Team Members
Team Members
Chief Executive Officer
Vijayalakshmi Das

A Postgraduate in Economics, she did advanced courses in Economics from the Economic Institute, Harvard Institute for International Development, and Women’s World Banking of USA. She worked with the Administrative Staff College of India (Hyderabad), AKRSP (Ahmedabad), and since 1989, she has been with FWWB India as Chief Executive Officer. She has served as a member in the Standing Committee on Gender Issues in Credit and Support Services of NABARD, Project Advisory Group of CGAP, Task Force on Microfinance of RBI, Governing Board MCRIL, Board of Indian School of Microfinance for Women, Governing Board of SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit, Board of Trustees APMAS and Appropriate Technology, India.

Senior Management Team
Neha Kansara

Postgraduate in Business Administration and specialisation in Finance, she has an overall experience of 14 years in the field of banking, micro finance, credit and capacity building. She has been associated with FWWB from the year 2005 and has a prior experience of working with Citibank retail banking segment. At FWWB, she contributes towards fund raising, managing funder relationships and program development. She has played an active role in the designing of capacity building support for institutions in the areas of governance, operations, products, MIS, HR management, etc. and has also contributed in various institutional documentation and publications.

Nilanjan Chaudhury

With B.Tech in Textile Technology and a postgraduate degree in Rural Management, he has a decade of experience in financing livelihoods, renewable energy, water & sanitation and agriculture. He started his career with SKS Microfinance and contributed in scaling up its activities in West Bengal. He joined FWWB in 2011. He works closely with funders and portfolio companies for program management and program development, strengthening farmer producers companies.

Barkha Jolly

With a postgraduate degree in Business Administration and a specialisation in Finance, she has 11 years of experience in working with the retail banking and development sector. She worked with Axis Bank, the Technical Support Unit of SEWA bank, and Indian School of Microfinance for Women. She has been with FWWB since 2014. Her core areas of work include financial inclusion, financial literacy, business development and management, governance in community based organisations, producer groups, women empowerment and leadership development.

Program Officers
Alexis Muthiah

With a Masters in Social Work, she has about two years of work experience in Development Sector. Started her career with Deepak Foundation as Assistant project coordinator for the Balwadi project, Pune, where she worked with urban local government in the fields of education, capacity building, community resources management, health etc. Besides, she looked after MIS and Documentation.

Amit Kumar

Post-graduate from Development Management Institute, Patna in 2017,he has worked as a ZilaSwachh Bharat Prerak (ZSBP) an initiative of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (MDWS) with Tata Trusts. He has also worked as Senior Development Organiser at Aga Khan Rural support Program India (AKRSPI).

Ankita Rawat

A Graduate in Food Technology with an MBA in Agri-Business Management, she has about three years of experience in the development sector. Her core strength has been training and development, especially in the fields of management of agri-business entrepreneurship of farmer producer organizations, and entrepreneurship services of microfinance institutions. At FWWB, she has been involved in various capacity development programs relating to micro-enterprise support and finance program of HSBC, SIDBI, and NABARD.

Harshita Upadhyaya

A graduate in social work from Nagpur University and M.A. in Development Studies from AzimPremji University, Bangalore, she has one year experience in the development sector. She started her career with Self Reliant Initiatives through Joint Actions (SRIJAN) where she was engaged in the Scale up and promotion of three tier model of community institution as well as horticulture activities, specifically on Guava Plantation at Jatara, Madhya Pradesh. At FWWB, she is working with the capacity building team under the women entrepreneurship development program.

Himanshu Vaghela

A Post Graduate in Social Work with more than seven years of work experience in the sector, he worked with Disha Charitable Trust at Baroda in Gujarat on community based rehabilitation and livelihood promotion for the disabled youth. In the year 2010, he joined FWWB as Program Officer and has been looking after Agriculture Finance for women, and strengthening the women farmers’ producers’ companies. His core focus areas are undertaking due diligence, monitoring and evaluation, and developing MIS for the program. He has a flair for writing poetry and short stories in Gujarati and Hindi.

Jenis Chauhan

MBA in Rural Management and PG diploma in Human Rights, he carries 4 years of work experience in the Banking and Development Sector. He is currently pursuing Ph.D in ‘Management’ on Financial Inclusion for Rural Development. He joined FWWB in 2018 as a Program Officerand is working with the capacity building team for women entrepreneurship development program.

Milee Parmar

A Post Graduate from Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), she has almost four years of progressive experience in the development sector. She has prior experience of working on Poverty alleviation programs in areas of livelihoods and skill development with Rajasthan State Rural Livelihood Mission (Rajeevika) and Ernst & Young (EY). At FWWB, she is involved in project management of Capacity Building project for Farmer Producer Organisations, grant management for Revitalizing Rainfed Area Network, partner management and various institutional documentation.


With a post graduate degree from the Development Management Institute in Patna, Shreya joined FWWB in 2017. She works on building capacities of women entrepreneurs and farmer producer companies. She also conducts research for the various programs.

Administrative Team
Rashmi Dave

Rashmi has had over 25 years of experience working with the corporate and development sector. Her journey with the non-profit sector started from 2001, when she joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red crescent Societies – IFRC as a Sr. Administrative Officer for their earthquake rehabilitation project in Gujarat. She has worked with CHF-International-India for their urban development project. Before joining FWWB in 2018, she was working with the Danish trade Commission, the commercial wing of the Royal Danish Embassy. She has varied experience of working in administration, accounts, customer relations, and government liaison.

Support Team