WomenServe India Foundation


Mission statement:

WSIF removes barriers to gender equality through access to water, education, and income generation activities.

What we do:

Community led initiatives

  • Access to water
    • Taanka construction

Education

  • Bike scholarships
  • School Support

Economic Development

  • Self Help Groups
  • Thar Artisan Collective

Storytelling

Board of Directors Details

Board of Directors

Mr. Pankaj Jain

Pankaj Jain is the Founder – Principal of Impact Law Ventures. A corporate lawyer by profession, Pankaj specializes in venture capital and private equity matters, especially in the impact investing and venture philanthropy sector. He is also an ardent advocate of building bridges between law, development and social entrepreneurship. He currently advises a number of start-up entrepreneurs, small and growing businesses, social business enterprises, non-profit organizations, impact investors and donor organizations- both Indian and foreign – on a range of legal, regulatory and corporate governance issues in India by providing affordable access to a trusted and competent legal counsel. Prior to founding his independent law practice in early 2011, Pankaj worked in-house as the India counsel for Acumen Fund, a non-profit social venture capital fund and was involved in working across agriculture, healthcare, water, housing and energy portfolios as well as structuring transactions in the social development space. Prior to joining Acumen Fund, he worked as an associate with the Indian law firm AZB & Partners in New Delhi on corporate advisory and private equity transactional matters. He received an integrated B.A., LL.B. (Hons.) degree in arts and law from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India where he graduated as the university first rank holder and was a recipient of 11 gold medals. Pankaj is a mentor to a number of start-ups, social entrepreneurs as well as non-profit organizations in India. He currently serves on a number of advisory boards in an honorary capacity. He is a regular speaker at a number of conferences and also delivers guest lectures and training workshops at a number of law, management and engineering schools in India. Pankaj was admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi in 2006, and is qualified to practice law in India.

 

​​​Ms. Deeksha Gehlot

Deeksha is a corporate legal consultant and the Managing Counsel at LexIngenious. She professionally assists socially innovative ventures in their legal matters like legal structuring, fundraising, setting internal policies, procedures and codes, general corporate governance and documentation. She is a human rights enthusiast and an ardent advocate of social rights for women. Prior to founding her independent corporate legal practice, Deeksha worked as an Associate and Of Counsel at Impact Law Ventures, a boutique law firm, and was catering to the dynamic legal requirements at the intersection of start-up, social enterprise, fundraising, sustainable development and non-profits. During the course of her professional journey, she has assisted the World Bank in collating inputs for assessing ease of doing business in India during 2014 and 2015; authored and co-authored articles on various platforms and conducted various legal workshops for start-ups and non-profits. She has also worked for a US based student NGO as a Board Member, South Asia and Academic Programs Director. Prior to venturing out on her professional journey, in 2013 Deeksha graduated from Amity Law School, Noida with a law degree and an all-rounder award for excellence in academics, sports and cultural activities. She likes reading and researching on various concepts in economics, particularly free markets and Austrian economics. She swims for meditation and travels for exploration and introspection.

 


Mrs. Pari Jhaveri

Pari Jhaveri leads the Financial Services, Sustainable Energy, Education, Non profit, Alternative and Emerging Markets practice at TRANSEARCH International. She holds a Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and graduate and masters degrees in psychology, social sciences and non-profit management from the University of Mumbai. Pari’s experience spans eighteen years across CXO and Board level executive search, leadership and board coaching, advertising and marketing, CSR advisory, social enterprises and business operations. Pari serves on boards of innovative non-profits and social enterprises such as Miracle Foundation and has also co-founded Katalyst, a social responsibility program that empowers girls from underprivileged backgrounds to fulfill their goals of higher education through skills and personality development and economic empowerment. Amongst Pari’s many accolades are the PR Week Asia Pacific Award, Asian Brand Marketing Effectiveness Award, Best Woman Entrepreneur Award by Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Edelweiss Social Innovation Awards. Pari is performing arts enthusiast trained in theatre and classical music.