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Mr. Gagan Sethi (President)
Mr Sethi is a Development educator and practicing Organizational Development expert and a Gender trainer. As founder of Janvikas, he has helped set up several strategic organizations in the country, for example Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Sahjeevan, Drishti, Centre for Social justice, HID forum to name a few. He was appointed as member of monitoring group by NHRC to monitor human right violations. His professional expertise lies in Human and institutional development training and designing.

Organizational Development interventions.

  1. He has helped many feminist organizations with their internal change processes.
  2. He now focuses on governance and accountabilty of non profit.
  3. He also continues his association as mentor to Centre for Social Justice and as a promoter and resource person for Centre for Governance Studies.
  4. He is in the Board of many other organizations in India, like YUVA, NIRANTAR. Drishti, ECONET, WASSAN, Navsarjan et al
Mr. Martin Macwan
Martin Macwan is the 2nd born child of a poor Dalit family of 11 children from Nadiad, Gujarat.  He worked as a child laborer for years, financing his education with hours of work in the fields.  After graduating in 1980 with a degree in psychology, and two years later adding a law degree from S.P. University, Martin joined the Behavioural Science Center (BSC) in Ahmedabad.  

The tragic murders at Golana in 1986 had a profound effect upon Martin.  Over the bodies of his murdered colleagues, Martin vowed to dedicate his life to the fight against inequality.  After leaving BSC, he set up Navsarjan as a charitable Trust in 1988 with the intent to pursue and intensify the fight to eradicate caste discrimination. In his entire adult life, Martin Macwan has been involved extensively with the Dalit movement at the grassroots, national, and international levels.  As National Convenor of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR) 1999 and 2001, he led the Indian Dalit contingent to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (WCAR) in Durban.

Dr. (Ms.) Syeda Hameed (Member)
Resident of Delhi, Born in Kashmir, Traveled in South Asia, USA, Canada.  A few countries in West Asia, South East Asia, UK and Europe have contributed in raising voices of women and disadvantaged across India and South Asia.

Some of her past and current association includes:

Founder Member: Muslim Women’s Forum
Founder Trustee: Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA)
Founder Member: South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR)
Founder Trustee: Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation
Member National Commission for Women, Govt. of India
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)
Ex.  Member of Planning Commission, Government of India.

Mr. Vijay Parmar (Managing Trustee)
Since his student life at St. Xavier’s College in Ahmedabad, Vijay Parmar has been engaged as a volunteer with Behavioural Science Centre (BSC) in human rights quest for dalits and underprivileged. After graduating with Science subjects Vijay decided to work for poor and marginalized communities and joined Behavioural Science Centre as community Organizer. Later he did LLB and MBA from Gujarat University. 

His professional journey which started from being a Community Organizer in 1984, Vijay was asked to lead BSC in 1992 as Director. During this period Vijay was instrumental in designing and setting up Peoples Organizations, Women’s savings & credit cooperatives, CBOs and NGOs. In his 16 years association with BSC; Vijay travelled an intense personal and professional journey; where he capacitated himself by undergoing many professional courses related to behavioral sciences, organizational development, social & development issues, law & human rights, sectoral knowledge, skill building, etc. 

Since 2000 he is associated with Janvikas – HIDRC in different capacities. Till 2007 when Vijay was asked to lead Janvikas as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), he played key role in strengthening Janvikas and its institutional field across the country. His role profile in Janvikas includes HID support to POs, CBOs, NGOs in various areas such as strengthening issue based interventions such as Caste, Communal and Tribal issues, Youth issues & Youth Organizations, Livelihood and Governance in small NGOs. Planning, reviewing and capacitating programmes and staff of CBOs, Women’s Cooperatives, NGOs, Networks and People’s Organizations.

Ms. Farah Naqvi
Farah Naqvi is a writer and activist working on public policy and the rights of the most marginalized from both a development and justice perspective. She works on minority rights, (in particular, on issues related to the Muslim minority), Dalit rights, gender issues, and women’s education. Farah Naqvi is one of the founders of Nirantar (a Delhi-based NGO working on gender & education), a Board Member of Oxfam India and on the Board of PAHAL (a rural women’s media collective based in Bundelkhand which brings out Khabar Lahariya, the newspaper that won the Chameli Devi Jain Award for Excellence in Journalism in 2004). Her 2008 book, Waves in the Hinterland, explores connections between rural women, education, rural media, democracy and citizenship.

She has worked, campaigned and written on issues of communalism, and on seeking justice for victims & survivors of communal violence, with special focus on the issue of sexual violence in communal conflict. She was Member, Planning Commission Steering Committee (Women and Child), Working Group (Minority Affairs) and Working Group (Youth Affairs & Adolescents) for the 11th five-year plan, and is Member, Steering Committee on the Empowerment of Minorities for the 12th five-year plan.

Farah Naqvi has a post-graduate degree in Social Anthropology and Education from Columbia University in New York, USA.

Mr. P.G.J.Naampoothiri
After graduation in Civil Engineering, Mr P G J Nampoothiri joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1964 and was allotted to the Gujarat Cadre. During his thirty four years of service, he had worked as Superintendent of Police in Junagadh, Godhra and Vadodara and as Commissioner of Police at Ahmedabad. He was on deputation to the Central Bureau of Investigation for fourteen years and served in various capacities. After retirement as Director General of Police, Gujarat in 1998, he took up the assignment as Special Rapporteur to the National Human Rights Commission kr Gujarat and continued till March, 2007. He is a recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President's Medal for Distinguished Service.

Presently he is settled in Thrissur, Kerala. His service memoirs titled "Secular Police" were serialised in the leading Malayalam periodical, Mathrubhumi and later published as a book in amo.

Ms. Nishi Vasudeva

Nishi Vasudeva is the first lady to be appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation. Before taking over as the CMD, she served as the Director of Marketing and Executive Director-Marketing Coordination. She has had an impressive experience of 36 years in diverse functions such as corporate strategy & Planning, Information Systems and LPG Strategic Business Unit. 

She has also been elected as the Vice President to the Executive Committee of the World Petroleum Council in a toughly contested election.

She is the first Indian to be awarded the Global CEO of the year at Platt’s Global energy awards 2015. She received the SCOPE Award for excellence and outstanding contribution to Public sector Management from the Hon’ble President of India and was also recognized with Outstanding Women Manager Award by SCOPE. She featured in the prestigious list of Asia Power Women 2014 in Forbes magazine.    

Mr. Tushar Dayal
Mr. Tushar Dayal is a Chairman & Managing Director of TML Industires Ltd. (formerly known as Transmetal Limited) since 1992.

He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1977 adn worked with companies such as AF Ferguson & co., Management Consultants, Punjab Chemicals and Reliance Petrochemicals Ltd.

Presently he is actively associated with voluntary sector as a Director of: