Neeraj Agarwala

Trustee & CFO

Neeraj is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 17 years of experience. He started his career with erstwhile Arthur Andersen and then with Ernst & Young before he started his own practice. He has developed expertise in practice domains ranging from auditing, income-tax, service tax to FEMA. His specialization is International Tax and Transfer Pricing. He has advised and represented leading multinational and transnational players on various complex issues at different forums.

Gunjan Bahl

Trustee and Advisor

Gunjan Bahl is the Vice President at Private Equity – Real Estate (PERE) Group at GIC, a Sovereign Wealth Fund, in the Mumbai office since October 2015. Prior to this he was an Executive Director with J.P. Morgan Asset Management in the PERE group and worked there for 9 years. He also holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance and Marketing from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Ajay Poddar

Advisory Board Member – CTO

Ajay, an avid traveler, is an Internet evangelist in open source technologies. When not travelling, he heads the engineering team of He has been unleashing the power of web from the last 17 years. Technology is not only his profession, but his passion; and when not diving in the deep sea of technology, Ajay likes to explore the pearls of financial economics. Forever smiling and happy to help, beyond technology, Ajay is also passionate about cars.

Dr. Brijesh Arora

Advisory Board Member – Medical Advisor

Dr. Brijesh Arora is Professor in Pediatric Oncology and immediate past convener of Pediatric Hemato-Lymphoid disease management group at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India. Dr. Arora has done his post graduation in Pediatrics from Delhi University and has done his DM (fellowship) in Medical & Pediatric Oncology from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. He has done his training in Pediatric hematology Oncology and BMT from Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He is actively involved in pediatric oncology clinical research and has done his formal postgraduate training in clinical research at Bombay college of Pharmacy. He is also the national managing committee member of Indian Cancer Society, medical advisor to Cuddles foundation and treasurer of Mumbai Hematology group. He is honorary Trustee of Indian Cooperative oncology network (ICON) & chair of ICON Pediatric subcommittee.

Nidhi Ramachandran

Advisory Board Member

Currently, Nidhi heads the 1SF business. With over 12 years of diverse experience in human resources and consulting, spanning total rewards, organization design and structuring and competency assessment in various organisations, Nidhi is passionate about using her skills and helping Cuddles further its cause.

Abhishek Goel

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder – Cactus Communications

Advisory Board Member

After a chance encounter with a Japanese professor who needed support in editing his research paper, Abhishek co-founded Cactus Communications in 2002 with a focus on providing English editing services (though the service brand Editage) for researchers in Japan. 

Today CACTUS is a pioneering global scientific communications company with offices in Mumbai, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, London and Philadelphia. Cactus ranked first as India’s Great Mid-Size Workplaces, 2017 by the Great Places to Work Institute.

Abhishek brings to CACTUS entrepreneurial vision; a rich, in-depth understanding of customer expectations and needs; and strong leadership and business development skills. A long supporter of Cuddles, Abhishek mentors Cuddles with his immense wisdom in organizational growth, entrepreneurial vision, leadership and business development skills and strategy.

Neerja Birla

Entrepreneur, mother and philanthropist

Advisory Board Member


Neerja Birla’s endless love for children is reflected in her role as Chairperson of The Aditya Birla World Academy and The Aditya Birla Integrated School. Both high-ranking schools in India; while one is the 6th best international school in the country, the latter is ranked No. 1 in India under the Schools for Special Needs by Education Today.

She is the Founder and Chairperson of Mpower, a movement that aims to affect a positive change in the attitudes towards mental health. Neerja has also been honoured with the Icon of Excellence Award by FICCI-FLO – Sambhavaa, as well as the Woman of Excellence Award by FICCI’s Ladies Wing.

Holding an Honors Bachelor Degree in Psychology from the University of Derby, she is married to Kumar Mangalam Birla and is the proud mother of three successful and loving children.

To Cuddles, Neerja brings her love for children, and her astute vision and strategic direction to our daily operations.

Mr. Prem Mehta

Advisory Board Member

He was awarded the Hall of Fame by the Advertising Agencies of India and the Advertising Club-Calcutta. He is currently the Chairman of the NORTHPOINT Centre of Learning, which he founded. This evolved from his special interest in the development of young talent to help them build productive careers within the industry.

Reshma Surana

Advisory Board Member

Reshma carries out her family business, Surana Jewellers, which is an intrinsic part of our city’s heritage. Over the years, Surana Jewellers has perfected the art form and handed the craft down generations creating masterpieces reminiscent of the royal bygone era.what the meaning of life was and after deep reflection, realized that for her, it meant helping others. One will often find her talking about how she can find nothing more fulfilling or joyous. After she heard about Cuddles’ story, she was inspired by the organisation and its work. It is her wish to be of great service to the organization and the beautiful children it helps.

Vandana Pai

Partner, Bharucha & Partners

Advisory Board Member

Vandana has over 14 years of legal experience. She did her Bachelor in Law from National Law School, Bangalore and her Masters at Columbia Law School, New York. She is a partner at Bharucha & Partners and her practice areas include Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, General Corporate and Employment Law. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer for Private Equity in India.

Vandana holds our legal torch, making sure we are transparent and compliant, always.

Viji Venkatesh

Advisory Board Member

Viji Venkatesh brings with her 28 years of professional experience in cancer patient care and support in her role as Country Head India at The Max Foundation. Through the years, Viji has served many community leadership roles in the cancer care arena; including her time as the Asia Coordinator for the International Union against Cancer (UICC) where she developed and led symposiums, workshops and learning programs. She was also instrumental in help setting up the Preventive Oncology Department at Tata Memorial Hospital in 1991, where she has contributed to the renowned institute as an active member of its Ethics Committee. In 2009, Viji was awarded the Scroll of Honor for her outstanding contribution in the field of Social Service from the Health Minister of Bihar at the World Cancer Day Celebration in Patna, India.

Shalini Jatia

Mentor and Guide

Shalini is the Secretary of ImPaCCT Foundation, which is the Pediatric Foundation of Tata Memorial Hospital. As Secretary, she uses her network and social skills to reach out to wealthy individuals and the business community to make charitable donations towards pediatrics. She is committed to ensure that each and every child walking into the hospital gets the best treatment possible as well as holistic support for a complete cure. She was awarded the prestigious Contributions to Society award by the Honorable Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi’s political organization, Friends of NaMo for her unwavering commitment to society. Shalini is also an active member of the Abandonment Working Group in the Pediatric Oncology Group of Developing Countries and is involved with the development of software that helps keep track of patients. Additionally, she has contributed richly, as a Member of the Ethics Review Board for clinical trials.