Administrative Team

Dr Anita Patil-Deshmukh

anita-pdDr 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

ShahazadeShahazade 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 and he works as HR and Admin 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 1.5 years. He now continues to extend his administrative expertise in ensuring PUKAR’s smooth functioning.


Ruman Sayyed, Admin Assistant

IMG_1693Ruman has recently appeared for his Bachelor’s in Management Studies exams and is awaiting results.

Ruman worked as a Barefoot Researcher with PUKAR for 5 years, before which he was in the hospitality industry. He has worked in a clinic for 5 years. He is now an Administrative Assistant who looks to explore new things and gain new knowledge.


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. Working closely with the Accountant and the project teams, she prepares financial reports and ensures their timely submission to funders.

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.




Ishvar Solanki

ishwar_solankiIshvar 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.



Tanvi Mishra, Writer

15134740_10154745644837692_4134442143411515248_nTanvi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Media, Mumbai University and a Master’s Degree in Journalism, Cardiff University, Wales. She is currently pursuing Master’s Degree in Rural Development from IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)

After completing her degree in Journalism in 2011, Tanvi worked as an investigative journalist and researcher for the BBC and National Geographic, and a writer for DefenceReport and Teacher Support Network, UK. She returned to India in 2013 with a desire to join the development sector. She worked with SNEHA for 3 years as a researcher and documentation officer on the Adolescent and Youth Sexuality Project before joining PUKAR in 2016 as a writer. Currently, Tanvi creates, manages and designs content for PUKAR’s Facebook Account, Azad Khayaal blog, and prepares PUKAR’s reports.