Team

The fellowship is a commune and that reflects in our team too. Our super alumni have come back and give the fuel to the engine. Meet the core team behind India Fellow. Click on image to view LinkedIn profile.


rahul-nainwalRahul Nainwal, coFounder is a serial social entrepreneur. In 2001 he cofounded iVolunteer and introduced the concept of formal volunteering in India. He has done pioneering work in placing Indian volunteers across the country as well as overseas (through his intra-venture iVolunteer Overseas in 2004) and international volunteers in India. With the next initiative in 2010, the India Fellow program (called ICICI Fellows – initially supported by the ICICI Foundation) Rahul led the learning component of the then first of its kind fellowship in India. He is also the founder of UnLtd Delhi – a launchpad for social entrepreneurs in Delhi-NCR and Cashrelief which is experimenting with direct cash tranfers in India.

A TED Fellow, Rahul is an alumnus of Institute of Rural Management IRMA and THNK – The Amsterdam school of creative leadership. His expertise lies in entrepreneurship and design thinking. He also is a marathon runner, a cyclist and avid trekker.


anupama-painAnupama Pain, coFounder and an ICICI Fellow from the founding cohort, is with the program from 2014. She has her 4 years in corporate finance consulting, after a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from Mumbai University and a Leadership Essentials course from Harvard Business School.

Between 2010 to 2014, she worked on participatory program design, piloting and dissemination for Self Help Group federations in areas of rural finance, capacity building and pro poor value chains with Chaitanya. Work locations include Western Ghats, Vidarbha region and Uttarakhand. She also has experience of setting up an enterprise – FreshFromFarms, which connected farmer groups from rural Pune to urban consumers in Mumbai housing societies.

She is an active volunteer and takes up development consultancy projects from time to time.


nikita-dcruzNikita D’cruz, 2010 ICICI Fellow, studied sociology  in Xavier’s in Mumbai. During her fellowship, she worked with Samarthan, in Madhya Pradesh towards participatory governance and advocacy around MNREGA. Post that, she went on to pursue the Young India Fellowship, followed by a Masters in Urban Policy from Tata Institute Of Social Sciences. While she spent some time working with an Affordable Housing company, she is a urban governance activist at heart, having worked with the Jaagore Campaign, Loksatt Andolan and the Aam Aadmi Party in areas of urban reforms and decentralized governance.

Looking for patterns amidst structures and relationships is what she likes doing best. They give her the stories she likes to think and eventually write about. Currently she is full-time engaged in the team with the overall coordination and learning design.


A core team of alumni from across the cohorts support the team pro-bono in key processes like outreach, selection, training and partnership building. It is also helped by all of iVolunteer’s team from across all the 6 cities where they are located.