MANAGEMENT TEAM
Conexus has a dedicated team to provide innovative and sustainable solutions for corporate and individuals in fulfilling their social responsibility commitments.
Mr. Kewal Handa
(Managing Partner at Conexus SRSPL)
Mr. Kewal Handa brings more than three decades of rich experience in handling businesses in diverse profiles such as Finance, Commercial, Strategy and Business Development, Corporate Affairs. He spearheaded...
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Dr. Zimra R. Israel
(Vice President at Conexus SRSPL)
Dr. Zimra Israel brings over 20 years of diverse pharmaceutical and academic experience with key focus on global health policy and public affairs, opinion leader relations, alliance management experience to develop...
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Mr. Manish Handa
(Principal at Conexus SRSPL)
Manish has over nine years of experience in the area of strategic consultation with primary focus on strategy, business process modeling, program management, social development and CSR...
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Ms. Rituparna B. Choudhury
(Consultant at Conexus SRSPL)
With 18 years of experience in development and corporate sectors at managerial and leadership positions, Rituparna’s core strengths lie in overall program management including development, conceptualization and implementation...
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Ms. Ulka Bangui
(Consultant at Conexus SRSPL)
Ulka have over 18 years of experience. She has been fully involved with the social sector for over two and a half years now. Her association with the Indian Cancer Society as Director...
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Mr. Santosh Tungare
(Consultant at Conexus SRSPL)
Mr. Santosh brings over 20 years of experience with key focus on environment, wild life and social development. He has worked at varied capacities on projects involving wild life conservation, water & wastewater treatment...
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Dr. Julie Anne Hudman
(Consultant at Conexus SRSPL)
Dr. Julie Anne Hudman is a public policy expert with over two decades of experience in the analysis, development and execution of social programs and policies with an emphasis on health care finance strategies...
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Ms. Sarika Kamble
(Consultant at Conexus SRSPL)
Sarika has eleven years of experience in working closely with non- governmental organizations in India. Her key strengths lie in the area of effective implementation of social projects, building NGO partnerships...
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Mrs. Ranjana Gupta
(Senior Associate, Conexus SRSPL)
Ranjana is decisive, action oriented and result focused professional with over 6 years’ experience in Social Development Sector with National NGOs and Corporate Houses...
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Ms.  Nikita Ghamande,
(Associate at Conexus SRSPL)
Nikita has five years of experience of working with NGOs and youth. She has been part of various surveys in community and rural areas. She has worked with Wockhardt Foundation on mobile health van initiative...
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Ms. Khadija Rangwala,
(Associate at Conexus SRSPL)
Khadija has done her Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from Jai Hind College, Mumbai. She is an aspiring Social Entrepreneur with previous experience in Content Development and Operations...
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Ms. Dhara Parekh
(Administration Executive at Conexus SRSPL)
Dhara has eight years of experience in handling administrative responsibilities. In CSRSPL she is looking after business development, administration and accounts from past 4 years...
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Mr. Kewal Handa,
Managing Partner at Conexus SRSPL

Mr. Kewal Handa brings more than three decades of rich experience in handling businesses in diverse profiles such as Finance, Commercial, Strategy and Business Development, Corporate Affairs. He spearheaded Pfizer India as the Managing Director from 2005 to 2012 and strategically paved way for three mergers with Parke Davis - Warner Lambert (India) Private Limited, Pharmacia and Wyeth Ltd. respectively. Prior to this, he served as Executive Director – Finance at Pfizer and has also headed its Animal Health business. Mr. Handa was also the Managing Director of Wyeth Ltd.

He has worked in sectors like Engineering, Consumer and Project Finance through companies like Schrader Scovill, SICOM, HLL & Vidyut Blades as well. During his stint at Pfizer, he has affirmatively driven various teams to hire and retain women colleagues in the management and more importantly in sales positions – an initiative unheard of in the Indian pharmaceutical industry.

Mr. Handa spearheaded several CSR initiatives while at Pfizer like ‘Nasha Free Punjab’ and Community-run Fair Price pharmacy. He envisioned Arpana Trust Mother & Child Care with a key focus to reduce infant and maternal mortality in Haryana through increased institutional deliveries and improved nutrition and health awareness. He also build partnerships with micro-finance NGOs in the Kalahandi district of Orissa to provide high quality drugs at lower than market prices to local communities. He has also partnered with the WHO and Ministry of Health to take the war on tobacco to the next level by increasing community awareness of existing tobacco cessation clinics and increasing treatment compliance. Under his guidance, Pfizer partnered with the NRHM and Impact Foundation to improve healthcare service delivery in local PHCs through public-private partnerships.

Mr. Handa has held prominent positions in the past at Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), All India Management Association (AIMA), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) and Pharmaceutical Committee of ASSOCHAM. He is also a member of the Governing Board of IIM Raipur and was the independent Board Director and Chairman of audit committee at Alfa Laval Ltd.

Mr. Handa is a qualified Management Accountant and Company Secretary and has a Masters Degree in Commerce. He has completed the Pfizer Leadership Development Program from Harvard University, Senior Management Development Program from IIM Ahmedabad and Marketing Strategy from Columbia Business School. Mr. Handa was awarded the ‘India CFO 2004, Excellence in Finance in an MNC’ by International Market Assessment Group. Mr Handa was awarded, the Bharat Shiromani Award in 2007 and the Pharma Leaders - Pharma Professional of the year 2010.

Mr. Handa is presently Promoter Director of Salus Lifecare Pvt. Ltd. and Strategic Adviser to various companies.

Mr. Dhiraj Rankhambe,
Principal at Conexus SRSPL

Dhiraj brings with him 17 years of experience in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Livelihood Development, Disaster Management, Fund Raising and Management of Development Funds.

He has worked with organizations like Crompton Greaves Ltd. as Head CSR, DLF Ltd. as Manager CSR Railway Children UK as Program Officer East India & Tsunami Relief & Rehabilitation, International Resources for Fairer Trade as Business Counselor & SPANCO Telesystems Ltd. as Territory Manager, Marketing.

His core competencies are to set up CSR initiative for corporate and systematized to make it more participatory, inclusive, cost effective, time bound, impactful and sustainable. His progressive understanding of government policies and social development process polishes his skills to design strategic initiatives, which will meet organizations expectations and contribute to larger development goals. His work has been acknowledged in the areas of building Public Private Partnership with government ITIs and its program, Affirmative Action, HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, Livelihood & employability enhancement of community youths, Employees & Supply Chain engagement and CSR as Business Inclusive product strategy. He had been the member of the CII Western Region Committee for Affirmative Action and Skill Development, which helped organization bag several awards.

Dhiraj is a board member of two NGO’s and during his various assignments he has networked with more than 350 NGO & INGO and provided consultancy to 80 Community Based Organizations & Community Based Enterprises. He has been visiting faculty at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Tilak Maharashtra University, Pune. He has been the expert trainer to the National CSR Hub for PSU’s.

Dhiraj also has a healthy exposure to the international scenario of CSR through some of his assignments. He was the facilitator for the African Delegation on understanding “Why Asian Community Based Enterprises (CBE) is more successful than in African”. He has represented IRFT at the international partners meet hosted by “Traidcraft Exchange/ PLC” UK. He has represented Indian CBO’s at the 6th Biennial IFAT Conference held at Arush, Tanzania. He represented Crompton Greaves Ltd. at the 9th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility held at Kuala Lumpur.

He has a Masters in Social Work (Urban and Rural Community Development) from the illustrious Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Bachelors in Arts, Sociology from KJ Somaiya College of Arts & Commerce.

Mr. Manish Handa,
Principal at Conexus SRSPL

Manish has over nine years of experience in the area of strategic consultation with primary focus on strategy, business process modeling, program management, social development and CSR. He has consulted PSUs, MNCs, government organization and ministries in real estate, logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, aviation and shipping and social development industries.

He is the CoFounder of Conexus Social Responsibility Services Pvt. Ltd. where he heads the operational activities of the company. He plays a vital role is developing and delivering shared value driven CSR & Social initiatives and is a key member for driving the growth of the organization.

In his career span prior to Conexus he has been associated with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), KPMG and Air India in various capacities. He has consulted companies on market feasibility and financial stability fit with the core business. He has been involved with remodeling and rebuilding of companies besides consulting in the areas of risk assessment and corporate governance. While at KPMG, he consulted various entities for specialized services such as Cost Optimization, Process Re-engineering, Technical and Financial Capabilities and also Strategy & Business Development. Since the past 2 years he has been working on various start-ups initiated by him.

He also volunteered with URBZ by offering seminars and talks with slum dwellers at Dharavi in Mumbai for slum rehabilitation. He has actively volunteered in hospitals’ emergency department, old age homes and orphanages over several years.

Manish has an MBA from IESE Business School from Barcelona, Spain and completed his Bachelors’ degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering and Minor in Economics from Purdue University at Lafayette, United States. He is also a licensed pilot from Purdue University, Lafayette, United States.

Ms. Rituparna Basu Choudhury,
Consultant at Conexus SRSPL

With 18 years of experience in development and corporate sectors at managerial and leadership positions, Rituparna’s core strengths lie in overall program management including development, conceptualization and implementation.

She also has extensive experience of business development and creating customized CSR programs for corporate entities. Though her areas of expertise have been health and education, she has gained experience in sectors like gender rights, women empowerment, vocational skills development and resource management.

She has worked with organizations like Akshara, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Times Foundation, Smile Foundation and Childreach International India. She has also worked as a CSR consultant with NGOS and corporates like Purple Patch.

She has done her Masters in Social Work (Masters in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work) from Tata Institute of Social Science.

Ms. Sarika Kamble,
Consultant at Conexus SRSPL

Sarika has eleven years of experience in working closely with non- governmental organizations in India. Her key strengths lie in the area of effective implementation of social projects, building NGO partnerships, monitoring & evaluation, facilitating research & training.

In CSRSPL she is heading implementation of CSR programmes across India. She has been working on IContribute online donation portal for building partnerships with various Stakeholders and looking after implementation of the project across two cities.

Sarika has wide experience in the areas of health, education and community development. She has proved her credentials as a team manager, campaigner and evaluator for fund grant/disbursement. Her understanding of concepts, analytical and evaluation skills are an essential attributes to implementation of any CSR program. She has conducted training programs for NGOs and CBOs.

She has been consulting with non - governmental organizations for designing programmes, organizational development and conducting various trainings for staff development. She also helps other organization to develop the monitoring and reporting system for various programs.

She has worked with Nathani Charitable Trust, Rangoonwala Foundation (India) Trust, Credibility Alliance and India Renal Foundation.

Sarika has done her Master in Social Work (MSW) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and L.L.B. from Govt. Law College, Mumbai University.

Ms. Celin Thomas,
Regional Manager – South SRSPL

With seven years of experience in the area of CSR, Sustainability and Corporate Communication. Celin’s core strength involves planning & research associated with CSR and NGO projects. She has completed GRI Certified Training course on GRI Sustainability reporting conducted by CII-ITC; and has prepared several sustainability reports for companies such as Sesa Goa, Sterlite, MindTree and Ultratech.

She has experience in conducting stakeholder engagement and materiality analysis exercises for corporates to assist them identify strength and problem areas for further improvement. Research related to industry specifically on competition analysis, developing assessment models & tools, identifying potential areas for services are few other competencies.

Celin has worked with Green Evangelist, Mokshda PEVSS, Times Foundation, Sanskar India Foundation and Adfactors PR Pvt. Ltd. Besides these, she has worked on independent projects with Ar. Hafeez Contractor and UNICEF-SCWSD for an evaluation program.

She has completed her Masters in Environmental Sciences from Institute of Science, Mumbai University. She has done her Diploma in Journalism from Bombay College of Journalism, HSNC Board. She is trained in Social Impact Assessment from Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi.

Ms. Dhara Parekh,
Administration Executive at Conexus SRSPL

Dhara has eight years of experience in handling administrative responsibilities. In CSRSPL she is looking after business development, administration and accounts from past 4 years...

Dhara is dynamic, creative and hard working. Her core competencies are in the area of logistic management, event planning, data management, making presentations and accounting. She assists Conexus team to fulfill their daily functions, managing the schedule, arranging meetings of Managing Director. She is good at inter personal communications. She is proficient in computer skills.

She has worked with Rich Mist Corporate Gifting, Jenish Properties Pvt. Ltd. and Scasen Pvt. Ltd. in her previous assignments. She has completed her Bachelors in Commerce and LLB from University of Mumbai.

Ms. Ulka Bangui,
Consultant at Conexus SRSPL

Ulka have over 18 years of experience. She has been fully involved with the social sector for over two and a half years now. Her association with the Indian Cancer Society as Director – Awareness & Detection helped gain insight and understanding of the functioning of the social sector. Her set of professional and communication skills helped scale up the activities of her vertical and were instrumental in garnering support for CSR projects.

Prior to her involvement in the social sector, she has a valuable experience in the area of advertising and communications. She has held senior leadership positions at leading advertising agencies like Leo Burnett and Enterprise Nexus. She has worked on several FMCG and lifestyle brands. She has worked closely with consumers to gain key insights that have helped tremendously in developing winning strategies and communication to increase market shares and enhance brand equity.

She is a consultant with Conexus Social Responsibility Services Pvt. Ltd. where she heads the business development activities of the company.

Ulka is a commerce graduate from H R College of Commerce and Economics (Mumbai University)

Mrs. Ranjana Gupta,
Senior Associate, Conexus SRSPL

Ranjana is decisive, action oriented and result focused professional with over 6 years’ experience in Social Development Sector with National NGOs and Corporate Houses. She is experienced in creating and leading teams from multiple disciplines and creating vision, strategies and plans in the midst of rapid growth and change, she has successfully implemented several developmental projects and contributed to different reform movements in the country, she has proven ability to manage in dynamic & fast changing environment. Ideally her experience gained as a Project coordinator in Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, as a National Project Coordinator- Livelihood and Advocacy in Nirmana and as a Coordinator in Technical Support Unit in Dr.A.V. Baliga Memorial Trust. In this capacity, she co-managed this flagship store in all areas of work profile. She has an experience to organize as well as conducting trainings and workshops on brainstorming events, program management, team management etc. She has also worked in different states such as Delhi, Agra, Jharkhand, Raipur, etc on different themes.

Her project management skills include project planning, writing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. She also possesses experience in policy advocacy at grass root and National levels. She possesses academic qualifications in Social Work and Human Resource Management.

Specialties: Non-profit management, Government Administration, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development, Poverty Alleviation

Dr. Julie Anne Hudman,
Consultant at Conexus SRSPL

Dr. Julie Anne Hudman is a public policy expert with over two decades of experience in the analysis, development and execution of social programs and policies with an emphasis on health care finance strategies and policies. Dr. Hudman also has significant experience in the philanthropy sector – spending almost eight years at the US-based Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Since moving to Mumbai in 2012, she has been the Director of Research at IndiaSpend, a start-up non-profit organization that builds on open data to report on and analyze a wide range of public policy issues in India, with the larger objective of fostering better governance, transparency and accountability. In addition to creating the organization’s first strategic plan, she creates and directs data analysis, content development, and writing of articles. Over the past year, Dr. Hudman has also worked with SNEHA (Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action) where she focused on developing their public policy work efforts in order to better improve communication of their successful interventions to improve the health outcomes of women and children residing in Mumbai’s slums. She is also a Member of the Board of Studies for the Masters Degree in Public Policy and a Visiting Professor at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai.

Prior to moving to India in early 2012, Dr. Hudman has worked in various leadership capacities to improve access to quality health care. From 2006 till 2010, she was the top health care advisor to Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty. After two years in the Mayor’s office, where she was responsible for providing direction and guidance for the City’s seven health and human service agencies, she was conferred by the City Council as Director of Washington, D.C.’s Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). The Agency’s primary mandate was to improve health outcomes by providing access to comprehensive, cost-effective and quality healthcare services. As Director of DHCF, Dr. Hudman oversaw a budget of more than USD $2 billion (including DC’s Medicaid program) to provide health insurance coverage to over 225,000 of the District’s residents.

Earlier in her career, from 1991 till 2004, Dr. Hudman worked in research and academic settings, as well as state governments. At the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation she was Associate Director of The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured for almost 8 years, and prior to that worked as a researcher at George Washington University’s Center for Health Policy Research. She began her extensive health policy career in state health programs, working at the state level in Oklahoma, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In between these roles, Dr. Hudman has worked as a senior-level consultant providing strategic guidance and analysis on health care and social policy issues to a wide range of clients including foundations, NGOs, private sector businesses, health care providers, federal and state governments.

Dr. Hudman received her Ph.D from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, M.P.P. from Georgetown University and B.A. from University of Oklahoma.

Ms.  Nikita Ghamande,
Associate, Conexus Social Responsibility Services Pvt. Ltd.

Nikita has five years of experience of working with NGOs and youth. She has been part of various surveys in community and rural areas. She has worked with Wockhardt Foundation on mobile health van initiative. Her key strengths lie in Networking, PR Marketing, community surveys and event management.

At Conexus, she is responsible for program implementation and development which includes coordination and liaising with NGOs at local and national levels, monitoring, monitoring and evaluation visits across operational sites, documentation and reporting.

She has been an active Rotaract member since seven years, and is serving Rotaract District 3142 as a charter District Secretary. She is designated as a Chairwomen Partners in Service for the year 2017-18 for District.

Nikita has completed her graduation from University of Mumbai and is completing her MBA in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS.

Dr. Zimra R. Israel,
Vice President at Conexus SRSPL

Dr. Zimra Israel brings over 20 years of diverse pharmaceutical and academic experience with key focus on global health policy and public affairs, opinion leader relations, alliance management experience to develop and support product commercialization and global access.

She has worked as an immunologist/vaccinologist in vaccine and HIV research in industry, academia and the governments in the US, India and Japan. She was affiliated with prestigious US institutions such as New York University Medical Center, Colorado State University and the New Mexico State University and has authored over 35 publications.

In her tenure at Wyeth (now Pfizer) Dr. Israel served as the project lead for multimillion dollar grants from the NIH and served on NIH review Boards. Dr. Israel also served as Associate Director, Clinical Research at Pfizer and was responsible for planning and leading phase 1 vaccine studies and epidemiological studies. As Director, Worldwide Policy at Pfizer, she built and maintained relationships with Pfizer scientists, subject matter experts, and external policy experts who generate new research and influence science policy debates within the global Vaccines and Biologics space. She also had the opportunity to work closely with the Corporate Social Responsibility team at Pfizer to identify partners and execute global programs.

Dr. Israel was the first woman international scientist to receive an award from the Viral Hepatitis Foundation of Japan for her research at the Nagasaki Chuo National Hospital in Nagasaki, Japan. Dr. Israel conducted her thesis work towards a Master’s degree followed by doctorate research on HIV/AIDS from Mumbai University at the National Institute of Virology in Pune, India. She is a Microbiology undergraduate from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai.

Mr. Swapnil Jadhav,
Associate at Conexus SRSPL

Swapnil has five years of experience in working closely with non- governmental organization in India. He has worked with Nathani Charitable Trust and Fullerton.

His key strengths lie in the area of Community Based Organization monitoring & plan & effectively utilize Strategies to achieve desirable results.

He has wide experience in the area of education. His understanding of concepts, analytical and evaluation skills are essential attributes to implementation of any CSR program. He has conducted programs for CBOs.

He has done his Master in Social Work (MSW) from IGNOU & Bachelors in Arts from Mumbai University.

Ms. Khadija Rangwala,
Associate at Conexus SRSPL

Khadija has done her Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from Jai Hind College, Mumbai. She is an aspiring Social Entrepreneur with previous experience in Content Development and Operations. She has done previous internships in Content Development and Business Research.

Her extra-curricular activities include involvement in events such as TEDxJHC, being Editor-in- Chief for The Contrarian (Economics magazine), Participated and Won Research Seminars and have written articles that have been published. Her key skills lie in research, content design and writing.

As an Associate at Conexus, she is involved in Business Development, CSR Program Design and Implementation. She manages client related work, assists in desk research, program development, program implementation and reporting.

Mr. Santosh Tungare,
Consultant at Conexus SRSPL

Mr. Santosh brings over 20 years of experience with key focus on environment, wild life and social development.

He has worked at varied capacities on projects involving wild life conservation, water & wastewater treatment, bioremediation/phytoremediation, habitat restoration. He has conducted numerous studies on impacts of commercial projects on the environment, ecology, solid waste, etc.

In the past he has been associated with various corporate, organizations and associations on project either managed individually or along with a team. To name a few HUL, SENES Environment Consultant, TATA Consultancy Services, TATA AIG Risk Management Services, BESE and Merck.

Santosh is a PhD in Environment Chemistry from the University of Mumbai. He also has a Master of Science in Environment Sciences and a Post Graduate in Environment Pollution Control from Mumbai University. Additionally he is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 –BVC and DoPT, Govt. of India, certified trainer under the DTS program.

He has been a member of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) for over 15 years and is a Member of the Peregrine Fund, World Center for Birds of Prey, USA.

Naushita Jaising,
Associate at Conexus SRSPL

Naushita has previously worked with Financieros Sin Fronteras, a Madrid-based financial consultancy that works in West Africa and with IISA, a London-based Political think tank as well as NGOs in Europe and India. She currently volunteers with a Peruvian-Canadian NGO, Mosqoy as their Marketing Manager.

She has experience in monitoring global and local market developments and compiling market intelligence to produce strategic reports, conducting qualitative and quantitative research to identify areas for improvement and policy formulation, as well as advising institutions regarding increasing efficiency to maximize impact.

She has completed her Masters in International Relations from IE Business School, Madrid and Sciences Po, Paris. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance from NMIMS University, Mumbai.

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