Meet The Swaniti Team

A team of dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds who contribute their unique skill-sets to solve today’s most pressing problems

Rwitwika Bhattacharya

Founder/CEO

Rwitwika is the CEO for Swaniti Initiative, a social enterprise that delivers public services to the base of the pyramid. As CEO her role focuses on developing long-term growth strategies and formulating key partnerships with central and state government bodies. Prior to Swaniti, Bhattacharya was working at the World Bank as an Associate on on Labor Market Issues. Her work experience includes working in firms like UNFPA and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. She is a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science from Wake Forest University.

Shantanu Agarwal

Chairman and Program Lead

Shantanu 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 holds 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@swaniti.in

Aawanti Singh

Research Lead

Aawanti is currently leads Swaniti’s research vertical, and works on providing knowledge 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. aawanti.s@swaniti.in

Aditya Unnikrishnan

Senior Analyst

Aditya is a Senior Analyst at Swaniti, and is responsible for providing Parliamentarians with research products and policy support. He is a member of the outreach team which facilitates roundtable conferences, discussions and field engagements that work towards solving constitutency-level issues for Parliamentarians across the country. Aditya graduated from IIT Madras with an Integrated M.A. in Development Studies. His Master’s dissertation explored the manner in which citizens interact with the lower level bureaucracy, and it’s implications for an understanding of the State. aditya.u@swaniti.in 

Divya Jain

Associate (SPARC)

Divya has five years of work experience in the development sector.  She has worked with National Rural Livelihoods Mission under Government of India and UNDP Goals project. Prior to this she was a Gandhi Fellow.  Divya has also been a Joint Japan World Bank Scholar and graduated from the International Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands and also holds a master’s  from Ambedkar University Delhi. Her core interests include women livelihoods, rural development and governance. divya.j@swaniti.in 

Neha Mallick

Outreach Lead

Neha is currently leading Swaniti’s outreach with Parliamentarians and is responsible for providing them with policy support. She was one of the Programme Leads for the first phase of the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) Development Programme. She holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from National Law School of India University, Bengaluru and B.Sc in Economics from Calcutta University.  With a keen interest in Gender and Rural Empowerment, she desires to work towards creating a platform for strong policy interventions in Rural India. neha.m@swaniti.in

Priyanka Yadav

Program Lead (SPARC)

Priyanka is currently managing Swaniti’s Flagship Programme – SPARC.  She has been active in the development space for close to seven years and has worked in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Previously, she has worked as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Chhattisgarh and has also worked in Jharkhand on one of the Tata Trusts Flagship Program.  She has a deep interest in working on issues of governance and has an extensive experience in working with the government structures in India at different levels. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from University of Delhi. priyanka.y@swaniti.in

Shreya Ramann

Associate

Shreya is an Associate at Swaniti, and is responsible for providing Parliamentarians with research support. She is involved in connecting with Parliamentarians to solve constituency-level issues, through roundtables, discussions and on-ground development projects. She graduated with a BA.LLB (Hons.) degree from National Law University, Delhi. Prior to Swaniti, Shreya interned with several leading social impact and policy research organisations, such as Dasra and the Centre for Policy Research. With a strong interest in urban policy and local administration, she is keen to explore the interface between law, development and governance structures. shreya.r@swaniti.in

Soham Maheshwari

Senior Analyst

Soham is a Senior Analyst at Swaniti, where he is responsible for aiding various Members of Parliament with a multitude of knowledge products and to undertake research for the delivery of said products. He is part of the outreach team which works towards collaborating and cultivating a close working relationship with legislators to solve different issues at the grassroots level. He also leads social media outreach for the organization. Prior to Swaniti, Soham worked for the University of Chicago, Delhi Centre and tutored children in a village in Madhya Pradesh for 6 months. He finished law school in 2016 from National Law Institute University, Bhopal. soham.m@swaniti.in

K. Preethi Niharika

Associate (SPARC)

Preethi is currently working as a Research Associate for Swaniti’s Flagship Program, SPARC. Prior to Swaniti, she worked as a Business Operations Associate within Incentive Compensation pod in ZS Associates. She also worked as a Counsellor in Bachpan Play School. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from NIT Calicut and Post Graduate degree in Rural Management from IRMA. She has deep interest in working on issues of local governance. preethi.n@swaniti.in 

Rahul Arora

Finance Associate

Rahul is working as a Finance Associate at Swaniti. Being a part of the Finance team he is assisting in accomplishing the Accounting & Financial Reporting objectives of the organization. He holds a working experience of more than 3 years in Auditing and Finance with top firms including Ernst Young and Deloitte. A bachelor from Delhi University, he holds an Intermediate degree in Chartered Accountancy. He loves swimming and reading books. rahul.a@swaniti.in 

Vishesha Khemka

Senior Associate (SPARC Program)

Vishesha currently manages Swaniti’s flagship program, SPARC. Prior to Swaniti, Vishesha was a Management Consultant at KPMG and worked on several key business performance improvement engagements. She has also worked as a volunteer consultant for ToolBox foundation, helping small scale non-profits improve efficiency and achieve scale. She graduated from University of Delhi with Bachelor’s degree in Commerce. vishesha.k@swaniti.in

Ashish Anand Roy

Lead, Data & Technology

Ashish is currently leading the efforts on implementing all data and technology projects and conceptualizing social development through data & technology while fulfilling policy goals.  Ashish leads the data front of Swaniti by working very closely with MPs and other clients.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, he is extremely interested in exploring the role of technology in grassroots development.ashish.r@swaniti.in

Shivam Gupta

Lead, UI/UX & Design

Shivam is leading the creative front at Swaniti and is responsible for crafting complex data sets into user-friendly interfaces. Shivam got exposure to design and printing practices at a very young age. He graduated from IIT Roorkee and has co-founded Audegn Design Technologies. He has worked with numerous clients from varied industries to solve their most meticulous design-related problems. He is an expert of object-oriented designing and likes to keep himself updated with latest design trends. shivam.g@swaniti.in

Sreelakshmi Ramachandran

Senior Analyst

Sreelakshmi graduated with a Masters in Development Studies from IIT Madras, Chennai with a focus in Urban Studies. Her Dissertation work was an exploration of commuting in the city of Bangalore, and how the space of a rideshare interacted with the virtual spaces that enabled it, and the potential it had in shaping commuter behaviour socially. At Swaniti, she works in the research vertical and her interests have diversified to health, women and child nutrition and infrastructure development. sreelakshmi.r@swaniti.in. 

Parmanand Jha

Account Manager

parmanand.j@swaniti.in