We are just getting started. But, we are fortunate to be surrounded by an ecosystem of advisers, supporting organisations and well-wishers. We believe that our ecosystem is our everything.

Anish Malpani

Anish brings over 8 years of experience in finance, strategy, operations, impact and data across three continents.

At Ashaya, he drives operations, finance and strategy, while supporting our research and development.

Jitendra Samdani

Jitendra has completed his PhD in Energy Science and Engineering from DGIST in Daegu, South Korea, and has contributed to 11 peer-reviewed publications in electro-chemistry and materials science.

At Ashaya, he leads research and development focused on waste-to-value solutions.

Tejaswini Borawade

Tejaswini has her Masters in Chemical and Biotechnology from Pune University. She brings in work experience from both the private sector and academia.

At Ashaya, she supports our overall research process, while adding a different dimension to the mix with her background in biotechnology.

Manali Kulkarni

Manali has her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Pune University. She has always been passionate about waste management and brings some college-intrapreneurial experience to the mix.

At Ashaya, she works on polymer science and extrusion, while also supporting the overall research process.


Our advisors keep us sane. Their minds give us the direction and truth we constantly seek.

Dr Vaibhav Gaikwad

Vaibhav has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle in Australia, and currently works as a Sustainability Consultant at Edge Environment in Sydney. His insights on our science have been invaluable.

Jayant Pai

Mr Pai is the founder of Protoprint, a social enterprise in Pune that also converts plastic waste into 3D-printing filament. His knowledge around all that in the local context has been super helpful.

Richa Agarwal

Richa is finishing her Masters in Environmental Sustainability from UPenn. We’ve not met anybody else who knows so much about the waste management space in India and the world. But more importantly, she keeps us honest.

Adv Pradeep Malpani

Adv Pradeep Malpani has over 40 years of experience in corporate law and public affairs. He is also an honorary director of Ashaya and keeps our principles sound.

Dr K.R. Malpani

Dr Malpani has over 30 years of experience in medicine, including helping set up two hospitals in two countries. He understands the psyche of the founder like nobody else.


The work we do is complex, and we would struggle without our support system. So these aren’t just logos that fill a page, they are supporters we are genuinely grateful for.

Diversity of thought is important to us and we will always seek it. We are always looking for people who can challenge us and add value in areas we don’t have expertise in. If you think you fit that mould, don’t hesitate to email us.


Truth, Grit and Optimism are what we aspire to embody. And those aren’t just words, they mean a lot more to us:

The pursuit of truth drives our vision and our mission. It drives the way we work on both a macro and micro level.

On a macro level, a core truth that drives us is that we, as humans, yearn justice. Poverty is one of the greatest man-made injustices. We seek knowledge to better understand, challenge and process this and other core truths. We challenge the status quo if the status quo goes against the truth we believe. Fairness is of the essence.

On a micro, operational level, it means that we believe and practice radical transparency. We are highly self-aware of our strengths and our weaknesses. We are data-driven, measuring what is measurable while being cognisant of its limitations.

We are compassionately honest.

We work hard and we work smart. We are obsessed with long-term productivity and constantly strive towards optimal decision-making.

We believe in innovation that drives outcomes, and not in innovation just for the sake of innovation. So, in that, we are outcome-focused as an entity while embracing our mistakes as stepping stones towards progress – we aim to foster psychological safety coupled with accountability. Outcomes matter, and processes also matter.

We believe in calculated risk-taking with a focus on long-term gratification.

We strive for excellence, we are constantly learning and we don’t give up easily.

We believe that we can create positive change. We trust and give people the benefit of the doubt because we believe most humans are decent.

We find joy in the work we do while addressing the seriousness of the goal we strive to achieve. We are not limited by norms.

We believe optimism is a “can-do” mentality based in reality, not blind faith.

There is always room for hope.


Ashaya is not just another social enterprise or non-profit or start-up. We are an amalgamation of all that and a lot more.

Our why, our values, our guiding principles and our mission are absolute pillars in our journey to make deep, meaningful impact.

Right now, we are a small team of two, so our work culture is evolving as we speak. We don’t believe in hierarchy and are attempting to build a self-management environment.

We believe the following traits are currently fuelling our evolution:


We know we are moving quickly, but it still feels too slow. We want to move faster. We want to compress many years of research into one. But at the same time, we don’t want to break things along the way. Help us find our pace.


We are outcome-focused. By that we mean it doesn’t really matter how many hours you work, it’s what you do with those hours that matters. Work hours are flexible. Our outcomes, not as much.


We are super transparent. There’s no point in sweeping conflicts under a rug. We don’t have much to hide from each other and are consistently evaluating our work, our feelings and our differences. We are our biggest critics.


No task is too small or too big for any of us to do. At the same time, we play to our strengths, optimizing for the greater goal we are seeking to achieve, all the while keeping our minds open to diverse perspectives.