Rwitwika Bhattacharya


Rwitwika is the CEO of 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 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.

Uma Bhattacharya


Uma Bhattacharya, Trustee at Swaniti Initiative, a serial entreprenuer. She has over three decades of experience in running and managing a host of businesses in the automobile and entertainment industry. She is a graduate of Loreto College, Kolkata.  At Swaniti she ensures the overall growth of Swaniti

Gaurav Bhattacharya

Research Director

Gaurav Bhattacharya is the Research Director at Swaniti and looks at various work regarding expenditure analysis of flagship schemes in GoI, research partnerships with State government, impact evaluations, etc. Prior to this, he was working at Niti Aayog, Government of India, in the Monitoring and Evaluation cell. His major skills and research interest are in the areas of impact evaluation, designing M & E frameworks, running and designing household surveys, etc. He has completed his master’s level of degree from the University of Oxford and since then has been working in the development space, primarily in the context of rural India.

Kisslay Anand

State Program Manager

Kisslay is a Research Associate at Swaniti. His expertise lies in Expenditure Analysis, Monitoring, Evaluation, WASH, Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Development. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Development Studies from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and a Bachelor in Computer Engineering from Savitribai Phule Pune University. Prior to joining Swaniti, he has worked with the National Institute of Urban Affairs where he was involved in coordination and management for effective implementation of Solid Waste Management Exposure Workshops for the Urban Local Bodies in India among other projects.

Devanshi Singh

Senior Analyst

Devanshi Singh is a Senior Analyst in the Research Team at Swaniti. Her main focus at Swaniti is looking into research on  Monitoring and Evaluation, Expenditure Analysis and Household research. She holds a B.A Honors degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and an M.A degree in Development and Labor Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her masters’ dissertation focused on reforming funding and financing of the Technical Vocational Education and Training system in India and exploring the Public-Private Partnership model for financing.

Chetanaya Sawhney

State Program Manager

Chetanaya Sawhney is a State Project Manager for Jharkhand State project, at Swaniti. He supervises the team working in Directorate of Horticulture and Department of Labour, Employment and Training, Government of Jharkhand. He comes from an engineering background, with a postgraduate degree in Renewable Energy from Loughborough University, UK, with specialization in Grid Integration and Distributed Generation from, University of Zaragoza, Spain and has worked as a Wind Data Analyst, in Project Engineering Department with DNV GL Energy, Zaragoza,

Yashasvini Mathur

Senior Analyst

Yashasvini is a communications analyst at Swaniti. She is responsible for conceptualizing, executing, managing and leading quality advocacy and communication programs for both Swaniti and its partner organizations. Along with this, she also carries out quantitative research, data analysis, visualizations, etc. to develop insights for Swaniti’s data platform as well as for select projects for Parliamentarians across the country. She was previously a multimedia journalist and holds a degree in Multi-Media and Mass Communication from Delhi University.

Namita Gupta

Policy Associate

Namita is a Policy Analyst at Swaniti, where she provides support to Members of Parliament through research and policy briefs. She also aids the outreach with Parliamentarians and civil society organisations. She has graduated with a B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and has previously worked in short engagements in the areas of local governance laws, transgender rights and menstrual hygiene. 

Shruti Slaria

Policy Analyst

Shruti is a Policy Analyst with Swaniti, where she works with both the Research and Policy team. Her work includes providing technical assistance on projects, designing M&E frameworks, analyzing government schemes and policies, and preparing briefs for parliamentarians and for wider information dissemination. She completed her bachelor’s degree from Lady Shri Ram College and holds a master’s in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a master’s in Public Policy from Sciences Po, Paris. Shruti has worked with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Centre National de la Research Scientifique (CNRS) in the past.

Roshni Sekhar


Roshni Sekhar is an analyst with the Research team at Swaniti. Her focus areas include MP engagement, Policy and Budget analysis.
She holds a Bachelors with Triple Major in Political Science, Economics and Sociology from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. She has also worked with Mr Dinesh Trivedi as a LAMP fellow. During her tenure, she researched on areas including Finance, Women and Child Development, Farmers’ Distress and Railways and raised it through multiple parliamentary interventions.

Sachindra Sahu

Data & Policy Associate

Sachindra Sahu is a Data & Policy Associate at Swaniti who primarily focuses on analyzing data sets, identifying trends and generating insights to support state governments and parliamentarians in designing effective policy. He also assists in developing Jaano India, Swaniti’s civic-engagement data platform. Previously, he worked as a Senior Analyst in Capillary Technologies, a market leader in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) domain. He holds a bachelor’s degree from NIT-Bhopal and is a Young India Fellow from Ashoka University.

Ankit Raj

Talent Manager

Ankit is a Talent Manager at Swaniti. His experience includes working with Public Education System and Decentralized Governance Systems at both the ground level and at national level. He has been a Gandhi Fellow. He was also in NIRDPR, Government of India as Project Associate for the National Project Monitoring Unit and has also worked as a Governance Consultant to Vision India Foundation New Delhi. He has been recognized as ‘Changemaker’ by Global Action on Poverty. Due to his keen interest in foreign policy, he was invited as a speaker at the India China Youth Dialogue 2018 at the Chinese Embassy in India. He strongly believes in the principle of Be and Make given by Swami Vivekanand.