OUR TEAM   

Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche

was born and lives in the state of Orissa in India. He has experienced first-hand the difficult plight of refugees and local villagers in accessing safe drinking water in the region. As a socially-engaged Buddhist, who believes access to clean drinking water is a human right and not a privilege, Jigme Rinpoche founded the Pure Water Project in 1993. His work in creating access to safe drinking water in both rural Indian villages and in the Tibetan settlements has received recognition from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile.

Nymrata Advani Bickici

was born in India and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Silver Slate Group LLC in New York. Prior to that, she spent 11 years at Citigroup most recently as Director in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions group. She began her career in the investment banking unit of Salomon Smith Barney. She has an Executive MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School with a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College.


is a Partner and Managing Director of Aetos Capital and leads the Global Business Development and Client Relations activities for Aetos' alternative strategies. With more then 20 years of experience in the global asset management business, she has a B.A. from Lehigh University as well as experience with Clay Finlay Inc., Gartmore Capital Management, SEI Corporation and she began her career as a Research Analyst affiliated with the Hungarian Ministry of Finance.

Suma Chander

was born in India. She earned her Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Chicago and pursued a career in technology and finance at JP Morgan as well as preeminent hedge fund management firms such as Silver Point Capital as well as Traxis Partners. She is currently pursuing another passion of hers related to fashion design and has started a business that caters to high-end women's ready-to-wear market.

Ankur Crawford

is a senior analyst and Co-Portfolio Manager with Fred Alger Management and has 10 years of experience in the investment sector. She has a Master's and Ph.D in Material Science and Engineering from Stanford university and a dual Bachelor degrees from UC Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.

Sey Jangchup

was born in India and has a background in Buddhist philosophy. He currently lives in the Gajapati district in the state of Orissa in India. He has held various administrative and supervisory positions locally, such as treasurer and supervisor for the Padmasambava Mahavihara monastery and officer-in-charge within the Thupten Mindolling Nyingmapa Society. Since 2012, he has been responsible for the local oversight and management of the Pure Water Project's work in the Gajapati District.

Dharitri Patnaik

Dharitri has been associated with international development and the non-profit sector for more than seventeen years. Her areas of expertise are human rights, governance and non-profit management. She has a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, USA and a master's degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. She is presently the India Representative of Bernard van Leer Foundation, a Dutch foundation focused on early childhood development.

Neda Sharghi Salehi

has a Doctor of Science degree with a concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and International Health from the School of Public Health at Harvard University. She has a Master's of Public Health from Yale University and a Bachelor's degree from Amherst College. Her research background and interests focus on health issues relevant to the developing world such as HIV/AIDS, parasitic infections, and social and socioeconomic variables affecting the health of women and children.