Strategic Management Group

Keren Nazareth is the Executive Director of Saath. She holds an M.A. in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Before joining Saath she worked at the Centre for Environment Education, she has coordinated volunteers and interns for the International Internships in Sustainable Development, she has worked on documenting efforts in tsunami-affected areas (with SSGF, UNDP, Oxfam Internationa). Keren is a member of the South Asia Youth Environment Network (SAYEN).

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Niraj Jani is the Associate Director of Saath and overlooks the Child Friendly Spaces and Griha Pravesh program at Saath. He holds a M. Tech in Planning from Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Ahmedabad and B. Arch from SCET Surat. He has worked with Gujarat Maritime Board, All India Institute of Local Self Government and CEPT Research and Development Unit.

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Chinmayi Desai is the Director of Urban Programmes at Saath, in charge of Saath’s health, education, Microfinance Institute, Livelihood, Urban Resource Centre programmes. She holds B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Diploma in Special Education. Chinmayi has 16 years of experience of working in the social development sector, focusing on program planning, management, implementation and capacity building. 

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Divyang Bhatnagar is the CEO of the Saath Savings & Credit Coop. Soc. Ltd. With a Bachelor degree in Commerce from Gujarat University, Divyang went ahead to pursue advanced diploma in IT from University of Luton, UK. Have also done Diploma in Business Development from ICFAI University. In last 5 years he has successfully set up the Saath’s MFI program and realized it into a cooperative. Diyang’s leadership has seen the Cooperative grow with 7 branches and over 18,000 members.

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Madhuben Parmar is the COO of The Saath Savings & Credit Coop. Soc. Ltd and has been with Saath since 1992. She joined Saath as a teacher upon passing out from 12th grade and marrying. With an early start in working with girls and education, Madhuben slowly moved on to Microfinance. She has since the beginning been a part of the Saath’s strategic team and brings to the table a fresh perspective from the field. 

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Nitesh Oza joined Saath in 2000 as the IT in charge and last year moved on to become the livelihoods program manager. His qualification is MBA in IT and MCA. As an IT in charge he was a certified Microsoft and an Oracle Professional.  His dedication, hard and never say die attitude brings to SMG a different perspective. In last year, he has been able to steer the livelihoods program through numerous challenges and breathed a new life into it.

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Paresh Sakariya joined Saath in 2008 and since then has been part of various projects, both in urban and rural.  With an MSW from Bhavnagar University, Paresh worked at two different NGOs before joining Saath. He headed the youth group and is currently in charge of the non formal livelihoods program and also a part of the Livelihoods Core Team.

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Shyam Prakash Singh joined the Saath team in 2009 as the program coordinator for the Child Rights for Change program. Over last three years his diverse experience in rural development helped Saath start its microfinance service in the rural area. Shyam has a larger vision for Saath’s work in the rural area and works on bringing in new partnerships for expanding work. 

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Manish Trivedi has been with Saath for six years now. As a B. Com graduate and the head of the Accounts department, Manish partakes responsibility not just for day to day accounting but always provided hands on advise when it comes to finance policies, budgets, variances and other finance related issues. 

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Devuben Parmar has been one of the oldest employees at Saath. She started out as a Balghar teacher and has been dabbling in different projects at Saath. Currently, she is the overall URC coordinator and overlooks 3 centers. She not only looks into the day to day aspects of running a URC but also looks at tying up with new partners and expansion. She represents the Vasna slum area and brings to the table a perspective of women in slums of Ahmedabad. 

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Gopal Chauhan joined Saath in 2002 as the coordinator for the ICDS project. On closure of the project he moved on to coordinating the URC at the Behrampura URC. He is also an active member of the Ekta Yuvak Mandal (the CBO in Behrampura). Currently he also oversees the rehabilitation or resettlement project as well as the EWS housing site project.  

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Sanjidaben Sheikh started working with Saath after the 2002 Gujarat riots. A resident of the Juhapura area in Ahmedabad, Sanjidaben is well versed with the problems of the area and also represents the important voice of the people there. Sanjidaben currently over sees the entire Balghar program and is also on the board of the Saath Cooperative.

Jenny Parekh joined the Research and Documentation Cell as the Assistant Coordinator in 2012. With an MSc. (CA & IT) from K S College, Ahmedabad, Jenny has a rich experience in Designing and Website Making and promises to bring new ideas and make SAATH a better place.

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Kunal Patel  kunal patel is RDC Coordinater of Saath. He holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Nirma institute of Technology and Masters in Development  communication from Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. Before joining Saath he has worked with Center for environment education as a project officer and also with Divyabhaskar as a Sub-editor 

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