Chairman, Akshara Foundation
Ashok Kamath has been the Managing Trustee since 2003 and Chairman of Akshara Foundation since July 1, 2008. He has been actively involved in the strategic planning, analysis and expansion of programmes at Akshara Foundation since 2003. An alumnus of IIT-Bombay, he was formerly the Managing Director of the Indian operations of Analog Devices. He opted to leave behind a successful career in the corporate sector and involve himself in the development sector. His alma mater, IIT-Bombay, presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013 for his various initiatives and contributions to the field of child education. Ashok is also a founder trustee of Pratham Books which aims to have A Book in Every Child’s Hand.
Amir Ullah Khan,
Director (Research)- Aequitas; Advisor (Gates Foundation)
Amir Ullah Khan is a Development Economist, Research Director at Aequitas and policy consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Amir graduated from IRMA and has a PhD from the Jamia Milia Central University. He teaches a course on Indian Economic Policy at the Indian School of Business. He is on the Governing boards at the Welhams Girls School, the Digital Empowerment Foundation, Pahle India Foundation, EandH Foundation, ACCESS ASSIST and the India China Economic Council. He has been Director at the India Development Foundation, Deputy Director General at the PHD Chamber of Commerce, Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at the Edith Cowan University in Perth and Executive Editor at Encyclopaedia Britannica.
Anuja Master Bose,
Former MD, Fisher Fund
Anuja Master Bose has led and held senior roles at large philanthropies and social enterprises in India and the US. She has spent the last nine years in India, working with the philanthropies of Dr. Desh Bandhu Gupta, Ramalingu Raju, SKS, and the Templeton Foundation. Prior, Anuja was Managing Director of the Fisher Fund, one of the largest education foundations in the US. Anuja began her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch and gained valuable start-up experience at MovieFone, a media and entertainment company that went public. Anuja has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
CEO, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme
Apoorva Oza is the CEO of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme. He is a mechanical engineer with a diploma in rural management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). He has also done a course on “Strategies for Change: Managing NGOs” from Cranford University, United Kingdom, and a three-month course from Cornell University, USA. Mr. Oza started his career with Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation and joined AKRSP (India) in 1988. He was appointed as the CEO of AKRSP in 2001. Mr. Oza is also actively involved in founding and supporting NGO’s and NGO networks as well as influencing government policy. He is A director at IRMA, Chairperson of the CSPC (Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell) and on the board of several NGO’S and NGO networks.
Programme Director, The National Foundation for India
Barsha Poricha is Programme Director at The National Foundation for India, where she is involved in working towards NFIs mission of creating a just society by helping people improve their own lives. Her work in the last decade and a half has been towards facilitating, strengthening and institutionalizing community and development processes to enable participatory and inclusive governance. Her core areas of interest and work are governance, youth and gender with a focus on urban and peri urban settlements. She is an Urban and Regional planner from CEPT, Ahmedabad with a Masters Degree from Delhi School of Economics, currently pursuing a PhD from Ambedkar University, Delhi on urban water systems.
VP-CSR, Punj Llyod Ltd.
Deepa Kapoor heads Corporate Social Responsibility at Punj Lloyd with focus on Skills Development. Prior to Punj Lloyd, she was Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility at Genpact where she worked for 8 years. Under her leadership, Genpact won the Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing Award for the best Employee Engagement Program. Her roles at Genpact included Finance Planning, Global Operating Leader and Business Development. Deepa also worked at Lucent Technologies and BroadView Associates prior to Genpact. She has a BA from Smith College and an MBA from Wharton School.
Lead-Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft
Gauri leads Corporate Citizenship at Microsoft in India, and as part of this mandate, owns and drives the Sustainability and Accessibility charters for the India subsidiary, while also managing the overall citizenship communications responsibility. She has been in this role for the past five and a half years. Gauri is a communications professional with over 22 years experience, and has a diverse background across all aspects of communications, both at an agency and at the corporate end, and has even run her own entrepreneurial venture for several years. Gauri has a B.Com degree from Sydenham College, Bombay and a Masters in Communication Studies from Emerson College, Boston, U.S.A.
Head-CSR, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd
Jitendra Routray is the Head CSR at ReNew Power Ventures Pvt. Ltd. Jitendra’s previous professional association have been with Civil society organisations like Development Alternatives, Help Age India ,MAMTA – Health Institute for Mother and Child, CARE India and ANaRDe Foundation. Jitendra’s last assignment before joining ReNew Power was with TATA Teleservices Limited as Lead CSR and Affirmative Action (AA). Jitendra completed his graduation and post-graduation from Utkal University in Orissa after which he completed his PG diploma course in Rural Development from IGNOU, New Delhi. He also completed a certified course in social leadership from George Washington University, USA.
Founder & CEO REPUTE Public Affairs & CSR Solutions
Madhulika Gupta is Founder, CEO of REPUTE Public Affairs & CSR Solutions, a firm that serves Indian and MNC organisations. Prior to REPUTE, she was Head of Corporate Affairs, Citigroup South Asia. She was a member of Citi India’s Policy and Management Committee and Operating Committee. She has spoken on CSR and Corporate Communications at IIM Calcutta, MICA and S.P. Jain Institute of Management Studies and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, Singapore. She serves on the International Advisory Board for ICCO, Netherlands; is a Member of CSR Committee of the Indian Merchants Chamber; Former Chair of the CSR Committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce (BCCI); Member of the Executive Council of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) and their CSR Knowledge Partner. She is a trainer for Media Spokesperson Skills and Crisis Communications.
Madhu Singh Sirohi,
Country Head, Vodafone Foundation
Madhu Singh Sirohi is Country Head- Vodafone Foundation. Previously, she was Country Head for Corporate Responsibility & Environment at Uninor where she lead the GSMA mWomen agenda in India and conceptualized the award-winning program, Uninor Hand in Hand Citizen Centre initiative. Madhu has also led TERI’s (The Energy and Resources Institute) communication vertical before Uninor, where she grew their publishing arm into a formidable business. She graduated in liberal arts from Delhi University and went on to specialize in Education. Madhu is a published academic author with over 75 books in core subjects published under her name.
Pratyush Kumar Panda,
Head- CSR, ACC Limited, Mumbai
Pratyush is a CSR & Sustainability professional with 18 years of experience. He has done MBA(RM) from XIMB and M.A.-Sociology from SVU. He is also a certified Sustainability Assurer, GRI-G4 reporting and Certified Corporate Director. He is also a Aspire Circle Social Leadership Fellow. He has worked 10 years with CARE and 5 years with Vedanta group prior to joining ACC Limited. He is a member of CII National Committee on Education, CII National Committee on Public Health, CII north region committee on CSR and CII National Comittee on Backward District Development. He is a trustee of ACTFID Trust and Ayushman Trust which runs ART Centers in Vellore (TN) and Wadi (Karnataka) respectively. During these 18 years Pratyush has been very passionately working on HIV/AIDs, Malnutrition, Girls Education, Youth & Farmers Livelihood, and on public Policy advocacy
Founder & Managing Director, Vindhya e-Infomedia Private Limited (Vindhya).
Ms. Pavithra Y S is founder & Managing Director of Vindhya ,which is a socio-economic venture started by her in 2006.It is a for profit organization whose employee base majorly consists of people with disabilities (PWD’s) & women from weaker sections of the society. She has been able to grow the company from 5 PWD’s to close to 600 PWD’s. Her vision is to employ 5000 PWD’s by 2020. Some of the prominent recognitions received are Karnataka State Award and recognized as “one of the 25 leaders of tomorrow” by Times of India. She is a commerce graduate from Bangalore University and has done her Executive General Management Program from IIM-Bangalore.
Co-Founder of Lend A Hand India
Raj Gilda, a banker turned social entrepreneur, is Co-Founder of Lend A Hand India, an NGO engaged in integrating vocational training as part of mainstream secondary school education. He was recently appointed as a member of National Skill Development Agency (NSDA) by Government of India and an advisor to the “Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan (RMSA)”, Government of Maharashtra. Raj has 20 years of varied experience in the fields of banking, insurance, and information technology including working with Citibank, Deloitte Consulting in New York and National Stock Exchange and IL&FS in Mumbai. He is an Electronics Engineer from the University of Pune, CFA, and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director, Academy of HRD
Rajeshwari Narendran is Professor in HR/OB in MLSU and visiting faculty to IIMs and 17 Universities across the globe, National President of Indian Society for Training and Development 2013-14, Board Member IFTDO and Developing Countries Concern Committee and currently is Director AHRD. Her Tripartite Model for tribal development was adopted by Governor of Rajasthan and got implemented in 2013-14. Individually she is the initiator and motivator of 1500+ MAD (Make a Difference) youth social workers in and around udaipur.
She is recipient of many awards including Vivekananda National award for Excellence in HRD and Training, International Case Writing fellowship and Andrew Towl Fellowship at Harvard Business School.
Head-CSR, Fortis Healthcare Ltd.
Sakina Baker is Head-CSR at Fortis Healthcare Ltd. She has 14 years of professional experience in Healthcare, Disability, Education and Advocacy. Prior to joining Fortis in 2010, she worked with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, NCPEDP, Katha and Voluntary Action Network India (VANI). In 2009, she was awarded the Commonwealth Professional Fellowship and worked with Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) in Scotland, U.K. Shejoined Fortis in 2010 as Head-CSR, over the years she not only set-up Fortis Foundation but also diversified its reach nationally. Earlier this year, she was awarded a citation of being one of the ‘50 Most Talented CSR Professionals of India’ by the World CSR Congress.
Co-founder, Safecity & CEO ProCraft
Saloni Malhotra is co-dounder of Safecity, a citizen’s initiative and platform to share information on sexual abuse in India. She is also the CEO of ProCraft, a new start-up that promotes artisans from 22 states in India to support over 100 different crafts. Prior to Safecity, she founded and ran DesiCrew, a for-profit organization focused on creating knowledgebased livelihood opportunities in small towns and rural areas. She stepped down as a the CEO in March 2012, but continues to participate on the board. An engineer from Pune University, she began her career with WebChutney, the number one interactive media agency in India. She is also pursuing a Masters in Social Innovation in the Digital Context.
CEO, Bharti Foundation
Vijay Chadda joined Bharti Foundation as its Chief Executive Officer in October 2008. Under his leadership, the Satya Bharti School Program has grown to provide free quality education to over 40,000 children, with special focus on the girl child and marginalized communities, through its 254 schools across six states in India. Previously, Vijay spent over 15 years with corporations (CEO-TUI LePassage, CEO-Carlson Wagonlit Travel and AFL) and 20 years in the armed forces. He is a graduate from the National Defence Academy (Khadakvasla, India); The Canadian Forces Command and Staff College (Toronto, Canada) and M. Sc. (Defense Studies) from Madras University (India).
Executive Director, Totus HR School and Volunteer- Joy of Giving Week
Veena Padmanabhan has 19 years experience in the IT & Energy Industry across Corporate and Business HR roles. Multi functional expertise – M&A, Communication & Employer Branding, People Practices, IS and Sustainability Initiatives. Since 2013, she is a volunteer with Joy of Giving Week. www.joyofgivingweek.org and Executive Director with Totus HR School. Veena is an alumni of XLRI Jamshedpur.
Y. Suresh Reddy,
Director, SRF Foundation
Y. Suresh Reddy, is Director of SRF Foundation. He took his Ph. D. in Public Administration from SV University, Tirupati. He has nearly 20 years of programming experience associated with Academic, Govt., NGO and Corporate Foundations, he has so far worked for Byrraju Foundation, Hyderabad; Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Hyderabad; CARE India, New Delhi; State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), New Delhi. He has many research papers and a couple of books to his credit. His areas of interest include Corporate Social Responsibility, School Education, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for development, Building Public Private Community Partnerships for Education, Child Labor, Vocational Skills and Rural Development.