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.
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.
Anjali is a Brand Strategist & Coach for Organisational Alignment based in Singapore. She's been helping businesses and brands grow over the last two decades. Anjali's search for meaningful impact beyond her work led her to Cuddles in 2017. Since then, she’s been a staunch supporter and volunteer of the FoodHeals mission helping take our ideas to the good people of Singapore. Amongst many other things, she spearheads our fundraising through an annual signature event in the city.
Anand is an aeronautical engineer from IIT Madras, and a double graduate from IIM Calcutta and London Business School. He spent 25 years in the financial industry before throwing in his hat for a more empathy-driven role in life. He has the unique distinction of being the only man on the rolls in Cuddles. Anand brings his rich knowledge and experience to optimise our financial operations so that we deliver maximum impact to children and value to our donors. When not working, he’s off to the mountains or running a marathon
Our Head of Major Gifts, Shiulee, has spent 14 years in the financial service industry. She says that since her father worked in the Indian Railways, she had the opportunity to travel a lot growing up. Today, she continues the journey with her husband and her son.
Having finished her Masters in Food, Nutrition and Dietetic, Kruti worked as a Nutrigenomic Counsellor for 5 years before joining Cuddles to manage our nutritionists across 28 hospitals and 19 cities. Our Manager - Nutritionists, of course, likes to explore new eateries and try different cuisines. Kruti also loves Whisky - her Maltipoo pup.
Having graduated from St. Xavier’s College with a Major in Physics, Elston chose to pursue writing in tech companies. He brings in 4+ years of experience in Marketing and Communications to support the team for anything communications, social media, collaborations and conversations related. Elston has a soft spot for children and has followed our cause for a while. He’s an avid reader and loves watching movies in his spare time.
Shivani is as an Associate Program Manager at Cuddles. She made the switch from big pharma to nutrition to pursue her interest in public health. Armed with an MBA, Shivani brings structure to our Monthly Giving program and grant writing. She wears many hats (including a black belt in karate!) and brings her infectious optimism to our fundraising team.
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.