Orphanage India, Child Care Program, SOS Children's Villages India

Members of the Board

SOS Children's Villages of India is governed by an effective board of directors who are committed and dedicated to SOS' objective of improvement of the life of underprivileged children. These boards members guide the SOS organization and ensure that they function in-line with the laid down guidelines and rules of the organization. They meet regularly to discuss various issues concerning the organization and ensure that the core objectives of the organization are met. In short, they are the ones charged with the responsibility of recognizing, nurturing and polishing the talent in their care.

Mr S. Sandilya

A commerce graduate from Chennai University and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Mr S. Sandliya is currently the Non-executive Chairman of Eicher, Mastek, Chairman, Lean Management Institute of India, a National Council member of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), a member of the Governing Body of the Quality Control of India, and a member of the Board of Lean Global Network, USA. In the past he has also been the President of SIAM and International Motorcycle Manufacturers Association, Geneva.


Mr Siddhartha Kaul
(President of SOS Children’s Villages International)

Mr Siddhartha Kaul is the global President of SOS Children's Villages International. Prior to that, he was incharge of the Asian continent as Deputy Secretary General. During his 34 year tenure in Asia, Mr. Kaul was actively involved in strengthening SOS foot print in Asia. The government of Vietnam recognized his instrumental role in re-establishment of organization in the country and bestowed on him numerous awards including the prestigious Friendship Award in 1992

Mr Ashok Behari Lall
(Vice President)

Mr.Lall has done his B.A. (Arch. & Fine Arts) from Cambridge University, U. K. and Architectural Association Diploma from London.  Mr.Lall is a Member of Indian Institute of Architects, Council of Architecture (India), Indian Society of Lighting Engineers, Indian Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers and Academic Council (Architecture), Jodhpur, University.  He is also the Convener of Delhi Urban Arts Commission Work group on Energy.


Mrs Sarita Gandhi
(Vice President)

She has done her Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations from XLRI, Jamshedpur. Mrs. Gandhi has worked with the Eicher Group in Corporate HR and was on the management board of three Eicher schools at Alwar, Parwanoo and Faridabad. As the Secretary of the A.I.W.C. she was involved in managing number of projects in education, women and children health and welfare and income generation for the underprivileged.


Mr D. Ranganathan

Mr Ranganathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 27 years experience.  Now he is an independent consultant and advisor for specific assignment of an NGO in Delhi and runs and manages a few schools in the north east of India. A member of Finance Committee of Central University of Haryana, Gurgaon and an external faculty Member of NIILM, Greater Noida, he is also the Honorary Vice Chairman of Association for Cricket for the Blind in India (ACBI).

Mrs Valli Alagappan

An active social worker, Mrs.ValliAlagappan is also the Managing Trustee of MR. Omayal Achi MR. Arunachalam Trust. She has also been a member of the National Committee for Promotion of Social and Economic Welfare, Ministry of Finance, Government of India (1997-2000).

Mrs Seema Chopra

Mrs Seema Anand Chopra is a freelance journalist and also participates in the family business (Punjab Kesari group). She is a memeber of the Indian Society of Authors. She is a Trsutee and a member of the advisory board of the Mata Pushpa Gujral Nari Niketan and A.N.Gujral School run by the former Prime Minister of India, Shri I.K.Gujral. She is the Chairperson of the American Smith Institute for special needs children and also the Vice President of the Udaan Educational Society for special children in Jalandhar.

Ms Subha Rajan Thampi

Ms Subha Rajan Thampi joined CII Confederation of Indian Industry in 1990. She was the first CEO of the OIFC (overseas Indian Facilitation Centre), jointly organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs Diaspora. She has been a part of the world economic forum and the India economic summit. Currently, she is the Director of CII and is involved in Counseling, CSR, Trade, Economic Promotion and Nation Building activities. 

Mrs Sudha Shastri

Mrs Sudha Shastri graduated from IIM Calcutta in 1985. After getting several years of solid HR grounding, from Eicher & Pertech Computers Ltd (PCL), she started an HR consulting firm – Inputs – dedicated to helping clients hire, retain and nurture the best talent in the country.  She is on the board of Directors/Advisors to several social organisations. She is an executive coach and has worked with several CEOs and athletes, including one who has won an Olympic medal.  She is an active member of TiE New Delhi, where she heads a special interest group for sports and fitness entrepreneurs.

Mrs Navita Srikant

Navita Srikant is a Chartered Accountant and is a globally recognized expert in Forensic Accounting and Anti-corruption by American Bar Association, OECD and other International professional bodies. Navita has worked/advised several global multilateral development banks including the World Bank and ADB etc. In 2010, she was invited to consult with India's Central Vigilance Commission, providing invaluable counsel in the drafting of the country's first Anti-Corruption Strategy.

Ms Shubha Murthi
(Continental Director and Deputy Secretary General for Asia - SOS Children's Villages International)

Ms Shubha Murthi is the Deputy Secretary General for Asia of SOS Children's Villages International, the umbrella organization of SOS Children's Villages. A University of Delhi graduate, she is a post graduate in Business Finance and Computer Application. Ms Shubha Murthi over the years has held and worked in various positions within the organization. For the last 10 years she has been an active member of the group which defines and works on the "Core Policies" of the organization.

Mr Ashis Kumar Ray

Mr Ashis Kumar Ray is a practicing Chartered Accountant with an independant practice. He also remained President of Gillanders Arbuthnot & Co. Ltd. for about fifteen years, starting in 1967. Mr Ray did his post-graduation in Commerce & L.L.B. from University of Calcutta and C.A. from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He is the representative of SOS Children's Village Kolkata.

Mr Devinder Rai Puri

Mr. Puri, a retired IPS Officer is the representative of SOS Children's Village Rajasthan. He was Senior Vice President of Jet Air and Chairman of RSRTC during the year 1987-90. He served the Indian Police Service during 1956-87 and retired as DG Rajastha. Mr Puri completed his graduation in BA (Hons) in 1951 from University of Delhi and completed his M.A L.L.B. from University of Delhi in 1954.

Mrs Uma Narayanan

Uma Narayanan joined our Board of Directors in 1979 as representative of SOS Children’s Village – Chatnath Homes, Chennai. She founded SOS Children’s Village Chatnath Homes at Chennai in 1968 together with an interested group and in collaboration with SOS India.  Continuing this introduction to child welfare, she established KarnaPrayag Trust, an adoption cum foundling home in 1980. For her dedicated services, she received "Golden badge of honour" from SOS Children's Villages International.

Mr M.S. Ramachandran

Mr M.S. Ramachandran holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined Indian Oil Corporation in 1969 and worked in several areas before being appointed as Executive Director, Oil Coordination Committee set up by the Government of India in 1998. He joined the Board of Indian Oil Corporation as Director (Planning & Business Development) in 2000. He was the Chairman of Indian Oil Corporation from 2002 to 2005.
Mr M.S. Ramachandran was conferred with Chemtech-Pharma Bio Hall of Fame Award, 2005 for outstanding contribution to the petroleum and petrochemicals industry.

Ms Anuja Bansal
(Secretary General)

Ms Anuja Bansal is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of work experience.  Before SOS Children’s Villages of India, she was working with Oxfam India as Director, Operations. Anuja has vast experience in the social development sector and has worked with organizations like CRY - Child Rights and You, ACCESS Development Services and Bharti Foundation. Having worked in areas of child rights, lievelihood promotion and disaster management, she has strong understanding of the development sector. 


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