Alister is one of the quietest guys in the office - but put him on Twitter or Facebook, and see how eloquent he gets. The voice behind our Social Media channels and the hand behind the campaigns, Alister is the youngest in the Milaap team. When he graduated from VIT, Pune in 2012, he was a man with a plan. He knew he wanted to work at Milaap, so he made his way to Bangalore and made it happen.
Apart from being on Facebook and Twitter, he loves listening to music, especially The Beatles and watching offbeat cinema. He's also into fashion - you can tell by the funky green shoes he wears. He dreams of starting his own social enterprise (and going to the gym) someday!
Ami manages our Global Outreach program by developing and stewarding Milaap's for-impact capital pool through individual, corporation and foundation giving. She is involved with several US based organizations advancing the rights and opportunities for young children and education around the world. Ami is very active in the fund raising and advocacy space in Dallas, TX, where she lives with her husband, two kids and two dogs. Ami also co-founded a nonprofit entity called www.propoor.org, an internet portal that provides information, resources, and news about development work in South Asia. In addition to her development work, Ami has had a few years of retail experience managing a jewelry line and a home & décor company. She has had various buying & planning positions with Dallas-based Neiman Marcus in their online/catalog unit and brick-and-mortar retail space. Prior to her retail career, Ami worked as a fixed income analyst covering Emerging Markets for UBS Warburg.
Ami holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is an avid reader, loves to write, is a movie buff and loves to read out loud to young children.
Anoj leads the team in India, running day-to-day operations of the company with a focus on community engagement and corporate partnerships.
A Starting Bloc Fellow for 2010, Anoj co-founded Milaap after working with SKS Microfinance in energy and water services. He has also worked at ReEx Capital Asia, a cleantech investment boutique in Singapore and served as a fellow at D.light Design, developing consumer financing & mapping models for rural electrification.
Anoj graduated from National University of Singapore with a Bachelors in Engineering and Minors in Economics and Technology Management. He is a founder member of the Microfinance Society in Singapore.
When Anoj witnessed first-hand the impact of a $10 solar lantern, sold on credit, to the extremely poor in tribal Orissa, it sparked in him the idea for Milaap - to connect with ease the struggling 700 million people of India with prosperous Indians and the Diaspora, thus, creating opportunities that change the playing field for the poor at an everyday level.
Athira takes care of Campaigns and Community Engagement for us. Though, Milaap happened to her on a mundane day, she was soon engulfed by Milaap’s awesomeness. If there is something she enjoys the most, it is talking. She loves being on stage, be it for anchoring, dancing or acting. She loves animation movies, chocolates and supernatural mysteries.
Her happiest moment was when she became the first runner up of Miss Malayalee Worldwide, Bangalore 2014. Her personal philosophy is that when life’s GPS fails to work and you are lost, all you have to do is just smile and wave
Bhairavi takes care of our field investments & partnerships. Always on the lookout for new field partners, her favourite past-time is to triumphantly punch a pin into the map of India at the Milaap office to signify the addition of a new field partner. Mostly, with glee. She also travels the breath of the country to meet the field partners, old and new, and their, simultaneously our, borrowers.
Chandana works as a Fellow at Milaap. She graduated as a Computer Science Engineer and worked with Adobe Systems for a little over a year before realizing her true calling. Wanting to work in the social sector, she quit her job and joined Milaap.
She has been learning Bharatanatyam for over a decade now and has given numerous performances. She also enjoys reading and learning new languages. Interested in photography, travelling, and getting to know different people, their cultures, customs and traditions, she is all pumped up to be working on the field in the remote villages near Belgaum, Karnataka.
Harshvardhan Parihar is a Software Engineer at Milaap who began his career as a Rails Developer. He graduated in 2011 with B.Tech Degree in Computer Science from SKIT, Jaipur. Harsh is a Ruby programmer, passionate and enthusiastic about ROR web framework.
He is working with Milaap since July 2013. Prior to joining Milaap, he was working with Roam Space Travels Pvt Ltd. He enjoys working in start-ups. He loves travelling and watching movies.
Kinnari has joined us as an Associate Content and Volunteer Manager. In addition to reviewing borrower stories, she works with our Investor Relation Team and prepares content for grant letters, newsletters and emails. She completed her graduate studies in Economics from LSR College, New Delhi. After working with DBS Bank, New Delhi for a year, she decided to work with an organisation that inspired her more. According to her, Milaap does just that! Her zest for life drives her to explore different opportunities. Her varied interests and abilities have led her to pursue her love for writing.
Dance has been a constant in Kinnari’s life and she plans to continue it even in Bangalore. She is an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer. Apart from dance, she loves to read from eclectic sources and also watch documentaries and movies of every genre.
Margaret is a Post-graduate from Karnataka University, Dharwad and a graduate from the Fellowship program from the Deshpande Foundation. She works on field operations, with a special focus on sandbox operations in Hubli-Dharwad region. She believes Milaap is a great opportunity for her to work with a team of young people bringing a change to the communities across rural India.
She enjoys listening to music and chatting with her friends.
Mathew is a corporate lawyer with many years of experience in working with start-ups across the globe. He graduated from NALSAR University, completed a post graduate degree from the University of Oxford, holds a honorary teaching position with the Singapore Institute of Legal Education and heads Kochhar & Co.'s Singapore Office.
He chanced upon Milaap in his free time, lent some, fell in love with the idea and decided that he would like to work with us as part of his pro bono initiative. Apart from wearing a suit and tie and looking old, Mathew dives, hikes and tries to surf.
Mayukh leads the business strategy and is the architect of the National Skill Loan Portfolio Fund - from concept to execution. Prior to co-founding Milaap, he has been a financial risk consultant in Dubai, where he worked with top banks and asset management firms. An empiricist to the core, Mayukh has spent the last four years in building technology enabled financing models - working in consumer lending for solar-lanterns for D.light, then in developing an commodity financing company as the Head of Collateral Finance with one of India's leading agri-logistics providers.
Mayukh is an electrical engineer from IIT Madras and a PGDM from IIM Lucknow. In his free time, if not researching on how technology is shaping up the future of financial services, Mayukh can be seen on a street tour with his camera, or locked up in a room trying to solve problems in plane geometry.
Noushadya works for Marketing & Brand Partnerships with Milaap. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and an MBA in Communication Management from Symbiosis International University. Through her internships and projects with Eureka Child Foundation and Child Rights and You (CRY), she got her feet wet in the social space.
In her free time, she watches movies and is always on the search of food recipes to experiment with her culinary skills. She wishes to continue learning Bharathanatyam and start a food blog soon.
Pinakee recently joined us as a Design Intern and is currently in her final year at MIT Institute of Design, studying Graphic Design. She is a passionate design learner and is fuelled by curiosity to learn as much about this field as possible. She loves creating functional, clean and simple graphic solutions and print and UI/UX design intrigue her.Pinakee loves being surrounded by creative individuals and strives to derive perspective and inspiration out of them.She is a cleanliness freak and is in love with (borderline obsessed) with arranging and organising tables.
In her free time, you can find her watching endless marathons of Doctor Who or maniacally reading Calvin and Hobbes. On a rainy day, (one of the reasons she loves Bangalore-frequent rains) she likes to curl up in a corner with a mystery novel and a hot cup of coffee.
Note: If you ever hear a dog gasping for air, make sure she isn’t hugging and cuddling them too hard.
Priyanka has recently joined us as a Milaap fellow. A former graduate in Economics and Sociology from St. Xavier's College, Mumbai, she further went to study International Business and management at Universidad Pontificia Comillas (ICADE), Madrid, Spain.
A passionate traveler and a curious individual, she is keen to learn more about the lives and cultures of various individuals by closely engaging herself with their gripping stories. Her eccentric nature aspires her to create eclectic experiences in as many cities of the world, where every memory of the city coincides with faces of those compelling personalities rather than any other wonder of the world !
Ruchir is our film-maker from Nagpur. An Engineer who went on to find his passion later, Ruchir has done his Masters in Mass Communication from Symbiosis. He has worked as an assistant director in feature films and various Ad films and has made independent documentaries. His motivation to work with Milaap is to use his talent for a cause that has an impact on communities in rural India. He wants to capture the emotions of the borrowers, show the conditions they live in and tell their stories and helping the audience connect to them.
He loves photography and believes that power of visual media can impact the lives of the people for the better. While he's not spending time behind the camera, he spends it in front of the big screen, watching movies of various genres, in various languages.
Shireesh is Mechanical Engineer who began his career in the software industry right after college. Apart from a passion for coding, he brings a lot of experience to the table. One of Milaap's earliest lenders as well, he has followed our progress from the very beginning. So when the opportunity arose to combine his passion for software development to achieve positive social impact, in a hard-core start-up environment like Milaap, he jumped at the chance.
On the personal front, he is a movie buff, loves Hindustani Classical Music & Ghazals, and is interested in photography.
Suhas is our Digital Marketing Genius. He falls for anything that has to do with computers or technology, his favorite pastime being customizing android phones. He takes care of all our online marketing needs and likes trying out new tools and techniques.
He came to Bangalore with big dreams to pursue Media, Psychology and Literature at Christ University and has never left ever since (both the town and the dream!) An MBA in Advertising and Brand Communication from Symbiosis, Suhas is our go-to guy for online outreach and advertising efforts. When not glued to his computer, he can be found rock-climbing and biking.
Our Tech Lead, Sumisha is an MCA graduate who hails from Palakkad, Kerala. She brings seven years of experience to the table, and has worked at Sourcebits and Bitla Software earlier.
She loves to a code 'a lot', and enjoys watching movies and listening to music. She's been in Bangalore for seven years, and loves it for the cool weather and green cover - both of which she believes are fast fading.
Usha Madhan, takes care of all things finance-related at Milaap. She holds a post-graduate degree in Commerce from St. Joseph's Commerce College, Bangalore. She ensures that the loan disbursements to field partners happen on time, and takes care of repayments to lenders and from our field partners.
Usha is by far the most sought-after person at the end of month, when it's time for salaries and reimbursements! She is also our co-founder Mayukh's right-hand person.
She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from St. Josephs College of Commerce, Bangalore. She worked as a trade analyst in Northern Trust for a year and half. Sensing her learning curve was stagnating, she quit her job to join Milaap.In constant search for old new things, you will currently find her loafing around streets of Kolkata feeding her gastronomic fetishes.