Category: Our Board Members

Govind Nihalani

CHAIR EMERITUS

Mr. Govind Nihalani is an eminent film director, cinematographer, screenwriter and film producer, who has been awarded the Padmashree, a prestigious award conferred by the Government of India, for his contributions to Indian cinema. In the last 36 years, he has received several national and international awards for his work. His latest, an animated feature film for children, is available for viewing on Amazon Prime.

Rathi Vinay Jha

CHAIRPERSON

Ms. Rathi Vinay Jha served in the Indian Administrative Service where as Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism, she led the team on the ‘Incredible India’ campaign. In her assignment as Director to set up the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) the concept of Fashion Education was introduced for the first time in India.

Ms. Jha has also served after retirement as Secretary General of the World Travel and Tourism Council – India. She is the Founder Chairperson of the Indian Heritage Cities Network, a UNESCO NGO. She is on the Boards of a number of other Trusts and Societies addressing the development sector. She is currently the Chairperson of the India Foundation of Arts as well as a Trustee of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts. (IGNCA)

JVR Prasada Rao

SECRETARY

Mr. JVR Prasada Rao is a Former Health Secretary, Government of India and Director General, National AIDS Control Organisation. He has made immense contributions in strengthening the health sector and in formulating India’s response to HIV/AIDS. He is a strong regional voice for prioritising public health in national
policies in India and other Asian countries. Mr. Rao was invited to join as the Regional Director of UNAIDS where he led the UN response to AIDS in Asia Pacific countries. He has also held eminent positions in the UN as Special Envoy to the Secretary General, United Nations, and as the Regional Director of UNAIDS for the Asia Pacific region. He facilitated discussions on inclusion of AIDS elimination as a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for 2030 which was finally adopted in the UNGA declaration on SDGs in 2015. Mr. Rao is also a former Commissioner Secretary of a Global Commission on HIV and Law initiated by UNDP.

Madhukar Kamath

TREASURER

A distinguished alumnus of Loyola College Chennai and XLRI Jamshedpur, Madhukar Kamath has over four decades of experience in Advertising, Media and Marketing services. He is the Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Mudra Group and Mentor of Interbrand India.

Madhukar has served as the President of Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI) and is the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also an erstwhile Chairman of ASCI (Advertising Standards Council of India) and the ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulation). As the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the Chairperson of the Governing Council of MICA, for over a decade, he helped build MICA into India’s foremost Strategic Marketing and Communications Management Institute. He also served as the President of MICA for the academic year 2016-17.

As an Entrepreneur, he is now the Chairman of Multiplier Brand Solutions. He serves on the board of Music Broadcast Ltd. Appointed to the International Board of Plan International in July 2020, he is currently the Vice- Chair.

Ajay Gandhi

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Ajay Gandhi is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Wings Infonet Pvt. Ltd., developers of the Wings suite of business software products and the Founder Partner of Gandhi and Gandhi, Chartered Accountants, Hyderabad. He is also the Founder Trustee of Manthan Foundation, a forum for public discourse, and a Trustee for Hyderabad Literary Trust, organisers of the Hyderabad Literary Festival. He has also served as Chairman, Hyderabad Branch of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and as Vice President of Andhra Pradesh Tax Bar Association.

Ajay Kaul

BOARD MEMBER

Ajay Kaul, in a corporate career spanning 30+ years, has served renowned companies like American Express, ModiLufthansa, TNT India, TNT Indonesia as CEO and as CEO of Jubilant FoodWorks (operating Domino’s Pizza and Dunkin’ Donuts in India). He has done his Bachelor of Technology from IIT Delhi and MBA from XLRI Jamshedpur.

Ajay Kaul is the man who fuelled India’s voracious appetite for Pizzas, grew Domino’s Pizza (Jubilant FoodWorks) from just 90 stores to 1100 stores during his 12-year stint from 2005 – 2017, making it India’s LARGEST AND FASTEST GROWING FOOD SERVICE COMPANY and LARGEST DOMINO’S PIZZA market in the WORLD! (outside of USA).

Ajay is now working as Sr Advisor & Director with a Private Equity company called Everstone Capital Advisors. He serves as Chairman of Domino’s Pizza Indonesia, Burger King Indonesia. Also serves on board of Burger King India. He’s an advisor and investor in Chaayos, California Burrito, Dalchini etc. Ajay also serves on board of XLRI Jamshedpur, PLAN International India.

Also, he is actively mentoring a few startups in his personal capacity and through Indian Angel Network, for the past 10 years now.

Ajay is an advisor to RADTAG, a close to 1 billion USD retail brand in the Middle East.

Ajay is also a Sr Advisor to BOSTON CONSULTANCY GROUP (BCG).

Ranjan Chak

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Ranjan Chak is an information technology veteran who helped start Hewlett Packard (India), created one of India’s most successful offshore development centres as VP (India Operations), Oracle Corporation, and has been a Visiting Fellow of the Judge Business School of Cambridge University. He has served as a director on the board of a number of technology companies, is currently a Venture Partner with venture capital firm, Oak Investment Partners, and is on the Advisory Board of Vencap, a UK-based investment firm.

Atul Kirloskar

BOARD MEMBER

Mr. Atul Kirloskar is the Executive Chairman of Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. and Chairman of Kirloskar Ferrous Ltd. He has a keen interest in operations and people. Mr. Kirloskar channels his passion for excellence to help Plan India meet its objectives efficiently and effectively.

Shireen Jejeebhoy

BOARD MEMBER

Ms. Shireen Jejeebhoy, PhD, is a demographer and social scientist with over 35 years of research and evaluation experience in the areas of young people’s health and development, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health. She has made significant research contributions on adolescent health and development, the empowerment of women and girls, and women’s access to safe abortion. Ms. Jejeebhoy is the founder and director of Aksha Centre for Equity and Wellbeing, a non-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the
evidence and evaluating promising practices in her research areas. She is the Vice President of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and a member of the Governing Boards of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the International Institute for Population Sciences and the Population Foundation of India. Previously, she served as Senior Associate, Population Council, India and Scientist, Reproductive Health and Research Department, World Health Organisation, Geneva.