Team

POORVI SHAH

CEO

She has over ten year of experience with The Akanksha Foundation in various capacity including student enrichment, leadership development, recruitment, induction, teacher training, donor reporting, fund raising, 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 enrolment of deserving students, fund raising, 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 specially 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 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 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 travel and different forms of fine art.


MEGHA VERMA

Senior Program Manager, Pune

Megha has nine years of experience in handling program and finance for social sector. She holds post graduation degree with a specialization in Finance and has been trained by the Ministry of Railways (Project Management Advisor) for project management.

Before joining Katalyst, Megha worked with US based NGO, Global Communities (formerly CHF International) for more than three years. Here she worked with project partners and carried out stakeholder management, program monitoring, human resource development, budgeting, fund planning and auditing of partners funds. She also worked with Program Tracker software for periodic monitoring of the project.

Megha enjoys meeting people, solving puzzles and reading books.


SHRUTI BISHT

Program Manager, Mumbai


AYESHA KHAN

Program Manager, Delhi


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 CHOPRA

Assistant Program Manager, Pune


SHAMSHIDHA ZAINAB

Program Co-ordinator, Bangalore

Shamshida has over 7 years’ experience working in multiple sectors. She started her career in 2012 working in the BPO sector in 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.

Shamshida 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 education sector for the period 2 years as Assistant Professor.

She believes in 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


AVILA D’SOUZA

Administrative Officer

Avila graduated with Bachelors in Economics from Wilson College, Mumbai University. Avila works as an Administrative Officer for Thirds sector Partners and its social initiative Katalyst. Prior to 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 a period of 6 months.

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