Smile Foundation is a people-driven organization – right from the people who started it with a vision, to the people who work with us to bring change at the grassroots, to the people who support our work, and most importantly the people who we serve on the ground through our work. Committed, responsible people who are passionate to make a difference to the world around them are the backbone of Smile Foundation.


Mr . Santanu Mishra

An associate member of ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) and an alumni of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). A law graduate, Mr. Mishra specialises in enterprise transformation, strategies and scaling up. Mr. Mishra has been the Executive Trustee of Smile Foundation since 2005 and has actively led the structuring and scaling up of the organization.

Mr. Manish Kumar

A Chartered Accountant, Cost and Management Accountant and a Company Secretary, Mr. Manish Kumar specializes in Strategic Management Consulting, International Finance and Entrepreneurship Development. As an Investor and a Philanthropist he has multidimensional exposure spread across various sectors in India and abroad. He has been associated with various charitable organizations and social causes aimed at alleviating various social malaise and bridging the gap or disparity in the society through various initiatives on education, healthcare, livelihood and capacity building since last two decade.

Mr. Yogesh Jagia

A lawyer by profession with specialisation in economic laws. He practises in Delhi High Court and Supreme Court of India.

Mr. Praveen Gupta

A Masters in Business & Economics (MBE) from Delhi University. He advises leading corporate houses in India on various strategic issues

Mr. Ashok Chaudhary

A fellow member of ICAI. He specializes in strategic management and consulting. He gives strategic advices to companies.

Ms. Poonam Chopra

An investor and a philanthropist, Ms. Poonam Chopra has multidimensional exposure spread across various sectors in India and abroad.

Our Management Team

Vikram Singh Verma

An ex-Army officer, Vikram has held instructional appointments at the country’s premier institutions National Defence Academy and Indian Military Academy. After the Army he worked in the travel industry, before moving to the development sector as Head-Primary Education in Bharti Foundation. He later joined Smile Foundation as Executive Director.

Swatantra Gupta

A post graduate in Sustainable Development from University of London, Swatantra has an experience of over 14 years in the development sector. Swatantra’s major responsibility is towards acquiring new corporate donors, retaining and scaling up the existing ones and also raising resources for organization sustainability.

Sapna Ravindran

Sapna has done her Bachelors in Eng Literature from MG University, followed by MSW from Mahatma University & PG Diploma in Personnel Management from Annamalai University. She has an experience of more than 20 years from organizations such as Population Services International India, Child Fund International and Magic Bus.

Seema Kumar

A trained counsellor and post-graduate in clinical psychology, Seema is working from last three decades as a development professional. With versatile experience, ranging from working in education at NCERT to youth and women issues at different NGOs, she is leading the education programme at Smile Foundation.

Bipasha Patnaik

A development professional with Masters in Social Work and NGO Management, Bipasha is committed to work for the underserved with 19 years of experience in Centre for Youth and Social Development, Butterflies and Concern India. She excels in project management, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and proposal development.

Aakanksha Dheeraj

With over a decade's experience in media and NGOs of both national and international repute, Aakanksha brings analytical acumen and operational expertise to implement large- scale girls education projects. She has a well-rounded and data-driven approach towards development.

Rajeev Sharma

A graduate from Delhi University with PG diploma in Marketing, Rajeev has over 18 years of experience as a strategist in generating resources for social welfare activities. He has worked with various organizations like Prayas, Khushii and ITC before joining Smile Foundation.

Subroto Roy

Subroto has done his BE (Civil) from National Institute of Technology followed by PGDM from Xavier Institute of Management. He has an experience of more than 24 years from organizations such as Development Alternatives, Educomp, GVKEMRI, Wish Foundation and Tara Livelihood Academy.

John Flynn Paul Thattil

A graduate from Bombay University, John has pursued Business Administration from the Krish Pennathur & Associates MT Program. He has over 38 years of experience working with both non-profit and for-profit organizations including Ummeed Child Development Centre, Habitat for Humanity, and Helpage.

Rachna Chawla

Rachana has more than 15 years of experience in not-for-profit as well as corporate sector and has worked with Evidence Action, Railway Children India, SOS Children’s Villages of India, Tata Motors Ltd, Reliance Retail Ltd, Wipro Infotech Ltd and Vaman Technologies Ltd.

Gargi Kapoor

A graduate in Zoology Hons from Delhi University, Gargi has done her Masters in Social Work from Vidyasagar University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, and in Human Rights, International Humanitarian and Refugee Laws from Indian Society of International Law

Satnam Singh

Satnam comes with a social development background with Masters in Sociology and has over sixteen years of experience in primary healthcare (encompassing Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AIDS and gender issues), Micro Finance, Informal Education and Vocational training.

Charanjit Kaur

A graduate in sociology, Charanjit has an experience of over 19 years in donor relations and servicing in the development sector. She has worked with CRY for over 12 years, and for the last six years has been heading the retention and servicing team for Individual Partnerships at Smile.

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