OUR TEAM

The EdelGive team is a strong force of committed professionals from diverse backgrounds, all working together towards the common goal of effecting 10X social impact!

Vidya Shah

Deepak Mittal

Kunal Shroff

Kunal has been with ChrysCapital since November 1999 and is the Managing Partner at the firm. He manages the organisation, leads the client relations function and also plays a critical role across all sectors, overseeing and assisting the various sector teams. Kunal was previously at Chilton Investment Company where he covered technology stocks, and at Goldman Sachs in their principal investment area in New York where he focused on private equity and mezzanine investments. He received his BS in Computer Science with magna cum laude honors from Cornell University.

Rati Forbes

Rati Forbes is a Director of the Forbes Marshall Group and heads the Forbes Foundation. She has been recognized for her social initiatives both within the company and in the wider world. She chaired Confederation of Indian Industry’s western region cell for social development, whose main objective is to sensitize corporate entities to their social responsibilities. She also serves on the boards of several foundations and non-profits across India. Rati graduated in Psychology with Honors and Sociology from the University of Mumbai and has also taken special courses in human resources, organizational behavior and strategic philanthropy. Rati also holds a Masters in Sustainability Management and Leadership from Cambridge University.

Naghma Mulla

Naghma Mulla is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic initiative of Edelweiss Group – one of India’s leading diversified financial services group.
As CEO, Naghma has been instrumental in driving the vision of EdelGive Foundation towards the growth and scale of the organisations the foundation supports. Naghma plays a large role in enabling commitments to our diverse portfolio of NGOs, by creating valuable partnerships with reputed international and national stakeholders within the sector.
Today, EdelGive has also built two successful collaboratives - The Collaborators for Transforming Education (in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra) and the Coalition for Women’s Empowerment – both developed and nurtured by her. Naghma is also a member of the Core Committee of the India Climate Collaborative – a collaboration of India’s leading philanthropies committed to addressing the climate crisis in India.
Naghma is mentor at the Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at IIM Bangalore, providing strategic support to several start-ups.
She began her career with Bajaj Alliance General Insurance and played an instrumental role in their foundational team.
She is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) and has a Master of Commerce (M. Com.) degree from Pune University.

Vidya Shah

Executive Chairperson

Vidya Shah is the Executive Chairperson of EdelGive Foundation, an organization working towards building the capacities of the not for profit sector by using the resources of the for-profit sector. Under her leadership and the support of its parent Edelweiss Group, EdelGive Foundation has grown to become a platform for strategic philanthropy in India.
Vidya is also a Non-Executive Director at Edelweiss Financial Services Limited and additionally serves as a Director on the board of several investment advisory firms such as Mabella Trustee Services and Spire Investment Advisers. Vidya also supports several organizations working such as Janaagraha, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network, Masoom, Agastya International Foundation among others. Vidya also sits on the advisory council for organizations such as Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy and Manndeshi Foundation.
Prior to her role at EdelGive Foundation, Vidya was associated with Edelweiss Group as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She has also worked with large financial institutions such as ICICI, Peregrine and NM Rothschild India, as an investment banker.
Vidya has been recognised as India’s Top 100 Women in Finance by Association of International Wealth Management of India (AIWMI) in 2019. She has also been awarded the Woman Achiever of the Year Award by ABP Group during their BFSI awards in 2017 and the Financial Inclusion Award by CNBC TV 18 in 2016.
Vidya earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the prestigious Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree from R.A. Podar College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai.

Naghma Mulla

CEO

As the CEO of the foundation, Naghma has been instrumental in driving the mission of the organization towards creating asymmetrical impact across the project areas. Her strong financial background has enabled her to improve the performance of the organization by creating effectives partnerships and associating with credible NGOs. Naghma is also associated with several not-for-profits in different capacities. She has been a Director at Railway Children India and a mentor at the Nadathur S. Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning in Bangalore, providing support to start-ups. Prior to her role at EdelGive Foundation, Naghma began her career as an Accounts Manager with Bajaj Alliance General Insurance in their initial team. Naghma is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a Masters of Commerce (M. Com.) degree from Pune University. She also has a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree from V.E.S. College of Commerce in Mumbai.

Atul Gandhi

COO

M.Sc. (Statistics), Masters Ph.D. in Population Studies International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai
Atul comes with over 15 years of experience in the development sector. Before joining EdelGive, he has worked with organisations like Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Pathfinder International, TISS on programmes supported by USAID, BMGF, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in the areas of Public Health. Additionally, he has supported several organisations in developing M&E plan, designing computerised MIS application and conducting baselines, mid-term or end-line evaluations.

Riddhi Shah

Chief of Strategy

With over 13 years of work experience in the space of education development & teacher empowerment, Riddhi is a mentor, advisor and consultant to individuals, non-profits & private enterprises in the areas of fundraising, communications, CSR, design & strategy. She's worked across 15 states of India, raised over 40 crores, impacted 11,000+ educators and has been a Young Climate Change Representative for India, at UNESCAP Bangkok for the last 2 years, as a result of her work in the space of spiritual ecology & climate awareness. Ranked as one of the top 5 influential women change-makers under the age of 25 by Hindustan Times and a TEDx Talk speaker, she has been invited to represent India at global forums to address critical issues pertaining to the fulfillment of SDGs 2030 alongside international leaders like Barack Obama, Dalai Lama and others.

Anup Vora

Chief Financial Officer

Anup Vora is a qualified Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and L.L.B professional with more than 25 years of experience with several MNCs and large corporations. For the past 12+ years he has been associated with the NGO sector and has worked with large Non-Profits like Dasra and Child Rights and You (CRY). His expertise in finance, accounting and tax has allowed these organisations to grow by establishing compliance and internal controls, financial monitoring and due diligence, SOPs, Board Governance, Strategy, etc. He has also enabled NGOs to embrace industry best practices.

Deepa Gopalakrishnan

Head, Sandbox Grants

Deepa is Head, Sandbox Grants at EdelGive Foundation which comprises of impactful programs in the space of Education, Livelihoods and Women Empowerment.
She is a social sector and information systems specialist with a proven track record of over 17 years in result-based program management. She is passionate about developing programs that build an organisational reputation while enhancing social purpose. She has worked extensively in areas of NGO operations, grant management, causes for women & children and innovative finance to revive livelihoods affected by the pandemic. Deepa has been in leadership positions at reputed organisations such as Morgan Stanley, ICICI Bank, Samhita Social Ventures, St. Jude India ChildCare Centers and Dell Inc.
She holds an M.Sc. (Tech) Information Systems degree from BITS Pilani, Post Graduate Program in Management from SPJIMR, Mumbai and a Certificate in CSR from the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.

Ahmad Bari

Senior Lead, Women's Empowerment

M.A. in Social Work - Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
B.Sc in Industrial Chemistry - Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 
Ahmad is a part of the Women Empowerment team. He actively works on developing partnerships with NGOs working towards the safety and security of women, and promoting women entrepreneurship opportunities. Ahmad previously worked with New Concept Information Systems, New Delhi, where his role involved conducting research and documenting various social development issues.

Sonia Pereira

Associate Lead-Women's Empowerment

Sonia Pereira holds a Master of Social Work from the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan. She has over nine years of experience in the social sector and has specialised in programme management, partner collaboration and support, especially in the fields of child rights, women’s rights, education, child protection, and Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD). She is passionate about women's rights, child rights, and mental health.

Nilansha Tiwari

Senior Lead - Women Empowerment

MA in Development Studies, Institute of Dev Studies (IDS), University of Sussex
Nilansha works on building synergies to enhance sustainability and resilience in the Women Empowerment portfolio. She has over 7 years of experience in the development sector with a focus on digital & financial inclusion, microfinance, women economic empowerment, entrepreneurship & livelihoods transformation. She has previously worked on partnerships, communications, capacity building & design thinking to innovate for impact, sustainability & scale in organisations like Tata Trusts, Avanti Finance, IFFCO, ISMW (SEWA.) Nilansha has a background in Economics, Public Policy and Women Studies.

Arpita Roy Karmakar

Manager, Education

M.Sc and B.Sc in Economics - University of Calcutta
At EdelGive Foundation, Arpita is a apart of the Education team. She advises the investees on organisation strategies, enabling better direction in mapping of the future, and works towards streamlining the Monitoring and Evaluation processes for them. She is also an active member of the team managing The Collaborators for Transforming Education initiative and ensures that implementation of the program aligns with the Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra Program. She has previously worked as a Gandhi Fellow with Kaivalya Education Foundation, and with other large scale organizations like Hippocampus Learning Centre and Naandi Foundation.

Sukhreet Bajwa

Lead, Community Resilience & Climate Action

Sukhreet Bajwa is a development sector professional with almost 7 years of experience across government, academia, non-government organizations, and the private sector. She has her Masters in Disaster Management from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her areas of expertise include disaster risk management, climate change, sustainability, and resilience building. Her key skills include research, policy-making, and implementation of government schemes for capacity building.

Her other interests include poetry reading, writing, and needlepoint canvas crafts.

Renuka Wagh

Senior Lead, Impact & Learning

Masters in Health Sciences,University of Pune
Renuka designs, develops and ensures effective functioning of the M&E systems at EdelGive, to generate evidence for strategic decisions by the foundation. She comes with over 12 years of development sector experience and has worked with both funding and implementing organisations.

Sagar Kadam

Lead, Impact and Learning

Sagar has an M. Phil degree in social work and a Master's degree in population studies from IIPS.
He comes with over 10 years of experience in developing and implementing M&E systems. He has led various research projects and worked in various capacities with NIRRH(ICMR), KHPT, FHI360, Sulochana Thapar Foundation, Neerman and Americares.

Ruchika Chaudhary

Junior Associate, Impact & Learning

Master's in Computer Applications (MCA)
Ruchika assists the Monitoring and Evaluation Team with the collection, interpretation and reporting of numbers. She also designs, analyses and develops structural systems that help in making better business decisions for the Foundation. She has previously interned with NIIT before joining EdelGive.

Sanjay Daswani

Head of Partnerships

Sanjay is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Bombay University ranker at the MSc degree program in Physics with Electronics. He is also a Certificated Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).

He joins us with rich experience of over 30 years across sectors - manufacturing (with TELCO now Tata Motors), banking and financial services (with American Express Bank, ABN Amro Bank and HDFC Bank) with the last decade in the NGO/social development sector (Habitat for Humanity) both internationally and in India. He has had major stints in fundraising, donor management (corporate and HNI), communications, project management, information management and technology in the last decade. Prior to that he had rich exposure of over 17 years to banking and financial services in the areas of retail banking, product management, business development and sales, wealth management and customer relationship management (Domestic and NRI clients).

Aiswarya Augus

Assistant Manager, Partnerships

Aiswarya Augus has recently completed her M.Sc. in Public Policy and Human Development from United Nations University in the Netherlands. She also has a background in Economics and has earlier worked as an Analyst. In the past, she has also associated with United Nations University Climate Resilience Initiative and NGOs like Let’s Do It World and Naandi Foundation. Her interests lie in the areas of developmental economics, public policy and climate change. Her hobbies include traveling, watching movies and trying new things.

Nafisa Lokhande

Lead, Partnerships

Nafisa is a development sector professional with 8 years of experience in the education sector and at the ecosystem level and is skilled in strategic partnerships, relationship building and management, project management, communications, and field experience. She has a master’s degree in International Development Management from the University of Nottingham. At EdelGive, Nafisa is responsible for managing key donor relationships and support fundraising efforts.
Her other interests include dancing, photography and traveling.

Priyanka Ghadge

Associate, Partnerships

Priyanka comes with over 11 years of experience overall. She has been an "Administrative and Operations Coordinator" at the NGO -'I Am a teacher', managed plans and supervised overall admission, counselling, event handling, and marketing strategy across various platforms. Prior to this, she was an "Operations Coordinator and Executive" in using effective marketing and communication solutions to drive sales growth and boost client brand equity with organizations such as Love and Cheesecake, Den Satellite Pvt Ltd., and Vodafone Essar Pvt Ltd.

Priyanka is a Pranic healer (energy healer) and practices Arhatic yoga meditation. She is passionate about teaching, dancing, singing, and traveling. She believes in constancy, perseverance, and determination.

Neha Chaturvedi

Lead, Strategic Partnerships

Masters in Social Work, B.Sc Bioinformatics, Devi Ahilya University, Indore
A social Worker with almost 10 years of experience in HR and CSR. At EdelGive, Neha is responsible for designing, monitoring and implementing partnerships projects as well as maintaining key donor relationships. Prior to this, she was associated with ACG Cares Foundation.

Rhea John

Manager, Donor Management

Masters in Development Studies, University of Sussex and Masters in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics.
Rhea has five years' experience in the development sector, including in research, monitoring, knowledge management and partnerships. She is responsible for donor servicing on the Edelgive team. Prior to this, Rhea worked on inclusion and health at Swasti Health Catalyst and was a researcher and author for the India Exclusion Report.

Dwayne D'Souza

Lead, Learning & Development

Dwayne is an instructional designer with 5+ years' experience working in the e-learning industry. He has developed courses for learners in the tech industry as well as the medical industry. His expertise lies in content editing, design, and management.
He loves consuming content in all forms, and also performs improv comedy with various groups in the city.

Archana Rao

Assistant Manager

MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

Archana has over 20 years of experience in the disability sector and handling stakeholder management as part of her profile. She has helped CBOs and NGOs with proposal writing, report writing and consultation related to causes that she holds close to her – education, disability, women empowerment, human trafficking. She has also been involved in Retail Fundraising extensively to help different causes from time to time.

Pooja Bhatt

Assistant Manager, Compliance

Chartered Accountant
Pooja is a semi-qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAI) having more than 9 years of experience in the field of accounting, auditing and finance. She has completed her articleship from Joshi Nair & Associates, and her industrial training from Welspun Corp. Ltd. Pooja has worked as Team leader - Accounts and Finance with Craftsvilla Handicrafts Pvt. Ltd. for 2 years, and also as a Financial Analyst with New Haribhakti Business Services LLP. During her years of work, she been part of power, steel , textiles, e-commerce, manufacturing & banking company audits.

Sagar Makhija

Assistant Manager, Compliance

Sagar Makhija, is a Chartered Accountant with 8 years of experience in Finance, Accounts, Compliance, Due Diligence, Taxation and Audit. His experience involves working at Grant Thornton Advisory Pvt. Ltd. as an Assistant Manager in CFO services, M Power Micro Finance Pvt. Ltd. (NBFC registered with RBI) as Senior Manager in Accounts & Finance Department and with C.V Doshi and Co. (CA Firm) as Senior Audit Assistant.

He is a graduate of CHM College and completed his Chartered Accountancy in 2019. He is currently in his third-year, pursuing a law degree from KC College.

Parul Saklani

Lead, Grant Management

Parul Saklani has completed her Master’s in Social Work and with an experience of 4 years in the social sector. After her Master’s, she became a Gandhi Fellow, from the year 2015-2017, where she worked on designing and implementing various projects in government schools of Rajasthan, on issues such as awareness on menstruation, education, child sexual abuse, etc. Upon completion of her Fellowship, she joined Piramal Foundation (2017-19) as a Program Leader where her work involved creating and designing processes, curriculum, developing strategies for the Gandhi Fellows, collaborating with stakeholders to implement the process by conducting training and bootcamp sessions, and creating assessment matrix to track and assess the progress. She then joined Sattva as a consultant, supporting the government of Meghalaya in implementation of CLLMP with design@scale principles and scaled the integration of the scale principles in Gujarat by providing PMU support to 2 district implementation partners of Atal Jal Bhujal Yojana.

She has also contributed to develop RFP of ELEMENT for NEIDA with the aim of bringing high community ownership towards landscape management. She also contributed to establish project management unit with 7 partners for the development of 100 model schools in Karnataka and ensured on-ground implementation of socio-emotional learning in Adarsh Vidyalaya of Jharkhand with the support of 4 partners. She joins EdelGive Foundation, part of the GROW team as Lead for Grant Management.

Anson Alappat

Assistant Manager

B.E- Electronics and Telecommunication, University of Mumbai

Anson is responsible for building capacity of NGOs through various activities, and helping them to become efficient, impact driven and sustainable. He was a Teach For India Fellow (2016 Cohort), and comes in with a total of 5 years' experience working in the social and ed-tech sector. He has also helped to build the foundations and scale-up CSR programmes at DMart. Being an avid education enthusiast, he aims to drive systemic change in the sector and hope's to make the world a better place. He is currently pursuing his executive MBA programme from Liverpool Business School in Operations.

Radhika Thapliyal

Associate, GROW Fund

Radhika is a Political Science Graduate from Lady Shri Ram College For Women, Delhi University.

She is also a former Teach For India Fellow, having taught and coached elementary students in a Delhi government school.

Before that, she Interned at Bachpan Bachao Andolan, particularly in the Department of Rescue and Rehabilitation of illegally employed children. Her experience at the Satyarthi Foundation gave her a glimpse into the parallel society where children needed to be nurtured and given quality education.

Being a feminist and an advocate of human rights led her to do program management at All India Mahila Congress, where she worked closely on public policies and initiatives to promote active citizenship for women, by women.
In a world full of disparity, she aspires to create scalable and sustainable impact, particularly for the empowerment of women and children of under-resourced communities.

Astha Agrawal

Associate, GROW Fund

Astha is a Science graduate from Delhi University and has been a Teach For India Fellow for last 2 years where she taught in elementary classrooms and worked on community projects.

She has worked extensively on increasing students' voices through her initiative Vaani, where they upskilled students with their public speaking and communication skills.
She has also collaborated with women of under resourced communities and trained them on digital literacy, financial literacy, and interpersonal development skills while finding ways to have sustainable livelihood opportunities for them.

During her Fellowship, she also interned and volunteered at a couple of organizations like Barefoot Edu Foundation, Aafaaq Foundation, IndiVillage Foundation, Atma, where she worked on designing programs, facilitating workshops, coordinating partnerships, and curating reports.

Priya Beck

Assistant Manager, HR & Communication

B.A in History from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
Priya plays a vital role in driving the volunteering activities under the Employee Engagement vertical. In her previous role at RPG Foundation, she was responsible for teaching functional English to the children in BMC schools. Prior to that, she worked with Bright Future, where she trained underprivileged youth with employability skills. She has completed her BA in History from St. Xavier's college, Mumbai and MA from the University of Mumbai.

Sandeep Pawar

Assistant Manager

Sandeep has an overall experience of around 20 years across different sectors with around 7 plus years of experience working in the social sector with Akanksha Foundation & Sneha, in support functions. Prior to joining EdelGive, he was working with Campbell Shipping Pvt. Ltd. in the Human Capital department, managing administrative and employee engagement responsibilities. He's happy to be here and is looking forward to a long journey at EdelGive Foundation.

Asiyah Khan

Executive Assistant

Asiyah has joined us as an executive assistant to Naghma, she carries 8 years of experience in the same profile. She started her journey with Bombayworks Software Solutions in the year 2011. Later moved to UAE in the year 2015 and joined Innovations Groups in Dubai as a Relationship Manager handling 2 major banks in UAE as clients. Her last job was, as an EA to Technology head at NSEIL Ltd.

She loves reading and travelling.

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