Our Board Members

The Plan India Governing Board comprises of eminent development, business, finance and marketing professionals. They volunteer their time and expertise to help Plan India achieve its vision of a world in which all children realise their full potential.

The Governing Board and committees meet a minimum of four times a year to provide governance and strategic oversight to our operations.

Plan India's Governing Board:

  • Govind Nihalani (Chair Emeritus)
  • Rathi Vinay Jha (Chairperson)
  • Dr. JVR Prasada Rao (Secretary)
  • Minty Pande (Treasurer)
  • Madhukar Kamath
  • Dr. S. Parasuraman
  • Ranjan Chak
  • Udayan Sen
  • Atul Kirloskar
  • Shireen Jejeebhoy
Govind Nihalani - Chair Emeritus

Govind Nihalani is Plan India's Chair Emeritus and Goodwill Ambassador. Mr. Nihalani has been a member of the Board since 2005, including its Chairman for five years. An eminent film director, cinematographer and also a screenwriter and film producer, he was awarded the Padmashree, a prestigious award by the Government of India, for his contributions to Indian cinema. In the last 35 years, he has received several national and international awards for his work.

Rathi Vinay Jha - Chairperson

Rathi Vinay Jha has been on Plan India's Board since 2011 and is currently the Chair of the Board. She has been actively engaging in the Because I am a Girl campaign as well as in conceptualising and designing the National Conference on Plan for Every Child. Ms. Jha has served the Government of India as an Officer of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). During her long tenure in the IAS, she took up and implemented many pioneering initiatives such as setting up of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and CSR in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Besides working in many departments in varied sectors, she retired as Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism. She has also been the Secretary General of the India Chapter World Travel and Tourism Council.

JVR Prasada Rao - Secretary

JVR Prasada Rao joined the Plan India Board in 2015. Mr. Rao was Special Envoy of UN Secretary General for Asia Pacific until July 2017 and currently the Special Advisor for UNAIDS. He retired as the Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and served as Regional Director, UNAIDS, Asia Pacific from 2004-2009. He was the Director General of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) from 1997-2002 and contributed significantly to establishing India's AIDS response as a world leader. Mr. Rao has served as Member Secretary of two independent commissions on AIDS in Asia Pacific and is currently a commissioner of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law. He has been a great support to the organisation in the execution of Project Ahana.

Minty Pande - Treasurer

Minty Pande joined Plan India's Board in 2009. Ms. Pande has had a long career within the international development sector, particularly in the field of child rights. She was the Country Director for Plan International, leading, directing and accounting for all country operations in Nepal (2001-2006) and in Thailand (2006-2009). She has also worked for Save the Children Fund (UK) as Head of Regional Office in Bangkok and as Programme Director for North India and Sponsorship Officer in Save the Children's New Delhi Office. Since a year ago, she has been the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Goodweave India, an affiliate of Goodweave International.

Madhukar Kamath

An Economics graduate from Loyola Chennai, Madhukar Kamath studied Management at XLRI Jamshedpur. He has over four decades of experience in Advertising and Marketing Services and has spent close to twenty five years in erstwhile Mudra, now DDB Mudra Group. Under his leadership, Mudra transformed itself from an Advertising Agency into one of India’s leading Integrated Marketing Communications Groups.

In 2011, Madhukar helped Omnicom in acquiring of the Mudra Group and its integration into DDB Worldwide Network. As the Group CEO & MD, for 14 years, he led the group’s aggressive growth agenda – organically and through strategic partnerships/acquisitions. In 2013, Interbrand, the world’s leading brand consultancy also appointed Mr. Kamath as Chairman, Interbrand India.

Mr. Kamath has actively participated in and led several industry bodies. He has served as the President of the AAAI (Advertising Agencies Association of India) and Chairman of ASCI (The Advertising Standards Council of India). He was also the Chairman of AdAsia 2011, India’s largest Marketing Congress, which was held in New Delhi. Currently, he is on the Board of ABC (The Audit Bureau of Circulations) and Music Broadcast India Ltd. (RadioCity).

Mr. Kamath has also served as the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation and the Governing Council of MICA, India’s foremost Business School for Strategic Marketing and Communications Management. Currently, he serves as Chairman Emeritus, DDB Mudra Group and Chairman-MultiplierMudra. In 2013, Mr. Kamath was appointed as an Executive Board member of Plan India.

Dr. S. Parasuraman

Dr. S Parasuraman has been the Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India since 2004. He has more than three decades of experience as a teacher and researcher in Rural Development, Education, Health, Public Policy, Social Protection, Social Exclusion and Inclusive policies, Governance, Water and Energy and a range of inter- disciplinary areas.

His current research interests include, governance and accountability framework for social protection measures, understanding and addressing agrarian distress, collectives of women, men, farmers to strengthen farm and non-farm livelihoods, capacity building of elected leaders at various levels, civil service officers and political leaders, decentralised governance officials, public policy, corporate social responsibility as an instrument of inclusive growth, youth for social and economic transformation of rural and tribal areas. He has published extensively on development and disasters.

Dr. Parasuraman has held key positions in international organisations such as World Bank, IUCN, Oxfam, ActionAid International and UN including being the Asia Policy Director of ActionAid International, Team Leader of the Secretariat, World Commission on Dams and as Programme Director, Oxfam GB, India Programme and dealt with possibilities and politics of development at the micro and macro level.

He has a Master's in Anthropology from the University of Poona and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Mumbai. He has been a United Nations Fellow on Population and Development, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, and was conferred Doctor of Literature (Honoris Causa) by the Assam University. He joined Plan India's Board in 2011.

Ranjan Chak

Ranjan Chak joined the Plan India board in 2011 and serves on the Board's Marketing and Communication committee and Governance and Nomination committee. After working in the area of Artificial Intelligence in US and Europe, Mr. Chak returned to India in 1987 to help start up Hewlett Packard (India), before building CSSI, his own software product company in New Delhi. Subsequently, in 1994, as Vice President (Indian Operations) for Oracle Corporation, he created one of the most successful offshore software development centres in India. In 2003, Mr. Chak joined Oak Investment Partners as a Venture Partner advising a number of Oak's global portfolio companies. He currently serves on the advisory board of Vencap International, is a Visiting Fellow of the Judge Business School of Cambridge University, Chairman of the Advisory Board of Oakridge International School, Hyderabad and a founding Director of TEN Innovate Pvt. Ltd.

Udayan Sen

Udayan Sen is a Chartered Accountant and has over 30 years of experience in professional services in India and Singapore. He specialises in financial advisory, audit and assurance. He recently stepped down as the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Deloitte India but continues as a Partner in the firm. He has been part of the Plan India board since 2011.

Atul Kirloskar

Atul Kirloskar joined Plan India’s Board in 2017. He began his career in the erstwhile Kirloskar Cummins Ltd. working in various manufacturing departments. After working as CEO of Cummins Diesel Sales and Services, he moved to Kirloskar Oil Engines Ltd. where he is currently their Executive Chairman. Besides this, Mr. Kirloskar is the Chairman of Kirloskar Ferrous Ltd. and Kirloskar Industries Ltd. He is a Board Member of Kirloskar Pneumatic Ltd. and has, in the past, served on the board of Bharat Forge Ltd. and Bajaj Auto Ltd. He is a member of the World Economic Forum and was the President of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, Pune (2000-2002). He served as the Chairman of the CII National Committee of Defence from 2000 – 2008. His wife, Arti Kirloskar was also a long standing member of Plan India’s Board, including its Chairperson.

Shireen Jejeebhoy

Shireen Jejeebhoy joined Plan India’s Board in 2017. She currently works independently on research and evaluation in the areas of adolescents’ and young people’s health and development, women’s empowerment and gender based violence, and sexual and reproductive health. She is currently supporting, as Senior Advisor, the organisation Dasra’s monitoring, learning and evaluation activities in the area of adolescent health and wellbeing. She is also guiding the evaluation of UNFPA’s adolescent girls’ programme and provides support to several NGOs in India. Till March 2016, she was Senior Associate at the Population Council, India. Her research has focused on adolescent and young people’s sexual and reproductive health and livelihoods, reproductive health and population and female autonomy and its impact on reproductive health outcomes, especially in India. She has written extensively on young people's sexual and reproductive health and development, women’s education and empowerment, violence, maternal health, and preventing unsafe abortion. She was a co-PI of the first sub-nationally representative study of young people in India, the Youth in India: Situation and Needs study. She has served on the councils and scientific panels of both the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and the Asian Population Association.