The Governing Board members are also a part of the General Body

Elias Gonsalves
Elias Gonsalves Member
P.V. Krishna Rao
P.V. Krishna Rao Member
Sachi Kumari
Sachi KumariMember
V. K. Swamy Member
Ashok Kumar Agarwal
Ashok Kumar Agarwal Member
Abp Joshua Mar Ignathios
Abp Joshua Mar IgnathiosMember
P. B. Sajeev
P. B. SajeevMember
Yogesh Kumar
Yogesh KumarMember
G. Hymavathi
G. HymavathiMember
George Koshi
George Koshi Member
Narendhar Ramasamy
Narendhar Ramasamy Member

Narendhar Ramasamy

Member

Mr. R. Narendhar is the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Related Disorders Society of India since 2009, he is actively engaged in public policy and advocacy for a comprehensive country strategy on Dementia. He is in the arena of development for over 27 years now. He served few funding organizations in leadership positions touching lives of entire gamut of social fabric comprising, children, adolescent girls, youth, women and elderly.

He is the Vice Chair of the Indian Alliance of Patients’ Group which is affiliated to International Alliance of Patients’ Organization and is also the founding member of Healthy India Alliance, which advocates for non-communicable diseases in India and is affiliated to the Global NCD alliance.

Mr. Narendhar is also the Vice President of a Delhi based largest NGO, Society for All Round Development-SARD working for quality education of marginalized children and their rights.

He is a post graduate in social sciences and has a PG diploma in NGO management besides being qualified in electronics engineering.

George Koshi

Member

George Koshi is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He is now a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is also a partner in Koshi and George, Chartered Accountants (an accountancy firm). He has specialised in work relating to charitable organisations and professionally assists over 100 NGOs working in the charitable and religious sector.

George Koshi holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Madras Christian College, Tambaram, Chennai, in 1978. Thereafter, he completed his chartered accountancy in 1983.

P. B. Sajeev

Member

Sajeev is a development worker since 1996 with diverse experience of working with a spectrum of INGOs, NGOs, Government bodies & programmes, Corporates and Institutions. With more than fifteen years of Senior Management & Leadership experience across sectors like Child Rights, Gender Equality, Skill Development, Primary Education, Early Child Care Education, Inclusive Education, Local Governance and Disaster Response, he is specialised in designing, implementing and managing small, medium and large multi-thematic impactful projects across India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bhutan and proficient in Research, Knowledge Management and Participatory Development & Governance. He is an avid reader who loves to travel!

Yogesh Kumar

Member

Dr. Yogesh Kumar completed his Ph.D. from the Giri Institute of Development Studies, Lucknow as an ICSSR Doctoral Fellow in Development Economics in 1990. Dr. Kumar is the founder member and Executive Director of “Samarthan – Centre for Development Support” working in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. He has an experience of more than 25 years in the development sector and is a professional of international repute on the issue of participatory governance and development.

Dr. Kumar has active engagement in local governance, accountability and transparency discourses with expertise in participatory planning, social audits, citizens report card, community score cards etc. He facilitated emergence of a network of elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions in Madhya Pradesh.

In initial years, he worked to strengthen capacities and institutional mechanisms of voluntary development organisations by designing and conducting trainings on various themes viz. development management, organisational development and participatory training methodologies. His training of trainers in participatory planning, monitoring and evaluation and process documentation has been widely recognised. Dr Kumar facilitated promotion of various networks of CSOs including a national campaign of CSOs on MDGs known as Wada Na Todo Abhiyan.

G. Hymavathi

Member

G. Hymavathi holds a Master Degree in Political Science. She possesses two decades of rich experience in social development sector focusing on women and children among the marginalized communities.  She is heading NATURE Organization as Secretary and implemented several development initiatives and projects towards Sustainable Tribal Empowerment, Strengthening of Community based Organizations, Health and Nutrition interventions, Child Welfare and Community Home Based Care, Child Protection Mechanisms in North Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh. 

During 2017 to 2020, she was the Chairperson for Andhra Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

She also promoted and nurtured 1200 Volunteers as a Social Capital – Strong Rights activists to lead the Child Rights Protection and Tribal Empowerment in North Coastal Districts of Andhra Pradesh, covering 25000 vulnerable children.  She has participated in various state and national seminars and workshops pertain to child rights, networking of women organizations, health, nutrition and livelihoods.

Elias Gonsalves

Member

Born in Chulna village, Maharashtra, on July 4, 1961, Bishop Gonsalves studied at St. Xavier's High School, Manickpur. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in History and Economics from the University of Bombay in 1982, he joined St. Pius X College, Goregaon, Mumbai. Bishop Gonsalves specialized in Community Based Development and Leadership from St. Francis Xavier University, Coady Institute, Canada, and did studies in Counselling. As a priest he was engaged in various capacities in parishes, youth ministry, social work and education.

He compiled the "AntarBhartiGeetmala" (In Seven Languages) Hymnal for Raigad Dist. He was the editor of the News Bulletin "CSA Impact", a Bulletin of the Archdiocese of Bombay from 2009. He has also written some articles in this bulletin. He has also written articles in “The Examiner”. He also wrote articles in Marathi in the Parish Bulletin and the Youth Bulletin when he served as a Priest.

He has been In Charge of Catholic Education in Western Region Catholic BishopCouncil.(Maharashtra, Gujrat, Goa). He was a main instrument in forming Western Region Catholic Foundation ForEducation ( WRCFE ) as Registered Company under Companies Act 2013.

V.K. Swamy

Member

Dr. V. K. Swamy is General Secretary of TCBC Commission for Education in Telangana- Andhra region. He comes with a vision to empower the downtrodden and the marginalized to excellence through their Knowledge and Skills.

Dr. Swamy holds two Ph. Ds -Research Degrees from Osmania University: Ph D in Education and Ph D in Business Management and holds three PGs- M. Sc (Mathematics), M. Ed and M.B.A and two M. Phil degrees. He has earned the bachelor degree in Theology (B. Th.) from Magna Cum Laude from Urbanium University, Rome.

He is one of the NAAC Assessors of Peer Team members of NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council) till this date. On 31st October, 2018 retired as Director of Skill Development in TASK (Telangana Academy for Skills and Knowledge), Department of ITE &C, Govt of Telangana.

He has experience over 32 years in the field of Education- offering Educational Leadership. He also served as Principal and Secretary of St. Joseph’s High School and Junior College, Trimulgherry, Secunderabad for 14 years.

Salil Kumar

Member

Mr Salil Kumar has over 25 years of professional experience in the social sector. His work has revolved around three broad themes – institutional growth & sustainability, program design & implementation, and operations management. Mr Kumar currently has an independent consulting and advisory practice. He also serves on the boards of Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), FXB India Suraksha, Unniti Foundation, all Indian NGOs. He is an avid traveler, biker and sportsperson.

Abp Joshua Mar Ignathios

Member

Dr. Joshua Mar Ignathios has had an excellent academic accomplishment to his credit. His Grace obtained Ph. D from Madras University in 2000. On completing his priestly formation from St. Paul’s Pontifical Seminary, Trichy, his Grace was ordained as a Priest in 02 April 1978 by the late Archbishop Benedict Mar Gregorios, the then Metropolitan Archbishop of Trivandrum. The present Syro-Malankara missions, institutions and parishes in Chennai bear ample testimony to the foresight and dedication of His Grace. He was made Corepiscopo in 1997, appointed the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Trivandrum in 1998 and installed as the first Bishop of the Eparchy of Mavelikara in 2007.

At present he is the Chairman of Madhya Virudha Janakeeya Munnani. In addition to this, His Grace holds Chairmanship of the Labour Commission of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India (CBCI) from 2002 onwards. From 2010 he is the President of CBCI Commission for Education and Culture. Each and every laudable position he held, remarkably portrayed his organizational skill and leadership quality. He also holds the Chairmanship of KCBC Commission for Vigilance and harmony, KCBC Commission for Human Rights, and Vice Chairmanship of KCBC Commission for Justice and Peace. He serves the Syro Malankara Catholic Church as the Chairman, Synodal Commission for Social Actions and Laity. He is the Chairman of Mithra trust in Madras. Being an active member of the Nilackal Ecumenical Trust, he discharges brilliant ministry in the ecumenical activities and relentlessly works for fostering communal harmony and integration. Along with the Bishops of the Episcopal Churches, His Grace has made several ecumenical voyages and visited many international pilgrim centres. He also visited the World Council of Churches’ centre at Geneva and attended an International Conference organized by it. Along with the members of the Ecumenical Trust he visited the birth place of Martin Luther at Wittenberg, Germany. His Grace takes particular attention in maintaining social rapport and contacts and is keen to observe the major changes reflecting on every walk of life.

Ashok Kumar Agarwal

Member

Dr. Ashok Kumar Agarwal is a public health specialist and working with PHFI Delhi (Public Health Foundation of India, based at Delhi). He is passionate to improve the lives of children, youth and adults particularly who are marginalized and in difficult situations, including the poorest of the poor. Dr Ashok has worked with many government organizations, NGOs (national and international, in collaboration with government) and other development partners in remote areas as well as the national capital.

Dr. Ashok is a M.D. in Community Medicine (1993) and M.B.B.S. (1988).

Meenu Venkateswaran

Vice-Chair Person
Individual Member

Meenu Venkateswaran is a co-founder of Pravah and currently the Director of Resource Management and Partnerships. Before her stint as director, she was the CEO from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this, she was responsible for leading and mentoring the Teacher Training intervention at Pravah into a very powerful programme for schools. She is also a founding member of Commutiny, the Youth Collective – a collective of individuals and organisations advocating for mainstream youth development. Venkateswaran has over 20 years' experience in the corporate and development sectors and has worked as a consultant at development organisations. She has been the head of the resource generation function and member of the Management Committee at CRY- Child Rights and You. She has done Masters in Economics and has completed her post-graduation in management from IIM, Bangalore.

S.P. Selvi

Treasurer
Individual member

S. P. Selvi is responsible for giving strategic direction to Credibility Alliance and guiding its overall development through the role of Executive Director. Previously she was the Head, Programme Desk of the Financial Management Service Foundation, which is involved in financial monitoring and capacity building of voluntary organizations in South Asia. She has also worked with Caritas India during her 25 years career. Selvi has a Bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Financial Management. She holds Post Graduate Diploma in Management (DIM) and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Management. She has facilitated a number of workshops in India and abroad for voluntary organizations in the areas of financial management, reporting and related governance. She has also been involved in providing Mentoring Accompaniment support to partner organizations of many international agencies in India in developing financial management systems and reporting and is proficient in the financial and governance aspects relating to Voluntary Organizations. She has also undertaken evaluation of organizations, which involved assessment of governance and financial management related aspects of voluntary organizations.

Rudolf C. Heredia

Individual Member

Rudolf C. Heredia was a visiting fellow at Boston College for the summer of 1997. He has his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Chicago (1979) and was the founder director of the Social Science Centre, St. Xavier's College, Mumbai from 1980-1992 and Director again in 1994-2003. In 1992-94, he was the Director of Department of Research at Indian Social Institute and edited the Institute's journal, Social Action in 1993-95. From 1998-2003, he was the rector of St. Xavier's College. His interests include issues related to religion, education and globalisation. He has been published in various journals like the Economic and Political Weekly, Contributions to Indian Sociology, New Frontiers in Education, Vidyajidyati Journal of Theological Reflection and in some national newspapers like The Times of India, The Hindu and The Indian Express. His published work consists of a book titled Changing Gods: Rethinking Conversion in India by Penguin India in 2007 and his most recent book was published by Penguin again in October 2012 called Taking Sides: Reservation Quotas and Minority Rights.

P.V. Krishna Rao

Member

Rao is a Post Graduate in Labor Management from Tamil Nadu Institute of Labour Studies and Bachelors in Philosophy from Ramakrishna Mission's Vivekananda College Chennai.
Work Experience: 25 years of work experience in organizations and Indian Companies like Ashok Leyland, Karvy Consultants, Dr Reddy's, AstraZeneca, Chevron (India, Sri Lanka and Singapore), Mylan (India & China).
Presently working with: Indian School of Business Hyderabad, as Director HR Areas of Key expertise: Performed diverse roles, Organization Development, Talent Acquisition, Planning, Human Relations, and Leadership role. Led organizations from 500 to 15000 employees in India and overseas.

Sachi Kumari

Member

Sachi Kumari : Chief Functionary / Secretary, Chotanagpur Sanskritik Sangh, Ranchi. CSS works primarily in the Chotanagpur region. " During its early years Arts & Culture was used successfully as a medium of "Transformation" to reach illiterate people of the region. In later years activities of the Organization were extended in the areas of Community Development, Health, Self-Governance, Rehabilitation of person4s with disability, Agriculture, Human Resource Development IGP and Advocacy,with the objective of addressing specific needs of the most vulnerable groups of the society i.e. Women, Children, Poor, Tribal, Persons with disability etc." SachiKumari has steered CSS for some years and earned a name for meaningful work, particularly among tribals.