Next generation of leaders
As the next generation of Children’s Hope India, the junior board, “CH2,” strives to expand the organization’s legacy and reach out to and inspire young professionals to become Children’s Hope supporters. A dedicated team, CH2 members identify new initiatives, create awareness, and raise funds by holding events. CH2 not only educates young professionals about its mission but also encourages them to volunteer and get involved with the organization.
Namrata Bajaj is the founder and manager of BNB Dance, a Bollywood-inspired dance company, as well as a licensed Real Estate Broker/Agent in NYC. As dedicated member of CH2, she helps with event organization, promotion, community outreach, and leads many social/networking activities. She is passionate about helping to provide a good education, medical care, shelter, social services and job skills/training to the underprivileged children of India.
Payal Doshi graduated from University of Michigan with a BFA in Design and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Currently, she works at Thor Retail Advisors focusing on tenant and third party landlord representation. Her parents have been long time supporters of Children’s Hope India and instilled the importance of involvement. As an active board member, Payal strives to continue the successful efforts of the current board as well as push the boundaries for future achievements.
Himanshu received a B.S. in Management with a minor in Economics from Binghamton University in 2001. He is involved with the School of Management Advisory Board, where he mentors students and provides curriculum and job placement advice for seniors. Himanshu started his career at Goldman Sachs, then moved to Merrill Lynch, where he worked in investment banking for 2 years, followed by Perry Capital. He is currently the Head of US Distressed Credit for Man GLG. Himanshu’s interests include tennis, basketball, travel, wine, and art.
Neerav graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Political Science. He currently works on the project finance team at CIT Group, structuring and raising debt financing for companies throughout the energy sector. In his free time, Neerav enjoys playing golf, snowboarding, mountain climbing, traveling, and reading.
Tesh currently works at The Greenwich Group International, LLC, a boutique real estate investment bank in New York City, raising capital and providing advisory services for developers, lenders, and investors across the United States and internationally. Originally from Long Island, Tesh received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Honors Program at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management and a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. He joined the board in 2015 and works closely with the events and fundraising team.
Monica Lund is the VP of Market Strategy and Intelligence at Pearson Education, the largest education company in the world. She has focused her career in the education sector for over 8 years and has been an active member of Children’s Hope for 7 years. Prior to Pearson, Monica worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan. Monica graduated from The Wharton School of Business with an M.B.A. in strategic and entrepreneurial management.
Omesh Lund is the VP of Operations at the Topps Company, a leading creator and marketer of sports and entertainment products and distinctive confections. Prior to Topps, Omesh held several positions at LVMH group and Tory Burch. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Cornell University. Omesh has been an active member of the CH2 Board for over 10 years and has been involved with Children’s Hope India since its inception.
Pooja Midha is senior vice president of digital ad sales and operations for the ABC Television Network. She was previously with Viacom Media Networks, where she was senior vice president of digital ad sales for the Music and Entertainment Group and prior to that, senior vice president of digital sales and integrated marketing for Viacom Entertainment. Pooja holds a B.A. from Lehigh University and an MBA from Columbia Business School. She has been actively involved in Children’s Hope India since 1999 and a member of CH2 since its inception.
Tiya currently works on the transaction advisory services team at Prosek Partners, a strategic financial communications firm in New York City. Tiya is an active board member and works closely with Children’s Hope India’s fundraising team for event organization and community outreach. Tiya holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Tiya is excited to contribute her skills and passion to help expand the incredible momentum Children’s Hope has achieved over the last 25 years.
Neel Pahlajani is a Thought Leadership Specialist for Samsung SDS America, focusing on digital and content marketing. He received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, and has varied professional experiences including Live Video Broadcasting, Product Management, and Sports Management. He has been a member of CH2 for 15 years, and has spent time in India working with Hoops India – to promote basketball in India.
Puja Pahlajani has been involved with Children’s Hope India since its inception and is a founding member of CH2 focusing on outreach and fundraising efforts. She graduated from Boston University and currently works at Bloomberg L.P.
Sonia Patel is a freelance visual designer who is currently based in NYC. In addition to designing for Children’s Hope India, she has worked with many well-known companies and brands including Scholastic, JetBlue, Ogilvy & Mather, Ford, Time Warner Cable, NBC and more, and believes that truly good design should inspire, guide, and inform in a unique and memorable way. She also loves to sing and enjoys sharing this passion with friends, family and anyone who is willing to listen 🙂
Silky has been an active member of Children’s Hope since 2011. In addition to volunteering for local CH2 events she has visited ongoing projects in India, such as schools supported by CH fundraisers. Silky is a physician at Weill Cornell and specializes in memory disorders, ranging from brain injury to various dementias. She’s passionate about integrating her leadership experience and medical profession to serve and empower underprivileged communities.
Reena grew up in the Children’s Hope family and has been an active member since the inception of CH2. Her focus is on community outreach and events and is passionate about CHI’s mission. She has spent time volunteering in New Delhi at Prayas, one of the projects funded by CHI. Reena currently works at Bloomberg L.P.
Other Members of Our CH2 Board
Manisha Baharani, Nicole Rajani, Raj Vanjani
CH2 holds regular “Get to Know Us” events in New York City. This is a great opportunity to learn about and get involved with Children’s Hope India as well as network with like-minded young people. Members of CH2 also support local NYC-based children’s organizations through their volunteer work.
Expansive skill sets
CH2 comprises young professionals from a myriad of sectors including media and entertainment, finance, information technology, and nonprofit. The organization therefore greatly benefits from practitioners who provide significant knowledge capital with skills ranging from web design, social media, digital video, to accounting, event planning and donor management. The junior board works in teams to support CHI endeavors and holds regular meetings to ensure they achieve organizational goals.
CH2 seeks to identify challenges and key issues that help to improve the lives of children in India. Below are a few of the many projects CH2 has supported over the last few years:
Lighting up villages
An estimated 70% of India’s population lives in villages. And approximately 400 million Indians, in 72,000 villages, do not have access to power in any form. Their day ends when the sun goes down. Students from a college in Mumbai started an initiative to light up 33 villages in eight months, providing light to 1,000 rural houses in Maharashtra. CH2 teamed up with them to light up several villages–including Dongaripada, a tribal coastal village in Dahanu Taluka–where we helped provide solar panels and lanterns.
Bringing sight to the sightless
In many parts of India, children often lose their vision due to preventable eye disease. In 2012, CH2 partnered with a renowned eye institute to expand screenings and corrective procedures for children in rural India. Since July 31, 2012 we have trained 124 teachers, conducted vision checks on more than 7,000 children and referred more than 700 for further treatment. Early detection helps prevent blindness and by catching eye disease early we are making a huge impact in the lives of these children.