Board of Trustees
Mr. Jayachandran Palazhy
Dr. N. Venugopalan
Mr. Oommen George
Dr. Neelakandan Ajayakumar
Mrs. Karthiayani Amma
Mrs. Seena Gopinath
Srilatha Batliwala is a feminist activist and researcher who is currently Scholar Associate with the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). Since the 1970s, Srilatha has worked for gender equality and women’s empowerment through grassroots activism, advocacy, teaching, research, training, grantmaking and organizational development. Up to the mid-90s, she focused on building movements of poor urban and rural women in India. She then moved on to work in several premier international institutions - including as a Program Officer in the Ford Foundation, New York (1997-2000), and as Civil Society Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University (2001-2009), and since 2007, with AWID. Srilatha has published extensively on a range of women’s issues. Her current work focuses on the concepts and practices of feminist movement building, monitoring and evaluation of women’s rights, and supporting young women activists in the South. She lives and works from her home base in Bangalore, India.
Prashant Sankaran has 25 years of experience, spanning multiple industries from Manufacturing to Banking to IT and BPO. The first part of his career was in Human resources, handling specialist as well as generalist roles as Head of HR for Motorola’ s software division and Digital GlobalSoft. He then moved to business leadership roles, including setting up the Technical Support business for Digital/Hewlett Packard and growing it to a 2500+ people organisation. For the last 5 years, he has been associated with Indian companies in the SME sector. Currently, he is a Director with Interweave Consulting, and does independent consulting work for corporate and social sector organizations. He also volunteers time as a mentor for start-up companies and entrepreneurs at the Entrepreneur Development Cell of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Prashant has a graduate degree in chemistry and is an alumnus of XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Suresh Seetharaman has always been a true maverick and was recently selected to represent India at the Bath World Economic forum. Currently, Suresh serves as a mentor at X-Media Lab, the internationally acclaimed think-tank and creative workshop for digital media professionals. As co-founder and President of Liquid Comics and Liquid Studios, formerly known as Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation, Suresh is inspiring a new Indian generation of creative talent to invent mythologies and spark a creative renaissance in global character entertainment. Liquid Comics creates original IP for worldwide audiences and produces content for comic books, films, animation, video games, television programming, merchandise, and digital media. Suresh’s vast experience includes positions as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Clarion McCann, National Creative Director of J Walter Thompson – India and has worked as Regional Creative Director Asia Pacific based in Singapore. He is also the Founder Director of Creative Works Private Limited, a creative hot-shop that has developed and built many of today's leading brands in the Asia-Pacific region. Suresh holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising and Marketing from the School of Visual Arts, New York—the first Indian to earn a BFA from the renowned institution.
A Chartered Accountant, by profession, Y. V. S. Vinod visualized the need to ease the labour-intensive finance burden on small and medium sized organizations, which have to spend considerable man-hours on finance, diverting their attentions away from their core activities. It is with the same vision that he heads the successful Y.V.S. Vinod Chartered Accountants and mentors Auditax.
Fluent and proficient in all aspects of the real estate business, C. Prabhakar’s attention to detail is matched by his incredibly high energy level. His creative thinking combined with his enormous technical ability are the key components for managing the technical, architectural and marketing team of the Gopalan Group. C. Prabhakar holds a Bachelor of Architect Degree from Bangalore University and a Post Graduate qualification from Harvard Business School , Boston, USA.