Team Behind Sahyog

Pramod Saxena
Pramod Saxena

Pramod Saxena, gauged the potential of the Indian mobile space way back in 2003. By the time he started operations in Oxigen (July, 2004), he was certain that the mobile handset would play a far more important role than just being a communication device, in the hands of people. It would have a transformative impact on the lives of the masses of India. His vision was to cater to service fulfilment for the middle to low income classes in the country in their neighborhood, with a low margin and high volume oriented business model. This company thus started off with mobile recharges on its network and subsequently added more services to its bouquet with each passing year, such as DTH recharges, bill and subscription payments, air, rail, bus travel, entertainment subscriptions, online shopping and more.

In 2010, with the evolving payments space, and with the expansion of banking services into tier 2/3 cities, Pramod changed Oxigen's focus towards developing a nationwide infrastructure for easy access of financial services. He added Kiosk Banking as Business Correspondent (BC) to SBI, Mobile Money Wallets and Domestic money remittances to Oxigen’s portfolio, to develop, align & enhance Financial Inclusion, in line with the country's FI agenda. He then decided to move into the unbanked areas of India, and spent energies on educating masses on the benefits of savings. To get a foothold and to gain brand trust, Pramod, launched Sahyog, with an agenda to help the poor on Health issues and education using CSR.

This network and services portfolio has now grown to become the largest Fintech Company specializing in digital payments, service aggregation and retail distribution for micro-payments. Oxigen is known as India's first company that digitized cash and distributed micro payments. Oxigen uses mobile and IT as the back bone to deliver value to the last mile and now has as agenda to digitize India by deploying Oxigen’s multi services PoS device, The Oxigen Micro ATM.

Pramod Saxena, a Chemical Engineer from IIT-Roorkee, worked in various capacities spanning over 45 years . Pramod has also played a key role in the industry having Co-Chaired FICCI's Telecom Committee for many years and has contributed liberally towards developing young entrepreneurs, integrating corporate social responsibility for health and education causes.

Rajpal Singh Duggal
Rajpal Singh Duggal

Rajpal Singh Duggal is responsible for Corporate Strategy and Planning at Oxigen since 2009 and has recently taken charge as Group Chief Financial Officer. He has been instrumental in developing an aggressive push for rural markets and developing the financial inclusion strategy. With over 40 years of working experience in a diverse industry segments, He had been in the forefront of innovative financial solutions including fund raising from banks and financial institutions.

Rajpal was appointed in Oct 2011 as the Vice Chairman of Sahyog Foundation, which spearheads Oxigen’s CSR initiatives. He guides and mentors the company's CSR activities. Over the past 7 years Oxigen has made a positive impact on the lives of Over 1.5 lakh Beneficiaries through interventions in Health, Education, Vocational Training and Livelihood all across India with focus on rural locations.

His Career in Oxigen spans Strategic Planning, Team Leadership, Marketing & Sales, Budget Management, Innovative initiatives, Sustaining Talent, Client servicing and CSR initiatives.

Rajpal is active in the Social Sector and believes that we must give back to Society in abundance.He is passionate about creating social impact and has been instrumental in integrating CSR Activities into the business model to ensure Sustainability.

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Though he has extended work hours he makes sure to take out time to work alongside several NGO's whether on the ground or at back end. Some of the NGO's are:-

  • Literacy India- Trustee-engaged in education and livelihoods.
  • Muskaan- working towards Intellectual disability. As a well-wisher and help around in curating events or developing and funding projects.
  • Saksham- working on visually impaired and children with multiple disabilities. Work with them to develop project funding ideas.
  • Family of Disabled - Works towards livelihoods for disabled. Well-wisher and help out on fund raiser etc.
  • He has also been an active Rotarian and is involved in conceptualizing and implementing several community service projects.
Meher Sarid
Meher Sarid

Meher Sarid Director at Sahyog Foundation since 2012 and Group President at Oxigen (HR, Brand, Marketing & Corporate Affairs) brings with her 26 years of rich experience in Management, Brand, Design, Communication and Service Excellence. She has been with the company for nearly 13 years.

As one of the Director’s to Sahyog Foundation/ the corporate social responsibility domain, she brings extensive experience in advising Board on CSR & Sustainability along with developing organizational approaches to establish strategic partnerships and institutional engagement for conducting the business responsibly.

Her role with the corporate is to advise Boards and Leadership on Responsible Business, CSR & Sustainability along with developing organizational capabilities and engagement for sustainable development. She is responsible for crafting and driving Sahyog Foundation's strategy and programs Pan India. She is passionate about inclusive development and her approach to corporate responsibility and sustainability is based on an understanding of business drivers and developmental issues and in particular the need to deliver a strong business case that can create a long term value for all stakeholders. She has also helped shape the dialog, contributed to policy positions and spearheaded several impactful corporate social and economic empowerment programs specially focused upon the most disadvantaged and marginalized sections of our society.

Seema Khurana
Seema Khurana
CSR Lead & Activist

Seema Khurana is a CSR Associate at Sahyog Foundation Since 2011. She has a Masters degree in Community Resource Management and Extension from Lady Irwin College. She has had the privilege of working on both sides - NGOs as well as the Corporate.

Having worked for over 24 years in development space both for NGOs & large Corporations Seema has gainful insights about socio-economic development dynamics which exists in India. Her association with NGOs at the beginning of her career has helped her with gain field level exposure about issues like Health, Women Empowerment, Youth Employability, Building Village/slums level Planning, Basic Education, Nutrition, Early Child Care & Development, Livelihood programs, Poverty Alleviation, Environment Protection etc.

The career move from NGOs to large corporations and multinationals like Oxigen helped sharpen her skills in delivering development programs / CSR programmes at a bigger canvas.

At Oxigen & Sahyog Foundation, Seema contributes in developing & executing Oxigen CSR plans around Group's core CSR focus areas. She manages new and existing partnerships with development organizations, prepares annual budgetary plans & spearheads the CSR team in ensuring effective plans & managing communication to both internal and external stakeholders. Seema is a self-motivated and highly Committed CSR Activist. She works independently and believes that, a great plan ends with perfect implementation.