Neera is the co-founder of Dasra, an India based strategic philanthropy foundation that works with a field building approach to create systems change in India. Over the past 20 years, Dasra has actively shaped the development sector by building stronger institutions such as Magic Bus, Educate Girls, Mann Deshi and SNEHA, has worked with leading foundations including Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives, Tata Trust, Omidyar Network, CIFF and BMGF by working closely with government departments at a state and national level to put Impact First in their development agenda. Dasra's work involves creating collaborative systems change platforms in the fields of Adolescents, Urban Sanitation and Democracy and Governance. Reinforced through a research-backed approach and institution building for non-profits, Dasra focuses on transforming India, where a billion thrive with dignity and equity.
Neera has been instrumental in enabling capacity building for nonprofits through the launch of Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program with Harvard Business Publishing, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for social sector leaders in India and has supported the development of over 70 social sector research reports, driving USD 50 million in funding for hundreds of nonprofits. Neera has been recognized for her work through Dasra by several prestigious awards. She was awarded for "Special Contributions by Woman" at the 15th Indo-American Corporate Excellence Awards by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce. She has also received the "Agent of Social Change" Award at Vogue Women of The Year 2019. She is also a recipient of the Canadian Governor General's Medallion for her dedication to addressing India’s critical development challenges, and the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the Crossover Leaders category in 2016 and Forbes India WPower Self-Made Women in 2020. She lives in Mumbai and is married to Dasra co-founder Deval Sanghavi with three boys Ayush, Laxman and Akbar.