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

Hardik Dhebar

Operations Manager

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. He is Chartered Accountant from ICAI and has also got MBA (fin.). Apart from work, he ..... Read More

Elliot Rosenberg

VP - Business Development

Elliot’s life mission is to use business to fight poverty, and he’s inspired by Awaaz.De’s potential to reach millions of users in developing countries. Previously he founded and led Brazilian homestay network Favela Experience, offering cultural immersion to travelers while... Read More

Shital Shah

Consultant - Business Development

Shital Shah believes that real magic emerges at the intersections of sectors, issues, geographies, and technologies. She has worked at the intersection of private and public sectors for a decade, with international organizations, consulting firms, social enterprises, and nonprofits in over fifteen .... Read More

Siddhartha Swarup

Strategic Advisor

Siddhartha Swarup is communication specialist, an entrepreneur, writer and a serial innovator. An MBA by education, he has worked across 16 countries in 4 continents. Through his 17-year career he has managed diverse organizations and projects, led them through change and growth, set up one of the leading... Read More

Nikhil Navadiya

Senior Software Engineer

Nikhil is a Senior Software (Full Stack) engineer with a deep passion for building usable, functional & pretty web applications. He is responsible for working on all aspects of development, management, maintanance and product launch. He holds his MS in information technology .... Read More

Kapil Rupavatiya

Software Engineer

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 and internal analytic systems... Read More

Vasav Anandjiwala

QA/QE Engineer

Vasav has completed MS in EE with major focus on computer engineering from California state university. He is a test automation professional with over 3 years of experience in United States. He moved back to India in 2018 and has worked with medium to large scale organisations on various QA automation projects... Read More

Varsha Teckchandani

Software Engineer

Varsha is originally from Ajmer, Rajasthan. She has spent her childhood in several different places and finally the journey subsided at Ahmedabad. She did Bachelors in Information and Communication Technology at Institute of Engineering and Technology. Other than work her heart stands close to traveling and food.

Drishty Raichura

Engagement 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 completed her MBA in Finance from Gujarat and... Read More

Dipan Panchal

Junior Engagement 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. He enjoys reading and photography.

Krishanu Kona

Business Development Associate

Krishanu brings different perspectives and grassroots project management experience to the team. He worked as a business developer at a digital marketing firm, where he felt that he needed a more hands on experience of life. So, he set off on an 8 month long expedition on his motorcycle to... Read More

Varsha Upadhyaya

Engagement Associate

Varsha has experience with a leading telecom company for 2.5 years and has worked closely with customers and clients. During this course, she was an integral part of a vital project for empowering rural population with internet usage. She has a degree in B.tech in electronics and communication. Born in Orissa.... Read More


Rajat Singh

Jr. Engagement Associate

Rajat is originally from Varansi, the land of Ganges and great food. He has recently completed his master’s in Human Resources and Marketing. Rajat has its own small startup called “The Burnt Umber” where he sells small handmade and relief work ... Read More


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.

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