About Us

Meet the Team

Shrish NR - Co-founder

Based out of Bangalore, India, Shrish is an entrepreneur/evangelist focused on innovation in India. He has 20 years of experience in areas as varied as Software Application Development, IT operations support, Project and Program Management, Operations excellence and Technology Development for the social sector.

Nikhil Desai - Co-founder & CEO

Nikhil completed his Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from People's Education Society Institute of Technology, Bangalore in Electronics and Communications in 2005. After working for about a year in Delphi Corp in the field of automobile design software, he completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta in 2008. Thereafter, he worked as 'Senior Associate' in the Risk Management team at Infosys, Bangalore for a year.

Badrinath C N - Admin Head

Badrinath C N had his initial education in Bangalore and then relocated to Calcutta for high school education. He once again came back to Bangalore to do his graduation in Bachelor of Science at St Joseph’s College Bangalore University. He further continued his studies to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Malnad College of Engineering at Hassan Mysore University.

Saharsha Jacob - Program Manager

Saharsha graduated in English from Women's Christian College, Chennai (2012) and Master of Social Work with specialization in Community Development from Christ University, Bangalore (2014).

Sayantani Sarkar - Program Manager

Sayantani has a Masters in Social Work from Vidyasagar School of Social Work, Vidyasagar University, Kolkata in 2012. Her primary area of focus was Women Welfare and Development. She has also pursued a course on Social Defense from the National Institute of Social Defense, New Delhi in 2012.

Ruchika Satish - Program Manager

Ruchika is a TERI University graduate with Masters in Water Science and Governance program. She has completed her Bachelors in environmental engineering from VVCE, Mysore. She was working as Zilla Swachh Bharat Prerak, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Tata Trusts, in the districts of Karnataka followed by Goa. As ZSBP, Ruchika's role was to help the district administration in effective implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (G).

Rohan Kashyap - Program Executive

Rohan has a Bachelor of Engineering from Oriental College, Bhopal in 2015. His engineering stream was Information Technology, with areas of focus as Data Structures, Algorithms and Java Programming.

Gurleen Kaur - Program Executive

Gurleen completed her Bachelors of Arts (Hons) in Political Science from Delhi University in 2016. Soon after completing her under graduation, she enrolled for a Post Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication (AIMC), New Delhi. Her specialisation was in Digital Media and Online Journalism.

Surjeet Singh Tekaam - Regional Coordinator

Surjeet is a resident of Baharpur village of Dindori district in Madhya Pradesh. He has worked with PRADAN for four years where he was engaged with formation and nurturing of Self Help Groups, capacity building of farmers on better agricultural practices and creation of watershed structures to ensure drinking water supply and irrigation for the community.


Ms Arima Mishra

Prior to joining Azim Premji University, Arima was teaching in the University of Delhi. She also served as a Social Scientist in IC-HEALTH, Delhi (an initiative of World Health Organization and Global Forum for Health Research) and Institute of Public Health, Bangalore. She has more than twelve years of research experience examining research themes in the areas of medical sociology, sociology of childhood and sociology of poverty and marginalization. In the area of medical sociology, she has been working on a wide range of issues including social construction of chronic illness, notions of 'evidence', in medicine and other healings systems, immunization and mother-child health, health systems governance and methodological interface between social science and public health.