Board Members

Dr. K.R. Viswanathan

Chairman

Dr Viswanathan had earlier worked as Deputy Head (Climate Change and Development) at the Embassy of Switzerland in India. Before that, he had worked as the Senior Adviser of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Joint / Additional Commissioner at the Ministry of Agriculture Govt of India, and Principal Director of Defence Research and Development Organisation. He is a veterinarian by training with a Masters in Veterinary Sciences and MBA. Dr Viswanathan was awarded the VISHIST SEVA MEDAL by the President of India in 1985 for the service to Defence of the highest order.

Mr. Manab Chakraborty

Executive Member

Manab is an experienced development professional with experience in over 30 countries as a UN civil servant, consultant to international agencies, and national governments. He is the promoter and chief executive officer of Mimo Finance. Initially, his career focused on poverty eradication and natural resource management activities primarily in Asia and Africa. Manab is currently focusing on unleashing the economic potential of the billion people at the bottom of the pyramid and devising strategies and tools for newer institutional frameworks that are needed to address development problems. He has postgraduate degrees in rural development from ISS, Holland; environmental economics, University College London, London; and MBA from Kellogg School of Management and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

Mr. P M Srinivas

Executive Member

Mr. Polamarasetty Murali Srinivas is currently the CEO of SMILE Microfinance Limited, Chennai, a NBFC-MFI with Rs. 5000 million gross loan portfolio. His entrepreneurial successes include Bibo, a bottled water company in Hyderabad. He has more than 15 years experience in IT startups, micro-health insurance, affordable housing, drinking water and sanitation. He has a postgraduate degree in political science from Loyola College, Chennai.

Dr. Nandita Ray

Secretary

Dr Ray is a qualified Chartered Accountant and member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. A considerable part of her professional association spanning over 35 years has been for the social sector holding very senior-level positions for various organizations as well as an independent consultant. She began her professional career at Hindustan Lever Limited Bombay in the year 1970 and since then she has been holding official positions in social organizations viz., MD – Mahila Super Bazaar- Andhra Pradesh; Director – Outreach, Karnataka, Trustee – Samakhya etc., During the past 35 years she has been engaged as Consultant (Independent and Associate) for various national and international organizations.

Dr. Maitrayee Mukerji

Executive Member

Dr Mukerji is an Adjunct Faculty at the Centre for Excellence in Sustainable Development, IIM Kashipur. She completed her doctoral study from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA). Her thesis was published as a book titled ICTs and Development: A Study of Telecentres in Rural India by Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 2013. Her expertise lies in doing interdisciplinary research in the area of technology, organizations and society with a current focus on applications of data analytics for development policy and planning.

Mr. V. Ram Babu Guralla

Executive Member

Venkata Ram Babu Guralla is a retired officer of Indian Airforce. He has previously worked for several NGOs offering health insurance services to people at the bottom of the pyramid. In 2017, he founded EXCEL Modular Systems LLP, a Hyderabad based company offering a wide range of cost-effective and quality solutions for the Office, Educational Institutional and Industrial applications. Over the last 7 years, the company has grown enormously and today has a number of reference installations in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to its credit.

Mr. Rajkamal Mukherjee

Treasurer

An ex-banker, Rajkamal is a microfinance veteran. He has previously worked with Central Bank of India, Sa-Dhan India Microfinance, and Micro Insurance Academy. He has consulted for international NGOs, national government, bilateral and multilateral agencies in India, Afghanistan and Thailand.

Dr. Srinivas Chokkakula

Executive Member

Dr Srinivas is in the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Professorial Research Chair - Water Conflicts and Governance, at Centre for Policy Research, Delhi. His research and policy interests are primarily in the water sector, focusing on transboundary water conflict/cooperation and governance. Before his PhD and moving to academia, Srinivas has worked as a professional, engaging with wide-ranging topics: urban and regional planning, and local governance in India; disaster response and reconstruction; and indigenous knowledge systems for natural resource management. Srinivas has a PhD from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an MA from the University of Miami, USA in political geography; an earlier Masters in Urban Environmental Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad; and a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from Kakatiya University, Warangal.

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