• Wg. Cdr. (Retd.) Shalak Gandhi , Director, Janwani

    Mr. Gandhi is currently the Deputy Director General, Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture.
    He has done his BE (Electronics) from Walchand Institute of Technology and the Management Certificate Course from IIM, Indore.

    He has 26 + years of distinguished engineering and managerial experience in Operation & Maintenance, Project Management coupled with experience in Administration, Strategic Planning, Procurement & Fund Management (Capital & Revenue), Quality Assurance and Control.

    He served in Indian Air Force in various capacities as Senior Engineer, Commanding Officer, Chief Technical Officer, Head of Communication facilities on a Flying base as well as Repair Depot. He also served as a Senior Technical Instructor in an Air Force Technical Training Institute. He was deputed for 3 years on Diplomatic Assignment as Assistant Air Attaché in Embassy of India, Moscow.

    He headed TCI/DCI (Technical Change and Design Change Management) for 2.5 years in the Technical Services of OMS vertical of Suzlon Energy Limited. Project Leader of Safety Project under Program ‘Pride’ for 2 years.

  • Saroj Badgujar, Deputy Director (Environment)

    Saroj is an environmental scientist. She has done her Masters in Environment Science and Diploma in Local Environment Management in Urban Areas, SIDA Sweden. From past twelve years, she has been working on urban environment management including waste management, natural resource management, water and sanitation.

    Solid Waste Management is, however, her preferred field of interest because it is an imperative need that requires great attention to be given and besides, she enjoys working with multiple stakeholders. She has worked with the local, national and international organizations since 2002. She joined Janwani in May 2010 in the capacity of Senior Programme Officer and from April 2011 to March 2014 worked as an Assistant Director. Since then she is anchoring environment focus area activities of Janwani.

  • Prajakta Panshikar, Deputy Director (Heritage)

    Prajakta is a trained Anthropologist and a Demographer. Before Janwani, she has worked as an ethnographic researcher and analyst with reputed organizations such as YASHADA, Pune and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai; SUTRA in Himachal Pradesh, Council for Social Development, New Delhi. Her work is in different areas of public health, gender studies and governance. It is this experience at various levels that inspires and influences her work in sustainable development and conservation.

    For Janwani, she has spearheaded a people’s movement for heritage conservation, under the banner ‘Virasat Pune’. She has designed the Pune Heritage Walk which has recently won the National Award for Tourism by the President of India.

  • Supriya Shelar, Programme Officer (Media)

    Supriya is a trained Journalist and has worked in Marathi and English print media for seven years. She has done Masters in Journalism and Communication Science from Shivaji University, Kolhapur.

    Before joining Janwani as Media Consultant in September 2013, she worked as Senior Correspondent at Sakal Times- a daily English newspaper published from Pune. Her area of work included Environment, Wildlife, Health and Social activities/NGOs. She is the recipient of ‘Dr S D Gokhale Award for Promoting Qualitative Journalism in Ageing’ instituted by International Longevity Centre. Her prime objective at Janwani is ‘Image Building’ through print-electronic and social media and to look after Janwani’s publication wing. She is also a trained guide for Janwani’s award-winning ‘Pune Heritage Walk’ since its inception.

  • Project Team


    Manohar Chaudhari, Programme Officer, M.Sc. (Physics)

    Hemant Naik, Senior Prabhag Coordinator, ITI

    Sulabha Thopte, Senior Prabhag Coordinator, M.S.W.

    Satish Adamane, Junior Prabhag Coordinator, B.A.

    Pavan Badgujar, Junior Prabhag Coordinator, B.A.

    Vilas Pawar, Supervisor, B.Com.

    Jayashree Patil, Supervisor, H.S.C.

    Uma Borade, Supervisor, H.S.C.

    Surekha Hingade, Supervisor, H.S.C.


    Kshitija Pande, Project Coordinator, M.B.A.

    Suchitra Joglekar, Project Coordinator, B.A.(Psychology), Masters in Home Science

    Admin & Accounts:

    Sameer Ajagekar, Data Entry Operator, B.A.