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.
Puja Pahlajani, CH2 Board Member
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 NBC Universal.
Namrata Bajaj, CH2 Board Member
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.
Himanshu Gulati, CH2 Board Member
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.
Neel Pahlajani, CH2 Board Member
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.
Tiya Nandi, CH2 Board Member
Tiya graduated from New York University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. She is currently obtaining her J.D. at Fordham University School of Law. Tiya is an active board member primarily responsible for managing Children Hope India’s social media/marketing strategy and works closely with the fundraising team. Tiya is excited to contribute her skills and passion to help expand the incredible momentum Children’s Hope has achieved over the last 20 years. .
Monica Lund, CH2 Board Member
Monica Lund is Chief of Staff to the CEO of Pearson Education, the largest education company in the world. She has focused on the education industry professionally for 5 years and has been an active member of Children’s Hope for 3 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.
Pooja Midha, CH2 Board Member
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.
Reena Vanjani, CH2 Board Member
Reena currently works with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, managing the foundation’s venture philanthropy, clinical trials, and grant portfolio. Prior to ADDF, Reena worked at the Michael J. Fox Foundation. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Indiana University in 2007. Reena grew up in the Children’s Hope family and has been an active member for the last 6 years. Her current focus is within the event & fundraising team. She has also spent time volunteering in New Delhi at Prayas, one of the projects funded by CHI.
Aditi Gugnani Malhotra, CH2 Board Member
Aditi Gugnani volunteers her time on Children’s Hope India’s various fundraising initiatives including the Benefit Committee for the annual gala and CH2 events and outreach. She is involved in various activities at her boy’s school, Allen Stevenson, including working with the Admissions office and serving on the Fundraising committee. She also runs the Manhattan chapter of Bal Vihar, which is a Saturday school for Indian children. Most recently, she worked with her sister in launching a Culinary Media Brand, Behind the Burner. Prior to that, she worked in various roles in the financial capacity at Ralph Lauren Home, Ann Taylor, and Dennis Basso. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Wharton, and an Associate Degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Hitesh Kewlani, CH2 Board Member
Hitesh graduated from Boston University with concentrations in Finance, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. He currently works as a real estate broker in New York City. He joined the board in 2015 and works closely with the events and fundraising team.
Neerav Jashnani, CH2 Board Member
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.
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.