Since the lockdown was implemented on March 24, 2020, WOTR has been working at the frontlines, across seven states in India, being a source of support for the rural communities, especially farmers in these difficult times. We present to you a snapshot of our work — the relief measures we are undertaking on the ground to arrest the losses incurred by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Board of Trustees and Advisory Council
|Mr. Asoke Basak, Trustee and Chairman||
Mr. Asoke Basak is a retired IAS officer. He served the Government of Maharashtra in various capacities including as Additional Chief Secretary, Chairman of the Maharashtra State Electricity Board, Secretary of Water Conservation and EGS. He was also Chief Executive Officer of Bhir Zilla Read More
|Mr. Crispino Lobo, Managing Trustee and Co-founder WOTR||
Crispino is well-known in development circles for his knowledge and achievements in the fields of natural resource management, participatory watershed development and integrated water resources management.
He was the Program Coordinator of the Indo-German Watershed Development Programme Read More
|Dr. Marcella D'Souza,Trustee and Director, W-CReS||
W-CReS is headed by Dr. Marcella D’Souza. A physician by training, she opted for Community Health early in her career. Marcella is an alumnus of the Government Medical College, Nagpur and a Takemi Fellow of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). She has spent more than 3 decades in rural Read More
|Mr. Ajoy Mehta, Trustee||
Mr. Ajoy Mehta, a serving IAS officer and currently Municipal Commissioner, Brihan Mumbai Municipal Commission (BMC) brings to the WOTR Board a range of competencies and experiences covering governance, policy-making, technology, management and institution building.
Previously, he has Read More
|Ms. Malini Thadani, Chairperson||
Malini has had two careers, the first in the Indian government and the next in the corporate sector. As member of the Indian Revenue Service, she worked until 1995 in the Finance, Defence and Textile Ministries, including as Registrar of the National Institute of Fashion Technology.
She Read More
|Mr. Pradip Shah||
Pradip Shah runs IndAsia, a corporate finance and investment advisory company.He is a gold-medallist Chartered Accountant, Management Accountant and MBA from Harvard, who helped establish Housing Development Finance Corporation, the first retail housing finance company in India; CRISIL, the Read More
|Dr. Bandi Venkateswarlu||
Dr. Venkateswarlu retired as Vice Chancellor of the Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhani. Prior to that he was the Director of the Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture (CRIDA).
|Dr. Ganesh Natarajan||
Dr. Ganesh Natarajan is Executive Chairman and Founder of 5F World, a platform for Digital Start-ups, Skills and Social Ventures in the country. He is also Founder of Global Talent Track and Skills Alpha and co-founder of two Indo-US Joint Ventures – Kalzoom Advisors and the Center for AI and Read More
|Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti||
Mr. Shailesh Haribhakti is a career Chartered Accountant, with over four decades of experience in developing and leading one of India’s most respected and diversified Chartered Accounting firms –Haribhakti & Co. LLP Chartered Accountants. He stepped away from the company’s management on Read More