As of June 2015


Kiran Karnik took over as the Chairperson of Oxfam India Board on August 27,
2010. He was the President of the National Association of Software and
Services Companies NASSCOM and the Managing Director of the Discovery
Network in India. He served as the Founder-Director of the Consortium
for Educational Communication and the Indian Space Research Organisation
IISRO). He is on numerous Government committees and has been a member of
the Scientific Advisory Council to the previous Prime Minister and Central
Employment Guarantee Council, besides chairing the International Steering
Committee of the Commonwealth Connects Programme. A post-graduate
from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Karnik holds an honours
degree in physics from Mumbai University. Awarded the Padma Shri in 2007, he
was recognised as one of the 'Stars of Asia' by Business Week in 2004 and
'Face of the Year by Forbes magazine in 2003. In 1998, the International
Astronautical Federation awarded him the Frank Malina medal for space


Mridula Bajaj is a specialist in Child Development with more than three decades
of experience in programme, research and training. She is currently Executive
Director of Mobile Crèches, an NGO that works for children at construction sites.
She took over as the Vice Chairperson of the Oxfam India Board in August 2010,
and has been a Board member since its inception. Holding a Master's degree in
Science and Child Development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University, she
has worked extensively for empowerment of women and child development.


Farah Naqvi is a writer, an activist, and was a member of the National Advisory
Council. For over two decades, she has been involved in democratic
interventions on issues of minority rights, gender rights, justice, communalism
and violence against women. She has also worked with survivors, followed-up
with investigative agencies, networked with women's groups, documented and
shared information and undertaken fundraising and policy advocacy
with the Government. Farah is also a founder member of Nirantar, an NG0
working on gender and education. A post-graduate from Columbia University, Farah
has done notable work in the area of broadcast journalism.


Ammu Joseph is a journalist and author, who primarily writes on issues relating
to gender, human development and media. She is a founder member of the
Network for Women in India. For her all encompassing work towards resolving
gender issues, Ammu has received the’Donna Allen Award for Feminist
Advocacy’ from the Ammu Joseph Association for Education in Journalism
and Mass Communication, USA and the ‘UNFPA-LAADLI Media Award for Gender
Sensitivity ’. She began her career in Mumbai in the mid 1970s. In the mid 80s,
she edited the Sunday magazine of The Indian Post. Since then, she has been
contributing to a number of mainstream publications. Six of her books have been
published. She has also contributed chapters to several other books, besides
writing and editing a number of other publications, both Indian and international.


Somasekhar Sundaresan is a partner with J. Sagar Associates, a large national
law firm in India. He heads the firm's securities law and financial sector
regulatory practice. He has experience and expertise in advising clients in the
area of foreign investment, banking, and the financial institutional sector,
mergers and acquisitions, particularly, those involving listed companies. He has
advised a number of banks, security issuers, stockbrokers, mutual funds,
non-banking financial companies, stock exchanges and foreign institutional
investors. In addition to his private practice, he is actively involved in public
policy and regulatory affairs in India's financial sector.


Rohini Somanathan is a Professor of Economics at the Delhi School of
Economics (DSE). She received her Ph.D in 1996 from Boston University and
has held faculty positions at Emory University, the University of Michigan
and the Indian Statistical Institute before joining DSE in 2005. Her research focuses
on how social institutions interact with public policies to determine patterns
of economic and social inequality. She has also worked on a variety of issues
related to development policy in the Indian context. These include studies on the
effects of economic liberalisation on productivity and wage inequality, access to
microfinance, outcomes of the impact of school nutrition programmes on
children and the assessment
of alternative policies to counter environmental problems such as floods, solid
waste and air pollution.


Neelam Deo is a former Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer who served as
India's Ambassador to Denmark and Cote d'Ivoire, with concurrent accreditation
to Sierra Leone, Niger S Guinea. After serving 33 years in the IFS,
she co-founded Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations in 2009. She is
also a distinguished fellow with the Centre for Air Power Studies, and a member
of the Advisory Board of the Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund. Neelam completed
her Master's degree in economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Prior to
joining the IFS, she taught economics in Kamla Nehru College, Delhi University.
She has extensive knowledge and exposure to the issues of Africa, South East
Asia, India-U.S bilateral relations, Bangladesh and other SAARC neighbours.
Neelam is also a frequent commentator on issues that involve India's economic
emergence, diaspora and global politics.


Sutapa Banerjee has over 23 years of experience across two multinational
banks in the financial services industry. She has built and led the business of
banks in the last 16 years. She is well recognised as a thought leader in
the Wealth Management industry. The Institutional Investor Group has voted her as
one of the 'Top 20 Global Rising Stars of Wealth Management'. She drove Ambit
Private Wealth to be the 'Best Private Bank in India' in the 2013 Asia Money
Polls. She was shortlisted in the '50 most
powerful women in India' by Fortune India in 2012.


Sunil Verma has had 37 years of service with the Indian Audit and Accounts
Service. He was associated with Ernst and Young as an advisor. He carried out
consulting assignments with the Asian Development Bank (power sector), the
International Labour Organisation (rural roads) and the India Infrastructure
Finance Company Limited (Monitoring and Evaluation Framework and
Governance and Accountability Action Plan). He is currently working as member
(finance) of the Jharkhand State Electricity Regulatory Commission and is a
frequent commentator on issues relating to audit by the CAG of India,
the defence industry and the electricity sector.


Santosh Desai is the Managing Director and CEO of Future Brands Ltd. He was
the President of McCann-Erickson, one of India's premier advertising agencies.
A post graduate from Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, he has
served on the boards of ING Vysya Bank, ACK Media limited, Future Consumer
Products Limited, Breakthrough and CFAR (Centre for Advocacy & Research)
and on the Governing Councils of Mudra Institute of Communication,
Ahmedabad & Praxis Business School, Kolkata. He writes a weekly column for
the Times of India and is the author of Mother Pious Lady- Making Sense
of Everyday India, a book that examines how the everyday life of middle class
India has evolved.


Anita Ramachandran is a human resource expert with over 35 years experience
as a management consultant. She has been a strategic advisor to many family
groups and small and medium enterprise companies. She has been
the Chairperson of TIE Women and on the Executive committee of TIE Mumbai
and earlier on the Advertising Standards Council of India. Anita is an independent
Director on the board of Aditya Birla Retail, Geometric Ltd., Godrej & Boyce
and Rane. Having won several academic honours, she is one of the first generation
of women professionals to become an entrepreneur. She supports many
organisations in the social sector through pro bono professional work and
remains deeply committed to work with women.