Priya Naik – Founder & CEO


Priya’s work has spanned the spectrum of social entrepreneurship and financial consulting. She has helped incubate several social enterprises across the world before founding Samhita Social Ventures. Priya has Masters degrees from Yale University, University of Michgan – Ann Arbor and Mumbai University. She has worked at the Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Arthur Andersen among several other ventures.

Madhu Bahl – Executive Director

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Madhu Bahl has totally more than 30 + years of experience in the education space which includes teaching, designing, training, content creation and building profitable models and interventions that are both scalable and sustainable. She has worked independently as a design and training consultant with well-known funding agencies and social organizations.

Sudhir Naik – Executive Director & CFO

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A qualified finance professional (ACA, AICWA, ACS), Sudhir has served articles with A F Ferguson & Co and served MNCs – Shell, Siemens, Ferodo, Colgate Palmolive and Heinz (as CFO and Finannce Director) as well as Owner Managed groups – Mittals, Bahwans and Mustafa Sultan as Group CFO. He has worked briefly in Australia, Mexico and for 22 years in the Middle East before joining Samhita.

Manjusha Doshi – Program Director

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Manjusha has over 20 years of experience working and managing projects with government departments, bilateral organizations and funding agencies in various states of the country including areas undergoing civil strife. Her focus areas include new born and child health, child rights, nutrition, overall community development, and health.

Nogesh Bhardwaj – Project Director, WASH

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Nogesh was last working with CDD Society as a regional in charge for Rajasthan. He has more than 13 years of experience in a private power utility company and an additional 12 years of extensive experience in SAP IS-U and DM Consultancy and has recently worked on natural wastewater treatment solutions and decentralized sewerage management.

Punita Bansal – Regional Head (North India)

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Punita is a development professional with over 17 years of experience in private sector development. Her work spans areas such as cluster development, CSR, education, skills, innovation, common infrastructure, competitiveness enhancement of micro, small and medium enterprises, rural entrepreneurship etc.

Sharad Dua – Head, Human Resources


Sharad brings over a decade of experience in domains as diverse and varied as Financial Services, Technology & Manufacturing covering geographies like Europe, UK, Australia & South East Asia. He has worked across functions including but not limited to Management Consulting, Human Resources, Business Development, IT Infrastructure & Operations.

Suyash Apte – Head of Technology

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Suyash has been associated with Mastek since 1996 and was the Senior Technical Architect before joining Samhita. He has over 21 years of experience in software development, with expertise that included mentoring individuals & teams in their journey of Agile Consulting and engineering excellence. He was responsible for providing thought leadership and strategizing delivery.

Tarana Mendiratta – Director , Strategic Partnerships

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Tarana was a Senior Manager with Deloitte in the consulting practice and holds a public health degree. She has over ten years of consulting experience with Deloitte and earlier with PwC, and specializes in the areas of health and nutrition.

Alpana Tandon – Director, Strategic Partnerships

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Alpana is a post-graduate from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Isabella Thoburn College, Lucknow. She has worked in the social development space for over 22 years, fundraising, designing and developing content and conducting training for extensive mandates.

Adwait Joshi – Associate Director, Partnerships


Adwait has an impressive track record of starting a business in environment services and growing its revenue manifold. Prior to being an entrepreneur, Adwait worked with several leading corporate houses. At Samhita, he manages CSR projects, Rural Marketing and BoP outreach, drawing from his training in Sustainable Enterprise.

Anushree Parekh – Associate Director, Research & Knowledge

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Anushree Parekh comes with extensive research experience with private and third sector organizations in the UK. Prior to Samhita, she worked as a researcher with New Policy Institute, a progressive think-tank based in London, where she designed and implemented customized research solutions for a range of clients from corporates to governments on a variety of socio-economic topics. Anushree is an Economics graduate from St. Xavier’s College.

Mikhail D’souza – Associate Director, Marketing & Communications


Mikhail has been with Samhita for over 3 years and leads the Marketing Communications team.

He began his career as a video journalist covering human interest stories across Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. Prior to joining Samhita, he worked as a News Producer with India’s leading business news channel, CNBC-TV18, where he produced prime time newscasts.

Samir Huda – Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives


Samir is an entrepreneur by passion with 13 years of experience in General Management, Business Development, Operations, Recruitment and Customer Relationship Management. A highly motivated and passionate professional who has applied and developed management skills throughout his career, Samir has been active in the start-up environment for over five years.

Arjun Prasad Mahankali – Sr. Manager, Partnerships


Arjun Prasad Mahankali comes with almost two decades of experience in development and
CSR. He is adroit in Rural Transformation Programmes such as Natural Resource Management (NRM) including watershed development, participatory irrigation management and sustainable agriculture. He did his post graduation in Sociology at Osmania University Hyderabad, holds a degree in Law and is pursuing MBA as well.

Anmol Shrivastava – Executive Assistant to CEO

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A strong desire to bring a positive difference to the community around him drew Anmol to Samhita.
Prior to joining Samhita, Anmol completed his B.E (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering along with a minor in Politics, Economics & Philosophy from BITS Pilani K.K. Birla Goa Campus.
Anmol is the only student in the history of his university to have been elected by students as the President and General Secretary and also be nominated by Hon’ble KM Birla to represent his campus at the Senate level.

Anshula Madhavan – Manager, Strategy

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Anshula has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from SRM University and a PG Diploma in Liberal Studies from the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. She has previously worked on designing and implementing a marketplace literacy program in rural Tamil Nadu in collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and with the artisans of Odisha to enhance their livelihood.

Chandrakant Deshmukh- Manager, Implementation

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Chandrakant has worked in various kinds of roles ranging from IT-Cloud services, Presales, Political Consulting, App design and now Social Project implementation. He is a computer engineer and a Marketing MBA (TAPMI) graduate. He has a career goal to excel wherever he goes and add value to the organization and people.

Nitish Dorle – Manager, Digital marketing

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Nitish is a digital marketing consultant with a masters degree in International Business. Prior to joining Samhita he worked with an early education startup, where he worked on products/apps for preschool children.

Pranav Gupta – Manager Partnerships

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Pranav’s innate desire to bring about social change made him join Samhita. Prior to Samhita, he was part of the Young India Fellowship program, where a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies exposed him to the many underlying complexities of India’s prevalent social issues. He has also worked at Mu Sigma, an Analytics firm in Bangalore for two years.

Rasikha Venkat – Manager, Research & Knowledge


Prior to joining Samhita, Rasikha worked as a Research Associate at NEERMAN, handling projects in monitoring and evaluation and impact assessment for clients ranging from corporate to multi-national organizations and donor agencies.

Sandhya Tenneti – Manager, Research & Knowledge


Sandhya Tenneti comes with more than six years of work experience in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) field. She has a Bsc (hons) from the University of Bradford, Masters in International Studies from North Carolina State University and a MS in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.

Aby Babu – Assistant Manager, Partnership


Aby graduated with a degree in Industrial Psychology from M. S. University of Baroda and pursued his Master’s in Social Work thereafter from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work. Aby worked with The Lighthouse Project prior to Samhita, and comes with experience in the fields of education and livelihood.

Dhatri Kothak – Assistant Manager, Accounts


Dhatri is rank holder of the Gujarat Board and a qualified Chartered Accountant with a Bachelors in Commerce. She has worked for more than 7 years in the Accounts & Finance sector. She has 3 years of experience as an article assistant and more than 4 years of post qualifications experience.

Ishita Shah – Assistant Manager Marketing Communications


Ishita is a creative marketing professional with 4 years of experience across various aspects of branding, strategy, business communication design, consumer insights and partnerships. An exciting blend of creativity and compassion is what brings her to Samhita and she aspires to make the best use of her marketing acumen for driving social change and impact.

Krishna Veni – Assistant Manager, Research and Knowledge


Krishna has over 2 years of experience in qualitative consumer research and has handled clients across diverse industries. Her aspiration to work in the social and development space led her to join Samhita. Krishna has completed her Post Graduation in Communication Management from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.

Mahi Khakhar – Assistant Manager, Research

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Prior to joining Samhita, Mahi worked at Aangan, a child protection organisation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Business Studies from the University of Warwick.

Palak Gupta – Assistant Manager, Partnerships


Palak has 2 years of experience in Operations and Project Management in software services and media industry. She also holds a BA(H) degree in Economics from Miranda house and a Post Graduation Diploma in Liberal Studies from Ashoka University. Being a Young India Fellow sparked her interest in working in the development sector which led her to Samhita. Travel and food occupy a major part of her mind.

Pankaja Balaji – Assistant Manager, Marketing Communications


Pankaja has recently finished her Masters in International Communications and Development, from City, University of London. Before her stint in London, she was working as a Research and Communications Associate at India GHG Program, WRI India. She has been working in the development sector for more than three years.

Sukhjot Singh – Assistant Manager, Partnerships


Sukhjot’s desire to make positive impact, by supporting change agents and their work drove him to Samhita. His experience is an amalgamation of work within the creative and corporate sector. Prior to Samhita, he worked with an International Organization – Zycus for a year and a half and simultaneously running his own venture through which he lead a team of creatives to deliver projects for corporates.

Vanya Kaushik – Assistant Manager, Strategic Initiatives


Apart from pursuing her B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering from Mohali, Vanya remained an active member of AIESEC. She co-founded an online magazine- EP!C, where she managed a team of more than 40 writers. Always seeking new adventures; she joined a startup after college managing their web sales and MIS. But her heart was set out for more meaningful experiences notably in the development sector.

Sujay Deshpande – Analyst , Business Development

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A mechanical engineer from Vellore, Sujay joined Samhita with a strong desire to contribute to social responsibility. Before Samhita, he has worked and helped in establishing Uddeshya India an NGO founded by like-minded individuals working towards Youth Empowerment.

Namrata Nerurkar – Analyst, Research & Knowledge

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Prior to joining Samhita, Namrata worked in management consulting on healthcare projects with a private equity firm and with a corporate-hospital chain. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Her experience volunteering as a tutor to underprivileged children motivated her to seek a career in the development sector.

Anuprita Kelkar – Associate Partnerships


Anuprita has a Masters in Development from Azim Premji University and a Bachelors in English Literature from University of Pune. As a part of her MA curriculum, she has conducted a research project on social vulnerabilities of commercial sex workers in Pune. She is passionate about exploring different cultures and social dynamics.

Diksha Ahuja – Associate – Partnership


Diksha is an Electrical Engineering graduate from University of Mumbai. She also holds an International Baccalaureate Diploma from New Zealand. Apart from studying engineering, Diksha was also working as a Corporate Manager with AIESEC.

Jency Ann Abraham – Associate Partnerships

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Jency’s aspiration to work in the development sector led her to Samhita. She had secured multiple awards including -Annie Saraya Gold Medal and Mr. & Mrs. Mukadams Award for securing First Rank in Bachelors in Social Work at Nirmala Niketan.

Malcolm Vaz – Associate Software Developer


Malcolm is a full-stack developer with experience in the telecom sector and a Bachelors Degree in IT. He also has a keen interest in studying the psychology of human-computer interaction and cybersecurity.

Namrata Mukherjee – Associate, Partnerships


Namrata has worked with Medha Patkar in the Ghar Bachao Ghar Banao Andolan and Narmada Bachao Andolan. She has also interned with NGOs like Aaranyak, Sabuj Sangha, FAsCE India etc. She has a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Nandini Bhatia – Associate, Research

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Nandini has completed the Young India Fellowship and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce from University of Delhi. She has previously been involved with Make A Difference, NDTV and The Irrelevant Project in different capacities.

Ragini Menon – Research Associate.

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Prior to joining Samhita, Ragini was a Project Associate at Industree Foundation, which builds sustainable livelihoods for rural Indian artisans with a focus on women’s empowerment. In the past, she has interned with international NGOs Search for Common Ground and SOS Children’s Villages, as well as The Hindu. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Journalism from American University (Washington DC).

Neerajha – Research Associate


Neerajha has an undergraduate degree in engineering, and has done her postgraduate education in Development Leadership. She has nearly 4 years of experience working at Tata Consultancy Services. Apart from her professional career, Neerajha co-founded ‘Vizhudhugal’, a voluntary youth organization that supports students in various sports and extracurricular programmes.

Rhea Miranda – Associate Partnerships


Rhea has recently completed her graduation from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai specializing in Economics and Statistics. She has been part of research projects that have included qualitative as well as quantitative analysis. Her year-long experience of volunteering as a teacher with an NGO, motivated her to seek a career in the development sector.

Ritika Potnis – Associate, Partnerships

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The quest to strengthen communities around her led Ritika to join Samhita. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. During her Master’s she received the prestigious Best Fieldwork Award for her work with self-help groups in rural Maharashtra.

Snehal Gawade – Hr & Admin Executive


With more than 6 years of experience in the IT, ITES and real estate industries, Snehal has a proven track record of senior-level executive support, management, and coordination. She has a strong ability to streamline processes, maximize efficiency, and foster professional relationships within organizations. Snehal’s philosophy centers around what role she can play in helping others find solutions.