Our team has individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines. All are united by their dynamism and passion to work for the society. Collectively this team brings a great deal of energy, creativity and enthusiasm to the table. The team is headed by seasoned professionals who have worked both in the corporate world and the social sector. Core belief of the team is to impact change and empower the less privileged.
Co-Founder & Director
Director and Founder, Rajiv Sharma heads the business from the forefront by providing strategic leads and vision. Rajiv’s strengths range from a financial & business expert to an affable person. On several occasions, he has shown signs of a person with the photographic memory. Other than an avid traveller, he’s a foodie at heart who loves playing golf.
With a degree in Law from Delhi University and MBA in Business Management from FMS also Delhi University, he has held senior management positions for over 25 years at Kodak, HCL and was also the CEO of Airtel before he quit the corporate world. Sensing a considerable lack of skilled people in the job market, he left a long and successful corporate career of years to mould Empower Pragati into what is today.
Co-Founder & Director
Pritha administers all the training, quality, communication and placement functions for the organization. An XLRI, Jamshedpur graduate with a MA in Extension and Development from IGNOU, she has worked extensively in both the corporate and social sectors with organizations and such as Oberoi Hotels, ICI Paints, Airtel and Feedback Ventures.
Pritha co-founded Phicus social Ventures before she quit to join the Empower Board. She loves theatre, reading and teaching. With a passion in the fields of learning and development, she continues to drive Empower Pragati forward.
Shruti, youngest among all board members holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and a management degree in Strategy & Leadership from the Indian School of Business. She comes with about six plus years of consulting experience across varied sectors such as telecom, energy, power, education and skill development. Presently, she is working with KPMG as a Senior Consultant where her role varies from evaluating social schemes in India to assisting clients set up and grow their Ed-tech businesses in establishing Centres of Excellence. Over the years, she has developed expertise in administrative operations, market assessment and strategy for commercial validation. Shruti is an ardent dessert foodie who enjoys baking in her free time. Her two dogs Sandra and Zara are the love of her life and always keep her on her toes.
Aparna holds a Ph.D. in Genetic Engineering from Chandra Shekhar Azad University of Agriculture & Technology. She has more than 25 years of experience in different disciplines of academics as a lecturer, special educator, and trainer. She was associated with Spastics Society of India (now ADAPT) for 8 years. Her recent passion is doing street plays on different social and political issues and has been associated with the famous ‘Asmita’ theatre company. Daughter of a poet, she keeps Hindi poetry in her heart and loves to recite them too. Golfing with her hubby, listening to Ghazals and playing with her pets are her greatest stress busters.
We are proud to introduce the following people who are the backbone of the team with their harmonised dedication and passion to work for the people. Coincidently, it’s an all-women squad.
Senior Project Coordinator
Namra plays the most crucial role in operations for Empower Foundation. She became a part of the Empower family in June 2016, with this being her first full-time endeavour out of University. Due to her eagerness to work on issues related to women, poverty and education, she took the gradual step of pursuing Masters in Social Work from Jamia Millia Islamia. In her present role, she is involved in creating content, conducting training and implementing innovative interventions in both rural and urban communities. Empower Foundation provided her with a space which fosters her fun-loving nature and her decision to serve her society. Sociable and chirpy, Namra relishes food. She is always ready for adventure and finds joy in going to unknown journeys to explore new cultures.
Aarzoo completed masters in Extension and Development from IGNOU. Her present function at Empower Foundation entails managing the Kiran project along with facilitating other team members. She is zealous to work in the social sector to use the skills she has acquired to help people improve their lives. She believes in the joy of giving and thus enjoys working with less-fortunate to enlighten their minds. EF has proved to be a platform in enabling her to become a change-maker in the society.
Parul has over six years of experience in the skill development sector. She started her journey with Empower Foundation in the year 2014. She has shown excellent ability to connect with diverse groups of people. Presently she is heading projects and managing operations of Empower Foundation for the state of Gujarat. She is actively involved in training, creating market linkages and client relationship management on the project for Home Managers.