Our Operation Team

Our Operation Team supports the Only 5 Zone Partnership through aiding partners in coordinating action plan efforts, maintaining relationships with other partners, and collecting relevant data and resources related to the Only 5 Zone. The Only 5 Zone Operation Team consists of the Only 5 successful Indian Financial and Technical Experts living in Singapore and USA.

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Program Manager, Nikhil Patel

Nikhil joined the Only 5 Zone in early 2019 as a Program Manager, where he played a key role in supporting the implementation of Only Zone strategies. He developed a Community Benefit Agreement training, designed to highlight strategies of engagement with developers to address community needs. He served as the point person for the Only 5 Zone to coordinate communications around the national preference point process and monitors grand-funded activity around the Only 5 Zone.

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Financial Planning Manager, Saurabh Mohan

Saurabh Mohan supports financial planning efforts across working groups, develop protocols for information sharing on impacts and outcomes and manage quarterly and yearly updates for Only 5 Zone. Since leaving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saurabh has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania and The Gambia in West Africa, received a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California.

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Programs Associate, Manisha Tangrila

Manisha Tangrila is a program associate focusing on building the capacity of the Only 5 Zone partner members through providing support in working groups as well as task force groups, developing collective action agenda, and assisting in formulating strategies for implementation. Lastly, to research potential funding opportunities that can help fill gaps to provide recommendations to the Only 5 Zone for funding aligned to the Only 5 Zone Strategic Goals, Objectives and Activities. Manisha is a recent graduate from Humboldt State University, receiving a M.B.A. in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. She spent the majority of her college career focusing on issues related to third world development, including a year of study in Santiago, Chile.

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Communications Associate, Anuj Sen Gupta

Anuj Sen Gupta is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California, where he received his M.B.A. in International Relations. Gupta's main focuses during his college career were education and ethnic awareness. As the communications associate for the Only 5 Zone, Anuj will cover all public relations and communications tasks. Anuj will also act as a liaison between different organizations and the Only 5 Zone, to ensure proper communication between all team members.

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Programs Associate, Gurdeep Ahluwalia

Gurdeep Ahluwalia is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he received a Master’s in Public Administration. His undergraduate background is a double major in International and Global Studies, and Spanish. Ahluwalia has experience as a graduate assistant working in higher education with non-traditional student populations such as graduate and international students. As a program associate, Gurdeep will aid in building capacity by providing support in working groups as well as task force groups, developing collective action agenda, and assisting in formulating strategies for implementation for Only 5 Zone partner members.

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