Team

Trustees

MJ Aravind, Managing Trustee

MJ Aravind has over 30 years of global experience with large multinational corporations including Compaq, DEC, and Xerox in areas such as supply chain, sales and marketing, customer service, and field operations. Aravind was a co-founder and VP Operations of Daksh eServices, one of India’s earliest and largest independent BPO (Business Processing Organization) companies. Post Daksh, Aravind leveraged his operational experience and extensive network to help set up the India operations of Artiman Ventures, an early-stage Venture Capital firm. 

In the last decade, Aravind has been extensively involved with the social sector in both executive and advisory capacity. He was on the Board of The Association of People with Disability for eight  years. He is also an Advisor to the Disability NGO Alliance, Bengaluru.

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Manju Kuchhal, Lifetime Trustee

Manju Kuchhal started her career in software development at Tata Consultancy Services. After 8 years there, she moved on to support Dhwani Foundation in developing technology solutions for NGOs. 

She works closely with NGOs to identify operational areas where technology can be leveraged, engage with relevant solution providers and help develop effective solutions.

Manju has a post graduate degree in Computer Applications from LD College of Engineering, Ahmedabad.

Dhwani NGO Member

Dr S Rajagopalan, Trustee

Dr S Rajagopalan heads the Innovation Centre at IIIT-B. A veteran in the social-tech space and an Ashoka Fellow, Dr Rajagopalan was the CEO of Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology from 1982 to 1993. He co-founded Technology Informatics Design Endeavour (TIDE), a non-profit development society for innovating social-tech products. As Chairman of TIDE, he was among the four finalists of Social Entrepreneur of India award (2006), and one of the 50 pioneers of India chosen by India Today magazine (2008). TIDE received the International Ashden Award in 2008.

Dr Rajagopalan holds a BTech degree from IIT Delhi, PGDM from IIM Bangalore and PhD from IIT Kanpur.

Dhwani NGO Member

Pramod Kulkarni, Trustee

Pramod has been associated with the social sector for over three decades, holding senior management positions in leading NGOs, including PRADAN (1984-1995), iVolunteer (2000-2010) and Prerana (1990- 2012). He is the founder of SAATHI, a pan-India NGO that reintegrates runaway children with their families. With a passion for supporting economically-challenged meritorious students, Pramod has been actively involved with organizations such as Vidyaposhak and initiatives like Prerana Nurture Merit, apart from volunteering in government schools.

Pramod has an MSc degree from MS University, Baroda, and a PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad.

Advisory Board

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Rajiv Kuchhal

Rajiv has over 30 years of management experience in IT, BPO and ITeS industries, with a long stint at Infosys. He was the COO of OnMobile Global Limited and a co-founder of Progeon Limited. Rajiv is an active angel investor and mentor to multiple startups in the social enterprise and technology space. He has served as a Venture Advisor at TVS Capital Funds and is a Non-Executive Independent Director of Expleo Solutions. He is also a general partner at Exfinity Fund and a Mentor at IIMB NSRCEL Social Incubation Programme. He has a B.Tech. from IIT Delhi.

Krishna Kumar

Krishna Kumar

Krishna Kumar has extensive experience in Sales, Sales Management, Operations, Global Client Relations and Management Consultancy across industries. Having spent most of his career in early stage startups, he has had the opportunity to set up new centres and engagements for companies like UBICS, Page Point Motorola and GECIS/Genpact across multiple geographies. His key skills include setting up and scaling operations, bridging gaps between front and back ends, process improvement and working with diverse teams. KK is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur.

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Rangarajan

Rangarajan has been an independent start-up consultant and angel investor since 2018. Prior to this, he has held leadership roles in product management, sales and marketing at both large IT companies like Wipro Infotech and Infosys, as well as, startup enterprises like Appnomic Systems and RubanBridge, in a career spanning 30 years.
He has also been actively involved in the social sector as Board Member of Makkala Jagriti, an NGO in Bengaluru. He holds a BE degree from BITS, Pilani, and an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai.

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Ramesh Emani

Ramesh comes with over 40 years of professional experience and worked with many industry verticals like Banking, Telecom and Technology. He was CTO, Wipro and helped drive their innovation programmes, and also served as President, Wipro Technologies. He also served as President, Telecom and Product Engineering solutions, with business of about $1 Billion with about 19,000 people with operations in USA, Western Europe and Japan. Ramesh was a member of Wipro’s Corporate Executive Council.

He founded Insta Health Solutions, focused in providing complete hospital and clinic management software solutions for hospitals and clinics in emerging markets of India, Middle East, South East Asia and Africa. Ramesh is a board member of eMids Technologies.
Ramesh holds an M Tech from IIT Kanpur.

Kishore

Kishore Udiaver

Kishore has worked as an Investment Advisor in IIFL Wealth Management Limited / Wealth Advisors (India) across areas such as wealth management, client relations, compliance etc.

Prior to that, he spent 14 years in GIC Asset Management Company Limited / GIC Mutual Fund across areas such as fund management and securities dealing. He has also worked in General Insurance Corporation of India in areas of insurance, reinsurance, and investment accounting. He has vast experience in accounting and tax audits.

Sivaguru

S Sivaguru

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Science, has been in the international IT products and services industry since 1980 and has played various senior leadership roles.

His professional interests include: personal and organizational excellence, knowledge management, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Jayachandra

A N Jayachandra

Jayachandra comes with rich experience of over 40 years in the areas of Administration, Finance, Research, Training, HR and other fields. He has insightful understanding of stakeholder engagement especially with government, research and academic institutions, and NGOs.
He serves as an Advisor – Special Projects and New Initiatives at Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for advanced Scientific Research.

Srikrishna Sridhar Murthy (Krishna)

Krishna is the co-founder and CEO at Sattva Consulting, responsible for the overall strategic direction, growth and impact of the organisation. Over the last decade, Krishna has been working with the leadership of global foundations, social organisations and corporates to design and scale their social impact initiatives. Krishna leads many collective impact initiatives across different themes like water, education, livelihoods and is an active member of the CII National Committee on Sports.

Krishna started his career as an early member of Dell R&D in India and was the Founding Partner of Longhouse Consulting, a boutique executive search firm. Krishna is an alumnus of BITS, Pilani and INSEAD and serves on the advisory board of multiple social impact and technology start-ups.

Nupur Goenka

Nupur Goenka is the Executive Director at Tally Solutions and guides Corporate Finance, Corporate Information Systems and Cloud Operations in the company. Tally’s products and services help small and medium businesses (SMBs) in over 100 countries.

Nupur is also the Managing Director and Co-founder of Clustr, a big data and analytics subsidiary of Tally Solutions. The firm empowers Indian MSMEs by democratizing the access to data and offering insights that are affordable, consumable, relevant, reliable and timely.

A Northwestern University alumnus, Nupur holds a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and Business Studies.

Executive Team

K N Gopinath, Executive Director

Gopinath has over 20 years of diverse experience in the social sector with a long stint at The Association of People of Disabilities, Bengaluru. He is the managing trustee of Motivation India, a subsidiary of the Motivation UK one of the leading international organization in the field of wheelchair provisioning. Gopinath is also a sought-after resource person in the sector.

Gopinath holds a post graduate degree in Social Work and is a Certified Common Purpose Graduate.

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Vinaya Mallya, Programme Head – Goonjan

Vinaya has over two decades of experience much of it in the IT industry, and more recently in the social sector. She started her career with Infosys, where she spent a decade amassing technical knowledge and honing her management and customer relationship skills. She later founded a design services company for training and development of multimedia solutions. She was selected for Goldman Sachs-ISB sponsored – “10000 World Women Entrepreneurs Management Program” in 2011.

At Dhwani Foundation, Vinaya engages with NGOs to help them adopt technology platforms to smoothen their operations. She enables the customization and implementation of Goonjan MIS at NGOs and also manages the product road-map for Goonjan platform.

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Thriveni Gandhi, Assistant Manager – Admin & Operations

Thriveni was earlier supporting Dhwani’s Niranthara programme as Cluster Manager. She drove the knowledge transfer and site implementation for Niranthara partners in central Karnataka.

She started her career as a NSS volunteer and then worked in many national and international organisations focusing on Community Health and Research. Amongst other roles, she has served as State Coordinator for the Indian Economic Survey. She is a Fellow of Deshpande Foundation. Her hobbies are gardening, reading books and singing.

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Pradeep BK, Programme Officer – Niranthara (KA)

Pradeep committed to the social sector, working across leading development organisations like GVSSN, Magic Bus India Foundation and NIMHANS. He holds a Master’s degree in Development Management from the University of Mysuru.

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Shruthi T, Senior Associate – Goonjan

Shruthi started her career in the development sector as a Project Manager with Don Bosco Tech Society, where she worked on skilling and employment programs for underprivileged youth. Prior to that she worked at TCS.

She is an IT graduate with an MBA in Global Business.

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Koushik Yanamandram, Programme Head – Niranthara (KA) & Niranthara Sikshak

Koushik has been an active socio-entrepreneur and development consultant in the clean energy and rural development space for over a decade. He has been a mentor for startups at the Climate Launchpad and Member, Institution Innovation Council at TERI School of Advanced Studies. Koushik was an Acumen India Fellow in 2016 and Entrepreneur in Residence at Villgro Innovations Foundation during 2013-14.
Koushik holds an MTech degree in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management.

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Prithwipala K, Manager, Technical Support – Niranthara (KA)

Prithwi is a development sector professional, and has worked in national and international organizations for over 12 years in the areas of HIV/AIDS, TB prevention and control, support for orphan and vulnerable children, adolescent girls, female sex workers, urban slum population and more. He has worked closely with government departments and in public-private partnership programmes. He is experienced in Programme planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, community mobilisation, capacity building and counselling.

Prithwi holds a post graduate degree in Social Work.

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Greg Mathias, Manager – Nikhaar

Greg is experienced in Operations Management, Strategy planning, HR, Content writing, Digital Marketing and Client Engagement. He has worked with organizations such as Pana Education, Mangalore and CMSSS, Hassan.
Greg is a graduate in commerce and has completed certificate courses in sustainability from Azim Premji Foundation, fundraising from Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and web applications from NIIT, Mangalore. He has a special interest in web development and multimedia editing.

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C R Murrali, Master Trainer – Niranthara (KA)

Murrali comes with over 30 years of experience in the banking sector, with exposure to both Indian and overseas banking institutions. He has vast experience in training, administration and financial aspects of organisations.

He also has worked in education and held various senior positions. He serves as CFO, at the Institute of Leadership and Institutional Development.

Murrali has a special passion towards training and development and is an avid sportsperson.

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Maria Jennifer, Assistant Manager – Goonjan

Jennifer has experience in the areas of Operations Management and Training. She has worked with Chilume Social Service Society, as Operations Manager, and with Youth for Jobs, as a Trainer for Job assistance and Communication skills.

She holds a postgraduate degree in commerce, an MBA in Finance with specialization at Organisation Development.

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Jacob D’Souza, Manager – DrishtE

Jacob comes with 16 years of rich experience in the development sector. He worked in the areas of rehabilitation of street children, research, organisation development at different organizations at various capacities. He has special interest in the field of social media, general admin, research and development.

He holds a post graduate degree in Social Work. His hobbies are reading, music and photography.

Nikil KP

Nikil KP, Programme Head – Niranthara (TN)

Nikil brings over 15 years of professional experience in office automation and digital printing sector. He has held various senior management roles, with skills in project management, production, and technical management. He has worked in across many continents in the area of sales, training, and dealership management of photocopiers and managed over 36 service providers in the Office automation products space across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka.

Nikil holds a Diploma in Electronics Production Technology and is based in Chennai.

Isan Magimaidoss

Isan Magimaidoss, Master Trainer – Niranthara (TN)

Isan Magimaidoss brings over 30 years of professional experience in the social sector, specifically in child rights-focused community development. He has handled varied responsibilities such as programming, grant-making, strategic planning and development, partnership management, alliance building, capacity building, Programme monitoring and evaluation.

He has also actively engaged with partner organizations, NGO networks, academic and resource organizations and donor agencies in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. He has worked with Child Rights and You (CRY), Churches’ Council for Child and Youth Care (CCCYC), and Nightingales Medical Trust (NMT).

Isan holds a Master of Philosophy Degree (M. Phil) in Social Work from Christ University.

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Sharadha Kishore, Senior Manager, Training and Content – Nikhaar

Sharadha has worked in both corporate and non-profit organisations, with stints in large telecom and finance firms including Airtel and Vodafone, before moving to the social sector.

Sharadha has rich experience in donor management, relationship building, fundraising and event management. She was part of the managerial team at Give India and Foundation for Excellence India Trust.

Rabbi Jayakaran

Rabbi Jayakaran, Programme Head – Voices

Rabbi has worked for over two decades in the social development sector, both in rural and urban contexts. He has engaged in strengthening capacity of NGOs through organization building process, strengthening social movements, interfacing with government departments and advocating child rights policies. He has also experience in peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Rabbi is founder and Managing Trustee, Peacemakers Trust which works in the space of prison reforms, restorative Justice and mental health and serves as Guest Faculty, Dept of Psychology, Christ (Deemed to be University).
He is currently working on an MPhil at the Department of Psychology, Christ (deemed to be University), Bengaluru. He has an MA Inter-Cultural Studies, University of Gloucestershire, UK and a MSW, School of Social Work, Mangalore University.

Sunita

Sunita Suresh, Programme Head – Sahayak

Sunita has over seventeen years of experience across industries. She has worked in finance management, MIS, credibility assurance, vendor management and other areas, across the social sector and corporates. Her area of expertise is in capacity building of staff to improve budget, planning, utilization and reporting of financials, partnership management, hiring, vendor conversations, project design and implementation.
Sunita served at various senior levels at Give India, TIDE India, and Make a Difference as well as Deutsche Bank, PepsiCo and other companies.
Sunita holds an MBA in Finance from ICFAI Business School, Bangalore and post graduate Diploma in Economics from University of Warwick, UK.

Vijay Kulkarni

Vijay Kulkarni, Programme Head – Updeshak

Vijay brings in over 42 years of multi-sectoral and multi-institutional experience, having worked in banking, entrepreneurship development, education, livelihood and consulting.
He has also co-founded the Development Resource Centre (an incubator for NGOs) and 3 NGOs – Vidyaposhak, RAPID and SCOPE, and has the experience of working in all 3 sectors- Public, Private and Civil Society institutions. He has served on the boards of many NGOs and Micro Finance Institutions.
Vijay is a post graduate in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He also holds a PG Diploma in Gandhian Studies and the Management Education Programme (MEP) from IIM, Ahmedabad.

Madhukeshava S

Madhukeshava S, Senior Programme Manager – Sahayak

Madhu has over 10 years of experience in the social sector, having worked on policy advocacy, government interface, early intervention, education, rehabilitation and employment of Persons with Disabilities (PwD).
After his postgraduation in Social Work from the University of Mysore, he started his career with The Association of People with Disability (APD). He also served in various capacities in the People’s organization and Advocacy Programme ensuring rights and entitlements of PwD.

Abee Daniels, Programme Head – Nikhaar

Abee is a management professional with expertise in business operations, service delivery, Programme and project management; his special strength is building, reorganizing and strengthening operations in new and existing businesses.
Abee has an MBA degree, with over 15 years of experience across industries including telecom and info tech, and has served as Vice President, Rural Shores, and Associate Director Operations in MACH. He is a polyglot with knowledge of 10 languages!

Meera K, Communications consultant

Meera is an experienced professional and social entrepreneur with experience in technology, media, open data, citizen engagement and social change.

In 2016, she was selected as an Ashoka Fellow for her work building open knowledge platforms that allow citizens to collaborate and improve their cities. She is the co-founder of Citizen Matters, a civic media platform and Trustee at Oorvani Foundation, a non profit trust setup to empower citizens.

S C Monalisa

S C Monalisa – Junior Associate – Goonjan

Monalisa has over 5 years of experience in understanding client requirement, building valuable customer relations, customer retention and upselling. She has worked in customer relations as well as technical operations and service.
She is a computer science graduate from Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Odisha

Praveen

Praveen Kumar, Manager, Technical Support – Niranthara (TN)

Praveen has experience in resource mobilization, monitoring and reporting and research. He has a graduate degree in Economics, and has done an M.S.W (Community Development).
Praveen has worked in Childline India, where he coordinated with CHILDLINE partners across 8 districts, supporting capacity building and expansion. He has also served as Project Coordinator for the National Digital Literacy Mission.

Siddique Ahamed

Siddique Ahamed, Programme Officer – DrishtE

Siddique has experience in project coordination and management.
Siddique has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Mysore University and worked in Saint John’s Research Institute as a Project Coordinator for over five years. His goal is to contribute to betterment of his workplace and Society.

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Bala Giridhar Manchi, Head, Technology Intervention

Bala comes with rich experience in IT, Technology, and Business areas. Over the last 37 years, he has served in various capacities in the IT industry with LRDE, BEL and a long stint in Wipro.

He brings in wide range of experience working in different roles in both technology and business areas such as R&D, Product Engineering, Quality, Customer Service, Professional Services Business, IT Management, Workplace Management and Shared Services. Bala brings expertise in using technology in business processes to achieve process efficiencies, cost optimization and customer satisfaction.

Abirami

Abirami Sathishkumar, Program Officer – Niranthara (TN)

Abirami comes with 8 years of experience in accounting and has worked as a Senior Accounts Executive. She has experience in Vendor Management, Statutory compliances, TDS, and Tax Filings.

Abirami completed her MBA from Anna University, Tamil Nadu. 

Waheeda Basheer, Assistant Manager – Updeshak

Waheeda has 9 years of experience in different areas of education and training. She has worked with Dr Reddy’s Foundation as a trainer, supporting young people with job assistance and communication skills. 

Waheeda has completed her MA and M.Phil in Political Science from the Central University of Hyderabad.