Bharat Bachpan - Core Team

Rajesh Tamadapally

Rajesh worked as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) in a remote, Naxal affected & tribal district – Malkangiri, Odisha. As a PMRDF, he worked on improving last mile service delivery across sectors like Health, ICDS, Education, Tribal Empowerment, Livelihoods  etc. using technology & innovative ideas. His work during fellowship was among the ten works selected by the Govt. of India for publication. Through this fellowship, he has gained intricate experience of working with government at various levels.

Prior to this, he was on the Governing Board of Nirmaan NGO and played a key role in building it from early stage to a sustainable enterprise. Voluntarily, he has contributed to improving school education & women empowerment in urban slums and nurturing young social leaders while working as Consultant in IT sector in Hyderabad.

Rajesh is an alumnus of BITS-Pilani & holds Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) from TISS, Mumbai.

Rakesh Thummalapally

Rakesh worked as a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) in a remote, naxal affected & tribal district – Ganjam, Odisha. As a PMRDF, he worked on improving last mile government service delivery across sectors like Sanitation, Nutrition, Livelihoods, Employment, Housing etc.. His work during fellowship lead to state level policy changes and also contributed in improving the performance of District Administration to receive awards at the state and national level. Rakesh also worked with Centre For Civil Society-Think Tank on evaluating and improving services in the Education sector and with Adequare Info.Pvt Limited as a head of Online Marketing vertical.

Rakesh is an alumnus of BITS-Pilani with graduation degree in Information Systems & currently pursuing Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) from TISS, Mumbai

Sahadev B

Sahadev is a Post graduate in Rural Development & Management from National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD). He is multi-talented and a constant learner. He was a Young Professional with Uttarakhand State Rural Livelihood Mission (SRLM) and has done enormous contribution to Livelihoods, Financial Inclusion, Capacity Building & Institution Building and marketing of produce of Women Self Help Groups (SHGs). Prior to that, he worked as an Assistant Professor in Engineering college and was also headmaster of a school for a brief stint. He is a farmer at heart.

Dr Srikar Veerapaneni

Srikar hold an MBBS degree and is passionate about social work. He conducted medical camps for women’s health, ophthalmology, cancer awareness in women in urban slums of Hyderabad through Dr. A Ramaiah memorial foundation. He generated funds for Nepal earthquake victims during his college. Now, he is a consultant to ‘I do’ organization on Mother & Child Health while undergoing training for Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MRCP) of the United Kingdom.

Mayank Lodha

An MBA from FMS Delhi, Mayank comes with extensive experience across the education, rural development and public health ecosystems. In his current role, with the Govt. of Andhra Pradesh, he is working towards the systemic transformation of the residential school system for students from very underprivileged backgrounds.

As a Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellow, Mayank has worked in a remote left-wing extremist-effected district in Jharkhand to improve last mile public service delivery. At the Chief Secretary's office, he focused on making pragmatic recommendations and driving innovative programs and processes at scale. As a Teach for India fellow, he taught in a Govt. school in Pune leading a class of 62 kids and spent the summer at Teach for China.

Earlier, he worked in the public health ecosystem, focusing on using data-driven insights towards improving the implementation and effectiveness of Antara’s programs, drive advocacy efforts to increase the saliency of child nutrition and explore demand-side interventions at the grassroots.

 

'I do' movement - Governing Team

Rajesh Tamadapally
Rajesh is a Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF) working in a remote, Naxal affected & tribal district in Odisha. As a PMRDF, he is working on improving last mile service delivery across sectors like Health, ICDS, Education, Tribal Empowerment, Swatch Bharat etc using technology & innovative ideas. Through this fellowship, he has gained intricate experience of working with government at various levels.
Prior to this, he was on the Governing Board of Nirmaan NGO and played a key role in building it from early stage to a sustainable enterprise. Voluntarily, he has contributed to improving school education & women empowerment in urban slums and nurturing young social leaders while working as Consultant in IT sector in Hyderabad.
Rajesh is an alumnus of BITS-Pilani & currently pursuing Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) from TISS, Mumbai.

 

rajesh vRajesh Voruganti

Rajesh V has been an entrepreneur right from his school age & grown up overcoming various challenges in his early life. He is currently Head of Product Introduction Process & Pre-Press at ITC Packaging Business. He develops superior packaging & design solutions for new product launches that have won several national, international awards and patented. He has represented his company at various international packaging associations & trade shows. Rajesh is a management graduate from BITS, Pilani and has been leading key functions at ITC PPB for over 11 years.

Manaswi Raghurama
Manaswi Raghurama
Manaswi is a PhD student of Ecology in NCBS, Bengaluru and is looking at the impact of human activities on ecosystem processes. As a student, he has volunteered & led initiatives related to primary education, environment conservation & sustainability.
Manaswi learned about the complexities involved in execution of nature conservation projects in a human-dominated system while working in Western Ghats.
Manaswi holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Trinity College, Dublin and an MSc in Biological Sciences from BITS-Pilani.

Prateek
Prateek Singhvi
Prateek is an MBA post graduate from ISB Hyderabad and did his engineering from BITS Pilani. He is an entrepreneur by heart, having worked at various startups such as MoEngage, munshiG and emptycup 3DWalk. He has played a vital role in the development of these startups. During his college days at BITS Pilani, he lead projects (of Nirmaan Organization) related to education and students personality development. He initiated student led social work club in BKBIET College, Pilani. He initiated Public Policy Club at BITS to bring together policy enthusiasts. His Shodh Yatra experience with Prof. Anil Gupta gave him exposure to innovations happening at the grass root level.

 

Manoj Papisetty

Manoj Papisetty
Manoj Papisetty is technologist at heart. He has a computer science degree from BITS Pilani and is working at Cisco building and supporting next generation computer networks. Manoj serves on the board at I Do and We, The People (NGO working in the space of active citizenship). He understands the importance of appropriate technology for operational efficiency in NGOs. At both the NGOs, he serves as a technology consultant and helps the teams implement new technology and operationalize processes for the same.

 

 

Somasundaram Alapati
Somasundaram, a teacher turned Software professional, came from a rural back ground and presently working for Deque, a software company whose mission is digital accessibility for differently abled people. He has 4 years of experience in teaching and more than 8 years of experience in IT industry.
Soma volunteered with an NGO for more than 5 years, started his journey as volunteer and served as executive committee member. He has been mentoring many rural students since his teaching days. Soma holds Master's in Computer Applications from HCU.

Kunjan GandhiKunjan Gandhi
Kunjan has a keen eye and knack for combining hardware technology, software capabilities and innovative design thinking in the products he makes. He started off his career with Gram Power Inc, a US-based smart metering startup that develops innovative solutions for un-electrified rural areas in India & East Africa.

A graduate from BITS Pilani – Goa, Kunjan has played a leadership role at international startups. Back in 2012, he worked on US Department of Energy funded Smart Grid Initiatives and was a part of pioneering research on the subject. He led a project to deliver smart meter technology to India’s far flung rural areas – an endeavor which was awarded by NASA as one of the world’s top 10 clean-tech Innovations. He plays football & flute.

'I do' Movement - Advisory Board

Dr. Sandeep Pandey

Dr. Sandeep Pandey is a Gandhian, a distinguished academician and a grassroots activist. Dr. Pandey co-founded “Asha for Education”, a Pan India non-profit organization, with a larger purpose to bring socio-economic change through education. He has served as an adviser to the Indian government's Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE). His idea of education is based on empowerment by imbibing the spirit of co-operation instead of competition.

In 2002, he received “Ramon Magsaysay Award” for Emergent Leadership. He has also been a founding member of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM), the largest network of grassroots people’s movements in India. Pandey led an Indo-Pakistan peace march from New Delhi to Multan in 2005.

His team has launched a people's group named Asha Parivar in 2008 that focuses on strengthening democracy at the grassroots in Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh. Pandey's work at Asha Parivar is focused on Right to Information and other forms of citizen participation in removing corruption and improving the efficiency of governance.

Prof. Sandeep Pandey is currently building a movement for ensuring quality education to every child by strengthening implementation of Right to Education act in Uttar Pradesh.

Sandeep Pandey is an alumnus of IIT (BHU) and received doctorate from University of California, Berkeley.

MV Ramchandrudu

Ram currently heads WASSAN (Watershed Support Services & Network), a for-impact organization started in 1999, as it Executive Secretary. During his 27 years of experience in development sector, he has worked extensively with Govt. of India & many state governments and played a crucial role in shaping watershed policies.
He was one of the core members who helped in designing the participatory ground water management framework for Government of India to address the ground water crisis. He represented WASSAN in more than 15 different committees at National and State Level.
As a member of 12th working group on NRM (Natural Resource Management) in planning commission, his work on water management has helped in transforming country's policy. He has published many papers in reputed international journals and worked with many research organizations to address NRM.