Our Team


Sukanya Poddar
Managing Trustee

Sukanya Poddar has extensive experience of working in the social development sector for the past 24 years across most major states of India. She is a specialist in strategic thinking, conceptualizing, planning, executing, capacity strengthening, research, monitoring and evaluating social projects at international and national level. She has consulted and/or worked for agencies and corporates of international/ national repute.

She was one of the leading consultant of BMGF-FHI Avahan conceptualising team in Maharashtra. She was the technical head of Avert USAID project of Maharashtra. She initiated and sustained YRSHR project at the state level in Karnataka. She has evaluated more than 80 social projects in India. She has worked and published many research studies and scientific papers. Also published papers in journal of “Institute of Directors” on CSR issues. She is founder partner of “Partners in Progress Consulting LLP” for last five years. She has done her M. Phil on women’s health from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and EDP from IIM, Bangalore.

Anuradha Maheshwari

Anuradha Maheshwari is the Founder of Lex Mantis, a legal service firm started in 2012, specializing in corporate, intellectual property, transactional, real estate, constitutional and human rights law. In January this year she was awarded the prestigious “IP Star Woman of the Year” at the Legal Era Intellectual Property Awards. In 2016, Lex Mantis received an award for ‘Best Practices In Patents & IP Excellence in INDIA’ from Questel de Science Infoware, a global patent analytic data provider.

Anuradha also handles all kinds of corporate and commercial transactions, entity structuring and incorporation, structuring corporate deals & transactions, due diligence and documentation and has assisted and hand- held many a small and medium enterprise in protecting and managing their intellectual properties and her Firm was declared one of the “20 Most Promising Legal Consultants of India”, especially for start-ups by Silicon India, a reputed technology magazine in 2015.

David Cardoz

David Cardoz is an architect who graduated and practices in Mumbai, India. His first years in practice were with an NGO group, actively engaged in slum rehabilitation. He was a visiting lecturer at the L.S. Raheja College of Architecture at Bandra, Mumbai, and continues to be invited as speaker and resource expert at the architectural colleges of Mumbai, India.

He was one of the founder members of the Bombay Conservation Group and is now a Director in the Bombay Collaborative, a professional firm specializing in architectural conservation and urban planning. Two of the conservation projects where he was the architect – St. Peter’s Church at Bandra, Mumbai and the Conservatory at the Bombay Zoo at Byculla, Mumbai have received Heritage Awards.

He continues to be actively involved in the planning and development of the Mahableshwar – Panchgani, Eco – Sensitive Zone, India, as a member of the Land Use Committee constituted by the Regional Board for the Regional Development Plan of this Hill station region. He is presently a Member of the Monitoring Committee appointed in 2012 by the Central Ministry of Environment & Forests for the Matheran Eco-Sensitive Zone in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. He also continues to be a member of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee appointed by the Govt. of Maharashtra.

Dr. Prakash Mirchandani

Dr. Prakash Mirchandani worked as a primary care physician for 14 years before branching out to development work. Currently engaged in driving one of the largest grassroots NGO’s in Nigeria with Programmes in Primary Health Care, Community Eye Care and Provision of Safe drinking water to the rural Nigerians.

He is one of the architects of the Community Ophthalmology Program in its present avatar. He has been the prime mover in the establishment of Mission for Vision and is a Founder Trustee. He also holds the position as a Trustee for several Trusts in India and overseas.


Francis Rozario

Franics Rozario is an accomplished banker with a specialized and diverse thirty five year career in Banking and Finance across the world. He is the Founding Chairman and CEO of Asia Capital and Advisors Pte Ltd. He  was appointed as an Independent Director and Vice Chairman of Maritime Commercial Joint Stock Bank Vietnam on 27 February 2012. Throughout a 28 year career at Citibank, he ran businesses in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, USA, Europe and Asia. At the early age of 28, he was appointed CEO for Citibank Liberia.

During his eight years with Fullerton Financial Holdings (FFH), Mr. Rozario created superior returns for shareholders and value to local communities. In all of Fullerton’s business ventures, he incorporated an active Corporate Social Responsibility framework which was embedded in the business and which had a meaningful impact in the communities in which they operated. These initiatives won recognition for leadership and service to the community from local Governments and the Public at large.

Mr. Rozario founded Asia Capital and Advisors in 2011, to provide Financial Institutions with People, Knowledge and Capital; to serve Customer segments with creative and sustainable business models to achieve unique value for all stakeholders: Customers, Employees, Shareholders and local Communities.

Dr. Aamod Rao

Dr. Aamod Rao is an experienced Aesthetic Surgeon who has trained in plastic surgery at the Bombay Hospital and Research Centre, after completing his surgical training at KIMS Hospital and Research Centre (Bangalore). He has also completed a fellowship in Aesthetic Surgery at the PUCRS University in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Additionally, he is trained in Aesthetic medicine at the Empire Medical Training Centre, USA. Dr. Rao has been featured in the top 10 successful surgeons in India. Dr. Rao has been ardently supporting the Mali shelter that empowers the underprivileged girls, and economically backward women at Mali Foundation in Bangalore.



Chhaya Rade
Chief Operating Officer

Chhaya joined CCDT in April 2005. She is the Chief Operating Officer at CCDT and Director of the Health and Nutrition Programs. 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.

Poonam is the Director of Community and Residential Care Programs at CCDT. She 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 M.Sc. 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 in their Dilaasa program, 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 has managed CCDT’s programs to reduce Maternal and Child mortality: mMitra, Sahyog and Shubh Aarambh, as well as CCDT’s program: Building Safe Communities for Children. She currently is the Associate Director for Communications at CCDT.

Wilson D’souza
Senior Accounts Officer

Wilson is a Senior Accounts Officer CCDT 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.

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 CCDT’s tribal health, nutrition and WASH program of Sahyog at Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the mMitra program. He has also worked on CCDT’s program for Adolescents 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.

Ramchandra Adsule
Senior Program Officer

Ramchandra has a Masters of Social Work from Nirmala Nketan and has spent 16 years working across various CCDT programs including the Community Development Program, Health and Nutrition programs and Child Protection. Ramchandra shares that his work with CCDT has enabled him to build various skills including program management, and has thoroughly 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.”

Santosh Dongare
Senior Program Officer

Santosh is a Senior Program Officer of CCDT’s Home-Based Care Program and Residential 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.”

Samita Parab
Senior Program Officer

Samita holds a Masters in Psychology and has worked for over 12 years in the different sectors of adolescent empowerment, health and nutrition, and child protection. She has also completed her M.S in psychotherapy.

Samita contributes to three programs of CCDT: Adolescent Empowerment, Railway Childline and Childline. Her role includes program development, planning and monitoring program implementation. 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.