Rwitwika Bhattacharya, Founder/CEO

Rwitwika Bhattacharya Swaniti InitiativeRwitwika is the founder of the Swaniti Initiative. Prior to working on Swaniti’s foundation, she worked at the World Bank as an Associate in the Growth and Competitiveness area. She is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Master in Public Policy program and specializes in the areas of youth employment. Her publications include Frontiers in Development Policy (World Bank), A Primer on Labor Policies (World Bank) and Global Business School Network (Harvard Business School Case). (rwitwika.b[at]

Shantanu Agarwal, Chairman and Program Lead

saShantanu chairs and leads multiple sectors and in particular Jigyasa. An experienced energy sector professional, Shantanu is also known to dabble in technology and data. Shantanu is currently working at a Private Equity firm in Houston, Texas. He hold’s a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and an Chemical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology. Prior to his ventures with Swaniti and VC/PE, Shantanu was working in the oilfields of China, Norway and Scotland. (sa[at]


Neha Mallick, Associate

neha_mNeha is currently working towards developing Sansad Adarsh Gram in Tripura. She holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from National Law School of India University, Bangalore and B.Sc in Economic from Calcutta University. Prior to Swaniti, she has interned with various organisations in Development Sector. With a keen interest in Gender and Rural Empowerment, she desire to work further towards creating platform for strong policy interventions in Rural India. She enjoys reading books, good debates and sketches at her free time. (neha.m[at]

Tridip Karmakar, Technology Associate

TridipTridip is currently working on web development mostly visualizations at Swaniti. He holds a Master’s degree in Computer Applications from NIT, Allahabad in 2015. He has previously worked as a Software Developer Intern with GlocalEdge Consultant Pvt. Ltd., Noida and as a Trainee Decision Scientist with Mu Sigma Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore. He has a keen interest in learning newer technologies and to keep up with the latest trends in technology and computers. (tridip.k[at]

Ashish Anand Roy, Data and Technology Lead

Ashish Anand RoyAshish is currently working on providing knowledge and on-ground support to MPs on developmental projects in their constituencies. He is a computer engineering graduate from NTU, Singapore. Prior to Swaniti, he worked in Barclays Capital Singapore as a graduate analyst for the Prime Services Division. With a varied experience in finance, technology, NGOs and policy space he is extremely interested in exploring the role of technology in grassroots development and in strengthening governance. He is a sports enthusiast and loves playing tennis, cricket and badminton.(ashish.r[at]


Abheek Bansal, Outreach Lead

AbheekAbheek is currently working with the engagements team on providing development solutions to Members of Parliament. He is one of the program leads on the first phase of SAGY Development Program and has worked extensively on water issues. Prior to Swaniti, Abheek worked in the financial industry for around 4 years with companies such as Moody’s and Evalueserve. He is a Bachelor of Engineering from Thapar University, Patiala and is pursuing his CFA charter. He is also a movie buff and has played table tennis at state level. (abheek.b[at]


Utkarsha Bhardwaj, Engagement Lead

Utkarsha is currently leading Swaniti’s engagements with MPs to provide on-ground support and development consultation to support their work in development. Prior to Swaniti, he worked as a Business Technology Analyst within the Incentive Compensation Implementation pod of ZS Associates. He is a graduate of IIIT, Delhi with a B.Tech degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He is a football enthusiast and is an Arsenal fan. He loves reading books on history and politics as well as gripping works of fiction.(utkarsh.b[at]

Rahul Mohan, Associate

rahul-mohan-raRahul works with the research team on developing policy insights and knowledge based content.He previously worked as a LAMP fellow, assisting a senior parliamentarian from the upper house on legislative issues. He has also served as a correspondent for a leading online sports portal in India, covering the interplay between sports and policy. He has a B.Tech in electronics engineering from VIT University. He likes writing, and has published short stories and policy pieces on leading websites. (rahul.m[at]

Soumya Sinha, Associate

21b3049Soumya is currently working with the engagements team to provide ground support to MPs in the SAGY Development Program. Prior to Swaniti, she worked with Intellecap Advisory Services and provided strategy consulting to organisations focusing on the development of BoP. She also has experience in heading the implementation unit for the Government of Bihar on its Livelihood Project. She holds a bachelors degree from NMIMS, Mumbai and a post-graduate degree in rural management from IRMA, Anand. She is a table tennis player and loves traveling. (soumya.s[at]

Aawanti Singh, Analyst

d9c3da62564d60a054528de0f61675ebAawanti is working on providing research products regarding key government issues to MPs. She has completed her Master’s Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru University(J.N.U.)  in Modern Indian History. The  dissertation topic for her Master’s Programme , was on the Bihar Riots of 1946, where she analyzed the ground level community interactions which took place during the riots. She has previously  interned with the Centre for Policy Analysis, where she worked on access to  the sexual health infrastructure for young adults. (


Aparajita Singh, Balasore Lead

aparajitaAprajita is leading Swaniti’s flagship program in Balasore. She is a graduate of HBTI Kanpur and did her Master’s from IIM Lucknow. After graduation she worked as a strategy consultant in government consulting domain, working in  Citizen Engagement and Livelihood Capacity Building Programs in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, amongst other areas. She is trained Bharatnatyam Dancer and an avid reader especially philosophical books. (aparajita.s[at]


Siddhant Panda, Balasore Associate

picSiddhant is an associate on Swaniti’s flagship program in Balasore. Prior to Swaniti he worked as a State Bank of India Youth for India fellow in Kherwada, Rajasthan. His program aimed to improve the employability of rural youth through relevant career guidance and vocational training based on different Youth Resource Centre (YRCs). He had also been a Management Trainee with Reliance Retail India Ltd for a year and a half year. He is fond of traveling.He has a masters in marketing and rural development from HDF School of Management, Bhubaneswar. (siddhant.p[at]

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