Rang De - Team Page

We are a group of young, passionate individuals who want to bring about a change in India. We like to challenge the status quo and tread on paths that are less travelled. In this journey, we believe in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organisations so that we are able to see the change in our own lifetime.


Smita Ramakrishna

Co-founder & Managing Trustee

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Smita is the co-founder of Rang De and also serves as the Managing Trustee on the organisation's board. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work and comes with a rich experience of working for non-profits and social initiatives in India as well as the United Kingdom. She believes in the power of civil society to influence and bring about change. She is responsible for fundraising and strengthening Rang De's impact on communities and enhancing social investor involvement in the organisation. Smita has also completed a Certificate Course for Women Entrepreneurs from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

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Ram

Ramakrishna NK

Co-founder & CEO

You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.

Zig Ziglar

Ram is the co-founder & Chief Executive Officer of Rang De. He was chosen for the Ashoka Fellowship in 2012 in recognition of Rang De's game-changing efforts to lower the cost of credit. A firm believer in the social business model, he started Rang De in 2008 as a platform to raise social investments for individuals. His conviction that there is a need to lower the cost of microcredit has been instrumental in shaping Rang De's values and beliefs. Prior to starting Rang De, Ram worked as Principal Consultant for Vignette Europe Limited and has consulted for some of the world's best companies.

Chaitanya Nadkarny

President

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.

Rabindranath Tagore

Chaitanya's association with Rang De began as a social investor, then as a chapter member. His engagement and love for Rang De has grown deeper over the years to an extent that he decided to join Rang De as its President. Chaitanya comes with over 2 decades of rich experience in working with IT companies, his last company being ThoughtWorks. At ThoughtWorks, Chaitanya led and managed various teams. His role varied from that of a Project Manager to heading key verticals, to General Manager of the Pune office, to Leadership and Organizational development and Coaching-Consulting. His most recent role has been as part of the Office of the Social and Economic Justice that is making ThoughtWorks an inclusive work place where business is also driven by a strong sense of social responsibility, fairness and ethical values. He found Rang De to be a natural extension of his beliefs in creating an equitable and just society and is coaching the team to becoming mission and impact oriented. He also heads Rang De's Partner Advisory Services to deepen Rang De's impact on the communities.

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Soumya Jayaram

Chief Financial Officer

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference. .

Robert Frost

Soumya is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and has over eight years of experience in Banking sector. She has worked for ICICI Bank in Mumbai as well as in Bangalore. In her current role at Rang De she is working towards formulating a robust financial policy to fuel Rang De's growth in the future. She brings in much needed practical thoughts into the workplace and is driven by the strong sense of social responsibility that the role offers. Soumya is passionate about Pottery, Photography, art and literature, not necessarily in the same order.

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Sowmya Prabhakar

Chief Impact Officer

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.

Thomas Huxley

Sowmya completed her Master's Degree in Social Work and joined the corporate world as a human resources manager. She has close to 10 years of experience in human resources but has remained true to the values of social work throughout her career. As an HR Manager, Sowmya has been instrumental in getting her associates closer to different causes - be it about going green or about striking a work-life balance. Sowmya has been a strong pillar of support for Rang De since its inception, and so is often hailed as the third co-founder. Sowmya is responsible for monitoring and reporting Rang De's impact on the communities we work with.

Swati Agarwal

Vice President, Technology

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

Thomas A. Edison

Swati has a passion for technology. She has worked for well known organizations such as Capgemini and Cognizant. A mechanical engineer from MNNIT Allahabad, Swati took a break from her corporate career and became a full-time mom. Learning new technologies and being in a challenging environment is something that excites Swati. She enjoys being part of the Rang De team as it allows her to use her passion for a great cause.

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KK Rajan

KK Rajan

Chief Financial Advisor

KK Rajan has worked for large corporates such as Kirloskar and Thoughtworks as well as with start-ups. He has the experience of working with varied companies and has been able to provide sound financial guidance to all of them. KKR has a degree in commerce and law and is a professional chartered accountant. He works at Rang De as the Chief Financial Advisor, overseeing the critical functions of finance and compliance.

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Kamlesh Shankar

Chief Creative Advisor

His words can create magic. And his passion for Rang De can work wonders. Having worked as senior copy writer in India as well as in United Arab Emirates, Kamlesh works with Rang De as Chief Creative Advisor. He works on areas such as communication and messaging that best bring out the essence and spirit behind Rang De.

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Raghu Chandra

Senior Staff Engineer

No one who does good work will ever come to a bad end, either here or in the world to come.

Bagavad Gita

Raghuchandra is a Computer Science Engineer from Adichunchanagiri Institute of Technology, Chikmagalur. He is passionate about technology and start ups. Having worked for a start up for two years, he decided to join Rang De as it offered him the best of both worlds - to work on some of the coolest technologies and also make a difference. Raghu works as part of the Technology team and uses his knowledge and expertise to make the Rang De platform transparent, better,efficient and slick. Raghu likes to make his own road and when you ask him about role models, he simply shrugs indicating that he is his own master. There is also a sensitive and artistic side of Raghu which helps him dabbles in poetry, creative writing and music.

Suresh Pattu

Suresh Pattu

Senior Front End Developer

Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.

Swami Vivekananda

Suresh breathes life into our web pages and our communication with his mindblowing designs. His desire to learn and his ability to grasp new technologies leaves everyone speechless. When he joined us, Suresh was the youngest in the team. His passion and the drive to learn have left even the experienced far behind. If you haven't guessed already, Suresh is our Staff Engineer and a great team member to have in the organization.

Sandeep

Staff Engineer

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

Dr. Abdul Kalam

Sandeep is working at Rang De as a Trainee Staff Engineer and is a part of our technology division. He is passionate about technology and has done his B. Tech in Information Technology. He loves to constantly learn and keep up to the pace with new technologies. He strongly believes that his technical skills will help Rang De grow.

Sandeep

Tanvi Negi

Senior Manager, Impact & Communications

We are the legacy of 15 billion years of cosmic evolution. We have a choice, we can enhance life and come to know the universe that made us or we can squander our 15 billion year heritage in meaningless self-destruction

Carl Sagan

Tanvi is a firm believer in the power of storytelling for good. She holds a MBA degree in marketing and has more than 6 years of experience in media and development sectors. In her current role at Rang De, she is trying to connect impact assessment with communication to increase Rang De's reach amongst social investors and borrowers.

Swati-Dubey

Swati Dubey

Manager, Impact

Swati Dubey holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and brings extensive experience in financial operation. A gold medallist in MBA- finance, she has extensive experience in the field of micro-finance. In her current role as Manager-Impact, Swati is responsible for monitoring and reporting Rang De's impact on the community.

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Pramod A

Manager, Field Audits and Partnerships

Learn from your mistakes.

Napolean

Pramod completed his Master's degree in Social Work from Gulbarga University and went on to complete the Deshpande Fellowship. True to his passion of working with people, his role of Manager, Field Audit & Partnerships provides him the opportunity to work closely with our Field Partners and the communities that they reach out to. He strongly believes in Napoleon's quote and always reminds himself of the importance of learning. He is also a cricket enthusiast and a music lover.

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Hitesh Bhatt

Manager, Impact & Process

Once poverty is gone, we'll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They'll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society- how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.

Mohammad Yunus

Hitesh is a TISS postgraduate in Masters in Social work and has a specialization in rural development. He has diverse experience of working with the rural communities through internships in various grassroots NGOs and government organizations working for ?people? through advocacy, skills building, women empowerment etc. He is passionate about alleviating poverty from India. He believes that to alleviate poverty, both bottom up and top down approaches in the policy making are required. Currently at Rang De, he is engaged with field partners and monitors Rang De's impact on the communities it works with.

Hitesh

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