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


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.

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 Initiative.

Priyanka Yadav

Director (Operations)

Priyanka heads operations at Swaniti. As manager at Swaniti her role focuses on ensuring the successful role out of flagship programs such as SPARC and other data-driven missions across backward regions of India. She has been active in the development space for close to seven years and has worked in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Previously, she was a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow in Chhattisgarh. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology from University of Delhi.

Shreya Ramann


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.

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.


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. 

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. 

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.

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

Aditya Unnikirshnan


Aditya is an Associate at Swaniti, and is responsible for providing Parliamentarians with research products and policy support. He is a member of the policy 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. 

Neha Mallick

Policy 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.

Parmanand Jha

Account Manager