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.

Madhu Bahl

Executive Director

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. She also has 15 years of corporate experience at senior management level where she was responsible for profitability along with a deep focus on product development and business delivery. Her corporate responsibilities include experience in working with both the private and the government sector. She has built and worked extensively with large teams, both across physical geography and social demography.

Sudhir Naik

Advisor, Finance

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 Finance 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.

Vikas Dimble

Director, Research & Knowledge

Vikas is a Development Economist. Apart from Samhita, he is associated with the University of Chicago as Assistant Director of Research and Strategy for its Tata Centre for Development (TCD). He is also the Content Editor for Ideas for India (I4I), a leading public policy portal. In the past, Vikas was India Country Economist for the IGC at the London School of Economics (LSE) for four years. He has also worked with the World Bank and with the J-PAL, research centre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sanjay Joshi

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Bhagvath Chandra

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Bhagvath has worked with Indian and Multinational groups across varied sectors like Engineering, Agriculture Supply chain, Manufacturing, Healthcare and Financial Services. Over the last 19 years, he has worked with Corporates like M&M, ICICI Lombard, HDFC Ergo, L&T, Intellecap and most recently with Mahindra Susten as SBU Head. His experience cuts across various functions like Product /Project Management, Marketing Strategy, New Business Development and Sales with P&L responsibilities and Costing & Business Finance. Throughout most of his earlier stints, he has worked primarily in the Rural / Financial Inclusion space. He has been passionately engaged in developing and launching pioneering concepts in the Impact space including Index-based Weather derivatives for farmers, working with the Government to provide low-cost healthcare to BPL families; providing Micro health insurance and health information through mobile phones to low-income population and taking Renewable energy solutions to SMEs and Rural markets. His interest areas are Gender, Health and Financial Inclusion. He is an avid reader, loves travelling and sampling different cuisines, a music buff, a chef and a sports fan.

Mona Patel

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Mikhail Dsouza

Director, Marketing & Communications

Suyash Apte

Director, Technology

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.

Sharad Dua

Associate Director, HR & Governance

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. Searching for the right Attitude has always been Sharad’s passion with a belief that skills & expertise can be sculpted with time, whereas the right Attitude is a way of life. Sharad has worked with MNC’s like Bank of America, Tech Mahindra & ICICI FirstSource and played a vital role in setting up family-owned financial houses in the space of Venture Capital, Investment Banking & Private Equity. He has an MBA in IT & Systems from ICFAI and an engineering degree in IT from Thadomal Shahani. Sharad is committed to nurturing and building talented individuals with the right attitude for Samhita & Collective Good Foundation.

Karthikeyan Elangeswaran

Associate Director, Research & Knowledge

 

Rohini Kaul

Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships 

Rohini strongly believes that collaboration is the way forward. She is adept at understanding and gaining insights into complex situations. She thinks strategically and excogitates business plans to accelerate growth and performance. An avid traveller & adventure lover, Rohini enjoys exploring & learning new things, meeting & connecting with people to understand more about our diversity.

Rohini is a Telecommunication engineer & MBA from Mumbai University & is extremely passionate to work with projects that focus on building lasting impacts & a sustainable future. She feels the only way to survive & build a sustainable ecosystem is to be more compassionate & inclusive!

Deepa Gopalakrishnan

Associate Director, Impact Achievement

Deepa is an MBA from SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, an Information Systems graduate from BITS Pilani and a development sector professional passionate about women and children causes in healthcare and education.

She heads the Third Circle (Emotional Circle) of St. Judes which provides a 360-degree psycho-social support system to the families to recuperate from cancer. She is associated with St. Jude ChildCare Centres, an NGO working with children undergoing treatment for cancer. She has worked in different capacities at St. Judes for over 4 years, starting as the COO and moving into the Senior Leadership team-leading efforts in Monitoring & Evaluation as well as Project Design and Implementation. Deepa also comes with extensive experience working in leading corporations such as Dell, Morgan Stanley, ICICI Bank and has secured 1st rank in India, in a certificate course in CSR conducted by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs. Deepa is a carnatic music enthusiast and continues to pursue this music form.

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.

Pranav Gupta

Sr. Manager, Strategic Partnerships

 

Prashant Chavan

Sr. Manager, Marketing & Communications

Prashant comes with a seasoned experience of 15+ years in Design and Art and has worked for some prominent advertising agencies such as Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann Advertising, Quadrant Communications and MCW Medianomics Pvt. Ltd. His career growth has been steady with a humble start as an illustrator to Creative Director. He firmly believes that this journey was possible because of his innate strengths, sincerity & perseverance. Prashant has graduated from L. S. Raheja School of Arts, Mumbai. Prashant feels lucky to have his passion and work go inline through design and associated technology and he loves to keep himself updated with current trends in the space. He feels satisfied when he spreads and shares his thoughts in some random forms & colours.

Dhatri Kotak

Manager – Finance

 

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. Prior to Samhita, she was part of the Accounts and Finance team of Backbone Construction Private Limited and Jain Wealth Managers Private Limited where she looked after the finalisation of accounts, auditing and taxation work. She is fond of travelling to places of natural beauty and loves dancing.

Neerajha

Manager – Research & Knowledge

 

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. The exposure she gained through this experience furthered her interest to work for societal development and well-being. She would like to imagine a world where no one is deprived of basic needs, and believes we can get there through the participation of all stakeholders in the development process.

Sandhya Iyer

Manager – Research & Knowledge

Sandhya has nearly seven years of experience working in the development sector. She is passionate about research that helps unpack how socio-economically vulnerable populations take decisions and engage in different behaviours related to health, education and financial inclusion, to inform programme and policy development.

Academically, she has a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Social Policy and Development and was also a part of the first batch of the Young India Fellowship programme. She is a chai person, always ready for some conversation about anything and everything over a cup of steaming chai.

Shivina Jagtiani

Manager – Strategic Partnerships

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, Shivina has 6+ years of experience, of which she has majorly worked in the consulting sector. She worked with Deloitte India as a part of their Statutory Audit team for 3 years where she worked on the quarterly and annual audits of India’s biggest automobile company. She worked with EY India as a part of their Corporate Fraud Investigations team (Forensic Consulting) for 3 years where she helped entities, across sectors, solve complex fraud cases and address their fraud risks. A keen desire to utilise her consulting skills in the social space to create sustainable and scalable impact drove Shivina to shift from the corporate consulting sector to the social consulting space. At Samhita, she works with companies to design their CSR strategies and works with multiple stakeholders to curate impact solutions. She has been associated with non-profit organisations and social welfare organisations for the last 10 years and is driven to create impact at scale. She is a Chartered Accountant, Bachelor of Commerce, and is currently pursuing a Masters degree, with a Business Management specialisation, from the University of Mumbai. Shivina is an avid reader and loves to occasionally write, swim, dance, and learn new languages.

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.

Vanya Kaushik

Manager – Strategic Partnerships

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. She joined Gandhi Fellowship to step out of her comfort zone and work at the grassroots. Two years in rural Rajasthan gave her an unparalleled experience and made her more empathetic and passionate for social change. When not working, one can find her reading and planning for her travels.

Ankita Shirodariya

Manager – Strategic Partnerships 

Nitish Dorle

Manager – Marketing & Communications

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 and apps for preschool children.

Sarva Damani

Manager – Implementation 

Sarva has been working in the development sector from the past 4.5 years. Before Samhita, she was working with the Government of Andhra Pradesh as a Consultant in the Women and Child Welfare Department. Prior to that, she completed her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Indian School of Business. She has also done the Teach For India Fellowship and worked as a Program Manager in CSR with Avenue Supermarts. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Exeter in the UK. Apart from work, Sarva enjoys dancing, travelling and loves theme parks!

Richa Arora

Manager – Implementation

Hailing from the beautiful land of Jammu, Richa has done her Masters in Psychology from the University of Jammu. She started her career in a de-addiction centre after which she also served as a school counsellor and thereafter joining Kaivalya Education Foundation as a Program Leader. With a certification in human resource and management, Richa has been a part of Samhita since 2018. She is an outward friendly and a pleasant personality with extreme fondness towards food and dogs. Her outgoing and free nature is what makes her unique. She truly believes in ‘Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.’,

Jigna Joshi

Assistant Manager – Finance

Malcolm Vaz

Assistant Manager – Technology

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.

Ujwala Parab

Assistant Manager – HR & Governance

Srikanth Chakraborty

Assistant Manager – Strategic Partnerships

Srikanth has been in the development sector for 4 years and has extensively worked with farmers and Adivasis in rural India. Prior to joining Samhita, he was part of multidisciplinary environments and has led teams to implement programs at scale. He enjoys travelling, trying new cuisines, listening to folk music and learning about different cultures.

Siddhanta Banerjee

Assistant Manager – Implementation

Siddhanta has done Masters in Mass Communication and possesses 5 years of work experience while managing teams. His work with his organisation could successfully impact and bring about changes in the Nutritional aspects and Natural Resource Management of 36 Villages in Purulia District. He had read a few articles and thus CSR interested him and so Samhita. He is keen to learn about the various dynamics of CSR in the upcoming years, Siddhanta’s hobbies are Photography and Film Making. One of his movies was shown in Banaras Film Festival. He also loves sports. He has represented his department and schools in various athletic meets.

Devangi Rathod

Assistant Manager – Implementation

Devangi’s interests lie at the intersection of public policy and politics. She carries a diverse experience of 5 years in project management, operations and research with an academic background in finance. She has worked with Deutsche Bank as a part of its investment banking team for 2.5 years. Her desire to drive impact prompted her to shift from the corporate world to pursue the Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament (LAMP) Fellowship where she spent a year working with a Member of Parliament from Odisha to develop policy interventions and analyse developmental issues. Her previous stint was in the political consulting domain where she designed and executed large-scale campaigns for a leading national party in the run-up to the General Elections 2019. An ardent nature lover, in her spare time, she likes to hike, read and weave imaginative theories.

Anjali Shivananda

Senior Associate – Research & Knowledge

Anjali has completed her Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the National University of Singapore (NUS) for which she received the Li Ka-shing scholarship. She has co-created an educational toolkit called SafeJoy that aims to build the capacity, awareness and willingness among children on safe and unsafe touch. SafeJoy was adjudged the ‘Best Project’ at the Global Public Policy Network’s conference and her team has received a seed funding from NUS to pilot the project in India and Pakistan.

As a graduate student at NUS, she received the Dean’s Leadership Award in recognition of her contribution to student group initiatives and volunteer activities. Prior to MPP, Anjali worked as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Child and the Law in National Law School of India University, Bangalore; wherein she was primarily engaged in donor-related projects under Tata Trusts, Child Rights and You and UNICEF. She has conceptualized, designed and published reports on food security and conducted a quantitative analysis of over 400 judgments under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. Anjali is a law graduate from Bangalore University.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling and dancing.

Sukanya Paradkar

Senior Associate – Research & Knowledge

Sukanya is a research enthusiast and holds an M.A in Political Science from Delhi University and an M.Phil from Jawaharlal Nehru University with a dissertation on ‘Participation of Women in Politics.’ Prior to joining Samhita, she worked with Akshara Centre as a researcher around themes such as gender, aspirations, education and livelihood choices.

Iti Bhargava

Senior Associate – Research & Knowledge

Iti is academically trained as an economist with a fond interest in improving decision-making through behavioural nudging. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Yale University, and a bachelor’s from Christ University, Bangalore. Prior to graduate school, she worked on three randomized evaluations at J-PAL South Asia. She also worked at a nascent startup in NYC focusing on improving the financial of the BIPOC community in the US by designing nudges.

Iti loves her south Indian filter, square-grid notebook, and making terrible puns.

Divya Agarwal

Senior Associate – Research & Knowledge

Divya is a law graduate from Symbiosis Law School, Pune with prior work experience in policy research, primarily in education. Her quest to expand the scope of her work to include other areas of development has led her to Samhita. Having led field research in policy-centric projects, she now aims to focus on impact in order to understand the mechanics of positive change and enact the same in ever-expanding areas of need. She has been working as an independent consultant since a while now and some of her past organisations that she worked with were Centre for Civil Society and Tata AIG. In her leisure time, she likes to explore new places, experiences and ideas.

Bhavesh Sakhrani

Senior Associate – Strategic Partnerships

Bhavesh has completed his Bachelor’s in Commerce specialising in Financial Markets from H.R. College of Commerce & Economics. He has a demonstrated history of working in multiple organisations. His experiences range from Entrepreneurship, Communication, Management, Marketing and Client service. He has worked with 2 startups focused on education and financial literacy along with stints at 2 social enterprises focused on digital learning and solar energy. Bhavesh has also been the ISB Campus Ambassador at his campus for the prestigious YLP post-grad program. At H.R. College he was part of multiple committees including the Placement Cell of institute and ENACTUS (an international non-profit organisation). Having led ENACTUS for 3 years motivated him to venture into the CSR and Social impact space.

Bhavesh also holds a Master’s in Commerce focused in Business Management from University of Mumbai.

Jhilmil Garg

Senior Associate – Strategic Partnerships

Prior to joining Samhita, Jhilmil was a Teach For India fellow whose deep interest in understanding schools as an institution of change led her to join as an Academic Coordinator. Post that, she closely continued working with a government school in Pune for 4 years. She has completed her graduation in Social Sciences from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and has also successfully completed her study on Development Management from Indian School of Development Management (ISDM).

Jhilmil believes that systemic change can be brought about through collective efforts and empathy!

Tushaar Carvalho

Senior Associate – Strategic Partnerships

Tushaar Carvalho is currently a part of the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) team, handling Samhita’s WASH Platform’s overarching strategy, and partnerships with its supporting corporates, as well as its secretariat funder – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to Samhita, Tushaar earned his Masters from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Development Studies, writing his thesis about the inadequate political & humanitarian representation of climate refugees, and had worked part-time at the International Maritime Organisation of the United Nations.

Tushaar has also earned a Masters in Economics & Psychology, specialising in Behavioural Economics & Group Behaviour from the University of St Andrews. Tushaar is also a national-level rugby player, and in his spare time practices Portuguese, listens to podcasts and likes to think he can play keyboard.

Yashvardhan Dalmia

Senior Associate – Implementation

A management graduate, Yashvardhan has been working on environment conservation projects at Samhita. Post his stint with Tata Capital in corporate finance, he worked with Sanctuary Asia and in the wildlife travel space during which he had the opportunity to spread the message of biodiversity conservation among students and adults during their journeys across national parks of India. He is an avid photographer and has also been a regular volunteer for Cancer Patients Aid Association, an organization working towards cancer awareness and patient welfare. He enjoys travelling, watching sports and reading.

Phuhaar Goel

Senior Associate – Implementation

Phuhaar completed her Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, where she went for an Exchange Program to the University of Birmingham on Quantitative Finance and Time Series Analysis. Prior to this, she pursued Chartered Accountancy (Semi Qualified) with a work experience of three years with CA Firms, mostly doing Statutory Audit as well as bits of Consulting. While appearing for CA Finals Phuhaar was associated with NGOs which brought about a change in her career path. Her interest areas in the development sector are elderly care, environmental protection, women empowerment, amongst others. Her Primary Belief System is ‘To Live and Let Live’. In an alternate universe would like to be the proud owner of a Café somewhere in the hills. In her spare time, her interests are Creative Writing, Travelling, Photography, Spirituality.

Hrishikesh Bhatt

Associate – Strategic Partnerships

Hrishikesh has an MBA in Finance from SPJIMR and an undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. A desire to participate in doing good brought him to Samhita.

At Samhita, he has been associated with initiatives such as the multi-stakeholder WASH Platform, The Swachh Maharashtra Grand Challenge and Consulting assignments. He has also worked on building organisation strategy and internal process improvement for Samhita.

Outside of work he can be found running, reading, swimming or listening to his favourite podcasts.

Amiya Walia

Associate – Strategic Partnerships

Amiya is a graduate in Psychology and Environmental Science from Ashoka University. Prior to joining Samhita, Amiya carried out in-depth research and implementation projects on the topics of manual scavenging, forest rights, solid and electronic waste segregation in India. She volunteered as an adoption coordinator and recruiter for an animal welfare organization, Paws for a Cause: NCR Adoptions in the past. Amiya is passionate about the field of environmental justice and is working towards adding value to the field of social impact, which is what brought her to Samhita.

Ritika Potnis

Associate – Strategic Partnerships

The quest to strengthen communities around her led Ritika to join Samhita. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Development from the 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. Prior to Samhita, she interned at the District Planning Committee in Osmanabad. Outside work, Ritika loves gardening, swimming and yoga.

Sagar Dube

Associate – Strategic Partnerships

Kamsin Shahani

Associate – Implementation

Kamsin is a chartered accountant with over 2 years of post-qualification work experience. She believes that her spreadsheets and presentations should make a difference in this world and hence, moved to the sector. She enjoys reading, swimming and dancing in her free time!

Sanika More

Associate – Implementation

Sanika graduated in Mass Media with a major in journalism and a Masters in Public Policy from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai. She worked as a Public Relations professional after graduation. Post her masters, she grew passionate about conservation, with a vision of a sustainable and inclusive future. She worked on political campaigns and party’s and politician’s social media. She carried out various PR projects for FMCG and sports brands with a team and a few PR campaigns by herself. She believes in social equality, opportunity and work towards the greater good. She is a moviegoer who enjoys cooking, reading historical fiction/non-fiction, sketching and travelling!

Adya Makkar

Associate – Implementation

A Young India fellow, Adya pursued her undergraduation in Economics and Political Science from St Stephens College, Delhi University. Her internships with TFI, Gramin Healthcare, YLAC and MD junior drove her to further engage and find her niche within the development sector. Adya believes, that her college gave her loads of exposure to extracurriculars like dancing and football which helped her to be more confident of who she is today. If one were to ask her, who is she apart from her qualification, she would find it difficult to categorize what she identifies most with; a curious soul, a passionate dancer, a knowledge seeker, a minor of experiences, a footballer, a national shooter, a social worker at heart and a trekking enthusiast (pretty much a recent fascination).

Above all, she is an ardent advocate of humanity and detests gruesome humanitarian right violations.

Priyanka Nair

Associate – Implementation

Priyanka is an Electrical Engineer from NIT Calicut and after working as a Business Analyst with Reliance Industries she transitioned into the social sector. In her brief stint with the Piramal Foundation as a Program Leader, she got the opportunity to drive systemic change in the Department of Education, Rajasthan using modern Lean Six Sigma principles. She is a stationery hoarder and a design enthusiast who occasionally dabbles in traditional and digital arts.

She is a believer in volunteerism, power of strategic philanthropy and adrak-wali chai!

Snehal Chodankar

Anaylst – Finance

Akshata Shirodkar

Analyst – Research & Knowledge

Akshata has completed Bachelors in Political Science from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Subsequently, she pursued a Masters in Public Policy and Governance from Azim Premji University, Bangalore. She has volunteered with Mumbai Mobile Crèches where she was involved with teaching to the children of construction site workers’, During her post-graduation, she interned with Praja Foundation, Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, and Samhita. She presented a research paper on ‘Perception of Street Vendors towards the State Institutions’ at Law and Policy Hub at Azim Premji University.

In her free time, she likes to do Warli Painting, reading books and travelling!

Malavika Rangarajan

Analyst – Implementation

Malavika has completed her specialization in Sociology from Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts. Over the past four years, she has been associated with U&I Pune’s community centres, facilitating weekly classes for children living in local bastis.

While her research interests include the informal economy, gender and education, she is curious to explore the same within the context of CSR projects and the larger narrative of driving impact through public-private collaborations!

Anirban Saha

Analyst – Implementation

Anirban brings with him a diverse background as a graduate in Electrical Engineering from KiiT University and as a Gandhi fellow! At the Gandhi Fellowship Program, he was extensively involved in Improving Student’s Learning Outcome working in tandem with various school stakeholders in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Anirban’s interests lay in the convergence of education and sports sector.

His curiosity to learn how to create impact through CSR projects at scale has led him to Samhita!

Mansi Nema

Analyst – Implementation

Mansi is an alumna of University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun and Ashoka University. With the belief, “Be whom you needed when you were younger,” Mansi made her foray into Make A Difference, a non-profit organisation working to enable children at risk to realise outcomes equitable with the middle-class Mansi is a trainer classical dancer and an avid reader.

Mukesh Kumar Pandey

Network Support – IT