Mr. Pavithra Kumar R, heads the Tata Trusts operations in South India.  A versatile resource, he has been instrumental in putting together the team in AP and operationalising the MoU signed with the State Government in 2015. A Project Management Unit (PMU) was set up to facilitate development of 265 villages in-line with the Smart Village Smart Ward scheme of the state government along with state wide thematic areas such as WASH, Nutrition, Rural Internet, Fisheries, Digital initiatives, Education, Livelihood opportunities, Health.He comes with 21 years of experience in the field of Finance and Social sector.  Prior to joining the Tata Trusts he was with Tata Communications Limited. He was also part of the core team that involved in Global fund raising and Mergers and Acquisitions across the globe. Apart from his role at the Trusts, he is a Director at the Vijayavahini Charitable Foundation (VCF) and Alamelu Charitable Foundation (ACF).