BOARD OF TRUSTEES
D. Shylet Moni - Managing Trustee & Founder
Mr. Shylet Moni is a development professional and research scholar with a Masters in Sociology. He has 20+ years of experience in development fields such as women & children empowerment, sustainable rural livelihoods development, and education. He has worked with organizations such as Oxfam Canada, Oxfam G.B., and the ALC School Project. He is currently working toward his Doctoral degree through the Women Studies Department at Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli.
Suresh Kanna - Financial Trustee
Mr. Suresh Kanna is the Deputy Director for Advocacy & Campaigns at Kudumbam, a Tamil Nadu-based nonprofit organization working toward sustainable rural development.
S. Illavarasi - Trustee
Ms. Subramaniam Illavarasi works as a Research Scholar at Bharathidasan University in Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu.
Gregory T. Buie - Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Greg Buie is the Executive Director & Co-Founder of Visions Global Empowerment (USA). He has worked as an international development consultant, serving organizations that operate in countries all over the world, including Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Indonesia. He holds a BA in Political Science: International Relations from the University of California, San Diego, and an MA in International Studies & Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Dr. Kumaravel Perumalsamy - Lancaster, California, U.S.A.
Dr. Perumalsamy graduated from Thanjavur Medical College, India. He completed his Internal Medicine residency from Coney Island Hospital, Brooklyn, New York; his Gastroenterology fellowship from Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York; and Hematology fellowship from Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Perumalsamy is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Gastroenterology. He currently works at the High Desert Gastroenterology Clinic in Lancaster, California.
Dr. G. Palanithurai - Dean & Rajiv Gandhi Chair for Panchayat Raj Studies, Gandhigram Rural University, Dindigul
Dr. M. C. Rajamony - Barrister, Oxford University (U.K.)
Dr. Rajamony received his doctoral award from Oxford Brooks University, U.K. for his research on ‘Sacred Sites and Disputes: Role of International Law – a case study of the Ayodhya Dispute’. He travels across the globe to enlighten people on the underlying factors of religious conflicts and its effects on human development. He provides legal counsel to couples to lead a happy family life and youth to stay focused on their healthy dreams and be of contribution to their respective societies. He is the author of many best-selling inspirational books, and always on a move conducting training programs for policy makers.
Dr. N. Manimekalai - Director and Professor, Department of Women Studies, Bharathidasan University, Trichy
Prof. Manimekalai is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Director & Head of the Department of Women’s Studies at Bharathidasan University, Trichy, Tamil Nadu. An academic and social activist, she also serves as a Sentate Member of Bharathidasan University and Joint Secretary of the Indian Association for Women’s Studies. She is a tireless champion of women’s emancipation and an active writer / contributor to many journals and publications. In addition, she has found a number of organizations, including the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Tamil Nadu (WEAT), Menstrual Hygiene Management Consortium (MHMC), Regional Association for Women’s Studies (RAWS), Family and Adolescent Counseling Centre (FACC), and Gender Champion Clubs (GCC) in colleges.
Mr. K. Murali - Skills India, Chennai
Mr. D. Thangapandian - Director, Farm India
A Ceramic Engineer by profession, Mr. Thangapandian works in the field of magnetic material research & development both in India and abroad. He has developed strong working knowledge in Organic and Bio Dynamic Agriculture and imparts the same to students in schools & universities. He travels frequently to the Asia Pacific region as a consultant to various Chinese, Malaysian and Taiwanese industries. In India, he is involved with several Gandhian and academic institutions working for the upliftment of the under-privileged, particularly in career development for marginalized youth. Currently, he is working toward creating a model called "Collective Farming Through A Water Commune" to address the current problems of Indian agrarian communities.
Mr. M. P. K. Durai Raj - Director, ROSED (India)
Sr. Bernadu Mary - Secretary, IHM Social Service Society, Pondicherry
Sister Bernadu Mary is the present secretary of IHM-Social Service Society, which is the official wing of the Immaculate Congregation headquartered in Pondicherry. She has 30 years of professional experience in social work with a specific focus on education. She manages a number of institutions which protect and educate orphaned children, women and even abandoned infants. She is well-connected with government social work agencies and has been very successful at leveraging resources. She also holds a law degree besides her Masters in Social Work.
Ms. Sangeetha G. - Engagement Lab (Hygiene with Chhota Bheem), Chennai
Sangeetha has extensively worked in the social development sector focused on the areas of microfinance, health, education and rural development. Her interests include the study of the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in rural areas. Besides being a trainer, she is passionate about teaching, especially for children living in rural areas, and about service. She holds her Bachelor of Economics from Madras Christian College and a Masters in Economics and Human Resource Management.
Mr. P. Chandrasekaran - Meribah Publishing, Trichy
Mr. Reveendra Nathan - Retired HSS Head Master & Philanthropist, Viruthachalam
Mr. R. Angurajan - Joint Director of Agriculture (Rtd.), Pudukottai
Dr. C. J. Paul - Consultant, Chennai
Dr. C.J. Paul received his PG, M.Phil and Doctoral award in Social Work from Loyola College, Chennai. He served on the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for a period of 20 years and opted for voluntary retirement to become a consultant. Since 2003 he has been working as an independent development consultant for public & private ltd. companies, state governments (Tamil Nadu, Andhra, UP, Bihar, NCR Delhi, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Nagaland, Sikkim), World Bank, ILO, ADB, UN Agencies, INGOs, NGOs, and other grassroot organizations. He believes in facilitating the spirit of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and supports NGOs in understanding & accessing CSR programs.
Mr. Antony Edwin - Entrepreneur and Business Consultant, Bangalore
Ambily Alex - Programs Manager
Mrs. Ambily Alex is an experienced social worker and program coordinator with a strong commitment to serving the needs of disadvantaged women & children. With a Bachelors in Economics and a Masters in Social Work, Ambily most recently served as a Zonal Officer for the ALC School Project in helping to empower women & children, especially those from Dalit communities.
K. Anbarasi - Programs Officer
J.A. Femi - e-Learning Support