Neha has been associated with the development sector since early 2002. She has primarily been involved in civil society strengthening programmes, Gender, Women and Health and Governance In India with SAMARTHAN Bhopal, VANI, New Delhi and the national social watch coalition before joining PRIA as manager on gender and governance programme in 2009. She also worked as State Manager PACS-U.P. Currently state coordinator of PLAN in Uttar Pradesh
During her stay in the U.S, she worked with International Republican Institute (IRI), Washington DC, where she primarily worked on Democracy and Good Governance programmes for North Korea, China and Myanmar. Her core competencies in research, documentation, monitoring and evaluation.
She holds master degrees in Psychology from Aligarh University and Public administration from east-west centre, Hawai, USA.
Dr. Rajesh Sinha
Dr. Rajesh Kumar Sinha is currently working as Assistant Professor with the National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Hyderabad. He has earlier worked with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), India Development and Relief Fund (IDRF) and Sewa International. Dr. Sinha has expertise in project planning, monitoring and implementation on Rural Employment, Panchayati Raj and Social Accountability. He has contributed several books and journals on rural development and Panchayati Raj.
He holds PhD in international relations from JNU, New Delhi
Secretary cum CEO
Kamleshwar has about 22 years of work experience in the development sector, ranging from grassroots to senior management. He has worked on diverse themes such as Environment, Joint Forest Management, Watershed Development, livelihood, citizen participation and Democratic Local Governance (Rural and Urban) besides others. His job responsibilities gave him opportunities to work in many states across the country namely Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Haryana, MP, Bihar, Orissa U.P and Uttarakhand.
He has worked extensively in the area of policy advocacy on issues like RTI, NREGA, SSA, Devolution, Rural Election reforms, Social Exclusion focusing tribal, Dalits and women, Solid Waste Management and Urban Planning.
Kamleshwar is a post-graduate in Rural Development from XISS and also having Masters in Sociology.
Vivek Sharma has over 19 years of experience majority in Mountain State of Himachal Pradesh. He is Post Graduate in Rural Management from IRMA, and MA in Mass Communication. He has played pioneer role in Developing the Pine Needle Weaving Craft in Region benefitting over 1000 women. His areas of interest are Handicraft based Livelihoods in Mountain regions, Designing Innovative interventions. Vivek is also the Guest Faculty at the National Institute of Fashion Technology Kangra and an active member of INTACH Kangra. He has also undertaken consultancies in Community Based Tourism, Training Material Development, Micro planning, Water and Sanitation.
Dr. Anshuman Karol
Governing Board Member
Dr. Anshuman Karol is a versatile and seasoned Social & Community Development Professional with a strong academic background (Ph. D in Social Sciences) offering a multi-functional experience of 19 years in Programme Management, Decentralised Planning, Participatory Research & Evaluation, Community Development, Capacity Building &, Training. Displayed credentials in initiating and managing the projects undertaking research work & networking with different stakeholders like community, NGOs and Government Organizations / Agencies.
Dr. Karol is a Doctorate in Economics, Himachal Pradesh University and PGDMM from IGNOU.
Governing Board Member
Sharmishtha Choudhury has worked for 22 years with leading regional and state units of various NGOs, Multi-laterally and bi-laterally funded projects and international NGOs. She has sectoral experience of conceptualizing and implementing development programs with special focus on community mobilization, promotion of rights of marginalized children, promotion of quality pre-primary and primary education, program to promote child-centric pedagogy and socially inclusive education.
She has worked with New Education Group’s- Foundation for Innovation and Research in Education, TESS-India’s teacher education project, Terre des Hommes, Germany, International Fund for Agricultural Development and World Bank supported Swa-Shakti Project of Government of India and Integrated Development Foundation. She is a post-graduate in Rural Development from XISS.
Governing Board Member
Sujana Krishnamoorthy is currently Director at Under The Mango Tree (UTMT), a Mumbai based NGO that seeks to diversify livelihoods and improve incomes for India’s small and marginal farmers. As part of the core team that runs UTMT, she is responsible for building relationships with partners like BAIF, BASIX, AKRSP (I), donors as well as programme implementation in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Prior to this, Sujana was State in Charge for Himachal Pradesh at PRIA. She also has extensive research experience and publications on labor issues. She has also been a consultant to CRY. A co-authored article on market access for smallholders in Karnataka, published in a book in an international development journal. Sujana has an M.Phil in Economics of Education from JNU, New Delhi and a Masters in Economics from Gokhale Institute in Pune.
Governing Board Member
Sheeba Chowdhary has MA in Social work from TISS Mumbai and over 25 years of work experience spanning many places and organisations both nationally and internationally. Capacity Building, research, planning and program monitoring are her strengths along with writing and working with community.
Director Finance and Administration
Anil has more than 26 years of work experience in social development sector with various national level organizations in various places . He started his early career with Deepalya-plan as community Mobiliser and then worked with MAMTA-Health Institute for Mother & Child, New Delhi and other volunteer organisations like People Science Institutes, Dehradun etc. He also provides services to various organisation in Uttarakhand.
His main responsibilities includes H.R recruitment and policy development, procurement and insuring internal financial audit etc. He holds master degree in commerce
India Country Director for the AADHAAR - Simplon program
Kashmira Shah, joins us as India Country Director for the AADHAAR – Simplon program. This program seeks to ensure access to work, for youth facing the risk of exclusion, who are NEET (not in education, employment or training), or people struggling with long term unemployment into highly demanded members of the IT industry.
Kashmira brings with her 20 years of experience from the technology, consulting and social impact sector. She has built technology platforms at some of the top 100 financial services firms such as Merrill Lynch, Nomura and has set up industry leading technology for social good programs at JP Morgan before she joined AADHAAR. As part of her role, Kashmira will set up a program office at Mumbai and build a team that will help with our ambitious vision for this project.
Programme Coordinator, Aadhaar
Kanika is Programme Coordinator with Aadhaar and based in Noida. She recently joined ever-growing team of young social development professionals in Aadhaar. Previously she works with Micro-finance Company as HR and legal consultant for more than a year.
Kanika is an academically qualified and trained lawyer with a specialization in corporate, civil and financial laws. She did her law degree from the prestigious Indian Law Society’s (ILS) School of Law in Pune and work as Associate Lawyer in the office of Additional Advocate-General, Government of Bihar for over 5 years. She also has experience of over another two years working with legal firms as well.
An avid reader, an idealist but with a rational approach and fluent in English & Hindi, Kanika loves traveling to hinterlands, exploring unexplored territories, reading fiction, watching American series and loves eating chocolate brownies.
Nandini is a Post graduate in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute, Dehradun and has 6 years working experience on implementation of various projects and research consultancy. She worked in a very ambitious project of Planning Commission, GoI which was implemented for 275 districts in 28 States of India. Her interest areas are climate change, vulnerability assessment, ecosystem services, biodiversity assessment, inventory of flora and fauna and watershed management.
Syed Zakir Husain
Admin and Account officer
Zakir has about 20 years of work experience in development sector especially in the fields of Knowledge Management and Administration. He has a post graduation degree in Information Science from AMU-Aligarh (U.P.) and B.Sc. (Mathematics) From Ajmer University-Rajasthan. Prior to AADHAAR, he has worked with PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia), IIT-Delhi and NISCAIR (a lab of CSIR).
Anjaney has over 7 years of work experience in the development space. He has recently completed a post-graduate program in Public Policy and Management from Indian School of Public Policy, New Delhi. He joined AADHAAR as a senior program officer in August 2020. Prior to AADHAAR, he has worked with Participatory Research in Asia, IPE Global Ltd. and ALC India Ltd. The key issues on which he has worked significantly are WASH, Maternal, Child Health and Menstrual hygiene (MCH-MH), Livelihoods for Urban and Rural poor. His professional competencies include policy advocacy, networking with various stakeholders, project planning, budgeting, and monitoring of program deliverables. Outside work, he likes to travel & read.