The SNEHA Team

The SNEHA team is a dynamic group of 350+ individuals. At the helm, leading this committed team, is a group of men and women with decades of experience who are dedicated to SNEHA's work.

Management Team

Trustees of SNEHA
Vanessa D'souza
CEO
Email vanessa@snehamumbai.org

She has worked with Citibank India for 21 years and in her last position was Director - Citigroup Private Bank. Vanessa holds a graduate degree in Economics (Hons) and a Masters degree in Business Administration (Marketing). Her hobbies include cooking, traveling and reading.

Dr. Shanti Pantvaidya
Executive Director
Email drshpantvaidya@gmail.com

She was a medical teacher for 35 years and served as Professor and Head of Anaesthesiology Services at LTMG Hospital for 20 years, where she was instrumental in establishing and coordinating the Emergency Medical Services at LTMG Hospital. She has been a Project Coodinator at SNEHA, looking at standardizing and implementing clinical maternal and newborn services in public hospitals through the City Initiative for Newborn Health project.

Trustees of SNEHA
Trustees of SNEHA
Dr. Nayreen Daruwalla
Programme Director for Prevention Of Violence against Women and Children & EHSAS (Empowerment, Health & Sexuality of Adolescents)
Email nayreen@snehamumbai.org

Having qualified with a Doctorate in Social Psychology, her 18 years of experience have been in the area of mental health – counseling, crisis intervention, and training. She has worked extensively in the field of violence against women and children abroad and in India for 12 years. She is fond of reading and traveling.

Neena Shah More
Programme Director Advocacy and Model Replication
Email neena@snehamumbai.org

With a M.A. in Social Work, Neena joined SNEHA in April 2002 and spent 2 years on the Mother and Child Friendly Hospital Project before joining City Initiative for Newborn Health as a project coordinator. She has 21 years work experience in 7 different organizations including SNEHA. She enjoys reading, walking, traveling, and her pets.

Trustees of SNEHA
Trustees of SNEHA
Sushma Shende
Programme Director Child Health and Nutrition
Email sushma@snehamumbai.org

Sushma has 19 years of experience in handling health system research and development projects in tribal and urban areas. Having qualified with a Masters in Science, Anthropology, she has been working with SNEHA since 2002 and has managed the large programmes. Before Joining SNEHA she has worked with two distinguished organizations including BAIF. Her expertise includes strengthening public health systems, developing public private partnerships and implementation research. Her hobbies are traveling and listening to music.

Smriti Acharya
Programme Director, Maternal and Newborn Health
Email smriti@snehamumbai.org

Smriti Acharya has a post graduate degree in Medical & Psychiatric Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and a graduate degree in Psychology from Bombay University. She has engaged with different state and central governments, bilateral agencies and, several NGOs to impact health of women and children, child rights, prevent HIV/AIDS infections and facilitate prison reforms. She loves travelling and fitted well in the diverse cultures she has visited across India. She will willingly give up anything and everything for high altitude trekking.

Trustees of SNEHA
Trustees of SNEHA
Anuja Jayaraman
Director, Research
Email anuja@snehamumbai.org

Anuja completed a PhD in Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics and Demography from the Pennsylvania State University, USA and has over 10 years of rich and varied international experience in the field of development. Her research focuses on areas of non - income dimensions of well - being including health (maternal and child health, HIV / AIDS), housing and education in the context of South Asia and Africa. In her free time likes to play with her daughter, run and quilt (beginner level).

Archana Bagra
Director, Finance
Email archana@snehamumbai.org

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Archana joined SNEHA in May 2010. She has 18 years of experience in the field of Accounting, Internal Auditing, Taxation, Bank Audits, and NGO Audits. She has earlier been associated as a consultant with organizations like The Akanksha Foundation, Teach for India. Her hobbies are listening to music and travelling.

Trustees of SNEHA
Trustees of SNEHA
Kyoko Miura
Chief of Staff
Email kyoko@snehamumbai.org

Kyoko has over 10 years of experience in the corporate sector and then in global health. With an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, she has worked for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Switzerland and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Senegal, and has been a senior consultant with Deloitte's strategy & operations practice.

Paari Krisnamurthy
Change Management Specialist
Email paari.k@snehamumbai.org

Paari has over 5 years of experience in the corporate sector including investment banking at Goldman Sachs and strategy consulting at Bain. He is fond of playing tennis, dancing and trekking.

Trustees of SNEHA
Trustees of SNEHA
Vibhavari Bali
Human Resource Manager
Email vibhavari@snehamumbai.org

Human Resource Professional with more than 13 years of experience in Functional and Strategic HR Consulting. She brings expertise in the areas of Talent Management, Organization Design & Change Management, Performance Management System Design, Integrated HR, Leadership Assessment & Development, Training Need Analysis & Implementation. She loves performing arts and is the happiest when performing on stage.

Aparna Patil
Manager – Purchase & Administration
Email aparna@snehamumbai.org

A commerce graduate, Aparna joined SNEHA in June 2007. She has worked in a variety of settings in the service sector and brings 16 years of experience with her. She is fond of music, reading and creative designing.

Trustees of SNEHA
Trustees of SNEHA
Jaya Nuty
Manager Capability Building and Learning Development
Email jaya@snehamumbai.org

She has qualifications in human processes and organizational change. She has been in the not - for - profit sector for the past 13 years for the thrill of variety. She likes to engage in conversations with people, read OSHO and enjoys Hindi film music.

Sharmila Kher
Manager, Communications and fund Raising
Email shama@snehamumbai.org

Sharmila has qualifications in Hospital Administration and Communication. She has worked in a corporate and a not for profit environment and brings this to bear on her job at SNEHA. She likes to backpack to offbeat destinations and dabbles with creative writing and light classical music

Trustees of SNEHA
Trustees of SNEHA
Naina Fernandez
Programme Coordinator, Livelihood
Email naina@snehamumbai.org

Having worked as project coordinator of SNEHA Shakti, specifically with the care and support centre for senior citizens, Heart - to - Heart project, and the health services, Naina currently coordinates the Livelihood Program. Since the year 2000, she has worked with the crèche, the hospital on wheels for street children's project. Having qualified with a Masters in Social Work, she previously worked in the MSW Department of the LTMG hospital, the Paraplegic Foundation, and as an MDACS counselor for HIV / AIDS. She loves Hindustani classical music.

Hamsini Ravi
Manager- Communications
Email hamsini@snehamumbai.org

Hamsini is a trained journalist with an academic background in Development Studies. In the last five years, she has worked with both donors and NGOs in helping them tell their stories and implement their communications strategies. She enjoys reading, traveling and cooking.

Trustees of SNEHA