Dr. Anita Patil-Deshmukh brings a wide variety of talents and expertise to PUKAR. A trained Neonatologist by profession, Anita received her Masters in Public Health from Harvard University and worked as a faculty Neonatologist at a teaching institution in Chicago for 20 years. During her tenure, she was the Director of the Ambulatory Pediatric Residency program and Director of Continuous Medical Education for the Department of Pediatrics. She played a major leadership role within India Development Service (IDS), a Chicago based pioneering organization that supported multiple, small-scale Integrated Rural Development Projects (IRDP) across India. During her voluntary tenure at IDS, Anita visited 44 projects across 12 states to evaluate and learn from. She helped organized many important seminars in Chicago on developmental issues and build links between several philanthropic initiatives and leaders in India and the United States. Anita relocated to India in 2005 to contribute to the developmental sector and joined PUKAR as executive Director.
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.
Ruman is studying to receive Bachelor’s degree in Management Studies. Ruman joined PUKAR as a Barefoot Researcher and later became the member of Healthy Cities Team, doing Community Based Research for 5 years in addition to his experience in hospitality industry and health services. All these experiences have given Ruman the expertise to negotiate many hurdles within governing systems as Administrative Assistant. Ruman is very creative person who looks to explore new things and gain new knowledge.
Shahazade first engaged with PUKAR as a Youth Fellow from 2011- 2012. Impressed by the congenial working environment in PUKAR and armed with his MBA degree as well as experience as Research Assistant for 1.5 years at TISS, Shahazade found PUKAR to be a perfect place to contribute his proficiency and build his own capacities further. He heads the HR Department at PUKAR, continuing to extend his administrative expertise in ensuring PUKAR’s smooth functioning and keeps the team on the track of meeting various deadlines all the time.
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