Executive Members

Management Profiles

Alka Shrikhande MS, MBA (President of Maina Foundation)

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Alka started Maina Foundation in the memory of her mother, Smt. Shailaja Pandit. She is a biochemist, who worked with Pfizer and Bayer as a research scientist for over twenty years. Her work in the field of neuroscience and inflammation has been published in scientific journals. Alka is a mother of two grown-up sons who are both physicians, and lives in Connecticut with her husband. She is currently a consultant who works with life science industries in the area of drug development.

Anagha Hunnurkar B.Com., LL.B. D.M.S, CFA (President , India Operations)

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Anagha is an investment professional from Mumbai has degrees in B.Com., LL.B. D.M.S. and has qualified herself as Chartered Financial Analyst of India and Associate Cost & Works Accountant of India Account. She worked at Unit Trust of India and Unit Trust of Tanzania. She is the mother of two grown-up children and lives in Navi Mumbai with her husband. She was a senior consultant in the area of wealth management and corporate advisory services.She is now engaged as a Technical Advisor at RNIT ( a Government of Rwanda initiative ) and is heading Market Secret – a PMS company.  She is equally interested in literature, poetry and fiction. She has a positive attitude on life and one feels confident that she is the one who will lend a helping hand when in need. Her smile invites and inspires friendship at first sight and emits happiness.

Shankar B Pandit MSc, LLB

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Shankar is a retired Senior Executive from Sarabhai Chemicals in Baroda, India. Maina foundation was started in the memory of his wife Shailaja. Shankar currently divides his time between Navi Mumbai, India and New York, USA. He is a renowned author and poet, who has translated several of the ancient Indian scriptures from Marathi to English. Along with his writings he is an artist, who does illustrations for his book publications.

Bharti Gupta

Bharti is a CPA and a partner with a major accounting firm in Westchester, NY. She is originally from Delhi where she was the President of her own accounting firm. Bharti is involved in several volunteer programs and sits on the bosrd of a music conservatory. She is a mother of two and lives with her husband in Purchase NY.

Supriya Ramamurthy BCom, LLB, MBA

Supriya is a Senior Vice President at Citigroup New York. She has been a banker with Citi for over 12 years in several roles in New York and Sydney Australia. She is a MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management in Sydney Australia and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Supriya has been living in Manhattan New York for the past 12 years with her husband Shanker Ramamurthy and two daughters. She is actively involved with the Chinmaya Mission New York and the Manhattan Hindu Temple Community Circle. In her spare time she enjoys Indian Classical music and is a regular at concerts and a supporter of cultural organizations in the NYC area that focus on Carnatic music. She enjoys reading and is a member of a monthly non fiction book club that discusses current events and international affairs.

Nisha Sambamurty

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Nisha graduated from Case Western Reserve University with an undergraduate degree in Medical Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. She currently works in Washington, DC for The ONE Campaign, an organization that works to eradicate extreme poverty in Africa. She traveled to Tanzania and Peru in the last two years for public health, community outreach, and teaching projects. Nisha is passionate about creating positive social change throughout the world and is very committed to Maina Foundation’s goal of reaching out to as many women as possible regarding breast cancer awareness . Her hobbies include painting, doing ceramics, and traveling.


Maya Pandit

Maya is an undergraduate at Columbia University studying Psychology and on the pre-medical track. She is interested in medicine and public health and passionate about women’s health and mental health issues. She has experience working at various NGOs in India and public health projects in New York City. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and writing.

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Natasha Gupta

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Natasha is a Manager at American Express in New York City. She has been an American Express employee for 2 years after earning her Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Economics at the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. Prior to American Express, Natasha held internships at Deutsche Bank, E-Claro International,  Fidelity Investments and Mount Sinai Hospital. Natasha is passionate about driving social change through various volunteer efforts – she has been a Workplace Mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, a Citizen Teacher with Citizen Schools, a Volunteer Teacher with Junior Achievement of New York, and has supported the Maina Foundation in various fundraising efforts since 2011. In her spare time, Natasha enjoys art, music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

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Anita Ramamurthy

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Anita graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a minor in Global Systems and Management. She recently moved to New York, where she is working as an analyst at J.P. Morgan within the Asset Management Risk division.  Anita has previously volunteered at the Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital in India, and has traveled to Mexico to volunteer at a local school. She was also President of Enactus, an entrepreneurial service organization at Carnegie Mellon, where she focused on impacting both local and international communities. Anita is dedicated to helping raise awareness about Breast Cancer through Maina Foundation and is excited to be involved with such an impactful organization. In her spare time, Anita enjoys traveling, swimming, and rock climbing.

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Dr. Nandini Gadkar, MD, MHSA

Nandini  received her Doctor of Medicine from Bombay University in India and her Master of Health Services Management and Policy, from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.   A twenty year veteran of Hospital Management , Dr. Gadkar held many senior level positions in a complex health care system in New York City, USA. She served as Senior Assistant Vice President of Healthcare Quality Improvement at the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, one of the largest health care systems in USA. In this position, she focused on improving health of underserved population at risk for chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Hypertension, cancer etc.  Before assuming this position, Dr. Gadkar served  as Chief Operating Officer at Metropolitan Hospital in NY City. Since 2010, she has worked as an advisor the Board and CEOs of some of the major hospitals and healthcare systems in India such as Jaslok Hospital, Breach candy hospital, Prince Ali Khan Hospital and Max Healthcare system and Health Bridge Consulting group.


Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Anitha Srinivasan MD

Dr. Anitha is an Assistant professor at New York medical college. She has been serving the indigent and immigrant populations of New York City for many years as a Surgical attending at Metropolitan hospital, NY where she has been since 2002. She started surgical residency training at Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, NY and completed at Pennsylvania hospital, Philadelphia after which she worked as Junior attending in Surgical Oncology at New York Hospital- Weil Cornell medical college before joining the Metropolitan hospital faculty. She completed her Masters degree in Public health- MPH focusing on International health and published a Chapter – the Global Public health perspective of Breast cancer in the book- “Women’s global health and human rights”. Her Breast cancer Projects in affiliation with Mt. Sinai address racial disparities in Breast cancer care. Her areas of focus and interest are Breast cancer care and Medical education , both of which she continues to pursue with passion as a full time Surgical attending at Metropolitan and the Medical student site director at Metropolitan hospital for New York medical college.

Dr. William Carley PhD

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Dr. William was a Yale faculty member (Yale University Medical School, 1983 – 1990) with funded research and teaching responsibilities. He was recruited to Bayer Inc. and was promoted to Sr. Scientist/Portfolio Manager and lab head for multiple therapeutic areas (Inflammation, Osteoporosis, Diabetes/Obesity and Oncology, 1991 – 2001). After Bayer he was recruited to Pfizer Clinical Safety and Risk Management and led FDA submissions on Viracept, Zoloft and Lasofoxifene. (2001 – 2004), next he was promoted to Director of Translational Medicine (2004 – 2011) for Diabetes, Virology and Oncology. His focus has been on identifying biomarkers for oncology patient response to therapies. Dr. Carley received numerous awards for innovation and leadership during the years at Bayer and Pfizer. Currently he and his wife are partners at Mindpiece consulting, and he is an avid golf and tennis player and enjoys skiing.


Dr. Vijay Patil MD

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Dr. Vijay of Danbury, CT earned his medical degree from Grant Medical College at the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India; and completed residencies in General Surgery at J.J. Group of Hospitals, University of Mumbai, India; and at the Hospital of St. Raphael, New Haven; where he was chief resident, Department of Surgery. In addition he did residency in ear, nose and throat care at the J.J. Group of Hospitals, and in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the Hospital of St. Raphael. He was a co-director of the Danbury Hospital Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital. Dr. Patil is fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has over 40 years of experience. He has two grown-up sons and lives with his wife in Danbury CT.

Dr. Ramesh Pandit MD

Dr. Ramesh is a senior Cardiologist of Mumbai having more than 50 years of experience in medical field. He had his education in Nagpur and Mumbai and had higher training in Cardiology at Howard University Washington D C. He was President of Association of Physicians of India in 1996. He is at present working as an attending Cardiologist at Fortis and MGM hospital Navi Mumbai and is also doing charitable work at Lions Service Centre in Navi Mumbai. Dr Pandit is very active in academic field and has published many papers in national and international journals. He and his wife live in Navi Mumbai, India.


Dr. David Schulz

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Dr. David Schulz received a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina and joined Pfizer’s Neuroscience Discovery group in 1989 after a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School. His early work at Pfizer contributed to the IND and NDA filings for ziprasidone (Geodon), and he led several projects in Pfizer’s Neuroscience Discovery group that resulted in proof-of-concept trials, including the CRF antagonist, 5-HT1B antagonist, and nicotinic partial agonist programs (resulting in Chantix). In 1997 he left his position as head of CNS Discovery Biology to join Pfizer’s Search and Evaluation group in Business Development. Over the years he has served as a panelist and symposium speaker at numerous external meetings. Dr. Schulz lives in Mystic with his wife and children and enjoys running and kayaking.

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Dr. Padmavathi Dyavarishetty
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Padmavathi after completing her medical education, MBBS and MD (Preventive and Social Medicine) from Seth G. S. Medical College, Mumbai pursued her initial career in academics at T.N. Medical College, then subsequently worked with several international health organizations like World Health Organization, Pathfinder International and Aga Khan Health Services before joining K.J.Somaiya Medical College. She has several years of experience as medical teacher and an equally vast experience of working with public health programmes. She was associated with the national TB and HIV-AIDS control programme and played a pivotal role in establishing the cross-referral linkages between the services provided under these two programmes. She was involved in evaluation of the Mumbai based NGO’s working under the national HIV-AIDS control programme. She has also conducted courses on non-communicable diseases for the students of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has participated in several national and international conferences, and has publications in national and international journal to her credit.She has also authored several training manuals and books. The Somaiya Trust felicitated her for her contribution towards Projects and Research.She believes in working for the community and takes keen interest in developing community programmes. Her area of expertise is developing, planning and implementing community based activities.

List of volunteers

1. Nikita Mogar – a sophomore at Brooklyn College. She is in a combined B.A.- M.D. program and the Scholars program.

2. Maya Pandit – Student Trinity School

3. Rahul Pandit – Student at Harvard University

4. Natasha Gupta – Student at University of Richmond

5. Amruta Hunnurkar – Student at Chicago Booth

6. Nitesh Gupta – Student