Our Team

Jinny Uppal

Jinny Uppal

Centre Director and Head

Jinny has over twenty years of experience in driving transformational growth by leading technology and business strategies at North American Fortune 500 telecom and retail companies. Jinny has worked with various causes throughout her career, including artisan empowerment, human rights protection, and women’s advocacy.

Jinny is a graduate of the University of Mumbai, Florida International University, and Harvard Business School. Her multiple award-winning book, “IN/ACTION: Rethinking the Path to Results”, was published by New Degree Press in 2021.


Swati Shresth

Director – Research

Swati Shresth is an academic with teaching and research experience across diverse research institutions. She has been engaged with the social sector for the last 20 years and has extensive experience with organisations at grassroots and international levels. She has a Ph.D in History from Duke University and is interested in both academic and practice oriented research.


Divya Chopra

Senior Manager — Research

Divya is a development professional with over six years of experience designing and conducting social research and policy advocacy. She previously worked with the Kantar Public (erstwhile IMRB International), conducting research for development partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, University of Pennsylvania, FHI 360, BBC Media Action, PSI India. She also worked with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in policy research and advocacy.


Jophin Mathai

Programme Manager — Capacity Building

Over the past decade, Jophin has worked on multifaceted issues related to development and education on the field, program designing, and policy analysis as a third sector professional and by being an education entrepreneur. He is passionate about critically engaging with problems at the confluence of education, markets, and social change. Jophin holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from St. Xaviers College, Mumbai, and has an MSc in Public Policy from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He loves discussing books and music.

Shaivya Verma

Shaivya Verma

Senior Manager – Research

Dr. Shaivya Verma is a social researcher with over three years of experience in social
science research including analyzing secondary and primary datasets, data management, and
quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She has worked in the fields of gender, migration
education in rural India, and skill development. Shaivya has handled projects related to smart
cities, violence against women, engendering school programs, and gender sensitization in rural


Neha Nimble

Senior Manager – Research

Dr. Neha Nimble is an intersectional feminist and a social science researcher. She has previously worked with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai where she also undertook her PhD. For her doctoral studies, she also studied a semester at the University of Tampere, Finland and was also awarded scholarships to attend short term PhD courses at the University of Bonn, Germany and LUCSUS, Lund University, Sweden. Before joining TISS, she did B.A. in English literature and M.A. and M.Phil. in Social Work from the University of Delhi.

Kajal Chaudhari

Kajal Chaudhari

Assistant Manager

Kajal Chaudhari likes to strike a balance – be it between work and life or on a balance sheet. A
Post Graduate in commerce from Mumbai University, Kajal has previously worked with All India
Council for Professional Training and Research. She joins us in the capacity of Senior Executive.
Kajal likes to play badminton and meeting new people.

Khushboo Baranwal

Khushboo Baranwal

Manager Partnerships and Strategy

Khushboo holds a Diploma in Development Communication from AJK- MCRC, Jamia Millia Islamia and has over nine years of experience working with the non-profit sector. Before joining the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, she worked with CRY – Child Rights and You, Agastya International Foundation and Seva Mandir.

In her free time, Khushboo enjoys painting and baking.

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Rekha Rathore

Manager Capacity Building

Rekha has worked in strategy, design, project implementation, and team management with organisations such as SEWA Bharat and the American India Foundation. She was a Teach For India, Delhi 2016 cohort fellow and has worked with rural women artisans, weavers, farmers, and social enterprises to support and generate their livelihood.