Leadership Team

Pooja Sharma

Pooja Sharma Goyal

founding CEO

Pooja Sharma Goyal

Pooja Sharma

Pooja Sharma Goyal

founding CEO

Pooja comes with an extensive experience in the social impact space and has a successful track record as a serial entrepreneur. Having led cross functional teams globally, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our team. Prior to joining TUF, Pooja was the co-founder of Educational Robotics leader Avishkaar, and also the co-founder of early years education company Intellitots which she later exited to Klay.

Pooja has actively contributed to social sector organisations working at grassroots to bolster women entrepreneurship and skill development. Additionally, she also invests in women-led companies and supports women entrepreneurs through SheEO club that she co-founded. She is the recipient of Women Transforming India Award 2022 by the Govt. of India for her contribution to education and skill development.

Board of Advisors

Manisha Dhawan

Trustee
The Convergence Foundation

Manisha Dhawan

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Manisha Dhawan

Trustee, The Convergence Foundation

Manisha Dhawan is a Founding Trustee and Advisory Board Member of The Convergence Foundation (TCF), which is focused on accelerating India’s economic growth and development. Manisha wears several hats at TCF. She is an ardent supporter of women’s empowerment and serves as an Advisor to The Udaiti Foundation. She is also passionate about making quality education accessible to school-going children in India, and is a Trustee at the Central Square Foundation. She is a Core Founder of Accelerate Indian Philanthropy, which promotes strategic philanthropic giving.

Sri Rajan

Former Chairperson
Bain & Company

Sri Rajan

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Sri Rajan

Former Chairperson, Bain & Company

Sri Rajan is a Partner at Cota Capital in San Francisco. Prior to this, he was a Partner in Bain & Company's San Francisco office and also the Chairman of Bain and Company in India. Previously, he was a founder of and the Managing Director of Bain’s India offices. He has supported the creation and execution of turnaround strategies for multiple diversified firms and holds significant experience working with private equity firms in pre-deal diligence and post-deal strategy, as well as in operational engagements across sectors.

Ashish Dhawan

Founder
The Convergence Foundation

Ashish Dhawan

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Ashish Dhawan

Founder, The Convergence Foundation

Ashish Dhawan is the founder and CEO of the Convergence Foundation (TCF), which is focused on accelerating India’s economic growth and development. He is also the chairperson of Ashoka University, a leading liberal arts university in India, and Central Square Foundation, a nonprofit foundation working to improve the quality of education for all children in India.

Manisha Girotra

CEO
Moelis & Company In India

Manisha Girotra

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Manisha Girotra

CEO, Moelis & Company In India

Manisha Girotra  is Chief Executive Officer of Moelis India. She has more than 30 years of investment banking experience, with extensive cross-border M&A expertise across a broad range of industries. Previously she was the was CEO and Country Head of UBS in India, managing its investment bank, commercial bank, markets, equity research and wealth management divisions.. She has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business in India by Business Today for the past six years as well as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune India in 2014 and 2015.

Dr. Sekhar Bonu

Former
Niti Aayog And ADB

Dr. Sekhar Bonu

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Dr. Sekhar Bonu

Former, Niti Aayog And ADB

Dr Sekhar Bonu is a Senior Fellow at the NITI Aayog. He worked as the Director General, Development Monitoring and Evaluation Office (DMEO), NITI Aayog. Before joining NITI Aayog, Dr Bonu worked at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Manila, Philippines from 2004 to 2019. At ADB, he worked on health, urban infrastructure development and regional cooperation, mainly in the South Asia region.Dr Bonu worked in the Indian Administrative Services and served as a civil servant in Rajasthan between 1987-2003, among others, as district magistrate, director of primary and secondary education, and chief executive officer of state-owned enterprises. Dr Bonu has a PhD from Johns Hopkins University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.

Mentors

Aditya Ghosh

Co-Founder
Akasa Air

Aditya Ghosh

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Aditya Ghosh

Co-Founder, Akasa Air

Aditya Ghosh is a seasoned business leader with over 22 years of experience. Aditya currently sits on the Board of Directors of Fabindia - India’s largest retail platform; and OYO, one of the world’s leading hospitality chains with presence across 80 countries. Most recently, he was the CEO at OYO Hotels & Homes- India & South Asia.

Dr. Ashwini Deshpande

CEDA
Ashoka University

Dr. Ashwini Deshpande

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Dr. Ashwini Deshpande

CEDA, Ashoka University

Dr. Ashwini Deshpande is Professor of Economics, and Founding Director, Centre for Economic Data and Analysis (CEDA) at Ashoka University, India. Her Ph.D. and early publications have been on the international debt crisis of the 1980s. Subsequently, she has been working on the economics of discrimination and affirmative action, with a focus on caste and gender in India. She has published extensively in leading scholarly journals.

Megha Chawla

Partner
Bain & Company

Megha Chawla

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Megha Chawla

Partner, Bain & Company

Megha is the Regional capability sourcing leader with more than a decade of globally honed strategy and transformation skill. Megha has led a vast array of global client engagements, spanning Southeast Asia, Boston and Silicon Valley. She has particularly deep experience in leading transformation programs for multinational clients and frequently advises organizations on India’s role in their strategic development. Megha holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Delhi Shri Ram College of Commerce.

Shaveta Sharma Kukreja

CEO And Managing Director
Central Square Foundation

Shaveta Sharma Kukreja

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Shaveta Sharma Kukreja

CEO And Managing Director, Central Square Foundation

Shaveta Sharma Kukreja is Managing Director at Central Square Foundation. Shaveta has been part of the founding team at CSF, and co-leads CSF's strategy, operations and strategic partnerships. She leads CSF’s work on FLN (Foundational Literacy & Numeracy) across State engagement & Classroom Instruction, Grant-making, and also oversees CSF’s organizational development. Shaveta has previously led CSF's work on human capital and institutional structures in Education- across teachers, school leaders, academic institutions and structures.

Our Team

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Angad Bagai

Team Lead

Angad Bagai

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Angad Bagai

Team Lead

Angad Bagai is a Team Lead at the Udaiti Foundation. Prior to this, Angad worked at Sattva Consulting for 4 years, where he worked on and led engagements with international and domestic foundations, primarily focusing on strategy development and implementation in gender and public health verticals.

He has also gained the experience of working with Cankids Kidscan, a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer and their families in India, as well as with the World Bank Group. Angad holds an LLM from the University of Law, London, and a BA in English and International Relations from Tufts University in the US.

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Annu T. Poulose

Senior Data Associate

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Annu T. Poulose

Senior Data Associate

Annu T Poulose is a development professional specializing in data analytics, statistics, and quantitative research. With a Master's degree in Statistics and Google certification as a data analyst, she is a dedicated advocate for leveraging data to drive women's economic empowerment. Her core area of expertise includes designing impactful quantitative research, ensuring data quality, and utilizing tools like R, Stata, and SPSS for insightful  analysis.

 

 

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Devaki Singh

Senior Technical Specialist

Devaki Singh

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Devaki Singh

Senior Technical Specialist

Devaki Singh holds the position of Senior Technical Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment - Strategy and Evidence Uptake, at The Udaiti Foundation.With nearly a decade of experience, she has been actively involved in supporting strategic development, knowledge creation, and policy implementation, at development nonprofits, management consulting firms, and research institutions in South Asia and North America. Her experience covers a wide range of domains, including gender equity, economic empowerment, adolescent girls’ transitions into adulthood, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS.

Devaki holds an MPA from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, and a Master's in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She completed her undergraduate studies at Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi.

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Jasmine Luthra

Senior Program Manager

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Jasmine Luthra

Senior Program Manager

Jasmine is a Senior Program Manager with a background in policy, development, and governance. During her tenure as a project manager at the Quality Council of India (QCI), she led multiple high-impact reform initiatives for central government ministries. In this role, she worked closely with Ministers, senior bureaucrats, and grassroots agencies to execute strategy, monitoring, and evaluation-focused projects.

She also served as a legislative aide to former Lok Sabha MP, Mr. Baijayant “Jay” Panda as part of the LAMP fellowship with PRS Research, and worked as a consultant with the Ministry of Finance. She is an Economics graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) and holds a post-graduate diploma from the Young India Fellowship, Ashoka University.

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Khushi Boken

Program Associate

Khushi Boken

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Khushi Boken

Program Associate

Khushi is a Programme Associate at The Udaiti Foundation. She graduated from Ashoka University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Strategy. During her time at Ashoka, she held the position of Head of People Engagement and Empowerment at the Impact Club and was one of only 20 students selected for the first cohort of the Emerging Leaders Experiential Program, facilitated by the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy.

Before joining The Udaiti Foundation, Khushi worked as a part-time consultant with ETI Services, where she focused on leveraging government policies and behaviour change communication to build capacity on women empowerment and public health. She’s also worked with the Daily Wage Worker Platform as a Project Manager, where she led initiatives aimed at helping migrant workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Khushi is motivated to work toward evidence-based social policy and impact.

Karthick

M.P. Karthick

Assistant Vice President & Lead - Data Hub

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M.P. Karthick

Assistant Vice President & Lead - Data Hub

Karthick is the Assistant Vice President and Lead for the Data Hub at The Udaiti Foundation. He strongly believes in the potential of data to solve complex development challenges and create sustainable social impact. With over 12 years of progressive experience in strategic consulting, data analytics, impact evaluations, monitoring and evaluation, he has worked with government organisations as well as international agencies in countries across Asia and Africa.

He has provided technical assistance, consulting services, and implemented national level evaluation projects. He has worked across varied thematic areas, including women's economic empowerment, MSME and entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and public health.

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Mahima Chaki

Senior Data Associate

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Mahima Chaki

Senior Data Associate

Mahima is a Senior data Associate at the Udaiti Foundation. She holds a masters degree in Economics, and has worked primarily on manipulating and visualizing different datasets to generate insights, both in the corporate and social sector. Keen to apply a gender lens to her data work, Mahima utilizes tools like Power BI and Python to deliver meaningful conclusions and drive informed decision making.

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Nikita Sharma

Senior Program Associate

Nikita Sharma

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Nikita Sharma

Senior Program Associate

Nikita holds the position of Senior Program Associate at The Udaiti Foundation, where she is working in the Technical Support Unit(TSU) for Uttar Pradesh-Women Economic Empowerment (UP-WEE) Project. She is a Political Science graduate from University of Delhi, and later went on to pursue a Master's degree in Development Studies at Ambedkar University, Delhi.

Prior to this engagement, she was working with the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment in their Project Monitoring Unit. She has worked with multiple stakeholders to ensure smooth functioning of social justice and welfare schemes under the central government. She has also done a fellowship with Goonj, a Not-for-Profit Organization, during which she worked on various projects around the circular economy, menstrual hygiene management, and economic empowerment of marginalised communities.

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Poorvi Chaudhary

Program Manager

Poorvi Chaudhary

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Poorvi Chaudhary

Program Manager

Poorvi has recently joined The Udaiti Foundation as a Program Manager in the Technical Support Unit (TSU) for Uttar Pradesh-Women Economic Empowerment (UP-WEE) Project. Prior to this, she has worked on a financial inclusion program, Antyodaya Parivar Utthan Yojana, which was initiatied by the Government of Haryana to assist the low-income households in the State.

She also worked as a consultant with the Udhyam Learning Foundation, focusing on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial mindsets in the ITI ecosystem. She is a law graduate who entered the social sector through the Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates programme by Ashoka University, Haryana.

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Ranjula Singh

Senior Program Associate

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Ranjula Singh

Senior Program Associate

Ranjula is an alumnus of the London School of Economics and Political Science having graduated in 2018. After working as a Legislative Assistant to a Member of Parliament, Ranjula went on to work with organisations like the Aangan Trust, The Quantum Hub and The Akshaya Patra Foundation. Her experience in policy research and stakeholder consulting cuts across socio-economic sectors, with focus on women and children.

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Roshni Mukherji

Senior Program Manager

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Roshni Mukherji

Senior Program Manager
Saumya-Omer

Saumya Omer

Senior Program Manager

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Saumya Omer

Senior Program Manager

Saumya holds the position of Senior Program Manager at The Udaiti Foundation. She transitioned into the social sector as an SBI Youth for India Fellow in 2017. She co-founded a social enterprise called Tales & Treasures, collaborating with more than 13 microentrepreneurs from 5 states, with a primary emphasis on empowering women and rural communities. Her work has centred around women's economic empowerment, accessibility, inclusion, and social entrepreneurship.

Aditionally, Saumya has played a key role in product and policy development of the Government of India's Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission as a consultant with the University of Chicago's International Innovation Corps program. At present, Saumya heads the women's entrepreneurship vertical, where she's decidated to co-creating innovative solutions that drive enterprise growth for women in India.