Board of Trustees
Nirbhay Jain
Nirbhay Jain
Founder & Chairman Emeritus
At the height of his corporate career as President of the Birla Group of Companies, Nirbhay Jain launched the NGO empowHER India, then known as SKS Chakshu Foundation, with the aim to improve the lives of those less fortunate. He worked tirelessly to channel social responsibility targets of the corporate sector and the more fortunate, determined to empower the less fortunate through education,...
Urmila Jain
Urmila Jain
Trustee
Urmila Jain has been the guiding force of empowHER India. She has spent over 20 years striving for the empowerment of people in the villages and underdeveloped rural areas of Panvel. She has been instrumental in bringing education, health, social welfare and other development initiatives to the people in these areas. Today, her abiding dedication and efforts have helped positively transform ...
Utsav Kapadia
Utsav Kapadia
Trustee
Utsav Kapadia is former managing director of Kaira Can Company Ltd., a leading manufacturer in the container industry. An IIT-Bombay alumni with a Masters in Industrial Metallurgy and Management Techniques and Welding Technology from the UK, he has used his over 30-year industrial and corporate business management experience to structure empowHER India’s operations from the grassroots level....
Varsha Jain
Varsha Jain
Trustee
Varsha Jain is former in-charge-principal, Premlila Vithaldas Polytechnic Mumbai (PV Polytechnic), 2010-2012. A qualified and trained educationist, Mrs. Jain has over 20 years experience in the field of education. She has been involved with empowHER India’s development activities in the villages of Panvel from its inception. Her ability to speak in Marathi helped the empowHER India connect with...
Shefali Kapadia
Shefali Kapadia
Trustee
Shefali Kapadia is a trained interior design professional from the New York School of Interior Design. She has also been a buyer and consultant in the home furnishings space for several international home furnishing stores. Ms. Kapadia leads the marketing, branding, communications, digital and social media platforms at empowHER India. Ms. Kapadia is also responsible for fund raising, working with...
Vishal Jain
Vishal Jain
Trustee
Vishal Jain has 20 years of global management consulting experience with McKinsey and with Bridge Strategy Group. As a management consultant he has worked for some of the largest companies in the world helping them on issues related to strategic direction, operational excellence and organisational alignment. He now runs a niche insurance BPO with offices in Bangalore and Pune that provide services...
Advisory Board
Paras Chowdhary
Paras Chowdhary
Member – Advisory Board
Armed with a degree in physics from the prestigious St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, Chowdhary has spearheaded some of the biggest companies in India including Apollo Tyres, RPG Group and CEAT tyres. In 2013, he decided to retire from active corporate life and settle down in Pune. He continues to give direction and shape the way ahead for CEAT, Philips Carbon and a few other companies of the RPG Group....
Sanjiv Anand
Sanjiv Anand
Member – Advisory Board
Sanjiv Anand is managing director, Cedar Consulting, a leading and award-winning global management and information technology consulting firm with 15 offices globally. A Harvard Business School and Stern Graduate School of Business alumni, Anand has over 30 years of management consulting experience across the globe. He has been instrumental in developing strategy for US telecom and electronic...
Sushil Kumar Jiwarajka
Sushil Kumar Jiwarajka
Member – Advisory Board
Sushil Kumar Jiwarajka is a prominent industrialist and chairman of Artheon Group of companies and chairman and managing director of Essjay Ericsson Pvt. Ltd. having business interests in telecom, renewable energy and e-commerce. He has been chairman, FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), WRC (2000-March 2014), chairman, Indo-Arab Chamber of Commerce and Industry...
Anandi Vangal
Anandi Vangal
Director – Education
After 25 years as an educator in Indian urban and international schools, Anandi Vangal joined the Rakesh Jain Secondary School with a mission to upgrade the institute and bring it into the 21st century. Her vision is that the future of India lies in the rural sector and to bring them into today’s times, students must be taught technical and modern education while keeping their inherent and indigenous...
Saif Shehabi and Rashida Shehabi
Saif Shehabi and
Rashida Shehabi

Volunteer IT service providers, empowHER India
Saif, a software engineer, and Rashida, a dietitian, have been running their IT consulting firm, Graficali successfully since the past 20 years. Saif believes that software is an art and treats each client's problem as a canvas to paint a software solution on it. Rashida brings in the required creativity to not only give a good look and feel to that software solution but to enhance it with the required user experience....
Team
Anamara Baig
Anamara Baig
CEO, empowHER India
Anamara Baig has over 9 years’ experience in program implementation, donor management and business development. She is the former Head of Donor Management at Pratham Education Foundation, one of the largest non-­-profit organizations in India working in the Education and Skill Development space. She firmly believes that solutions should be evidence based, scalable and easily replicable. During her...
Annie Cardoz
Annie Cardoz
Programs Manager- Donor Management
Annie Cardoz has an international experience of 2 years and national work experience of 4 years in the social field. She has completed her Bachelors in Forensic Science from the Institute of Forensic Science, Mumbai India and has a Master’s degree in Criminology from Bond University. She has been associated to the Australian Red Cross, a mentor at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) ...
Bhakti Mehta Khatri
Bhakti Mehta Khatri
Program Manager Marketing & Communications
Bhakti Mehta Khatri has over 7 years of communications experience in the social sector. She has completed her Bachelors in Marketing and Economics from George Mason University, USA. She has worked with various grassroot organizations across the globe, on setting up their online and offline communications efforts. These organizations include; MCAEL, USA, Concern India Foundation, Tulip Children and ...
Bhagwat Pandey
Bhagwat Pandey
Accounts Manager
Bhagwat Pandey has a Bachelor of Commerce with 8 years of account experience in the social sector. He deals with aspects of statutory accounting, government accounting laws and other compliance requirement of the organization. He has worked with various social organizations in the accounting department; The Akanksha Foundation and SNEHA, advocating causes; Education, Nutrition, Adolescence Gaining Ground (Youth), ...
Mohan Chavan
Mohan Chavan
Program Manager- Implementation
Mohan Chavan brings to the table over 20 years of extensive experience in child development, livelihood, skill development, program management, coordination, and socio-economic development. He headed the team at Jalswarajya, a project funded by the World Bank with the support of Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Associated with Sudarshan Chemical Ind. Ltd, Swades Foundation, Samparc SOS village, Kirloskar consultant Ltd in the past 20 years,...
Dharmaraj Anandi Govinda Pradhan
Dharmaraj Pradhan
Program Head - Adolescence Girls
Dharmaraj Anandi Govinda Pradhan has a Masters of Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has specialized in the areas of livelihood and social entrepreneurship. With over 8 years of experience, he spent 6 years focussing in the development sector. Dharmaraj has been associated with Swades Foundation and Maharashtra State Rural Livelihoods Mission in the Konkan region. He has worked in the areas of rural development, women empowerment,...
Saurabh Sareen
Saurabh Sareen
Program Head- WASH
Saurabh Sareen has been in the development sector for over 12 years. He has a Masters in Social Work and extensive knowledge in the field of WASH. As a development professional he has worked with grass route and management level organizations including; SEWS India and UNICEF. He has been with empowHER India since 2018 as the Head of WASH Program. His objective is to work innovatively in challenging ...
Vishal Shantaram Vankade
Vishal Shantaram Vankade
Admin and Documentation Support
Vishal Shnataram Vankade has a Bachelor Of Computer Application with over 8 years of Team Lead experience. At empowHER India, he manages the day to day activities of the organisation and the projects at hand. His objective is to continue taking new responsibilities and contributing to the organization's success.
Sandeep Prabhakar Salvi
Sandeep Prabhakar Salvi
Sandeep Prabhakar Salvi has been with working with empowHER India, previously know as SKS Chaksu Foundation, since 2006. Mr Sandeep manages the day to day running of the main office and assisting other departments on daily basis.
Aniket Gawade
Aniket Gawade
Communications Associate
Aniket Gawade has 3 years of experience as a Software Engineer and over a years experience in the development sector. He is a passionate photographer with an experience of working with indigenous Indian communities. He enjoys creating human interest stories and bringing the stories of such communities to life. Having worked with researchers, anthropologists and interning with The Indian Express he has carried out self funded projects...
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