Team

Priya Naik

CEO & Founder

Samhita Social Ventures evolved from Priya’s work with the Nadathur family’s social initiatives in the areas of nature conservation, art, education for differently-abled children, and livelihood generation through microenterprise. Prior to working with Nadathur’s family office, Priya co-founded The Spark Group, an education company that delivered affordable education to low income communities. At Spark, Priya helped define strategy, created the business plan and was also instrumental in raising funds from IFMR Trust. Priya’s interest in social entrepreneurship began when she worked as a Researcher at the Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA. At MIT, Priya was part of two student-led start-ups – Aerovax, a company that created safe, inhalable aerosol vaccines that could be delivered without the use of needles and Kalpataru, a company that delivered innovative, low-cost technology to increase the efficiency of microfinance institutions. Kalpataru’s pilot was tested with the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and was presented to Nobel laureate, Dr Muhammad Yunus. Both social enterprises won several awards at MIT. Priya has worked as a consultant with the International Finance Corporation in Africa. She started her career in Accounting at Arthur Andersen in Mumbai. Her career is an interesting fusion of on-the-ground grassroots solutions through enterprise and strategic consulting experience with established companies, a perfect combination for understanding and implementing CSR projects across the board. Priya has a Masters in Economics from Yale University, USA, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and a Masters in Commerce from Mumbai University where she stood first in the entire graduating class.

Rohan Kawley

Sr. Manager, Strategic Partnerships

An Electronics Engineering Graduate from BITS-Pilani, Goa and with around 6 years of varied work experience from Pharma Analytics Consulting to Entertainment Strategy to Government’s social impact initiatives, Prior to joining Samhita, Rohan worked with Chief Minister’s Office, Government of Maharashtra and facilitated multi-stakeholder collaborations to tackle social sector challenges ranging from e-commerce access to 1 million women self-help groups under state’s women development nodal agency to integrated village cluster development in tribal blocks of Palghar district in Maharashtra. Rohan’s role as a facilitator for Samhita WASH platform enabled buy-in from Chief Minister’s office as well as state’s water supply & sanitation department. He also independently led an active discussion at different Government levels to integrate human-centred policy-making utilising behaviour science principles. Currently, the Government is piloting these approaches for reducing road accidents on highways and ensuring a higher voter registration & turnout. Rohan’s goal is to continue creating small meaningful improvements to enable distressed communities to have a better quality of life, On the personal front, Rohan is an avid reader and his favourite genres are thriller, fantasy, history and mythology. He likes to participate in debates on current affairs and believes that the best education is by sourcing information and not opinion. On the personal front, Rohan is an avid reader and his favourite genres are thriller, fantasy, history and mythology.

Anisha Panigrahi

Manager – Strategic Partnerships

Anisha has total 6+ years of experience in the Automotive and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Consulting, Skill Development, Ed-Tech solutions, Govt. & Private Sector Advisory, Governance & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Space in designing outcome-based scalable solutions and managing PAN India level projects. Previously she worked with IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd (a leading TVET provider in India) as a Strategy & Business Development Manager in the Corporate Skill Development Vertical handling B2B, B2G and CSR partnerships and solutions. She has also been associated with reputed organizations like Eicher Motors Limited, Teach for India and AIESEC. Being passionate about empowering the under-served population, she has worked extensively on the ground in designing and managing multi-stakeholder and multi-locational projects involving diverse skill sets in rural and semi-urban geographies. She has also worked on several bilateral/ multilateral projects funded by USAID, World Bank, ADB, DFID, UNDP, ILO, IFC etc. focusing on projects aimed at socio-economic development. She has worked on various Cluster Development initiatives in the African continent and GCC countries; with Central Ministries & State Govts on various Govt. Schemes and has designed CSR projects for aspirational districts as prescribed by NITI Aayog (GoI). Anisha is an avid reader and loves travelling, listening to music, playing squash, painting & being an active member of global networking clubs.