FifthEstate’s core team consists of division heads and a core advisory team. All the members of the management team have multiple years of experience in different sectors including business advisory, technology and social development.

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pallavi_pic2Pallavi Gupta

Managing Director

Pallavi comes from a background of technology and development studies and is passionate about utilizing technology for development. She is a graduate from London School of Economics where she majored in open innovation techniques and technology for development in emerging economies. She has worked as a business consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and as a software engineer with IBM Software Labs, McAfee Software and Autodesk . She has more than nine years of experience of working in UK, Singapore and India and has worked on projects with DFID, USAID and Sida.

NickNick Saunders

Head of Business Development

Nick is a graduate from London School of Economics where he majored in designing information services, IT strategy and innovation management. He is an international analyst and consultant with experience in creating strategic solutions and serving diverse clients in UK, Germany, and US. He has experienced in Innovation Management, Product Innovation and Management, Collaborative services, Project Management and Social Media.

DSC_5227Venkitesh Ramakrishnan

Chief Advisor & Advocate

Venkitesh is the Associate Editor of Frontline, a leading fortnightly published by The Hindu group of publications. He is a renowned political journalist and has covered National Affairs extensively throughout the country. He has been heavily involved in activities regarding Development issues with special focus on empowerment of the socially and economically marginalized sections of the society. He’s also involved in reporting on broader socio-anthropological trends and other sociology related subjects with an emphasis on environment, health and tribal life.


Siddharth Chaturvedi

State Head, Uttar Pradesh

Siddharth, an entrepreneur himself, comes from marketing background. He has more than eight years of experience in Business Development of education and media, by effective business strategies. He has over the years worked across sectors in multiple districts in Uttar Pradesh and has worked with both business sector and government.

DurgaDurga Sahu

Project Manager, Uttar Pradesh

 A graduate of Political Science from Lucknow University, Durga is diligent, sincere & a keen learner. She has worked as a project coordinator and administrator in her earlier engagements across different sectors. She has managed and lead various events and has also been a key player in a challenging & creative environment. In her free time, Durga also work as a freelance content writer. She is a great team player and an ardent project manager.

aiAnita Issar

State Coordinator, Uttar Pradesh

Anita, a Post Graduate in Business Administration(HR) with a varied experience of more than 22 years in Corporate and Social Development Sector,Livelihood Promotion/ Health & Nutrition, Human Resource and General Administration having worked in MCI/Verizon Business, Mission Convergence/SSS(Govt. of NCT of Delhi) and CAP Foundation. She believes and practices to react positively to unexpected variances, delivering a culture of continual improvement and managing change.

image-1Ayush Gupta

M&E Coordinator, Uttar Pradesh

Ayush, an architecture graduate of Lucknow envisions a society where each and every sector of the community is able to realize equitable outcomes. An art enthusiast and a bibliophile, Ayush is a Bon Vivant as well as an efficient leader with past experiences in steering teams towards accomplishments. The youngest member in the team, Ayush is a keen learner and wishes to capacitate the society through his learnings and endeavors.

Abhishek Tiwari

Abhishek Tiwari

Technology Partner of FifthEstate  

Abhishek is MD of Abhitech, an IT consultancy firm that provides services to various government and non-government small and large enterprises in India, USA, Sweden, UK, Canada, Singapore and many more countries. Abhitech is a Technology partner of FifthEstate. In the last 10 years of operations Abhitech has worked with several state government organizations like Uttar Pradesh Awas Vikas Parishad, Uttar Pradesh State Biodiversity Board, Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti Arbi Urdu Farsi University, Uttar Pradesh Forest Department, District Administration Unnao, Uttar Pradesh Electronics Corporation Limited etc. The international clientele for Abhitech includes esteemed organized like The Kaplans Group (Europe), The Nordea Bank (Europe), Graduation Solutions LP (USA), Harvard Drug Group (USA), King Abdullah Medical University (Saudi Arabia), University of Queensland (Australia), The Alternet (Slovenia) etc.