Board of Trustees and Advisory Council

Board Of Trustees
Name Professional Summary
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

Advisory Council
Name Professional Summary
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).
He has served over 40 years as a Research and Administrative Manager in the Read More

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

Mrs. Uma Ganesh

Uma Ganesh has three decades of success in corporate andentrepreneurial ventures covering and Manufacturing, Media,Banking, Education and IT sectors.

Uma’s last corporate assignment was with HSBC as their ChiefCorporate Development Officer for its Global Resourcing Businesswhere she was Read More