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 Mane Manager 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.

Siddhartha Chowdary Vadlamudi Manager Marketing

Siddhartha was a Yatri in 2015 and ERC in 2016 has completed his bachelors in Computer Science Engineering and minor degree in Business Management. He has made his mark across various Startup Weekend events, and was awarded the best debutant from NEN e-week. He is a part of Strategy Chamber India.

Pulkit Garg Lead Content, Assistant Awareness Manager

Pulkit was a Yatri in the year 2014, and an ERC in 2016. The entrepreneurial keeda, made him quit his first job, within 8 months of his joining, and led to the birth of his marketing agency Edgy Scribblers. Having served over 150+ clients, in a time span of 1.5 years, he believes in the concept of altruism, and has keen interest in F&B, and Ayurveda (beauty and wellness industry).

Suvarna Tapkir-Pise Senior Manager

Suvarna was a Yatri in 2009, and came back as ERC in 2010 and 2011. Post that she joined Yatra full-time, where she single-handedly executed Internet Saathi program across Purvanchal region, educating over 20Lakh women on the usage and uses of the Internet.

Lalitha Prakash Manager Fundraising

Veteran in Pharma sector with more than 20 years of experience. Successfully accomplished setting up Animal health division in Africa and South East Asia. Currently working with Jagriti as fund raiser.

Amit Kalukhe Manager Awareness

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 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 Awareness Manager

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.

Balu Nayar Board Member

Balu is a Co-Founder of NextGen Telesolutions Pvt Ltd. He was the Managing Director and Head of Morpheus Team at Morpheus Capital Advisors. He founded Morpheus in 2009. He has over 19 years of experience spanning media, marketing and business development. Prior to joining Morpheus Capital Advisors as Managing Director, Mr. Nayar was a Managing Director of IMG India. He was earlier associated with Yahoo as a Regional Director for Yahoo's Connected Life businesses across India, South-East Asia and Australia, after a stint as the Business Development Director for the APAC region. Mr. Nayar had earlier headed Hutchison Telecom's VAS division and before that had set up the marketing division at STAR TV.

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

Vanita Viswanath Board Member

Vanita conceptualized and led Udyogini, an NGO based in Delhi. She is Founding Trustee and currently Chairperson of Aajeevika Bureau. She was previously with the World Bank, Washington D.C in various positions, including as co-director of a four-year Women's Enterprise Management Training program operational in three Asian countries. She also authored the first policy document on the Asian Development Bank's collaboration with NGOs. She has published widely lectured in leading US universities such as Yale and Columbia and presented papers in conferences worldwide, most recently at the Sixth Subsistence Marketplaces conference at the School of Business, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA. She was recognized as a finalist of the Schwab Foundation India Social Entrepreneur of the Year award 2012 and recipient of The International Alliance of Women, Washington D.C, World of Difference Award 2013. She received her PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, USA.


  • A P Misra
  • Ashish Chauhan
  • Chetna Sinha
  • Claude Smadja
  • Murali Talsila
  • Rohit Bhag
  • Sharat Bansal
  • Sunil Shukla
  • Vijay Mahajan
  • Pooja Nayar
  • Swapnil Dixit
  • Vibha Joshi

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
  • 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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