Governing Body

Pratima Joshi

Governing Body Secretary

Pratima is one of the very few visionaries, who recognized the issues around provision of safe access to basic services such as water, sanitation, social housing, waste management etc., over two decades before today’s focus on urban planning and development. Her knowledge as an architect and her passion for ensuring equitable distribution of rights and resources to all leading to an upgraded lifestyle for the urban poor led her to establish Shelter Associates in 1993. A recipient of Aga Khan scholarship and an expert in ‘Building Design for Developing Countries’, through her Masters-in-Architecture from London based Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, Pratima is the only Indian to receive ‘Google Earth Hero Award’, identified by BBC as a leading ‘Slum architect of India’ and recognized as a Social Entrepreneur by Ashoka Fellowship. Pratima has been honoured by Forbes India as one of the most powerful women in India in their W-power list 2001 for her innovative use of Plus codes for delivering essential services to unreachable communities. She has pioneered using concepts like multi-stakeholder consultation, user-centric design and participative governance. An architect turned into an influential social entrepreneur, Pratima has successfully empowered communities and has elevated quality of life for urban poor in India!


Lata Shrikhande

Governing Body Member

A graduate in psychology and economics and post-graduate in sociology, Lata has been involved in environmental campaigns in Pune since the 1980s. She was a pioneering champion of community-run garbage segregation and vermiculture in Pune, and played a pivotal role in a successful campaign to stop the Mumbai-Bangalore highway from running directly through the city. Lata has been closely associated with other movements and organizations such as the Environmental Education and Research Center, WWF(World Wide Fund For Nature), and International Coastal Cleanup. After joining Shelter Associates in 2008, she has been coordinating as the Associate Executive Director. During SA's IHSDP project in Sangli & Miraj, she has been actively involved as Project Coordinator, post which she has been handling the Kolhapur operations of SA for it's sanitation and housing interventions to date.  

Supriya-Jyoti Vaidya

Governing Body Treasurer

A graduate in home science graduate and education, Supriya was in the teaching profession for several years. She is associated with a spiritual organization, Shri Ram Chandra Mission, and is one of the founder directors of Noble Agro-Vet Ltd.

Dr Nirmala Pandit

Governing Body Member

Nirmala Pandit has a doctorate in human rights and taught Human Rights and International Law in the post-graduate department of law at the University of Pune. She has worked as: the Executive Director of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies, Pune; a Legal Officer for Asia Pacific in the International Commission of Jurists, Geneva; a Special Advisor to the High Commissioner of Human Rights on Trafficking; and as a member of a number of committees engaged in the drafting of laws related to women and children. She is associated with the Indiana University in Bloomington, USA and is a visiting faculty to the UN University in Tokyo. She has been associated with several government and educational institutions, national and international CSOs, and grassroots groups. She is also a trustee of Centre for Empowerment and Sakal Relief Fund.

Vishal Jain

Governing Body Member

A graduate in electrical engineering and post-graduate in management, Vishal is the co-founder of DP Coalition, and a trustee of PROOF. He is involved in various urban issues including city planning, municipal finances, solid waste management, and shelter and livelihood for the urban poor.

Arun Kadekodi

Governing Body President

An MTech in Computer Science, Arun is the co-founder and CEO of Soft Corner, a software product and services firm. He is an active member of the Computer Society of India and has chaired several technical conferences. He has also taught at several educational institutions in Pune and is actively engaged with student activities.

Ashwin Trimal

Governing Body Member

Ashwin Trimal is the Founder Director of real estate development company TruSpace. A B.Sc, MBA by qualification, he is responsible for development of premium residential and commercial projects in Pune. Ashwin is a patron of Door Step School - an NGO that provides education to children of construction workers at site and Laqshya- an NGO that promotes talented young sports persons. 


Vaishali Bhagwat

Governing Body Member

A Post Graduate from Cranfield University UK, Vaishali Bhagwat is a practicing lawyer with 22 years of experience in litigation and advisory practice in Pune and Mumbai. She is also a Disha Alumni which is a prestigious program of the British high Commission on Innovative Leadership chaired by UK PM David Cameron and PM Manmohan Singh. Vaishali has won several awards and recognitions for her pro bono work in the areas of cyber and women empowerment.