Team Members
Team Members
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. S.S.Bhat

  • S S Bhat has assumed charge of Chief Executive Officer of Friends of Women’s World Banking India wef 24.2.2020. He is a veteran banker with over 37 years of experience in diverse areas of banking operations, management and administration. Prior to joining FWWB, Mr Bhat was Managing Director of Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth Pvt Ltd, responsible for bringing stability to Ananya’s operations with fourfold increase in business and profits keeping intact the impact motto.
  • He was the Chief General Manager of Canara Bank, the Country Head of Priority Sector and Financial Inclusion Wing, responsible for rebuilding the agriculture, affordable housing, educational loans and MSME portfolios of the Bank achieving all the mandatory norms consistently for 5 years. Financial Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility and skill development initiatives were also steered by him. Mr Bhat also had a stint as Advisor in Canara Bank for developing strategic initiatives for inclusive development. He began his career with Canara Bank in 1980 and has held various leadership positions across the geographies and disciplines throughout his banking career. Among others, he was Regional Head of Delhi and Vijayawada Regions, Zonal Head of Jharkhand state, Country Head of PSL in Corporate Office besides heading IBA sub committee on Agriculture & Rural Development and Educational Loans.He has been on various committees of Govt of India,RBI,NABARD and Indian Banks Association.
  • Presently he is on the Board of MYRADA and Sanghamithra Rural Financial Services and on Management Committee of Guarantee Scheme of Educational Loans of Govt of India. Mr Bhat is a Postgraduate in Agri science, a CAIIB,PGCA,Certificate Course in Project Planning and Management from University of Bradford U K. He also has attended Kellogg School of Management Chicago USA, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, Frankfurt, Germany and APRACA Manila, Philippines.
  • He is the winner of prestigious Aryabhata International Award for excellence in banking

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.

Madhvi Desai

A Fellow Chartered Accountant and a Post Graduate Diploma in Information System Audit (DISA) Madhvi has 34 years of experience in Finance, Accounts, Auditing, Statutory Compliances etc. in reputed companies, Led multiple teams of Accounting and Finance executives, Experienced in Strategic Financial Management, Acquisitions and Raising of Capital, Expertise in optimal utilization of Financial Resources, FCRA compliance, due diligence and training. She is associated with FWWB since 2004.

Manager-Agri Finance
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.

Program Team
Sumit Soni – Program Manager-Agri.

Sumit comes with a blend of experience in knowledge management, capacity development, climate resilient agriculture and agribusiness management. During his 11 years of extensively working with public-private organizations and other institutions including SHGs, Farmer Interest Groups, and Community based organisations, and FPOs, he has led and supported various capacity building programs.

He also has excellent experience of working with central government and state governments and multilateral agencies, particularly with IRRI and World Bank. Sumit is basically an MBA in agribusiness, from Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune, and an agri graduate from CSAUAT, Kanpur.
Alexis Muthiah – Program Manager

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 – Program Officer

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).

Jenis Chauhan – Program Officer

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.

Shreya – Program Officer

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.

Honey Chauhan – Program Officer

With a Master in Social Work (specialisation in Women's Centre practices) from TISS Mumbai, she has done varied internships in reputed institutes. She started her career as Program Manager in a previous organisation and has worked in Women empowerment skill entrepreneurship projects and sustainable waste management projects. She has a strong hold over MIS and Documentation.

Ramya Tambe – Program Associate

Ramya Tambe is a post graduate in Master of Social Work from The M.S University of Baroda. She began her career in social work with FWWB in December 2021 on the Women Entrepreneurship Program in the capacity of a Program Associate. She is empathetic and loves listening to people’s life stories. Journaling and watching wildlife documentaries are some of the activities that she enjoys doing in her spare time.

Divya Malhotra – Program Associate

A Post Graduate in Social Work with 6 months of work experience in CSR. She is an alumnus of The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Faculty of Social Work. She started her career with Vedanta Organization as Officer Trainee CSR. During her tenure at Vedanta she conducted socio-economic and need assessment baseline study to understand the needs and requirements of the community and planned and conceptualized entry point activities as well as long term projects that focused on Women empowerment, Capacity Building Disability Inclusion Program, Youth Skill Training and Smart Education for children through involvement and managing of various stakeholders. Her competencies include Emotional intelligence, Communication, Adaptability and Management skills. She is also an avid reader, Loves to travel, do yoga, cook and tries to live a sustainable lifestyle.

Jeetendra Rao - Program Consultant

With Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IMI, he has 28 years of experience in banking business, both at operations and administration.

Jonita John Siddi - Program Associate

With M A in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore, she has done internships in reputed institutes. She started her career as Young Professional at KSRLPS (Karnataka State Rural Livelihood Promotion Society) Bangalore.

Administrative Team
Rashmi Dave – Administrative Officer

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