MEET THE TEAM

Our people are our greatest asset. Our team currently consists of 14 members and we are also lucky to have support from many amazing volunteers. At the helm, leading the dynamic and committed team, is our senior management team.

Manish Michael

Chief Executive Officer

Manish Michael

Passionate about nurturing social initiatives, scaling up not–for–profit organizations and advising businesses on community investments, Manish was awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship to do a Masters in Human Rights and Development from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. He has undertaken a non-profit management course at Harvard Kennedy School, along with related studies at Deloitte University and Centre for Creative Leadership. Manish is also a certified Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professional from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Manish has represented Indian youth at several national and international forums including the Asian and World Youth leaders’ meets in Taipei and Rome respectively. He has served communities in North and South India as well as in West Africa. Manish is associated with United Way Bengaluru since its inception.

Rajesh Krishnan

Chief Operating Officer

Rajesh Krishnan

Rajesh has wide experience in Sales, Marketing and Business Development, having spent many years in multinationals such as Consul, APC (later Schneider Electric) and CommScope in various leadership roles at both National and Asia Pacific level. He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and is a first-rank holder from Karnataka University. He also holds a Masters Degree in Marketing Management from Bhavans College. His strong views on ‘Be the change you wish to see’, made him change course and take up teaching in a low income school, where he taught Science, Maths and English to over 140 children from Grades 3-7. He joined United Way Bengaluru as a volunteer towards the planning and implementation of Nandi Hillathon. Convinced that Social Engineering is where his passion lies, he has joined United Way Bengaluru. A stickler to detail he has a penchant for cooking, travel and history.

Ramachandran K

Finance Controller

Ramachandran K

Ramachandran is a finance professional with degrees in Commerce and Cost & Management Accountancy. He has over 27 years of experience in all aspects of Financial and Management Accounting, across industry segments such as manufacturing, logistics, and IT and ITES. Before joining United Way Bengaluru, he was the Senior Manager – Compliance, with MPS Limited, earlier known as Macmillan India, where he looked after the company’s statutory compliance requirements, especially service tax and customs duty. Ramachandran has keen interest in sports, particularly cricket. He has represented his school and college teams in cricket tournaments and also played in the Bangalore 1st Division League. He has also organised annual sporting events for the Greater Bangalore Industries Association for several years.

David Kumar

General Manager

David Kumar

David has over a decade of experience in Social Development. It includes a stint as a Senior Executive Officer at CRY (Child Rights and You), where he facilitated and handheld partner organisations to evolve child-centric approaches. He has played a key role in implementing initiatives that foster change across the state. David was appointed a District Resource Person (DRP) by the Hassan District Administration to train Gram Panchayat members on local self-governance and resource mobilisation skills. He founded Samagra Foundation, an NGO that trains local communities on matters such as good governance, livelihood options, natural resource management/organic farming etc. He has also published reference manuals on government schemes for the rural poor and for community education on Panchayat Raj Institutions.

Mahesh H C

Senior Manager – Campaigns

Mahesh H C

Mahesh is the man behind our flagship campaign ‘Wake the Lake’. He has a Post Graduate degree in Psychology from Bengaluru University. He has 15 years of experience in the development sector and was earlier associated with organisations such as Jagruthi, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), Shell Foundation, Shankara Eye Hospital, Bengaluru, The Akshaya Patra Foundation and others. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt from Anexas Denmark and in ISO 9001 Internal Auditor from DNV.

Smita Sharma

Sr. Manager - Campaigns

Smita Sharma

Smita Sharma leads our Born Learning Campaign at State and Pan India level. She has eight years of experience in the development sector, and has worked on health, education, livelihood, gender equity, inclusive and sustainable development issues with corporates, UNICEF, UNDP India, State Planning Department, State Women Commission, academic institutes, NGO networks and community-based organizations. She is certified professional in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs-New Delhi (IICA), Sustainability Reporting from Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) with CII, New Delhi, and Advanced Public Health Management from Institute of Public Health (IPH), Bengaluru. She holds post graduate degree in Foods and Nutrition (Gold Medallist) from Rajasthan State Agriculture University. Smita likes to read and listen to music.

Arogyaraju

Manager - Community Initiatives

Arogyaraju

Arogyaraju joins us with nearly 12 years of experience in the Development Sector and handles projects such as rooftop rainwater harvesting, women empowerment, livelihood and education support at Bangarpet, Kolar. He is experienced in imparting vocational training skills. He has also worked in the government sector handling projects such as NSDC, PMKVY & STAR ; Sector Council projects such as leather, beauty and wellness, furniture and fitting, agriculture, rubber and handloom and textiles; rooftop rainwater harvesting; rural sanitation; microfinance; watershed management (Sujala Watershed Project) and women empowerment. He previously worked in organizations like LabourNet Service India Pvt. Ltd Bangalore, Karnataka Regional Organization for Social Service – KROSS and Bangalore Multipurpose Social Service Society. He has a Masters degree in Social Sciences.

Girish Kumar R C

Manager - Community Initiatives

Girish Kumar R C

Holding a Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree, Girish has 19 years of experience in Social Development, which includes being a State Program Officer at KROSS (Karnataka Regional Organisation for Social Service) handling 11 partners spread over 4,000 villages in Karnataka. He was instrumental in implementing multiple programs to bring about holistic and qualitative changes in the lives of the poor and the marginalised. He has also worked with Water Life India, Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS), Women & Child Development Department (WCCD), Campaign against Child Labour-Karnataka (CACL-K) and Action Aid Karnataka Project. Girish is also a trainer in the areas of health, child rights, good governance, networking, and lobbying and media-based advocacy.

MAHESH K

Manager - Accounts & Admin

MAHESH K

Mahesh K comes with 16 years of experience in the field of auditing and accountancy. He worked in organizations like Save the Children, Communication for Development & Learning (CDL), L. Vittal Rao Kaliswaran & Co, Chartered Accountants, Bengaluru and Green Foundation. He is an efficient, detail-oriented, organized person having strong analytical and problem solving skills. He also worked as a Financial Consultant for Terres des Homes (TDH) Germany, India Regional Office and HIVOS Netherlands, India Regional Office, Bangalore.

Vinod P R

Asst. Manager - Accounts and Admin

Vinod P R

Vinod is a commerce graduate from Bangalore University and has over seven years of experience with FCI, working in accounts and administration. After completing his ITI training, Vinod initially worked in the electronic and manufacturing industry. He has been an active volunteer in Kerala Saksharatha Mission’s level 1 and 2 programs to achieve 100 percent literacy.

Anil Kumar Y N

Asst. Manager - Corporate Relations

Ajay S S

Senior Executive - Community Initiatives

Bhagya Kumar

Born Learning Campaign - Co-ordinator

Bhagya Kumar

Bhagya’s commitment to social change is reflected in her educational and career pursuits. She has completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s program in Sociology and translated this to action by engaging with NGOs. She has deep-rooted insights on government structures, community responsibilities and functioning of anganwadis from her 11 years of experience at Akshara Foundation, Bengaluru. She wishes to engage with and impact the lives of children aged 0-6 covered under the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) program implemented by the government. She is patient, amiable, has a positive attitude and unwavering confidence which helps her engage with local communities and help the mission of the organization translate to action. She loves to listen to music and read story books in her spare time.

Prakash Anthony

Executive - Community Initiatives

Prakash Anthony

Prakash has a B.A and B.Ed. degrees and an I.T.I Diploma. He is a trained professional in electronics and mechanics, and has a Diploma in Computer Application. He has also worked as a Smart Class Co-ordinator in Doddaballapur for a year where his work mainly involved providing training to teachers on Educomp Smart classes. He was also a teacher cum volunteer at Sumanahalli Society Leprosy Rehabilitation Society for three years.

Christian Joseph

Executive - Vendor Management

Victor Vinod

Office Assistant