OUR STAFF

Aparna manages Enabling Leadership’s strategic grantmaking, partnership development and operations. Prior to joining Enabling Leadership, she worked for Mama Cash, the First International Women’s Fund, managing their Asia-Pacific portfolio. She has lived and worked in India, The Netherlands and China and brings to Enabling Leadership her experience in  Project Management, Grantmaking and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Aparna has a Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand and a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague.

Reha is a whole-brain practitioner who has been working in the development sector for over a decade with educators and students across the world. She is responsible for developing Enabling Leadership’s life-skills and value-based curriculum for children.

Before joining Enabling Leadership, Reha worked with organisations like the Aangan Trust and the Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF), where she led their international operations for leadership curriculum and training.

Reha has trained teachers and students in the UAE, Bangladesh, and Bhutan in leadership and global citizenship, and represented her organisations internationally at various forums and conferences including the Harvard Graduate School’s Project Zero, the International Leadership Association and the Whole Brain Creativity Conference.


Reha has a Masters degree in International Employment Relations & HR Management from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors degree in Economics from Delhi University.

Banderao Patwari manages Enabling Leadership’s flagship music and football programs in Dharwad, Karnataka. He has worked for over 27 years of in the development sector in the fields of education, natural resource management, youth empowerment, and grants making. He has successfully built strategic partnerships with government and non-government organisations.

Before joining Enabling Leadership, Patwari worked with organisations like Myrada, Prerana, Vidya Poshak, Akshara Foundation, Naandi Foundation, and Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre. He has founded five non-governmental organisations and a private limited company.

Patwari has a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Planning from the School of Development Planning (Pune) and a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.