Amrut Bang has led the NIRMAN initiative since 2008 as Program Coordinator and is involved in shaping up the strategy, building partnerships, recruitment, fund raising, and project management. He also fulfills the much needed role of mentor and guide to all those involved in the NIRMAN process. Prior to NIRMAN, he worked in Symantec Corp. for a year after he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University. He also holds an M.S. in Non-Profit Leadership from University of Pennsylvania. Besides his role in NIRMAN, he is an RTI activist and has managed to bring a change in the state government’s policy to ensure availability of doctors in tribal and rural areas. He is also a part of the SEARCH Executive Committee.
Amrut is a self-learner and did not go to school till 10th standard. As he was exempted from the stifling influence of schooling, he maintains a healthy curiosity that is exhibited in his wide range of interests, from music and nature to chess and swimming. He is a voracious reader, with a photographic memory, who is particularly interested in physics and evolution. He also writes Bollywood inspired songs on social issues, from hand washing to employment guarantee scheme. He is married to Dr. Aarti Bang who is a NIRMANee and works as a psychiatrist in SEARCH. Amrut is a total- teetotaler and will never say no to a cup of tea!
Sunil Chavan, a.k.a, Sunil Kaka holds an M.Sc. in Statistics and an MBA in Marketing. After working in IT for 17 years, he started his own company in 1996 and then sold it in 2012 to shift to the social sector. While he used to volunteer before, he now works full time in the social sector as a part of NIRMAN executive team and as Head of Operations at ML Dhawale Trust in Palghar. As a keen businessman and entrepreneur himself, armed with his knowledge of finance and economics, he offers strategic and financial advice to the NIRMAN team as well as to the participants of NIRMAN.
With a warm and ever positive personality, he is a mentor to all NIRMANEES in every possible aspect. He is an avid collector of artistic objects brought back from his many travels and has managed to make his home more wondrous than a museum or an art gallery, of particular note is his selection of exotic teas. He enjoys old Hindi songs and reading books.
Amol Shaila Suresh is from Nashik and he obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, Pune. After a disenchanting stint in the corporate world, Amol decided to enter the social sector and he worked in Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute, developing and testing technological interventions for rural settings. He realized that he wanted to address human needs like meaning and purpose, which are deeper than mere technical issues and therefore joined NIRMAN. In the NIRMAN team, Amol works on a variety of fronts including data analytics, impact assessment, project coordination and Krutee NIRMAN, which facilitates social action and volunteering for NIRMAN participants. He is the editor of Simollanghan, the quarterly newsletter from NIRMAN.
Amol also plays the role of a pace bowler and pinch hitter in the NIRMAN cricket team. He is a straight-forward and intensely reflective person who enjoys reading. Amol is a graceful dancer albeit with a very limited number of moves that only work for specific songs.
Satish Girsawle, a.k.a Darren, hails from Rajura tehsil in Chandrapur district and he graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Government College of Engineering Chandrapur. He had shown his skills of leadership and organization through college which he now uses to motivate all NIRMANees who haven’t yet found their motivation and purpose. His belief in the need to realize India’s demographic dividend inspires him to work with the youth and his gregarious nature adds great value to NIRMAN’s outreach and selection process. He is actively involved in the planning and functioning of the camps and he also manages the program’s social media front.
Satish comes from a farming family and is thus keenly aware of the social and political issues of the community which he often channels into his roles as a playwright and an actor. He is a stand up poet who can, on the spot, put in two lines the gist of his keen observations of people and situations. He also loves sports, particularly, talking about it to his large circle of friends.
Gajanan Burde, a.k.a, Gaju, comes from Gunjepar in Lakhandur tahsil of Bhandara district and is trained as an electrical engineer. Before joining the NIRMAN team he was a visiting lecturer at Government Polytechnic, Gondia. His primary role in the team is of an administrator and it is thanks to his skills that the camp functions smoothly. His calm and soothing presence creates a comforting atmosphere for the participants. He loves meeting and interacting with new people, which is essential to his role of camp facilitator.
Gajanan is a skilled athlete and his ‘catches’ during cricket matches are a stuff of legends in the NIRMAN team. Apart from being a sportsman, Gajanan also loves to cook and he is among the few people who begin their routine at 5.30 am when the rest of the world is enjoying sleep.
Jui Jamsandekar is from Kolhapur and holds degrees in computer engineering and clinical psychology. Before joining NIRMAN team she worked in Oracle and Zensar, two giants of the software industry, as a computer programmer. During this time, she pursued her dream of studying psychology, with a particular interest in the 18-28 age group and volunteered for a suicide prevention hotline. With an MA in Clinical Psychology, Jui now provides important inputs to the selection process and to interactions with the participants. Her study of positive psychology and emerging adulthood gives a crucial foundation to NIRMAN and to her work in qualitative analysis of the participants’ growth and development. Jui manages to find the delicate balance between empathy and objectivity which is seen in her unique ability to provide compassionate critiques. She loves to paint and read in her free time.