Founders & Board Members


Aarti Sahgal

Founder & CEO

Synergies Work is a personal mission that stems from life experiences of Aarti. As a parent of a child with Down syndrome she is constantly challenging the soft bigotry of low expectations that excludes people with intellectual disabilities from living their true potential. In the past 10 years she has worked as a diversity consultant in the disability field. Before that she worked in the marketing & advertising field for 14 years.


Ashish Thakur

Board President

Ashish Narayan Thakur is a recovering global banker, failed tech startup and currently an Executive Director and Board Member of the Atlanta CEO Council (ACEO) connecting later stage product and technology CEOs to capital, customers and talent. Ashish has extensive private company board experience advising companies up to $100mm. Before ACEO, he raised several million dollars to grow the Atlanta chapter of TiE Global, one of the world’s largest entrepreneurial organizations, from rank #40 to #4 out of 65 chapters worldwide.


Karen Hunter

Board Treasurer

Karen Hunter is an Atlanta native, with a passion for helping make connections with a purpose in both her professional and personal life. Through her volunteer work with NY Cares, Open Hand, Techstars Atlanta and Meals on Wheels, she has developed a passion for humbly helping others. She has spent her career helping global companies, including Coca-Cola, Kimberly-Clark, Deloitte, and Strategy&, grow their capability and capacity to innovate in meaningful ways. Karen and her husband Bill lives in Atlanta, where she continually indulges her love of running, food, friends and family.

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Zen Kramer

Marketing & Digital

Zen Kramer is a Packaging Engineer turned marketer with a keen interest for innovation, data-driven insights, and sustainability. He has a relentless passion to help brands and organizations create stories worth sharing and deliver consumer-centric solutions that drive business results. Zen is a servant leader and inclusion champion that believes in empowering change through volunteering, education, and mentorship.

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Alpa Sutaria

Alpa Sutaria is currently the Vice President and General Manger, Sustainability for The Coca-Cola Company in North America. Over a 30-year career with Procter & Gamble, Deloitte Consulting and the Coca-Cola system, Alpa has followed her passion to solve challenging problems and create sustainable business growth while fostering an inclusive working culture. She believes deeply in the power to create positive change by supporting and empowering people to help themselves.


Arjun Sahgal

Arjun is the lead at NYU's Future Labs, a public-private partnership with New York City tasked with creating a sustainable incubation program focused on generating a positive economic impact on the city.