Rakhi is co-founder of mHS and determined to make people and players think more creatively about urban housing and building inclusive cities. A Rhodes scholar and an MBA from Harvard (‘09) she has many years of international development experience with CARE, Ashoka Fellows, Grameen Bank, RABO Bank, Jeffery Sachs’ office at Columbia University. Rakhi was a competitive swimmer for India, swam in the winning English Channel Relay for Oxford University and remains an enthusiast for outdoor sport. She studied Economics at St. Stephens College, Delhi (2001), and read Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University (2001-03)
Marco Ferrario, co-founder of mHS, favors minimalist, functional architecture to bring good design where it has never been and where it is needed the most: low-income settlements. In India, he is working with other professionals to promote a multidisciplinary approach in urban planning.
Marco graduated from the Politecnico di Milano and worked as an architect in Italy.
He interned at the Grameen Bank and returned to practicing architecture with niche firms in India, Singapore and USA.
Vyasdev is a young architect designer and has been with micro Home Solutions since its inception in August 2009. After three years, he is becoming an expert in low-income housing design and community engagement. When not on a field visit or travelling for work, Vyas enjoys jamming sessions, playing soccer and video games. Vyas completed his architectural degree (B. Arch) from B.K.P.S College of Architecture in Pune, Maharashtra.
Mukta Naik is an architect and urban planner and joined mHS in March 2011. She is interested to develop effective delivery mechanisms for housing the urban poor with a focus on migrant communities. Mukta has worked with the Institute for Competitiveness heading the urban research practice and the Confederation of Construction Products and Services. She also comes with diverse communication experience and runs a content & media services company. Mukta is a graduate of School of Planning and Architecture (1999) and did her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Texas A&M University (2002).
A native of Delhi, Aarti joined micro Home Solutions in 2011 to manage accounts and handle office administration. She brings with her five years of experience at Ashwin Alva Associates and Technova. She graduated from Delhi University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Office Management. When not solving administrative quagmires and keeping the office running smoothly, Aarti enjoys watching and playing cricket, traveling, and listening to music!
Sanjana joins mHS as an AIF Clinton Fellow after three years of business development, marketing, and product management experience at Intuit Inc. in Silicon Valley. A graduate in Economics from Stanford University, Sanjana is passionate to find scalable and sustainable solutions for the world's most pressing development issues, especially those in the environmental and urbanization realms. Prior to Intuit, her work experience spanned Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs, evaluating developing countries' use of biofuels at USAID, and teaching English in rural Mauritius. Her hobbies outside of work are traveling, dancing, and eating Mexican food!
Greg joins mHS as an AIF Clinton Fellow. He has worked in a diversity of different development sectors—promoting community-based media in Indonesia, working with formerly trafficked youth in Ghana, and conducting field research in the Bhutanese refugee camps of southern Nepal. Greg's work at mHS is primarily in the areas of outreach and communication, and he's especially interested in urban housing as it relates to other social and economic issues—migration, health, education, and political participation. Greg holds a dual bachelor's from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in South Asian Studies and Religious Studies. He's an avid runner and frequently braves the Delhi pollution to squeeze in a morning jog.
Swati joined mHS in fall 2012 to work on our design and technical assistance projects. An architect by profession, she has concerned herself with urban issues - be it through design, film-making, writing, research or travel. She is a graduate from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi. When not at mHS, Swati can be found day-dreaming in her rooftop studio.
Antara is a fourth year student of architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and is currently interning with mHS. She wishes to pursue architecture with a social conscience and is excited by simplistic forms of expression. She tries to strike a balance between academia and other forms of creative pursuits like dance and travel.