About Us

230+ Clients & Partners, 12 Countries, 680,000 Unique Listeners

Our Story

Six years ago, Dr. Neil Patel decided to look beyond his home state of California and apply his Stanford University Ph.D. researchto pressing problems in international development. He arrived in India, and found that communications platforms driven by basic phones and medium of voice could overcome basic barriers of literacy and language to both disseminate content and collect data. His thesis on a prototype for such a system for small farmers in Gujarat soon became one of the most referenced in the ICT4D space. His advisor, Dr. Tapan Parikh at UC, Berkeley, suggested he start a company to scale the clear impact this system could have on the way rural communications worked in the development sector. Awaaz.De was born in Ahmedabad.

Our Team

Dr. Neil Patel

CEO / Co-Founder

Dr. Neil Patel is co-founder and CEO of Awaaz.De. Born and raised in California, Dr. Neil holds bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Business from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He completed his dissertation on ... Read More

Dr. Tapan Parikh

Chief Scientist / Co-Founder

Dr. Tapan Parikh is an Associate Professor at the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Tapan's research interests include human-computer interaction (HCI), mobile computing, paper and voice UIs and information technologies.... Read More

Sonali Mehta-Rao

Chief Growth Officer / Co-Founder

Sonali is passionate about products and business models that solve social problems, and loves building start-ups. Prior to Awaaz.De, Sonali co-founded Mela Artisans, a social enterprise working to provide a sustainable global market..... Read More

Gaurav Bhandari

Vice President Business Development

Gaurav has 14 plus years of work experience across multiple sectors in India and internationally. He has worked with Voltas (Tata Group), NDA (Law Firm), Greenlight Planet (a PE funded US HQ'ed company) and Margdarshan (a rural markets focused... Read More

Hardik Dhebar

Senior Manager - Finance, Compliance & Procurement

Hardik has experience of working as a Research Associate with IIM-Ahmedabad in the field of F&A area, and brings his experience of independent project handling and financial Analysis to the table... Read More

Kapil Rupavatiya

Head Of Engineering

Kapil is originally from Junagadh. He finished his Master's degree in Information and Technology from DA-IICT Gandhinagar. He started his career with Awaaz De as an intern and has worked on various internal projects. He contributes significantly towards new projects ... Read More


Merin Jacob


Merin graduated from St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam and attained her MBA from DCSMAT, Vagamon. She has 6 years of work experience. She started her career in 2015 with a Mumbai-based media company in B2B sales as a Media Solution Executive. In 2016, Read More

Drishty Raichura

Senior Client Success Manager

Since childhood Drishty had an inclination to work for social sector which brought her to work with us. She loves projects related to education. Prior to Awaaz.De, Drishty has worked with a non-profit and Department of Education, Government of Gujarat. She ... Read More


Devina Vaid


Devina is interested in implementing technology-focused solutions for the bottom of the pyramid. She was drawn to the critical role Awaaz.De plays in doing this in India’s financial inclusion sector. She started her career in BlackRock’s U.S. ... Read More

Dipan Panchal

Client Success Associate

Dipan is originally from Ahmedabad and pursuing his studies in Master of Commerce. Before joining Awaaz.De he was involved with an International BPO as an operational executive. He loves learning new technologies and adapts changes very quick... Read More

Leanne Fernandes

Client Success Manager

Known to have kept off the beaten path, Leanne has over 7 years of experience in the IT and BFSI sectors. She started her career with Money Factor Financial Services Private Limited, a startup, as an Equity Advisor Dealer.She has led multiple project transitions at leading MNCs like IBM ... Read More


Priya Jain

Finance Associate

Priya is from Rajasthan but born and brought up in Ahmedabad. She is a post graduate in Business Administration from GLS University in the field of finance and marketing with international immersion experience at California Baptist University. Read More


Jaydip Kamani

Senior Software Engineer

Jaydip is from Rajkot. He has completed his M.tech. in Computer Science and has 4 year of experience as back end developer in Java and related frameworks. Apart from work he loves to solve problems and solve Rubik's cube. He also likes watching web series and reading books.


Ashwini Pillai

Software Engineer

Ashwini holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science And Engineering.She has worked for a year as a Back end Java Developer prior to joining AwaazDe. She has an immense appreciation for good stories whether it be in a book or on screen.


Arpit Patel

Software Engineer

Arpit Patel comes from a town called Lunawada, Gujarat. He is currently pursuing B.Tech degree from DA-IICT and has joined Awaaz De as an intern. He is passionate about bringing quality life to rural people using his ICT knowledge. He is passionate about cricket and also... Read More


Pooja Langhnoda

Software Engineer

Pooja is originally from Rajkot. She graduated in the field of Information and communication from IET and secured Mtech in ICT from DAIICT, Gandhinagar. She has done various projects in the field of Machine Learning. She loves watching web series and reading books.


Drashti Gohil

Client Success Associate

Drashti is originally from Ahmedabad. She has done her Master's with specialization in marketing from Gujarat. Prior to Awaaz.De, she has worked with ICICI Prudential and Yes Bank in the BFSI sector. Drashti firmly believes in learning new experiences every... Read More


Arisha Siddiqui

Business Development Manager

Arisha is a rural management professional with three years of experience in customer insights research and analysis aimed at introducing, on-boarding and retaining under served mass market, rural and urban populace to formal banking. She has hands on... Read More


Ajinkya Deshmukh

L2 software Engineer

Ajinkya is a software engineer with more than 4 years of experience in multiple domains of tech industry,such as, Embedded systems, DSP, Web technologies & NLP. He holds a masters degree in Signal Processing from College of Engineering, Pune. His interests... Read More


Sandeep Kumar Kalaskar

L2 Quality Assurance Engineer

Sandeep is from Gulbarga (Kalaburagi), Karnataka. He holds a Master's degree in Software Engineering from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology Bangalore. He has over 6 years of experience in the quality and testing field. He started... Read More


Abhineet Patnaik


Abhineet is a keen enthusiast when it comes to ideation and building products that cater to our rural masses. Having completed his MBA in Rural marketing from XIMB, he strives to use his learnings in building better support for the larger part of India, which is ... Read More


Muskan Matwani

Software Engineer

Muskan is currently pursuing B.Tech in ICT from Ahmedabad University. She is passionate about software development, machine learning and deep learning. Moreover, she is a problem-solver and intends to make an impact on the world. In her free time, she loves... Read More


Kavya Sheth

Software Engineer

Kavyaa is from Ahmedabad and is currently pursuing B.Tech in ICT from Ahmedabad University. She is passionate about using technology to solve environmental and social problems. She loves reading books, learning new languages, and watching... Read More

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