Board of Trustees


Our Team


Navkshitij has a team of individuals who are committed to change the lives of mentally challenged adults.


Dr. Neelima Desai – President


Neelima has been recognized with several awards for creating awareness about the welfare of mentally challenged individuals. 


Neelima was an Ayurveda practitioner for more than 25 years. She holds a Ph.D., a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) degree, and a Diploma in Naturopathy.

She is a columnist, trekker and an enthusiast of outdoor activities.


Dr. C. R. Desai – Vice President 


Dr. Desai is a surgeon with more than 30 years of experience. An alumnus of the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune, he holds a Master of Surgery in ENT. He has been practising Acupressure (Shiatsu) since 1980.


Dr. Desai is the Director of Shiatsu Research and Training Institute, and Sat- Äyushi Institute of Enhanced Living.

He is a researcher and prolific writer. He has authored three books.  


Vasudha Divekar – Secretary 

Vasudha ensures the smooth functioning of the Navkshitij residential campus. 

She was an active volunteer at Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram and Prism Foundation. She has also worked with Dr. Shirish Ratnaparkhi for the well-being of mentally challenged patients and with Jaishree Phadke for the welfare of slum children.

Vasudha is a Rashtrabhasha Pandit. She holds a Secondary Teacher’s Course certificate and a Certificate in Physical Education. 


Suneel Kulkarni – Treasurer

Suneel has more than 30 years of experience in managing residential and institutional projects at Mumbai, Pune, and Nashik.

He has a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree and ICWA (Inter) certification.






Mr. C. E. Potnis has more than 25 years of senior leadership experience in global companies. He has served on the boards of companies in India, Dubai and Muscat. He is the founder and managing director of Nitor Infotech Pvt. Ltd., a global IT services company headquartered in Pune.

Mr. Potnis is an alumnus of IIT (Bombay) and holds an M.Sc. degree.




Dr. Anand Dixit manages a hospital with ICU facilities. He was felicitated by the Mayor of Pune for his contribution to healthcare for over 30 years.

He holds a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) degree.




Adv. Sujata Kulkarni holds an LL.B., LL.M. and a Diploma in Cyber Laws from the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune.





Kanaka Cadambi is an editorial consultant. She has more than 30 years of experience at national dailies, community newspapers, publishing institutions such as Macmillan India Ltd. and NGOs.  

 Kanaka is the Head of Publications at Shiatsu Research and Training Institute. She holds a Master’s degree in Arts and a Diploma in journalism.