MEET OUR PEOPLE

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

Uma Bhattacharya

Trustee

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.

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. neha.m@swaniti.in

Aditya Unnikrishnan

Associate

Aditya is an Associate at Swaniti, and provides Parliamentarians with research products and policy support. He also helps facilitate 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 its implications for an understanding of the State. aditya.u@swaniti.in 

Yashasvini Mathur

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. yashasvini.m@swaniti.in

 

 

Kunal Munjal

Senior Policy Analyst

Kunal Munjal is a Senior Analyst at Swaniti and is responsible for providing policy direction to a network of NGOs with direct field-engagement, research and outreach activities with government officials. He also develops project proposals and provides technical research assistance to parliamentarians. He holds a Bachelor’s in Social Work with specialization in Rural Development from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and holds a Masters in Public Policy from NLSIU, Bengaluru. His dissertation focused on the peasant struggles, agrarian distress and state agricultural policies. kunal.m@swaniti.in

Ishaan Bamba

Senior Policy Analyst

Ishaan Bamba is a policy analyst at Swaniti who is tasked with providing on-ground field research and active policy support to NGO Networks to enhance their capacity for policy engagement. Along with this, he delivers qualitative and quantitative research for assisting the policy team.  He graduated with a B.A. LLB (Hons.) from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi and holds a Masters in Public Policy from National Law School of India University, Bengaluru. His Master’s dissertation centered on the issues of juvenile crime, substance abuse, and juvenile justice in Delhi. ishan.b@swaniti.in

Namita Gupta

Policy Analyst

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. 

Mehar Jauhar

Policy Analyst

Mehar is a Policy Analyst responsible for aiding outreach to the Parliamentarians, providing them with in-depth research support and providing technical research assistance to Parliamentarian platforms and civil society organisations. She graduated from the University of Delhi with a Bachelors in Management Studies and her interest in the field of policy stems from short engagements with NITI Aayog and thinks tanks working in the field of foreign policy. With a keen interest in the space of post-conflict development, her aim is to facilitate platforms engaged in sustainable peace-building efforts for holistic growth of societies recovering from conflict.

Kisslay Anand

Research Associate

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. 

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. sachindra.s@swaniti.in

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. gaurav.b@swaniti.in

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. devanshi.s@swaniti.in

Preethi Niharika

Senior Associate

Preethi is currently working as a Research Associate for Swaniti’s Flagship Program, SPARC, which provides on-ground support to Parliamentarians across the country. 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 a deep interest in working in  local governance. preethi.n@swaniti.in 

Aparajita Singh

Program Manager

Aparajita Singh is a Business Graduate from IIM Lucknow and has been working across research, implementation and program management. She is currently leading a program with United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in collaboration with Swaniti Initiative for enhancing reach of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) schemes in North East India. Previously she has collaborated with stakeholders like Chhattisgarh IT Department, Odisha Government, Tata Trusts, Nationals Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) etc. on program planning and implementation.    aparajita.s@swaniti.in

Rajat S. Mukherjee

Senior Manager

Rajat Shubhro Mukherjee currently manages Swaniti and UNCDF’s project for Strengthening DBT Schemes in Tripura. As a Senior Manager he is responsible for leading the project at the state level. Rajat is an LL.B. from Lucknow University. He also has an M.A. in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and a degree of Master of Public Administration from the University of Nottingham. Rajat specialises in research, project management, financial inclusion, government reforms, and public policy. rajat.m@swaniti.in

Pushkar Prasun

Manipur Team Lead

Pukshkar Prasun is Manipur’s Team Lead at Swaniti and is currently working on a UNCDF project to strengthen DBT schemes in the state of Manipur. He has previously also been a SPARC Associate with Mr. Chirag Paswan, a Lok Sabha MP, under Swaniti. Pushkar has graduated from BITS Pilani with a degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in companies such as Flipkart, Tracxn and Capillary Technologies in the Business Analytics and Market Research domain. pushkar.p@swaniti.in  

Vishesha Khemka

Growth and Strategy Manager

Vishesha leads the growth and strategy for international projects at Swaniti. She was also part of the management team for SPARC Program. 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. vishesha.k@swaniti.in

Shilpi Thakur

Lead, DMFT PMUs

Shilpi leads the government partnership projects at Swaniti. She has been working on program management and implementation. She is currently leading our DMFT PMUs in Jharkhand. Previously, she has worked with the District Administration in Ramgarh on program planning and implementation. She is a Graduate in Chemical Engineering from VTU and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Liberal Studies from Ashoka University. shilpi.t.pmu@swaniti.in

Parma Nand Jha

Accounts Manager

Roshini Sekhar

Analyst

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