ABOUT US

MEET THE TEAM

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ORGANOGRAM

Nuestro fundador

OUR FOUNDER, JAUME SANLLORENTE

“It is amazing that in the 21 st Century there continues to be a scourge on this planet called poverty, but it is more incredible that we do nothing to eradicate it. Each and every one of us should go through this world making it a better place. There is only one possible response to inequality, injustice and poverty: take the appropriate action to eradicate them.

Sonrisas de Bombay was born to contribute to a better world with the firm purpose of peacefully fighting against poverty in the city of Bombay and its surroundings, advancing so that all the citizens of this city and its peripheries can enjoy their most basic human rights. As long as there is only one poor person left in this part of India, we will continue working tirelessly. Someday we can see, joyful, a Bombay free of poverty and injustice. Then we will marvel at contemplating a true transformation and we will think, in our hearts, that a little of it was thanks to our action”

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MUMBAI SMILES FOUNDATION BOARD

Graduated in Economics and Business Studies from the University of Mumbai, Padma Karani has also completed the Superior Program in International Business Management at CECO.

A resident of Mumbai, Padma is equally fluent in English, Hindi and Spanish.

She began her professional career in the Customer Service Department of World Network Services (affiliated to British Airways) and later worked as a teacher, translator and interpreter at Instituto Hispania de Bombay. Currently, she is a Market Analyst at the Economic and Commercial Office of the Consulate General of Spain in Mumbai, where she has actively participated in 29 trade missions and has carried out 37 studies and sectorial notes as well as 34 trade fair reports.

Padma Karani

Vijay Singh is a good chef working at the By the Mekong restaurant at St. Regis Hotel in Mumbai. He has also worked at India Jones restaurant at Trident Hotel in Marine Drive and has done multiple stages in other reputed hotels all around India. Vijay's and Mumbai Smiles Foundations' paths crossed at Karuna orphanage many years ago and all these years Mumbai Smiles Foundation has seen him grow and become a great professional and an even greater human being. He has been supporting Mumbai Smiles and we're happy to have him

Vijay Singh

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Gaurav Batra

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MUMBAI SMILES FOUNDATION TEAM

Jaume graduated in Journalism at the Universitat Ramon Llull. He also studied Cooperation to Development at the Instituto de Estudios para la Paz y la Cooperación of the Universidad de Oviedo and the United Nations Institute of Indian Studies and at the Universidad de Oviedo.In 2013, he was selected by the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School for Strategic Management to study the course for World NGO leaders. He also studied paramedical studies for leprosy patients at the Instituto Fontilles in Alicante (Spain), and several courses on human resources, leadership and marketing at institutions like Mafoi or SP Jain Consulting Institute of Technology and Research in Mumbai.He is also a professor at the Master of Leadership and Personal Development by the University of Barcelona. His methods of leadership and career as an entrepreneur are studied in universities and business schools such as IESE, where in 2011 the case study on Mumbai Smiles was published (currently shared with students of International MBA).Jaume has also published several books, like Bombay Smiles, The trip that changed my life (best seller translated into eight languages with a foreword by Dominique Lapierre); The song of the concubine; The power of the smiles; and The seamstress of Dhaka. He is also the coauthor of the photographic book Bombay, beyond the smiles.He chairs the Advisory Board of the JAL NGO against leprosy and he is member of the Board of Directors of the Corporation Valora Foundation.He has won, among others, awards like Axuda 2007, Tierno Galvan Prize for Human Values, Film Festival of Castillay Leon, Gold Medal of the Spanish Association of European Development, godfather of the twenty-second promotion of Catalan police and Coexistence Award XIII. The Government of Spain awarded him in 2009 with the Cruz de Oficial de la Orden del Mérito Civil (Officer’s Cross of the Order of Civil Merit).

Jaume Sanllorente
Founder & General Director

"Ana has a wide of experience working in different countries. For the last three years, she has been employed for NGO's in Honduras, Colombia and Spain. Now, she is working at the Mumbai Smiles office as a Deputy Director, coordinating with General Director to prepare all long-term strategies to achieve the organization goals. She takes on new challenges with commitment, energy and a positive attitude."

Ana Valiente
Deputy Director

Vikas leads the Pre School Education Project and is responsible for day-to-day field monitoring and logistics support to ensure the effective functioning of the centers. Vikas is a Bachelors in Zoology from Mumbai University and Masters in Social Work from Pune University. He further added a Diploma in Labour Law to his academics and an MBA in HR. His expertise reflects in unorganized slum communities, self help groups, delinquent children, HIV/AIDS. He comes from Saprem NGO in Kalyan.

Vikas Gaikwad
Project Manager
Preschool Education Project

Sachin is responsible for overall implementation, coordination and monitoring of Access to School Education Project for Street Children & Children of Victims of Human Trafficking, Smiling Bus Project and Smiling School Activity to ensure effective functioning of each project. Starting as a volunteer at a very young age, he has moved on to grow into a social work professional today. He is a Bachelors in Social Work from the prestigious College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan as well as a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, both degrees from Mumbai. He has earlier worked with organisations such as Pratham, Nirman and CHILDLINE India Foundation. Sachin has been born and brought up in Mumbai and is very passionate about working in the development sector, specially in the area of Child Rights and Child Protection.

Sachin Bhagat
Programme Manager
Education Unit

Dr. Naushin is working as a Consulting Medical Officer for “Health on Wheels” Activity run under Smiling Bus Project. She has done BHMS from Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. She has overall 11 years of work experiences in Health field and out of it 6 years she is working with NGO’s working in the health sectors like Family Planning Association of India, Maharashtra District AIDS Control Society and hospitals like Sonawne Hospital, Ruby Medical Centre, Aayush Hospital and etc. She is expert in handling the cases of Paediatric, Gyniatrics, General physician and she has experience to work with Female Sex works in red-light area of Mumbai.

Dr. Naushin Ansari
Consulting Medical Officer
Smiling Bus Project

Pragati has joined us as the Program Officer of two projects, with the aim to use her experience and learning of 15 years in the development sector. Passionate about establishing developmental projects in underprivileged communities through community intervention and participation as well as awareness campaigns on social issues. She is a Bachelors and Masters degrees holder in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan and an MBA in Human Resource Management. Before joining Mumbai Smiles, she has gained significant experience and expertise in organizations such as Save The Children India, Kotak Education Foundation and SATI in profiles pertaining to health as well as education. When she isn’t working, she likes to spend some quiet time travelling with her family or watching movies.

Pragati Gajbhiye
Programme Officer
Monitoring & Evaluation

Mahendra provides logistical support to the key activities organised in the community, and facilitates interactions with the self-help groups, teachers and helpers. Having a degree in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan, Mahendra combines his theoretical knowledge with his rich experience of 16 years in working with the beneficiaries at the ground level. He was previously associated with Mumbai Moholla committee and worked with construction workers in Nirman Sanstha. In his spare time, Mahendra likes to spend time with his friends.

Mahendra Zende
Field Coordinator
Preschool Education Project

Chandrakala’s association with Mumbai Smiles dates back to 2010 when she worked as a Pre School Education Centre - Balwadi teacher and has risen to the position of Field Coordinator for the same project. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees and is passionate about working with children. She used to teach History and Hindi to 8th and 9th class students prior to joining Mumbai Smiles.

Chandrakala Bhangare
Field Coordinator
Preschool Education Project

Last seven years Vipul is working with Mumbai Smiles Foundation as a Field Coordinator, he has completed his Bachelors in Commerce with his previous experience in working with BPO sectors and accountancy in the company like Real Academy where he has worked as Education Counsellor. He has very good rapport with our beneficiaries and their families, while working under project call Future Smiles and Higher Education Project he had build a great bond with the school and college going youths and children. Currently he is working under Smiling Bus Project and interacting with Street Children & their Families as well as taking care of all the requirements and implementation of the project. He also conducts Life Skill sessions with the street children’s and conduct activities as well as he maintains systematic documents and records. Vipul loves travelling new places, trekking, reading books and enjoy listening music.

Vipul Khankal
Field Coordinator
Education Projects

Prafullata is one of the prominent employees from our team. She was joined as an Animator in 'Life Skill Empowerment' project since year 2014 and now working as 'Field Co-ordinator' in 'Access to School Education for Children of Victims of Human Trafficking' and 'Butterfly Project' projects. She holds her Bachelor's Degree in Arts in Social Studies along with a specialised 'Paraprofessional Course' from a well-known institute that is 'College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan'. Also, she has entered into Counselling Department of Social Service. She started her working career as a Nurse in year 1990 and she worked in this profession for 5 years. Although she couldn't continue with her work after marriage, she chose to help the community in different aspects. She possesses experience of more than 15 years of working with community through 'Self Help Groups' and various activities with Children Future of India and World Vision NGOs. She has proficiency in educating any kind of group of women and adolescent girls even of any age about health awareness, adolescent age and many more issues. Her key skills are promising work nature, helpful contacts in community and vibrant smile which sets all working environment joyful.

Prafullata Vengurlekar
Field Coordinator
Education Projects

Kalidas comes with a rich experience of working with slum communities for more than 17 years. He is excellent when it comes to community mobilization and addressing a large mass in community as he knows the pulse of the slum people very well. In the Livelihood project his role includes mobilizing people to join our courses, disseminating information about the training programs and organization in the community, identifying trainers for the courses and networking with grass-root NGOs. Prior to joining Mumbai Smiles, Kalidas worked as a Field Coordinator at Chesire Home, an International NGO. He holds a Bachelors degree in Arts and also a Diploma degree in NGO Management. Kalidas is a very good skit performer and script writer.

Kalidas Rote
Field Coordinator,
Livelihood Project

Sagar graduated in Bachelor of Commerce from Mithibai College (Vile Parle) affiliated to the Mumbai University. He is a finance executive working in areas of financial data analysis, maintaining books, preparing budgets & reports, statutory compliance and tax management and consultancy since past 6 years. He has cleared his 2nd group of Final exams of the Chartered Accountant course and is studying further for 1st group. Currently he is heading the Mumbai Smiles office as an Accounts & Admin head, coordinating with the Deputy Director, the General Director.

Sagar Dave
Accounts & Admin Manager, Accounts & Admin

Prasad joins Mumbai smiles with 6 years of experience in the development sector having covered project implementation, networking and advocacy previously. He has worked in Tata Institute of Social Science as a counsellor for TB project, in Salaam Bombay Foundation on topics of Life Skills & Tobacco Control and has also gained experience as a primary school teacher in Kolhapur. With a Masters degree in Social Work from Karnataka State Open University, Prasad is currently pursuing an MBA in Human Resource from Wellingkar Institute, Mumbai. A multi-talented person, Prasad is an excellent Tabla player and proficient in drawing, calligraphy, and poetry as well.

Prasad Panchal
Field Coordinator,
Jump2Justice Project

Smita initially joined Mumbai Smiles as one of our Balwadi teachers and has been promoted to the position of Field Coordinator for mMitra and Pre School Education Projects. Her main task is to mobilize the community members and spread awareness about the program among them. Smita has previously worked with World Vision of India.

Smita Shivtarkar
Field Coordinator,
Community Health Project

Ganesh is a Masters of Social Work, and holds 8 years of experience working with various NGO's in Mumbai. His issues of interest include Rural & Urban Community Development, Health and HIV/AIDS. Ganesh is extremely proficient in community mobilisation and organizing community health camps.

Ganesh Ahire
Field Coordinator
Livelihood Project

Suresh provides logistical support to the key activities organised in the community, and facilitates interactions with the self-help groups, teachers and helpers. He is a Bachelor of Arts and is a Para Professional of Social Work. Prior to joining Mumbai Smiles, Suresh worked with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) as a research officer where his duties included mapping, surveys and documentation. As a team leader at SPARC organisation, he supervised the toilets and slum rehabilitation research project.

Suresh Harke
Field Coordinator
Livelihood Project

Vinayak handles the maintenance and in-house errands and duties that are involved in the running of the office. He also undertakes banking and administrative tasks. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children, and speaks fluent Hindi and Marathi.

Baapu Bhadke
Field Coordinator
Preschool Education Project

Rohini Rasal works at Mumbai Smiles Foundation as a Junior Accounts & Admin head, where her responsibilities include coordinating with the Deputy Director, General Director & Senior Accounts & Admin Head for ensuring the organization functions smoothly and effectively. Post her graduation as a Bachelor of Commerce, she has appeared for a Company Secretary Executive – ICSI course and is currently pursuing further studies in M. Com.

Rohini Rasal
Junior Accounts & Admin Head

Komal completed M.C.A from Pune University, following which she started working as a Software Engineer in Mumbai. While working in the IT industry she started pursuing the language Spanish as a hobby. Visiting Spain and witnessing the culture motivated her even more to learn higher levels of the language and she completed her B2 level of DELE exam. She decided to change her career path and came across the opportunity to work as volunteer and Spanish language interpreter for Mumbai Smiles Foundation. Her visit to slums, educating visitors from outside India and showing the contrast of the city made Komal even more passionate towards the job. Komal also enjoys traveling, reading, writing and practicing a classical dance, Bharatnatyam.

Komal Sewak
Program Officer
Responsive Action, Awareness Department

Suchita has 12 years’ experience working in the social sector and with different NGOs such as – Childline, Ashray Residential care-based program for children, and the Rahat project (a victim support program for children who face sexual abuse). She has also worked with trafficked victims, handling their cases and coordinating with police and their allies for rescue activities. A FYBA graduate, Suchita has also completed a paraprofessional course at Nirmala Niketan College. Currently, she works with Mumbai Smiles Foundation as a field coordinator for the Smiling Bus Project with street children.

Suchita Sakharam Tulaskar
Field Coordinator
Smiling Bus Project with Street Children

Swati is very passionate in the area of teaching thus she has completed her Bachelors in Art with specialization in Education (B.A. B. Ed.) in the subject Hindi and History after her HSS. She has 8 years of working experience in same field with different schools and Ngo’s. She previously work with organization’s called Nandi Foundation, Parisar Asha, Door Step School and Pratham as a Teacher and currently she is working with Antrang as a Team Leader and handling 12 schools where she is conducting trainings and sessions on Career Counselling for the school going children. She joins Mumbai Smiles Foundation as a Consulting Field Coordinator under Smiling School Activity and handling whole activities and coordinating with our Spanish team to conduct different activities under the project.

Swati Pandkar
Consulting Field Coordinator
Smiling School Activities

Ranjit is a Masters in Social Work from Pune University. He has been associated with grass root NGOs and has come from FPA India, Bhiwandi. Ranjit is extremely proficient in community mobilisation and organizing community health camps.

Ranjit Patil
Field Coordinator
Community Health Projects

Vinayak handles the maintenance and in-house errands and duties that are involved in the running of the office. He also undertakes banking and administrative tasks. He lives in Mumbai with his wife and two children, and speaks fluent Hindi and Marathi.

Vinayak Kamble
Field Coordinator
Education Project

Samson handles the reception and visitors. He has been associated with Mumbai Smiles since the very beginning and he loves to share his stories about the organisation. He has been born and brought up in Mumbai and is well aware of all the nooks and corners of the city, which was of great help right at the time of setting up of the organisation.

Samson Coelho
Office Support

He is very passionate about his driving job and lovers to travel. He has 9 years of experience to work in transport industry and previously he was working with TATA Auto Company as a driver with 5 years of experience in the Pune. Currently he is working Mumbai Smiles Foundation under Smiling Bus Project as an Assistant for Smiling Bus Project and helping the team in the logistical arrangements during the LSE sessions, clinic and other activities. He maintains and take care of all the cleaning logistical work under the project.

Nitin Magare
Assistant
Smiling Bus Project

Pintu is a born driver with professional experience of 20 years in transport industry. Previously he was working with Poona Motors Transport where he travelled all the part of the Maharashtra. He also worked with Tech Mahindra and Bisleri company. Currently he is working with Mumbai Smiles Foundation as a Driver for Smiling Bus Project. A part from the driving he also help the team in their activities and take care of all the technical and mechanical issues of the Smiling Bus.

Pintu Awate
Driver
Smiling Bus Project

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