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Who we are

Formed in the year 2000, Jan Sahas is a community and survivor centric not-for-profit organisation. Jan Sahas works with an aim to eliminate sexual violence and forced labour with a focus on the most excluded social groups through a comprehensive approach of- Prevention, Response, Rehabilitation and Systemic Reform. Jan Sahas believes that an issue as complex as sexual violence, can be tackled effectively only if these approaches are addressed simultaneously. Hence, keeping our approach at the core of our work, we have developed strategies of tackling sexual violence through- legal and social support, Land and property rights, Skill development and livelihood promotion, Mental health, and Early Childhood Care and Education. The organization is working in multiple states across India and carries out concentrated capacity building and advocacy efforts with the state and civil society organisations, thus having a national and regional footprint.

Our History

Jan Sahas started functioning in the year 2000 when it took up the issue of death of one child labour and two dalit labours in an illegal unit of firecrackers in Dewas, Madhya Pradesh. A group of volunteers decided to come together as an organization to seek justice, and Jan Sahas was born.

Initially focused on building awareness and community empowerment to end manual scavenging, today we strive to eliminate sexual violence and forced labour, and empower survivors of such injustices. We are particularly focused on the most excluded social groups, including those facing gender and caste based violence.

2000

Launched Jan Sahas with program on forced labour, particularly manual scavenging

2003

Registered as a Nonprofit

2005

Initiated work on land rights, Atrocities and first cases on sexual violence

2005

First dignity march; led by Dalits across 5 states

2007

Started program on sexual violence against women

2010

Dignity march led by survivors across 18 states

2010

Forced labour theme expanded to bonded labour; Sexual violence theme expanded to commercial trafficking and caste bases prostitution

2018

Dignity March / Garima Yatra reached 24 states; engaged 25K survivors, 2K stakeholders, 200 policymakers, and 2K lawyers.

Conversion of complaint to FIRs is 86% and conviction rate is 59% in MP against a national conviction rate of 24.2%

16,250+

survivors of rape and sexual violence are gaining support for access to justice and rehabilitation

₹4.3 C

compensation received by survivors from the government

722

survivors and their families receiving livelihoods support

6,200

girls enabled to leave caste-based commercial sexual exploitation, and helped prevent 5,400 girls from entering into sex-slavery

46,000+

women enabled to leave the inhuman practice of manual scavenging

6,800

women enabled to break free from bonded labour and provided rehabilitation support

66,000

migrant labours of Bundelkhand are being tracked to under safe migration project

Our APPROACH

Putting survivors and communities first

We prioritise survivors’ needs and agency in all our work. The social groups that we work with are an important part of agenda creation, taking leadership positions in planning and executing transformative strategies. Additionally, 90% of our staff belong to communities that we serve. This helps us ensure that no action is detached from its context.

Focusing on long term, systemic impact

We work towards creating a measurable impact. The focus is on low cost, replicable solutions that can be adapted by state and non-state actors. The approach is holistic and comprehensive, from prevention to rehabilitation, using a combination of development and rights-based approaches depending on the demands of the situation.

Collaborating with all key stakeholders

We leverage, support, and develop the capacity of state actors to enable them to better execute their constitutional duties. Beyond the state, we seek to partner and build alliances with actors ranging from community-based organizations, nonprofits, cultural groups, and solidarity networks.

our values

We embody five key values in our work as well as our interactions with people, internal and external alike:

equity

We aim to break hierarchies in society and within our organization through inclusive approaches. We pay special attention to the needs of the excluded to enable an equitable culture.

Dignity

We recognize the agency and value of each individual. People we serve are some of the most excluded; however, we also recognize them for their labour and leadership in the struggle against violence and inequity. We espouse respect even when dealing with conflicts.

Transformative leadership

Jan Sahas means ‘people’s courage’. Through our work we aim to cultivate this courage, and transform the people we work with and those we work with to become changemakers and leaders.

Co-creation

We intensively engage with and draw participation from communities and survivors we work with, as well as our team members from the field staff to advisors. This enables us to innovate, strengthen our strategies, and build capacity for change.

Integrity

We bear accountability to the community, survivors, and our partners. We share our results, challenges, successes and failures alike. This enables us to introspect and learn from our experience as well as from others.

Board & Advisors

Currently working as Account Head of MIS at Signode India Limited. He has extensive experience in MIS with a demonstrated working history. Before Signode, Amitabh worked in ITW India Limited Company as Senior Manager MIS and Assistant Manager in Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran. Amitabh holds a Graduation Degree from Symbiosis, Pune and Post Graduate Degree from the Institute of Cost Accountants of India and Indian Institute of Forest Management.

Amitabh Dongre

Head of MIS - Signode India Limited

Working as a trainer and facilitator towards participatory communication to enhance and trigger dialogues around issues of gender and health. Using storytelling approach, she has been working with adolescents and women to facilitate reflections and conversations within the home and peer groups on the issues of sexuality and reproductive health, sanitation and women, hygiene, mobility and education and gender. She has actively been involved in understanding the culture of sexual violence and factors that contribute to it.

Anushi Agrawal

Program Director - Maara

She is currently working as a social safeguard consultant for ADB and assisted Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Rural Roads Project. Before that, she worked as a Social mobilization consultant for DIFD and World Bank-funded pilot on community mobilization to improve maternal and child nutation in rural Madhya Pradesh. She has experience of more than 20-year experience in the field of development. Previously, she has also worked with Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, New Delhi, Ekjut, Jharkhand and Samarthan, Bhopal.

Bhavna Nagar

Independent Consultant

He is currently a member and co-founder of Samavesh Society for Development and Governance. Currently, he is an active member of the coordination team of MP Swashasan Abhiyan, a CSO working on strengthening Gram Sabha and Panchayati Raj. He has an experience of more than 20 years with Eklavya Foundation since inception. Additionally, he has also been supporting various government and non-government initiatives in the areas of development, governance and education. He has also supported the resource development team of Doosra Dashak, Rajasthan. He conceptualized and developed Chakmak club (an autonomous and inclusive space for children for their self-development and reflection) and Kabir Vichar Manch for youth and adults. He has a doctorate in teaching and education and was a Teacher Educator at DAV College of Education, Abohar (Punjab).

Dr. Ramnarayan Syag

Academician and Social worker

He is the Chief Advisor, India to the Environmental Defense Fund. Before this, he headed up Children’s Investment Fund Foundation across sectors in India and led their Child Protection portfolio globally. Prior to that, he set up Wikimedia Foundation’s operations in South Asia – promoting free knowledge projects like Wikipedia, the largest repository of knowledge in history. He had also led the national condoms programme and interventions for high-risk population segments at the National AIDS Control Organisation. He started his career in the corporate sector working with Hindustan Unilever, Accenture and Infosys, in sales, marketing and consulting.

Hisham Mundol

Chief Advisor – India, Environmental Defense Fund

Currently she is an independent consultant and working on facilitation of organisational learning processes, management of non-profit organisations and documentation, analysis and synthesis. Earlier, she was Regional Director of Hivos organization, headquartered in The Netherlands. As Director Regional Office, Jamuna contributed to Hivos’ institutional plan for 2011-2015 and to the development of the programmatic approach on which multi-actor initiatives were based. She is a mentor and advisor for Dignity Fellowship Program. She also has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Hawai, Manao.

Jamuna Ramakrishna

Independent Consultant

She has extensively worked in various issues ranging from manual scavenging and women empowerment to health and education. She is currently serving as a member of the district Child Welfare Committee of Dewas. She is also a member of Jan Sahas’ internal committee to deal with cases of sexual harassment at the workplace. Besides working with Jan Sahas, she is part of various other grassroots organizaions. She completed her graduation in Arts from Vikram University, Ujjain. She completed her education along with providing extensive support to all activities within the organization.

Krishna Panwar

Program Head - ECCE - Jan Sahas

She has acquired a Master's degree in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She is an independent development consultant with experience of more than five years with non-profit organisations, especially engaging with people's organizations working on various issues such as gender, caste, livelihood in India. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Manisha Lath

Independent Consultant

As a founder of Sudiksha Knowledge solutions, education social enterprise that focuses on providing affordable early education. He manages the day to day operations and functioning of the organisation and takes care of the implementation and execution of various programs of Sudiksha. Naveen holds a Post Graduate Degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal and has more than 19 years of experience in the field of education, skill training and project implementation. Before founding Sudiksha, he has worked extensively in different parts of India, both in the private sector and civil society. Previously he has worked with Eklavya Foundation, Naandi Foundation and Career Launcher Pvt. Ltd.

Naveen Kumar Pedalgal

Founder & Managing Director - Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

She is the Executive Director of Udaan Women Empowerment Society. Uddan was founded by liberated women and girls from caste-based commercial sexual exploitation and manual scavenging in Madhya Pradesh with the objective of ending caste and gender-based slavery including caste-based sex slavery forced labour and manual scavenging and ensure rehabilitated of all the liberated girls and prevent violence against girls. Under her leadership, Udaan is implementing programmes for girl education in Bediya and Bachada community and addressing sexual violence against girls in four districts.

Sangeeta Kumbhakar

Director - Udaan Women Empowerment Society

She is the Co-Founder of iProbono India, an organisation gives a voice to vulnerable and marginalised populations, enabling them to access justice. Under her leadership, iProbono India has provided the most vulnerable communities, access to justice. She holds an undergraduate law degree from NALSAR University in Hyderabad and a Masters in Law degree with honours from Columbia University, New York. She is also associated with Hogarth Chambers, a leading chamber of barristers in London, UK.

Swathi Sukumar

Lawyer in Supreme Court and Delhi High Court

She is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic initiative of Edelweiss Group – one of India’s leading diversified financial services group. Over the last decade, she has steered the growth of Edelweiss’ social investments to develop EdelGive Foundation into a strategic philanthropic organisation. She has developed a unique model for EdelGive’s investees which places them at the centre of grant-making, not only providing initial grants to these organisations, but also managing funding from other institutional and corporate partners, via a zero-cost platform.

Vidya Shah

CEO, EdelGive Foundation

Board & Advisors (UK and USA)

He is an organisational development specialist passionate about supporting the growth and sustainability of civil society organisations globally to increase their social impact. With significant contributions in the social impact and public sectors he brings a breadth of experience to support the development of organisations in the areas of strategic planning and overhaul, income generation for sustainable growth, leadership development, and governance. His work has ranged from large international institutions to smaller community based organisations, supporting them to review and re-engineer their strategic interventions and maximise impact. He has held non-executive director positions with national and international charities and with the UK’s National Health Service and headed up a charitable foundation that invests in training and developing healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Ajay Mehta

International Programmes Consultant - The Resource Alliance

He has worked in organisations such as the International Labour Office as Associate Expert International Labour Standards (ILS) and Human Rights, ILO in various positions in Senegal, Ethiopia, Italy, and at ILO Headquarters in Geneva. Since 2000, he is based in New Delhi and presently a Senior Specialist on International Labour Standards for the South Asia region. In his work, he primarily focuses on access to effective remedies countering practices of exclusion and discrimination, and the promotion of fundamental labour rights. He has a Masters in International Law and International Relations from the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Coen Kompier

Senior Specialist International Labour Standards, International Labour Office (ILO) - Netherlands

He is currently Director of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP), a US-based grant-making institution partnering with grassroots organizations across India. Before joining the Holdeen India Program in 2011, he held research fellowships from the Institute of Current World Affairs and the Fulbright Program and consulted on organizational development for non-profit organizations. He holds a degree from Columbia University.

Derek Mitchell

Director - Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP), USA

He has been part of senior regional management posts with the BBC, the UN, Oxfam GB and the CGIAR Group. His specialisation is in the area of the macroeconomic impact of epidemics on transition economies; labour law in the informal sector, focussing on the supply chain, ethical sourcing and corporate social responsibility. He as lived in South Asia for 27 years, in Pakistan, Sri Lanka Afghanistan and Bangladesh and latterly for 21 years in New Delhi. He has advised a number of large companies such as Michelin, McKinsey, BP, Rio Tinto, Syngenta, Glaxo-Smithkline and Unilever on social investment strategies in developing markets, along with INGO’s on constructing and implementing private/public sector partnerships. He holds an LLB and an MSc. in Development Studies (SOAS) and a Doctorate in Economics (LSE).

Julian Parr

Independent Consultant

She is the Executive Director of the Ashmore Foundation, the philanthropic arm of London headquartered Asset Manager, Ashmore Group. The Foundation seeks to support civil society organisations operating in the Emerging Markets who focus on improving incomes and livelihood opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalised communities. The Foundation currently operates in Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Turkey and is in the process of identifying new investment opportunities in Ghana, Peru and the Philippines. Prior to joining the Ashmore Foundation in 2014, She has worked at Comic Relief focusing on the implantation of their African Diaspora initiative. She holds BA in Philosophy and Politics, an MA in International Relations.

Rupal Mistry

Executive Director - Ashmore Foundation, UK

She is a Research Fellow at the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Her research and writing take an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in understanding labour markets, migration, and variegated citizenship. She focuses on female labor migration for employment in the garment, domestic, and other work sectors provide a prism for understanding interactions between gendered social governance and legal, financial, and political regimes. She has completed her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a BA in English and Ethnicity, Race and Migration from Yale University, and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy at Berkeley Law.

Shikha Silliman Bhattacharjee

SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

She leads the research vertical at Jan Sahas and works on action-oriented research that aids in the creation of data-backed interventions. She brings in 8 years of experience in research and public policy projects. She has a strong background in action research using mixed-method approaches. Prior to working at Jan Sahas, she has worked at Women and Girls Lead Global, and led the digital evaluation and learning component of the gender sensitization projects. She has experience in working on USAID, Gates Foundation and Government of India funded projects. She holds a Masters degree in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, UK.

Aarya Venugopal

Director - Research

He leads the Jan Sahas - Legal Team and coordinates all the Legal Work of Jan Sahas along with facilitating the incubation of the Lawyers Initiative Forum, a forum of lawyers from marginalised communities. Amber completed his law from Jamia Millia Islamia in 2018 and then did his Masters of Law in Access to Justice from Tata Institute of Social Science 2019.

Amber Fatmi

Thematic Director - Legal Support

He is working with Jan Sahas for the last 5 years, his work focuses on ending sexual violence against women and children. Currently, he is leading a team of over 200 members to end sexual violence against women and children with a multi-prolonged approach such as Prevention, Response, Rehabilitation and Systemreform. He has played a crucial role in designing, planning and implementation of national campaign called ‘Dignity March’, a campaign to end sexual violence against women and children. Amu has completed M.A. in Social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Amu Vinzuda

Thematic Director - Violence Against Children

She is a practising psychologist with 3 years of experience. She has completed her M. A. in Applied Psychology (with a specialisation in Clinical Psychology) and B. A. in Psychology (honours). She has also completed courses in Forensic Psychology, Restorative Justice and Community Mental Health.

Prior to working at Jan Sahas, she practised as an online therapist. Currently, as a lead for mental health team at Jan Sahas she manages and train a team of professional and barefoot counsellors to provide psychosocial services at the grassroot level, and oversee awareness and sensitization initiatives on mental health.

Apurva Sapra

Thematic Director - Mental Health

He is the co-founder and CEO of Jan Sahas and the national convener of Rashtriya Garima Abhiyan (National Campaign for Dignity). For the past 20 years, he has campaigned to end sexual violence against women and children and the inhuman practice of manual scavenging in India. His work to fight forced labour practices, caste-based commercial sexual exploitation of children, and human trafficking have received national and international acclaim. His extensive work on the ground has created platforms to empower marginalised and excluded communities and his leadership and guidance have helped Jan Sahas to expand to 7 states. He has previously been a member of various committees of NITI Aayog, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, and other ministries and departments of central and state governments.

Ashif Shaikh

Founder and CEO

He leads Land & Property Rights vertical with Jan Sahas. At Jan Sahas he has taken responsibility at various levels since he joined in the year 2009. Prior to this, he has also worked in social justice campaign and bonded labour program. His work involves strategic collaboration with government, grassroots organisation and institutional partners. He has a Master's degree in Political Science and Master of Social Work in Dalit and Tribal Studies & Action, from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai.

Gajraj Solanki

Thematic Director - Land and Property Rights

He leads Human Resource vertical in Jan Sahas. Hirendra left his corporate career in Human Resources to join Jan Sahas, to build a structured organization to attract skilled personnel who will contribute to the organization's goal. He holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Labour Welfare. His area of specialisation is talent acquisition, conflict management, organisation policy drafting and SOP drafting and implementation.

Hirendra Kankarwal

Manager - Human Resource

She leads the Monitoring Evaluation Learning (MEL) vertical at Jan Sahas. She closely works with the program team in strengthening and building robust MEL frameworks, data synthesis, and overall organizational development. Her primary focus is to capture impact, align programs with the MEL framework, ensure transparent and evidence-based program delivery. Her past experience includes working with United Way of Mumbai and Prerana. She has a Master’s degree in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai.

Jayadarshini R

Manager - Monitoring Evaluation & Learning

Jyoti manages Corporate Partnerships in the Fundraising vertical at Jan Sahas. Her core experience includes areas such as vocational education, women empowerment, livelihood and empowerment of persons with disabilities. She is inclined towards capacitating and building skills of migrant workers in the construction industry.

Jyoti Verma

Manager - Corporate Partnerships

He began his journey with Jan Sahas in 2003 as a volunteer and has a rich experience from the grassroots. He joined Jan Sahas in 2004 as a full-time employee and since then he has supported various groups and has been leading program team on the issues of labour rights. His strong association with various stakeholders has helped us in establishing linkage government institutions and private partners. He holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Vikram University, Madhya Pradesh.

Karan Rathor

Manager - Government Relations & Advocacy

He leads the administrative work at Jan Sahas, and is responsible for all the logistics and travel plans for 450 staff members of Jan Sahas. His role has been very important in the growth of the organization, and his 11 years of experience has helped support each vertical to hold a stronger stead through administrative structures he has built throughout for Jan Sahas.

Lalit Vaid

Officer - Administration

She manages the Institutional Partnerships in the Fundraising vertical at Jan Sahas. She initially was responsible for documentation and reporting, and she has grown and groomed herself to hold a strong foot in the institutional fundraising space within the system in the past three years of her association with Jan Sahas. She is passionate about working towards gender equality and justice. Monalika holds a Postgraduate Degree in Social Work, with a special focus on women centered practices, from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Her key interest and aspiration lies in supporting grassroots to raise resources for their groundbreaking work in the area of Human Rights and Development.

Monalika Tiwari

Manager - Institutional Partnerships

He manages ECCE concentrating on aspects like food and nutrition security in Damoh district of MP. He has been with Jan Sahas since 2017, and is working intensively towards a holistic development of the program through different technicalities of nutrition and pre-education. He holds a Masters degree in Social work in Dalit & Tribal Studies and Action, from TISS Mumbai.

Mukesh Ba

Thematic Director - Early Childhood Care & Education

He leads the overall field operations for Jan Sahas. He joined Jan Sahas in the year 2005, as a cluster coordinator for an education program focused on socially excluded children in Madhya Pradesh. He has developed various skills while working Jan Sahas at various levels. He has by far successfully coordinated and implemented 12 projects within the organization. He defines his strengths as to be a strong team player and project implementation on ground.

Omprakash Malwiya

Director - Field Operations

He leads Finance at Jan Sahas and is instrumental in the setting up of an effective and efficient financial system, and in mentoring personnel to develop a highly motivated team. He has over 25 years of dynamic experience in management of finance teams, supervision of program funds, budgeting, reporting, trust accounting, statutory compliance and upkeep of projects.

His past experience includes working in senior roles with the British High Commission, British Council Global Management services, Oman Embassy, and other reputed firms. He holds degrees in Commerce,Education,Law and MBA in Finance from reputed universities.

Rajesh Batra

Director - Finance

He has extensive experience in human rights activities especially focusing on the issues of Manual Scavenging. Since the last 14 years, he has been engaged with Jan Sahas and worked at various levels for the rehabilitation and abolishment of inhuman practices. He was also a research associate to Impact Assessment Study on implementation of Manual Scavenging Act 2013. He has also been a member of the Central Monitoring Committee under Manual Scavenging Act. Currently, he leads Manual Scavenging theme in Jan Sahas. He holds a degree in M.Sc. Chemistry.

Sanjay Dumane

Thematic Director - Manual Scavenging

She leads the Partnerships Initiative at Jan Sahas, her work includes bringing together civil society organisations in India as well as in South Asia. With 13+ years of experience in working with various stakeholders and advocating for rights of women and children, she supports organisations in planning, strategizing, fundraising and undertaking interventions.

She is also coordinating the ‘Maitri Network’, a nationwide linkage of 15 organisations across 9 states of India to address issues of socially discriminated women and also takes care of external partners across South Asia. She has a strong background in human rights activism and worked extensively on the issue of child sexual abuse closely with the Child Welfare Committees in Delhi. Previously, she was Director of the Women Justice Initiative at Human Rights Law Network. She has a Masters in Human Rights from University of London, UK.

Smriti Minocha

Director - Partnerships

She leads the Fundraising unit at Jan Sahas. She has 13+ years of experience in Fundraising in the social market, concentrated mainly in HNI and Corporate giving. She has successfully set up systems and structures pertaining to fundraising for her past organizations and is designing the systems for Jan Sahas to tap to the varied donor base in India.

Besides Fundraising, her interests are inclined towards organization development and communications, to build a leading and a bankable non-profit in the social market. She has a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship from NMIMS, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights from Indian Institute of Human Rights, Delhi.

Sneha Lonkar

Director - Fundraising

He leads livelihood and skill development vertical, for its fundraising, project management and implementation. He has acquired a Master's degree in Development from Azim Premji University, Bangalore and worked with Datta Meghe groups of schools as curriculum and pedagogy designer cum teacher for a year at the initial years of his professional life. Further to this, he has closely worked with the human right based organization.

Before joining the Jan Sahas team, he was working with Samhita Social Ventures, Mumbai, where he helps the company to drive skill development programs and was closely managing, monitoring, and implementing the programs for clients like Sriram Transport Finance Company, L&T, Lenovo, Jet Airways and CIBIL.

Sufaid V

Thematic Director - Livelihood and Skill Development

He leads the Communications vertical at Jan Sahas. He specializes in content generation and engagement on an interactive platform. With his experience of 8 years in communication plan and strategies and participatory media methods with non-profits and government institutions, he is managing organizational campaigns and developing effective methods for outreach through technology.

He has also produced documentary films and radio content for corporate as well as developing sector organisations. His films have featured in national and international film festivals. In his previous roles, he has worked with Tata Trusts, Bihar Vikas Mission, UNICEF, University of Hyderabad and Ideosync.

Sumit Singh

Manager - Communications

MRC Steering Council

Anu Aga is an Indian billionaire businesswoman and social worker who led Thermax, an energy and environment engineering business, as its chairperson from 1996 to 2004. She was awarded with the Mumbai Women of the Decade Achievers Award by ALL Ladies League, the all ladies wing of ASSOCHAM.

After retiring from Thermax, she took to social work, and In 2010 she was awarded the Padma Shri for Social Work by the Government of India. She is currently Chairperson of Teach For India. She was nominated to Rajya Sabha, the Upper House of Indian Parliament on 26 April 2012, by President Pratibha Patil.

Ms Anu Aga

Former Chairperson, Thermax Limited

Rati Forbes has been a Director of the Forbes Marshall Group since 1992; she was responsible for the Human Resources and Learning and Development function till 2011. During this time, Forbes Marshall was thrice recognised as one of the top 25 companies to work for in India, in the "Great Places to Work For" ranking - the highest placement being sixth. Today, Rati heads the Forbes Foundation and is responsible for CSR and Foundation activities across the company. She has been recognized for her social initiatives both within the company and in the wider world. She chaired Confederation of Indian Industry’s western region cell for social development for a span of six years, the cell's main objective being to sensitize corporate entities to their social responsibilities.

Rati has served on the board of two international foundations; she continues to serve as an independent Director on listed companies, as well as on the boards of varied foundations and nonprofits, across India.

Rati graduated in Psychology (Honours) and Sociology from the University of Mumbai and has also taken executive courses in human resources, organizational behaviour and strategic philanthropy.

Rati further holds a Masters in Sustainability Management and Leadership from Cambridge University, UK.

Ms Rati Forbes

Director, Forbes Marshall Group

Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic initiative of Edelweiss Group – one of India’s leading diversified financial services group. Over the last decade she has steered the growth of Edelweiss’ social investments to develop EdelGive Foundation into a strategic philanthropic organisation.

Having witnessed the potential of small to mid-sized, high calibre NGOs in addressing India’s development concerns, Vidya has channeled EdelGive’s structure of giving to include both financial and non-financial support to this special cohort of organisations. She has developed a unique model for EdelGive’s investees which places them at the centre of grant-making, not only providing initial grants to these organisations, but also managing funding from other institutional and corporate partners, via a zero-cost platform.

Through this approach, over the last 11 years, EdelGive has been instrumental in growing over 150 organisations, scaling their budgets, impact and reach exponentially.
In addition to being a non-executive director at Edelweiss, Vidya also serves on the board of various prominent CSOs such as Agastya International Foundation, Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy, Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy, Mann Deshi Foundation and the Indian School of Public Policy.

Vidya earned an MBA degree from IIM-Ahmedabad and spent the first 11 years of her career in the field of investment banking with companies like ICICI, Peregrine and NM Rothschild.

Ms Vidya Shah

CEO, EdelGive Foundation

Arun Maira was part of Tata Administrative Services for 25 years and worked at various important positions in Tata Group till 1989. He was the first non-bumiputera CEO in Malaysia when he worked for Tatab Industries from 1977-79. He was board member of Tata Motors from 1981 to 1989. He was Resident Director from 1981–86 and Executive Director in Corporate Office from 1987-89. He played a key part in Tata Motors successful entry into the LCV segment. After this he worked with Arthur D. Little for 10 years where he was Leader of Global Organisation Practice and Managing Director of Innovation Associates, a subsidiary of Arthur D. Little. In 2000 Arun Maira returned to India and had held the position of chairman of Boston Consulting Group in India till April 2008.

After coming back to India in 2000 and prior to joining Planning Commission of India, Arun Maira has been on the boards of several companies.

Mr Arun Maira

Former Member, Planning Commission of
India

Kumar Gera, Is a Civil Engineer who did his schooling in the Bishop’s School and graduated from theCollege of Engineering, Pune.He has been in the real estate development business for the last 40+ years and is currently theChairman of Gera Developments Pvt. Ltd.The company develops residential and commercial real estate in Pune, Goa, Bangalore and the US. Kumar Gera has served as,
a) Director of The National Skill Development Corporation of India as well as Director of IL&FS Skill Development Company Ltd.
b) Member of State Planning Board of the Government of Maharashtra.
c)Member of the Task force for the National Housing & Habitat Policy of the Government of India.
d) After serving as President of CREDAI (Pune) he pioneered the formation of the National Body of CREDAI (Confederation of Real Estate Developer’s Associations of India) and served as the Founder National President of CREDAI and Chairman of CREDAI for 9 years)

In his college days Mr. Gera was elected as Hon. Gen. Secretary of the College of Engineering.f) He has been National President of Indian Junior Chamber in 1975 and thereafter the youngest ever and first Indian to be elected in 1979 as the President of Junior Chamber International (an organisation of half a million members in 85 countries) during which period he was based in the U.S.Mr. Gera has travelled very extensively in 48 countries as well to hundreds of the small towns of India.

Mr Kumar Gera

Chairman, Gera Developments Private Limited

She is a former migrant worker. Her family has always been on the move looking for work as seasonal migrant workers. In 2018, under the pretext of finding her work they migrated to Maharashtra, over here she was trafficked to Madhya Pradesh and sexually assaulted. She was rescued and is now not only a survivor but also a changemaker working to empower other survivors of forced labour in her hometown. While she is fighting her own case, she is also associated with Jan Sahas as a Dignity Fellow and member of Survivors Forum. Through he association with Mazdoor Helpline she supports migrant workers in her hometown. She helps them find their own voice, creates self-help groups and community based organisations to ensure they work with dignity.

Ms Lalita Vadia

Former Migrant worker

Ashif Shaikh is co-founder Jan Sahas. He has a 20-year experience on working to towards safe migration, ending forced labour practices and violence against women through eradication of inhuman practice of manual scavenging, caste based commercial sexual exploitation of children and trafficking and also supporting to survivors of rape, trafficking and sexual abuse to access to justice in India. Ashif is member of the various committees of NITI Aayog, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and other ministries of Government of India, and received various national and international awards and fellowships including Ashoka Fellowship, Times of India Social Impact Award and Star Impact Award by Bill Clinton, 42nd president of the United States. He is in the boards of multiple national and international CSOs and networks.

Mr Ashif Shaikh

Co-Founder, Jan Sahas

With over 25 years of global experience, in technology, management consulting and investing/ funding. He started in Silicon Valley as a big five management consultant, building software application products. After a stint with technology start-ups, he moved to New York, to be part of an advisory startup led by President Clinton and Mayor Bloomberg. This led to another early-stage opportunity to join an organization led by Paul Volcker, focused on the financial sector, academia and government.

In his current role, as the Regional Director, India, Nepal & Sri Lanka with Ford Foundation, he leads one of the oldest and largest private foundations in the region, deploying capital, supporting visionary people and organizations, to solve societal problems.

Mr Pradeep Nair

Regional Director, Ford Foundation

MRC advisory Council

Shankar Venkateswaran is a part of the founding team of ECube Investment Advisors that is setting up a fund to invest in publicly listed companies and help them improve their sustainability/ESG performance. He also advises companies and NGOs on matters relating to corporate sustainability and sustainable development. His last full-time position was as the chief of Tata Sustainability Group (TSG) which was tasked with providing guidance, thought leadership and support on sustainability and corporate responsibility matters of the $ 100 billion Tata group of companies.

Shankar spent the initial 12 years of his career in the consulting firm, A F Ferguson & Co. (now Deloitte) where he worked with companies and governments on a wide range of management issues. He has held board positions with several non-profits in India and overseas. He was a part of a two-member panel that drafted the National Guidelines for Responsible Business Conduct, released by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs in March 2019. He is also a member of a committee that is developing the Business Responsibility Report aligned with these guidelines.

Shankar is an engineer and an MBA, and is committed to working with young people to increase their understanding and practice of the role of business in society. He is an amateur stage actor, an enthusiastic weekend tennis player and dabbles in writing.

Mr Shankar Venkateswaran

ECube Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd.

He is currently working as a Senior Program Officer in Ford Foundation New Delhi. Srinivasan holds a master’s of philosophy degree in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. His grant making focuses on the region’s employment challenge through research and dialogue on job-rich growth strategies, supporting implementation of key social protection policies, demonstrating models in key industrial sectors and strengthening rainfed-farming. His grantmaking also supports increased employment of women in non-traditional occupations and on making cities more conducive to the livelihoods of the poor. Before joining the Foundation in 2014, he served as Assistant Country Director with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in India, leading its work on energy and environment. In the early 1990s, he co-founded Samaj Pragati Sahayog, an NGO that works with poor and marginalized communities in central India on livelihood security and political empowerment.

Mr Srinivasan Iyer

Ford Foundation

Trishna joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation as Legal Programme Manager for South Asia in 2018. She manages TrustLaw’s network of NGOs, social enterprises, and lawyers in the region. She facilitates pro bono legal assistance for members, and supports strategic legal research programmes on regional and cross-border issues. She has a particular interest in peace building and business and human rights.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Trishna worked as Project Lead, India for Advocates for International Development where her work included developing research, maintaining and building networks and leading the training program on business and human rights in India for lawyers. She also worked as Assistant Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University and was Director for the Centre for Study of United Nations. She has been engaged with the development sector with several NGOs and International Organisations such as UNDP, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and has worked for the Government of India as a legal consultant.

She has worked as an Advocate in India both in Chamber Practice and law firms specialising in criminal law. As a lawyer enrolled with the Bar Council of India, Trishna has worked to ensure human rights of pre-trial detainees. Her work has also included advocacy for children and women detained under the pretext of prostitution and human trafficking having little or no legal representation. Trishna studied law in India from Symbiosis Law School, Pune and has an Advanced Masters in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law from the Geneva Academy.

Ms Trishna Mohan

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal is a film-maker, documentarian, writer, lyricist and researcher based in Mumbai.

From 2012 to 2014, Bhatkal was the Co-Director and Head of Field Research of three seasons of Satyamev Jayate (English: Truth Alone Triumphs), a television talk show hosted by actor Aamir Khan, which addressed social issues in India. In its debut month of May 2012, it became the most talked about show on social media worldwide.

Chakravarty Bhatkal has also directed Rubaru Roshni, a documentary that explores the power of forgiveness through three first-person real-life stories. The documentary released on Star Plus and Hotstar on January 26, 2019[5] and it also available to stream worldwide on Netflix.

Ms Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal

Writer and Director

Ingrid Srinath has been a passionate advocate for human rights, social justice and civil society in India and around the world for the past 20 years. Prior to that she spent 12 years in advertising and market research with Lowe and Grey Worldwide.

At CRY (Child Rights and You), Ingrid helped build brand and fund-raising systems, led the national coalition to make education a fundamental right and guided the organisation’s transition from a relief-oriented charity towards rights-based advocacy and movement-building.
From 2008-12 as Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, an influential global network dedicated to defending and strengthening civil society throughout the world, Ingrid helped restructure and reorient CIVICUS towards financial stability, accountability to its member base and strengthening its leadership of civil society in international fora like the UN, World Bank, IMF, OECD and the World Economic Forum.

Ingrid is a Senior Synergos Fellow has served on the advisory boards of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Development Cooperation Forum (UN DCF), World Economic Forum (WEF), Streetfootballworld, Magic Bus, Prajnya Trust, Danamojo, Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) and Fair Share for Women Leaders, the editorial board of Alliance magazine and on the boards of Hivos India Advisory Services, the INGO Accountability Charter, Public Interest Registry, Majlis Law, The Rules and WINGS - Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support.

Ms Ingrid Srinath

Centre for Social Impact
and Philanthropy

Subhalakshmi's career spans over 16 years in the field of gender and developing, mainly in the Asia Pacific region, and mostly in South Asia, in linking grassroots voices with policy, through research, advocacy, programming and coalition-building. Most of her critical learnings are drawn from the experience of organising and advocating for rights of Dalit and rural tribal women of South Asia, and centre-staging their voices into macroeconomic analysis, engendering of social protection, transforming microcredit programs, addressing issues of informal economy, unpaid work, gender-based violence, and in securing rights of women farmers.

Ms Subhalakshmi Nandi

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gayatri Divecha heads Corporate Social Responsibility for Godrej Industries and Associate Companies. She drives the Group’s sustainability agenda that works towards skilling and entrepreneurship, prevention of vector-borne diseases, rural livelihoods, and access to entitlements. Gayatri has worked in the development sector across a range of roles and organisations including in academia, the private sector, and nonprofits. Prior to Godrej, she was part of the Corporate Sustainability team at HSBC India, driving the bank’s portfolio of community investment programmes.

Ms Gayatri Divecha

Godrej Group

Mr Rajendra Mewada

Director, Yuva Vikas Mandal

She has been working with Fear Wear foundation (FWF) since 2013. As a Country Manager for India she oversees Fair Wear’s work and stakeholder engagement in India. Prior to Fair Wear she was working as Program Director at CIVIDEP which is a labour rights organization based in Bangalore, India. Since 2007, she has focused her work on labor rights issues in the supply chain -garment industry in particular, primarily concerned with the working and living condition of women workers in the global supply chain. Her work interests are wages, business and human rights and gender. She is the author of a number of articles and research reports on the issue of working conditions for garment workers and corporate accountability in the supply chain. Ms. Singh is a Commerce graduate from Delhi University and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with specialization in Rural Development from Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur. She likes to be healthy and loves reading, travelling and music. She lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two children.

Ms Suhasini Singh

Country Manager for India, Fair Wear Foundation

She is CEO of GMSP Foundation, a family charitable foundation established by Ramesh and Pratibha Sachdev, which supports frontline organisations working to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in India and the UK. GMSP balances an evidence-based approach with patience and empathy - leading to meaningful, longer-term relationships and measurable impact. This approach recognises the rights, dignity and happiness of the communities with whom we work.
After graduating from Cambridge with an M.A. in Economics and Management Studies, Sonal started her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company, working in London and Delhi before moving back to the UK to join GMSP. She serves on the UK board of Dasra, whose mission is to catalyse India's strategic philanthropy movement to transform a billion lives with dignity and equity.

Ms Sonal Sachdev Patel

CEO, GMSP Foundation