Senior Director & Head of Office, Purpose India
As Head of the India office, Harpreet is responsible for conceptualising, overseeing and implementing innovative public mobilisation strategies that will help make the world an open, just and habitable place.
Prior to Purpose, Harpreet was part of the leadership team at Dasra, a strategic philanthropy foundation, where she led management capacity building support to 200+ NGOs annually and helped guide strategic philanthropy investments. Harpreet has worked across various development sector issues, ranging across gender, health, education, sanitation, governance and climate change.
In addition, Harpreet spent over 8 years in management consulting before moving into the social impact space at KPMG and PwC.
Harpreet holds a CFA charter, MSc in Development & Finance from SOAS University and MA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University.
In her spare time, Harpreet loves to spend time with her two kids.
Arpita Bhagat is a Campaign Manager at Purpose where she focuses on expanding the climate movement to include voices from across socio-economic backgrounds, identities and beliefs. She holds the values of equality and justice very close to her heart. She believes in creating campaigns that act as catalysts to ignite the reaction where positive change turns into the natural way forward.
Before joining Purpose, Arpita was leading a project in rural Maharashtra to set up socio-technical systems of solid waste management. Rooted in ecology and sustainable livelihoods, it involved closing the loop between local informal economies of reverse scrap supply chains with the formal setup of producer responsibility organizations under the Extended Producer Responsibility norms.
Arpita comes with a Masters in Environment Management and has spent a number of years working on campaigns on issues including bird conservation, food security, menstrual hygiene waste, renewables and plastic pollution. She has been a Digital Campaigner with Greenpeace and a failed enviropreneur. From 2013-2015, she served as Director for the Mumbai chapter of Hollaback!.
In her free time, Arpita can be found volunteering her time at mental health support networks, gulping another Milan Kundera novel, crafting verses and tending to her dog, Zeus.
Associate Project Manager
Gayatri is an Associate Project Manager for Purpose Climate Lab in India. She ensures effective management throughout the lifecycle of a project with quality deliverables, timely execution and by creating meaningful impact.
She has been working in the development sector since 2014 with a strong focus on climate change mitigation projects primarily in the East Africa region. She has previously worked with international development aid organizations such as GIZ on solar energy regulatory mechanisms and carbon market mechanisms. She worked as a Consultant at Uganda Carbon Bureau on the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism for energy efficient cook stoves in East Africa for reduced emissions and generating rural community benefits. She has also briefly worked in the social impact sector in India with a focus on gender, healthcare and education in the nation by planning and executing CSR projects.
Gayatri holds a Master of Science degree in Environment & Development from the University of Leeds, which had a focus on environmental project management and sustainable development techniques. She also has a degree in Social Sciences and Law with a specialization in corporate and contractual law. Outside of work, she is an ardent yoga enthusiast and an aspiring linguist.
As a Project Manager at Purpose, Harpreet Bhullar ensures effective and timely delivery of Purpose Climate Lab projects in India. Ensuring that the teams are well-resourced, internal and external stakeholders are aligned and institutional knowledge guides the team in achieving its goal are her everyday milestones.
Prior to joining Purpose, Harpreet worked with the International Labour Organization and Save the Children in India. She has strong technical experience on high-skilled labour mobility, international migration and child protection. She has gained rich insights through grassroot activation of child agents of change, piloting innovative research projects and building new strategic partnerships.
Harpreet holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Masters Degree in English from University of Delhi. She is also a certified Art Based Therapist with a specialization with children at-risk.
Outside of work, she is most likely to be found with a book in her hands, coffee by the table side and some acoustic music playing in the backdrop. Having recently conquered her fear of water by learning to swim, you can also indulge her with a conversation on training the mind!
Project & Staffing Manager
Ila Bose is Project & Staffing Manager in India. Her work involves supporting the team on building campaign strategies, monitoring work flow, and ensuring impactful campaigns on the ground.
She has been working in the social development sector since 2012. In the past, Ila has held the position of Senior Project Coordinator at ACCESS Development Services, a national level development organization in India, running an Asia-level summit campaign on incubating innovations and sustainable models for livelihoods promotion of the poor. She has previously worked at the Centre for Urban and Regional Excellence (CURE) in India on conceptualization, implementation, and monitoring of projects in slum redevelopment and upgradation tackling issues of sanitation, water conservation, and reproductive health.
Ila has a Master's Degree in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics and a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy Honors. She has past experience in writing research papers for development organizations on marginalized communities in urban cities. She is also a passionate animal activist and works on rehabilitating and rescuing homeless animals in urban cities.
Kritica supports multiple campaigns as a Campaigner at Purpose. At Purpose, her role involves bringing diverse groups into the climate conversation in India. She has been a part of the Climate Lab campaigns in India that address issues such as power sector reform and air pollution. As a recent entrant in the non-profit sector, she brings a fresh perspective to an experienced team, helping them to build creative and more inclusive campaigns.
She comes with an extensive experience of corporate engagement and leading diverse event management projects. Prior to Purpose, she managed the business development and client servicing team of a global integrated marketing company, Epic India Group where she worked with a diverse set of partners, stakeholders and clients.
Kritica has completed her B.Sc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration from Institute of Hotel Management, Pusa. With Purpose, she has decided to focus her skills in visual communication and people engagement on campaigns which can make social and environmental impact. When not in work-mode, Kritica can be found making not so funny puns, doodling @penning_prisms and reading about various mythologies.
Mallika is a Campaigner at Purpose. She brings together her experience from the education sector along with advocating for behaviour change through communications and Psychology. She has previously worked on self started campaigns as well as helped WWF Australia design their national campaign on single-use plastics .
Before Joining Purpose Mallika was leading outreach for Renew Oceans in Varanasi, (UP, India), a project aimed at diverting ocean bound plastic waste from the Ganges. She worked on identifying local partners, creating the Information-education and communication modules and also played a key role in implementing these modules in the communities through which she was able to positively impact, include and educate local riverside communities.
Mallika holds a Master of Sustainability degree from the University of Sydney, Australia where she was also awarded the Dean’s award for Citizenship and Outreach. She did her Bachelors in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi.
Mallika loves reading, gardening, spending heaps of time with her dog Ashe, playing soccer, sipping endless cups of tea and can often be found peeping into dustbins to analyse the waste and understand how it can be reduced!
Megha is a Digital Campaigner at Purpose. Her work consists of developing optimised creative content, building and implementing digital communication strategies with a focus on mobilising wider audiences and supporting campaign capacity of partner organizations in India. She has been involved in growing and strengthening audience engagement on social media for campaigns including Help Delhi Breathe and 100% UP. She has also been creating impactful videos for online distribution.
Megha holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Delhi University. Before Purpose, she has worked with some of India’s prominent news organizations. In her spare time, Megha enjoys watching travel/adventure video blogs, exploring new trends on social media, meeting new people and sketching. She believes in the power of people to inspire change and looking forward to build a more just, peaceful and sustainable world together.
Mohammad Akbar Khan
Akbar works at Purpose as an Administrative Support Associate. In this role, he has been managing all the administrative related work in the India office. Akbar also assists the project manager in India by coordinating with local vendors and providing logistical support. Having worked in both the profit and non-profit sector in India, Akbar makes use of best practices to deliver results in the most productive manner.
Before joining Purpose, Akbar worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as an Administrative Assistant. He has also worked with EXL Services and Competent Software Pvt Ltd as an Analyst. Akbar feels that working with different organizations has enhanced his technical skills and has helped him gain the ability to work with different databases and software.
Akbar has Graduated (B.Sc) from T. M Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur and has a Diploma in management from All India Management Association (AIMA), New Delhi.
In his spare time, Akbar loves to spend time with his young daughter and help her complete school assignments.
Associate Campaign Director
As Associate Campaign Director, Navdha leads the Purpose Climate Lab in India. Her role involves strategising, overseeing and implementation of campaigns linked to air pollution, renewable energy and sustainable transport.
With more than ten years of experience in areas of education, environment, human rights and gender, Navdha also works closely with the global leadership team to identify new opportunities for collaboration and partnerships to strengthen Purpose’s presence in India.
Passionate about public engagement, her expertise is in bringing together diverse stakeholders for social good. She has worked across India, United Kingdom, Ethiopia, and Vietnam with organisations such as Greenpeace, HelpAge International, Breakthrough and Centre for Social Research.
Navdha holds a Master's Degree in Critical Media and Cultural Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She is also an aspiring ceramicist and the Co-founder of Museum of Material Memory - a digital repository of material culture from the Indian subcontinent.
Rohan is a Senior Strategist at Purpose, and excels in blending sharp insights and strategic communication with relatable stories, to move people and change narratives. Rohan has been leading on campaign strategy across issue areas such as electric mobility, sexual and reproductive health, developing organisational brands, and creating program strategies for NGOs and foundations.
He believes programs and campaigns are most powerful when they blend grassroots authenticity with creative ideas and a well informed vision.
Rohan comes from a background of building corporate and brand strategies for Indian and Global brands. He has conducted extensive ethnographic research in cities, small towns and villages across India, and brings a strong cultural perspective to developing campaigns on social issues. His work has focussed on a wide span of sectors from commercial transport to high fashion retail.
Rohan has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Delhi and has always had passion for stories which informs his work at Purpose. Outside of work, Rohan is cultivating his interest in Sufi music and trying to make the perfect cup of tea.
Sanchita Mahajan is a Campaign Manager at Purpose. She works on identifying and addressing challenges which can be solved through creative campaigning and public engagement. Sanchita thrives in projects where she can support communities and stakeholders to create meaningful impact. She also enjoys getting stuff done in complex and fast paced environments.
Before Purpose, Sanchita worked with Karo Sambhav - a social enterprise and fast growing Indian startup. In her most recent role, Sanchita led Karo’s Account Management team where she supported leading technology companies in navigating Extended Producer Responsibility in the Indian context. She also supported Karo’s mission to create systemic change in the waste management sector through marketing and communications activities and partnership management.
Sanchita has also previously worked with Greenpeace India to organise a volunteer community to strengthen the organisation’s campaigns, achieve mobilisation goals and leverage it during rapid response campaigning.
Sanchita has a Bachelors in Fashion Technology from National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi.
Sanchita can be often found hunting for and collecting old books, thrift store hopping and investigating people's sun signs.
Sandeep Dahiya works as a Campaigner at Purpose Climate Lab. His work involves supporting the team on campaign strategy development, implementation and evaluation, capacity building of local partners and liaison with local & global teams, overseeing the allocated budget and ensuring impactful campaigns on the ground. He currently leads the 100% UP, SeeNow, Energy & Power Sector reform work in India.
He believes that a clear strategy, proper implementation and collective action can bring much needed positive change in today’s world. He is a motivated campaigner and researcher on health, social & environmental issues. Before joining Purpose Sandeep was working with (MDWS, GoI) Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation and Tata Trust for Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)/ Clean India Mission. With his impactful strategy, regular follow-ups, effective team management and strong management & networking with District, Block and Panchayat Officers, on 2nd October 2017 GoI announced and recognized his working district Ramanagra as an ODF (Open Defecation Free) District.
He has gained experience in policy advocacy, community interactions, research & data management on various issues related to environment and energy sector by virtue of working across a wide spectrum of projects ranging from scientific to grassroot communities development projects across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Europe (FU, Berlin).
Sandeep has a Master's Degree in Environment and Resource Management from TERI School of Advanced Studies, New Delhi. In his spare time Sandeep loves to travel, enjoys gardening & loves to spend time with friends and family.
Sonali is a Senior Strategist at Purpose where she uses her passion for communication and a technical background in sustainability to create strategic campaigns in India. She believes that a combination of empathy and science can change the world, and uses her experience working across the policy, research and private sectors to communicate best practices for air pollution, renewable energy and better public transport for Purpose Climate Lab.
Sonali has worked in the urban sustainability space for the last 8 years, jumping into the deep end of many different subjects: creating policy recommendations for vehicular emissions in New Delhi, advising clients on biophilic design in New York, and designing certification systems for green and healthy buildings in Washington, DC. Prior to Purpose, Sonali worked at the U.S. Green Building Council to grow and establish the WELL Building Standard for indoor environmental quality.
Sonali has a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Science. When not working out of Purpose’s New Delhi office, Sonali is drawing cartoons, singing showtunes in her kitchen, and pretending to enjoy yoga.
Visual Designer & Design Researcher
As a Visual Designer & Design Researcher at Purpose, Suma combines her skills in branding, illustration and design thinking to create campaigns that make people stop and listen. She strongly believes that design is a powerful tool to bring about change and solve complex social problems.
Having studied her Masters in Strategic Design & Management at Parsons School of Design in New York, Suma is skilled in diverse methodologies that drive innovation through systems thinking, ethnographic research and rapid prototyping. Her Bachelors in Design Communication at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore, gave her a deep insight and a firm foundation in graphic design, illustration and advertising.
Suma’s passion for the ocean and wildlife has a strong influence on her work. Marine conservation, waste management and inclusive education are a few key areas she has worked on. She also has prior design experience working with financial institutions, consumer goods companies, fashion brands and not for profit organizations.
At Purpose, she has been a part of creating campaigns that highlight crucial issues like raising awareness on avoidable blindness in Uttar Pradesh, encouraging sexual and reproductive health rights for women in Bihar, tackling the crisis-level air pollution in Delhi and promoting the use of renewable energy as a cleaner source of power in India.
When Suma is not designing, she is usually sitting in a corner somewhere drawing animals in her sketchbook. She has had the opportunity to travel extensively since childhood which has exposed her to different cultures and diverse art forms. She’s a water baby! She loves scuba diving, hiking and taking wildlife photography @thewildling_
Vincy Abraham is a Campaign Manager at Purpose where she focuses on working with businesses and inter-governmental processes. She believes that connecting the right people, ideas and organizations can spark a just and sustainable movement on-ground. She holds SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals) at the heart of her work.
Previously, Vincy worked with foreign governments, aid agencies and corporates in India. She brings with her a deep knowledge of the water, urban and climate sectors. She is a recognized speaker and subject expert on water at the United Nations and other development processes. In 2019, she was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and by the International Water Association as an Emerging Water Leader.
Vincy has a Masters in Political Science. In her free time, she volunteers at Water Youth Network where she leads a Dutch government funded youth innovation project called, “YouKnoW!” (Youth-driven Knowledge of Water).