Our Leadership

Governance

AKRSP(I) has always been closely governed by a set of eminent personalities of the country.Some of the great stalwarts from development and other sectors worked as board members of the organisation since its inception. We acknowledge the contributions of our previous Chairmen, Dr.Verghese Kurien and Dr. I.G. Patel who had those values which have been amply illustrated in terms of what AKRSP(I) is all about, as these have very much become a part of us. When Dr. I G Patel took over the board from Dr.Kurien, he brought a different flavour to the board but it was progressive and we saw a massive transformation during that time. The board has evolved since then and now members on our board which are keeping AKRSP(I) relevant to the times in which we live.

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Dr. Verghese Kurien Our First Chairman

He is known as the Father of the White Revolution in India. He was a social entrepreneur whose "billion-litre idea", Operation Flood - the world's largest agricultural dairy development programme, made India the world's largest milk producer, surpassing the United States of America by 1998, with about 17 percent of global output in 201011. From a milk-deficient nation, India doubled milk available per person within 30 years, which made dairy farming India's largest self-sustaining industry, with benefits of: employment and income, credit, nutrition, education, health, gender parity and empowerment, breaking down caste barriers and grassroots democracy and leadership. Dr.Kurien guided AKRSP(I) through its initial period of establishment.


Dr. I G Patel Our Second Chairman

Indraprasad Gordhanbhai Patel popularly known as I. G. Patel, was the fourteenth Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 1 December 1977 to 15 September 1982. As Director of the London School of Economics, he was the first person of South Asian origin to head a higher education institute in the UK and was well known for his formidable intellectual powers in the select company of central bankers and economic statesmen. Dr. Patel was instrumental in transforming AKRSP(I)s programme during his tenure.

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CURRENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nasser M Munjee

  • Chairperson

Nasser Munjee was educated at the Leys School in Cambridge UK and then went on to do his Bachelor and Masters Degrees at the Lon...

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S.B. Ravi Pandit

  • Director

Ravi Pandit is the Chairman and group CEO of KPIT Cummins Infosystems Ltd. Ravi Pandit is a gold medallist and fellow member of ...

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Dr. Isher J Ahluwalia

  • Director

Dr. Ahluwalia received her B.A. (Hons) from Presidency College, Calcutta University, M.A. from the Delhi School of Economics, an...

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N. Venkatram

  • Director

N. Venkatram (Venkat), is Managing Partner and CEO of Deloitte India. Prior to his appointment to this role, Venkat was the Mana...

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Munir Merchant

  • Director

Munir obtained a Law Degree from Indian Law Society, Pune in the year 1998. He is a Managing Partner of a Law Firm namely SM & A...

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Tinni Sawhney

  • Director

Tinni Sawhney has over 25 years of experience on sustainable livelihood development in rural India and has worked extensively on...

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Dr. Pradip Khandwala

  • Director

Dr. Pradip N. Khandwalla was educated at Bombay University (B.Com.), Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.), and Ca...

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Kasim Ali F Merchant

  • Director

Kasim Ali F Merchant is a graduate of Science and Law from Bombay University. By profession, he is a practicing lawyer (speciali...

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Madhu Sarin

  • Director

Madhu Sarin, an architect and writer, has done her post graduate diploma in Tropical Studies from the Architectural Association,...

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Bakul Virani

  • Director

Bakul Virani completed his Masters in Computer Application (MCA) in 1992 and joined L&T Infotech. After experiencing technical a...

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Wajahat Habibullah

  • Director

Wajahat Habibullah is the former Chief Information Commissioner of India. He has been a member of the Indian Administrative Serv...

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Al Fernandez

  • Director

Since 1971 Al Fernandez has worked in several sectors of the development world: as a volunteer in several post disaster situatio...

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Ishaat Hussain

  • Director

Mr. Ishaat Hussain is a Non-Executive Director of Tata Sons Limited and was the Finance Director of Tata Sons Ltd. for over a de...

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Apoorva Oza

  • Secretary

Apoorva Oza is the Chief Executive Officer of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India). He is a mechanical engineer with a diplo...

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