Adhar Mirchandani is the mentor and advisor to Coppre. Coppre is driven by his vision to create enhanced livelihoods for skilled craftspeople in India. An alumnus of Doon School, Dehradun and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, he contributed to the envisioning of the 3rd Five Year Plan for the Government of India's Planning Commission which led to the establishment of the IITs, IIMs and Steel Plants for the new Republic.

Following Pandit Jawaharlal's call to establish world-class Indian industry, he founded Polymer Products (now known as Commander Watertech Pvt Ltd) in Mumbai in 1961.

In retirement, he has been active with projects such as Coppre, promoting football for the underprivileged, assisting heritage studies and a Library project for the needy in New Delhi.

Chhanda Bihari heads Management and Finance at Coppre. She sets up systems, accountability and a competitive positioning for the organization. Her forte lies in fostering consistent organizational growth and improved efficiencies through state-of-the-art management practices.

In the past she has been CEO and MD of Commander Watertech Pvt Ltd and Director at Trinity Group of companies. She is an alumni of IIM Ahmedabad, a qualified Cost Accountant and holds a degree in Chemistry.

She cherishes mentoring and nurturing young management talent. She wishes to one day use her expertise to spruce up the city of Mumbai.

Rashmi Ranade is the Founder and Lead Designer at Coppre. Alumni of Sir J. J. College of Architecture, Rashmi further specialized in Product Design from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai. Over the past 20 years, she has spearheaded Product Design, Planning, Brand Positioning and Graphic Design in her design studio.

Some of her cherished projects include designing the Karve Museum with her spouse; designing heritage publications on Aurangabad and the Pune Heritage Map.

She has worked on design interventions with a number of craft clusters in India and on Heritage advocacy and documentation. Indian design culture and traditions captivate her imagination.

Sudakshina Sinha Banerjee leads the Marketing Outreach efforts at Coppre. She brings forth her expertise in Design, Branding, Marketing and Media to her work at Coppre. Alumni of Baroda Art College, she also holds a diploma in Entrepreneurship from IIM Bangalore. 

In the past she was the Corporate Communications and CSR Head of an IT company and continues to consult with them to enhance organizational effectiveness through leadership development. She has also revived some forms of visual and performing Arts and Craft forms in her co-owned ventures.

She relishes Indian Classical music, Rabindra Sangeet and loves to explore visual arts in its myriad expressions.

Seemantini Mihir leads the Social Media Marketing and E-commerce at Coppre. She brings her two-fold background and expertise - one in branding and communications and the other in management of social ventures, to Coppre. Her work spans eight years of experience with corporates in Integrated Marketing Communications and with social ventures in Strategic Planning, Cross Sector Collaboration and Branding.

Most recently, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Wharton Business School and the School of Social Policy.

A heritage craft and design aficionado, she loves to travel and always carries her camera with her.


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