Founders | Aarusha Homes
Satyanarayana Vejella Co Founder and CEO

Mr. Satyanarayana Vejella

Co-Founder & CEO

An urban sector professional with 25 years of experience structuring housing and urban infrastructure projects across India, Asia, and Africa, Satya has served as CEO of Aarusha Homes since founding the social enterprise in 2007. From 2004 to 2007, Satya served as a Project Finance Advisor to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) Slum Upgrading Facility (SUF). Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Satya helped developing countries in Asia and Africa attract domestic and commercial capital to finance slum and urban upgrading activities. Prior to UN-HABITAT, Satya worked as a Senior Infrastructure Finance Advisor at the Indo-USAID Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion (FIRE) Project. At FIRE Project, Satya provided technical assistance and training activities focused on slum upgrading and urban infrastructure development and finance. Satya is a Civil Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Housing from CEPT University, Ahmadabad. He is also a member of GOI Task Force on Rental Housing.

Mr. Dyan Belliappa

Director of Special Initiatives

Dyan has twenty three years of experience in designing and managing Housing projects (residential, large institutions, environmental/heritage conservation and hospitality sector). He is an Architect with Masters in Urban Planning from CEPT University, Ahmadabad.

Dyan Belliappa Director of Special Initiatives
Utpal Sharma Co-Founder

Utpal Sharma


Utpal is a practicing architect and urban planner with an experience of thirty years in teaching, preparing and implementing urban development plans and large scale housing and infrastructure projects, and, research. Utpal is currently the Dean of Faculty architecture and planning, at Nirma University Ahmedabad. Previously, he was a Professor and Director of School of Planning, CEPT University. Utpal holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from IIT – Roorkee, Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from CEPT Univesity, Ahmedabad and Masters in Housing from McGill University, Canada.