Our Team

The Zariya Foundation's Council:

Thierry Cagianut

President of the Zariya Foundation and a Partner with Baldi & Caratsch. His preferred areas of work are: Private clients, inheritance law, disputes in the area of company and contract law, administration proceedings before federal authorities in the area of finance, international legal aid in criminal cases, debt recovery and insolvency law, labor law, movies and entertainment. The President of the Zariya Foundation has 15 years' experience in the New York movie industry and has produced international award-winning movies such as "Henry Fool" (Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival 1998).

Richard Fritschi

Member of the Zariya Foundation's Council and an entrepreneur with over 20 years' experience in leading positions with international companies, largely in the medtech industry. He is on the Executive Board of various public-sector and private organizations including the Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Michele Caratsch

Member of the Zariya Foundation’s Council and a Partner with Baldi & Caratsch. His preferred areas of work are: International trade disputes and arbitration, disputes in the area of fraud prevention and asset recovery, economic criminal law, debt recovery and insolvency law, company law, corporate mergers and acquisitions, banking and stock exchange law, project financing and privatizations in Eastern Europe and the CIS states, labor law.

Anaita Daruvala, Project Manager

Anaita has been overseeing the Mother Teresa project from the start. She headed a charitable organization in India, built up the Zariya Charitable Trust India, and organized a tax exemption for Indian donors. She is currently responsible for international fundraising and PR development.


The Zariya Charitable Trust, India:

Indu Shrikent

President of the Zariya Charitable Trust, India. She is one of the founders of the Indian chapter of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and deputy editor-in-chief of Cinemaya and The Asian Film Quarterly, a magazine devoted to Asian cinema. She was also the co-director of the Cinefan Film Festival, director of the Osian’s-Cinefan and the Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema. Indu has traveled to various international festivals, including Cannes, in the role of jury member. In 2011 she was the jury president for short films at the Locarno International Film Festival.

Prema Sagar

Foundation council member of the Zariya Charitable Trust, India. She is the Vice-President of Asia Pacific, Burson-Marsteller, and the founder of Genesis Burson-Marsteller. Inspired by Mother Teresa and her devotion to the poorest of the poor, in 1992 Prema set up the Genesis Foundation which helps seriously ill, underprivileged children with heart diseases to get medical treatment. Thanks to her outstanding efforts, Prema received the SABRE Award 2017.