Chairperson of the Governing Council
Deepak Kapoor is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Fellow Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) as well as a Member of the Institute of Certified Fraud Examiners, USA. He has worked with PwC for over 38 years. Mr. Kapoor has diverse experience in the fields of accounting, audit, mergers and acquisitions, valuations, negotiations, forensics, and other management advisory fields. He has also served as the Chairman of PwC India Foundation, who has been instrumental in undertaking and fulfilling major rehabilitation work in Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Chennai, and Nepal.
Rajiv Kapur, Treasurer of the Governing Council, has been an international banker for over 20 years with assignments in multi-cultural environments in India, Asia, and the USA. He is also the founder of InvesTech. He has worked as the Managing Director of the Asia Financial Institutions Group at Bank of America. His expertise and field of experience include corporate banking, restructuring, mergers and acquisition advisory services, financial advisory assignments, asset securitization, capital markets, working capital funding, syndication and structured debt financing, trade finance, capital markets, and credit risk management.
Harpal Singh has a diverse and wide-ranging experience (of over 40 years) in the corporate sector. In the last decade he has substantially engaged with the not for profit sector and holds senior board level positions in National and International organisations addressing social causes around disadvantaged children, public health, the girl child and the environment.
Starting his career in the Tata Administrative Service he held senior positions with the Tata, Birla and Mahindra group of companies. He was Chairman and MD of Fortis Healthcare Limited and SRL Diagnostics Ltd. He is Director of Impact Projects Private Ltd and was Non-Executive Chairman of India’s largest Pharmaceutical Company, Ranbaxy.
He is and has been associated with school education for over 30 years and has served at the Board level with some of India’s most renowned schools which include The Doon School, The Scindia School, The Shriram School, The Yadavindra Public Schools and Salwan Public Schools. He was a member of the National Round Table on School Education, a member of the Executive Committee and of the Governing Council of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), a member of the Board of the Delhi Red Cross Society, a member of the Board of Governors of NIIT University, a member of the India-UK Round Table and India-US Strategic dialogue. He is a Trustee of Indian National Association for the Club of Rome. He was a Member of the Board of the Wadhwani Initiative for Sustainable Health (WISH). He is Founder Chairman of the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation and was a member of the Board of Governors of IIT, Indore. He was Chairman of Save the Children India and also a Board Member and Vice Chair on the global board of Save The Children International, UK. Through his own NGO, the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, he focuses efforts on the girl child, on the environment and on inter-faith harmony.
An alumnus of The Doon School and an (Hons.) Graduate in Economics from St. Stephens College, New Delhi. A B.S. in Economics and a Masters’ in Public Affairs from the California State University at Hayward (C.S.C.H.), California, U.S.A.
Mirai Chatterjee is the Director of Social Security at Self-Employed Women’s Association, (SEWA), heading the Health Care, Child Care, and Insurance programmes. Currently, she acts as the Chairperson of the National Insurance VimoSEWA Co-operative Ltd. and is actively involved with the Lok Swasthya Health Co-operative, which is promoted by SEWA. She joined SEWA in 1984 as the General Secretary after its Founder, Ela Bhatt.
Ms. Chatterjee serves on the Boards of several organizations including the Friends of Women’s World Banking (FWWB), the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), and the Health Action Partnership International (HAPI). She was the advisor to the National Commission for Enterprises in the unorganized sector and is in the Advisory Group of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Previously, she was also a Commissioner in the World Health Organization’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health.
Swaroop Sampat Rawal
Talented actress, former Miss India, and noted child rights activist, Swaroop Sampat Rawal is a superlative educational researcher and trainer. She travels across India to conduct workshops for teachers facilitating a general comprehension of life skills and drama in education. Selected by the former Gujarat Chief Minister to head an educational programme in the state, she has been training primary school teachers for the last seven years.
She also works with social workers and police personnel in Gujarat and other states, campaigning life skills and child rights. An expert communicator with over 20 years of experience dedicated to community development and advocacy within the field of education, she aims to help children overcome adversity.
Dr. S.Y. Quraishi
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India, Dr. S.Y. Quraishi has featured in The Indian Express list of the 100 Most Powerful Indians in 2011 and 2012. He has served the Government of India and has received several prestigious awards in recognition of his contribution to civil society and human development issues.
Mr. Quraishi has made significant contributions to policy and programme development in the health, woman, and child development sector. He is an active promoter of youth development and founded the Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development at Sriperumbudur (TN).
Senior Partner at DMD Advocates, Rashi Dhir heads the Firm’s Corporate Group. With over 30 years of experience in corporate, cross-border transactions and international taxation, he advises international and domestic clients, including several Fortune 100, 500, and 1000 companies. He has also advised several non-profit organizations like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, US-India Business Council (USIBC), US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), and USIN Foundation.
Besides being a business lawyer, Mr. Dhir is also an entrepreneur. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of USIN Foundation and has served as a board member for several prominent corporates in the areas of healthcare, finance, and technology in India and in the US. Before the Firm, he worked in New York for more than 15 years, first as a senior member of the Global Financial Products Group in Clifford Chance and then as Managing Director and General Counsel for leading financial institutions.
Mr. Dhir earned his LL.M. from Harvard Law School (Boston), the US and his LL.B. from the University of Delhi, India.
Stuti Narain Kacker
An Indian Administrative Service officer (1978 U.P. Cadre), Stuti Narain Kacker is the former Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). She earned an M. Phil in Social Sciences and has over 39 years of experience in Public Administration. In the past, she held important positions such as District Magistrate of Ghazipur, Divisional Commissioner of Jhansi, Secretary to Government of Uttar Pradesh, Director of Sugar Development Fund, Joint/Addl. Secretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Director of Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) among others. She has also authored numerous articles and research papers.
Besides working in India, she also has a rich background of association with international bodies like Voluntary Service Overseas, Sight Savers, International Committee of the Red Cross, World Health Organization, Leprosy Mission India, Handicapped International, UNESCO, ICPE Slovenia, UNICEF, World Food Programme, World Bank, CARE, and NORAD.
Vasvi Bharat Ram
Joint Vice Chairperson of The Shri Ram Schools in Delhi NCR, Vasvi Bharat Ram is a member of the Executive Committee of The Shri Ram Schools. She played a pivotal role in setting up The Shri Ram Millennium Schools in the National Capital Region and now serves as a member on the Management Committee of the schools. She was also the President of FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), the women’s wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
Vasvi is a strong advocate of equal participation of women in economic activities, who has been working towards women empowerment for the past ten years. As a member of FICCI’s Education Committee, she has led a number of initiatives to empower women in the field of education. As the Education Chairperson, YPO Delhi Chapter, she was the recipient of the award for the Best Education Year in 2013-14.
She has a degree in Bachelors of Arts from Delhi University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business of Fashion Management from London College of Fashion.
Padma Shri awardee, Muzaffar Ali is an Indian filmmaker, fashion designer, poet, artist, painter, revivalist, and social worker. He is well known for feature films such as Umrao Jaan, Aagaman and Anjuman. Also passionate about craft and clothing, his interest led him towards the field of fashion design, giving birth to ‘Kotwara’ a clothing brand he runs with his wife Meera Ali. He is also an active voice in the social space, driving change through various social initiatives.
Mr Ali is known for the ‘Dwar pe Rozi’ (Employment at Doorstep) movement which he launched in Kotwara, Uttar Pradesh in 1991 for the holistic development of rural areas and creating a culture of interdependence with maximum jobs for the locals. Rural education and skill development are other significant areas of work for him and in order to fulfil the same, he runs a rural school based on Humanist ideology to inculcate confidence within rural children. Mr Ali has served as a jury member for the prestigious International Film Festival of India (IFFI, Goa), has established numerous cultural festivals and is a recipient of numerous awards at both national and international level.
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Chairperson and Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group, Shobhana Bhartia served as a nominated member of the Rajya Sabha in the Indian parliament. She is also a member of the unparalleled ‘Alliance of Civilizations’ of the UN Secretary General.
Jamshyd Naoroji Godrej
Chairman and Managing Director of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., Jamshyd Naoroji Godrej is also the Co-Chairperson of Council on Energy, Environment, and Water and the Chairman of Aspen Institute, India. In the past, he presided over the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association.
Chairperson and Editor-in-Chief of The India Today Group, Aroon Purie is also the Managing Director of Thomson Press (India) Limited and the Chairman & Managing Director of TV Today.
Ajay S. Shriram
Senior Managing Director and Chairman of DCM Shriram Consolidated Ltd
Ajay S. Shriram is also the Vice President of International Fertilizer Industry Association, Paris (IFA) and the Vice President of CII. He is also the Chairman of the Governing Body of Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi and is on the Board of Governors of The Doon School, Dehradun (India) as well as the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (India).
Indian Chess Grandmaster and 5-times World Chess Champion, Viswanathan Anand was the first recipient of India’s highest sporting honour, which is the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, in 1991–92, followed by the Padma Vibhushan in 2007.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
Founder of Infosys Limited, N. R. Narayana Murthydeveloped, designed and executed the Global Delivery Model highly benefitting the IT services outsourced from India. He is an active member on the committee of Ford Foundation, Rhodes Trust, the Indian School of Business, and the UN Foundation.