Board Members

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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.

Dr. Manab Chakraborty, Ph.D

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).

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Mr. Ranjan Chatterjee, Retd., IAS

Executive Member

Mr. Ranjan Chatterjee is a retired IAS Officer.  He was the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of India, New Delhi (2004-07); Chief Secretary, Government of Meghalaya (2007-09), Consultant, Planning Commission, Government of India (2009-12), looking after the Environment and Forests Sector. He also served as an Expert Member, National Green Tribunal, Principal Bench, Delhi (2013-17), where he was part of the bench which passed some landmark judgements. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the National Law School University, Guwahati. He is an alumnus of the Hindu college, Delhi University, he post-graduated from the London School of Economics, London, and the National Defence College, Delhi. 

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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.

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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.

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Mr. Rajkamal Mukherjee

Executive Member

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.

Mr. Venkata Rambabu Gurrala

Treasurer

Mr. Venkata Ram Babu Gurrala 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. 

Dr. G C Siluvappan

Executive Member

Dr Siluvappan has over 40 years of experience in development sector.  He has done his PHd in Futurology from Gandhigram Rural Institute.  He's an accomplished development professional   and has  proven track record of leading, managing, and implementing donor-funded development programs. He was working with  CARITAS India and prior to that he was working as Country Director for HEKS for more than 23 years.    He has joined PnP Board  in September 2020.