OUR TEAM

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Shivani Pandit

FOUNDER-CEO

With a doctorate in Special Education from Rutgers University, USA, Dr. Shivani Pandit has been working with children with disabilities for over twenty years. She has been trained in Intensive Early Behavioral Therapy techniques for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (birth-five years of age). She has worked on several professional development initiatives for the Minnesota Department of Education in the USA. When not working, Shivani loves singing and is currently learning Hindustani classical music. 

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Shwetal Pandit

NAINI INCLUSIVE BOOKS

Shwetal is a social worker and remedial instructor by training, and a copywriter by passion. Currently, as a copywriter for an advertising firm, she writes brand stories. Shwetal is an advocate for inclusion and has authored four books for Saamarthya. When not playing with words, she loves playing with her son. 

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Parv Tiwari

NAINI INCLUSIVE BOOKS

Parv is a professional illustrator by day and an artist at night. For many years he's been exploring various methods of art. He loves delving into the world of comics and is an avid fan of Batman and his world. Parv has illustrated three titles for Naini Inclusive Books.

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Shweta Bothra

NAINI INCLUSIVE BOOKS

Shweta is a creative writer who has been working in the field of media and advertising for the past eight years. She has a postgraduate degree in communications and has always wanted to write for children.

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Teesta Das

NAINI INCLUSIVE BOOKS

Teesta is a design alumnus from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, and California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Her work explores simplicity, playfulness and joy. Teesta illustrated our first two books: Me and My Friends and Let’s Play.

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Nivida Sadekar

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Nivida is currently a first-year economics student at the Gokhale Institute, Pune. She is a huge animal lover and strongly believes in Jacinda Ardern’s words: "I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong". As a Saamarthya Ambassador, she is keen to create content that helps develop empathetic thinking and a more inclusive world.

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 Ruta Bagkar

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Ruta is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in French at Fergusson College, Pune. She has completed intermediate levels in French and intends to pursue the advanced ones in the near future. As a Saamarthya Ambassador, she hopes to make a humble yet concrete contribution in creating a more accessible and inclusive world for persons with disabilities. She is involved with social media management and content writing.

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Varada Deshpande

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Varada is an undergraduate Economics student with a passion for writing and creativity. She enjoys herself the most while composing poetry or travelling. Equality is achieved when we lift each other up; with this thought she looks to contribute to society and help the differently abled. She hopes to help make the world a better place for as many as possible.

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Akanksha Naik

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Akanksha has been volunteering at Saamarthya Foundation for more than a year, after contributing in events team she is leading Saamarthya as a program manager. She loves working with kids and successfully handling club Ananda activities and even conducts events. Akanksha is special educator by profession and is pursuing Masters in counselling psychology. When she is not working on screen you will find her either scribbling, writing poetry or cooking food outside the box.

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Tezalpreet Dhanju

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Tezal is a content writer at Saamarthya. She is currently a second-year BSc Economics student at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. She is a passionate writer; her favourite topics include block chain, crypto, and world events. 

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Rashmeet Kaur

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Rashmeet is a French teacher and an English communications coach who believes that kindness is the only way of surviving in the world. She is a volunteer at Saamarthya.

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Swati

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Swati is a soft skills trainer who works with corporates and educational institutes. She believes in constantly trying new things as she feels that each experience brings valuable learning and gives a new perspective towards life. As a Saamarthya Ambassador, Swati is involved with content writing and campaign management. She enjoys volunteering, reading, learning new skills, and spending time in nature.

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Saee Hatwalne

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Saee, a volunteer at Saamarthya, is a BSc Economics student at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics. With a passion for foreign languages and dance, she has been pursuing Bharatanatyam for the past 13 years. She would like to make a difference in society by working with the Saamarthya family. She firmly believes that everyone has the ability to shine through the darkness—they just need to keep at it.

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Manasi Vaidya

Manasi is currently a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is working towards a Master of Science in Integrated Design Management. She previously worked as a Senior User Experience Design Consultant at IBM iX in Bangalore, India. Her areas of interest are Product Management and Design, User Research, Virtual Reality and Immersive Experience Design, Designing for Accessibility, and Healthcare Design.

Geeti Barai

Geeti is an illustrator and graphic designer based in Bangalore, India. She loves exploring storytelling through her work, especially for children. Geeti likes to work with bright colors, a sense of humour, and a childlike imagination.

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Rucha Bagkar

CONSULTANT

A-MAZE-ING CAREERS

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Rucha had been following Saamarthya's work for almost a year, and is now glad to be a part of the team that brings this meaningful work to life. She mostly contributes in the events team, making sure no technical glitches get in the way of organizing successful online events. She even conducts a few sessions as part of Club Ananda and writes summaries for these events. "I want to use my time and skills to work for something bigger than myself. Since joining Saamarthya, I have been doing a lot of learning, unlearning and relearning."

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Vyoma Mandlik

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

Vyoma is a volunteer at the Saamarthya Foundation who is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in English literature. She is an avid reader and writer, and enjoys a good book with a cup of coffee. She has completed 5 levels in French and used to work as a writer for a French magazine.

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Manpreet Kaur

SAAMARTHYA AMBASSADOR

“The secret to happiness is the act of making other people happy." That being said, it isn't food, not leisure, not even money that gives Manpreet satisfaction. It's the smile on someone's face that comes because of her efforts, that gives her joy. ⠀

Manpreet leads the Social Media Team at Saamarthya, for the immense love that she has for the world of media. She is also a trained yoga practitioner pursuing Post Graduation Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy and conducts regular yoga sessions for children and parents of children with disabilities. 

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