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Venkat graduated from IIMA, worked first at “The Times of India” in various corporate and brand management functions, and then joined the founding team of Sony Entertainment Television in India. In 1996, he co founded Eklavya School, Ahmedabad. He later co-founded Educational Initiatives Pvt. Ltd, a company that works on improving the quality of school education in India. Venkat set up GiveIndia in 2000, to create a “giving culture” in India. In 2009, he, along with several other volunteers, conceptualized and launched DaanUtsav, a festival that aims to bring India together to celebrate giving. Held from October 2-8 every year, the “festival” is a platform that allows everyone from India’s poor to its wealthiest to give back to society.
Venkat is a signatory to #LivingMyPromise, an initiative where middle-class Indians promise to donate 50+% of their wealth to causes of their choice. He has recently been involved in an initiative called #EveryIndianVolunteering that aspires to engage every Indian in volunteering for social causes. He spends 90+% of his time and wealth to promote philanthropy and volunteerism in India.
Advisor and Head, Mental Health-Wellness Initiative for Project Mumbai
Dr. Chetna Duggal is an Assistant Professor in the School of Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. She pursued Psychology (Hons.) from the Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi, and then went on to complete her graduate studies in Calcutta University. She has completed her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from NIMHANS, Bangalore and her Phd from TISS, Mumbai.
She is a practising psychotherapist and works with children, adolescents, couples and families. She is the trustee of Apnishala, an organisation working towards making life skills education accessible to children from underprivileged contexts. As part of outreach work she launched the School Initiative for Mental Health Advocacy (SIMHA) under the Centre of Excellence on Adolescents and Youth (CoEAY). She was a committee member for curriculum development for the ‘Mental Health’ theme for ‘School Health Program’ under the aegis of ‘Ayushman Bharat’ launched by MHRD and MoHFW.
She is currently guest editor for the ‘Psychological Studies’ Journal and was the guest editor for the Special issue on ‘Spirituality and
Psychology’ of the journal.
Her research interests include psychotherapy practice, training and supervision, and adolescent and youth mental health.
Dr. Kersi Chavda is currently the Chairperson of the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) Task Force dealing with College Psychiatry. With experience exceeding three decades, Dr, Chavda has been a Past President of the Bombay Psychiatry Society Dr. Chavda is also a consultant at the PD Hinduja National, Hinduja Healthcare, and the Sir HN Reliance foundation hospitals In his various avatars, he was also the chairperson of the task force of the IPS dealing with the LGBTQ community.. which was successful to issue a position statement that was quoted in the landmark judgment by Two of the five learned judges when they repealed Section 377.
Dr. Chavda has been a Panel Member of the IPS task force that laid down clinical guidelines for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders The field of interest is kids.. had been part of the first panel of the Maharashtra government that had laid down concessions for Learning Disabilities in Mumbai Currently chair of the IPS TF dealing with college psychiatry dealing with school psychiatry and counseling Was panel Member of the task force of the IPS dealing with ethical boundaries between client and dr.. this is now being taken up by the IMC as a guideline across Indian health services Was chairperson of the task force of the IPS dealing with the LGBTQ community.. we managed to issue a position statement that was quoted in the landmark judgment by Two of the five learned judges when they repealed Section 377 Was a Panel member of the IPS task force that laid down clinical guidelines for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders Been working for more than 35 yrs Field of interest is kids.. had been part of the first panel of the Maharashtra government that had laid down concessions for Learning Disabilities in Mumbai.
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state, Dr Bhadre, Dr S R Talwalkar, Dr. M J Joshi, Dr M J Mehta and AMASI orations;
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Mr. Paresh Sukthankar is Lead Partner of Sanaksh Advisors LLP, a firm he set up in 2019 to provide business and management advisory services, primarily to Private Equity and Venture Capital firms. He is an independent non-executive Director on the Board of Commercial International Bank (Egypt) and is an Advisory Board Member at Yuva Parivartan, Kherwadi Social Welfare Association. Mr. Sukthankar is a member on the Board of Management of autonomous Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) and on the Board of Research of the University of Mumbai. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the College of Supervisors, Reserve Bank of India, and a Mentor to the Indian School of Democracy.
Mr. Sukthankar has been a banker for over three decades. He was part of the core team which founded HDFC Bank in 1994-95 and helped build it into one of India’s leading, most respected financial institutions. He was inducted on the bank’s Board as Executive Director in 2007 and elevated to the post of Deputy Managing Director in 2014. He tendered his resignation in August 2018 and completed his tenure with the bank in November 2018. Mr. Sukthankar has been a member of various committees formed by Reserve Bank of India and Indian Banks’ Association. Prior to joining HDFC Bank, he worked in Citibank for 9 years from 1985 to 1994.
Mr. Sukthankar is a Commerce graduate from Sydenham College, University of Mumbai and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS, Mumbai). He has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from Harvard Business School.
Ridham Desai is a Managing Director of Morgan Stanley with 20 years at the firm. He heads Morgan Stanley’s Indian Equity Research team which is the top ranked team in the country. He is the country’s top ranked equity market strategists and has been consistently ranked among the best analysts in the country over his career spanning over 26 years. He has represented Morgan Stanley in several public debates on the equity market and the economy and is also a regular media contributor. He has led debates on the Indian economy since the beginning of the 90s penning several path breaking reports on the country. The latest such report is India’s Digital Leap: The Multi Trillion Dollar Opportunity which discusses how the digitization of the country over the past three years is taking the country into a new growth orbit and how India could be best investment destination in the world in the coming years.
Manish has over 25 years experience in Infrastructure, having been sector leader at Crisil, KPMG and PwC. He has advised Investors and Government in enabling private sector participation in infrastructure. He is now an independent expert on Sustainability & Infrastructure Financing; and writes on public policy issues at www.askhowindia.org.
Besides being on the Advisory Board of Project Mumbai, he also Chairs the Rurbanisation COE of Jagriti Enterprise Center – Purvanchal. He is BE(Hons) from BITS Pilani and PGDBM from IIM Calcutta.
With an impact graph stretching across three decades, Shishir has ventured into several interconnected arenas of work each of them as exciting as the other, if not more. At the heart of Shishir’s core and vision, are not-for-profit campaigns and initiatives which help citizens achieve transformative change by engaging with systems and structures. Citizen empowerment and a qualitative change in their lives for the positive, is what he strives towards – in action and as a catalyst.
Up until November 2017, Shishir was the CEO of Bombay First, also known as Mumbai First, a unique not-for-profit model of Public-Private Participation which aims at making Mumbai a better place to live, work and play, for everyone. As it’s youngest CEO, he held the position for close to four years. During his stint at Mumbai First, he was instrumental in setting up the much-appreciated War-Room for the Government of Maharashtra, to fast-track key infra initiatives. It was a Mumbai First-McKinsey initiative with the Government of Maharashtra.
In 2017, iVolunteer, an international not-for-profit body awarded him the Special Jury Prize, as an acknowledgement of his ‘Exemplary contribution to India’s Social Development.’ Another one of his initiatives, Vote4Mumbai, along with the State Election Commission, Maharashtra, played an important role in corporate citizens stepping out to vote in larger numbers, resulting in a 10 per cent rise in voter turnouts for the civic elections of Mumbai two years ago. His effort was acknowledged officially.
He also led a 25000-strong volunteer base of citizens to beautify 36 Railway Stations of Mumbai, within a record seven days in 2016. This is arguably one of the largest such volunteer-focused public private people initiatives to have ever unfolded in India, in such a short time.
Chairman of Muskaan – Sharing Smiles, a not for profit engaged in educating under privileged children in one of Mumbai’s suburbs and also a Trained Counsellor, Shishir takes up Individual and Corporate Counselling projects on request. He was part of the founding team which set up Nithya Sahaya, a first of its kind free, walk-in counselling at St. Michael’s Church in Mahim, which experiences a foot-fall of over 90,000 people every Wednesday, across faith, gender and economic strata.
Shishir is a lawyer, with a postgraduation in Mass Communication. Associated with some of the best institutions, including NDTV, Aaj Tak, MidDay and Indian Express, he was regarded as a hard-nosed journalist and anchor, during his 20-year stint as a journalist.
His passion for facilitating collaborations at multiple levels, across various verticals and ability to hone better leadership and ownership in individuals as well as organisations, makes him an asset to the development of a city like Mumbai and an icon for socio-civic changemakers.
A Chartered Accountant by training, a Banker by profession and a perfectionist by nature. I believe that the purpose of life is to make it better …better than what it was yesterday, for oneself, one’s family and for the community. I have two guiding philosophies, 1) ‘there must be a better way’ and 2) ‘no harm in trying.’
I grew up in Delhi, flew the nest when I joined HSBC Bank. Since then, my life is landmarked by the seven cities I have lived in across different parts of the world.
I started my working life with A.F. Ferguson, Consultants, thereafter I joined Hongkong Bank (now HSBC Bank). My work experience has been mostly in traditional banking operations and corporate banking. I worked for HSBC Bank in Hongkong, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Dubai.
As I became a trailing spouse, I got the opportunity to work in different organisations; Mashreq Bank in Dubai where I worked in Corporate Banking and IFC-SEDF (South Asia Development Fund) in Dhaka, where we worked in partnership with the government, the private sector, donor partners and other development partners to deal with the constraints to SME development in Bangladesh.
Currently I act as an advisor to aspirants, whether they are aspiring college entrants or budding entrepreneurs.
Spent over 2 decades in various capacities including being responsible for Supply Chain and Chemicals business and spearheading the Human Resources, Corporate Quality and Safety Functions at the group level at Asian Paints, amongst the top ten paint companies in the world with manufacturing presence in 16 countries.