After spending a decade in the corporate sector, Arundhati joined IFA as its first fundraiser in 2000. She assumed office as the Executive Director on June 1, 2013, after completing 13 years with the organisation.
Arundhati has received recognition from several quarters for her work in the non-profit sector. In 2010 she received the Global Fundraiser Award from Resource Alliance International, the same year IFA won the ‘India NGO of the Year’ award in the medium category. She is currently a recipient of the fellowship under Chevening Clore Leadership Awards, in the UK in 2015-2016 and has worked with the National Theatre, UK to recommend a strategy for their national reach over the next 3 to 5 years. She is also a recipient of the Chevening Gurukul Scholarship for Leadership and Excellence at the London School of Economics, London in 2005. Arundhati was selected as one of the top three leaders in the city of Bangalore under the ‘Lead India’ campaign of The Times of India in 2008. She sits on various Boards and Advisory Panels including those of the Beyond Sight Foundation, the Archive of Indian Music, the Seagull Foundation for the Arts, the Indian Writer’s Forum Trust, The Museum of Arts and Photography, Bangalore and Barapani. She is also a member of the core team that is putting together a capacity building programme for theatre practitioners across the country under the aegis of India Theatre Forum, called SMART - Strategic Management for the Art of Theatre. She often speaks and writes on arts and philanthropy for leading Indian and international non-profit and cultural networks.
Arundhati has an Economics degree from the Presidency College, Kolkata and a post graduation in management from the Mudra Institute of Communication Ahmedabad. She also has a degree in classical dance and is a published poet in Bangla.