Senior management team
Pallavi is a versatile lawyer, entrepreneur, and advocate for marginalised communities. She gained extensive legal expertise as a licensed attorney in both India and the US. She co-founded Humaramovie, an innovative media platform, and spearheads The Banyan’s expansion of the Home Again model, supporting homeless individuals with mental illness. Pallavi’s work embodies her commitment to creating impactful change and empowering others.
Ms. Pallavi Rohatgi
Deputy Director, Partnerships
Swapna Krishnakumar is a dedicated professional with over 20 years of experience at The Banyan. As the Deputy Director of Administration & HR, she is pivotal in managing internal services and ensuring smooth operations organisation-wide. With a passion for equal opportunities and mental health systems, Swapna actively contributes to developing robust governance and leadership within the organisation. She holds an undergraduate degree in English and a Diploma in Human Resource Management, equipping her with a solid foundation to excel in her current role.
Ms. Swapna Krishnakumar
Deputy Director, Internal Services
Dr. KV Kishore Kumar began his career as a senior psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, heading Community Health Services in the Department of Psychiatry. He has served as advisor to the Govt. of India on the National Mental Health Policy and District Mental Health Programme. He leads the clinical care team and is the Director of The Banyan and BALM. His research has spanned a wide variety of subjects including mental health in primary care, pathways to care, interventions for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and epilepsy, life skills training for youth and psychosocial care in disaster and conflict-affected communities.
Dr KV Kishore Kumar
Ashok Kumar has been with The Banyan since its inception. He began his career through direct client care services and thereafter engaged with fundraising and partnerships for many years. He now oversees and develops layout and design for annual reports and communication materials. He also manages The Banyan’s compliances matters and maintains liaison with state and central welfare departments.
deputy director, services
Murugan Krishnan has been working with The Banyan for over a decade. He leads the preparation of the annual budget for all programmes, prepares financial reports for donors and audits statements for income tax and FCRA returns filing. He previously worked as Chief Accounts Officer for The Association for the Rural Poor and is a CA (Intermediate) under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
deputy director, finance
Preetha Krishnadas has a bachelors in Mathematics and has a postgraduate degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. She leads The Banyan’s Nalam Urban Mental Health Program which delivers community wellness oriented care services in nine wards of Chennai and in collaboration with the DMHP in Sriperumbudur. Her interests lie in working with children and people with disabilities. Preetha has previously worked with HelpAge India, Directorate of Public Health, Preventive Medicine and the National Institute of Epidemiology in various capacities.
assistant director, nalam urban
Vanitha has a postgraduate degree in Psychology and has been associated with The Banyan since 2003. She heads The Banyan’s Nalam Rural Mental Health Program which delivers community based services in Thiruporur Taluk and in collaboration with the DMHP in Kattumannarkoil Taluk. Her interests are in working with children on issues of self harm, suicide and grief support and art-based therapy.
assistant director, nalam rural
Mrinalini has been a part of The Banyan for over 8 years handling different portfolios. She heads the BALM Sundram Fasteners Centre for Mental Health and Social Action. Her primary interests revolve around service user advocacy and civil society engagement in meeting the needs of homeless persons with mental health issues. Mrinalini has completed her bachelors in Psychology and holds a postgraduate degree in Mental Health Services Research from King’s College London.
lead, balm sfl center for social action and research
Archana is a clinical psychologist with a PhD from VU, Amsterdam. She leads the Emergency Care and Recovery Centre at The Banyan working closely with the clinical team to design psychosocial interventions in a user-centric way. She is interested in user life stories and in exploring options that could reduce distress in a meaningful way. She previously worked with Antenne D’ Eccoute associated with the Luxembourg government and Portugal Embassy and was a Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Lecturer) for Department of Psychiatry at Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMC), Vellore.
assistant director, emergency care and recovery centre
Salih PM has a postgraduate degree in Social Work with a specialisation in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work with a decade of experience in the mental health sector. He heads the Kerala chapter of The Banyan and leads all interventions and collaboration with the health and social justice departments. He is a member of the state level monitoring committee for Shelters for the Urban Homeless. His primary interest is in rights based psychosocial care for homeless people with mental health issues.
assistant director, kerala chapter