Chairperson, Credibility Alliance
Chairman, Development Research & Action Group (DRAG)
Dr. Gautam Vohra is the Managing Director, Kaagaz International, a niche publishing house on alternative lifestyles and the arts. He has remained the President of the NGO Club, the NGO Foundation. Chairman of Development Research and Action Group (DRAG) since 1998, Mr. Vohra also manages a primary school for the indigent, apart from running a Women Skill Development Centre. He has also served as an Assistant Editor and Editor for The Times of India and the Sunday Times group.
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Chief Executive of SACH,
Director of Four X4 Consulting Private Limited,
Director of IT Division for customising IT application
Mr. K.P. Rajendran is a development professional engaged in strengthening Civil Society Action in India. He is a Post-graduate in Economics and has done an Advanced Course in Urban Management from School of Public Policy, Birmingham University, UK. Rajendran has been engaged in a variety of issues of development, Public Health, Livelihoods, Civil Society Strengthening, Research and Institutional Development. Apart from pursuing development career with leading development agencies like Educational Resource Center, Aga Khan Foundation, Orbis International, Christian Children’s Fund, he has also worked as Consultant to DFID, USAID, WHO- India, Unicef Bihar, GIZ, SOS Kinderdorf International- Austria, Asia, and SOSCVI, CASA, HelpAge India, etc. Rajendran has worked in senior management positions for over 18 years and left hisfulltime assignment to work on innovation and entrepreneurship in India. Currently he is engaged in promotion entrepreneurship involving health issues. He has been associated at national level in designing and implementing Diabetes Education in India, build up Caregiving as a career for youths and middle aged persons in India. He is also promoting holistic care and services for the elderly and neurologically unsound persons in Delhi Rajendran has also been involved as Team Leader for various national and international assignments like audit of NRHM in Assam, Manipur, Mizaoram, Meghalaya and Chhattisgarh and institutional consultants to SOS- Children Villages of India, SOS Kinderdorf International, Project Hope-USA, DFID, Unicef, GIZ, USAID, CASA, Welthungerhilfe, KKS- Germany, KKID, and HelpAge India. He has travelled to various countries in Europe, USA , Middle East, and Asia in connection with his work. Rajendran has been a national level Specialist in setting up “Care Giving Centre”, help establish community based palliative care centre, community based eye care, training of diabetes educators and training and placement of caregivers. He has trained over 150 caregivers, managed training of over 3000 diabetes educators in India. Besides this, Rajendran has been engaged with the pioneer research in community health issues and has been one of the authors of articles on The Effect of Community Managed Palliative Care Program on Quality of Life in the Elderly in Rural Tamil Nadu, India and Role of social, cultural and economic capitals in perceived quality of life among old age people in Kerala, India(under print), assisted in writing a Chapter in John Wiley Publication on Civil Society Sector in India, and training and capacity building manuals for caregiving . Currently Rajendran is honorary Secretary and Chief Executive of SACH (Society for Action in Community Health), Director of Four X4 Consulting Private Limited (a social development consulting company), Director of IT Division for customising IT application to suit information requirements of CSOs, and Convenor of GeriatricHealth Forum ( a professional network of Health Professional engaged in promoting elderly health in India- members are from AIIMs, NIMHANS, MGIMS, SMVMCH, SACH, etc)Rajendran currently lives in Delhi and can be contacted:
Treasurer Credibility Alliance
Amit Arora qualified as a Chartered Accountant in May 2001. He is a C-Band Executive with extensive hands on experience in Management, business leadership and working with Board of Directors, Banks and Regulators. He is an effective Communicator; Trans-cultural individual with international experience across continents and industries Amit has been actively involved with electronic media. He has over 15 years of experience in both Doordarshan and All India Radio as News anchor, Radio jockey, commentator and correspondent. He has read news, covered diverse stories, conducted live interviews with wide range of guests and moderated many workshops. He was the official commentator for the Commonwealth Games 2010. Amit has also been a visiting faculty to prestigious institutes and was awarded the Best Faculty Award by the ICAI for‘General Management & Communication’ at the Annual function at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi in 2010 by the then Union Minister of State for Home..
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Head of Program CASA India
Mr. Jayant Kumar is the head of Programs CASA India has over 30 years of experience in the sector. Mr. Jayant Kumar is also a member of many boards in Government and NGOs. Currently he is the Chairperson of Voluntary Action Network India (VANI). He has monitored, evaluated many international projects and also the writer and editor of many publications based on disaster management. His areas of specialization includes Institutional development, project management and administration, project planning & formulation, pre-funding appraisals, Inter-sectoral coordination, liaison with multi-lateral and bilateral donors and governments monitoring, review and evaluation in micro and multi-sectoral environments, human potential development (Training) at conceptual (perspective, building) and skills level, OD application - vision and mission articulation and Participatory Strategic Planning, facilitating and coordinating networks, forums and coalitions for advocacy and lobbying. Strengthening of decentralized democratic institutions i.e. PRIs.
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Director Finance and Operations Plan India
Ashok is highly experienced development sector professional specializing in Financial management, Administration, ICT, Risk Management, Security management and Disaster response.
He has 35 years of working experience ,of this 30 years is in the development sector . He has worked in India and in UK. Before joining Plan India which was a decade back ,he has worked with Save the Children (UK) for more than two decades in India and UK. He has rich experience in capacity building of NGO staff on financial and legal matters and has handle work in various emergency responses.
Ashok has Master in Commerce degree and has done MBA with specialization in finance. He has done two years diploma (DBF) from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts and holds a law degree from Delhi University. He has done development certificate courses from India, UK and Canada.
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Director of SOIR-IM
Ms. Savitri Sharma, is Country Director of SOIR-IM- Swedish Organization for Individual Relief, based in Dehradun Uttarakhand. Prior to this she was country Director, Find Your Feet (a British Charity) in India and Nepal and Secretary to Saksham India Trust. But then those are just dry designations that do no justice to someone who is a passionate changemaker in the lives of those who need it the most- especially tribals, adolescents and women from deprived communities.
As a young girl though, when she had to write that mandatory school essay on life’s ambitions, she had little idea about the development sector. Yet even in those growing up years in Kalimpong, when life’s goals were decided more by circumstances than choice, she was an enthusiastic member of a group that worked for the rights of Primitive Tribal communities living in the hills of West Bengal and Sikkim. After a brief stint in teaching, Ms Sharma moved to Allahabad where she coordinated an integrated programme that worked to better the health, education and economic status of deprived communities. Life’s calling had finally found her. She then moved to CARE, India where from field officer who had to walk her way to some of UP’s most remote villages and teach women the importance of thrift and entrepreneurship, she rose to the position of Project Officer. Next came a two year stint as Director of Prerana Population Resource Center, Lucknow, an organisation which catered to the training and capacity building need of hundreds of NGOs engaged in implementing a mammoth USAID funded programme on Population and Reproductive Health.
25 years after she first knocked on a door to talk about how women mattered if change had to be real and long lasting, she heads the Find Your Feet India and Nepal offices she established solely and nurses the eight year old Saksham India Trust to implement projects that empower, among others, brick kiln workers and traditional weavers. Her list of expertise is long- Strategic Planning, Program Management, Liaison & Networking, research and analyses, establishing linkages, handling interstate partnerships- being just some of them.
The position closest to her heart though is being a certified coach for the Centre for Development & Population Activities, Washington – DC (CEDPA/PlanUSA) - a role that calls upon her to mentor women to develop the skills to find success in every area of life. This is a role she has played for women across the world- from Manju-a Raji tribal toiling in the mountains of Pithoragarh to Tina, who heads Youth First, an NGO in Madagascar. She is also one of the select few in the world to be trained, certified and sponsored by USAID as a master coach on “Women in management” and sponsored for certification and training by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as coach on “Women in Leadership”.
Ms Sharma holds degrees in Commerce, Education, and Social Work in addition to certification on NGO management from Bond Institute, UK in NGO management, and has multiple language proficiencies. She is, most definitely one of the finest embodiments of the belief that if the world is to change, women have to be that change.
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founder CEO and partner of WorkMatterz
Mr. Dola Mohapatra is the founder CEO and partner of WorkMatterz, a Management and Strategy Consulting firm that provides corporate strategy and people solutions to International NGOs, Business Enterprises and other ventures. In this capacity, Mr. Mohapatra has undertaken international and national assignments with various international organizations. Most recently, Mr. Mohapatra has been helping a number of corporate groups within India and outside to help them formulate, plan and execute their CSR programs.
Concurrently Mr. Mohapatra is serving as the Executive Director of Stop Hunger Now India, an international hunger relief organization that provides food aid and other life-saving aids to communities at risk. Before his current assignment, Mr. Mohapatra was the CEO/Executive Director of ChildFund India, which is part of ChildFund International, an International child focused Organization working in 30 countries for the overall development and well-being of children poor and marginalized communities around the world. As the Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Mohapatra steered a transformation process within the organization cutting across functions such as Finance, HR, Legal, Program Management and Partnership Management. To bring greater accountability and operational efficiency on the ground, following an international certification exercise, Mr. Mohapatra instituted a rigorous compliance review mechanism for all NGO partners. Based on the outcome of this exercise, operational standards were revised and terms of partnerships were redefined.
In 2000,Mr. Mohapatra was posted in the US Headquarters of ChildFund International, as the global emergency response program coordinator overseeing emergency response operations in several countries including East Timor, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Angola and many others. Also, for about three years, Mr. Mohapatra was posted in Bangkok in his capacity as the Regional Director for ChildFund’s operations in Asia. During this assignment, Mr Mohapatra worked with the country leadership teams in Sri Lanka, India, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Timor Leste and the Philippines to align country operations with the newly launched Global Strategy.
Mr. Mohapatra is based in Bangalore with his family. His elder daughter is in US pursuing her career in the field of communications and design and the other one is studying in the sixth grade in Bangalore.
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Anjani studied at the prestigious Mayo College, Ajmer. It was here that his world view took shape with culture, knowledge, and integrity becoming the cornerstone of his personality. While still in college, Anjani ran Delhi University’s first student newspaper, DU Beat; managed one of India’s leading rock bands (Susmita Sen Chronicles– Founder member and lead guitar player of the band Indian Ocean), and penned several scripts for theatre. But, it was a chance opportunity to work with Anna Hazare & Arvind Kejriwal, the orchestrator of one of India’s new-age social movement, India Against Corruption, that reinforced some of the values that Anjaniheld dear – integrity and accountability.
Anjani is a Chartered Accountant by profession with strong experience in audit, tax, and advisory of Trusts and NPO’s. He is committed to promoting a system where transparency and integrity in financial reporting is used as a tool to eradicate large scale corruption in Indian society, Anjani has conducted many workshops not only as a faculty for Institute of Chartered Accountants of India but also as an advisor to Government, Institutes, innovative Corporates, start-ups and NPO’s. Anjani, is also a Faculty for ICAI in its Certificate Course on NPO’s and Co-operative Society. He is also the member of the Task force for NPO Committee of ICAI. He is the National convenor of FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) for ICAI. Anjani, also, is partnering with the Ministry of Home Affairs-FCRA department to help them with their outreach programs. Additionally, Anjani was chosen as the best faculty by NIRC-ICAI earlier in the year 2015.
Anjani also serves as an Independent Director on the board of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited, BSES Rajdhani Power Limited and BSES Yamuna Power Limited. He is a member of the CSR Committee of the Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited.
Anjani has worked with numerous of corporates in various capacities. A partner with Bhawani Sharma & Co. Chartered Accountants, he led a team to oversee the financial reporting of PCRF (Public Cause Research Foundation), which is better known as Anna Hazare’s ‘India Against Corruption’ movement. He also has a rich experience in working with not only Corporates but also with a diverse set of Trusts and Societies engaged in different activities from Schools, Hospitals to general public utility. Currently co-aurthoring a leanirng series on CSR in association with IIM Ahemadabad. He has been invited to deliver lectures in various institutes and varsities including Shriram College of Commerce, Ramjas College, NUJS Kolkata, MS University Baroda etc.
Lastly, Anjani’s list of clients include Discovery Channel, Ebay India, Gail Gas Ltd., Hector Beverages (Paper Boat Juices), Goonj, Samhita Social Ventures, Nadathur Trust, Privartan, A.R.Rahman Foundation, Women Media Press Trust, TDH Germany, India Aids Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Aqua Foundation, ISCKON etc.
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Executive Director Eficor
REV. KENNEDY DHANABALAN
March 1988 UNIVERSITY OF SERAMPORE
Bachelor in Divinity (BD), Union of Biblical Seminary, Pune
April 1984 MADRAS UNIVERSITY
Bachelor in Science (Chemistry), Bishop Heber College, Trichirapalli, Tamil Nadu
2010-2014 Executive Director, Eficor New Delhi
2006-2010 Director (Development Education & Capacity Building), Eficor New Delhi
1999-2006 Manager (Various Capacities), Eficor New Delhi
1988-1991 Training Assistant and In-charge, EficorNew Delhi
Coordinating Residential Training Programmes