About Us » Core Team

Drishtee has been fortunate to attract several professionals who have forsaken their corporate sector jobs to work in the Rural sector. At the same time, Drishtee also has in the team, passionate young people mostly drawn from the local small towns and villages, having deep understanding of the local needs. These teammates are effectively making impact at the field positions. In all this, Drishtee gets valuable support from Volunteers from across the world who spend their time and energy mostly on a voluntary basis.

Drishtee was co-founded by Satyan Mishra, Nitin Gachhayat & Shailesh Thakur.

Satyan Mishra, who is also the Managing Director, is an Ashoka Foundation Fellow, of year 2004.


Nitin Gachhayat – Co Founder & Vice President

He is currently chief of functions at Drishtee Foundation. He has more than 20 years of experience in the development sector and is mainly involved with the teams responsible for developing new services and applications for rural India. He has done his Masters in Business Administration from FORE School of Management.


Shailesh Thakur – Co Founder

He is Chief of New Ventures, Drishtee. With more than 20 years of experience, he scout for new opportunities and challenges. His role has been to ensure that any new and exciting idea which moves out of the drawing board is thoroughly tested on the field before it is implemented/scaled. Shailesh has graduated from Delhi University.


Satyan Mishra – Co Founder

He is an Ashoka fellow and has an MBA in International Business from Delhi School of Economics. With more than 20 years of entrepreneurial experience. Satyan is passionate about creating an ecosystem for the rural and other marginalized communities for facilitating organic growth and overall development. He is also a Member of the International Forums like Clinton Global Initiative and Young Asia 21 Forum of Rockefeller Foundation.


Swapna Mishra – (Vice President Community Connect)

She has core expertise in managing projects and assignments related to Marketing, Training, Community development and social inclusion and process implementations. She has over 18 year of experience in the development sector. She plays a key role in defining the women entrepreneurship initiatives of Drishtee. She is a Master’s in Zoology Science, Bhopal.


Kuwar Bahadur Singh – (Controller Product)

He has more than 20 years of experience in the development sector. He has been involved in taking up challenges of pioneering new initiatives especially at the piloting and initial implementation level. His initial efforts were in ICT kiosk model delivering e-governance services and Rural Distribution system of Drishtee. He is a science graduate from Bhopal.


Paragdhar Konwar – (Regional Head North East)

He has more than 20 years of experience. Before Drishtee he worked with International Development enterprises (IDE) and Tea sector. He holds a B.Tech in Agriculture Engineering from NERIST and has completed Certificate course from COADY International Institute under St. Francis Xavier University, Canada along with MDP certificates from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He look after whole operations of North east region.


Girija Patel – (Head: Operations, South)

She has more than 15 years of experience in the corporate world and social sector. She has worked with Agilent Technologies , Bristlecone India Private Limited and The Hewlett-Packard Company. She has a Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering from Bangalore University and an Executive MBA from Indian institute of Management, Bangalore. She look after south operations of Drishtee.


Partha Das – (Chief Operating Officer, Banking)

Partha has more than 20 years of experience in the development sector. He started his journey with financial environments. He specializes in financial analysis, corporate project, field operations, and expansions in new markets and regions. He has a strong grasp on ERP systems, kiosk network for insurance, banking & education service. He is a graduate from Calcutta University.


Nirmal Chaturvedi – Chief Governance Officer

He has over 39+ years experience in leadership positions (President & CEO) spanning a diverse range of functions including Business Development, Strategic Planning, Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint ventures, Project Executions, Finance, R&D, SBU Head with P&L responsibility in Power, Energy, Steel & Telecom sectors with India’s leading conglomerates such as ABB, Voltas, Kirloskar Electric, Inductotherm (USA), C&S Electric (now Siemens), ICSA India and ACME TelePower. He is an Electrical Engineer from IIEST (Indian Institute of Engineering, Science & Technology), Calcutta (W.B.) and Post Graduate Diploma in Mktg & Sales Management from YMCA, Delhi. He is a Chartered Engineer, Life-time Member & Fellow (FIE) of Institution of Engineers. Member of CII, FICCI, AIIFA & IIEMA.


Santosh Daniel


Rajesh Kachroo

Rajesh worked in senior management roles with some of the finest education companies in India. He worked as Country Head at  Pearson VUE and built Pearson VUE’s India business from scratch to scale during his 8 years tenure with them. Later in his career he worked as Founding Member and Business Head for Times of India’s first education business called TimesPro where he built and managed vocational education centers in 22 cities in India. Rajesh also worked in senior management roles with HCL TalentCare and Educomp. With an MBA in Marketing from Poona University and a career spanning over 25 years, Rajesh is a firm believer in “Education leads to Prosperity”. He put it to practice successfully by creating & scaling education businesses while working closely with Corporates at one end – to understand their entry level skill requirements & with rural and urban youth at the other end – by training them on those specific skills.


Kushal Ingole


Mayank Mishra

Management Executive with MBA degree from IIM-C in General Management, Operations & Supply Chain Management. 10+ years of experience across the domains of Operations Strategy & Execution, HR Management, Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Cost & Inventory Management, Stakeholder Management, Contract Management, ERP Implementations. Exposure to managing across border cross-cultural projects as well. Certification and Alumni status from IIT-M and IIT-K for courses of Process Excellence and Product Excellence respectively. Other Major Certifications : Six Sigma & Lean Management, QMS ISO 9001:2015 Lead Auditor, Financial Modelling.


Deepak Shandilya

Deepak is financial inclusion lead at Drishtee. He brings with him more than 15 years of rich on-the-ground experience working with low-income households and emerging markets primarily in Asia. He has cross-sectoral experience in financial inclusion, forestry and environment, livelihood, agriculture, skill development and water and sanitation. He has worked with large corporations and humanitarian agencies on commercially viable models at the Bottom of the Pyramid. He brings a unique blend of experience, working on a wide range of development interventions with NGOs, social enterprises and intermediary organisations on the ground across India. He is a frequent speaker at academic institutions on developmental issues. Deepak is a management graduate from Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and has done his BA in Economics from Delhi University. Additionally, he did a Corporate Social Responsibility course from Harvard Business School.


Amandeep Singh Grewal

Has more than 23 years of experience in information and communication technology for Development, technology, big data and management. He has worked as Senior Consultant Open Data with SBC France, Executive Director, dLab Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Program Manager Mobile Technology, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, London, Program Manager, World Wide Web Foundation, London, Senior Consultant, Vital Wave Consulting Inc. Palo Alto, USA, Programme Manager, One World, London & New Delhi and Joint CEO, Department of Information Technology, Govt. of Chhattisgarh, India. He has been a Research Fellow at CSLI, Stanford University, USA. He has done MSc in Information System from London School of Economics (LSE), BE in Electronic and Communication from GIEM India.


Arindam Pal

Mr. Arindam Pal (ex-SBI) having more 32 years of experience. During his tenure with SBI, he has mostly been associated with Rural Banking. He was Agri Business Head of NE region during 2005 to 2009. He was a faculty member in State Bank Institute of Rural Development (SBIRD), Hyderabad from 1993 to 2003. SBIRD is an apex institute of SBI which imparts training to their Senior Managers on Rural Banking. During that period he was also part of the team which formulated the BC/BF (Business Correspondent/Business Facilitator) (FI) model for SBI.


Deepti Bhalla


Preeti Singh: Lead – Planning and Monitoring

An Engineer graduate from Bombay Technical University, with 3 years technical experiences in Customer Relationship Management. Preeti joined Drishtee in 2006 with key skills such Project management, Business Development, Capacity Building Planning and Monitoring. She has harnessed these skills at Drishtee and has developed a unique structured approach to troubleshoot micro business process issues with a 360 degree approach. Positivity and happiness are her assets which give her an enviable value to excel in her work.