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GAP Initial Team
GAP Initial Team

Initial Team

Arun Maira


Arun Maira has held leadership positions in the private as well as the public sector, and therefore has a unique perspective on how they can work together to build a better India. He has led three rounds of participative and comprehensive scenario building for the future of India.

Indu Champati

Bodhi Tree

Indu Champati owns and runs The Bodhi Tree, a company dealing in commercial and residential real estate.In the past she has set up and successfully run a trendy restaurant in Bangalore, called Civet, for 5 years.


Passionate about wildlife and nature, Indu has set up and managed two wildlife lodges (in Kabini and Bandipur) in the eco-tourism space.

Paritosh Sehgal


Paritosh is a consultant with exposure in several aspects of businesses: Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Partner Program, Global Service Delivery, Product and offerings Management, Innovation and Research.


He is currently consulting with startups in the product and technology sector, and also in the social development sector: NGOs and social enterprises.

Vishnu Swaminathan

Head – Housing for All
Ashoka India

Vishnu leads Ashoka South Asia’s efforts to create an “Everyone a Changemaker” world—one where each person has the skills, drive, and resources to push forward solutions to pressing social and environmental problems, and each organization works to maximize the changemaking potential of its members.

Lijo Chacko

Panism Foundation

Lijo was the COO at the Head Held High Foundation and Program Director of Global Action on Poverty.


Commissioned into the Indian Navy in 1996, Lijo operated 6 attack submarines in various capacities including two as Chief Engineer.

Nishwath Hassan

Sahyog Impact Org

Dr Niswath worked in the United Nations Volunteers on Kofi Annans report, European forum for child Welfare, Erehwon India and Global action on poverty. She has done extensive work in Human /Child development and family studies.

PG Bhat

President, Director

The President and Director of Pluma, he is a graduate in Electrical Engineering with Post Graduate Diploma in Systems Management (DSM). He started his career in the Indian Navy where he played different roles. He is a social worker and educationist.

Utkarsh Singh

Founder, Director – Design

Utkarsh studied architecture but chose to practice his design knowledge in the field of design and communication. After dabbling with his own start-up in 1999, he chose to start Hyphen Design in Bangalore.

Nagesh Ramaiah


Cdr Nagesh Ramaiah started his career with Navy and has been a part of many NGO’s. He studied Power electronics from Loughborough University. He has also worked in GE and AMC Engineering College.

Manisha Dahad

Head – GAP

Manisha Dahad brings two decades of experience in the business & social sectors combined with leadership transformation and coaching to enhance capabilities of individuals, groups and enterprises across UK & India through the organisation Social Brilliance.

Sunil Savara

Managing Trustee
Head Held High

Sunil is the Managing Trustee, and a co-founder of Head Held High Foundation. He also envisioned and launched GAP – Global Action on Poverty, a platform which accelerates the journey of change-makers to eradicate poverty.

Madan Padaki

Chief Mentor

An engineer from NIE Mysore and an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai, Madan Padaki had worked with Wipro, Infosys and Mphasis (Japan) – before being bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 2000 when he co-founded MeritTrac as a pioneering idea in skills assessments.

Nidhi Raj

Lead – DEN & Serve

Nidhi Raj has nearly 16 years of experience in business strategizing, marketing and branding. She has worked with various industries like retails, FMCG, apparels and media.

Sumir Hinduja

Managing Director
Hinduja Group

Sumir’s education (Bachelors in Economics and a Masters in Development Studies) prepared him for engagement with an activist organization in Rajasthan. This involved making the government more responsive to its poorer citizens–specifically through bringing in transparency in government expenditure on welfare programs.

Suruchi Saxena

Head Business – Treasure Trunk

Suruchi is the head of Business Development for Lemon Advisors UK. She is the founder of Mahusiano Arts UK . Suruchi graduated from Nagpur University and pursued her Masters from IIT Delhi in Business Administration.

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