OUR TEAM

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.

ALEXANDRA RATA

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Alexandra Rata, our Communications Manager, joined RIST in 2022. Alexandra is passionate about helping RIST communicate its mission. With five years of experience in communications and marketing, Alexandra’s goal is to raise awareness about global issues through her work. Alexandra has a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.

ASHIRA KHERA

PROGRAM MANAGER, MONITORING AND EVALUATION LEAD

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.

SAIFUL ISLAM

FINANCE PROGRAM MANAGER

Saiful Islam joined RIST at the Finance Program Manager in 2021. He brings over 25 years of experience in microfinance practitioner and energy lending expertise. Saiful has managed programs from concept to completion including providing support to businesses in starting and growing, building cross-functional teams, developing, and implementing business plans, managing budgets, and assessing organizational and operational activities to support decision making.

ANDREW HEYDUK

PROGRAM MANAGER

Andrew joined the RIST team as Program Manager in 2022. He has extensive experience leading humanitarian aid and development projects in the Balkans, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Andrew is passionate about improving the lives of others through well-designed programs and strong partnerships. He has an MSc in European and International Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in History from Miami University.