VISHNU SWAMINATHAN- India Country Director

Vishnu has more than 14 years of experience as an entrepreneur and innovator. He started two IT based companies in Singapore in the areas of financial transactions and animation technology. He then moved to India to head a leadership school based in Pune, where he led the school’s social effort by creating a independent Centre for Social Development. He has also run an assignment with National Innovation Foundation, a government sponsored organization working on grassroots Innovation at national level in India.

Starting out as as a 3D and Film Special effects artist, and later turning towards project management, Vishnu has led a wide range of projects, training and strategic business models. He holds an MBA from University of Southern Queensland.

ARCHANA SINHA- Director, Health and Nutrition Initiative

Archana leads the Health and Nutrition Initiative. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant with i3 Consulting in New Delhi. During her consulting stint, she advised clients from industries such as financial services and e-commerce on business development and setting up new ventures in India and the Middle East. While pursuing her Masters, she interned with a micro finance NGO in Delhi wherein she helped streamline its borrower database and created business plans for borrowers. She has also worked as a journalist with The Asian Age. She was recognised as an Aspen Health Scholar by The Aspen Institute in 2014.

She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University and a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Mumbai.


Nagendra joined Ashoka in October 2010 and is the Finance and Accounts Manager. He has over 24 years of progressive and significant experience in Accounts management and office administration. His key skills include preparation of final accounts, income and expenditure statements, receipts and payments statement, balance sheet, funding and project proposals. Previously, he has handled statutory and internal auditing and income tax and sales tax assessments. He has also handled matters relating to statutory compliances like income tax, exemptions proposals, FEMA, RBI, VAT, PF, PT, central excise and customs independently. He also has experience in creating working capital proposals and liaising with banks as required.

NIKITHA VARSHA- Assistant Accounts Manager

Nikitha Varsha has 12 years of experience in the Finance & Accounts department and joined Ashoka as Assistant Manager Finance & Accounts in the India Office. Prior to joining Ashoka, Nikitha specialized in preparation of receipts & payment, income, expenditure A/c, profit & loss account, cash flow statement & balance sheet, payroll, budget & MIS reports, coordinating with auditors for the finalization of accounts, and also interacting with statutory work like ESIC, PF, PT, TDS and Service Tax. Well-versed in accounting softwares – Tally ERP 9 & Netsuite.

RAJESH KUMAR- Project Coordinator, Transforming Childhood and Youth Years

He joined Ashoka in November, 2014 for the project, Transforming Childhood and Youth Years in South Asia as Project Coordinator. Previously, he has worked with Ashoka Innovators as Admin Manager. He has worked in an administrtive capacity in both development and corporate sector.

GANESH S P- Administrative Assistant

Ganesh joined Ashoka in June 2010 and works as the Administrative Assistant. Before Ashoka, he was the security superviser and receptionist at a software company—Avio Electronics Info Systems.

Ashwin Naik- Resident Fellow, Leadership Group Member

Ashwin is a Resident Fellow, part of the Ashoka Health and Nutrition Initiative and a Leadership Group Member at Ashoka. He is the founder and serves on the board of Vaatsalya Hospitals, an award winning social enterprise, focused on building and managing a network of hospitals in small towns in India. Vaatsalya is the largest hospital network of its kind in India, bringing affordable healthcare services to more than half a million underserved customers per year, and is the winner of the Inaugural Porter Prize in India for value based healthcare. In 2012, Ashwin also helped establish National Association of Social Enterprises in India, a leading industry body comprising of the leading social enterprises in India. Ashwin has been honored as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by World Economic Forum, Young Leader by Asia Society Asia21, Senior Ashoka Fellow, and Ted India fellow. His passion is Social entrepreneurship, Healthcare access and innovation.

At Ashoka, Ashwin leads the efforts to launch a Global Vitalness Initiative to transform our current thinking about health, wellbeing and nutrition. He is also involved in helping companies build changemaker organisations by collaborating with Ashoka Fellows. Ashwin has a medical degree from Karnatak Medical College, Hubli and a Masters from University of Houston, Texas. In his spare time, you will find him watching movies or collecting random (and mostly useless) historical trivia.