The Team

Arpan Team

Pooja Taparia - CEO Arpan - Towards freedom from Child Sexual Abuse
Pooja Taparia

Pooja Taparia is Founder, Trustee and CEO of Arpan. Read More

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Hemesh Sheth, Director – Operations

Hemesh is an engineering graduate and a senior management professional with 20+ years of experience in Sales & Distribution, Business Development and consistently attaining revenues. He has hands on experience in supply chain, operations & team building. He has been previously associated with Top IT & FMCG companies. He is a Channel sales expert and has proven record in Credit control/ Management. He has successfully developed two startups in his career and has strengths in Business Planning, forecasting and market understanding.

Dr. Manjeer Mukherjee, Senior Advisor – Programs 

Dr. Manjeer Mukherjee is a trained sociologist working in the area of Gender, Sexuality, Medicine, Technology and Abuse. She has done her Bachelors in Sociology from University of Calcutta, India. To continue with her interest to pursue Sociological research further she has done her Masters, M.phil and Doctorate in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Her doctoral thesis was to unveil the implications of Assisted Reproductive technologies on kinship relations. Dr. Manjeer has also been extensively working with the developmental sector for the last 10 years. Dr. Manjeer has presented a paper in various national and international Forums and Networks including World Social Forum, International Women’s Health Meet, National Bioethics Conference and Annual Meet of Health Action International Asia Pacific.

Nehal Parekh, Director – Services and Resource Development

Nehal has completed her Masters in Social Work from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan in 2004 and has been working in the development sector for over 11 years. She has worked with National organisations like Akanksha Foundation, Make A Wish Foundation of India and Justice and Care, mainly in the field of Child Rights and Education. She has also worked with London Borough of Ealing, Government of UK as a lead child protection practitioner for 7 years. Nehal has a keen interest in the area of Child Protection and Child Safety. She has been actively involved in complex assessments of cases based on risk, danger, ill treatment or neglect of children and young people. Key skills being planning and implementing care and support packages for children and families. She has experience in the areas of Program Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Training and Development.

Sharalene Moonjely, Director – Public Engagement

Sharalene has nearly 13 years of corporate experience which includes setting up of regional offices, recruiting & developing teams, running P&Ls, creating go-to-market strategies, acquiring clients and managing relationships, creating customised solutions to address client briefs and working with global teams to implement global strategies in India.
Her personal mantra has been to work in organisations where she could derive job satisfaction not just from the role but also how, through it, she could make a difference to society, her team and the organisation.
With a strong inclination to work in the social sector, Sharalene has completed her Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS, Mumbai to get a better sense of the functioning of non-profits and social ventures. It also gave her an opportunity to volunteer and consult with NGOs to develop their strategic plans, keeping all their stakeholders in mind.

Aditi Ray, Director – Training and M&E

Aditi has 15+ years of experience across the corporate and development sectors. She spent more than a decade in the Banking & Finance industry, where she worked primarily in the private banking/wealth management space across large institutions such as Kotak Bank and Citibank. Post her transition to the development sector, she has been associated with organisations such as Teach for India and Naandi Foundation. At Naandi, she managed the education portfolio in Mumbai and was responsible for setting up processes and building up two large-scale initiatives, thereby reaching out to 35,000 students and 800 government teachers across 90 MCGM schools. Aditi brings value through strategic development with a strong focus on ensuring effective delivery and sustainability. She has done her graduation in Commerce from Mumbai University.

Abhilasha - manager, Healing Services, Arpan
Abhilasha Rawat, Manager – Healing Services 

Abhilasha Rawat is a trained counsellor/therapist working in the area of trauma and holds an MBA in social entrepreneurship. She has been working in the sector for over twelve years and has an experience of working with varied target groups and other stakeholders which include government and non-government.  Her key skills are planning, networking, management, developing modules, monitoring and evaluation. She has always believed in spreading awareness and create sensitivity around the concern of mental health, sexual abuse and children/women which make her a skilled trainer/ facilitator and has trained various stakeholders pan India. In her role as a healing manager, she effectively leads a team of dedicated therapists to facilitate the overall healing of CSA victims. Besides her academic qualifications, Abhilasha is a natural healer and uses alternate methods and techniques of healing as and when required depending on the clients’ faith and belief systems as an added support to the healing process.

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Anupriya Das Singh, Knowledge Specialist – Healing Services 

As a practising Psychotherapist & Counsellor, she has more than 11 years of experience in dealing with intense cases related to mental illness and child sexual abuse. She completed her MSc. in Psychology from Madras University and MS in Psychotherapy & Counseling from IPMS Institute, Mumbai. She also has a lot of certifications in different therapies like Art Becomes Therapy, Dance Therapy and EMDR(trauma-focused therapy) from reputed institutes which has helped her to deal with children with traumatic past, adults with personal conflicts and relationship problems. As a Manager for psycho-therapeutic interventions at Arpan, she leads a team of highly efficient therapists committed to achieve the goal of holistic healing from child sexual abuse. When she is not working, she likes to indulge in fine arts, interior decoration and also spends time reading and gardening.

Chandrika Rambiya N, Manager – Training Services

Chandrika Rambiya N has done her graduation in Psychology from Mumbai University. She then pursued her PG Diploma in Counseling Psychology, post which she started her stint in the social sector. She has completed more than 10 years in this sector, out of which she has been associated with Arpan for over 7 years. While working, she also completed her MS in Psychotherapy & Counseling from IPMS Institute. She is a trained yoga teacher and has gained knowledge in various therapies like Play, DMT and Art which she effectively utilises in her work as a therapist & trainer while working on the issue of child sexual abuse. At Arpan, she has worked in various roles. As a Trainer she has done Personal Safety Education lessons with children; as a Counsellor, she has helped provide a safe space for children and adults by extending therapeutic support. She also contributed in developing content that’s useful and meaningful for people and also in developing scales to measure and assess the impact of work that Arpan has been doing to reach out to as many people as possible. As Manager-Training Services currently, she feels proud to be part of a team which is experienced and dedicated to the cause.

Sonali Parab, Advocacy Specialist

Sonali completed her Masters in Arts (History) from Mumbai University in 2006 and has been working in the development sector for more than 15 years. Her interest lies in working with children for their rights and protecting them. She likes to work directly with children and parents. Most of her work experience has been with victims of commercial sex exploitation and trafficking (mothers and children in red-light areas). In the last 7 years, she has worked on Educational Support programmes. She has also worked with the Child Welfare Committee and the police for rescue operations.