Anish K. Mitra

Anish is a stand-up comedian and has been featured on Amazon Video and in TimeOut NY. He was previously a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he had a range of responsibilities including mergers & acquisitions in the life insurance space, and leading learning and development efforts to drive commercial growth. Anish is a 1st generation Bengali-American (his parents emigrated from Kolkata in the ’80s), a native New Yorker and graduated from Brown University in 2010 with a degree in Economics. He speaks fluent Bengali and is heavily committed to both raising awareness of and alleviating challenges facing our community.

Debarati Roy

Debarati works in the news and automation department at Bloomberg LP and is actively involved in the company’s mentoring and diversity programs. She has lived in New York City for more than a decade after moving from Mumbai. She passionately believes in Sapna’s vision of wanting to help women work toward their better future. Debarati has always enjoyed being involved in helping those who are less privileged and taught at an orphanage in India, and has also worked with and counseled patients at a drug treatment facility. She continues to work with several other non-profit organizations to raise funds for under-privileged children in India.

Meghana Shah

Meghana is a partner at Eversheds Sutherland LLP in New York City where she focuses her practice on international investigations and commercial litigation, particularly surrounding cutting-edge issues. She has pursued human-rights related pro bono work throughout her career, both representing individuals seeking political asylum in the United States and providing legal services for a number of organizations including Lawyers Without Borders and the Cherish the Children Foundation. Meghana was also a founding member of the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC). Meghana is a graduate of McGill University and the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Rita N. Soni

Board Chair

Rita is bridging the private and social sectors, taking her engineering systems thinking to platforms of systems change. She is currently serves as Principal Analyst, Impact Sourcing and Sustainability Research at Everest Group. Rita recently spent a decade in India culminating as CEO of NASSCOM Foundation. Prior to the Foundation, she was Country Head, Responsible Banking at Yes Bank, spearheading a pioneering business approach to Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability. Rita began her social sector journey at the start-up phase of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program. She currently lives in Brooklyn and has a  B.E. from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Masters of Internal Affairs from Columbia University.

Sehra Eusufzai

Sehra is vice president of global integrated marketing at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), leading the institution’s marketing strategy and programs across a range of services and solutions. Previously, Sehra was vice president of brand, communications and content at Dataminr, a global AI platform company. A versatile change agent and problem-solver, Sehra has delivered brand and revenue growth, client success, and culture change at technology and professional services companies in the US and South Asia. She held prior leadership roles in marketing, brand and communications at Openlink, IBM, and PwC.  Sehra earned a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an M.S. in Mass Communication & Journalism studies from the University of Denver.

Sunaina Mewara

Sunaina is a Director, Global People Business Partner, at the London Stock Exchange Group where she focuses on leadership development, business strategy and HR program execution. She is also a certified executive coach whose passion lies in developing leaders to find their strengths and thrive in an ever changing and complex environment. Her interest in women’s rights, empowerment, and development started years ago when she volunteered at a local domestic violence center. Sunaina is a second-generation immigrant, having lived her formative years in Delhi, India, and then growing up across the US. She has lived in NYC for the past 12-years and now considers herself a true New Yorker. Sunaina holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from the University of Houston.

Tania Khan

Tania is Associate General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at New York Life Insurance Company. In addition, she is Co-Chair of New York Life’s OGC/Compliance Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a member of the core leadership team of the Asian Network Group and serves as a mentor through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. She has pursued her interest in issues impacting immigrant communities in the US and abroad for many years, including prior work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in the UK, Human Rights Watch and the Immigration Affairs Department of former Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Tania is a native New Yorker of Bangladeshi heritage and graduate of Barnard College and Georgetown University Law Center.

Urmy Shukla

Urmy is a non-profit professional focused on monitoring and evaluation (M&E), knowledge management, and program development.  She is currently the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research at Trickle Up, an international development non-profit focused on women’s economic empowerment. She previously led training and capacity building at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia, directed a monitoring and evaluation training program for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and worked with the Centers for Evaluation and Results (CLEAR), a World Bank initiative dedicated to improving the implementation and use of M&E systems globally. Urmy currently lives in Brooklyn and has a BA in Economics and Spanish from Brown University and an MSc. in Economic Development from the London School of Economics.