Board of Directors

Mr Hari Padmanabhan

Non-Executive Director and Non-Profit Promoter

Mr. Padmanabhan is a serial entrepreneur, a global corporate board level executive, mentor and angel investor. He is currently Executive Chairman of the Encore Group. Previous to this, he was the Chief Strategic Advisor of 3i Infotech till May 2009 and was the Deputy Managing Director between 2003 and 2008. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from IITK and has a postgraduate degree in Management from IIMC.

Mr. Ashank Desai

Non-Executive Director and Non-Profit Promoter

Mr. Desai is Founder and Chairman of Mastek, a top 10 software company in India. Additionally, he is the founder and former president of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and vice president of the Asian‐Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO). Mr. Desai was previously a member of the Governing Council of IIMA. He has an M.Tech degree from IITB and has a postgraduate degree in Management from IIMA. Mr. Desai is also a Distinguished Alumni of IITB.

Prof. K.N. Satyanarayana

Independent Director

Dr.Satyanarayana is a professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at IITM, which is also his alma mater. A faculty member at IIT Madras since 1991, he currently teaches in the Building Technology & Construction Management Division of the Institute. He is a board member of the Institute for Lean Construction Excellence, Vice-Chairman – Board of Advisors of The Glass Academy and Member of the Academic Advisory Group, Project Management Institute (PMI) India. He is also the professor-in-charge of IIT Tirupati.

Mr. Arjun Malhotra

Independent Director

Mr. Malhotra serves as Chairman Emeritus of Headstrong’s Board of Directors. Prior to Headstrong he was CEO and Chairman of TechSpan, which merged with Headstrong in 2003. A pioneer of the Indian IT industry, he founded TechSpan in 1998. A winner of the Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Award, he has had a string of entrepreneurial successes. He co‐founded the HCL Group in 1975, taking it from a six‐person garage operation to one of India’s largest IT corporations. Mr. Malhotra is also a Distinguished Alumni of IITKGP.

Mr. B. Muthuraman


Mr. Muthuraman was the Vice Chairman of Tata Steel and Chairman of Tata International. He has held various leadership positions and has been a Director on Board of several companies. He has been conferred with prestigious “Padma Bhushan” award in 2012 from Government of India for his significant contribution to Indian Trade & Industry. He also served as Chairman on the Boards of IIT Kharagpur, XLRI Jamshedpur and NIT Jamshedpur. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from IITM and has a Postgraduate degree in Management from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Prof. Damodar Acharya

Independent Director

Prof. Acharya is an academician par excellence. As former Director of IIT Kharagpur he has taken several path breaking initiatives both in academics and administrative front to propel his Institute to newer heights. As Chairman of AICTE, he was responsible for getting provisional membership of Washington Accord for India. As an academician he has been conferred with Fellowship of both Indian National Academy of Engineering and The National Academy of Sciences. He provides professional support to many universities, institutions and organizations including Reserve Bank of India

Mr. Sunil Bhaskaran

Independent Director

Mr. Sunil Bhaskaran serves as Vice President of Corporate Services at Tata Steel Limited. He has vast experience in the fields of Manufacturing, Export and Commercial Operations. He serves as Chairman of the Board of The Indian Steel & Wire Products Ltd. He serves as Director at NatSteel Holdings Pte. Ltd. He serves on the board of Siam Industrial Wires (Thailand), Wuxi Jinyang Metal Products (China) & Lanka Special Steels Limited. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree from IITD and has a postgraduate degree in Management from IIMC.

T Kalyan Chakravarthy

Founding Sevak & Executive Director

Kalyan is an IITM graduate with Management degree from ISB Hyderabad (Dean’s Merit List) and has over a decade of experience in FMCG, Management consulting with a diverse experience in Labour Relations, Technical maintenance, Strategy, Business excellence and Marketing functions with ‘Excellent Performer’ track record. He had previously worked with ITC, Tata Strategic Management Group and ICICI infotech

Shahnawaz Ali

Chief Sevak & Executive Director-in-charge (PreJHA)

Shahnawaz graduated from IITB with a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering. He has more than a decade’s experience in the Oil & Gas, KPO, High-Tech, and development sectors. He dual-majored in Finance and Strategy at ISB, Hyderabad and was on the Dean’s Merit List. His last assignment prior to joining ISB was as the Strategy and Business Research Head for Sarnoff Corporations’ India setup.

CA Sundar Subramanian

Sundar is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of experience comprising Process Outsourcing, Accounts, Finance and Documentation. His association with start-up environments and established organizations such as Outsource Partners International, 3i Infotech and HGS Business Services brings with him a unique knowledge bank. Sundar has provided fiduciary oversight since inception.

Garima Bhardwaj


Garima is a commerce graduate from Banaras Hindu University and is an MBA from ICFAI. She has handled accounting and finance functions since inception and currently handles social investor compliance. Her previous assignment was with ICICI infotech.

CA Shruti Drolia

Chartered Accountant

Shruti Drolia is a graduate from Shriram College of Commerceand a first attempt Chartered Accountant (qualified in May 2011), having worked with KPMG and British Petroleum. She handles finance, cost accounting functions and audit compliance

Lt Cdr Yogesh Bhavsar

BE-MBA (IIM C), Ex-Navy

Yogesh is responsible for workplace retention, repayment & new initiatives. His diversified career span of 16 years spreads in areas of Skill Development, Financial Inclusion and Microfinance for underserved communities with 7 year stint with Indian Navy. He has worked with National Rural Livelihoods Mission with MoRD Maharashtra.

Maharnav Patir

B.E (NIT Durgapur) - MBA (IIM A)

Maharnav has 12 years of experience across various sectors like livelihoods, rural financial services and infrastructure project finance. In the past he has been associated with organizations like Basix, ITC, ICICI Bank and Bajaj Finance. Currently he looks after Sourcing & Mobilization Channels for ensuring candidates intake in to gurukuls.

Aman Raj

B.Tech (IIT Roorkee) - MBA

Aman has 7 years of experience in rural development in LWE districts in the eastern regions of India. He has been associated with PARFI for 6 years. As a member of sourcing team he has works closely with people at the bottom of pyramid and engages in liasoning with different stake holders of society and government institutions.

Naga Maddilety Reddy A

B.Arch (IIT Roorkee)

Naga Reddy manages sourcing channels with international Gurukuls as focus. Before PARFI, he worked with Avanti Fellows. Avanti is a social enterprise working with high school students from low income homes; prior to which he worked at Jones Lang LaSalle as a Project Manager.

Naveen Tiwari

Livelihoods Specialist

Naveen looks after candidate mobilization at the grassroots level along with his team of district and block coordinators on a pan-india basis. He is a livelihoods specialist with past work experience in Dr.Reddy’s foundation, Aide et action and Microfinance training academy.

Awadhesh Pandey

Junior Commissioned Officer, Indian Army

Awadesh comes from 30 years of rich experience in Indian army where he was part of the Engineers Corps in civil works and surveying. He has also been an army instructor and was instrumental in developing best practices in retention and referral sourcing during his stint as Gumla gurukul principal. He is part of the retention, repayment team.

Capt. Sandeep Goswami

BE (BIT Mesra), Ex-Army

Capt.Goswami has over 20 years of rich exposure in operational leadership and man management during his tenure in the Indian Army , NIS Sparta, AVIVA Life Insurance, Anjali Micro Finance, IndiaHomes and Utkarsh Micro-Finance. His last stint was Head – HR & Training at Arohan Microfinance. He leads gurukul operations and technical training functions.

Chittaranjan Samantray

B.Tech (IIT B) – MBA (IIM A)

Chittaranjan has worked in diverse roles such as Design Engineer and Strategy Consultant before taking a plunge into the social development sector. As a consultant to the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, he conceptualized and led the project of large scale training of trainers using distance learning technology. He leads at Business development in Eastern region, new gurukuls, initiatives and training quality.

Shanmuga Sundaram

Development Sector Specialist

Shanmuga comes to PARFI with 15+ years of experience in Development Sector, he has handled both government and corporate projects in skilling and livelihoods. In PARFI he liaisons with various stakeholders for process and systems implementation in new projects.

Partha Biswas Datta

Operations specialist

Partha a science graduate from Calcutta University, started career as marketing personal in different pharmaceutical company like Ranbaxy laboratories Ltd, Farmatelia Carlo Erba and Cachet Pharmaceutical. His last responsibility includes managing the entire operation of Microfinance Company in east.

Meenakshi Deogam

B.Tech (IIT KGP) – MBA (IIM A)

Meenakshi is marketing professional with marketing, sales and consulting experience in Public sector and Non Profit Organisations. She is currently working on vocationalization of education and entrepreneurship initiatives along with government liaison

Ishan Gosavi

B.Tech (IIT B)

Ishan works on internal systems configuration and deployment including aadhar- enabled biometric system across gurukuls. He worked in market, electoral research advisory for political parties prior to taking up this assignment

Rohit Rumade

B.Tech (IIT M)

Rohit worked in port infrastructure field as a structural engineer and port planner. His previous assignments include structural of design port facilities and container yards, container terminal planning for ports and project management of an oil import-export terminal project. He handles projects and training quality initiatives

Mary Stella

Former Director, CII

Stella is a developmental expert and was previously Director at Confederation of Indian Industry(CII), Southern region and worked on engaging private sector’s participation in Skills development, Disaster Management, Affirmative Action. Prior to CII, she worked with Government of India for 18 years in the ministry of women, child development.

Avinash Jupudi

B.Tech (IIT B) – MBA (IIM C)

Avinash has 10 years of experience in Manufacturing, Consulting, Healthcare and skill development sectors. He worked with National skill Development Corporation, ICRA management consulting, Maruti Suzuki and also co-founded a healthcare start-up.

Kush Srivastava

B.Tech (IIT K) – MBA (ESCP Europe)

Kush has been a developmental and organizational design consultant working with organizations ranging from start-ups to multinationals and from international NGOs to PSUs in multiple cultural settings and industry segments. He has published 3 books.

Jagannath Kalaimani

B.Arch (IIT KGP) – MBA (IIM I)

Jagan worked in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and architectural consulting for over five years with previous stint at Cipla New Ventures. Experience areas include strategy and planning, venture assessment and incubation, business development. He is passionate towards creating access to – sustainable livelihoods, high quality healthcare and education, and affordable housing.

Abhinav VK

B.Tech (IIT M) – MBA (MDI Gurgaon)

Abhinav Has worked as an analyst for VEPL, project implementation at world bank , market research with Eli Lilly and Business Development at ABC consultants. He hails from Ranchi and in his past time does travel writing and long distance running.

Richa Singh

B.Tech (IIT D)

Richa is corporate sales and business development professional with work experience ICICI Lombard, Aranca. In her last assignment with Godfrey Philips, she worked on growth and business development of convenience store chain of 24×7 franchise.

Kumar Iyer

Consultant Sevak

Kumar has over 20 years of rich experience in corporate sector based in Middle East Asia along with 10 years of voluntary service in various parts of India. He is focussing on international placement opportunities and employer partnerships.