Rajesh has wide experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, having spent many years in multinationals such as Consul, APC (later Schneider Electric) and CommScope in various leadership roles at both National and Asia Pacific level. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and is a first-rank holder from Karnataka University. He also holds a Masters Degree in Marketing Management from Bhavans College. His strong views on ‘Be the change you wish to see’, made him change course and take up teaching in a low income school, where he taught Science, Maths and English to over 140 children from Grades 3-7. He joined United Way Bengaluru as a volunteer towards the planning and implementation of Nandi Hillathon. Convinced that Social Engineering is where his passion lies, he has joined United Way Bengaluru. A stickler to detail he has a penchant for cooking, travel and history.
VENKATA SUDHAKAR NAMALA DIRECTOR (FINANCE, ADMINISTRATION, AND HUMAN RESOURCES)
Venkata is a Finance Professional with specialization in the NGO sector. He holds a MBA-Finance from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Venkata has 15 Years of experience in the development sector in the domains of finance, accounts, grants and administration at both national and international organisations. He has worked at management levels in various organisations and developed financial manuals/Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Prior to UWBe he worked with Saathii, Marie Stopes International (MSI) and Plan International (India Chapter). Venkata has considerable work experience in budgeting, cost analysis, grants management & donor reporting, partnership management, financial management trainings, statutory compliances and analytical skills. He is familiar with Tally ERP, SAP, Quick books and SUN financial packages. Venkata’s interests include music, spending time with family and gardening.
DAVID KUMAR PROGRAM HEAD (RURAL DEVELOPMENT, LAKES)
David has over a decade of experience in Social Development. It includes a stint as a Senior Executive Officer at CRY (Child Rights and You), where he facilitated and handheld partner organisations to evolve child-centric approaches. He has played a key role in implementing initiatives that foster change across the state. David was appointed a District Resource Person (DRP) by the Hassan District Administration to train Gram Panchayat members on local self-governance and resource mobilisation skills. He founded Samagra Foundation, an NGO that trains local communities on matters such as good governance, livelihood options, natural resource management/organic farming etc. He has also published reference manuals on government schemes for the rural poor and for community education on Panchayat Raj Institutions.
LOKESH GUJJARAPPA HEAD(STRATEGIC INITIATIVES , MONITORING AND EVALUATION)
Lokesh comes with seventeen years of demonstrated experience in research, program monitoring and evaluation and impact management. His experience spans multiple sectors, notably, public health, education, livelihood, social accountability and social protection. He has designed, implemented and managed projects across sectors and geographies in India and also in Africa. He has demonstrated ability and skill in data management using both quantitative and qualitative data management software. He has worked with INGOs such as CARE India, Justice and Care and also with grass root organisations in Karnataka, Maharashtra and other states of India. Lokesh is passionate about bringing context to data which is at the heart of measurement. He holds post graduate degrees in Advanced Studies in International Health from University of Basel, Switzerland and in Health Sciences from University of Pune, Maharashtr
Jyoti Gupta leads the Born Learning Campaign at the State level and is based in Bengaluru. She is also handles Bengaluru Urban Projects which include scholarships, skill development, women entrepreneurship and livelihood projects. She has a Masters degree in social work and has been a part of the social sector since 2006. She has worked on urban poverty, livelihood, women and child health and education issues etc at CAPART (a nodal agency of Ministry of Rural Development, Central Govt. of India), and other national NGOs. She is a certified Praxis India PRA trainer, and a Master Trainer of ASHAs. She is also a CAPART Master Trainer for Young Professionals. Jyoti is a fun-loving person, who enjoys travelling, music and cooking.
Mahesh is the man behind our flagship campaign ‘Wake the Lake’. He has a Post Graduate degree in Psychology from Bengaluru University. He has 18 years of experience in the development sector and was earlier associated with organisations such as Jagruthi, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), Shell Foundation, Shankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and others. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from Anexas Denmark and in ISO 9001 Internal Auditor from DNV.
Vinod is a commerce graduate from Bangalore University and has over seven years of experience with FCI, working in accounts and administration. After completing his ITI training, Vinod initially worked in the electronic and manufacturing industry. He has been an active volunteer in Kerala Saksharatha Mission’s level 1 and 2 programs to achieve 100 percent literacy.
Radhakrishna Pradeep has 13 years experience in the social sector and has worked with Dr Reddy’s Foundation, Smile Foundation and InDeed. He has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career in the automobile industry and shifted to the development sector as a facilitator. Pradeep has experience in project implementation, documentation, monitoring and evaluation, NGO partnerships, and donor nurturing. He likes cooking and travelling.
DR AHEIBAM SWARNAMAYEE DAS MANAGER- CORPORATE RELATIONS AND DELOITTE PROJECTS
A PhD. in Management and Administration and a professional having 16 years of experience in Social Impact Sector; in program designing, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, institutional Resource Development, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) linkages, report writing and knowledge resource management in environmental sustainability and livelihood security; health and education management sectors; presently serving as Manager, in United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe), India. Some of the organizations she has served includes United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Centre of Environment Education, MoEFCC, Azim Premji Foundation, etc.
Mr. Yuvraj BK joined as Manager-Finance (Projects) & Procurements under Finance and Admin Vertical with effect from 22nd November 2019; He comes with B.Com, ICWA, Company Secretary and CA Inter; Prior to United Way of Bengaluru he is working with Akshaya Patra Foundation, Bangalore around 3.5 Years; He has rich experiences working with various Chartered Accountants Firms on Internal Audits, Risk Audits and Income Tax Financial Statements.
DR SONALI SWAIN MANAGER (MONITORING AND EVALUATION)
Experienced Research Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Sonali is a highly motivated and a result oriented Management Professional with years of experience in strategy consulting and social consulting domain, Programme Management, Data analytics, Monitoring and Evaluation and Social Research (Extensively across Health, Nutrition, Education, Environment, Skill development, Livelihood, WASH, Gender Justice etc.). She is experienced in stakeholder liaisoning and working with government and line departments & ministries, has worked extensively with state government of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka. She has good program planning, management and research skills and first-hand experience of working in community based projects, an enthusiastic team leader with a participatory approach. She is experienced in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques as well leading large scale mix-design evaluation projects across different thematic areas. Sonali holds a bachelor’s degree in Veterinary studies and also holds an MBA from a premier B- school, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal(IIFM).
Ankur has worked with Indian and Multinational groups across varied sectors like Banking, Tech and Venture Capital industries. Over the last 7 years, he has worked with Corporates like Citibank, PeopleStrong, The HR Fund and most recently with Samhita Social Ventures as a part of strategic partnership team in Delhi . His experience across various functions like Product Management, Marketing strategy, New Business Development and Sales. Travel and food occupy a major part of his mind.
He comes with Postgraduate Degree in marketing from IBS Hyderabad and a graduate degree in hospitality from IHM Meerut
Bhagya’s commitment to social change is reflected in her educational and career pursuits. She has completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s program in Sociology and translated this to action by engaging with NGOs. She has deep-rooted insights on government structures, community responsibilities and functioning of anganwadis from her 11 years of experience at Akshara Foundation, Bengaluru. She wishes to engage with and impact the lives of children aged 0-6 covered under the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) program implemented by the government. She is patient, amiable, has a positive attitude and unwavering confidence which helps her engage with local communities and help the mission of the organization translate to action. She loves to listen to music and read story books in her spare time.
RAMAKRISHNA P V S ASSISTANT MANAGER - PROCUREMENTS
Mr.PVS Ramakrishna joined as Asst.Manager-Procurements with effect from 14th January 2020; He comes with MBA Finance from JNTU University; Prior to United Way of Bengaluru he is working with Akshyapatra Foundation based out of Bengaluru HO as Sr.Executive around 4 Years; He also worked with Audit Firms in the role of Internal audits and Procurements processes around 2 Years; His hobbies are playing badminton and long ride on two wheeler.
PREETHI MARY JOHN ASSISTANT MANAGER - CORPORATE RELATIONS
Mr.Preethi joined as Asst. Manager-Corporate Relations. She comes with Master of Social Work – Madras School of Social Work, Chennai and Bachelor’s in Social Work in Bangalore from St.Joeseph’s College : Preethi has 5 years of overall experience in Fund raising and Corporate Relations; Previously she worked with Rang De and Greenpeace Organisations; Her hobbies includes baking, reading books, love watching movies.
SANJEEVARAJU P. ASSISTANT MANAGER (FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS)
Sanjeevaraju has an M Com degree from Bangalore University. He has worked for over 15 years in the social sector. He is proficient in working with Tally and Excel, and handles all accounting functions related to non-profits with ease. He has worked with Mr. L. Vittalrao – Chartered Accountants, Green Foundation, IDF and has been associated with various donor agencies, missionaries and not-for-profits helping them in maintaining accounting design and systems. His work has inspired and encouraged him to work where his potential can be used to its fullest.
Ajay has been with UWBe for 3 years and is responsible for community mobilization and implementation of Wake the Lake. Ajay had a Master’s degree in Political Science from Bangalore University. He is a young parent and enjoys spending time with his wife and son. He plays cricket and watches films when he has the time.
Sagar comes with BE Mechanical Graduate from Vishweswara Technological University. Prior to United Way of Bengaluru he worked with Shanmukha industries (Aeronautics manufacturing) at Mattikere around Two Years as Procurement Analyst. He has good skills in Vendor management Process, Negotiations and Vendors and Vendor Evaluating systems.
Prakash has degrees in B.A, B. Ed., and a Diploma in Computer Applications. He has worked with Sumanahalli Society for Leprosy Rehabilitation, SUPPORT, and St Joseph’s School for underprivileged children and Project Vision for Blind. He has worked with United way of Bengaluru for over two years as an Administration Assistant and Receptionist, where his responsibilities include coordination all program activities. Prakash has a special interest in serving communities for a larger good. His other interests include music, gardening, cooking and watching films.