Basavaraj Hebbal is a Chartered Accountant by qualification and presently working at Aga Khan Foundation India, as Internal Auditor from November 2015. He joined NEG-FIRE Governing Board in 2018. He currently holds the position of Treasurer in the Board.
He has a rich experience of over twenty-five years of working with non-profit sectors. His areas of expertise include effective management of finances through ensuring adequate internal controls system, efficient utilisation of funds, reviewing budgets and monitoring the quality utilisation of funds as per approved budgets, Internal audit partners’ accounts & compliances, finalisation of accounts, development of policies, procedures and manuals for finance, procurement, ensuring compliance of donor requirements as well as statutory compliances including donor audit, and capacity building of staff and partners. He has handled different accounting software such as Tally, Great Plains, Quick book, I-Scala etc. He has earlier worked with various organizations such as Children International, The Micronutrient Initiative India (now it is called Nutrition Initiative -NI), CHF International (now it is called Global Communities) and many more.
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, 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.
Abraham Kadliyil Abraham is member of the Religious Society of Franciscan Missionary Brothers. He has his MA and Doctoral Degree from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California. After his studies he has rendered servicesin various capacities to religious and human developmental activities of his Religious Society including the principal of Vidya Deep College, Bangalore, the provincial of Delhi province of the Religious Society, Chairman of ChildLine Jhansi, and the vice-president of Conference of Religious India. At present, Abraham Kadliyil Abraham is the Director of St. Francis School, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
A graduate in Law and a post-graduate in Commerce, currently Lourdes Peter Baptista is the Chief Executive of WaterAid in India and Jal Seva Charitable Foundation. Earlier he was the Chief Executive of the Don Bosco Development Society, Associate Senior Faculty with the Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and Finance Executive, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India). His major contribution has been in programme development and management, finance management and organisation development. He has developed the Post Graduate Diploma in Management of NGOs at EDI in the year 2000, set up Don Bosco Development Society in Mumbai and now Jal Seva Charitable Foundation.
Charles Irudayam is currently Secretary, Office for Justice, Peace and Development, Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, New Delhi. He holds a Master's Degree in Psychology (MA) from Annamalai University, India and a Master's Degree in Religious Studies (MRS), a Licentiate Degree in Theology (STL) and a Doctorate in Theology (Ph.D., STD.) from Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium. He has been the Secretary of the Center for Liberation Theologies, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium from 2003 to 2007. After his doctorate in Belgium he was teaching Moral Theology for three years (2007-2010) in St. Peter's Pontifical Institute, Bangalore. He was the associate Editor of Indian Theological Studies, St. Peter's Pontifical Institute, Bangalore and the Business Manager of Indian Theological Studies and Studies in Church Law, St. Peter's Pontifical Institute from 2008 to 2010. He has authored three books and written many theological articles both in the national and international Journals of Theology. He is a visiting professor at VidyaJyoti College of Theology, New Delhi. He is the member of International Advisory Committee for Hotline Asia from September 2010.
Haider Rizvi has M. Phil & Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Post Doctorate in Participatory Designing for International Development from Sheffield Hallam University, UK. A recipient of Manthan South Asia Award 2009, Haider has been managing national and international development programmes and research projects for the empowerment of poor and marginalized and has worked extensively in areas of strengthening of local self-governance institutions and civil society organisations; education agriculture extension and livelihoods empowerments; labour issues; health; ICT4D; poverty alleviations and gender mainstreaming. He has been published extensively on development issues in international and national peer reviewed journals. Currently, Haider is working as Director (Policy Analysis) at School of Good Governance and Policy Analysis of Government of Madhya Pradesh. Earlier, he has worked with national and international organizations of repute such as Sheffield Hallam University, UK; Azim Premji Foundation, India; Aga Khan Education Service, India; Sahbhagi Shikshan Kendra, India; V.V. Giri National Labour Institute, India; PRAYAS – Juvenile Aid Centre, India and provided consultancy to various national and international organizations. He is member of various national and international professional bodies.
Dr.Asha Singh is an independent consultant. She served as Associate Professor in Delhi University, Dept. of Human Development and Childhood Studies. Former Director, Education & Research, GalliGalliSimSim (Preschool Television in collaboration Sesame New York).She has also been a part of Azimpremji University, Bengaluru as a guest faculty. Currently, she is a visiting faculty at Theatre and Education Course at National School of Drama unit at Tripura and School of Vocational Studies,Ambedkar University, Delhi In early years of her professional experience, she has done extensive ethnographic work with the weaver community in Varanasi and with the farming community in the Terai region of Pantnagar. In her associations with NGOs have travelled to areas in Orissa, Uttrakhand besides extensive field work in riot affected communities in Delhi in Sultanpuri and TilakVihar. She also worked with teachers of young children using the dramatic medium to propagate the use of theatre as a classroom resource. She has been a regular panellist for NCERT talks with teachers in different states on satellite television as a Member of the Focus Group on ECCE of National Curriculum Framework 2005. Dialogue and enactment with other children has contributed in initiating processes of healing, recuperating and reconciliation an area of work with children who were witness to political disturbances in different parts of India. She was actively involved with a preschool television programme visualizing its curricular mission and guiding its content.
Bara was till recently working with the School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and is a historian on the subject of 'Education in Modern India.' He is a former Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla. He has published about 20 research articles on education of the tribals and other marginalized groups of India in professional journals in India and abroad, besides editing three books. He is associated with several professional bodies in India and abroad in various capacities. Presently, he is conducting a study of the educational status and challenges of Scheduled Tribes in Jharkhand and Bihar, sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. His areas of interest are popular and tribal education in India, colonialism and nationalism in Indian education, Christianity and educational development and history of tribes in India.
Sudha Varghese is a member of the Notre Dame Sisters Congregation. She is active in 50 villages of Danapur and Phulwari Sharif area, about 40 km from Patna. She was awarded a Padma Shri in 2006 and is popularly known as Cycle Sister because in this jet age, she is heralding a revolution on a cycle. Her only belongings are her cycle and a bag. She has been living and working at a village named Jaur in Patna District. For the past 20 years, Sudha Varghese, has untiringly devoted herself to the service of Musahars (Musahars are the rat-eating community. They are also the agricultural labourers and are very hardworking people, who are completely landless and marginalised) and the Dalits of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. She runs centres for Musahar girls and works on bringing them into mainstream society. Varghese's organisation called 'Nari Gunjan' works for empowerment of women and girls from Dalit communities. The organisation runs 50 educational centres, conducts over 100 non-formal, functional literacy centres for the Mahadalit communities, particularly for the Musahars. She fights court cases for those against whom crimes have been committed.
Prof. K. Sujatha is the Professor and Head of the Department of Educational Administration, NUEPA, New Delhi. She has done her Ph.D. (Educational Anthropology) from Andhra University, Vishakhapatnam and an International Diploma in Development Administration from International Institute of Cooperation for University, Rome, Italy. Prof. Sujatha has been a Visiting Fellow at New England University, Australia and has been consulted by UNESCO, UNICEF, British Council, UNDP and UNOPS. She has authored eight books and several research papers; published articles in national and international journals and conducted several empirical research studies. She is the editor of Asian Network of Training and Research Institutions in Educational Planning (ANTRIEP) Newsletter and also the Convenor of NIPEA. Her specialisation is Education of the Disadvantaged Groups, Educational Policy Analysis, Comparative Education in Development Countries and School Management.
A qualified Chartered Accountant with 20 years of experience, Meenu Chawla has worked in the NGO sector for the last 14 years managing accounting, legal compliances, audits, financial analysis in compliance with regulations, budgeting and grants. She has worked with an audit and taxation firm for six years, has prepared modules and conducted capacity building workshops for over 300 partners in the area of financial management. Chawla has also prepared reports for various government departments and donor agencies, and conducted financial reviews and evaluations of partners. She has a keen interest in developing Financial Management systeand procedures for NGOs, conducting trainings and contributing to the development sector as a whole.
Raymond Ambroise, one of the founding individual members of NEG-FIRE, was the Chairperson of NEG-FIRE from 2000. When NEG-FIRE was registered in 2005, he was elected to be the Chairperson for two consecutive terwhich ended in July 2011. Raymond is presently the Executive Secretary of Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences with its head office in Manila. His responsibilities include mentoring Radio VERITAS ASIA in 20 languages. He is also the Consultant of Andhra Pradesh Social Service Society.
Adrian Joseph Almeida, is a Gold Medalist in M.Com, from the Madras University and Rotary Award recipient for Vocational Excellence, International Visitor Award, 1987 and Fulbright Scholar Award, 1989.
His key areas of expertise: is in Policy Planning, administration and Project management, formulate annual budgets, recruit, train and supervise personnel; Design, Administer core skills training program for employee empowerment programme for Industries and building linkages between Industry and Institutions etc.
Almeida is the Founder Director: Centre for Vocational Education and Workforce Development from 1990 till date. He held positions as Principal of Madras Community College, Director of A Director (1996-98) A.M. Jain Institute of Management (1986-1996),Director, M.C. Jain Industrial Training Centre (1986-2001).
Anirban Ghose , is a Company Secretary (Inter) from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi and a Bachelor of Business Studies, University of Delhi.
Presently he is the Program Director, PRADAN, New Delhi. PRADAN is India's premier rural development organization. Please visit PRADAN website for more information on the organization. ( www.pradan.net).
His key areas of expertise are around livelihood promotion for poorest, social mobilisation in difficult and remote regions, fostering linkages of marginalised groups with mainstream institutions and helping them access government schemes / programmes participating in grassroot democracy and in leveraging information and communication technology for development, etc. He has hands on experience of staying and working directly with tribal women in remote naxal affected regions.
Dr Rekha Abel has a Ph.D in Applied Linguistics from the University of Hyderabad. Keenly interested in school education and child rights, she joined Catholic Relief Services in 1995 and worked with them anchoring the education and child rights programming for close to 15 years. She has also worked as a Senior Consultant to the Government of Andhra Pradesh on the implementation of RTE in AP. She has also assisted different organizations in developing strategic visions and plans, apart from conducting evaluations and assessments. She is currently based in Bangalore. Her key interests and strengths are in the areas of child rights, education and dalit human rights.
Prof. Shantha Sinha is an anti-child labour activist of international reputation. She is the founder of Mamidipudi Venkata rangaiya Foundation, popularly known as MV Foundation (which is named in memory of her grandfather Mamidipudi Venkata rangaiah), and is a Professor in the Department of Political science in Hyderabad Central University. She headed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights for two consecutive terms (3 years each); The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was set up in March 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005, an Act of Parliament (December 2005). Professor Sinha was its first chairperson. She was awarded the civilian honour of Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1998.
Sandeep Tirkey has over 23 years of work experience in development sector. He has worked with diverse range of development organisation like CASA, CARE India, IGSSS and Christian Aid UK and various Government Departments like Education, Women & Child Development, State Planning Commission, Tribal Welfare at State and National level.
Sandeep has been making his contribution to NEG-FIRE’s Vision & Mission for over 6 years now. He has recently been appointed as Executive Director. Prior to this, he served the organisation as Head of Programme, led the development, management and supervision of all programs and assured the programme quality at NEG-FIRE. He led a multi-disciplinary team that develops, pilots and scales-up appropriate pedagogical practices which promote primary education for children from marginalized communities. His core strength is to translate organizational vision into practices and creating an environment of shared responsibility within the organization. He loves music and is an avid cook and traveller.