The Team

Jaume Sanllorente
General Director

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).

Vikas  Gaikwad
Programme Manager, Preschool Education Project 

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. 

Supriya  Yadav
Program Officer, Community Health Projects

Supriya leads the 2 projects and is responsible for day-to-day field monitoring and logistics support to ensure its effective functioning of both.   

Supriya is a Bachelors in Science and Masters in Social Work specialised in Urban, Rural Community Development. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Nirmala Niketan.

She has worked as a social worker in various institutions as a medical social worker, with an emphasis on home care services counselling, at Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital. Supriya is extremely passionate about palliative care and oncology and is the bridge between our beneficiaries and the hospital setup and handles community health camps as well. 

She enjoys gardening and reading in her spare time.

Sachin Bhagat
Program Manager, Education Unit 

Sachin  is responsible for day-to-day field monitoring and logistics support of Higher Education, Girl Child Education and Life Skills Education projects to ensure the 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 Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work as well as a Masters in Social Work from TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences), both degrees from Mumbai. He has earlier worked with organisations such as Pratham, Nirman and Childline Foundation. Sachin has been born and brought up in Mumbai and is very passionate about working in the development sector.

Pragati Gajbhiye
Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

dsc01239Pragati 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.

Seema Sarode
Accountant

Seema is responsible for working proactively with Programme officers and Project Coordinators to ensure up-to-date expense tracking and consistent reporting.

Seema is a Bachelors in Commerce and has worked with various companies for 6 years as Office & Account Assistant. Her experience in the field brings Mumbai Smiles a reliable hand to manage the minutest of the project expenses.

Born in Mumbai, Seema is dedicated to her work and a reliable person to vouch on. She likes cooking, traveling and listening to music.

Suresh  Harke
Field Coordinator, Livelihood Project

sureshSuresh 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.

Bapu  Bhadke
Field Coordinator, Preschool Education Project

Bapu provides logistical support to the key activities organised in the community, and facilitates interactions with the self-help groups, teachers and helpers.

Prior to joining Mumbai Smiles, Bapu worked as an administrative clerk at MSEB Co-op Credit Society. 

Bapu has a Bachelors degree in Arts and enjoys listening to music in his spare time. 

Mahendra Zende
Field Coordinator, Preschool Education Project

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. 

Chandrakala Bhangare
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.

Vipul Khankal
Field Coordinator, Education Projects

Vipul manages field visits and home visits. He mobilizes people and resources in the field to organize various project events like blood camps, career seminars, workshops etc.

Coming from a Commerce background he has 5 years experience of accountancy and BPO sectors and he is very enthusiastic to manage people and maintain systematic documents and records.

Vipul loves travelling to new places.

Pravin Birhade
Field Coordinator, Education Projects

Pravin holds a Master in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work and is extremely passionate about working for the underprivileged. He has worked with Arpan NGO aeen involved in volunteer work where he offered his aid to the relief work in Uttrakhand. He is responsible for Scholarship Programmes, Life Skills Empowerment Programmes.

When he isn’t busy helping the society in whatever way he can, Pravin likes to listen to music, watch documentaries and movies.

Prafullata Vengurlekar
Field Coordinator, Education Projects

Prafullata is one of the prominent employees from our team. She was working as an Animator in our ‘Life Skill Empowerment’ project since year 2014. And as she showed her educational and performance growth she got promoted as Field Co-ordinator in Education department. She currently works on ‘Life Skill Empowerment’ and ‘Primary Education’ projects.

She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Arts along with a specialised ‘Paraprofessional Course’ from a well-known institute of social work that is ‘Nirmala Niketan’. She started her working life 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 women and adolescent girls about health awareness and many more issues such as environment.

Her key skills are her promising work nature, great contacts in community and her vibrant smile which sets all working environment joyful.

Kalidas  Rote
Field Coordinator, Livelihood Project

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. 

Prasad Panchal
Field Coordinator, Jump2Justice Project

dsc02750Prasad 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.

Smita Shivtarkar
Field Coordinator, Community Health 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. 

Ganesh Ahire
Field Coordinator, Livelihood 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.

Ranjit Patil
Field Coordinator, Community Health Project

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.

Vinayak Kamble
Field Coordinator, Education 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.

Samson Coelho
Office Support

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. 

Oscar Crasto
Office Support

Oscar handles the maintenance and in-house errands and duties that are involved in the running of the office. He also undertakes simple administrative tasks.

A native of Mumbai, Oscar speaks fluent Hindi, Marathi and English.

Nandu Navkar
Office Support 

Nandu’s primary role is as a driver for the various projects and for all the visitors to the project sites. He also lends his hands towards running various administrative errands, documentation and other logistical support.

He speaks fluent Hindi and Marathi, and lives in Mumbai with his wife and two kids.