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

Mr. Govind Nihalani is Plan India's Chair Emeritus and Goodwill Ambassador. Mr. Nihalani has been a member of the governing board since 2005 and has been the Chairman of the board 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

Ms. Rathi Vinay Jha has been on Plan India's board for the past five years has been the secretary of the Plan India board as well as the Chair of the Programme Planning and Strategy Committee of the board. She has been actively engaging in the Because I am a Girl campaign as well as in conceptualising and designing of the National Conference on Children in Difficult Circumstances. 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 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, Ministry of Tourism. She has also been the Director General of the Fashion Design Council of India.

JVR Prasada Rao - Secretary

Mr. Rao joined the Plan India board in 2015. Mr. Rao, IAS, is currently the United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia-Pacific. 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. Dr. 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 the PPTCT programme supported by Global Funds.

Minty Pande - Treasurer

Ms. Minty Pande joined Plan India's board five years ago. Minty 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 Program Director for North India and Sponsorship Officer in Save the Children's New Delhi Office.

Atul Kirloskar

Atul Kirloskar joined Plan India’s Board in August 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. He is a board member of Kirloskar Pneumatic Ltd. and Kirloskar Industries 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 as well. His wife, Arti Kirloskar was also a long standing member of Plan India’s Board, including its Chairperson.

Madhukar Kamath

Mr. Madhukar Kamath is an Economics graduate from Loyola College, Chennai. Mr. Kamath studied Management at XLRI Jamshedpur. He has more than three decades of experience in Advertising and Marketing Communications and has spent over twenty years in Mudra, in two separate stints. Under his leadership over the last five years, Mudra transformed itself from an Advertising Agency into one of India's leading Integrated Marketing Communications Groups.

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). Currently, he is on the Board of ABC (The Audit Bureau of Circulations). In addition, he was the Chairman of the Organising Committee for AdAsia 2011. Apart from being the Chairman of the Mudra Foundation he serves as the Chairman of the Governing Council of MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad), India's leading Communications Management Institute.

Dr. S. Parasuraman

Dr. S. Parasuraman has over 25 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, activist, administrator and development worker. He has held key positions in international organisations as Asia Regional Policy Coordinator, ActionAid Asia, Senior Advisor to the Commission and Team Leader of the Secretariat, World Commission on Dams and as Program Director, Oxfam GB, India Program. Currently, he is the Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Ranjan Chak

Mr. Ranjan Chak joined the Plan India board in 2011 and serves on the board's Marketing and Communication committee. Ranjan worked as a business analyst at American Management Systems, managed a pioneering AI research project at Carnegie Mellon University and established new ventures in Europe and Japan for Carnegie Group Inc. In 2003, Ranjan joined Oak Investment Partners as a Venture Partner advising a number of Oak's global portfolio companies. Ranjan is currently an advisor to Xiotech Corporation (an Oak portfolio company) and is on the advisory board of Vencap, on the board of international overseers of Tufts University and chairman of the advisory board of Oakridge International School, Hyderabad.

Udayan Sen

Mr. Sen has over 30 years of experience in professional services in India and Singapore. He specialises in financial advisory, audit and assurance. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner in Deloitte India. Mr. Sen is also a member of International Board of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu.