MEET OUR PEOPLE
Chairman and Program LeadShantanu 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. email@example.com
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 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org