Team

 

POORVI SHAH

CEO

She has over ten years of experience with The Akanksha Foundation in various capacity including student enrichment, leadership development, recruitment, induction, teacher training, donor reporting, fundraising, writing grants, award proposals, and Annual Report.

As Director for Student Enrichment, Poorvi focused on character and life skills development in students. She oversaw the Career Resource Center, Mentor Program, scholarships, alumni engagement, and leadership programs for youth such as Learning To Lead and Service Learning. This involved program design and review, research, planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and impact.

Poorvi as well as her students and alumni have represented Akanksha in various forums such as UN global forum (WASH), RISE Round Table, InspirED, Youth Leadership Conferences, and Common Purpose. She has also been a jury for Social Innovation Awards at IIT’s Techfest.

Poorvi was previously with Price Waterhouse LLP, NY from 1994 to 1996 where she was handling audits of Indian mutual funds registered offshore and then with Indocean Venture Capital and IndAsia Fund Advisors, Bombay, one of the first venture capital firms in India from 1996 to 2000. Poorvi has also served on the Board of Bombay International School Association for two years with one year as the Chairperson. Poorvi has done her B.Com., MMS (Finance) and MBA (International Business).

Poorvi is passionate about equity in education and empowerment and enjoys meeting people from all walks of life.


ANJALI HARI

Director Fundraising & Partnership

Endowed with a strong track record in programme implementation, communication, and entrepreneurship, Anjali transitioned into the social sector in 2006 as the Program Director to implement the unique Katalyst programme of Thirds sector Partners. Here, she has successfully leveraged on her diverse experience and passion to transform the lives of meritorious girls from underprivileged backgrounds and make a significant difference at the grassroots level. Anjali was responsible for the enrolment of deserving students, fundraising, event management, partnering with colleges and corporate, and planning and executing various interventions such as soft skill and hard skill training, mentor program, internships, and placements. Anjali has been a pillar of support for the Katalyst girls, especially in Mumbai and Pune.

Previously, Anjali was in Client servicing in the Advertising Agencies for seven years. Later, she worked with Modi Xerox to promote Photo Copiers in the institution segment. After two years she became the Development Manager and was responsible to set up photo finishing labs for Lazor QSS in collaboration with Kodak. For 11 years, she was associated as a concessionaire for Hindustan Unilever Ltd as Manager Operations for their beverages.

Anjali completed her Economics major from Elphinstone College, Mumbai University, followed by a Diploma in Marketing Management from Mumbai University.

Anjali is candid, rooted to the ground, and empathetic. Among her other diverse interests are Travel, Wildlife, Reading, and Music.


AARTI NATHAN

COO

Aarti has around 19 years of experience in the IT Industry working with different technologies and domains. She has led Engineering teams of developers, QA, and support in Services and Product companies. She has also handled Operations, HR, Recruitment, and Admin in various organizations.

Before joining Katalyst, Aarti was working for over 4 years with Zettics as Head of Engineering and India Centre Operations, a Boston (USA) based telecom software product company. She started her professional career with Persistent Systems in 2000 and worked with them for 14 years, both in India and the USA. She managed large Engineering teams for marque tech MNCs, and, setup tools and processes to achieve productivity and efficiency metrics.

Aarti has done her Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from Pune University in 2000. She is passionate about mentoring young talent and committed to helping create more women leaders. She loves meeting and interacting with people. She also likes to travel and different forms of fine art.


MEGHA VERMA

Senior Manager – International Partnerships & Pune Operations

Megha holds an MBA degree with a specialization in Finance and has an extensive 15 years of experience in managing programs and operations for the social sector. She has been trained by the Ministry of Railways (Project Management Advisor) to enhance her project management skills. Her core skills are program management & implementation, program monitoring, strategy planning, and creative mindset.

Before joining Katalyst, Megha worked with four leading NGOs and boosted her innovative and creative skills moderately. In her previous experience, she has worked with project partners and carried out stakeholder management, program monitoring, human resource development, budgeting, fund planning, and auditing of partners funds.

As a professional, she can initiate/manage cross-functional teams and multi-disciplinary projects. She is always keen on working for social innovations, traveling for a cause, collaborating, and synergizing.

Megha also enjoys networking and rapport building, solving puzzles, and reading books.


SHALIMA JAIN

Program Manager, Bangalore

Shalima had a dynamic corporate career of over 18+ years that reflects rich experience & year-on-year success in Operations, Projects & Delivery Management in Retail and Development sector. Started her career as a design coordinator and then had a very enriching growth journey to become Operations Manager in Retail Design. She has visited different countries across Europe and Asia for onsite training, due diligence, stakeholder meetings, and project closure. Transitioned many complex processes and ran the operations to successfully deliver the organisation’s goals and KPIs.

Problem solver with a passion for technology and skills in grasping the big picture and conceptualizing & applying appropriate technology/mix of technologies that meet business needs while minimizing risks. She has a passion for working on Financial Freedom for Women and has worked on various projects during her corporate Journey. Currently, she is the Program Manager for Katalyst Bangalore.


SAPNA ADVANI

Program Manager, Mumbai

Sapna has 10 years of experience in the IT Industry, working with different technologies and domains. She started her career with Tata Consultancy Services in 2007 with extensive work experience in Oracle PL/SQL, UNIX as an IT Analyst.

She is an accomplished accounting professional with a strong proficiency in performing payroll operations, complete life cycle implementation, and mentoring various teams with excellence. An analytical thinker with a proven ability to deal smartly & delicately, she is excellent at achieving targets, and meeting deadlines with consistency. She also volunteered at JobsForHer Company to help the women on a break to resume back to work.

Sapna did her B.Tech in Computer Science from SLIET University. She is passionate to empower young minds with education & happy-healthy positive minds, which is why she decided to switch her career from IT to the Social sector. With an optimistic outlook towards life, she is a highly self-disciplined and self-driven individual. She loves to capture moments that last a lifetime.


AYESHA KHAN

Program Manager, Delhi

Ayesha Khan is a self-driven, hardworking, and motivated social worker. She has completed her Master’s degree in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. She has also specialized in training in the Development sector. Before this, she was the Centre Head at NIIT Foundation. She loves travelling and meeting new people.

Ayesha believes that change happens when people are given the guidance they need to draw on their strengths and realize their potential to live fulfilling happy lives. Ayesha provides an environment of compassion and support to Katalyst girls to overcome obstacles and move forward.

At Katalyst, she is providing continual elevation and transformation of young women from low-income communities to lead change in their professional and personal spheres of life.


STEFFI C.T.

Assistant Program Manager, Bangalore

Steffi is a Master’s degree holder in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work Mumbai Having worked with different Child Right Organization for the past 4 years she understood the need for higher education in the country, she believes that education is an answer to eradicate poverty. Steffi, joined Katalyst in 2016, as an Assistant Program Manager.

In her free time, she travels and has a special interest in Baking.


MEHAK KANDA

Assistant Program Manager, Pune

Mehak has over 8 years of comprehensive experience in the areas of Business Intelligence/Analysis, Technology and Scenario Planning, People’s Skills, and Stakeholder Management.

Started her career as a project engineer with Wipro Technologies, She has touched and dived into the various avenues like Procurement Leader for High-end IT Software infrastructures (Middle East), Certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015.

She is passionate about building the next generation of women leaders. Through Katalyst, she got the opportunity to influence people for the things that excite her.

Outside of her work life, she is committed to her family, friends, and living a holistic life.


SHAMSHIDHA ZAINAB

Program Co-ordinator, Bangalore

Shamshidha has over 8 years’ experience working in multiple sectors. She started her career in 2012 working in the BPO sector as a Technical Support Executive. In 2014, she joined a Recruitment Firm as a Business Development Executive (BDE) under their Admission Department, where she dealt with fresh engineering graduates and counseled them about the training and placement and also provided job assistance. She then got an internal transfer to Man Power Consultant, where her role was dealing with professionals in terms of screening and sourcing candidates and helping them get hired in MNCs.

Shamshidha joined Katalyst in 2015. She has a B.Com degree and is currently pursuing her post-graduation in Social Work. Her strength lies in maintaining good interpersonal relationships. She is humble, hardworking, and has a keen passion for learning.


SHRAVANTHI SURESH

Program Co-ordinator, Bangalore

Shravanthi has done her Bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, and is a Master’s degree holder in Social Work from St. Joseph’s College, Bengaluru. She has worked in the education sector for the period 2 years as Assistant Professor.

She believes in the empowerment of youth through education. She enjoys reading books, listening to music, exploring new places, trying out different cuisines, and holds great passion for volunteering.


ANJU MASKE

Program Co-ordinator, Pune

Anju has done her Bachelor’s in Management Studies degree from Mumbai University in 2014. She is passionate about learning new things.

She has 6 years of experience in the Social sector. Before joining Katalyst, she was working with Global Vision Cancer Care NGO as a Senior Co-ordinator in the fundraising department and was later working with Intelenet Global Services Pvt Ltd. as a Senior Executive.

She’s willing to learn, patient, honest, is a good listener, and possesses a ‘Never Say No’ attitude. In her downtime, she likes listening to music and cooking.


AVILA D’SOUZA

Administrative Officer

Avila graduated with Bachelor’s in Economics from Wilson College, Mumbai University. Avila works as an Administrative Officer for Thirds sector Partners and its social initiative Katalyst. Before this, Avila worked with LJ Hooker, an Australian Real Estate as a Business System Officer for 2 years and with CRY as a Telecaller for Individual fundraising for 6 months.

Avila enjoys Traveling, loves cooking, and listens to country music.