UNITED WAY MUMBAI TEAM



Aditi Srivastava
Deputy Manager - Workplace Campaigns

Aditi Srivastava

Aditi is a graduate in Biotechnology and post graduate in Environmental Sciences. The major part of her work experience of two and a half years consisted of setting-up an environmental consultancy with a small team.

She is a strong believer in positive thinking. Other mood upliftment techniques that she uses are reading novels and dancing.

Aishwarya Iyer
Coordinator - Community Investment

Aishwarya Iyer

Aishwarya has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai. Passionate about improving the education of underprivileged children, she worked as a Teach for India Fellow in a government school in Mumbai, where she taught and mentored a class of elementary students for two years. She believes it is the responsibility of every citizen to contribute to the welfare of the society they live in. In her free time, Aishwarya enjoys reading, colouring and watching movies.

Ajay Govale
Vice President, Community Impact

Ajay Govale

Ajay joined United Way in June 2007. He earned a Master's in Social Work from TISS, Mumbai, specializing in in Urban and Rural Community Development, after graduating from College of Social Work - Nirmala Niketan. His core areas of expertise include program development, multi-stakeholder partnership management and community participation. Ajay heads the Community Impact initiatives of UWM and has been actively associated with initiatives such as: Mission Mangroves, United for Road Safety, Youth for A Healthy Mumbai campaign, Third Party Audit of Clean-up Mumbai campaign of MCGM, etc.

He is keenly interested in community based disaster management, environment and civic issues. Ajay is also part of the Visiting Faculty for Emergency Response Management at NMIMS.

Amruta Pendse
Coordinator - Community Impact

Amruta Pendse

Amruta has a Masters degree from the University of Mumbai and a Don Bosco’s Advanced Diploma in Counselling Psychology. She prior working experience as a Counselling Psychologist and Project Coordinator, where she assessed and counselled individuals suffering from psychological distress, mainly from underprivileged communities, children in conflict with law and children in need for care and protection and field-level coordination. Amruta has also conducted various sessions and workshops based on sexual and reproductive health, stress management and parenting skills. Apart from that she has also worked as a Programme Manager with a non-profit organization where she helped with the management and monitoring of various programmes.

Amruta's key strengths are dealing with psychological distress, effective interpersonal communication, strategic planning, stakeholder management.

Anil Parmar
Vice President - Community Investment

Anil Parmar

Anil joined UWM in 2008 and has wide-ranging experience in programme designing, management, monitoring and evaluation, impact assessment and reporting. He has worked extensively with the government in public-private partnerships for projects on betterment of community health services, civic awareness and the environment. He has keen interest in demonstrating visible community impact through a multi-stakeholder approach — including government, NGOs, corporate partners and community stakeholders. Anil has an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS, Mumbai; is a post graduate from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan and leads the Community Investment projects team at United Way Mumbai.

Anil has penned research papers on various community health issues. An avid development professional, he is passionate about implementing and scaling high impact projects and pragmatic public advocacy on health and education issues affecting communities.

Avijit Chakrovorty
Manager - Campaigns

Avijit Chakrovorty

Avijit joined United Way Mumbai in 2015. He has a bachelors degree in Business Administration. At United Way Mumbai, he handles various projects in the campaigns department and oversees the communications department. Before joining the development sector, Avijit worked in the corporate industry for over seven years. He is a seasoned professional with experience in B2B and B2C Marketing and Communications. Much of his work has involved identifying and developing strategic alliances and partnerships as a core marketing strategy and holistic engagement in ATL/BTL activations, visual merchandising, corporate communication and media planning/public relations activities. He has helped develop unique dimensions and concept-synergistic brand campaigns and ample exposure to commendable tie-ups across verticals and with diverse brands ranging from FMCG to airlines, media, and more.

He is a travel enthusiast and a photo hobbyist. He loves trekking and running marathons and finds comfort in the company of animals.

Bikesh Singh
Assistant Manager- Accounts

Bikesh Singh

Bikesh is a post-graduate from Mumbai University. He also completed a diploma in tax and financial management from the Welingkar Institute of Management. Before joining UWM, Bikesh was working in Ambuja Cement Foundation for six years as an officer – finance and accounts. He has an experience of 10+ years in the areas of finance, accounts, audit, and compliance department.

Bikesh is innovative and one among those who keep looking something challenging to do. Apart from this he enjoys playing cricket, singing & travelling.

Christina Kinny
Deputy Manager – Corporate Grants

Christina Kinny

Christina believes in learning from various sectors, which led her to pursue a B.A. in Economics and Sociology and a Master's in Social Work from the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan. She has been extensively associated with the development sector since 2012. Prior to joining UWM, she worked with Under The Mango Tree Society; a social enterprise that focused on building livelihood opportunities for marginal farmers through indigenous beekeeping. After a 3 year stint there, she went on to head CSR at Mastek Group's Mastek Foundation, where she contributed to their CSR policies, developed NGO incubation models and partnership strategies.

Christina is a gymnastics enthusiast and loves writing and studying regional cuisines.

Clifford D’costa
Deputy Manager - Corporate Partnerships

Clifford D’costa

Clifford has been born and brought up in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and has resided in Mumbai since 2012. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad and a Master's in Social Work from the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan. His work experience includes Resource Mobilization, Monitoring and Evaluation, Program Management & Implementation. Prior to joining United Way Mumbai, Clifford worked with a Network-based Organization as a Social Sector Consultant.

Clifford is a keen traveller and enjoys music.

Cyril Gaikwad
Coordinator - Community Impact

Cyril Gaikwad

Cyril holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Wilson College and a Master's in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan, where his research paper focused on the 'Katkari Tribe'. Alongside his Master's, he interned with Sarva Vikas Deep, which works for the betterment of the tribal community. His second internship was with Snehasadan, an NGO working with Street Children. He has also served with the Child Welfare Committee (pan Mumbai) and done research on Child Welfare Committees. Cyril's experience in the field of tribal welfare also includes a month long internship with the “Bodo” Community in Assam.

He enjoys working closely in communities and is good at mobilising them. He is also well versed in liaising and building a rapport with stakeholders and networking. Cyril's hobbies comprise photography and travel. He is also a keen sportsman and plays Cricket and practices mixed Martial Arts.

Dipti Parkar
Admin Coordinator

Dipti Parkar

Dipti is a graduate in Political Science and has a post graduate degree in Business Administration. Dipti is a self motivated individual and depends on positive thinking to counter challenges that she faces. She enjoys exploring new opportunities as she believes that it will bring out the best in her. Dipti employs reading, dancing and playing kabaddi as mood upliftment techniques. She feels United Way of Mumbai has a lot to offer her with regards to her personal and professional growth.

Dr. Mukesh Mohode
Manager - Community Investments

Dr. Mukesh Mohode

Mukesh is a Public Health professional with a Master's in Public Health, specialising in Health Policy, Economics and Finance, from Tata institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He is keenly interested in the Social Sciences and social welfare schemes and has contributed at various platforms committed to making a valuable change in the society. He has previously worked closely with government organisations, consultancies and NGOs in the issue of convergence of health systems and communities.

George J Aikara
Chief Executive Officer

George J Aikara

George joined United Way Mumbai In April 2011. He has a management degree from SIBM, Pune and has previously worked in sales and marketing positions in India and supply chain operations internationally.

Prior to joining UWM he was based in Africa handling among other functions, CSR initiatives, forming strategic developmental alliances with international stakeholders, and forming self-help groups among agri communities. He has a strong interest and inclination towards furthering philanthropy, sustainable community initiatives and organizations supporting the development of social enterprises. George is also a United Way Worldwide global fellow.

Gopika R Pillai
Executive - Community Impact

Gopika R Pillai

Gopika has completed her post-graduation in Social work from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai. Before joining United Way Mumbai, she worked in the NGO field for three years in various community development projects.

Gopika is ambitious and creative. She loves to dance and never neglect any opportunity coming her way for improvement.

Impana Shenoy
Associate Consultant - Impact Assessment

Impana Shenoy

Impana believes in holistic, integrated and collaborative efforts towards social change. She pursued her Bachelors in Social Work from College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan and M.A. in Development from Azim Premji University. She brings her diverse experience from working with varied stakeholders like children, women, informal sector worker and tribal communities. She is interested in Strategy development, Research and Monitoring of projects to ensure dynamic and need-based interventions.

Impana loves reading and cooking in her spare time and enjoys exploring different spaces and communities.

Indhu Kotiyan
Coordinator - Communications

Indhu Kotiyan

Indhu holds a Bachelor's degree in Mass Media and has been part of various internships in the social sector, beginning with an NGO working with animals, where she honed her photography skills. Indhu has also interned at a politics focused Non-Profit named MumbaiVotes.com. In addition, she has tried her hand at freelance event photography, graphic designing and communications. She worked in an NGO named Sahaara Charitable Society as an Assistant Manager - Communications before joining UWM.

She loves singing and jamming and is a member of 2 bands in Mumbai and Hyderabad. But exploring new Designing techniques and Cooking are her favourite pastimes.

Ishita Vora
Associate Cosultant - Workplace Campaigns

Ishita Vora

Ishita has been involved in the social sector since she was just 15 years old. For 8 years now, she has been associated with the Rotaract organisation in Mumbai, having been president and playing an integral part of initiating the sports aspect of the organisation.She has also previously worked for a year with an NGO that aims to help male, female and transgender sex workers.

Ishita holds an MSc in Sustainability and Management from the University of Bath. She believe the social sector is a budding sector and finds it interesting to grow along with it. In her lay time, she is a YouTube junkie, Twitter surfer, nail art lover and practises Latin and Ballroom dancing.

Jasmine Kaur Lotey
Executive - Community Investment

Jasmine Kaur Lotey

Jasmine has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology. Passionate about mental health and social good. She loves working with children and volunteered at a non-profit in the education sector for three years.

In her free time, she enjoys engaging in different forms of art. She also loves playing with her four-legged friend. She is thrilled to be a part of United Way Mumbai!

Joslin Antony
Coordinator, Community Impact

Joslin Antony

Joslin has a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Wilson College and a Masters in Social Work (2016) from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work. Thereafter, she joined Navnirmiti Eduquality Foundation (NEF) for a year as an Operational Manager for Educational Services & Community Development.

Joslin has interned in organizations like Praja Foundation and Majlis for a year each, while pursing her MSW. Apart from this she enjoys dancing and travelling and loves to binge watch her favourite shows as often as she can.

Kanchan Awate
Deputy Manager - Community Impact

Kanchan Awate

Kanchan is a Physics graduate from Mumbai University. In 2007, she started working with the Indian Red Cross as an Admin Executive and eventually rose to the position of Program Manager. Initially, Kanchan worked for Red Cross' "Restoring Family Links" project and later, led their "Disaster Risk Reduction" program as well as a livelihood project in the Naxal affected area of Gadchiroli. Kanchan is a regular trekker since her college days & a member of a group called Unnecessary Hikers.

Karan Desai
Coordinator- Community Impact

Karan Desai

Karan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Automobile Engineering from Pillai’s College of Engineering. After completing his BE, Karan joined Green Earth Translogistics Pvt. Ltd. a company focused on road safety, where he worked for 2 years and developed a passion for making people’s life happier by making roads safer.

His hobbies include travelling, bodybuilding and riding motorcycles. He is also a keen sportsperson and has played for the Thane city cricket team.

Karishma Lokhandwala
Coordinator - Commuity Impact

Karishma Lokhandwala

Karishma holds a Master's Degree in Environmental Science and worked as Assistant Coordinator for the Alliance of Indian Waste pickers with Stree Mukti Sanghatana, a Mumbai-based NGO working for women's liberation. As a Gandhi Fellow, Karishma has experience in change management and she also has experience in working in the socio-environmental education space. She enjoys working with NGO's dealing with empathy, mental health and socio-impactful sustainable solutions for the environment and the development sector.

Her hobbies include engaging in drawing, spiritual music, composing Shayari and playing Badminton.

Krutika Patil
Executive - Community Investment

Krutika Patil

Krutika holds a Masters degree in Health and Hospital Management from D Y Patil University, Navi Mumbai. Before United Way Mumbai, she volunteered in organizing various health conferences and camps across the city.

Krutika is passionate about helping people and desires to work towards the betterment of society and people. She is very fond of trying new things. In her free time, she loves to swim, paint, and watch stand-up comedy.

Manali Bhavsar
Coordinator - Corporate Partnerships

Manali Bhavsar

Manali holds a Masters's degree in Extension Education from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. She has 10 years of experience in the development sector, working in the fields of hunger, land rights, leadership, gender, education, governance, livelihood, life skills for adolescents, and value education. Manali’s core areas of experience are in program management, planning, preparing training modules, budgets, reports, newsletters, case studies, grant proposals, managing relationships with stakeholders in government as well as the private sector.

Prior to joining UWM, Manali worked with organizations like UNICEF, ISRO, and Rise Against Hunger India. She loves interacting with people and outside work she enjoys singing, watching movies, and cooking.

Manashree Mantri
Manager - Community Impact

Manashree Mantri

Manashree is a Home-Science graduate with specialisation in Early Childhood Development, from SNDT University. She completed her Master's in Social work from the College Of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan.

Her years of experience in Project Implementation include training several frontline health workers on maternal and newborn health. Her pastimes include reading and spending time with her family.

Meghna Ray
Coordinator - Investor Relations

Meghna Ray

Meghna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai and an LL.B. from Delhi University. After a short stint working with the Corporate Finance team in Deloitte, she moved to the development sector. She is passionate about animal welfare and education.

Meghna is an avid collector of stationery. She loves to paint and play with her four-legged friends in her free time.

Mitali Mutta
Executive- Community Impact

Mitali Mutta

Mitali hails from Vadodara, Gujarat. She completed her education from M.S.University. She is a very hopeful person and absolutely fond of travelling amidst nature. In her free time, she like taking a stroll along with mild music.

Mukesh Dev
Manager - Jal Sanjeevani, Community Impact

Mukesh Dev

Mukesh completed his M.Tech in 2012, having specialized in Soil and Water conservation Engineering. He was soon recruited for the Madhya Pradesh government's IWMP (Integrated Watershed Management Programme). His scope of work involved executing technical planning, coordinating with various stakeholders and supervising the construction of various structures, like stop dams, gabion, pond, percolation tanks etc. His project was placed 3rd in the Government of India "River Revival Project".

Mukesh enjoys reading and writing poetry.

Nandita Narvekar
Manager, Workplace Campaigns

Nandita Narvekar

Nandita started her journey at United Way of Mumbai in April 2013 after finishing her MA in Human Resource Management from University of Westminster, London. Prior to that, she worked in an executive search firm for eighteen months in Mumbai. She has completed her Bachelor's in Management Studies from H. R. College of Commerce and Economics.

During her under graduate years, she realized her inclination towards the social causes, and consequently worked on several projects addressing the issues related to women and youth empowerment, education for underprivileged and lack of electricity in rural India. At United Way of Mumbai, Nandita works for Corporate Partnerships, specifically focusing on Workplace Campaigns. Nandita's areas of interest lie in employee engagement through skill development initiative in education, livelihood and woman empowerment as she believes a professional can always impart skills and knowledge that they possess.

Natasha Albuquerque
Manager - Donor Relations

Natasha Albuquerque

Natasha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and a Post Graduate Certificate in Development Management from the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research. She has worked for 11 years with a child rights non-profit organization, which provided education to children from urban and tribal marginalized communities, handling Donor Relations, Finance and Administration.

Natasha's key focus has been conceptualizing and implementing strategies for resource mobilization and communications. She has handled all aspects of fundraising – identification, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and engagement. Natasha is a librocubicularist and is keenly interested in Art and Craft.

Nikhil Tambe
Office Assistant

Nikhil Tambe

Nikhil has been with United Way since November 2015, in the capacity of Office Assistant. Nikhil is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University. His main interest lies in photography.

Pooja Shinde
Asst. Manager - Community Impact

Pooja Shinde

Pooja holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Technology and is experienced in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, community-based surveys, data analysis, report writing, and building collaborative networks. She is passionate about community empowerment and conservation, having worked with frontline forest staff deployed in Protected Areas around Central India for their preventive healthcare project to address on-field health issues and emergency trauma management training for the frontline forest staff. Pooja has also worked with scheduled tribe and nomadic pastoral communities of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan, on a community-based renewable energy management project.

When she's not at work, she likes to spend her time writing poetry and exploring the city or can be found captivated in the cinematic universe and obsessing over the latest film she watched.

Pooja Talekar
Coordinator - Community Impact

Pooja Talekar

Pooja has been born and brought up in Mumbai; holds a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and a Master’s in Environmental Science from B.N. Bandodkar college, Thane. Prior to United Way Mumbai, she worked with Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd for the Environmental Engineering Services department.

Pooja is passionate about the environment with a fondness for turtles and keen interest in sustainability, environmental protection and environmental awareness. She is very fond of turtles. In her free time, she loves to doodle. Her hobbies comprise nature photography, organic gardening, travelling and reading.

Poonam Wadke
Manager, Accounts

Poonam Wadke

Poonam graduated from Mumbai University. She also studied GIC and GDCA. Poonam has worked in the accounts department for over fifteen years. She joined UWM in October 2009 as the accounts manager. In her free time, she enjoys coaching her daughter's little league games & cooking.

Prachi Nautiyal
Vice President, Corporate Partnerships

Prachi Nautiyal

Prachi Nautiyal joined United Way in 2013. She heads the Corporate Partnerships department. She comes with experience in the development sector in the key areas of program planning and implementation, resource mobilisation, grant management in CSR. Over the years, her key focus has been in the areas of women's studies, geriatrics, early child development and education, and developing and testing modules in the area of sustainable livelihoods through cluster based approaches & self-help groups in non-agricultural livelihood in India.

Prachi has worked extensively with the government in public- private partnerships, with multilateral funding organisations in the areas of fund raising, Research, program planning & implementation, monitoring and review of field programs and has written research papers in gender studies. Prachi holds a Master's degree in Linguistics from Delhi University & is a Post Graduate in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Preethu Prasannakumar
Coordinator- Community Investment

Preethu Prasannakumar

Preethu completed her Master's degree in Public health from IIHMR. Before joining UWM, she worked with Care India as a District MLE Officer. Her keen interest lies in Public health and animal welfare. She started her career at Abeer Educity as a senior executive, where Preethu was responsible for hospital planning and accreditation work.

She loves to spend her free time travelling, cooking and painting.

Priyanka Jadhav
Coordinator - Community Impact

Priyanka Jadhav

Priyanka holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from SNDT University. In addition to her Master's degree, she pursued an Industrial Relations and Labour Law course from Welingkar Institute of Management. Priyanka has 5 years of experience in the development sector, working in the fields of health, child rights and life skills education.

Priyanka's motto for success is, “You can never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete”.

Puja Roongta
Senior Manager - Corporate Partnerships

Puja Roongta

Puja was born and brought up in Kolkata and has been staying in Mumbai since 2006. She completed her professional education from Kolkata with an MSc (Economics) and MBA in Finance. She began her career in the financial sector where she has worked with companies such as Shriram City Union Finance, Apeejay Securities and B&K Securities. Simultaneously, she also volunteered with The Akanksha Foundation and Rang De and became aware of her passion for community service and made a shift to the development sector. Puja joined The Akanksha Foundation as a manager heading their program, Beyond Academics.

On the personal front, Puja loves to travel and explore new places, interacting with people.

Rahul Koyalkar
Coordinator - Finance

Rahul Koyalkar

Rahul has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Studies (specialisation in Finance) from Siddharth College of Commerce & Economics. Alongside pursuing his graduation, he interned at The Akanksha Foundation with their Finance team. He enjoyed the work as he likes the environment of the development sector.

In his spare time, Rahul listens to music and is a huge fan of Netflix.

Rakesh Gamare
Coordinator - Community Investments

Rakesh Gamare

Rakesh has a Master's degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, specialising in Children and Family. Prior to this,he had experienced working with tribal children on the issue of education; the happiness which it gave him led to his decision to pursue a degree in Social Work.

His fieldwork also includes working with the 'Gorai Macchimar Sahakari Sanstha' where he worked as a community developer in a team organising health camps and creating awareness about the Tribal Scheme. His past work with YUVA saw him take up work that was community based as well as concerned with child rights. For rural practicum Rakesh worked with Society for Participatory Action and Reflection (SPAR), Jharkhand, to understand rural poverty and inequality. His thesis was on 'Success Stories of Street Living Children'. His aim is to be a part of the Social Work process to contribute to community well-being.

Ravindra Arwel
Manager - Community Impact

Ravindra Arwel

Ravindra holds a Post Graduate's degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has over a decade's experience in the development sector, with managerial positions in CRY, Naandi Foundation and Tata Power Community Development Trust. Ravindra's core areas of experience are in project management, intervention design and implementation, working with various Government Departments, team management, etc. His work involved helping define strategies for programme effectiveness at both individual and group levels, for maximum impact.

Ravindra enjoys travel, reading and photography.

Renuka Birgodiya
Coordinator - Community Investments

Renuka Birgodiya

Renuka hails from Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. She has an M.Sc. in Chemistry from DAVV, Indore and a B.Sc. in Biotechnology. She also holds a Diploma in Nutrition and Health Education from IGNOU. Additionally she has completed the Avantha Nutrition fellowship program of Avantha Foundation in Melghat, Maharashtra. She has been an SBI Youth For India Fellow, for which she was associated with Aga Khan Rural Support Program India (AKRSPI), in Bihar.

Renuka enjoys reading fiction, travelling and watching movies in her spare time

Rohit Dalvi
Executive - Community Impact

Rohit Dalvi

Rohit has a Bachelor’s degree in Automobile Engineering from Pillai College of Engineering, Mumbai. After completing B.E. Rohit was working with the road safety department in Green Earth Translogistics Pvt. Ltd. for nearly three years. During this, he recognised his ability to help people has increased.

Rohit is a self-motivated individual and believes in never giving up on anything. In his free time, Rohit enjoys gymming, reading books, weekend-long motorcycle rides, and recently developed a new hobby of trekking.

Sahej Mantri
Senior Manager - Campaigns

Sahej Mantri

Sahej has worked as a journalist for two years before starting his development journey through a volunteering assignment in Cambodia. Upon returning to India, Sahej took up an opportunity to work for Gram Vikas, a rural development NGO working in Odisha, coordinating the monitoring and evaluation of sanitation projects. After a short stint with a crowdfunding website, in January 2015, Sahej started a nonprofit called Agasti to work in urban sanitation space. There he designed, built or renovated over 30 public toilets for four urban local bodies and the Indian Railways. Agasti has won a few prestigious national awards for design, making an environmentally conscious structure, and innovations in public washrooms. At United Way Mumbai, Sahej leads the Campaigns team that manages digital fundraising platforms like the Tata Mumbai Marathon and Monthly Giving.

Sahej has a bachelor's degree from Mumbai University in Mass Media and an MBA from the Indian School of Business.

Sameera Lilani
Coordinator - Finance and Admin

Sameera Lilani

Sameera holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce with a specialization in Accounting and Finance from Mumbai University. She has over 14 years of experience in the field of Accounting and Finance. Her core work includes handling accounts of various projects, budgeting, handling audits, Cash Flow Management, Data Management and maintaining MIS Reports.

Before United Way Mumbai, Sameera worked with organizations like The Diamond Jubilee Trust - community trust of Aga Khan Development Network, Utkarsh Global Foundation and ICDS - MWCD, Maharashtra State. She is fond of dogs and loves to travel around places close to nature. In her free time, she likes to reading and listening to music.

Sanaa Shaikh
Vice President, Investor Relations

Sanaa Shaikh

Sanaa joined United Way of Mumbai in 2015. She has a postgraduate degree in Human Development, a diploma in Youth Development Work, and a certificate in Guidance and Counselling. At United Way Mumbai, she leads CSR advisory, resource mobilization, donor relations, and community relations. This includes project and proposal design, sector mapping, and diligence of NGO partners.

Prior to joining United Way, Sanaa was the Chief Operating Officer of a Mumbai based non-profit organization working with children from marginalized communities. She has led a team of 200 staff and worked across a wide range of functions including Donor Relations, HR, Education, and Community Work. She has designed and led projects in school adoption, public-private partnership, remedial education, counseling, early childhood education, and teacher training. Her experience includes grassroots level work in municipal schools of Mumbai and tribal communities in Maharashtra. She has a keen interest in child rights and has co-authored a book on Understanding Children’s Rights through the lens of the UN Convention on Rights of the Child.

Sancho Fernandes
Deputy Manager - Corporate Partnerships

Sancho Fernandes

Sancho is a post graduate from Mumbai and has been involved in community based initiatives for 5 years. He enjoys serving the community and empowering youth to build their lives and finds it a joy to partner in changing lives.

Prior to joining United Way Mumbai, Sancho worked for HOPE Foundation as a Program Manager, primarily responsible for implementing a health and education program. He enjoys reading and playing football, occasionally

Sandesh Pawar
Assistant Manager - Community Investment

Sandesh Pawar

Sandesh is a Commerce graduate and also holds an MBA in Human Resources. He has 12 years of experience in the training and development field. Before joining UWM, Sandesh worked for non-profit organizations like Future Sharp Skill Ltd, Yuva Parivartan, CAP Foundation, NIS Sparta.

Sandesh loves to read, travel, and learn new things during his spare time.

Satyam Palaspagar
Manager - Corporate Partnerships

Satyam Palaspagar

Satyam Palaspagar is a social sector professional with 11+ years' experience. He has previously worked with Mumbai's youth to promote the prevention of HIV/AIDS; a healthy lifestyle and voluntary blood donation. He has also been involved in projects to help needy people procure financial assistance for healthcare. Apart from this, he has focused on livelihood creation for the last 5 years, working with TRRAIN for persons with disability. Satyam enjoys reading and traveling.

Sayoni Shaoo
Deputy Manager - Community Relations

Sayoni Shaoo

Sayoni hails from Kolkata and moved to Mumbai recently. She is a development professional with over 5 years of experience working as Project Coordinator and Manager at distinguished NGOs in West Bengal. She earned a graduate's degree in English Literature, after which she decided to focus on working to benefit society and completed her Master's in Social Work. Sayoni is no stranger to working at the grass-root level for better implementation of determined programmes. She is an advocate of team work and thrives in a fast paced environment. Her last engagement was with Magic Bus India Foundation as a Cluster Manager in Kolkata. Sayoni is passionate about travelling, music and films.

Shailesh Bhutka
Coordinator - Community Investment

Shailesh Bhutka

Shailesh holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from P. D. Lions College; a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights from Indian Institute of Human Rights, Delhi and Masters in Social Work from the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan. His Master's thesis focused on 'Role of Support Group among Gays Living with HIV/AIDS', for which he was awarded an INDAL (Social Science) Junior Research Fellowship from the Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Prior to joining United Way, Shailesh worked with The Humsafar Trust, Child Help Foundation and Tata Consultancy Services. His interests include, starting and running various programs at community level. Outside of work, Shailesh enjoys travel and cooking.

Shailesh Wagle
Manager, Community Investment

Shailesh Wagle

Dr. Shailesh joined United Way of Mumbai in July 2015. He completed his graduation in Ayurveda, and has a master's degree in public health from Manipal University, specializing in environmental and occupational health. He also has a Certificate in Global Health from Maastricht University, Netherlands.

He began his career as a public health consultant focusing on urban health and climate change. At United Way of Mumbai he is a part of the community investment team and manages community health related projects. The first and only doctor of the United Way of Mumbai office, Shailesh has a keen interest in environmental health, climate change and the effect of physical environment on children and elderly. He also enjoys travelling and photography.

Shraddha Naik
Coordinator - Corporate Partnerships

Shraddha Naik

Shraddha is a graduate in Psychology and holds a Master's in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She is the recipient of several Best Student awards in college and was an active participant in the college's NSS activities. Here, she was exposed to various social causes and regularly volunteered for NGOs Akshara and Samaritans Mumbai. After securing her Master's Degree, Shraddha worked as an HR Executive for iCastx technologies, a media company. But her passion for working in the social sector led her to join UWM.

Shraddha is an avid Martial Artist, and has practiced traditional Karate for over 15 years. She is a certified official for Mixed Martial Arts Association of India and enjoys training, dancing and travelling alone. Being a keen sportsperson, she also counsels students who interested in sports.

Sumathi Shriram
Senior Manager - Finance & Accounts

Sumathi Shriram

Sumathi is a commerce graduate and has earned LLB (Gen) and C.A. Inter degrees as well. Her past work experience includes employment with Chartered Accountant firms and Non Government Organisations. She was motivated to join the United Way Mumbai team in order to enhance her professional skills and personal values, by being part of a change making organisation.

Suresh Mohite
Office Assistant

Suresh Mohite

Suresh is one of the oldest serving employees at UWM having been a part since the past 11 years and handles various backend chores. He is an avid fan of cricket and follows matches during his free time.

Swati Raghunathan
Deputy Manager, Communications

Swati Raghunathan

Swati has a Master's degree in English Literature and has previously worked in CSR with Johnson & Johnson, as well as, as a lecturer of English in S.I.E.S college. She has also pursued a PhD in the field of Queer Theory from the University of Tasmania (Australia). Prior to joining United Way, she worked in the capacity of a Media and Communications officer at Praja Foundation. She has a keen interest in the fields of LGBT rights and Education. Swati is a fanatical reader with interests ranging from poetry to children's literature and British History.

Tara Raghunath
Coordinator - Community Investment

Tara Raghunath

Tara has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from K.C. College and a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Leeds. Prior to joining United Way, Tara worked with Majlis Legal Centre, a legal NGO that provided socio-legal support to women and children who were victims of sexual and domestic violence.

Tara has a deep interest in working towards raising awareness at community level and helping to raise funds necessary to provide the community with education and health facilities. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, reading and trying different cuisines.

Tushar Warang
Coordinator - Community Impact

Tushar Warang

Tushar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies from Sant Gadge Maharaj College and a Master's in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan. At the time of his Master's, he interned with YUVA, working for community developement. He has also interned with Sadbhavana Sangh, which works in the area of citizens' rights. Tusgar has prepared the BMC Health Budget from the community of Shanti Nagar, Wadala and recorded a documentary on the understanding of the 74th Amendement Act. He is also experienced in working with the tribal community in Nandurbar.

Tushar is deeply interested in environment and civic issues. He enjoys travel and sports, especially Volleyball and Rocket Ball