Administrative Team

Dr Anita Patil-Deshmukh

Dr Anita Patil-Deshmukh is the executive Director of PUKAR and she brings a wide variety of talents and expertise to the organization. A physician by profession, Anita received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and worked as a faculty Neonatologist in a teaching institution in Chicago for 20 years.

During her tenure she was also the Director of the Pediatric Residency programme and Director of Continuous Medical Education for the Department of Pediatrics. During her stay in the USA she played a major leadership role within India Development Service (IDS) a pioneer organization in United States which supported multiple, small scale, socio-economic development projects across India.

During her voluntary tenure at IDS, she returned to India each year to visit, evaluate and learn from the projects IDS supported. She organized many important seminars in Chicago on developmental issues and helped build links between several philanthropic initiatives and leaders in India and the United States. Anita relocated back to India in 2005 to contribute to the developmental sector.


Shahazade Akhtar

Shahazade first engaged with PUKAR as a Youth Fellow during the fellowship term from 2011- 2012. While he discontinued his research for personal reasons, he was drawn towards working with PUKAR. Subsequently, Shahazade joined in February 2012 as an Office Manager.

Shahazade hails from Madhya Pradesh, graduating in Computer Science and completing his MBA in Bhopal. While he spent a 6-month stint in ACC Ltd., he was motivated to explore and contribute to the social sector.   Consequently, Shahazade worked for the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai as a Research Assistant for 2 years. He now continues to extend his administrative expertise in ensuring PUKAR’s smooth functioning.


Anil Kumar Valmiki

Anil Kumar Valmiki is the Office Coordinator at PUKAR. He has completed his SSC and a basic diploma course in computers from NIIT. He hails from Bareilley, UP and has been in Mumbai for over four years. A self learnt computer expert, a prolific blogger and a budding poet, Anil also teaches computer skills to the youth from the community on a voluntary basis.


Satwik Pradhan

satwikpicSatwik joined PUKAR in April 2014 as graphic designer. He holds a B Tech in aerospace engineering from IIT Bombay. After graduation he joined as a fellow at Gandhi Fellowship where he worked with the tribal communities and government schools.

During his college days he had worked for various social causes ranging from education to international politics. He was a research scholar at INSEAD Business School, Paris and has served as UNEP youth ambassador for India. He founded the Global Zero chapter in his college and partnered with Lahore University of Management Sciences to organize the first nuclear awareness survey involving citizens of India & Pakistan. He was the 2012 winner of UNEP ROAP Director’s Prize and was one of the youngest delegates at the UNFCCC COP 17, Durban.

Currently, he lives in Mumbai where he works as UI/UX consultant for various start-ups. During his free time he likes to read books, watch movies/anime and take a walk in the busy streets of the city.


Sujatha Subramanian 

Sujatha works part-time with PUKAR as a writer. Her responsibilities include writing quarterly, half yearly and annual reports of the PUKAR projects for documentation and for funding agencies, and creating the content of the Ezine and email announcements. She is also responsible for regular website updates in coordination with the project and design team as well as assisting the team members in drafting presentations and research papers.

Sujatha is currently pursuing her M.Phil in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Her educational background includes an MA in Media and Cultural Studies from TISS and a BA (Hons) in English Literature from Delhi University. She has previously interned at The Hindu and with OPEN magazine and has been a research fellow with the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society. She has co-directed the documentaries ‘Aman ki Khoj: Dharavi’s Search for Peace’ and ‘Take Back the Fight’.  


 Reetika Revathy Subramanian

reetikaAnchored on the resolve to effect sustained change, and fuelled by her keenness to interact with people and above all, tell a story- Reetika works part-time with PUKAR as the social media consultant and blogger.

Having displayed her love for writing, debates and meeting people through school, she completed her Bachelor of Mass Media (Journalism) along with Political Science Honours at St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

The influences in her life have always been strong women figures- who have enabled her to balance sympathetic understanding with unbiased observation. Backed by this communicative process, she reported on issues related to local governance, telecom, culture and communities for Hindustan Times, Mumbai for more than two years before taking a giant leap to the field of academics in 2013. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Media and Cultural Studies at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. During this period, she spent one semester on exchange to study urban sociology and public policy at SciencesPo in Paris.

Beyond the hustle of packed press rooms and crowded streets, it is a good non-fiction book, cartooning, blogging and listening to people’s stories that keep her inspired.


Finance Team

Anupamaa Joshi

Anupamaa works part-time with PUKAR as a Grant Manager. Her work involves liaising with funding agencies once they start supporting PUKAR projects. She prepares financial reports along with the accounts team and keeps track of all the cash and cheque transactions of PUKAR.

She worked as the full-time Office Manager with PUKAR from 2005 to 2008. Before coming to PUKAR, she was teaching Radio & TV at Sophia Polytechnic (Diploma in Social Communications Media). Her educational background includes an MA in Psychology (Counseling) and a diploma in Social Communications Media. She has also completed a diploma in Ecology and Natural Resource Management and a Certificate Course in Women’s Studies from SNDT University.

Though there is no singular theme in her academic engagement, Anupamaa believes that her varied pursuits help her to bring various perspectives to her involvement with PUKAR’s projects, which at times goes beyond simply managing grants!


Usha Galia

Usha Galia has done her B. Com. from University of Mumbai, and a diploma in computer programming at NIIT. She has been working in the field of accounts for 20 years. She has worked with Chartered Accountants, trading firms, and also with The Hunger Project which is an international trust. She assists in maintaining accounts at PUKAR.


Ishvar Solanki

Ishvar Solanki works with PUKAR as an accountant. He has been working in the field of accounts for 30 years. He has worked with Chartered Accountants, Tax consultants, trading firms, Manufacturing units, and also worked with various NGOs – The Hunger Project for 17 years, Swayam Shikshan Prayog for 3 years; Rotary Club of Bombay downtown for 3 years and Handspun for Urban Market for 5 years.

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