Our Team



Tulika Srivastava - Executive Director

Tulika is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in building and working with organisations and institutions dedicated to the realisation of women’s human rights. She is the Founder Member of Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI) in Lucknow, and Former Executive Director of International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP).

Anisha Chugh - Director of Programmes

Anisha has a Masters in History from the University of Delhi (St Stephen’s College) as well as a Master’s in Governance in Development from Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Her prior work experience includes a stint with Dalit Foundation for two and a half years as a Communications and Fundraising Officer. She currently works with SAWF as the Director of Programmes and leads the implementation of the organisation’s programme strategy. Anisha also serves on the board of FRIDA – The Young Feminist Fund, as the Treasurer.

Kishani Cader - Director of Finance and Operations

Kishani is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK (ACMA) and has over 25 years experience in diverse areas of work. Prior experience include work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, stockbroking and investment companies, NGOs, private consultancies and most recently as part of the Management Team at the Centre for Poverty Analysis.

Tehani Ariyaratne - Programme Officer, Grants and Accompaniment

Tehani has a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology from Stonybrook University, and is currently reading for a Masters in Human Rights at the University of Colombo. Prior to joining SAWF, she worked as a researcher at the Centre for Poverty Analysis in Sri Lanka.

Meenu Pandey - Programme Officer, Grants and Accompaniment

Meenu has worked on the issues of women's rights, sexual rights and disability rights for a decade. Prior to joining SAWF, Meenu worked with the women's rights and sexual rights organisation, CREA and the health research Institute, CEHAT. Meenu has a Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.

Astha Thapa - Programme Officer, Communications and Resource Mobilisation

Astha has a BA in Government and Anthropology from Harvard University. In the past few years she worked with the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) on disaster response, funding organisations working with minorities and vulnerable and underrepresented communities to help them recover and rebuild after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. She also served on SAWF's special advisory committee for the post-earthquake Nepal grants. She was also the first Executive Director of Tewa (Nepal’s women’s fund) and a founding member and the first chair of Voices of Women (VOW) Nepal. She is based in Nepal.


Bindu Madhavi Mangalpalli - Programme Officer, Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation

Bindu Madhavi Mangalpalli is a post graduate in Sociology and has more than 18 years of experience in the development sector on various thematic issues including livelihood, urban poverty, disaster risk reduction and health especially around gender rights. Her core strength lies in Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning whereby she has managed several international and national level studies and has been involved in developing and implementing programs at the national level. Prior to joining SAWF, she was associated with organisations such as Breakthrough, Indo- Global Social Service Society, FHI 360 and BBC WST. She wants to make Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning easy and fun to learn.

Deya Bhattacharya - Junior Programme Officer, Legal Fellowship Programme

Deya Bhattacharya is a human rights lawyer, researcher and writer with a Masters in Human Rights and International Justice from Central European University, Budapest. She has experience in prevention of violence, human rights, post-conflict policy-drafting, strategic litigation, legal research and advocacy, and has worked on initiatives in India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and Budapest. Prior to joining SAWF, she has worked with Swasti Health Resource Centre (Bangalore, India), The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy (Chennai, India), Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights/SAHR (Afghanistan and the MENA), and PILnet (Budapest, Hungary). 

Vineeta Tewari - Administrator, Liaison Office

Vineeta joined SAWF in 2010 with nine years of experience in the corporate sector. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration in Human Resource Management from Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning, Pune, India​.

Heloise de Lima - Office Manager, SAWF Colombo

Heloise has a Single Subject Award in Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Confidential Secretaries/Personal Assistants. She has over 30 years’ work experience within the corporate, hotel and NGO sector in office administration/secretarial and human resources.

Amutha Bharath​ - Programme Administrator

Amutha has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mumbai University. Prior to joining SAWF she had over fourteen years of work experience in Programme Finance and Administration, and had served at the British High Commission and United Nations Development Programme.

Virginia Miruna Sylvester - Accounts Officer

Virginia is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (ACMA) with Master of Business Administration in Finance (MBA). She is currently studying toward ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants). Virginia has had the experience of working in different office environments and has held jobs in Ernst & Young and Women Media Collective.

Anukriti Rastogi - Accounts and Admin Officer

Anukriti has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from National PG College and is currently in the final year of M.Com. She is a fresher who is ready to conquer new heights through her dedication and hard work.

Mifaza Dain - Accounts Assistant

Mifaza has a Diploma in Business Management from National Institute of Business Management (NIBM) and currently she is studying towards Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Prior to joining SAWF, she worked as an Accounts Assistant in MDF South Asia Training & Consultancy.

Given the regional nature of our work, SAWF has a virtual office. The Executive Director works out of the Liaison Office in Lucknow, India, the Administrative Office is located in Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Satellite Office is located in Delhi, India.