” The founders of Ray Of Hope International have been raising funds for various charities over the past several years through the Annual Charity Dance Recitals hosted by Nava Nritya Dance Academy and have raised $100,000+ for various charities in India and USA. “
Ray of Hope International Foundation (a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization) is a global charity focused on raising funds for underprivileged children and families in the USA and India. Ray of Hope will also develop its own programs to have a strong social impact.
Our mission is to support a wide range of charitable organizations and special causes in targeted communities to foster, enhance, and empower socio-economical, educational, financial, cultural, creative, and intellectual growth of the underprivileged by focusing on utmost specific needs and projects.
To be able to make a more direct contribution to specific needs and programs that various organizations struggle with (e.g. sanitation in rural areas in India, vocational training/apprenticeship), this foundation was launched.
Additionally, for smaller Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in India who are not registered in USA, Ray of Hope will be the gateway to wonderful supporters, donors, patrons, volunteers and friends like you to help them advance their impactful social causes.
This organization is governed by a Board Of Directors and supported by a dedicated group of committee members who have a wide range of expertise and experience to help this organization grow.
Anwesha has several years of extensive experience in healthcare strategy and is currently an Information Systems executive at Universal Health Services, a fortune 500 company and one of the largest healthcare systems in the US .
Hemang is a seasoned business professional specializing in the areas of marketing, sales and business administration. Currently, he is the global program director for the award-winning SAP Social Sabbatical portfolio, within SAP’s CSR organization.
Sumit Gulati, BS will serve as the Secretary on the board. Sumit has experience and expertise in financial, marketing, sales and operations in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry.
Committee Members and Advisors
› Andrea Howard
› Anitha Kannan
› Antara Dutta
› Anuja Dokras, MD
› Arnab Mukherjee
› Deanne Caputo
› John Truchel
› Marlowe Schaffer-Polk, DO, JD
› Mahendra Desai
› Shubhda Roy
› Sara Sawant
› Arnav Jagasia
› Nava Nritya Dance Academy family
Bios of the Board Members
Co-Founder & President
Anwesha Dutta, BS, MBA: Anwesha is an Information Systems executive at Universal Health Services, a fortune 500 company and one of the largest healthcare systems in the US. Before UHS, Anwesha has been a visionary executive at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Healthcare Transformation consulting practice for more than a decade and prior to that she was at CHOP. She has 16 years of healthcare technology experience and has led complex engagements for senior executives at large health systems focused on digital transformation. While at PwC, she participated in the award-winning global leadership program for top performing directors, Genesis Park, and was awarded the Minority Business Leader award by Philadelphia Business Journal.
She is the artistic director of Nava Nritya Dance Academy (www.navanritya.org), which she founded in 2004 as a hobby. Her academy has been training 60-70 students per year at all levels and performs all year round at various prestigious venues. The academy has raised $325,000+ for various charities including Ray of Hope through its annual shows and other events. She also serves on the board of directors at Inglis, a skilled nursing facility for the disabled and long-time Ray of Hope partner.
VP & Treasurer
Hemang Desai, BS, MBA: Hemang is a seasoned business professional specializing in the areas of corporate social responsibility (CSR), marketing, sales and business management. Currently, he is the global program director for the award-winning SAP Social Sabbatical portfolio, within SAP’s CSR organization, responsible for end-to-end management of the pro bono volunteering programs. He started his career as a marketing professional having held various leadership roles within the global marketing organization at SAP & previously, at the Philadelphia Inquirer, before following his passion to move into the CSR organization.
Hemang has served as the Treasurer and Manager of Nava Nritya Dance Academy (www.navanritya.org) for the past 15+ years and has successfully worked with various charities to help raise funds for the underprivileged in India and the USA. His key responsibilities within Ray of Hope are around financial management, fundraising, internal operations and relationship management with partner organizations.
Sumit Gulati, BS will serve as the Secretary on the board. Sumit has experience and expertise in financial, marketing, sales and operations in the hotel, restaurant and catering industry. Over the last ten years Sumit has organized and managed large and small events. In the last five years he has been involved in charitable fundraising for the Nava Nritya Dance Academy. Currently, Sumit is working with a leading Managed Services company in Philadelphia handling $4 million in annual revenue.