Jagriti Yatra Team

Meet the team! We are comprised of a dedicated group of professionals based in India and UK.

Executive Team

Ashutosh Kumar Executive Director

Exceptionally bright and dedicated to the vision of Enterprise-led-development, Ashutosh joined Jagriti in 2008 in the founding year. He was an integral part of the team, playing the role of Executive Director from 2012 till 2015. He now advises the executive team in strategy. An IIT Kharagpur alumnus, he is a theatre enthusiast and has also made several short films.

Ashutosh brings great creativity and humour to the team. He has led Jagriti Yatra successfully for the last 4 years.

Dr Suyogkumar Bhavare COO

Dr Suyog has been participant in 2008, ​ then a​ ​F​acilitator and then as part of the extended team in every Yatra thereafter. An Ayurvedic doctor by qualification, Suyog, is an entrepreneur at heart. He founded a chain of Ayurvedic clinics in Nashik and many youth based organisations in and around Maharashtra.

Suyog is passionate about healthcare, social work, travelling, drama, counselling & management.​

Vaishali Maind Director, Selections and Programming

Vaishali is an entrepreneur at heart. Her dynamism and ability to engage with youth makes her crucial to the vision of the Jagriti team. Vaishali brings expertise from the education sector and has been a part of the core team since 2008.

Pankaj ManeManager Operations and Administration

Pankaj has completed his MCA from Pune University. He has previously worked as Software developer and team leader. He is a District Community Service Director of Rotaract Pune. Pankaj is passionate about body building, personal health and wellness.

Amit Kalukhe Assistant Awareness Manager, JADE

Amit started as a Facilitator in 2008 Yatra& then every year he has been associated with JagritiYatra as extended team member & ERC member. He is applying his entrepreneurial skills to grow his family business & is also working with social media related projects.

Mayur Kurhade Assistant Manager, Designs

Mayur, a yatri in 2012 and ERC in 2014 & 2015, has completed Bachelors in Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering. He loves being involved in social activities. He is interested in mobile technologies and plays around Android & iOS SDK.

Sagar Unde Assistant Manager, Social Media

Sagar, a yatri in 2013 and ERC in 2014 & 2015, has completed his Diploma in Auto mobile Engineering. After working in Tata motors Pune he quit his job and is presently pursuing Mechanical Engineering from Bramha Valley College, Nashik (Maharashtra). He was born in a farmer's family and is inclined to involve himself in social activities.

Train Incharge

Colonel Suresh Patil

Col. Suresh Patil is an army veteran with lots of accolades, including Chief of Army Staffs Commendation Card, to his name. He has been the in-charge of train for the initial 7 Yatras, including the 1997 Azad Bharat Rail Yatra. He is founder of Green Thumb, a non-profit working for environment protection, and Justice For Jawans, a non-profit working for the welfare of war widows, ex-service men and service men. He is recently working on Khadagvasla Dam project which involves removal of silt from water tanks and lakes.

Lt Col Kaizad B Bhaya (Retd)

Lt Col Kaizad B Bhaya (Retd) was commission into the GRENADIERS Regiment and has seen action on various occasions and is a veteran of Kargil war. He has held various appointments and served in numerous locations. He has also served as a member of the peacekeeping force in the UN at Sierra Leone where he was accoladed by UNICEF (Serria Leone Branch) in 2000 for social service rendered during the Mission which was in addition to his primary role. After an illustrious innings of 25 years of active service, Lt Col Kaizad B Bhaya (Retd) took voluntarily retirement in 2012. He is an aluminous of IIM (Ahmedabad) besides having to his credit a Masters in Personnel Management and various other academic qualifications. Presently he is a visiting faculty at a number of Management institutes.

Jagriti Yatra Board

The Jagriti Yatra Board comprises of international experienced professionals with high calibre who define the ethos of Jagriti Yatra.

Shashank Mani Chairman

An original architect of the Yatra, Shashank works for PwC. He is the Executive Director – Consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is the Chairman of Jagriti Sewa Sansthan. Shashank has a B.Tech from IIT-Delhi and an MBA (Hons.) from IMD, Lausanne. He was recently awarded the IIT Delhi Alumni Association Award for outstanding contribution for the year 2013.

Raj Krishnamurthy Board Member

Raj is a thinker, leader and an innovator. He has worked for several multinationals including Applied Materials, BOC Group and UTC. He is the founder of a digital consultancy in London - Enria Limited. He currently works for Rentokil-Initial as their Innovations Director and is passionate about supporting startups. Raj is the architect of Biz Gyan Tree, the business plan competition in the Yatra and credited with several other creative excesses. He has a Bachelors from IIT Bombay, MS from Purdue University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Rewati Prabhu Board Member

Rewati has worked for over 15 years as an urban designer in the USA, Europe, Africa and India. A gold medallist B.Arch graduate from Pune University and a fellowship awardee in her Masters in Urban Planning from University of Michigan, USA, she is a Director of Frischmann Prabhu India, a 400 strong multidisciplinary design consultancy based in Mumbai. Rewati has led several award-winning development projects and is passionate about urban regeneration in India.

Surendra Sharma Board Member

An alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, he is an ex-technocrat and consultant from the Nuclear Energy field. Interested in social welfare and nation building activity, he is closely associated with Jagriti Yatra and is contributing to its success from the very inception in 1997


Swapnil Kant Dixit

Swapnil Kant Dixit is advisor to the Jagriti Yatra. He was the co-founder of the Jagriti Yatra and served as Director Operations and Executive Director of Jagriti Yatra for 5 years. He is a graduate from IIT Kharagpur and an MBA from Haas School of Business, Berkley.

Vibha Joshi

A microbiologist by training, Vibha joined Jagriti in 2008 to support selections. She played the role of Director Selections since 2011 for 4 years, and was an integral part of the other departments of Jagriti Yatra. She is known to the Yatris as the 'Voice of the Yatra'. She has previously worked with various pharmaceutical MNCs in product development. Combined with her meticulous, scientific mind is her love for music, art, reading and travelling. She is also a keen astronomer.

Vibha’s corporate experience has streamlined key processes within Jagriti. She now advises the team on strategy in various departments.

Extended Team

Gauri Sharma Tripathi

A Kathak dance artist, perfomer, choreographer and artist in residence at Southbank Centre, London, Gauri is associated with Jagriti Yatra since its inception. She has done the choreography for Jagriti Geet that beautifully reflects Prasoon's lyrics and which Yatris could perfom all together.

She is curator of Alchemy festival and Women of World (WOW) at SBC.

Chinmay Vadnere

Chemical Engineer by profession & passionate serial entrepreneur. He joined the Yatra in 2008 as a participant & then continue as a extended team thereafter. He is heading the team of Railway Operations and Punctuality for Jagriti Yatra since 2009.

Ruben Mascarenhas

Techie by training and Socio-Political Activist by choice. His educational qualification ranges from computer engineering to Hindi literature to astronomy and astrophysics. He is presently the COO of Serv'd which is a fintech impact enterprise working towards organising the unorganised domestic workers.

  • Ananth Krishna
  • Anshul Agrawal
  • Arun Shankar
  • Ramesh Ramaswamy
  • Nitin Baria
  • Ganesh Singh

Engine Room Club Members

These are our Yatris who have been part of the operations team for more than 4 years. They head various departments and train other Yatri volunteers. There are many more ERC members who come on the train every year and support in operations.

View the list of past ERC members

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