Leadership Team



Nandina is a seasoned professional with 31 years of extensive corporate experience across established MNCs and start-ups. In her role as Asia Pacific Business Head and Country Head, India of various MNCs, she has executed the India entry strategy and established commercial start-up operations, led product launches and multi-country projects across the world. Nandina's cross-over to the development sector was marked by the establishment and operations of the CSR vertical within a large integrated group of companies.

She brings to Salaam Bombay a unique combination of corporate strategy and an understanding of the social development landscape.


Vice President - Finance

Aravind is a seasoned professional with 30 years of extensive experience across MNC Banks and Corporates. Aravind joined the Salaam Bombay team in April 2019 heading the Finance and Accounts function. He brings vast experience in Financial Control, Regulatory Compliances and Reporting, Management Reporting and Analysis.

Aravind is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Commerce Graduate from Mumbai University.


General Manager - Communications

Devyani has over 12 years of experience driving brand equity and shaping company reputation amongst key audiences. Her areas of expertise include orchestrating complex impactful multichannel communications strategies and building brand appreciation. Through her career she has gained experience of working across marketing communications for both private and public sector organizations.

Devyani has completed her MBA from Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication and holds a PG Diploma in Journalism from St. Xavier's, Mumbai.


Vice President - Projects (Skills & Sports)

Gaurav has been associated with the skill development ecosystem since the inception of the national mission in 2009. He brings 16+ years of experience in the corporate and development sectors to his role at Salaam Bombay Foundation. While being associated with Salaam Bombay for more than 5 years now, Gaurav is also visiting faculty at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, teaching Corporate Social Responsibility and Marketing Management courses.

Gaurav holds an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS, Mumbai and B.Tech in Electronics from National Institute of Technology, Allahabad.

Dr. Manasi Bawdekar

Vice President - Research and M&E

Dr. Manasi has over 17 years of rich experience in the field of Statistics, Public Health and Research. Her area of expertise includes all aspects of Quantitative and Qualitative Research.

Dr. Manasi is a doctorate in Population Studies from the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai with Masters in Statistics from the University of Pune followed by Masters in Population Studies from IIPS, Mumbai. She has to her credit presentations and publications in both national and international conferences and journals.


Vice President - Projects (Arts & Media)

Rajashree brings with her 2 decades of experience in the development sector, specifically health. With the Foundation for more than 13 years, she has overseen and is responsible for the growth of the Arts academy and tobacco control programs in rural Maharashtra. She has spearheaded Salaam Mumbai Foundation’s foray into other Indian states.

Rajashree holds a Masters in Social Sciences from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work.


Vice President – Human Resources & Administration

Smruti has 12 years of diverse human resources and management experience that spans start-ups and established organizations in both corporate and development sector. Smruti is a result-oriented professional, she has extensive hands-on experience leading HR initiatives including policy design, performance management, recruiting, compliance reporting, training and development. Smruti has spent more than 5 years in Salaam Bombay.

Smruti holds an MBA from The Institute of Technology and Management.


Vice President - Projects (Preventive Health & Research)

With more than 12 years experience in design and execution of social development projects, Tshering has 2 publications to her credit. With Salaam Bombay for 6 years, her focus is on creating a tobacco-free environment across government secondary schools, the community and stakeholders. She is on the Internal Review Board of Healis–Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health.

Tshering holds a Masters in Broadcast Journalism and a certificate on Global Tobacco Control from John Hopkins, USA.