Enrolled Fellows Cohort 4


Amita V Joseph, Director, Business & Community Foundation ( BCF )
Amita V. Joseph has a educational background in Management (PGDM), a degree in Law (LLB) from Delhi University, a PG in Human Rights Law from the Law Institute and completing her PhD (Deakin University), Australia. Her work experience spans the Corporate, development & legal sectors. She is on the board of MESH (Maximising Employment to serve the Handicapped), FOD (Family of the Disabled) , SRUTI, CEQUIN, CRB (Centre for Responsible Business) , Business & Community Foundation (BCF), all nonprofit organizations & supports their work. Amita has been involved as a volunteer with the cause of Homeless citizens since 1999.

Anjali Khosla, Manager Projects CSR, Fortis Healthcare
Anjali Khosla has recently joined Fortis Foundation as Manager Projects, CSR. With her social communications background her aim is to create awareness about CSR initiatives in the healthcare sector that will benefit poor, marginalized people at the bottom of the pyramid. As a founding member of ‘Moving Images’ she has 20 years experience in making documentaries on issues related to environment and development. Her award-winning works include a series of films on the political economy of water, wildlife-human conflicts, conservation and livelihoods. She has been closely associated with Samaj Pragati Sahayog and their tribal women’s garment unit, ‘Kumbaya’. She has worked with Hindustan Times Television as an editor and CENDIT (Centre for Development of Instructional Technology) She is an Economics graduate from Delhi University.

Ashwin Venugopal Naidu, Senior Manger – CSR, Tata Capital Financial Services Limited
Ashwin joined the Tata Group on 26th April 1995 with Tata Finance Limited in the Corporate Finance Division handling the back office operations of various financial products like Leasing, Bills Discounting, re-discounting, Corporate Loans etc. After a stint of 18 years with the operations department, he opted for a transfer to the CSR function in May 2013. With the CSR department he is handling various projects under Education, Employability, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Health etc. His interest lies in the job that he is currently involved with and finds it challenging as well as very fulfilling. Ashwin has recently completed 20 years with the Tata Group.

Bindiya Sawhney, Head- Resource Mobilisation, Concern India Foundation
Bindiya Sawhney is Head- Resource Mobilisation (Delhi) at Concern India Foundation. She has rich experience of 18 years in various industries giving her the ability to work both with the private sector and public stakeholders. She is with Concern India Foundation for last 6 years. Her current role gives her the opportunity to initiate and develop relations with the key decision makers both in the private and public sectors. She leads a team of resourceful people responsible for mobilizing resources for the organization through special events, corporate partnership and individual support. She has varied experience of working in the healthcare, educational and infrastructure sectors in previous organizations. She is an Arts graduate from Delhi University and has done her Masters in Business Management from IILM, Delhi.

Farhad Merchant, Chief Executive,Common Purpose India
Farhad Merchant is the CEO of Common Purpose India. Farhad has over two decades of experience in the corporate and social sectors, having held a number of leadership roles, including that of CEO of Aga Khan Education Service, India. He has acquired international exposure and versatility, working with clients from various countries and industries / verticals. He is a member on the Whiteboard (an initiative of iVolunteer, one of India’s largest formal volunteering organisations), that aims to bring skills and expertise to the social development sector through expertise offered by volunteers. Farhad graduated in Electronics Engineering from Bombay University, with First Class Honours. He enjoys spending time with his family and going for treks. He dabbles in creative writing whenever he gets the chance, and his articles have been published in various magazines.

K Anil Kumar, Executive Trustee and CEO, Axis Bank Foundation
Anil Kumar is Executive Trustee and CEO of Axis Bank Foundation. He is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. He has been in the banking industry for over 35 years. After joining as a Probationary Officer in 1979 and spending 35 years in commercial banking in State Bank of Travancore and Axis Bank, he assumed the responsibility as the Executive Trustee and CEO of Axis Bank Foundation in February 2015. The last assignment with the bank was as the global head of its FI and trade finance businesses .He is also Chairman and Managing Trustee of Akshara Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation operating in Palakkad, Kerala.

Kanan Dhru, Research Foundation for Governance in India, Lawtoons, LawForMe
Kanan Dhru is a social entrepreneur working towards legal innovations through her start-up Research Foundation for Governance in India as well as through social business projects such as Lawtoons and LawForMe. Kanan has a Masters in Public Administration and has a law degree from the London School of Economics. Kanan has previously worked with the National Knowledge Commission – a Prime Minister’s Advisory Body in India and the World Health Organisation in Switzerland. Kanan is a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum and a Global Shaper at the Ahmedabad Hub. She is one of the 37 ‘Indians of Tomorrow’ featured by India Today in 2012 and is also a blogger with The Huffington Post. Kanan is an avid mountaineer and a tennis-enthusiast having great interest in different cultures and identities.

Kanika Kumar Manager-Africa, Intellecap
Kanika Kumar is a development professional with 5+ years of experience in business development, strategy and marketing across emerging markets of Asia and Africa. At Intellecap, she is part of the core team managing Sankalp Forum, a global multi-stakholder platform for inclusive development practitioners. She is the regional lead, managing the initiative’s global expansion to Africa .She manages relations with over 50 investors, donors, multilaterals and development stakeholders globally. Prior to Intellecap, Kanika worked as an Account Planner at the international advertising agency TBWA. She has a Bachelors degree in Marketing and Communications from Osmania University in Hyderabad and a Diploma in Corporate Law from London School of Economics.

Manisha Singh, Head- CSR and Communications, Nokia Networks
Manisha is responsible for CSR and Communications at Nokia Networks, India. In her 16 years of professional journey, she has worked with various multi-nationals organizations – Philips, HCL Technologies etc. – building and enhancing corporate reputation. She joined Nokia Networks in 2008. Having driven various corporate communications initiatives, she is now driving the CSR mandate given her organization’s renewed focus and her keen interest in this space to build something enduring and impactful. She did her graduation in English literature from Delhi University and MBA in Marketing from Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur. Her interests are reading and travelling.

Pankaj Wadhwa, Founder & CEO, Himjoli Products Pvt ltd
Pankaj Wadhwa is the Founder and CEO of Himjoli. An MBA in Finance from Boston University, Pankaj Wadhwa founded Kidstuff in 1988, which went on to become one of the largest toy manufacturing companies in India, exporting toys and games to the United States and Europe. He then set up Kidstuff promos &events. Today,Kidstuff is part of the Ddb group and India’s largest promotional marketing agency. In 2005, Pankaj was recognized as the ‘International Marketer of the Year’ by MAAW – the umbrella organization for marketing services agencies internationally.In 2006, he was selected to be a prestigious Jury Member of the inaugural Sales Promo Lions at the Cannes International Advertising Festival. Pankaj has founded and runs Himjoli,a social enterprise in Uttarakhand and also works in the development sector in the Himalayas in the areas of education and healthcare.

Pooja Gianchandani, Group Head- Policy & Communication, IL&FS Education
Pooja Heads Policy & Communication at IL&FS Education. Pooja has deep interest in developing solutions & creating opportunities that connect stakeholders and youth for “Skills for All”. Currently, she oversees Policy Advocacy, especially in the area of Skills Development, and Corporate Communication for IL&FS Education Group. Prior to this she was Director & Head – Skills Development at FICCI, where she strengthened global partnerships across regions and set up 6 Sector Skills Councils. A Post Graduate in Social Work from the Delhi School, she has extensive experience in the area of CSR and holds a Certificate in CSR practices from World Bank Institute.

Priyanka Mazumdar, Associate Partner, Taplow Group
Priyanka Mazumdar is an Associate Partner, Taplow Group – India, and leads the Non-profit, Education & CSR practices for the firm. With over a decade of experience in executive search, Priyanka is a highly specialized consultant in the country today. She has been recognized for successfully executing high level searches for CEOs, leaders & non-executive board positions. Priyanka is a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lady Shri Ram College. She is very passionate about her work in building leadership critical mass for the social sector, which according to her is a key ‘enabler’ for socio-economic development.

Priyanka Singh, CEO, Seva Mandir
Priyanka Singh is the Chief Executive of Seva Mandir from 1st April 2011. She has worked in Seva Mandir for 17 years and before becoming the Chief Executive, headed its Education and Health Programs In both the program areas, she was closely involved with several pioneering research studies conducted in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to her responsibilities within Seva Mandir, Priyanka has undertaken evaluations of other organizations and participated in external studies and reviews. She is also a member of several boards, including that of Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and VANI (Voluntary Action Network of India).

Ruchira Gujral, Corporate Engagement & CSR, United Nations Children’s Fund
Ruchira Gujral is responsible for handling the Corporate Engagement and CSR portfolio for UNICEF India since 2011. Her sphere of work includes working on impact of corporates on communities, advocating for responsible business practices, influencing CSR policies and programmes and engaging with the private sector to achieve results through innovative CSR solutions. Ruchira has 15 years of experience of working on CSR and started her career at FICC. She has worked as a CSR Advisor with British Gas, Senior Specialist on Public Private Partnerships for the USAID funded ITAP project & the Aga Khan Foundation as their Head – Partnership Development. Before joining UNICEF, Ruchira was working with Population Services International as their National Manager for Corporate Partnerships. Ruchira has a Masters Degree in Community Resource Management and Extension from the University of Delhi and has done a special program at the Michigan State University in Human Ecology with a dissertation on ‘NGO –Corporate Partnerships for Social Development’.

Sachin Oza, Executive Director, Development Support Centre
Sachin Oza is the Executive Director of Development Support Centre, an NGO that has been actively involved in promoting participatory natural resource management (PNRM) since 1994. Sachin has been done his Masters in Social Work from the M.S.University, Baroda and is associated with the NRM sector since 1990. . He is actively involved in capacity building of functionaries on institution development at the village, state and national level and has presented several papers on community Involvement in management of natural resources. He is a member of state and national level forums related to policy influencing in PNRM

Saumya Lashkari, Former Head, CSR & Environmental Sustainability, Godrej Industries
Saumya Lashkari headed Good & Green (CSR & Environmental Sustainability) for Godrej Industries from late 2012 to March 2015. She was responsible for operationalizing the strategic sustainability vision for 2020, and led the company’s efforts to achieve its Good & Green goals of creating a more employable Indian workforce, a greener India, and innovating for good and green products. Prior to joining Godrej, Saumya spent a decade with General Electric in the USA in various technology related roles, followed by 3 years in India establishing Genpact’s Global CSR program, and then 2 years consulting with local non-profit organizations. Saumya began her career in 1997 with General Electric USA, through the Information Management Leadership Program (IMLP) – a fast track, rotational program designed to develop high potential candidates for GE’s leading management positions.

Shashaank Awasthi, Co- Founder, v-shesh
Shashaank Awasthi is co-founder of v-shesh (www.v-shesh.com) which is an impact enterprise he co-founded with P Rajasekharan. v-shesh assists Persons with Disabilities in accessing opportunities and organizations with disability inclusion efforts. V-shesh’s trainees work for some of the best employers in BFSI,IT & ITES, Retail, Hospitality sectors and the company has assisted IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore), Chennai Metro Rail etc with their inclusion efforts. Shashaank is also India Advisor to Gray Ghost Ventures which makes early stage investments in impact businesses. Shashaank has prior experience with start-ups and in financial services and was head of Commercial Banking for North, East and South India at ABN Amro Bank NV before becoming an entrepreneur.

Shilpa Vasavada, Working Group for Women and Land Ownership
Shilpa is Convener, Working Group for Women and Land Ownership, a network of NGOs, CBOs and professionals in Gujarat. Active since 2003, the network works towards enhancing ownership of agriculture land in the name of women. Graduated from Tata Institute of Social sciences in 1992, Shilpa worked with Aga Khan Rural Support (India) for about 10 years, looking at Institutional and gender aspects in participatory natural resource development programmes. Subsequently, she has worked with different NGOs, government agencies and funding agencies in different capacities for gender mainstreaming in livelihood issue. She has been actively involved in capacity building and policy advocacy on gender and institutional issues at state and national level.

Shrey Desai Research Coordinitaor & Physician, SEWA-Rural
After receiving medical degree from M.S. University, Vadodara, Shrey completed Internal Medicine residency from the Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey. He practiced general medicine for two years before completing Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins University. Later, he was Expanded Program on Immunization Manager for WHO office, Guyana. He returned to his hometown, Jhagadia, in later part of 2009 and joined SEWA Rural as research-coordinator and clinician. Over last five years, his team is leading a project to reduce deaths and malnutrition among pregnant women and children using mobile-phone technology and doing randomized trial. He has been involved in strengthening research division at SEWA Rural by blending his training and experience of research methodologies with invaluable service-delivery experience of the team.

V Suresh Corporate Head – ER, Skill Development and CSR ,Tata Motors Limited.
Suresh currently Heads – Corporate Employee Relations, Skill Development and CSR of Tata Motors, and is responsible for 7 Plants pan India. Suresh is a highly accomplished HR professional possessing strong leadership, problem solving, change management and influencing skills. Suresh is a creative, results-oriented leader with 30+ years’ experience in HR management. He has diverse exposure in manufacturing and engineering services business in Indian, as well as Multinational organizations in the automotive, pharmaceutical and plastics sector. He holds a Master in Personnel Management from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune University and Bachelor in Commerce (B Com), 1979, Pune University.