CAF India has an independent board, chaired by respected industrialist and philanthropist Mr. Arun Bharat Ram. The board comprises six other prominent business and NGO leaders.
Arun Bharat Ram, Chairman, SRF Limited
Mr Arun Bharat Ram is a member of the renowned Ram family of Delhi, owners of Shri Ram Group and DCM, with a legacy of over 100 years. Arun is the current chairman of SRF Limited, an organisation he set up in 1970, which has grown and diversified into a multi-business Rs- 4000 crore manufacturing company, with operations in India, UAE, Thailand and South Africa.
Arjun Malhotra, Former Chairman and CEO, Headstrong
Mr Arjun Malhotra has over 42 years of experience in the technology and IT sector, in both private and public companies. Until very recently, he was chairman and CEO of Headstrong, where he led the business' turnaround and rejuvenation. Under Arjun's leadership, Headstrong became the leading provider of consultancy services to the financial services industry, and was sold in 2011 to Genpact for over $500m. Arjun is also on the board of IIT, ISB, IIM - and many other educational and social organisations.
Som Mittal, Former Chairman and President, NASSCOM
Mr. Som Mittal has been the President of NASSCOM from 2008-13 and steered the industry through one of its most challenging phases. Under Som's leadership, the industry crossed the USD 100 billion milestone and significantly expanded its value offerings. Som has held corporate leadership roles in the IT industry at companies such as Wipro, Digital, Compaq, Larsen & Toubro, Escorts, Denso and HP. A B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Som has served as a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Committee on National e-Governance, as board member Institutes of Technology and the Global Advisory Council of the WITSA. He now advises companies, CEOs and senior leaders on growing business, particularly in developing economies and in co-creating policies with Governments.
Rajeeva Ratna Shah, Former CEO, Prasar Bharti
Mr Rajeeva Ratna Shah has 41 years of experience in various capacities in Government of India and the Government of the State of U.P. In his most recent post, he served as Member-Secretary, Planning Commission, Government of India in the rank of Union Minister of State and was one of the main authors of the XIth Plan. Rajeeva is also remembered as the architect of the JLNURM Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission and for the formulation of several programmes on social inclusion. Rajeeva is reckoned as an expert on "Convergent digital technologies" and as Secretary, Information Technology, his two most significant contributions were the conceptualization of the National e-Governance Programme (or the NEGP) and the roll out of the 25 Mission Mode Projects of e-Governance. Rajeeva, who joined IAS in 1967, also functioned as the CEO of the Prasar Bharati, running over 20 TV channels and 200 radio stations.
Lalit Nirula, Director, LMN Investments & Agriculture Pvt. Ltd
Lalit Nirula is a second generation member of a family that has been in the hospitality industry for 76 years. Their food chain, Nirula’s was considered leaders in their field of family foods, being the largest Indian owned restaurant chain in the Indian sub-continent. Currently, Lalit is the director of LMN Investments and Agriculture Pvt. Ltd, a company with investments in real estate and financial instruments. He is a past president of the National Restaurant Association of India and the Hotel and Restaurant Association of North India. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from St. Stephans College, Delhi University Lalit graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in January 1966. His personal commitment to education and social progress has kept him actively involved with a number of educational institutions and charitable organisations.
Shravani Dang, Vice President, Group Head - Corporate Communication, Avantha Group
Shravani Dang is senior Communications and CSR leader with over two decades of quantifiable achievements. Her experience base spans multinational companies across Technology, Financial, Not-for-profit and Industrial sectors, in both complex and large organizations. Currently, she serves as the Vice President and Head Corporate Communications and Public Relations at the Avantha Group, one of India’s largest and broad-based industrial conglomerate. Previously, she was Head & Associate Director Corporate Communications at Fidelity and has worked with internationally reputed brands like IT giants CSC ($17b billion) and HCL, as well as international relief and development organization CARE India. Shravani headed the CSR portfolio at Fidelity, CSC and HCL. Reputation Today magazine recently ranked Shravani as among the top ten corporate communications professionals in the country.
Madhu Bala Nath, Country Representative (India), EngenderHealth
Madhu Bala Nath is presently the Country Representative (India) for EngenderHealth which promotes quality services for reproductive health and family planning in four Indian states. Madhu has spent most of her three-decade long career with UN agencies, working on HIV/AIDS, reproductive and sexual health and women empowerment. She has also served as Senior Adviser at the UN Women headquarters. She has served on the advisory board for Women Power Connect, International Centre for Research on Women and at present for Girl Rising in India, as well as, the HIV/AIDS Alliance. She is also an independent director on the board of HPL Electric India.
Ajay S. Mehta, President, Board of Trustees of Seva Mandir and Vidya Bhawan
Ajay S. Mehta joined the Indian Railways in 1980 after working briefly for the government-instituted Commission for Controls and Subsidies. In 1985, he joined Seva Mandir and took on the role of chief executive from 1990 to 1999. Following this, he served as the general secretary of the Association of Voluntary Organisations for Rural Development (AVARD) for a span of two years. In 2001, he moved on to The National Foundation for India (NFI) as the executive director. After a 10-year service, Ajay joined the State Planning Board of Rajasthan till 2013. Currently, he is the president of the board of trustees of Seva Mandir and of Vidya Bhawan.
Navin Bahl, Chartered Accountant
Navin Bahl is a Fellow from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has worked with Ernst & Young in London and Scandinavia and as the head of finance at large industrial organisations in India. Navin has 35 years of experience as a practicing chartered accountant. Besides being a trustee of various charitable trusts like the Blind Relief Association of New Delhi, he is also the president of the Association for Advancement and Rehabilitation of Handicapped Children, which is running a school in Vasant Kunj for handicapped children. Navin also holds the office of treasurer and trustee of Cord which is working in 600 villages to empower rural women through self help groups, micro-credit banking and income generation activities.