Team
Experts. Innovators. Veterans. Professionals. Our team is an eclectic mix of people with diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. But what binds all of us is an ambition to change water and sanitation situation in India.

Jayamala V Subramaniam

CEO

Manu Srivastava

Director - Technology

Suresh L Ponnappa

Director- Finance

Priya Sankar

Director- Partner Engagements

Manohar Rao S

Senior Manager – Programmes

Amrtha Kasturirangan

Senior Manager – Programmes

Madhavi Purohit

Senior Manager – Programmes

Uzra Sultana

Manager – Programmes

Sreechand Tavva

Technology & Development Officer - Solutions

Rakhi Mathai

Manager – Administration

Priyadarshini Alexander

Manager – HR

Karthik R

Office Assistant

Gurudutt Ramchandra

Manager Solutions

Manisha Shah

Manager - Advocacy

Neha Pawar

Officer - Operations

Abhishek Srivastava

Senior Manager - Ecosystem & Relationships

Arun M

Officer - Accounts

Jayamala V Subramaniam

CEO

Jayamala Subramaniam comes with over two decades of experience in Strategy and Execution in Banking, Education, Agro-technology, ITES and Not for Profit sector, across countries. She has proven expertise in identifying and establishing transformational processes for scaling standalone start-ups and start up environments in established organizations. She is a certified Executive and Business Coach. She has a management degree from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Manu Srivastava

Director - Technology

Manu has over 21+ years’ experience with a passion for conceptualising, architecting, designing and delivering technology solutions having large scale social impact. He was a part of the start-up/founding team of eGovernments Foundation and played various roles in eGov’s journey including conceptualizing and creating product and solutions, identifying markets and geographies, building partnerships; building teams, skills and capabilities and client, product and delivery management. Manu helped developed and deliver solutions that have positively impacted more than 2.66 cr citizens and saved over 15000 man years of citizens & govt. employees. Manu is an alumnus from MNIT, Jaipur and IIM-Bangalore.

Suresh L Ponnappa

Director- Finance

Suresh L Ponnappa comes with nearly two decades of professional experience in Financial Management and Administration working with corporate, government institutions, national and international development organisations. He holds an MBA in Finance besides Master’s Degree in Commerce and Human Resource Management. Prior to Arghyam, he was associated with Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (India), Centre for Environment Education-NFD, Tata Coffee Limited and Samraksha. As the Director of Finance, Suresh handles complete Finance, Administration and Human Resource management responsibilities at Arghyam.

Priya Sankar

Director- Partner Engagements

Priya comes with 15 years of experience in product management, business strategy, sales & marketing and go-to-market. She has worked in telecom and banking sectors in India where she led several product launches, held P&L responsibility, handled customer lifecycle management and onboarding roles. She holds an MBA from SIBM, Pune and BE from CEG, Anna University.

Manohar Rao S

Senior Manager – Programmes

Manohar did his Masters in Agricultural Economics and holds a degree in Agriculture. He has worked on a variety of projects in the water sector for over two decades ranging from watershed development to irrigation water management to rural drinking water and sanitation. He is managing the field based projects supported by Arghyam since October 2005. He is Arghyam’s “man on the ground”. His understanding of the NGO sector and practical realities of implementation of projects are critical to Arghyam’s grant making activities.

Amrtha Kasturirangan

Senior Manager – Programmes

Amrtha Kasturi Rangan is an Environmental Scientist (M.Sc. from Anna University) and Lawyer (LLB. From Bangalore University) and is a Senior Manager- Programmes with Arghyam. She has worked with Arghyam since 2009 and has managed Participatory Groundwater Management grants in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and North Eastern states as part of her work. These grants have specifically focussed on demystifying the science of groundwater management for communities to practice and have had demand management as one of the key components. She has been instrumental in shaping Arghyam’s strategy for engagement in the North East for participatory groundwater management (springshed management). She is a published author and her writings on Participatory Groundwater Management are published in SAGE and in the India Water Portal. She has also served as a peer reviewer of Participatory Groundwater Management articles from India and around the world for Journals such as Groundwater for Sustainable Development, Water International etc. She currently leads the Advocacy, Research, and Communications work at Arghyam.

Madhavi Purohit

Senior Manager – Programmes

Madhavi holds a Masters degree in Development Communication. She has experience in the development sector, working in fields such as water and sanitation, educational communication and health. Her specialisation is in communication and documentation. Before joining Arghyam, she was associated with the Water and Sanitation Management Organisation, Gujarat and the Development and Educational Communication Unit of the Indian Space Research Organisation in Ahmedabad. At Arghyam, Madhavi contributes to developing the overall communication strategy and documentation efforts, as well as the Behaviour Change Communication project within the Sanitation Programme.

Uzra Sultana

Manager – Programmes

Uzra completed Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from Bangalore University in the year 2004. The same year she joined Environmental Management & Policy Research Institute, a Society registered under Department of Forest, Ecology & Environment, Government of Karnataka, as a Research Associate until 2010. During July-Sept 2010, she worked for a Short-term Consultancy for the United Nations World Food Programme (UNWFP), New Delhi to study the Carbon footprinting of selected villages of Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh, India. In 2011, she joined Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad and worked for almost two years as a Senior Research Associate in preparing City Sanitation Plans for selected eight cities of Karnataka. Since June 2013, she is working at Arghyam under the Urban WatSan Programme in developing approaches towards safe and sustainable WatSan solutions for Indian cities and towns.

Sreechand Tavva

Technology & Development Officer - Solutions

Sreechand leads technology strategy and manages technology at Arghyam and India Water Portal. He brings in a mix of technology skills, development expertise, and sustainability knowledge from 10 years of professional experience working in social enterprises and startups on microfinance, sustainability, education and rural access.

He has an M.A in Development degree from Azim Premji University and a B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada.

Rakhi Mathai

Manager – Administration

This is one face you can’t miss at our office! With a warm smile she welcomes you at our office. Running around with her hands full and thoughts occupied, her willingness to help in every situation makes life easy. She brings in more than ten years experience in administrative skills particularly in the development sector.

Priyadarshini Alexander

Manager – HR

Priyadarshini comes with 14 years of experience delivering a diverse range of functions in human resource management. Her expertise and past experience comprise recruitment & induction, organisational management, and staff development and welfare. She worked for 7 years at The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLM) as Senior Manager HR & Administration, followed by 3 years in Samiti for Education Environment Social and Health Action (SEESHA). After graduating in Nutrition and Dietetics from Madras University, Priyadarshini completed her Hospital Management from Madurai Kamraj University and an MBA in HR & Hospital Management.

Karthik R

Office Assistant

Karthick is the cornerstone of the Admin team. No job is complete without his help and he is always available to make sure that the office is a comfortable place for others. He is an eager learner and willing to pick up new admin skills.

Gurudutt Ramchandra

Manager Solutions

Gurudutt holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication from Bangalore Institute of Technology. He joins the solutions team at Arghyam with over 5+ years of diverse experience across for-profit and for-impact sectors. Prior to Arghyam, he has worked at Mu Sigma helping evangelise data-driven decision making in client organisations; at Samagra helping transform skilling and employment ecosystems in the Indian state of Haryana and has completed the 2-year Teach For India fellowship where he taught primary classrooms in a Govt. school in Bengaluru.

Manisha Shah

Manager - Advocacy

Manisha has over four years of work experience, with over two years in water management and water policy research. She was associated with International Water Management Institute (IWMI) prior to joining Arghyam, and has interned with PSI-Dehradun, CIMMYT -Kathmandu, and Innovative Retail – Bengaluru. She holds MBA in Rural Management from IRMA (Anand) and B.Tech. from NIT-Allahabad. She enjoys academic as well as casual writing. At Arghyam, she is a part of the Advocacy team and also contributes to research and communications work.

Neha Pawar

Officer - Operations

Having completed her Master’s in Water Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 2018, Neha worked as a ‘Zila Swachh Bharat Prerak’ fellow in rural Uttar Pradesh and supported the District Administration in implementation and monitoring of Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) in 2018-19. As a part of the fellowship, she also had an opportunity of working as a WASH Specialist at the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation , MoJS, New Delhi as a part of ODF Plus Team (sustaining behaviour change in ODF villages and solid and liquid waste management). Her role included coordination with the State Governments regarding the quality and sustainability of the programme, and planning of IEC strategies of Swachh Bharat Mission. She is also a member of Water Youth Network since December 2019.

Abhishek Srivastava

Senior Manager - Ecosystem & Relationships

Abhishek comes with over 15 years of experience designing and implementing social change projects through crafting narratives and building political and ecosystem salience at national and regional level to collaboratively implement solutions to complex challenges. For over a decade, he led and implemented a portfolio of projects including advocacy projects across various sectors including gender, health, education, climate change and media development directly or indirectly with organisations such as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dasra, Greenpeace, Internews, Independent Television Service (USA), Oxford Policy Management Institute, UNICEF, and USAID. Before joining the development sector, Abhishek worked as a reporter in broadcast, print and internet journalism, both in India and Afghanistan. Abhishek holds an MBA in Media Management and a LLB with an additional undergraduate degree in Economics.

Arun M

Officer - Accounts

Arun is a highly organized and self-driven individual. He is passionate about developing a career in the field of Accounting. He holds a graduate degree in Commerce with Accounts and Tax as specializations. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Commerce from Indira Gandhi Open University. With more than 3 years of work experience as an Audit & Article Assistant, Arun has deep knowledge of Audit, Direct and Indirect Taxation.