Jinsi is an electrical Engineer, having graduated from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh (Punjab University) in 1977. He has over 41 years of work experience in the Automobile, Not for Profit and Education sectors. For over 21 years, Jinsi has held leadership positions with organisations such as Eicher, Hero Motors, Chase Manhattan, Force Motors, Tatra Trucks, New Holland Fiat Tractors, SOS Children’s Villages and School of Inspired Leadership. He has been a member of national level bodies such as the National Human Rights Commission and National Skill Development Corporation. Currently, he is a Management Consultant and Coach/Mentor to senior level executives; in addition, Jinsi serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Fairfield Asia (part of DANA group) and is Senate Member of Asia Region, SOS Children’s Villages International.
Sastri, an eminent HR Professional, with more than 3 decades of formidable accomplishments, is a 1985 graduate from IIM Kolkata. She has founded her own HR consulting firm: Inputs. Sastri is an executive coach and has worked with several CEOs and athletes, including one who has won an Olympic medal. An active member of TiE (The IndUS Entrepreneurs) New Delhi, she heads a special interest group for sports and fitness entrepreneurs. She has also served in the Human Resource department with Eicher and Pertech Computers Ltd (PCL), besides being on the Advisory Boards of several civil society organisations.
Bhattacharya has done his Masters in Management Studies from Banaras Hindu University. He has 35 plus years of experience, of which 18 were in the corporate sector and 17 years with academia. Presently, he is serving as Professor and Chair of Marketing at the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL), Gurugram. Earlier, Bhattacharya had been instrumental in designing and implementing the Social Innovation Programme at SOIL, wherein students work one day a week with NGOs. SOIL has a consortium of over 32 NGOs, in and around Gurugram. The corporate brands with which Bhattacharya has worked with are: AMUL, DHARA, Vadilal, IILM, among others. In addition, he has also been actively helping corporate capability development programmes, especially in the field of marketing and leadership development.
Grover is a Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary with over three decades of cross-functional leadership experience, particularly in Operations, Finance and General Management. He has worked with world-class organisations, including Hewitt Associates, GE, American Express and PwC. He was also the Global Head of Operations at Mercer Worldwide, after which he co-founded ExempServ Professional Services Pvt. Ltd., an organisation that provides value-added financial reporting, compliance and allied services to Civil Society Organisations. Grover is an Independent Director on the Board of an IT services organisation.
Sumanta Kar, the Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children’s Villages India has over 30 years of experience in the field of alternative care. He has conceptualised and implemented several development projects at SOS India, and has led SOS India’s tsunami operation in the southern states of India between 2004-2007; it was the largest ever emergency programme undertaken by the NGO so far. Kar was also part of the SOS International Working Group in Alternative Care. He supported a couple of member associations in Asia in shaping their emergency programmes; Kar holds a post graduate diploma from Xaviers Institute and an Executive MBA from Utkal University. His motivation stems from “Working with children, SOS Mothers and caregivers, and learning about new customs and cultures.”
Sharma is a graduate in Law; he has also undertaken management courses from INSEAD and CCH, apart from many CLE courses in different areas of Management, ADR, Tax, M&A, Corporate Affairs and Core Values / Ethics. He is Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration in London — MCIArb. Sharma is listed in the 100 Legal Luminaries of India and with the Top Gun General Counsel of India; he has won many international awards and is a regular speaker at high-profile events, including at the G-20 summit. Sharma has to his credit more than three decades of professional experience, including with companies such as Tata Steel, IBM, Reliance Industries, Escorts, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Samsung and Flipkart. He has been the National Executive Board Member of AMCHAM, USIBC, CII, FICCI and PHD Chambers, and is involved with the Red Cross and Rotary Club. Currently, he is mentoring start-ups in the areas of Compliance and Corporate Governance, besides being a board member of many companies.
Ray has a four-decade-long association with the SOS India ‘movement’. Starting as a Treasurer, he serves now as President of the local board since the last 12 years. Ray has held various important positions within SOS Children’s Villages, including that of Vice President in 2008; he has also served as past President of the ‘Association of Corporate Advisors’, a prestigious professional organisation in Kolkata. In his long association with the Khelaghar, a registered NGO (Trust) founded on the ideals of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Ray has served on the Board of Trustees for about 40 years and has also been assigned the responsibility of being their Secretary and Treasurer for a number of years; Ray has also served as Vice President of Ekatma, another NGO in Kolkata.
Atal has a significant history of working in the social development sector. She has worked with Mother Teresa between 1971-87, with Shishu Sarothi (Spastic Society, Guwahati, Assam), another spastic society in Cochin (Kerala), Women’s Friendly Society (home for destitute women) and Atma Nirbhar – Ek Challenge (for the specially abled). Atal has also been involved with SOS Children’s Village Jaipur since its inception. She completed her M.A. from St. John’s College, Agra University, and has deep-rooted interests in Indian classical music, gardening and reading.
Kailas is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, belonging to a business family with a legacy of 100 years in the Automobile space. He is involved in businesses pertaining to Automobile Components; and Rare and Fine Spirits, and is an Industrial Engineer from Purdue University, USA. Kailas is the past President of the India-ASEAN Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and was one of the Indian Representatives on the ASEAN-India Business Council. He has also served as the National Chairman of CII’s Young Indians, besides being the Chairman of Round Table ’94; Kailas has also served on the National Board of Round Table India, and has been involved with SOS Children’s Village in Chennai started by his family, besides being part of the Rotary movement.
Lt. Col. Bakshi is a veteran Civil Engineer with specialisation in Environmental Engineering from IIT Kanpur and in Management from IIM, Lucknow. He has over three decades of cross-functional experience, with expertise in Construction, Procurement and Programme Implementation, especially in large-scale operations and projects. He has worked in a variety of challenging leadership roles in operational units, development sector programmes, construction agencies, real estate and township management. Lt. Col. Bakshi has worked with world class organisations like the Indian Army, Military Engineering Services (MES), Army Welfare Housing Organisation, Educomp, and Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd. He was the Head of Construction, Procurement and Sanitation at Bharti Foundation in his last role from 2009 to 2021. Since then, he has been on a sabbatical and is focusing on giving back to the society.
Mani is the Founding Member and Partner at Archeus Law and heads the firm’s Project Advisory and Contract Management Practice. In his current role, he has been actively involved in diverse assignments in the infrastructure sector, in particular dealing with the EPC Contract Management and Project Advisory. He has advised on major mega power projects and some of the key metro rail and highways projects in India, for varied stakeholders, including government developers and private contractors. Mani is a recommended lawyer by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 in the Projects and Energy practice area. Apart from his professional qualification as a Lawyer, he is a Management graduate, having done his MBA from Manchester Business School, UK.
Lakshmanan is a post graduate from the Institute of Cost and Work Accountant of India and has done her B.Com. from Delhi University. Lakshmanan is a result-oriented leader, who enjoys coaching and loves creating / scaling business. She runs ExempServ, a professional services organisation that provides value-added Financial Reporting, Compliance and allied services to social sector organisations. Lakshmanan has been associated with companies like e-Funds, Global Vantedge and Hewitt and Mercer in the areas of Finance, Operations, Process Transition and Training.
Chatterjee holds a B.Tech. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University. He brings with him over 43 years of experience having worked for large manufacturing companies, out of which around 25 years have been in leadership roles: Chief Operating Officer of Kesoram Industries; Executive Director, Siemens Metering Limited; Vice President, J.K.Industries; General Manager, Ceat Tyres, and many others. He has also headed green field projects in Aurangabad and in Baddi. He is the recipient of several performance awards. Currently, Chatterjee serves as a freelance consultant for manufacturing improvement projects, HRDT, and quality project implementation.
Bhatnagar is a senior development sector professional and strategy expert in the areas of Skills, Gender and WASH. As President of Circle In, Bhatnagar is currently leading programme and policy initiatives aimed at women’s economic empowerment. Prior to this, she was the Chief Programme Officer at the National Skill Development Corporation. Bhatnagar has also spent a decade with the World Bank as a Team Lead in the area of urban water and sanitation services. Over her professional journey of 28 years, she has led several transformational initiatives at the national and state level. Bhatnagar began her professional journey at Standard Chartered Bank, and then moved to the development sector, having since also worked with NSDC, World Bank, The Energy Research Institute (TERI) and Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC). Apart from her role at Circle In, she is engaged as an advisor with several NGOs. Bhatnagar is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management (Calcutta) and St. Stephens College, Delhi University.
Jain has been associated with SOS Children’s Villages since the last 23 years. Currently, he is working as an International Representative, Asia Office. Jain also represents the organisation amidst Tibetan associations, which are working in India for Tibetan children. Previously, he was Director of Operations / Asia for five years and was responsible for finance and other related subjects in the continent. He has led and contributed to many projects / working groups of SOS Children’s Villages at the regional and global level in the areas of finance, operations, strategy and programme. He is a Chartered Accountant and a postgraduate in Management; Jain has trained in the governance of ‘non-profit board’ from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.