi is responsible for bringing solutions around organization and leadership capacity to non-profits through the execution of Dasra's capacity building programs like the DSI Accelerator Program.

Before Dasra she spent some time supporting impact oriented startups and curating content at a non-profit venture accelerator in Boston called MassChallenge. She completed her bachelors in Business Administration from Northeastern University, Boston with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and a minor in Film Production. During her time in college she worked with a group of students in developing an accelerator curriculum to encourage more university startups on- campus. She has gained brand and business strategy experience by interning at large organizations like Staples Inc but also at a boutique brand consulting firm called Pilot Studio.

Manmath Goel

Capacity Building

Manmath provides hands-on support to non-profit organizations in Dasra's portfolio, helping them build institutional capacity and achieve impact at scale. One of his biggest motivations is the adrenalin rush from seeing his work translate into impact in markets where it is needed most.

Before Dasra, Manmath was with CRISIL’s credit rating practice where he assessed the financial health of a diversified portfolio of companies, preparing financial models, engaging with CXOs and collaborating with the investor community. Previously, he worked with Observer Research Foundation (ORF) – India’s leading multidisciplinary think-tank – analyzing global governance and economic policy issues through policy briefs disseminated widely to public and private stakeholders. He has cleared all three levels of the CFA Program and holds a bachelor’s in Economics & Finance from Singapore Management University (SMU).

Meenakshi Garg

Strategic Philanthropy

Meenakshi works with individual donors, families and corporates with strategic giving and personalized advice to unlock smarter capital to the sector. The opportunity to work with path-breaking NGOs and leaders in the sector solving some of the complex development challenges in the country attracted her to Dasra.

Prior to Joining Dasra, she worked as a Consultant with Accenture Management Consulting with expertise in financial services industry. Prior to that, she worked with Barclays Capital in Singapore as a business analyst for the Fixed Income Desk.

She has done her MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. She has also done Masters in International Management from CEMS Alliance (HEC Paris and IIMC)

Megha Jain

Strategic Philanthropy

Megha creates and delivers education programs for NGO leaders, philanthropists, corporates and foundations. She has been involved in the designing, launch and ongoing delivery of one of Dasra’s premium offerings – Philanthropy Education Program for donors in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is a Birkman certified facilitator and leads sessions for NGO leaders at the DSI Leadership Program in partnership with the Harvard University, Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation and Tata Trusts. Her role at Dasra entails building and managing partnerships with external stakeholders to deliver outstanding capacity building programs in the sector.

She brings with her seven years of experience in the corporate retail sector having worked for Citi Group, Future Group and Hindustan Unilever. Her experience in a startup helped her understand the nuances of working in a resource constrained, unorganized environment versus a large process oriented corporation. She brings with her the ability to successfully manage profit centers, channelize people’s strengths in the right direction and empower teams to achieve goals.

She holds a master’s degree in Business Management from S.P. Jain with a specialization in Marketing.

Mehek Punatar

Adolescents

Mehek is part of the Dasra Adolescents Collaborative team, that works towards adolescent empowerment. Specifically, the Adolescents Collaborative team seeks to create change in the lives of India’s 250 million 10 to 19 year olds, many of whom lack access to quality education, sanitation, health services and employment opportunities. Her core area of interest and experience lie in healthcare, and she is excited to approach this space with a new lens, learning more about its intersectionality with areas such as education, employability and rights.

Mehek has a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University, and a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University. Prior to Dasra, she worked at a digital health startup providing practice management solutions for doctors; she has also worked at Decision Resources Group in New York, a healthcare consulting and market research firm, focusing on digital pharma.

Mohit Jindal

Capacity Building

Mohit joined the social sector to understand the various ways non-profits function and seeks to improve the lives of the citizens. The development challenges in India are unique for the sheer magnitude of their impact. The exciting part of this story is how the social sector in India intends to overcome these hurdles. Whether it is successful or not, this journey will hold critical lessons for the rest of the world.

Mohit initiated his journey with Dasra to get an understanding of the social sector landscape in India and observe successful journeys of non-profit organizations. His goal is to integrate technology with institutional and program components to make them feasible for scalability. He provides capacity building support to non-profits in Dasra’s portfolio across the spectrum ranging from hands-on consulting and grant management support to execution of leadership programs enabling the organizations and social leaders to deliver and maximize impact in their communities.

He brings onboard his experience in financial analysis and relationship management, skills that he acquired at Citigroup as a Graduate Management Associate in transaction banking. He holds a bachelors in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

Monami Chakraborty

Capacity Building

Monami wanted to leverage her background in economics and social sciences to understand how social investments can move the needle on pressing global issues. She felt deeply committed to working on the inequities and inequalities related to poverty in India and around the world. This led her to Dasra, where she supports non-profits in their growth journey, helping them scale strategically and strengthening their ability to address society’s most important challenges and opportunities.

Previously, Monami gained experience at Goodera where she helped corporates manage their CSR and sustainability needs. Prior to that, she was a research analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices where she worked on quantifying natural capital dependency in order to help corporates understand environmental risk in business terms. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Jadavpur University and a M.A. in Regulatory Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences where she was awarded the institute silver medal.

Mrinalika Joseph

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Mrinalika Joseph believes one can choose to follow their passion while simultaneously impacting the lives of those around them.

Mrinalika manages the audio-visual production unit at Dasra that creates video content for social change. With an international degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication, she brings over 13 years of experience. She has directed TV shows for channels like National Geographic and Discovery, news channels like Times Now and CNN-IBN, and documentaries on a varied number of social issues (malnutrition, maternal health, child mental health, domestic violence, etc) for organizations like OXFAM, JRD Tata Trust, WaterAid etc.

She integrates her knowledge of mainstream video production with an understanding of the development sector to create video content that aims to bring about positive change.

Nafisa Lokhandwala

Democracy and Governance

According to Nafisa, working in the social space means enabling and strengthening a community or groups of people to achieve their fullest. The most exciting part about being in the sector is the opportunity it gives you to interact with different communities and learn about various cultures. Dasra aims to create Impact First and through her role as an intangible player, she hopes to make a tangible difference in the lives of people.

Nafisa works with the Democracy and Governance Collaborative at Dasra. She has 4 years of experience in the nonprofit space. Her experience varies from the education sector to working with children in need of care and protection. She has successfully completed the SBI Youth for India fellowship, as part of which, she has worked in rural Odisha with tribal children and adolescent girls in the education and sanitation space respectively.

Nafisa completed her bachelor’s in Mass Communications from Sophia College for Women and went on to pursue a Post Graduate in International Development Management from the University of Nottingham and was a recipient of the Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship.

Natasha Patel

Leadership

Natasha leads the Strategic Philanthropy team, which partners with Ultra High-Net Worth and High-Net Worth individuals, Corporates and Family Foundations on their philanthropic journeys. The team also brings together stakeholders in the development sector together to place impact at the center of all decision making.

Natasha has three decades of experience in financial services with a long record of driving business strategies, and a personal enthusiasm for business enhancement.

Her experience in financial services covers both commercial banking and cash management transaction banking across industry segments including Consumer Brands, Retail, Insurance, Telecom, Technology, and Oil and Gas.

She has also partnered with corporate clients to advance their social agendas - . She has worked with Unilever and NGOs Grassroots and SEWA to build a platform between SEWA and Unilever to market products; engaged with National Dairy Development Board to design a smart card for retail milk sales across all Mother Dairy milk booths in Delhi; was part of the core working group formed by the RBI to commercialize RTGS across India, and later the creation of the National Payments Corporation of India; partnered with Mandeshi Cooperative to design and create a cash management system to service its rural borrowers; partnered with ITC to create a cash management system to service eChoupal HUBS and farmers in states across India.

Natasha has a PhD in French Literature from the Sorbonne University in Paris.

Neera Nundy

Leadership

Neera’s first grassroots experience of rural India was with the day school for Adivasi children her mother set up near Kharagpur, West Bengal. It was also how she began to particularly empathise with the lives of others, eventually transitioning from her investment banking job in the US to co-found Dasra in 1999, to accelerate social change by driving collaborative action among a trust-based network of stakeholders.

Neera leads Dasra’s ecosystem-building initiatives in the areas of Adolescents, Urban Sanitation, and Democracy & Governance and facilitates collaborative platforms by engaging donors, non-profits, government and other stakeholders. In 2016, she initiated the Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, an impact-driven platform that has united institutional funders, technical experts, government stakeholders from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and several social organizations to focus on four key outcomes for adolescent empowerment.

She initiated and led the launch of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program with Harvard Business Publishing, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for social sector leaders in India. Internally, she has supported the analysis of over 70 Dasra sector reports on education, health and livelihoods, enabling over USD 44 million in funding for hundreds of social enterprises.

She has been critical in establishing partnerships with global leaders such as Harvard University, Stanford University, USAID, Omidyar Network and the Gates Foundation to push the boundaries of social impact in India. Closer to the ground, she has worked with Dasra's portfolio organizations such as Educate Girls, SNEHA, Sarathi and Aangan to refine their strategies and accelerate their growth by 10-20x.

Neera holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, is an Indian Leadership Initiative Fellow with Aspen Institute, and is an elected executive committee member of Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. She is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General's Medallion for her dedication to addressing India’s critical Development challenges, and the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the Crossover Leaders category for 2014.

Neha Alluri

Capacity Building

The social sector is fluid which leaves one with the desire to always do more– this often translates to a lot of learning, challenges, course correction and change in strategy or a new way of doing the same project for a different organization. Each organization has its own identity which gives one a glimpse of the lives of millions in India and numerous innovative interventions saving these lives with a lot of zeal and passion.

Neha joined this sector to understand India’s most complex and pressing development challenges and contribute to solve for these in ways big and small. Dasra does a remarkable job of working with over 200 non-profits and several other stakeholders in the development ecosystem. She believes that Dasra is the right place for her as she is able to contribute to the growth of multiple organizations. In her current role, Neha provides capacity-building support to healthcare organizations in Dasra’s portfolio. This involves supporting them with reflecting on their organisation and program strategy, leadership needs and key institutional priorities across the areas of fundraising, communications, finance and human resources. She seeks to create impact through helping organizations realize their true potential and channel funding and resources into the right priority areas.

Neha holds a B.A. in Economics and international Relations from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked in global strategy and commercial policy firms in Washington D.C. to understand global companies and their market entry strategies before moving back to India. It allowed her to apply her analytical, communication and policy knowledge. Neha loves to cook and is an ardent podcast lover.

Neha Lalwani

Adolescents

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, then go do that. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman.

This is the journey that Neha continues to live through since she has found her way into the social sector with Dasra, after working in financial services in New York for a number of years. Ever since her first week at an investment bank, she was constantly nagged by the thought that there needs to be something more enriching, impactful and meaningful that she spends her time on; although it has taken her a few years to get here, working in the social sector for the cause of adolescent girls in India is something that has truly made her come alive in her professional and in many ways, personal life.

Through her work at Dasra, she has the opportunity to leverage her experience in consulting and project/change management to work on real-world challenges and bring in business acumen and rigor to the social sector. She primarily works on strategy and funder management initiatives. Learning about the technical aspects of the social sector and working with beneficiaries on the ground are the two things that excite her the most. Prior to Dasra, Neha worked at Ernst and Young (EY) and Barclays Capital in New York City.

Neishaa Kumaar

Capacity Building

With a degree in Economics, Neishaa was always interested in exploring how programs are structured to solve for social problems and how data analysis can help build in efficiencies. With that in mind, she joined the Capacity Building team at Dasra to help non-profit organizations implement stronger programs and scale their Operations. At Dasra, Neishaa provides hands-on capacity building, and grant management services to non-profit organizations which includes business plan & strategy, finance & budgeting, board & governance, and impact assessment across sectors.

Before Dasra, she worked with EY’s risk consulting practice specializing in financial services advisory to commercial and public sector banks in India for enhancing their risk competence and capital adequacy. She has graduated in Economics (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai while being involved in various collegiate organizations like Malhar, Indian Music Group, Student Council as well as an education based start-up.

Nikhil Iyer

Capacity Building

Nikhil is passionate about solving India’s greatest social challenges. He desires to utilize his knowledge and skills to create change in the lives of individuals from marginalized communities. At Dasra, he provides capacity building support to organizations that are working toward improving citizen’s access to justice. Nikhil fosters collaboration among these NGOs and key stakeholders to scale these interventions. He has also facilitated the leadership development of CxOs of development sector organizations through Dasra’s executive education programs.

Nikhil’s foray in the development sector started in the education space. As a Teach For India fellow, he managed a classroom environment at an under resourced Govt. school in Mumbai and experienced firsthand the challenges at the grassroots level. Previously, he worked with Bose India as a design consultant and business development engineer and provided Audio-Video solutions to HNIs/UHNIs and corporate clients. He has completed his bachelor’s in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Mumbai University. Nikhil is experienced in Monitoring & Evaluation, Facilitation, Program Implementation and Business Development.

Nikhila Vishnuvajhala

Strategic Philanthropy

Passionate about solving India’s developmental challenges with a special interest in the space of Water and Urban Planning, Nikhila, in the Strategic Philanthropy team at Dasra, works with corporates and individual philanthropists to help them be more strategic in their giving. Nikhila’s passion for the sector is demonstrated by her interest to see solutions being implemented on ground and interacting with social entrepreneurs.

Prior to Dasra, she has worked with Habba, a not for profit, where she played the role of Business Development Manager. Prior to Habba she has worked with NextDrop Smart Water Systems, a Bangalore based startup in the same capacity.

Nikhila has a bachelor’s of Engineering in Civil Engineering and holds a Masters in Urban Management from CEPT University Ahmedabad.

Nishant Nair

Capacity Building

The desire to derive more meaning and personal satisfaction from work and an appetite to work in a mission-driven organization creating positive social change, is what drew Nishant to this sector. Nishant believes his critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills are easily transferable to the social sector and he hopes to make a career in development in the long run.

Through his work at Dasra, Nishant aims to gain an operational understanding of the development landscape, get exposure to the challenges faced by organizations, and learn how to design and implement effective solutions that can deliver sustainable impact. Dasra provides these opportunities, as well as an environment to work alongside talented people from varied backgrounds, connected with a common agenda to drive social change. Nishant provides hands-on capacity building, consulting, and grant management support to Dasra’s portfolio of non-profit organizations enabling them to maximize impact and scale sustainably.

Prior to Dasra, Nishant worked in management consulting with Bain. During his time there, he headed Bain’s volunteering program to encourage employee engagement in the community, led Bain’s Global Carbon Neutrality project in 2016, co-authored a research publication on Spatial Economics, and worked on cases across multiple industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Statistics from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

Nitya Daryanani

Adolescents

As a part of Dasra’s Adolescents Collaborative Team, Nitya works to bring together powerful partnerships between non-profit organizations and key stakeholders in the social sector to accelerate growth of the adolescent field and drive change across policy and practice through collaborative research, stakeholder engagements, and government engagement. This includes working to build a community of non-profit organizations working on ending child marriage, promoting adolescent sexual and reproductive health, and improving education to promote adolescent health and well-being in India.

She also works with the Founders’ Office at Dasra, supporting the development and execution of organizational strategy, key organizational initiatives and building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.

Prior to the Adolescents Team, Nitya worked in the Knowledge Creation and Dissemination Team, leading research projects on key social issues to catalyze interest in philanthropy among funders in the adolescent, sanitation, governance and strategic philanthropy sectors. She also conducted due-diligence of non-profit organizations, enabling Dasra to drive philanthropic capital to some of India’s most significant development challenges.

Nitya’s interest in the development sector stemmed from her early research into effective altruism and impactful social movements in college, further developed by her research in post-conflict reconstruction and mitigating institutional violence in India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is passionate in driving social change to improve the life chances of young people in India. Nitya has a Bachelor of Arts from Denison University in the U.S. where she studied Sociology/Anthropology and International Studies.

Pakzan Dastoor

Institution Building

Pakzan believes that India is at a significant inflection point in development: the seriousness, scale and complexity of India’s social problems is now increasingly being matched with strategic resources, thoughtful giving and collaborative action. Facilitating the scaling of solutions to match that of the issues is what inspires Pakzan the most and is where she sees herself creating most impact.

Pakzan Dastoor leads the Founders’ Office at Dasra. She is responsible for developing organizational strategy, executing key organizational initiatives and building strategic partnerships with key stakeholders. Prior to this role, Pakzan developed and scaled the research practice at Dasra, spearheading thought leadership that directed philanthropic capital to some of India’s development priorities including adolescents, education, sanitation, and human rights. Over the years, she has played a key role in engaging multi-lateral organizations such as USAID and OECD, foundations such as Omidyar Network, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Kiawah Trust, corporates such as Bank of America and British Telecom, and non-profits such as Magic Bus and Shelter Associates, among others.

Pakzan has been invited to speak at global platforms such as the Houses of Parliament (London), Harvard Kennedy School, IIM Bangalore, and the OECD Philanthropy Forums. She has authored articles for publications such as Stanford Social Innovation Review and Business India and has contributed to thought leadership in the Alliance Magazine, Times of India and Mint.

Prior to Dasra, Pakzan worked at the Akanksha Foundation in Mumbai. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree (Honors) from S.P Jain School of Management and a Bachelor of Management Studies degree (Honors) from the University of Mumbai.

Pallavi Wagle

Capacity Building

After having worked with for-profit leaders and Human Resource teams on various areas within Talent Management, such as Leadership Development, Performance Management Systems, Assessment Centers and HR Diagnostic Studies, Pallavi got an opportunity to work with a few non-profit leaders. This was her first exposure to the talent management challenges faced by leaders of those organizations. She realized that while these leaders are extremely passionate about their mission and the impact they seek to create, they may need hand holding in the areas of people management.

By being a part of the Capacity Building team at Dasra, and working on the Talent management needs of the organizations Dasra works with, this is what Pallavi hopes to achieve – this is her way of contributing towards building stronger institutions, towards the impact they seek to create.

Pallavi comes with over a decade of experience in Human Resource consulting to organizations across sectors at various stages of growth, especially the SME segment. She has HR process development as well as implementation experience in a wide range of HR areas. Pallavi holds an MBA in Human Resources and is an accredited Belbin Team Roles consultant.

Parnasha Banerjee

Urban Sanitation

Parnasha works in the Urban Sanitation team at Dasra. She works with the network of partners under the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation WSH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) portfolio and identifies areas for strategic collaboration, capacity building and amplification to further their impact.

Prior to this, Parnasha worked in a range of teams including monitoring & evaluation, communications and led the WASH implementation program at Safe Water Network India. She has also previously worked at WWF-India in the Climate Change Adaptation team where she primarily looked at water resource management and sustainable agriculture in the Ramganga basin.

Parnasha is a Master's in Water Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Bachelor’s in Science from Miranda House, Delhi University.

Prapti Patel

Strategic Philanthropy

Prapti joined the social sector because she feels that India’s “growth story” is leaving behind those who live on the margins. She is excited by the prospect of working on solutions which have a human element to them, and hopes to work on large-scale and collaborative systems change at the intersection of law, justice and development.

Within the Strategic Philanthropy team at Dasra, Prapti works closely with new and experienced philanthropists to help structure their giving philosophy and bring them closer to the impact they seek to create.

Prapti holds a bachelor’s in Law from the University of Pune and a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Liberal Studies under the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. She is a travel enthusiast and bibliophile, and can often be found doodling in the margins of her notebook.

Prarthana Sheth

Institution Building

Through timely travel bookings, Prarthana works to ensure that all Dasra staff can be on the ground whenever required and execute our programs effectively. She makes it her mission that all employees are covered by health insurance, thus helping them be a little more financially secure in case of medical emergencies. She also helps internal teams in managing the logistics of several events throughout the year such that the attendees focus on more on the agenda of our events and worry less about travel and accommodation. In all of her work, Prarthana aims to employ her strong negotiation skills to maximize cost savings and thus ensure that all funds raised are utilized well.

Prarthana has done diploma in computers application. She brings with her over 12 years of experience across industries spanning Marketing & Sales, Outdoor Media, and BPOs and Banking industries. She is a graduate from Mumbai University.

Priti Prabhughate

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

She has extensive work experience as a researcher on issues of gender, gender based violence, HIV, stigma and mental health issues of sexual minority communities in India. She has expertise in designing and conducting research using qualitative methods, using participatory research methods to include voices of affected communities. Prior to joining Dasra, Priti has worked with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and the Humsafar Trust where she spear-headed several research studies that sought to examine how factors such as gender norms, violence affected lives of women, girls and marginalized populations such as LGBTQ, People living with HIV/AIDS.

Priti is interested in applying her research skills to the field of philanthropy to enhance evidence-based giving and conduct research to highlight underserved development issues.

Priti has a PhD in Social Work from Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. She also serves as a reviewer on several journals and on the Institutional Review Board of ICRW.

Priyanka Anand Chadha

Capacity Building

Priyanka’s career reflects her commitment to driving deep routed social change. She uses her experience and knowledge to help social organisations maximize their potential to solve some of our country’s biggest social challenges. A strong believer in the power of collaborative action, Priyanka was drawn to Dasra because of its unique model and its focus on understanding, supporting and strengthening organisations. Priyanka has worked extensively on building organisations, managing knowledge sharing platforms and developing capacity building programs. At Dasra she has the opportunity to work with high impact organisations to drive tangible results. Priyanka leads Dasra’s capacity building projects aimed at strengthening institutional abilities of organisations to help them scale their impact.

Before Dasra, Priyanka worked at the Centre for Policy Research where she led Accountability Initiative’s citizen engagement programs. She was a founding team member at the Global Asia Institute, National University of Singapore, where she developed strategy and managed multi-disciplinary research projects. Before moving to the social sector, Priyanka was a consultant with KPMG and worked on business process re-design and improvement projects.

Priyanka has a MBA from Indian School of Business, where she received the Develop India Scholarship, Master’s in Economics from National University of Singapore, and Bachelor’s in Economics (Hons) from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.

Rajitha Shathalla

Strategic Philanthropy

As part of Dasra's Strategic Philanthropy team, Rajitha supports the team in reporting to various stakeholders. She believes her role in Donor Reporting allows her to provide donors with a clearer understanding of their impact, thus increasing the motivation of such donors to further their commitment to the social sector. The feeling of contributing towards a better tomorrow is something that excites her about working in the social sector. It brings a sense of job satisfaction and self-motivation to do more.

She also works on database management and data analysis, using a system that captures knowledge about Philanthropists, Foundations and Other Organizations. She plays an integral part in refining the system to maximize the value of its output.

Before Dasra, Rajitha has worked with Serco. She has a bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai.

Reemsha Reen

Capacity Building

Growing up as the daughter of an Indian navy officer inculcated Reemsha with a strong sense of community since her childhood. Years spent actively volunteering with non-profits enhanced this sense of community as she became cognizant of the stark inequalities that exist in society. To delve deeper into this, Reemsha studied development economics to build her understanding that for national development it is critical to tackle issues at the local level. In order to leverage her theoretical knowledge and continue to be involved with the community, social sector was a no-brainer for her. Dasra proved to be the perfect platform that provided her with the opportunity to work with diverse non-profits solving local issues for widespread impact. At Dasra, through the capacity building team, Reemsha supports organizations to accelerate their growth journey and strengthen their institutional capabilities.

Before Dasra, Reemsha worked in the space of urbanization with the non-profit organization called Development Alternatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Local Economic Development from London School of Economics and Political Science; and bachelors in Economics from Mumbai University.

Richa Patel

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Richa Patel, working with Knowledge Creation and Dissemination, is a communication specialist with over 10 years of professional experience spanning across large and independent agencies including Creativeland Asia, Ogilvy & Mather, Publicis Group (20:20 MSL), and Text100. She has led various 360 Marketing & Communication campaigns for BFSI, Technology, Healthcare, and Real Estate sector companies.

Richa worked towards building a life-skills program for select students in Mumbai as part of a mentorship stint with Light House Project. This helped her realize the dire need for effective communications in the social sector. Ever since she has been interested in developing and experimenting with an effective communication framework for various social causes. Dasra provided a hot bed for opportunities to work with multiple stakeholders in the sector and to understand their communication needs.

Rishad Abraham

Strategic Philanthropy

Rishad is part of the Strategic Philanthropy team where he works directly with foundations, corporates and Philanthropists to help them with their strategic giving into the Indian development space. His decision to join the venture philanthropy space was driven by a desire to work with innovative social enterprises who are working to promote dignity and equity for a billion Indians.

He is currently working on managing Dasra’s operations in the United States. He works with the New York and San Francisco offices.

Prior to Dasra, Rishad worked as a management consultant with the Strategy & Operations team at PwC working across retail, pharmaceutical and technology industries. In a social capacity, Rishad has worked with the World Wildlife Fund(WWF) as well as Sanctuary Magazine.

Rojo Geo Joseph

Institution Building

Having worked a long stint in the corporate sector, the jump to the social sector was a radical move for Rojo. His engagements with members of local institutions & NGOs during his youth exposed him to the life-changing impact of their work on the beneficiaries. While cognizant of the passion that drives the social sector, Rojo is of the strong belief that it needs to be augmented using technology as an enabler to achieve sustainable scale and impact. With the backing of Dasra and its vast network, he believes that he will be able to play a role in bringing about a positive change within the development sector.

At Dasra, Rojo is responsible for liaising with different stakeholders to build technology capacity and solutions to support nonprofits in achieving better operational efficiency.

Rojo comes with over 15 years of experience across industries spanning BPOs, Marketing & Sales and Solution Service Providers in various leadership roles of Customer Service & CRM, Business Development, Operations and Technology. Prior to joining the Technology Team at Dasra, Rojo worked significantly in driving technological projects and implementing solutions at Crimson Interactive Pvt. Ltd., a language solutions service provider firm in Mumbai. Rojo holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) focused in Operations Management from ICFAI University, Tripura.

Sagar Nikam

Institution Building

Sagar is passionate about the role of technology in the development sector. He believes that while working for an NGO can be quite challenging, is it an equally rewarding job. We can’t solve all the problems of the world, but we can do our bit to address the issues that pose a threat to our existence.

At Dasra, Sagar helps both internal and external stakeholders with their systems and technology requirements, with the aim of enabling them to do their jobs efficiently. He is passionate about educating IT staff in the development sector about inexpensive and open source software and guiding them in implementing such solutions. Before joining Dasra, Sagar worked for several large IT firms including Wysetek Systems Technologists (IBM channel sales partner) where he served their corporate clients Cox & Kings. He also worked at Ezzego1 where he maintained their servers, firewall, email systems, and Avaya IP-based intercom + call center.

In addition to a diploma in computer technology from Pune University, Sagar holds network associate certifications from Cisco (CCNA) and Microsoft (MCSE), with 10 years of total technology experience.

Sanaya Sinha

Urban Sanitation

Sanaya’s desire to work in the development sector was sparked during her time teaching English at a school in rural India. In parallel, she discovered a love for research and developed her research skills by working full-time as a qualitative consumer researcher based in Singapore, using consumer insights to advise clients on brand positioning and marketing strategies. During her time in Singapore, she sustained her interest in the development sector through volunteer and internship roles, and finally quit the corporate sector to pursue a Master’s degree in Development Studies.

She now uses her project management and research skills in the Urban Sanitation team in Dasra to work with the Gates Foundation’s Urban Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WSH) network of partners, facilitating collaboration between organizations, as well as consolidating and disseminating knowledge.

Sanaya has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (Brighton), and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from Singapore Management University. Her prior work experience spans across South East Asia, India, and China.

Sangeeta Bhattacharya

Capacity Building

Driven by a strong desire to do work that creates impact and benefits the society at large, Sangeeta was first introduced into the sector during her undergraduate days when she got a chance to volunteer with Teach India. Fast forwarding a few more years, she interned with the development sector practice of a company that gave her a more nuanced understanding of the development sector, the opportunities it holds and the role individuals can play in solving some of the pressing issues in and around them- should they choose to have a career in the sector. That internship made Sangeeta realize her passion for social change, and she eventually made the much awaited switch from corporate world to the development sector.

As part of the Capacity Building team at Dasra, Sangeeta provides hands-on capacity building, consulting and grant management services to non-profit organizations spanning areas like business planning & strategy, finance & budgeting, operations management, communications, impact assessment etc.; enabling them to scale for transformative impact.

With around four years of experience with the corporate spanning across program management, marketing, and sales roles; Sangeeta has handled planning, development and timely execution of various services and projects. She completed her Bachelors in Biotechnology and went on to pursue a Post Graduate Diploma in Management specializing in Marketing from Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur.

Saniya Pawar

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Saniya is passionate about solving systemic barriers that perpetuate inequality. She is driven by the vision of a world where every person has the opportunity to unleash their full human potential. She believes in the power of interdisciplinary thinking and evidence-led action in solving complex social problems and uses her research and analytical skills towards that end.

Saniya works in Dasra’s Knowledge Creation & Dissemination team to produce research that directs philanthropic capital towards India’s most pressing problems. In addition to research, she conducts pre-investment due diligence and grant monitoring assessments on non-profit organizations. She also supports capacity building of non-profits through the development of frameworks and tools that inform effective institutional strengthening strategies.

Prior to Dasra, Saniya was part of a yearlong project assessing the implementation of vocational training programmes in Maharashtra at IIT Bombay’s Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, which inspired her to pursue a career in international development. She has previously worked as a business analyst in a Dubai-based tech firm, developing market research & analysis on employment trends in the Middle East and as a project engineering intern at Procter & Gamble.

Saniya graduated from IIT Bombay in 2015 with a B.Tech in Materials Engineering and minor in Humanities and studied Literature at the University of Cambridge in the summer of 2012.

Shailja Mehta

Adolescents

Shailja leads the 10to19 Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, overseeing operations, partnerships and financial management. 10to19 is a high-impact platform that unites funders, technical experts, the government and social organizations to reach 5 million adolescents, and move the needle on outcomes key to adolescent empowerment.

She was a founding member of Aangan, which works to build safe communities that are free of child harm practices such as trafficking, hazardous work, child marriage, violence and abuse. She is a Dasra Social Impact Fellow (2012), a Ford Motor Company Fellow (2012), and an Ananta Aspen India Initiative Fellow (2013).

Her prior experience includes managing public relations for Procter and Gamble products, setting up and running Third Eye, a boutique public relations agency focused on increasing exposure and media coverage for artists and art galleries, and being part of the team that launched Time Out India magazine.

Shailja has a BA in Economics from St Xavier's College, Mumbai, and a Diploma in Social Communication Media from Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai.

Shalmalee Aidoor

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Shalmalee joined the social sector because she believes in India’s growth story and wants to be a part of it. As part of the Knowledge Creation & Dissemination team, Shalmalee has authored thought leadership knowledge pieces on key sectors that directed philanthropic capital to some of India’s development priorities. She conducts pre-investment due diligence on non-profit organizations creating social change in India. Shalmalee is also part of the Founders’ office, where she is responsible for developing and executing organizational strategy and building governance systems to improve efficiency.

Previously, she worked as an Account Manager for IMS Health Consulting Group, a healthcare consulting and market research firm, where she assisted pharma companies in planning their marketing strategies. She has also worked in Biocon, a biopharmaceutical company where she spearheaded their SAARC market entry strategy & operations.

Shalmalee is an amateur theater artist and has Master’s degree in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing & Business Management from the University of Warwick, UK.

Shivani Gupta

Adolescents

Shivani works with the Adolescents Collaborative Team at Dasra and leads the program implementation and evidence creation pieces of the collaborative.

After being in the corporate sector for 20+ years, the desire to use her knowledge & experience, for a more socially relevant cause drew her to the sector. She admires the passion and firm belief of the social sector leaders, that they can make our world a better place, especially for the underserved.

Shivani is a qualified Cost Accountant and holds a Master in Management Studies from Mumbai University. She has worked with management and IT consulting organisations and specialises in business planning and execution skills with experience of leading large scale transformation programs, project delivery, sales, operations as well as human resources.

Shruti Parikh

Adolescents

Shruti Parikh works to drive collaboration and inspire collective action amongst the funders and other key stakeholders in the adolescent sector as part of her role in the Adolescents Collaborative Team, which manages the 10to19: Dasra Adolescents Collaborative. Through her work with the 10to19 platform, Shruti hopes to equip key stakeholders in the sector with the knowledge, opportunities, proper networks and resources to make their work more strategic in order to transform the adolescents sector in India.

Prior to Dasra, Shruti worked on business development with Possible Health, nonprofit, working to improve systems for and access to high quality health services in rural Nepal, working with the leadership on developing and executing a partnership strategy and on donor outreach and engagement. She is passionate about improving health rights for women and children – an interest that began while she was still a student, working on a patient education project at St. Jude India Childcare centers; a residential facility supporting low income families with children who are undergoing cancer treatment. Inspired by the potential of innovative non-medical interventions, Shruti is excited by the growing traction that healthcare rights for women and youth have received as priorities for India’s rapidly evolving development sector, and she is eager to deepen her understanding of the field through her time at Dasra.

Shruti completed her bachelors of Arts in Biological Sciences, with a minor in Science & Public Policy from Barnard College of Columbia University. On campus, she was involved in the planning and execution of fundraising campaigns and an annual awareness-building health conference for GlobeMed, a US-based student network working to support and fundraise for grassroots organizations in developing countries across the globe.

Shrutika Jadhav

Capacity Building

Driven with a strong belief that regardless of one’s background, every individual deserves equal opportunities, Shrutika left her corporate job in search for something more meaningful. Her journey began in 2009, as a teacher in a low-income school where working closely with the community for two years brought forth the stark realities of inequity, asserting therefore that her shift in the sector was the right choice.

Over the years, Shrutika has worked directly with beneficiaries, set up operations for NGOs like Teach for India, liaised with the government and other stakeholders to drive impact. Shrutika was also instrumental in the launch of India School Leadership Institute - the first school leadership training program in Mumbai. It is through her work that Shrutika hopes to play a small role in changing the status quo. At Dasra, Shrutika is a part of the capacity building team working on the Adolescents Collaborative and supporting organizations in their journey to impact. In her free time, Shrutika takes a deep interest in Indian Mythology and actively supports many social causes.

Shrutika was awarded the Li Ka Shing scholarship from the National University of Singapore (NUS) to pursue her Master’s in Public Administration where she worked on multiple social projects and won the Global Public Policy Network competition at NUS for her idea in driving the sustainable development goal of responsible consumption.

Sindhura Chakravarty

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Sindhura is committed towards eliminating economic and social biases within India’s legal and governance systems to ensure that all of India’s citizens have equal access to their rights and entitlements. She is also keenly interested in gender justice. In her role as a team lead in Dasra’s Knowledge Creation and Dissemination team, she conducts sector-based research, leads the creation of knowledge products on underfunded social issues, evaluates investment-worthy non-profits for philanthropic funding and manages key donor relationships. She works closely with the Democracy and Governance collaborative to build Dasra’s efforts to strengthen access to justice in India.

Sindhura is a trained lawyer with a BA LLB from Hidayatullah National Law University. Before her foray into the development space, she worked in a Mumbai-based corporate law firm to provide legal advice and transactional support to various corporations, including international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

Smita Vora

Institution Building

After working for years in the corporate sector, moving to the development sector was a new challenge for Smita. Although being aware of the social sector, she never got a chance to work with them. An eagerness to learn about a new sector and to contribute towards that sector is what brought her to Dasra. Opportunities to work with social sector and develop a better understand of the same is what Smita is looking forward to in her role at Dasra.

At Dasra, Smita manages donor contracts, agreements and donation receipts. After completion of Graduation in 2007, she has worked with share broking firms for nine years in the Finance & Account vertical. She is also certified in NCFM’s Derivative Module in share broking industry.

Sonvi Khanna

Knowledge creation and Dissemination

Sonvi strongly believes that the increasing convergence of diverse stakeholders towards India’s socio-economic development, makes this one of the most promising times for working in the development sector and expecting to witness change in a lifetime. Sonvi has pursued this mission through her decade –long tryst in India’s development sector, and continues to do so in her current role as a Manager in Dasra’s Knowledge Creation & Dissemination team.

Her role involves strategizing for evolution and efficiency-building within the team's products, processes and people, with the objective of creating higher value for the sector at large, for Dasra and its partners, and for her team. Previously at Dasra, Sonvi worked with the team to plan and execute creation of knowledge products on a host of development issues spanning Dasra's fields on: Strategic Philanthropy; Governance; WASH; RMNCH+A.

Prior to Dasra, Sonvi worked in a research capacity with the International Center for Research on Women (India) and the Ashoka Foundation (US). Sonvi holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Warwick.

Sreya Bhattacharya

Institution Building

Growing up, Sreya was keenly aware of the great disparity that existed everywhere she looked. She wanted to be cognizant of the opportunities that were given to her and the efforts put in to get her to where she is today. Therefore, she feels it is her duty to contribute to the efforts being made to enable a billion in India to thrive. She is passionate about unlocking and harnessing human potential for social good and believes that if her work can help an individual grow and achieve their goals, this will amplify the effect that she can have on Dasra’s work and the people whose lives we seek to impact.

Prior to joining the Talent Management at Dasra, Sreya worked with the Rockefeller Foundation on a variety of talent management challenges including refreshing and embedding values. Sreya worked with KPMG in the Transaction Services Practice in financial due diligence practice assisting private equity clients with deals in industries ranging from insurance to technology. During her time at KPMG she also created the off-shore team in India, working through the challenges of two very different work cultures. Sreya graduated from Columbia Business School with her MBA, where she focused on change management, leadership development and non-profit management. She received her BSc in Finance & Accounting at Indiana University Bloomington.

Sriparna Ganguly

Democracy and Governance

Sriparna leads the Dasra Democracy and Governance Collaborative, a platform that brings together funders, non-profits and other stakeholders to overcome challenges for effective democracy and governance. She brings to Dasra her knowledge and experience of working with over 50 non-profits and community-based organizations, specifically around decentralized governance.

Sriparna has worked extensively in poverty alleviation, gender, decentralized governance, empowerment of women, leadership building of grassroots elected representatives and policy advocacy. Before Dasra, she worked as Director at The Hunger Project India, a non-profit organization working to strengthen the leadership of women elected to Gram Panchayats; as coordinator in Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute to build Panchayat Sangathans across the country. She has also worked in the FMCG sector for over a decade to develop and launch a wide range of consumer products.

Her interests lie in areas intersecting gender, access to justice, and women’s political rights and governance. She has presented her work at national and international fora and written papers and articles on women’s political leadership.

Sriparna has a post-graduate diploma from the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), Gujarat, and a BA (Hons) degree in Mathematical Statistics from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and is on the board of two non-profit organizations in India: Vaani – Deaf Children’s Foundation and Rangsutra Craft Duniya Producer Company Limited. She is also a member of the Social Audit Core Committee of Kerala Institute of Local Administration.

Sujit Dhumal

Institution Building

Sujit strongly believes in team work and is always passionate to work with a bunch of people who believe in themselves and have a quality to utilize their skill/knowledge. He believes it is very important to share your knowledge within organization and especially within the team as it creates a stronger bond amongst the team members resulting in survival and success in any critical situation. He seeks to add value at Dasra with this approach.

Sujit started his career in the banking sector where he learned the grities of check processing within city or outstation. He then went on to working with CAPITA, a well-known MNC, in Mumbai. He spent 6 valuable years in Finance vertical of the organization. He was a part of pilot process. Before 4 years I moved to Dasra a very different sector for me at the initial stage but now I good familiar with the process and peoples at Dasra.

Swapneel Rane

Institution Building

Swapneel is passionate about building systems and process that enable decisions to be better informed by data, and to this end has worked on projects such as our CRM and ERP systems as well as annual planning & budgeting. He believes that a thought needs to be closely followed by an action---while critics of social programs are aplenty, the problems of poverty and inequity are so entrenched, numerous and diverse that only sufficient experimentation and honest evaluation provides any hope of solving them in our generation.

Before Dasra, he taught Math and Geography to 90 fifth-graders for two years at a low-income school in Mumbai, as part of the Teach For India Fellowship. During this time, he also volunteered at Rahee Foundation, a sports and life skills non-profit, and also piloted Zaya's tech-enabled learning platform in his own classroom. He has also worked at the language solutions firm, Crimson Interactive, in its editorial and technology teams.

He has a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

Tejas Pahlajani

Strategic Philanthropy

Tejas joined the social sector to be part of, what he sees as, a broader movement in creating meaningful and sustainable positive change in India. He believes that there is a gradual but palpable rise in professionalism and intent within the sector, which will go a long way in improving the lives of India’s one billion plus. He wishes to bring an increasing amount of rigor in the reporting process of organizations within the sector, believing that ‘what gets measured gets better’ and feels Dasra is perfectly placed working with passionate donors, NGOs and partners to accelerate change & impact.

He believes his role in donor reporting within the Strategic Philanthropy team allows him to provide donors with a clearer understanding of their impact, thus increasing the motivation of such donors to further their commitment to the social sector.

Tejas holds a B.E. in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and an MBA from the Indian School of Business in Finance & Strategy. Prior to Dasra, he worked within the senior management team of a fast emerging fintech startup leading the analytics vertical and holding account management responsibilities for 2 Asian banks. He has held roles in consulting, analytics, business development and account management focused primarily on emerging technologies.

Ujjwal Gupta

Strategic Philanthropy

Ujjwal is a part of Dasra’s Strategic Philanthropy team, engaging with philanthropists, foundations and corporates to help them make more strategic choices about giving to the Indian development space. He is interested in leveraging collaborative philanthropic capital to create large-scale systems change.

Ujjwal has previously worked with a research and development consulting organization in New Delhi, where he managed a 5 country project evaluating WHO's contribution to Maternal Health in the South East Asia Region. He also volunteered at the Amrit Foundation of India where he provided strategic and research support to help build a conducive ecosystem for persons with disabilities.

Ujjwal has graduated from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom with a bachelor’s of Science in Management.

Utkal Patra

Strategic Philanthropy

Utkal brings a rare combination of entrepreneurship and consulting expertise to the role of managing donors in the Strategic Philanthropy team at Dasra. The ability to use for-profit skills for impacting lives while ensuring that the donors are thoughtful about their giving motivates him the most. His role enables donors to be associated with the sector on a long-term basis and also leverage not only the donors funds but also their skills and network.

Before joining Dasra, Utkal served as Director in his own venture, building and operating multiple brands in the hospitality industry. He also was a core part of the Executive Management team of a beach resort where he ensured a steady stream of new revenues through identification and implementation of business opportunities. Prior to his entrepreneurial stint, Utkal worked for the management consultants Avalon Global Research for over 5 years, leading teams and managing multiple projects and clients across a range of industry sectors.

Utkal has an MBA from the Brisbane School of Business with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy.

Vrinda Bector

Strategic Philanthropy

Vrinda works in the Strategic Philanthropy team of Dasra to create and deliver education programs for philanthropists, corporates and foundations. She has been involved in the designing, launch and ongoing delivery of one of Dasra’s premium offerings; Philanthropy Education Program for donors in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Vrinda is interested in curating formal learning platforms which inspire a community of philanthropists to come together to make a catalytic impact.

She brings with her consulting experience acquired by having previously worked with the EY in the People Advisory Services team. She has graduated from Symbiosis Centre for Management Studies with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration.

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