Our Team


Dr Guirish Ambe
Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Ambe is a Public Health Specialist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of Public Health. He joined the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai as Junior Medical Officer – a grass root level position, and rose to head its Public Health Department as Executive Health Officer.

Post-retirement, Dr. Ambe worked as a consultant with the All India Institute of Local Self Government that monitors local bodies in Maharashtra as well other States in Western India. He also contributed to the Human Development Report of Mumbai Metropolitan Region and slum surveys under Rajiv Awas Yojana (RAY) of government of India. Given his keen interest in Health and Nutrition, Dr. Ambe joined CCDT as their Chief Executive Officer and finds the work extremely rewarding.

Chhaya Rade
Chief Operating Officer

Chhaya joined CCDT in April 2005. She is the Chief Operating Officer and Director of CCDT’s Residential Care Program. Chhaya has over 25 years of experience in Community Development, Program Management and Human Development. She has managed various portfolios within the organization with compassion, commitment and a keen interest in the overall development of children and young people.

Prior to CCDT, Chhaya worked on various development-related projects at IIT, Mumbai. Notable amongst these was a project to test the feasibility of LPG gas stoves for the visually impaired and a computer keyboard for children with Cerebral Palsy. She has also worked on community development and urban nutrition projects. Chhaya is a Post Graduate with a specialization in community development from S. N.D.T Women’s University.

Poonam Patkar
Program Director

Poonam completed her Masters in Social Work from Karve Institute of Social Services (Pune) in Family and Child Welfare in 2007. She has over 12 years of work experience in the development sector with expertise in the field of health, specifically HIV, Child Rights and Life Skills Education. Poonam’s key skills include program planning and implementing, as well as care and support packages for children and families.

Pooam believes that CCDT strives to reach those individuals and groups with the most accute needs and deprivation — and this endevor fuels her passion. She believes that the values of CCDT are a reflection of the kind of meaningful work that will eventually bring about a change in society.

Rashmi Thakkar
Associate Director

Rashmi holds an MSc in Human Development from Nirmala Niketa College of Home Science and has been trained in Transactional Analysis. She has worked for several years with development organizations such as CEHAT and DILAASA, and as a research assistant for Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Rashmi joined CCDT in 2008 and was inspired by the organization’s work in the community and its rights-based approach to community development. She manages CCDT’s programs to reduce Maternal and Child mortality: mMitra and Sahyog, as well as CCDT’s program: Building Safe Communities for Children.

Wilson D’souza
Senior Accounts Officer

Mr. Wilson D’souza is CCDT’s Senior Accounts Officer and has been associated with the Trust since 2002. He is a Commerce graduate from Mumbai University. Wilson manages day-to-day transactions, prepares the Trust’s final accounts and oversees auditing processes. Wilson shares that being a part of CCDT has enriched his knowledge in accounting and he continuously strives to upgrade his knowledge of revisions in the Income Tax act and FCRA norms.

Mr. Nitin Shinde
Senior Program Officer

Nitin holds a Masters of Social Work from Bharati Vidyapeth, Pune and has worked with CCDT for over 24 years. Prior to CCDT he had worked on children’s issues with Sahaj Shikshan Sanstha and the YMCA.

Nitin currently contributes to CCDTs tribal health community program at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Borivali. He has also worked on CCDT’s program for Adolescents: Maitree, and has contributed to the organization’s efforts to spread awareness about HIV-related school dropouts. Nitin shares that CCDT is “a great place to work in joy” and that the contribution he is able to make to the community has fueled his commitment over the years.

Mr. Ram Adulse
Senior Program Officer

Ramchandra Adsule has a Masters of Social Work from Nirmala Nketan and has spent 16 years working across various CCDT programs including the Community Development Program, Shubhaarambh and Child Protection.

Ramchandra shares that his work with CCDT has enabled him to build various skills including program management, and has thorougly shaped his values and principles. He loves that CCDT works to fill the community’s needs and not the donor’s criteria, and strives to empower communities to become sustainable. Ramchandra shares that “every day is new and there’s so much to learn from other staff members, children and the community at large.”

Ms. Manashree A Mantri
Senior Program Officer

Manashree A. Mantri is a Home Science graduate from SNDT University with a specialization in early childhood education, and a post-graduate in Social Work from the College of Social Work.

Manashree is a senior program officer in CCDT’s Urban Nutrition Initiative Project. She thrives on the opportunity to strengthen government systems and contribute towards curbing malnutrition in high-burden areas. “I am inspired to work hard to strengthen the ICDS system and create awareness in the community, so that every child is safe and in good health.

Santosh Dongare
Senior Program Officer

Mr. Santosh Dongare is a Senior Programme Officer of CCDT’s Home-Based Care Program and has been associated with the organization since 2008. He holds a Masters of Social Work and an MBA in Social Entrepreneurship.

Santosh has nine years of experience in the HIV/AIDS sector, program management and implementation. He shares that his experience with CCDT has been extremely enriching and that CCDT’s open environment offers numerous learning opportunities. “I feel the commitment of senior management and Trustees towards the vision of the organization and this inspires me. CCDT is a wonderful place for me, to work, learn and nurture my passion.”

Ms. Ashwini Shejwal
Senior Program Officer

Ashwini Shejwal holds a Masters in Social Work and has worked for over 10 years in the area of child protection. She loves to work with children appreciates that CCDT employs a rights-based approach.

Ashwini contributes to three CCDT programs: Adolescent Empowerment Program, Railway Childline and Child Protection. Her role includes program development, planning and implementation. Ashwini also works to support other team members and strengthen organizational systems. She contributes to the child protection network in India that connects every child in need of care protection through a phone call — ensuring that the voice of every child is heard.