SMF has a team of professionals with expertise in programme strategy and process design, project management, teacher training, content development, assessment, and education research. It has a team of 54 people at the head office in Pune and 126 people working on the field for the Maharashtra and Goa projects.

As required, SMF consults with external resource-persons and agencies, including experts from NCERT and SCERTs, academicians, senior education officials, experienced teachers, and professionals from the management and technology domains. Meet SMF’s core team members below:

Mr. Vishal Phanse


Mr. Vishal brings 20 years of rich experience working with communities, governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies, large philanthropic organizations, policy think tanks, NGOs, global and national universities, private sector, civil society, and innovators.

He is an entrepreneur and a principled and action-oriented leader who is passionate about creating sustainable social transformation.

His core competencies include ecosystem-level engagements, thought leadership, people and organization building, forging strong donor relations, partnerships and alliances, technology integration, research, learning and development, implementing.

He is a recipient of 8 national CSR awards presented by the Vice-President of India and ecosystem leaders in the capacity of CEO. He is also one of the five global winners of the USAID’s Inclusive Health Access Prize for providing primary health care to the most vulnerable sections.

Mr. Vishal  has been a panel speaker at CII, FICCI, and PHFC India, and has co-authored nine public health research papers in prestigious national and international journals. 

Mr. Vishal is leading all programs, strategic planning processes, and internal systems at Shantilal Muttha Foundation, BJS, & FJEI.

Mr. Ashok Gopal

Mr. Vidyadhar Shukla

Ms. Meenal Dashputre

Ms. Meghana Desai

Dr. Leena Deshpande

Ms. Navjot Kohli