About Us

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Our Story


Six years ago, Dr. Neil Patel decided to look beyond his home state of California and apply his Stanford University Ph.D. researchto pressing problems in international development. He arrived in India, and found that communications platforms driven by basic phones and medium of voice could overcome basic barriers of literacy and language to both disseminate content and collect data. His thesis on a prototype for such a system for small farmers in Gujarat soon became one of the most referenced in the ICT4D space. His advisor, Dr. Tapan Parikh at UC, Berkeley, suggested he start a company to scale the clear impact this system could have on the way rural communications worked in the development sector. Awaaz.De was born in Ahmedabad.

Our Team


Dr. Neil Patel

CEO / Co-Founder

Dr. Neil Patel is co-founder and CEO of Awaaz.De. Born and raised in California, Dr. Neil holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He completed his dissertation on ... Read More

Dr. Tapan Parikh

Chief Scientist / Co-Founder

Dr. Tapan Parikh is an Associate Professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Tapan's research interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), mobile computing, paper and voice UIs and information technologies.... Read More

Sonali Mehta-Rao

Chief Growth Officer

Sonali is passionate about products and business models that solve social problems, and loves building start-ups. Prior to Awaaz.De, Sonali co-founded Mela Artisans, a social enterprise working to provide a sustainable global market..... Read More

Bhaumik Shah

VP - Operations

Bhaumik brings in experience of technology innovation and understanding of socio-economic environment in developing economies for providing mobile phone based services. He holds MBA in Rural Management and is passionate about deploying... Read More

Nikhil Navadiya

Full-Stack Developer

Nikhil is a full-stack engineer with a deep passion for building usable, functional & pretty web applications. He is responsible for working on all aspects of development, management, maintanance and product launch. He holds his MS in information technology .... Read More

Shital Shah

Consultant - Business Development

Shital Shah believes that real magic emerges at the intersections of sectors, issues, geographies, and technologies. She has worked at the intersection of private and public sectors for a decade, with international organizations, consulting firms, social .... Read More

Purvi Thaker

Engagement Manager

Purvi, our Engagement Manager, is originally from Ahmedabad. She holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from University of Calgary, Canada and a Master of Arts in Economics from Gujarat University, India. A passionate social worker, she has worked in past with various nonprofits and educational institutions... Read More

Elliot Rosenberg

VP - Business Development

Elliot’s life mission is to use business to fight poverty, and he’s inspired by Awaaz.De’s potential to reach millions of users in developing countries. Previously he founded and led Brazilian homestay network Favela Experience, offering cultural immersion to travelers while... Read More

Kapil Rupavatiya

Software Engineer

Kapil is originally from Junagadh. He finished his Master's degree in Information and Technology from DA-IICT Gandhinagar. He started his career with Awaaz De as an intern and has worked on various internal projects. He contributes significantly towards new projects and internal analytic systems... Read More

Siddhartha Swarup

Strategic Advisor

Siddhartha Swarup is communication specialist, an entrepreneur, writer and a serial innovator. An MBA by education, he has worked across 16 countries in 4 continents. Through his 17-year career he has managed diverse organizations and projects, led them through change and growth, set up one of the leading... Read More

Drishty Raichura

Engagement Associate

Since childhood Drishty had an inclination to work for social sector which brought her to work with us. She loves projects related to education. Prior to Awaaz.De, Drishty has worked with a non-profit and Department of Education, Government of Gujarat. She completed her MBA in Finance from Gujarat and... Read More

Dipan Panchal

Engagement Executive

Dipan is originally from Ahmedabad and pursuing his studiesin B.Com. Before joining Awaaz.De he was involved with an International BPO as an operational executive. He loves learning new technologies and adapts changes very quick.Apart from work he enjoys reading and photography.

Jaydeepsinh Sarvaiya

Software Engineer

Jaydeep is from Gondal, Rajkot. His friends call him JD. He did M.Sc (IT) from DA-IICT, Gandhinagar. He likes data-structures, algorithms and solving analytical problems. He loves music and folk dance (Garba,Hudo,etc.). He is also a state level basketball player, intermediate player of ... Read More

Varsha Teckchandani

Software Engineer

Varsha is originally from Ajmer, Rajasthan. She has spent her childhood in several different places and finally the journey subsided at Ahmedabad. She did Bachelors in Information and Communication Technology at Institute of Engineering and Technology. Other than work her heart stands close to traveling and food.

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