The Team

Arpan Team

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

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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 at 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 Advocacy

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, Director – 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.


Praveen Singh, Director – Monitoring & Evaluation

Praveen has a post graduate in Rural Management from institute of Rural management (IRMA), Anand. He has 20 years of experience in Development Sector, specifically in programme management, monitoring & evaluation and social research He is well versed with the application of research tools in social research and training, advocacy, measurement of the impact of development intervention and problem-solving and policy-making. He has worked with CRY(Child Rights & You) for 12 years primarily in the area of Child Rights.