Advisory Board

    Dr. R.A. Mashelkar

    Dr R.A. Mashelkar

    Chairman, National Innovation Foundation

    Dr. R.A. Mashelkar, a National Research Professor and Padma Vibhushan, is the Chairman of India’s National Innovation Foundation and President of the Global Research Alliance, an international network of publicly funded R&D institutes with over 60,000 scientists. He is on the Board of Directors of Reliance Industries, Hindustan Unilever, Tata Motors and Piramal Life Sciences. He is amongst the three Indian engineers in the twentieth century to have been elected as Fellow of Royal Society (FRS), London. Dr Mashelkar has been closely associated with the intellectual property rights movement having spearheaded the successful challenge to the US patent on the use of turmeric for wound healing and Basmati rice and was instrumental in setting up India’s first Traditional Knowledge Digital Library.

    Vineet Rai

    Founder and Managing Director of Aavishkaar group of funds

    Vineet Rai is the Founder and Managing Director of Aavishkaar group of funds and Co-founder & Chairman of the Intellecap Group of companies. He chairs the Board of Villgro and Intellegrow and has recently been appointed to the working group on Impact Investing by the G8 Impact Investing task force. Vineet is an Ashoka Fellow and has received numerous awards including the G 20 – SME Innovation in Finance Award 2010, UNDP-IBLF –ICC World Business Award in 2005 & Lemelson Venture Fund Award in 2007.

    Poonam Muttreja

    Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India

    The Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India, Poonam is one of the three civil society representatives globally who has been selected as member of the prestigious 18-member Reference Group of Family Planning 2020.An innovator in the field of development, she has founded organizations in areas of social justice (SRUTI) and crafts (DASTKAR) and instituted programs on leadership (Founder Director of the Ashoka Foundation, India), especially in the field of women’s health. Poonam conducts courses on development and policy making at several universities across the world. Before joining PFI, she was the Country Director for the MacArthur Foundation in India.

    Harpal Singh

    Chairman of Save the Children, India

    Chairman of Save the Children, India, Harpal Singh is an internationally recognized thought leader on the integration of global healthcare. He is the mentor and Chairman Emeritus of Fortis Healthcare and sits on the Board of several companies like SRL, Escorts Heart Institute and Religare Enterprises. Formerly, he was non-executive Chairman of India’s largest pharmaceutical company, Ranbaxy. Mr. Singh is associated with some of India’s leading schools, sits on the Board of Governors of IIT Indore, and is a member of the National Round Table on School Education. He is also a member of India-UK Round Table, India-US Strategic Dialogue and of the Governing Council of the Public Health Foundation of India. He is Founder Chairman Trustee of Nanhi Chhaan and Chronic Care Foundations. An alumnus of Doon School, Harpal graduated in Economics from St. Stephens College and holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Affairs from the CSCH, California, U.S.A.

    VS Gurumani

    VS Gurumani

    former Country Director India, Project Concern International

    An organizational leader with a passion for change, Gurumani was formerly the India Country Director of Project Concern International. He has over four decades of experience in industry, consulting and social development and has worked in banking, manufacturing, consumer products, hotels, oil exploration and refining. An award winning manager and a Rotary International Fellow, his work included both line and staff management. A firm believer in the merit of alternate systems of medicine, Guru is also an internationally certified Workshop Leader in the celebrated Heal Your Life process of Louise Hay.

    Dr Hemnath Paul

    MBBS & MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

    Dr Paul is an MBBS & MD from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. He combines corporate sector expertise from Bausch and Lomb USA with development sector experience at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. He was responsible for setting up the Bausch & Lomb School of Optometry in Hyderabad in collaboration with the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute and heading Bausch & Lomb’s CSR initiative of setting up Cataract Care Centres in underserved parts of India. Dr Paul was formerly the Country Director for the America India Foundation.

    Suhaan Mukherjee

    A former Expert Advisor in the office of the Advisor to the Prime Minister on PIII

    A former Expert Advisor in the office of the Advisor to the Prime Minister of India on Public Information, Innovation and Infrastructure, Suhaan is the founder of PLR Chambers, a Delhi based law firm. Before this, he served with the World Bank and was a partner at Amarchand Mangaldas, where he led the Policy and Regulatory Affairs Practice group. Suhaan has a Bachelors degree in Law from the National Law School of India, and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.