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.

A.S. Jayasimha – Chief Operating Officer

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Jayasimha (Jay) is a management graduate from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, and has spent his last 17 years with HDFC Life as an executive vice president. His professional career of 31 years spans across public sector & private sector organisations, with core focus on organisation building, managing large teams, businesss delivery, developing and grooming future leaders. He brings in rich experience and expertise in both sales & operations to the Samhita team.

Mr. Vaidyanathan Krishnamurthy – Trustee, Collective Good Foundation


Mr Vaidyanathan has over 40 years of experience in the field of CSR and social development. He was Head of operations for CIDA- Asia, Tsunami rehabilitation. He has also been a special advisor on health, education and disaster management to the Government of India and state governments of Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Karnataka. He holds a post graduate degree iEconomics and a Masters in Philosophy in Population Science and has participated in special skill courses in health economics in Amsterdam and in LFA models in Denmark. He was also a visiting professor at the University of South Florida, USA on HIV/AIDS.

Anil Misquith – Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives


Anil served in the IT industry for over 25 years before pursuing his passion for the social sector. In his last role as Country Manager for Education, Anil led Intel’s effort in transforming education through Information and Communication Technology (ICT). He has a Bachelor’s in Electronics & Communications engineering from the University of Mysore. and has done an Advanced Managment P

Dipak Marwah – Executive Director, Strategic Initiatives

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Dipak is a business, retail, marketing, and communications leader who has three decades of rich experience in some of the premier organizations in retail, brand-building, and advertising along with stints in banking and entrepreneurship. He did his MBA from IIM Calcutta, and MA (Hons) in Economics from BITS Pilani.

Sudhir Naik – Executive Director & CFO


Sudhir is a qualified Rank Holder Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant as well as a Company Secretary with over 40 years of post-qualification experience. His career has included stints with MNCs in India like Siemens, Ferodo, Colgate and Heinz India (where he was CFO & Finance Director) as well as a 22-year-old stint in the Middle East and Mexico. Sudhir is a Graduate from Sydenham College.

Anand Raj – Associate Director, Partnerships

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Anand is an ex-Civil Servant who worked in the Telecom sector for over 15 years before moving to the social sector. He has a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the University of Bangalore and a Masters in Business Administration from Cranfield University.

Neha Chaturvedi – Manager, HR & Partnerships

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Neha comes with more than 6 years of experience in Human Resources in sectors including Investment Advisory, Event management, Manufacturing, CSR and Training and Development. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Devi Ahilya University.

Jagpreet Pabla – Head, Technology


Jagpreet’s worked as a freelance CTO for other start-ups and has 13 years of tech experience. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and a B.E. from BIT, Durg,

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. He has a Bachelor degree in Production Engineering from the University of Pune.

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, Mumbai and has pursued her Master’s degree in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London.

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. His excellent relationship building skills have helped him build an intensive network across most industries. He has worked on assignments across the globe including UK, Singapore & Australia.

Deepak Shandilya – Head, North Zone


Deepak brings with him over a decade of rich on-the-ground experience working with low-income households and emerging markets primarily in Asia. He is a frequent speaker at academic institutions on developmental issues. Deepak is a management graduate from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and has done his BA in Economics from Delhi University.

Noel Duarte – Senior Manager, Accounts & Finance


Noel has more than 20 years of experience in the social sector with Family Health International (FHI 360) and Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT) in the field of finance and accounts. Prior to Samhita, he worked with Family Health International (FHI 360), an international organization working in the field of HIV/AIDS and Public Health.

Ashish Bhambhani – Manager, Partnerships


With over four and half years of experience in the social sector, Ashish’s passion for social development is reflected in all this work. As a development enabler, Ashish is a strong proponent of building evidences for guiding development. He brings expertise in building partnerships for community-based rural livelihood promotion, social inclusions, value chain analysis, institutional development, sustainable agriculture, integrated farming system interventions, participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Soumya Kavi – Manager, Partnerships

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Soumya has worked in the analytics and management consulting space with Mu Sigma and Amazon. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from BITS Pilani. She recently finished her Teach for India fellowship in Hyderabad where she taught 40 enthusiastic children in a low income government school. She is also the co-founder of a social initiative called Dramebaaz which uses theatre to empower children with life skills.

Solomon J Manohar – Manager, Partnerships


Prior to joining Samhita, Solomon worked with iVolunteer, where he managed the Corporate Employee Volunteering program, Senior Management probono initiative and Skilled Volunteers. Solomon holds a Masters degree in Social Work from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan. He completed his Bachelors in Sociology and Anthropology from St.Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

Sandhya Tenneti – Manager, Research & Knowledge

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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.

Manglesh Yadav – Manager, Partnerships


Manglesh comes with 5 years of experience over multiple sectors, including IT, Market Advisory and Consulting and the food and beverage industry. An engineer by qualification, Manglesh has completed his PGDM in Operations from KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai.

Arjun Prasad Mahankali – Project Manager-Partnerships, Hyderabad


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.

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.

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. She has also interned with Frost & Sullivan and MS Swaminathan Research Foundation.

Richa Mukerjee – Assistant Manager, Research & Knowledge


A desire to pursue a career in social sector research led Richa to intern with the Tata Steel Rural Development Society followed by a traineeship with Samhita. Her roles in both capacities included fieldwork, quantitative and qualitative analysis. Richa completed her Bachelors in Economics Honours from Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi.

Jayanta Dasgupta – Assistant Manager, Research & Knowledge


Jayanta has worked in the social sector for 4 years. After his engineering, he joined NTT Data where he joined as a software developer. Thereafter, he joined the Teach for India fellowship where he taught in a school for two years. After that he worked as an education consultant with an NBFC named Varthana where he served in low income private schools of Odisha.

Anirudhan T. – Assistant Manager, Partnerships

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Anirudhan’s aspiration to work in the development sector led him to join Samhita.
Prior to Samhita, he worked in the Engineering Research Center at Tata Motors for three years, followed by a one year PG Diploma in Liberal Studies from the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University. As part of the program, he interned with International Innovation Corps (IIC) on Millennium Alliance – a grant-making body for social entrepreneurs in collaboration with USAID, FICCI and World Bank.

Pranav Gupta – Assistant 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.

Sumayya Mulla – Assistant Manager, Accounts & Finance


Sumayya comes with over 5 years of experience in handling and managing accounts of several NGOs. Prior to Samhita, she has worked with NGOs such as Magic Bus India Foundation and Akansha Foundation where she was responsible for managing all the accounting work up to finalization.

Mikhail D’souza – Senior Manager, 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.

Bhavya Balantrapu – Manager, Marketing and Communications

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Bhavya has a Masters degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from the University of Leeds, England. She has experience in communications and marketing in the arts and the legal sector.

Aby Babu – Associate, Partnerships


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. His achievements also include managing a mentoring program with 150 mentors and mentees, organizing city-level events and liasing with college students and companies to raise awareness about various social issues.

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.

Utkarsh Arora – Assistant Manager, Partnerships


With degrees in mechanical engineering and liberal arts, augmented with diverse work experiences ranging from leading production on a factory shop floor to adopting a school in a remote Himalayan village, Utkarsh brings with himself a breadth of knowledge and perspectives. When not working, he can be found at a nearby gym, or in a quiet corner at the bar.

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 (Community Organisation and Development Practice) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, where she wrote her thesis on Transwomen Domestic Workers in Jamshedpur City, and was awarded the Best Student for 2015-2017.

Vigneshwaran Ramalingam – Associate, Partnerships

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Vigneshwaran is a post-graduate from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay with a specialization in technology and development. During his years at IIT, Bombay he developed a keen interest in research pertaining to drinking water and clean cooking energies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked in various thermal power plants as a commissioning engineer.

Clifford D’costa – Associate, Partnerships


Prior to joining Samhita, Clifford was working in Western Region Social Service Forum as a Resource Mobilization/Partner Support Officer where he was actively involved in fund mobilization, donor management, partner support services and disaster management. He has completed his Masters in Social Work from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan Mumbai and Bachelor’s in Economics from St Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad.

Shreya Agarwal – Associate, Partnerships

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Shreya is an economics graduate from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. During her college years, she worked extensively with Make a Difference Foundation to increase learning levels among children in the villages of West Bengal. After graduating, she pursued a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies as part of the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University.

Mayuri Mehrotra – Associate, Partnerships


A keen interest in the social sector and drive to be an agent of social change drew Mayuri to Samhita. Prior to joining Samhita, she completed her bachelors in social sciences and Masters in Development Policy, Planning and Practice from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Tuljapur.

Mahi Khakhar – Associate, Research & Knowledge

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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.

Vinay M. Menon – Assistant Manager, Research & Knowledge


Vinay is a Development Economist with degrees from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai and SOAS, University of London. He has previously worked with Ethex- a social investment platform in Oxford where he coauthored the UK’s first positive investing report in 2014 and interned with Ratnakar Bank where he worked with farmer co-operatives in rural Maharashtra.

Ojas – Associate, Research & Knowledge

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Ojas’s desire to work in the social sector stems from her volunteering experience with Enactus, an international not for profit organisation that believes in leveraging entrepreneurial action to solve social problems. She was part of the Young India Fellowship, a one-year post-graduate diploma in Liberal Studies. She also has a bachelors degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Anshula Madhavan – Assistant Manager, Knowledge & Partnerships

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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.

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.

Avantika Naik – Administrative Executive

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Avantika comes to us with over 10 years of experience in Administration. Prior to Samhita, she worked in Business Access India Pvt. Ltd. as an Admin Manager. During her time there she interacted with several international clients. Avantika completed her MA in history from the University of Mumbai.