Our next generation of leaders
As the next generation of Children’s Hope India, the junior board, “CH2,” strives to expand the organization’s legacy and reach out to and inspire young professionals to become Children’s Hope supporters. A dedicated team, CH2 members identify new initiatives, create awareness, and raise funds by holding events. CH2 not only educates young professionals about its mission but also encourages them to volunteer and get involved with the organization. The 2020 CH2 co-chairs are Kanishka Kewlani and Sunny Khubani. New members are always welcome!
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Namrata Bajaj is the founder and manager of BNB Dance, a Bollywood-inspired dance company, as well as a licensed Real Estate Broker/Agent in NYC. As a dedicated member of CH2, she helps with event organization, promotion, community outreach, and leads many social/networking activities. She is passionate about helping to provide a good education, medical care, shelter, social services and job skills/training to the underprivileged children of India.
Kashmira is a resident physician in Anesthesiology at NYP-Weill Cornell Medical Center. She received her M.D. from Mayo Medical School and MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has participated in volunteer medical work and public health research in India, Thailand, Honduras, Malawi, and Swaziland. She is passionate about global health, girl’s education, and advocacy for human rights. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, exploring NYC, and eating ramen.
Payal Doshi graduated from University of Michigan with a BFA in Design and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Currently, she works at Thor Retail Advisors focusing on tenant and third party landlord representation. Her parents have been long time supporters of Children’s Hope India and instilled the importance of involvement. As an active board member, Payal strives to continue the successful efforts of the current board as well as push the boundaries for future achievements.
Neerav graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Political Science. He currently works on the project finance team at CIT Group, structuring and raising debt financing for companies throughout the energy sector. In his free time, Neerav enjoys playing golf, snowboarding, mountain climbing, traveling, and reading.
Tesh currently works at The Greenwich Group International, LLC, a boutique real estate investment bank in New York City, raising capital and providing advisory services for developers, lenders, and investors across the United States and internationally. Originally from Long Island, Tesh received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Honors Program at Boston University’s Questrom School of Management and a Master of Science in Real Estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate. He joined the board in 2015 and works closely with the events and fundraising team.
Kanishka Kewlani is an Analyst at Kobre & Kim LLP, an international law firm based in New York City. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in Political Science and Human Rights in 2018. She loves tutoring and mentoring younger students and was a Mock Trial coach in 2015 for kids from underserved communities in NYC and a volunteer tutor throughout her time in high school and college. Kanishka is a dedicated CH2 board member and works actively on CHI fundraising initiatives, event organization, and community outreach. She is proud of the amazing work and mission of Children’s Hope India and is excited to be a part of its continued success.
Sunjana Khubani, known for her demeanor as “Sunny,” earned her B.A. from University of Michigan in 2014 with a double major in Psychology and Sociology. She currently works both as co-founder of a personal care and wellness brand, Hempvana, and as Brand Manager at Bulbhead.com. As co-chair of the Young Professionals’ board, Sunny is passionate about uplifting and supporting those in need, dedicating time to spearheading and organizing CH2’s initiatives through fundraising, event planning, and donor outreach. In her free time, Sunny can mostly be found singing and writing music, and you may even be able to catch her performing at a local venue in NYC.
Monica Lund is the VP of Market Strategy and Intelligence at Pearson Education, the largest education company in the world. She has focused her career in the education sector for over 8 years and has been an active member of Children’s Hope for 7 years. Prior to Pearson, Monica worked as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan. Monica graduated from The Wharton School of Business with an M.B.A. in strategic and entrepreneurial management.
Omesh Lund is the VP of Operations at the Topps Company, a leading creator and marketer of sports and entertainment products and distinctive confections. Prior to Topps, Omesh held several positions at LVMH group and Tory Burch. He holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University and an MBA from Cornell University. Omesh has been an active member of the CH2 Board for over 10 years and has been involved with Children’s Hope India since its inception.
Tiya currently works on the transaction advisory services team at Prosek Partners, a strategic financial communications firm in New York City. Tiya is an active board member and works closely with Children’s Hope India’s fundraising team for event organization and community outreach. Tiya holds a B.A. in Economics from New York University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. Tiya is excited to contribute her skills and passion to help expand the incredible momentum Children’s Hope has achieved over the last 25 years.
Neel Pahlajani is a Thought Leadership Specialist for Samsung SDS America, focusing on digital and content marketing. He received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University, and has varied professional experiences including Live Video Broadcasting, Product Management, and Sports Management. He has been a member of CH2 for 15 years, and has spent time in India working with Hoops India – to promote basketball in India.
Puja Pahlajani has been involved with Children’s Hope India since its inception and is a founding member of CH2 focusing on outreach and fundraising efforts. She graduated from Boston University and currently works at Bloomberg L.P.
Silky has been an active member of Children’s Hope since 2011. In addition to volunteering for local CH2 events she has visited ongoing projects in India, such as schools supported by CH fundraisers. Silky is a physician at Weill Cornell and specializes in memory disorders, ranging from brain injury to various dementias. She’s passionate about integrating her leadership experience and medical profession to serve and empower underprivileged communities.
Reena grew up in the Children’s Hope family and has been an active member since the inception of CH2. Her focus is on community outreach and events and is passionate about CHI’s mission. She has spent time volunteering in New Delhi at Prayas, one of the projects funded by CHI. Reena currently works at Bloomberg L.P.
The group is comprised of young professionals from a myriad of sectors including media and entertainment, finance, information technology, and nonprofit. The organization, therefore, greatly benefits from significant knowledge capital with skills ranging from web design, social media and digital video, to accounting, event planning, and donor management.
“Get to Know Us” events in New York City are the hallmarks of CH2. They always attract hundreds of like-minded young people. Nothing better than networking, having a great time and supporting your favorite charity. Help spread the word and join the fun.
The CH2-led Fitness Challenge helped create a full sports program at one of the Children’s Hope schools in Hyderabad. A Winter Wine and Wishes event, was another major success when so many children had their wishes come true with the generosity of the attendees. Most recently, a comedy event at the Gotham Comedy Cub in Manhattan brought hope to children in the slums.
Each spring, CH2 hosts a “Cocktails and Conversations” event at the Harvard Club, which serves as a kick off for the Annual Gala. It is an intimate event which is a forum to share ideas and enable supporters to meet the Gala Lotus Award Honoree.
CH2 seeks to identify challenges and key issues that help to improve the lives of children in India. Below are a few of the many projects CH2 has supported over the last few years:
An estimated 70% of India’s population lives in villages. And approximately 400 million Indians, in 72,000 villages, do not have access to power in any form. Their day ends when the sun goes down. Students from a college in Mumbai started an initiative to light up 33 villages in eight months, providing light to 1,000 rural houses in Maharashtra. CH2 teamed up with them to light up several villages–including Dongaripada, a tribal coastal village in Dahanu Taluka–where we helped provide solar panels and lanterns.
In many parts of India, children often lose their vision due to preventable eye disease. In 2012, CH2 partnered with a renowned eye institute to expand screenings and corrective procedures for children in rural India. Since July 31, 2012, we have trained 124 teachers, conducted vision checks on more than 7,000 children and referred more than 700 for further treatment. Early detection helps prevent blindness and by catching eye disease early we are making a huge impact in the lives of these children.