Govind Nihalani is Plan India’s Chair Emeritus and Goodwill Ambassador. Mr. Nihalani has been a member of the Board since 2005, including its Chairman for five years. An eminent film director, cinematographer and also a screenwriter and film producer, he was awarded the Padmashree, a prestigious award by the Government of India, for his contributions to Indian cinema. In the last 35 years, he has received several national and international awards for his work.
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Rathi Vinay Jha has been on Plan India’s Board since 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Board. She has been actively engaging in the Because I am a Girl campaign as well as in conceptualising and designing the National Conference on Plan for Every Child. Ms. Jha has served the Government of India as an Officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). During her long tenure in the IAS, she took up and implemented many pioneering initiatives such as setting up of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and CSR in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Besides working in many departments in varied sectors, she retired as Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism. She has also been the Secretary General of the India Chapter World Travel and Tourism Council.
JVR Prasada Rao joined the Plan India Board in 2015. Mr. Rao was Special Envoy of UN Secretary General for Asia Pacific until July 2017 and currently the Special Advisor for UNAIDS. He retired as the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and served as Regional Director, UNAIDS, Asia Pacific from 2004-2009. He was the Director General of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) from 1997-2002 and contributed significantly to establishing India’s AIDS response as a world leader. Mr. Rao has served as Member Secretary of two independent commissions on AIDS in Asia Pacific and is currently a commissioner of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. He has been a great support to the organisation in the execution of Project Ahana.
An Economics graduate from Loyola Chennai, Madhukar Kamath studied Management at XLRI Jamshedpur. He has over four decades of experience in Advertising and Marketing Services and has spent close to twenty five years in erstwhile Mudra, now DDB Mudra Group. Under his leadership, Mudra transformed itself from an Advertising Agency into one of India’s leading Integrated Marketing Communications Groups.
In 2011, Madhukar helped Omnicom in acquiring of the Mudra Group and its integration into DDB Worldwide Network. As the Group CEO & MD, for 14 years, he led the group’s aggressive growth agenda – organically and through strategic partnerships/acquisitions. In 2013, Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy also appointed Mr. Kamath as Chairman, Interbrand India.
Mr. Kamath has actively participated in and led several industry bodies. He has served as the President of the AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India) and Chairman of ASCI (The Advertising Standards Council of India). He was also the Chairman of AdAsia 2011, India’s largest Marketing Congress, which was held in New Delhi. Currently, he is on the Board of ABC (The Audit Bureau of Circulations) and Music Broadcast India Ltd. (RadioCity).
Mr. Kamath has also served as the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the Governing Council of MICA, India’s foremost Business School for Strategic Marketing and Communications Management. Currently, he serves as Chairman Emeritus, DDB Mudra Group and Chairman-MultiplierMudra. In 2013, Mr. Kamath was appointed as an Executive Board member of Plan India.
Mr. Ajay Gandhi is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wings Infonet Pvt Ltd, developers of the Wings suite of business software products (www.wingsinfo.net). He is also – Founder Partner of Gandhi & Gandhi, Chartered Accountants, Hyderabad (www.gandhis.com), Founder Trustee for Manthan Foundation (www.manthanindia.com), a forum for public discourse and a Trustee for Hyderabad Literary Trust, which holds the Hyderabad Literary Festival (www.hydlitfest.org). He has also served as a Chairman, Hyderabad Branch of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and as a Vice President of Andhra Pradesh Tax Bar Association.
Ranjan Chak joined the Plan India board in 2011 and serves on the Board’s Marketing and Communication committee and Governance and Nomination committee. After working in the area of Artificial Intelligence in US and Europe, Mr. Chak returned to India in 1987 to help start up Hewlett Packard (India), before building CSSI, his own software product company in New Delhi. Subsequently, in 1994, as Vice President (Indian Operations) for Oracle Corporation, he created one of the most successful offshore software development centres in India. In 2003, Mr. Chak joined Oak Investment Partners as a Venture Partner advising a number of Oak’s global portfolio companies. He currently serves on the advisory board of Vencap International, is a Visiting Fellow of the Judge Business School of Cambridge University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Oakridge International School, Hyderabad and a founding Director of TEN Innovate Pvt. Ltd.
Atul Kirloskar joined Plan India’s Board in 2017. He began his career in the erstwhile Kirloskar Cummins Ltd. working in various manufacturing departments. After working as CEO of Cummins Diesel Sales and Services, he moved to Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. where he is currently their Executive Chairman. Besides this, Mr. Kirloskar is the Chairman of Kirloskar Ferrous Ltd. and Kirloskar Industries Ltd. He is a Board Member of Kirloskar Pneumatic Ltd. and has, in the past, served on the board of Bharat Forge Ltd. and Bajaj Auto Ltd. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and was the President of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, Pune (2000-2002). He served as the Chairman of the CII National Committee of Defence from 2000 – 2008. His wife, Arti Kirloskar was also a long standing member of Plan India’s Board, including its Chairperson.
Shireen Jejeebhoy joined Plan India’s Board in 2017. She currently works independently on research and evaluation in the areas of adolescents’ and young people’s health and development, women’s empowerment and gender based violence, and sexual and reproductive health. She is currently supporting, as Senior Advisor, the organisation Dasra’s monitoring, learning and evaluation activities in the area of adolescent health and wellbeing. She is also guiding the evaluation of UNFPA’s adolescent girls’ programme and provides support to several NGOs in India. Till March 2016, she was Senior Associate at the Population Council, India. Her research has focused on adolescent and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and livelihoods, reproductive health and population and female autonomy and its impact on reproductive health outcomes, especially in India. She has written extensively on young people’s sexual and reproductive health and development, women’s education and empowerment, violence, maternal health, and preventing unsafe abortion. She was a co-PI of the first sub-nationally representative study of young people in India, the Youth in India: Situation and Needs study. She has served on the councils and scientific panels of both the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and the Asian Population Association.
Justice Madan B Lokur, a former judge of the Supreme Court of India, has vast experience of more than four decades in Civil, Criminal, Constitutional, Revenue and Administrative laws. He was enrolled as a lawyer in 1977 and designated a Senior Advocate in 1997.
He was appointed as Additional Solicitor General of India on 14th July, 1998 and continued as such till appointed as an Additional Judge of Delhi High Court on 19th February, 1999. He was also appointed as a Permanent Judge of that High Court on 5th July, 1999. He functioned as the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court from 13th February, 2010 to 21st May, 2010 and Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court from 24th June, 2010 to 14th November, 2011 and Chief Justice of High Court of Andhra Pradesh from 15th November, 2011 to 3rd June, 2012. He was appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court on 4th June, 2012 and retired on 30th December 2018.
He was a member of the Mediation & Conciliation Project Committee of the Supreme Court of India since its inception in 2005 and later its Chairperson. He was also the Judge in charge of the E-Committee of the Supreme Court of India for the computerisation of all the courts in India.
He was appointed as one Man Committee to suggest improvements in the working of the homes and organisations under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection and Children) Act, 2000 and the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Rules, 2007 in 2014 and continued till his retirement.
He was also the Executive Chairman of the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee and later of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA).
He continues to have an interest in alternate dispute resolution mechanisms, child rights, legal aid, judicial reforms and judicial education.