Mrs. Indu Rawat, Founder



Mrs. Indu Rawat has been Trustee of the Rural India Supporting Trust since 2009. She is passionate about improving the lives of the millions of poor across India. She believes that it is a human right to have access to clean water, nutrition and healthcare, regardless of disability, gender, age or creed. Children should have access to creative and quality education, and people with disabilities lead inclusive and productive lives.

Her direction and vision have shaped RIST’s mission from its early days. Indu grew up in Dehra Dun and has always had great love for her home state. She has made Uttarakhand a key state for Rural India Supporting Trust and the Trust has implemented health, education and economic schemes across the state. Indu continues to play an active role, visiting with grantees and talking to people. Their experiences shape the future of an organization that works with partners across the country. With The Hans Foundation as a main implementing partner, RIST activities have benefited over 300,000 people. “To bring about positive change, we must pay attention to the story of every person”.

Shweta Rawat, Managing Director



Since 2009, Shweta has guided RIST towards its key goal of improving the quality of life for people across India. She has emphasized the importance of enhancing the economy in impoverished communities, as a key element in health as well as income generation. Shweta’s interest in disability rights has made it a cross-sector focal point for the organization. She lives in New York with her two daughters, husband and English bulldog.

Paul Glick, Executive Director



Paul Glick, Executive Director of RIST, joined the team in 2014. He is a career International Development professional that has designed, executed and monitored programs for public, private and government entities. Prior to joining RIST, Paul lived and worked in a variety of environments and contexts which allowed him to gain the perspective necessary to understand and implement programming which focuses on improving quality of life.

Prachee Sinha, Program Manager



Prachee came to RIST in 2019 after more than a decade of working with non-profit organizations in India and the United States. As the Program Manager at RIST she manages relationships with partners and a substantial portfolio of grants. Her approach to philanthropy and grant-making emerges out of her work on urban poverty, human rights and policy research. Her Master’s Thesis at Brandeis University made actionable policy recommendations towards the Right to Water for the Urban Poor in India.

Ashira Khera, Program Manager



Ashira is a Program Manager and Monitoring and Evaluation Lead at RIST. She conducts research activities with an aim to integrate M&E into the fabric of RIST’s work to best inform its decision making. Prior to joining RIST, Ashira held several roles at nonprofits working on financial inclusion, social emotional and youth learning as well as education and food policy. She has a M.A in International Relations from Harvard University and a B.S in Software Engineering from San Jose State University.