Millions of people get severely compromised access to housing, jobs, healthcare, and education because they are discriminated simply because of their gender, sexuality, religion, caste, ability, ethnicity and race.

Belongg aims to bring better services to these underserved groups through a community- based approach that brings together allies and people in need of services to achieve its goal of building a more diverse and inclusive society.

“Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.”

TEAM

Yoshita Srivastava - LITERATURE COLLECTIVE ASSOCIATE
Yoshita has a BA from Flame University, with a major in Literary and Culture Studies, a minor in journalism. Her experience spans working in media, publishing, and social justice, with organizations such as The Quint, Orient BlackSwan, and Aasra NGO. She believes inclusivity and diversity in representation is essential for a better future — empathy being key in dismantling hatred. She hopes to research, write, and teach a diverse literary canon. When not buried behind a book, you can find her outraging against patriarchy, drinking unhealthy amounts of coffee, and learning random trivia.
Lasya Nadimpally - COMMUNITY MANAGER
Lasya is the Community Manager at Belongg. She travels to learn about people, cultures and societies in an attempt to understand the diversity in the world and her own self a little better every day. She worked as a writer and editor for various publications such as Outlook Traveller Getaways, Sakal Times, Youth Ki Awaaz and Deccan Chronicle. She also volunteers in the organising team of Human Library Delhi, which brings together people and facilitates conversations to break taboos. In her free time, you can catch her playing with her dog, making and painting pots, reading books, baking, sharing opinions on Twitter or learning new things about development and policy.
Nirat Bhatnagar - FOUNDER
Nirat is the founder of Belongg and has deep experience in social innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy. In addition to Belongg, he is also a Partner at Dalberg Advisors where he focuses on strategic questions in water, sanitation, and agriculture. He is also the founder of The Slow School a venture that focuses on self-reflection and “inner work”. He studied at IIT Kharagpur & IIM Bangalore and spent several years in management consulting and technology entrepreneurship before following his heart into the world of social innovation.
Sai Bourothu - independent consultant
Sai Bourothu is an independent consultant (external) to Belongg and brings her expertise on LGBTQ+ issues as well as a deep understanding of forging communities focused on such themes. She is a criminologist presently working as a Project Officer at Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in the Police Reforms Team. She has been actively involved in the campaigns against the Transgender persons bill as part of TISS queer collective of which she was a founding member.
Saransh Bisht - Associate (Mental Health Collective, Belongg)
Saransh has completed his post graduation in Clinical Psychology from Ambedkar University. In the past he has worked with diverse communities on themes of disability, gender and mental health. In 2019 he co-founded queer listening circle to enable healing spaces among community spaces. He is a mental health advocate and aspires to involve himself in trauma informed work with marginalised communities in the future.
Pranati H. - Research Associate
Pranati H. is a Research Intern at Belongg. She strongly believes that the principle of social justice and representation is necessary in the politics of empathy and love. She believes that it is imperative to acknowledge one's own positionality in any situation, especially within the development sector. Her past experience includes working at Barefoot College, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, Jagori and Bandhua Mukti Morcha, alongside various youth-led collectives. Having completed her Bachelors in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, she is currently pursuing her Masters in Community Organization and Development Practices from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. She has been involved in theater since her college days, and currently represents India in the Eurasia Theater Association.
Amiya Chaudhuri - RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Amiya Amiya holds a B.A. (Research) degree from Shiv Nadar University, with a major in Sociology and a minor in Economics. Passionate about researching on sustainable and equitable cities, and advocating against patriarchy and caste discrimination, she strongly believes in passing the mic to communities to tell their own stories. She has previously served as an AIF Clinton Fellow with Prajwala Sangham, worked with Timbaktu Collective and the Young Leader’s Initiative, and has conducted ethnographic research projects on caste in the city.
Muda Tariq - RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
Muda graduated with a Bachelor's in Political Science, followed by a postgraduate diploma in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Lady Shri Ram College for Women. She is passionate about working on the intersections of gender, human rights, and conflict. She is also a fellow at the LedBy Foundation and the EU-funded ALLY Project.

ADVISORS

Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav is a Partner and Regional Director Asia for Dalberg Advisors, a global advisory firm focused on impact. Gaurav works on a wide-ranging set of issues that include energy access, financial inclusion, access to education, and inclusive business strategies. Outside of Dalberg, Gaurav has been a founding partner in a number of social ventures including two eco-resorts, a sustainable tourism online platform, an organic tea plantation, and an eco-friendly fair trade fashion label. Prior to Dalberg, Gaurav was a Project Leader with the Boston Consulting Group in Sydney and London. He holds degrees from Oxford University and Yale University.
Henrik Skovby
Henrik Skovby is the former Global Managing Partner and founder of Dalberg. In his current capacity as Executive Chairman of Dalberg Group, most of Henrik’s time is dedicated to industry innovation and establishing new business lines under the Dalberg brand. Prior to Dalberg, Henrik worked at McKinsey & Company, where his focus was financial and public institutions. He began his professional career at the United Nations Development Program, where he worked on project management, budget matters, and strategic positioning of the organization. Henrik holds degrees from Harvard, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of Aarhus.
Vedika Bhandarkar
Vedika is Water.Org’s Managing Director for India and champions Water.org’s strategy, growth and water and sanitation program expansion in India. She has more than 25 years of experience building teams and businesses with Indian and international financial institutions. Prior to joining Water.org in January 2016, she served as Vice Chairman and Managing Director at Credit Suisse Securities (India) Private Limited from 2010-2015. Previously, she served as the Managing Director & Head of Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan. Vedika serves as an Independent Director on the boards of several companies. She has been appointed as a part time member of the Banks Board Bureau, and she also serves as a board member of the Jai Vakeel Foundation, an institution focused on children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
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Danish Husain
Danish Husain is an actor, poet, Dastango, and a theatre director. Currently stranded in America, lives and runs his theatre company The Hoshruba Repertory in Mumbai. Instrumental in reviving the lost art form of Urdu storytelling Dastangoi & inventing the multilingual storytelling platform Qissebaazi, he is currently in news for his forays in the OTT platforms especially, his performances in Netflix Original series Bard of Blood & Taj Mahal 1989.
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Ishaan Sethi
Ishaan leads Brand Solutions at CRED, an exclusive member's only community of India's most credit & trustworthy individuals, and brings deep experience in impact-focused innovation & entrepreneurship. He co-founded, Delta, India’s first homegrown LGBTQ+ community focused app that became a platform for people to explore shared interests, access peer support, and also enabled brands to engage through the Delta Network. He had previously co-founded a startup in the analytics space in India and had also been in the Global Communication team at the Nike World HQ in Oregon engaging with programs such as The Girl Effect.He is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion topics as well as technology, fashion, and animal rights. He has been on the Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list and studied economics at Brown University.
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Priya Ajmera
Priya is the CEO of AIC NCore, an incubator focused on technology based innovations for the social sector. At the incubator, Priya works with early stage nonprofits across diverse thematic areas and helps them define their strategy and build on their ideas. Her role is to act as a catalyst to expand the innovation ecosystem for Bharat focused ideas through her work at AIC NCore and as a co-hosts for the Bharat Innovation track at Nasscom. Prior to her move to the social sector, Priya spent many years in the corporate sector working in strategy & product management roles with large enterprises (like Yahoo, eBay, HP) & technology startups. Priya holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore.
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Kaustubh Chakraborty
Kaustubh is a retired partner from McKinsey & Company where he used to lead the consumer & retail practice in India in addition to serving clients in healthcare & pharma. He now spends his time reading a lot, teaching, writing, & quizzing. He has taught at the Ashoka University and The Vedica Scholars Programme for Women as well as being part of McKinsey’s Alumni Faculty. He also occasionally trains people working in mission driven institutions across Asia and Africa in sectors such as agriculture, education, energy, ocean waste, and water. Kaustubh studied economics at St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and management at IIM Bangalore.

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