Meet Drishtee Family


Satyan Mishra

Co-Founder and Kamaan member

He is an Ashoka Fellow who has been the flag-bearer of making path-breaking changes and decisions within Drishtee. Satyan holds an MBA in International Business from University of Delhi’s, Delhi School of Economics. He has led Drishtee with a visionary approach and inspiring working style. Satyan’s passion that reflects in Drishtee, has motivated like-minded people to come together and form an intellectual horsepower driving it forward.

Shailesh Thakur

Co-Founder and Kamaan member

Co-Founder of Drishtee and graduate from Delhi University, Shailesh is using his life experience of rural background as well as professional exposure for scouting for new opportunities and challenges for Drishtee. His role is 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.

Nitin Gachhayat

Co-Founder and Kamaan member

Co-founder and a strategic thinker, Nitin is leading the journey of Drishtee from the front. He has been mainly involved with the functional teams responsible for developing new services and models that can help achieve the vision of Sustainable Communities. Nitin is an MBA from FORE School of Management, Delhi and is richly experienced. His leading style is a great force behind the achievements of the team Drishtee, enabling them to meet the challenges.


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 an 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.

Mamta Mishra has an entrepreneurial mind and a social worker's heart. She is the co-founder of Drishtee Foundation and works as an Executive Head of the organisation. She and her entrepreneurial team at Drishtee have helped develop a path breaking platform for helping communities become self sustainable. With her immense energy and sensitivity, she has been instrumental in initiating various new activities for Drishtee such as computer education for rural youth, capital support to small entrepreneurs and textile based rural production and marketing.

Mamta holds a Bachelors degree in Hindi and has devoted her life in the areas of social entrepreneurship, rural development, livelihood, and women empowerment. She is instrumental in creating enabling environment to work. She has always put in best of efforts to make her teams work with highest efficiencies. With her huge experience of 70 plus years in life and 30 plus years in social enterprise segment, she has been inspiring generations in and beyond Drishtee to drive a change that can pave the way forward towards the vision of a world where all communities are empowered to achieve shared prosperity.

Swapna along with the Founders has been an integral part of all the new idea development, innovation, planning and implementation in the last 20 plus years of Drishtee’s journey. She is a Science Post Graduate with qualifications in Business Communication. 

She is passionate about enabling and empowering communities for a change that can drive a paradigm shift in livelihood and empowerment approaches. She has been instrumental in structuring various programs that are now being implemented to enable self-sufficiency and self-reliance through community leadership. Her focus areas, as a core team member, have been community building, enterprise and innovation, women empowerment and capacity building.

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 the ICT kiosk model delivering e-governance services and the Rural Distribution system of Drishtee. He is a science graduate from Bhopal.

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 a Certificate course from COADY International Institute under St. Francis Xavier University, Canada along with MDP certificates from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He looks after the whole operations of the North east region.

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 looks after the CSR projects at PAN India

Partha has more than 22 years of experience in the development sector. He started his journey with financial environments. He specializes in financial accounting, projections for CSR projects, financial budgeting, field operations for customer service point  banking, education & insurance product marketing. He expanded the network in Rural, Urban & Metro areas for financial & education services with the kiosk network in different states of India. He has a strong grasp on data mining, data science & ERP development.

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.

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.

Mr. Arindam Pal (ex-SBI) having more than 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.

A management professional with over 13 years of diversified work experience in Human Resource Management & Employee Welfare and Development. She has expertise in process improvements, learning & development; handling effective internal employee communication; planning / suggesting effective employee welfare strategies; performance management; framing policies and ensuring compliance. She is a Delhi University graduate and her key strength lies in work integrity and being able to develop effective HR strategies that increase employee productivity, performance, engagement and satisfaction.

An Engineer graduate from Bombay Technical University, with 3 years technical experience in Customer Relationship Management. Preeti joined Drishtee in 2006 with key skills such as 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.