Madhu V Jayakumar (President):
A former Citibanker, having worked about 12 years in the bank between 1988 and 2000, Madhu has extensive experience in Risk Management and was part of various global projects for implementation. A Maths (Hons.) student from Delhi University, she completed her Management degree from IIM Ahmedabad. She is currently a self-employed investment consultant and holds an independent Director’s position with a Birla Sugar company.
Meenu Vadera (Secretary):
Having worked on women’s issues for over 20 years as a grassroots worker, trainer, implementer and leader, this unique new project initiated by her stands as a testimony to her commitment towards enabling women to live a life of dignity and freedom. Besides India, she has been involved in development initiatives as the Country Director of Action Aid in Uganda (1998-2003). A graduate from London School of Economics with an M.Sc in Social Policy and Planning, she has also written and published many articles on women’s rights.
Nandini Narula (Treasurer):
With a Masters in Social Work from Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, Nandini has had nearly three decades of experience in the development sector ranging from the grassroots to international donor agencies. She has initiated many programmes that focus on women’s economic empowerment and leadership development besides working on participatory training methodologies, organizational development and democratic governance. She is also on the board of a number of NGOs.
Alka Sharma (Member):
A graduate in History with an LLB from Delhi University, and an MBA in Public Service from the University of Birmingham, UK, Alka is currently Director Finance (Security), Cabinet Secretariat in the Government of India. She has worked closely with various defense, scientific and security-related Government organizations in various capacities with the core responsibility of finance. A sports enthusiast and trained mountaineer, she has participated in several trekking expeditions in the Indian Himalayas.
Anuvinda Varkey (Member)
Is a lawyer practicing in Delhi. Apart from working on access to justice issues for marginalized sections of society, she has worked extensively on issues of backlog and delay, and reduction of cases in the district courts of Delhi. She works closely with NGOs and is also a member of the sexual harassment Committee, Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Government of India. She is the general secretary of YWCA Delhi.
Rajiv Khandelwal (Member):
Is the founder and CEO of Aajeevika Bureau, an agency in Rajasthan that provides services and support to rural migrant workers who enter urban areas for employment. By creating a support structure to the migrants, Rajiv facilitates their economic and social mobility, laying out measures to ensure their security. He was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2005.An IRMA graduate, he has more than 20 years of experience as a development practitioner in West India and East Africa.