Dr. Neelima Desai has been recognized with several awards for her contribution towards rehabilitation of mentally challenged individuals and starting unique programs for them. She has chronicled her experiences as the mother of a mentally challenged child and as the head of Navkshitij in a book, Praudh Matimandanche Prem va jivhalyache Navkshitij. The book traces the birth, progress and journey of Navkshitij and is a ready reckoner for both parents of mentally challenged children as well as anyone desirous of starting a centre for the rehabilitation of mentally challenged friends.
Dr. Neelima was an Ayurveda practitioner for 27 years. She holds a Ph.D (Ayurveda), a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.), and a Diploma in Naturopathy.
She is a columnist, trekker and an enthusiast of outdoor activities.
Dr. Desai is a surgeon with more than 35 years of experience. An alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, he holds a Master of Surgery in ENT. He has been practising Acupressure (Shiatsu) since 1980.
Dr. Desai is the Director of Shiatsu Research and Training Institute and Sat- Äyushi Institute of Enhanced Living, and the Co Founder of HPS Wellness Pvt Ltd.
A researcher and prolific writer, Dr. Desai has authored three books.
Suneel Kulkarni has more than 30 years of experience in managing residential and institutional projects at Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik.
He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree and ICWA (Inter) certification.
Vasudha Divekar ensures the smooth functioning of the Navkshitij residential campus. She was an active volunteer at Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and Prism Foundation. She has worked with Dr. Shirish Ratnaparkhi for the well-being of mentally ill patients and with Jaishree Phadke for the welfare of slum children.
Vasudha Divekar is a Rashtrabhasha Pandit. She holds a Secondary Teacher’s Course certificate and a Certificate in Physical Education.
Mr. C. E. Potnis has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in global companies. He has served on the boards of companies in India, Dubai and Muscat. He is the founder and managing director of Nitor Infotech Pvt. Ltd., a global IT services company headquartered in Pune.
Mr. Potnis is an alumnus of IIT (Bombay) and holds an M.Sc. degree.
Dr. Anand Dixit manages a hospital with ICU facilities. He was felicitated by the Mayor of Pune for his contribution to healthcare for over 30 years. An extremely creative person he specialises in Pencil drawing, Portrait drawing, and reading and writing poetry.
He holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) degree.
Adv. Sujata Kulkarni holds an LL.B., LL.M. and a Diploma in Cyber Laws from the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune.
Kanaka Cadambi is an editorial consultant. She has more than 30 years of experience in writing and editing and has been associated with national dailies, community newspapers, publishing institutions such as Macmillan India Ltd and NGOs.
Kanaka holds a Master’s degree in Arts and a post graduate Diploma in journalism.