MEET OUR PEOPLE

Rwitwika Bhattacharya

Founder/CEO

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.

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.

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

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. yashasvini.m@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

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. ankit.r@swaniti.in

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

Madhav Rangrass

Senior Analyst

Madhav Rangrass is a Senior Analyst in the Research Team at Swaniti. He analyses the legal aspects of policies and schemes introduced by the government, and is interested in studying, designing, and running household level surveys across India. He holds a B.A. LL.B. degree from Jindal Global Law School. Prior to joining Swaniti he has worked at Trilegal, a law firm headquartered in Mumbai, where he was part of the Private Equity and M&A practice and worked on multiple foreign direct investments in India.

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