Meet Our People
Get to know the Cuddles team
Purnota Dutta Bahl
In 2012, with a successful career as head of marketing with a leading internet based company, Purnota was still a donor at TATA Memorial Hospital. But a visit to see the facility and several meetings with the social wing there exposed her to the issue of malnutrition affecting the treatment of children with cancer. This triggered her on a journey to start Cuddles Foundation in 2013.
Priti spent a lifetime in risk management, banking, product management before calling it quits to spend time with her young daughter. Priti joined Cuddles to lead our programs, run day-to-day operations and help us maximise our impact and efficiency. Outside of work, she loves retreating to her collection of Hindi Ghazals and Sufi music.
Joining the team as the Chief Financial Officer, Tanvi brings with her, her varied experience from both the world of finance and the non-profit sector across the world. After taking a break to spend time with her two young daughters, she has returned to work with Cuddles Foundation for a cause close to her heart. She holds a Masters degree in Finance from the UK and a Bachelors (Hons) degree in Economics.
Aparna joined Cuddles as Executive Director in 2015 after working at Goldman Sachs in the US and Merrill Lynch in Switzerland in the technology, private banking and wealth portfolio management sectors. Her entrepreneurial streak has led her to start and lead a language academy and a networking group for professional women. As a part of the senior leadership team at Cuddles, Aparna brings her zing and energy to a variety of roles including fundraising, strategy and management. An art aficionado and a fashion enthusiast, when she's not busy growing Cuddles' wings in North India, she spends her time travelling, reading and bringing up her young kids.
Jasmita grew up in Bhuvaneshwar and worked in Singapore with some of the best design houses in the world for brands like Muji and Zara. She brings her decade-long global experience, to manage our partner and beneficiary relationships. Jasmita is the bridge between our doctors, nutritionists and donors and keeps a hawk’s eye on the delivery of our programs. She’s also our resident party planner!
Uma worked for 10 years in advertising before finding her calling as a special educator and working with kids with special needs. Overseeing expansion, Uma is helping us take our services to the most needy areas across the country while keeping a check on the wellbeing of our nutritionists. When not making new connections for Cuddles, Uma spends time with her family in the outskirts of Madurai or Goa.
Bhavna has spent close to 20 years with healthcare and banking brands. A CRM whiz, she brings her obsession with results, can-do attitude and her management skills to our donor relationships. Mother to a beautiful daughter, Bhavna is also a certified Advanced Mountaineer from WHMI, Manali. When not deepening our engagement with donors, she’s busy planning her next trip to the mountains.
Our in-house guide to healthy eating and lifestyle, Nikita holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics and has a decade-long experience of working in the field of nutrition. Her warm presence and zen-like attitude is a calming influence on all the nutritionists or ‘her girls’ as she likes to call them. Nikita is our Head Nutritionist keeping a firm leash on the quality of our counsel.
Suhani has been instrumental in setting up our Bengaluru Chapter. She coordinates and implements the operations with a team of consultants and volunteers. An MBA from Cardiff University, Wales, she was a Public Relations professional working with leading brands in India before deciding to use her skills, knowledge and network for Cuddles. A trained Bharatanatyam dancer, Suhani finds her calm in practicing yoga and Buddhism.
Chumki graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with honors from Magadh University in Patna. She also holds a diploma from All India Educational & Vocational Teachers Training. Chumki is our eyes and ears in Lucknow, keeping a check on our service delivery there.
Meet the Trustees
Neeraj is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 17 years of experience. He started his career with erstwhile Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young before he charting his own practice. His domains range from auditing, income-tax, service tax, FEMA, international tax and transfer pricing. Besides being the Founder and CEO of his company, Neeraj is also the Chief Financial Officer of Cuddles.
Gunjan Bahl is Chief Investment Officer at LOGOS. Prior to this he was Vice President, Private Equity – Real Estate (PERE) Group at GIC, a Sovereign Wealth Fund, for 4 years, and Executive Director with J.P. Morgan Asset Management in the PERE group for 9 years. He also holds an MBA with a specialization in Finance and Marketing from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.