Ajay Singh Mehta, President, Seva Mandir
Ajay joined Seva Mandir in 1985 and was its Chief Executive from 1990-1999. He then served as the Executive Director of the National Foundation for India for 10 years. He currently sits on a number of boards including the Rajasthan State Planning Board, where he heads a sub-committee dedicated to the voluntary sector. He was educated at Yale University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Seva Mandir operates in the southern part of Rajasthan. Its work area encompasses 626 villages and 56 Urban Settlements. The main areas of work include Natural Resource Development, Education, Health, Women’s social and economic empowerment, Youth Development, Village Institution Building and promoting Democratic Governance.
Reema Nanavati, Executive Director- SEWA and Padamashri Awardee
Reema Nanavaty leads Self Employed Women’s Association’s (SEWA) economic and rural development activities reaching out to seventeen million women and their families across India. Since 1989 she has pioneered revival, restoration and innovation of rural livelihoods from district to global level. Reema is being recognized across India and in the neighbouring countries as a champion for creating livelihoods for poor women. She was elected by 2,84,000 members of SEWA as their General Secretary in the year 1999. Since then, Reema has expanded SEWA membership to new heights of 5,30,000 making SEWA the single largest union of informal sector workers in India. Reema currently manages US$ 6 million strong economic activities of SEWA through a federation of 100 cooperatives, nine district associations of artisans, salt farmers, and forestry workers, and a direct outlet of 12000 artisans. Reema graduated in science from Gujarat University and was selected to IAS services of Government of India.
Vijay Mahajan, Founder & Chairman, Basix
Vijay Mahajan is the Founder and Chairman of the BASIX Group. He served on the Rangarajan Committee on Financial Inclusion and the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms. He co-authored a book “The Forgotten Sector” and has written 60 articles. He is Chair of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global microfi nance forum, comprising nearly 40 bilateral, multilateral and foundations in development. He is an alumnus of IIM-A and IIT-Delhi, and a mid-career Fellow at the Princeton University, USA.