Advisory Councils

Council of Elders

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Arun Maira

Planning Commission

Arun Maira

Planning Commission

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Dr. Pradip N. Khandwalla

IIMA

Dr. Pradip N. Khandwalla

IIMA

Dr. Pradip N. Khandwalla served as a Director of IIMA until 1996. Dr. Khandwalla also served on the Boards of numerous corporations and on the governing councils of several institutions. Dr. Khandwalla has made contribution in the areas of Management, Organizational Sciences etc. by authoring over a dozen books and 80 papers and articles in Indian and foreign journals and learned anthologies. His research and teaching contributions have been in organizational theory and design and restructuring of organizations for management of excellence, innovative turnaround management, effective management of public enterprises and governmental organizations, and creativity and innovation. Dr. Khandwalla has won many international and Indian awards. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Dr. Khandwalla taught at McGill University, Canada for several years. He has M.B.A. from Wharton, Pennsylvania and Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon in U.S.A

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Ela Ramesh Bhatt

SEWA

Ela Ramesh Bhatt

SEWA

Ela Ramesh Bhatt is the founder of the Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA). A lawyer by training, Bhatt is a respected leader of the international labour, cooperative, women, and micro-finance movements. She was one of the founders of Women’s World Banking in 1979 with Esther Ocloo and Michaela Walsh, and served as its chair from 1980 to 1998. She currently serves as the Chair of the SEWA Cooperative Bank, of HomeNet, of the International Alliance of Street Vendors, and of WIEGO. She is also a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation. She was granted an honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters by Harvard University in June 2001. Ela Bhatt was also awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1985, and the Padma Bhushan in 1986. She was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 1977 and the Right Livelihood Award in 1984.

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Ravi Kant

Tata Motors

Ravi Kant

Tata Motors

Ravi Kant has played a significant role as CEO/Vice Chairman in making TATA MOTORS (TML) an admired and successful Indian multinational company. He has chaired and held seats on several Tata company boards. Currently he sits on the boards of Vedanta Ltd and Kone, Helsinki, as well as US-based non-profit organisations Enactus and Wonder Work.

The Chairman of IIM Rohtak, he is on the advisory board of IIT Kharagpur and IIT Mumbai as well as on the boards of the NID, and CGIO of the Business School at National University of Singapore. He has chaired the Advertising Standards Council of India, the Audit Bureau of Circulation and the Society of Indian Automobiles Manufacturers.

He studied at Mayo College, Ajmer, received his Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Kharagpur, India and Master of Science ( Management Techniques in Industry), Aston University, UK. He has been conferred with a distinguished Alumnus Award by the first two and an honorary Doctor of Science (Honorary Causa) from Aston University, in the UK. He is an honorary Industrial Professor at the University of Warwick UK.

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Vijay Mahajan

Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Vijay Mahajan

Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

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.

Council of Governors

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Anshu Gupta

Goonj

Anshu Gupta

Goonj

Anshu Gupta is Popularly known as the Clothing Man, has done his Mass communications twice and masters in Economics. Starting as a freelance journalist, Anshu left a corporate job in 1998 and founded GOONJ with a mission to make clothing a matter of concern and to bring it among the list of subjects for the development sector. A powerful and inspiring speaker, Anshu addresses many national and international forums to bring clothing on the development agenda and to motivate the youth to take action. An Ashoka & Schwab Fellow, he is a regular speaker in many parts of the world on innovation, leadership, village development, power of youths and social entrepreneurship

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Apoorva Oza

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Apoorva Oza

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Apoorva Oza (CEO, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)) Mr. Apoorva Oza is the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India). 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 as a Deputy Manager (Projects and Engineering) with Gujarat Dairy Development Corporation. He joined AKRSP (India) as a Field Team Leader in 1988 and in 1994, was the Head of Programmes. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AKRSP (India) in 2001. Besides his work with AKRSPI.

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Ashok Kamath

Akshara Foundation

Ashok Kamath

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.

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Geeta Dutta Goel

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Geeta Dutta Goel

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Geeta Goel is a strong champion of equity in opportunity, and ”sustainable impact”, Geeta entered the world of philanthropy and impact investments in 2007 with the India Office of Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Over the last several years, she has been part of the Foundation’s leadership team steering large-scale transformation, in the form of learning levels in government school systems, creating pathways to high quality professional degrees and aspirational jobs and improving income levels for micro entrepreneurs.She has served on the Boards of Ujjivan Financial Services, Janalakshmi Financial Services, Micro Housing Finance Corporation, Swadhaar FinServe, Arohan Financial Services, Sonata Finance, Basix Sub-K, etc. She was also the Chairperson of India’s Impact Investors Council from 2017-2019, and have been on several taskforces on Responsible Finance with the World Bank’s Consultative Group to Alleviate Poverty (CGAP).

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Naghma Parvez Mulla

EdelGive Foundation

Naghma Parvez Mulla

EdelGive Foundation

A professional in the philanthropic sector for the last five years, I am a Chartered Accountant and a Masters in Commerce by education. Philanthropy happened to me by accident but it took me just about a month to fall in love with it. My job in EdelGive Foundation has given me a great opportunity to interact with multiple stakeholders, understand their requirements and structure solutions that are mutually beneficial to all. I am the COO and lead the work in funding great philanthropic opportunities, help in their organisational development and connecting them to more donors. I am also Board member, Railway Children India and mentor at NSRCEL-IIM Bangalore’s Incubation Programme for Non-Profits.

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Reema Nanavati

SEWA

Reema Nanavati

SEWA

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.

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Shashaank Awasthi

V-Shesh Learning Services Pvt Ltd

Shashaank Awasthi

V-Shesh Learning Services Pvt Ltd

Shashaank Awasthi is co-founder of v-shesh (www.v-shesh.com) which is an impact enterprise he co-founded with P Rajasekharan. v-shesh assists Persons with Disabilities in accessing opportunities and organizations with disability inclusion efforts. V-shesh’s trainees work for some of the best employers in BFSI,IT & ITES, Retail, Hospitality sectors and the company has assisted IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kolkata, Indore), Chennai Metro Rail etc with their inclusion efforts. Shashaank is also India Advisor to Gray Ghost Ventures which makes early stage investments in impact businesses. Shashaank has prior experience with start-ups and in financial services and was head of Commercial Banking for North, East and South India at ABN Amro Bank NV before becoming an entrepreneur.

Council of Donors

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V. Bunty Bohra

Goldman Sachs Services

V. Bunty Bohra

Goldman Sachs Services

V. Bunty Bohra is Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs Services in India with responsibility for all the firm’s divisions in Bangalore. He also sits on several regional and global committees and councils within Goldman Sachs. Prior to assuming his current role in 2009, he was Global Head of the Structured Product Syndicate desk in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division and Co-Head of the Structured Finance Group in the Americas. Bohra serves on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan Finance Group. He earned dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Management Science from MIT in 1996.