Advisory Councils

Council of Elders

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Arun Maira

Former Member

Planning Commission

Arun Maira

Former Member

Planning Commission

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Dr. Pradip N. Khandwalla

Former Director

IIMA

Dr. Pradip N. Khandwalla

Former Director

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

Founder

SEWA

Ela Ramesh Bhatt

Founder

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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Vijay Mahajan

Founder Basix & CEO

Rajiv Gandhi Foundation

Vijay Mahajan

Founder Basix & CEO

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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Ajay Singh Mehta

President

Seva Mandir

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.

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Amirullah Khan

Policy Consultant

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Amirullah Khan

Policy Consultant

Bill and Melinda 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.

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Anshu Gupta

Founder

Goonj

Anshu Gupta

Founder

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

CEO

Aga Khan Rural Support Programme

Apoorva Oza

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.

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Ashok Kamath

Chairman

Akshara Foundation

Ashok Kamath

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.

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Geeta Dutta Goel

Director, Mission Investing

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Geeta Dutta Goel

Director, Mission Investing

Michael & Susan Dell Foundation

Geeta Dutta Goel is Director Mission Investing for Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Prior to this role Geeta led the Foundation’s Microfinance/Family Economic Stability initiatives. The work spanned grants and investments to support microfinance start-ups in urban India; catalyze the growth and sustainability of the low-income housing market; enable access to water and sanitation services through credit linkages; and aid the objective measurement and management of social performance by micro finance institutions. In this role she was nominee Director on boards of Ujjivan Financial Services, Janalakshmi Financial Services, Swadhaar FinServe, Arohan Financial services, amongst others. Geeta previously spent more than 12 years with Corporate Finance Group of PriceWaterhouseCoopers in India. She an alumni of IIM (Ahmedabad) and Lady Shri Ram (Delhi).

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Naghma Parvez Mulla

Chief Operating Officer

EdelGive Foundation

Naghma Parvez Mulla

Chief Operating Officer

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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Neelima Khetan (Chair)

Managing Partner

Nous Consultants

Neelima Khetan (Chair)

Managing Partner

Nous Consultants

Neelima Khetan, Managing Partner of Nous Consultants, is a senior CSR and Social Sector expert, with over 3 decades of experience in this space, having worked both with leading for-profit and non-profit organizations in the country.

She was the Group CSR Head for Vedanta Group till August 2019, where she provided oversight and guidance to the CSR efforts of 11 business units of the Group, located across India and Africa. She was also (concurrently) Vice President, CSR at Hindustan Zinc (part of Vedanta Group). HZL is a world leader in zinc production, as also lead and silver, and is among the Top-20 CSR spenders of the country. Neelima joined Vedanta in November 2015.

Prior to joining HZL, Neelima was the Director, CSR and Sustainability for Coca Cola India and South West Asia – where she worked for 3.5 years and led the company’s CSR/Sustainability programs across 6 countries in South Asia.

Neelima has long experience of the social sector, having held leadership positions like – India Country Director of the American India Foundation and Chief Executive of Seva Mandir (where she worked for over 2 decades leading a variety of rural development initiatives in the field of education, health, environment, women’s empowerment and community institutions). She was also the Acting Director of the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), from June 2006 to May 2007.

Neelima has served on the Boards of many NGOs (Gram Vikas, Ibtada, CAF, RIM, WASSAN, Utthan, Seva Mandir) and Academic Institutions (IRMA, IFMR, IIHMR, Xavier School of Rural Development). She has also served on many Central and State Government Committees, including the Land Reforms Committee of the Government of India and the Task Force to suggest Decentralized Funding Mechanisms to the Planning Commission.

Neelima holds a Master’s in Rural Management from IRMA and a Bachelor’s in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University.

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Reema Nanavati

Executive Director

SEWA

Reema Nanavati

Executive Director

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

Co-Founder

V-Shesh Learning Services Pvt Ltd

Shashaank Awasthi

Co-Founder

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

Founder CEO

Goldman Sachs Services

V. Bunty Bohra

Founder CEO

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.

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