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Awardees - By Category

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT KARMAVEER PURASKAAR

Dr. Kalyan Banerjee (2011-12)

Dr. Kalyan Banerjee, the Honorary Homeopathic Physician to the President of India and recipient of Padma Shree (2009) for his distinguished service in the field of medicine, has spent his lifetime serving people from economically backward classes. A kind hearted humanitarian, Dr. Kalyan Banerjee established his Clinic in 1977, where he offered free consultation, irrespective of cast, creed, religion or financial standing. This charitable work over three decades has resulted in millions of the underprivileged getting access to health care and being cured of serious illnesses. Approximately, 30 million charitable prescriptions have been served by Dr. Banerjee without any consultation charges and without any grants, endowments or donations from any individual or organisation. He has won numerous awards for his work, notably the Dr. K. R. Narayanan Memorial Award in 2010 for Lifetime Achievement in Homeopathy. He has granted several papers at International and National Conference on Leukaemia, Renal Faliure, complicated Fever and Hemorrhagic diseases. He continues to serve lakhs of families from all over the country and from around the world on a regular basis.

Anina Joseph Mathew (2010-11)

A PG in social work and sociology, Ms. Anina Joseph Mathew has surely opened new roads ahead in the tinted lives of many. She devoted her entire life to improve the lives of prisoners and their children. She started many organizations during the course of her life. Correction India, an NGO is an endeavor to help improve the conditions of prisoners and their families alike, especially the females. This organization helps in conducting entertainment and de-addiction programs for prisoners. The HIV and cancer infected patients in Jails have been released under her amiable guidance. Under the garb of 'Aswasa Bhavan', she helped give life back to the children of prisoners, making education available to them. She also started a secular organization that is a home to many abandoned children under the name of ARUTHAL ILLAM. We can say that she is the reincarnation of the 'Mother Mary'.

Rajinder Johar (2010-11)

Rajinder Johar, an occupational therapist by profession, is the founder and Chief- Coordinator of Family of Disabled (FOD), a charitable trust. The extremely depressing and discouraging condition of the disabled in society, particularly those illiterate and economically weak, was the trigger for him to launch FOD in March 1992 to serve the disabled fraternity. Being a person with 25-year-old paralyzed body below neck, even with all the challenges, he has been able to implement numerous initiatives and provided assistive aids and schemes for the differently-abled; like launching the first magazine on disability, The Voice of FOD, Apna Rozgaar Scheme (ARS) that provides ways & means for economic independence of the disabled, Gyan path- to sponsor the education and strengthen educational roots, Beyond Limits- to Promote talent in art. FOD was awarded the Helen Keller Award in 2003 by National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People and Shell India. Mr Johar strongly believes that life is governed by the law of uncertainty. Therefore, each and every citizen should be aware and sensitive to the special needs and management of PWDs.

Smt. Nirmala Narula (2009-10)

Smt.Nirmala Narula is currently the President of Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India. She has been a socially responsible person, symbolizing her actions as a citizen with Social Justice now for over four and a half decades. In her lifetime she has pioneered various causes touching all spheres of the social fabrics viz., the children, women, youth and now working concertedly focused on Alzheimer’s and other form of dementia falling into the ambit of Elderly care. She gave a whole new meaning to the old adage ‘Charity begins at home’ when she opened a ‘neighborhood school’ for the underprivileged children in her own house. In spite of the many roadblocks in her path, she managed to bring state of the art hospital facilities not only to India but Bangladesh and Nepal as well. Smt.Narula is at present deeply involved with opening the Center in Delhi for people with early Alzheimer’s, to bring respite/relief to family members for a few hours in a day. Smt.Narula has received well deserved achievement and awards over the years and she continues to serve society through ARDSI.

Major General R.S. Pannu (2008-09)

After spending 36 long years in Indian Army, Major General Raghubir Singh Pannu devoted his life in the service of the people through voluntary sector. A man of great courage, having been a front line soldier, he became the think tank of Help Age India in 1984. Help Age, then a six year old organisation, was put on the map as India's leading charity during his 12 year tenure. He conceived and executed a 10 year plan that brought more than 430 NGOs under Help Age India's umbrella. Major General R.S. Pannu became the first President and Managing Trustee at the Global Cancer Concern India during 2000. He became a sought after crusader for many international bodies for tackling global issues. Major General R.S. Pannu will be remembered for his unique contribution to the development of the voluntary sector in India. His experience, knowledge, achievements and total dedication to the service of humanity will remain a role model.


Professor M.S.Swaminathan (2007-08)

Professor Swaminathan has been described by the United Nations Environment Programme as 'the Father of Economic Ecology'. A plant geneticist by training, Professor Swaminathan's contributions to the agricultural renaissance of India have led to his being widely referred to as the scientific leader of the green revolution movement. His advocacy of sustainable agriculture leading to an ever-green revolution makes him an acknowledged world leader in the field of sustainable food security. He has had a pioneering role in mainstreaming gender considerations in agriculture and rural development, and has been nationally and internationally recognized and awarded for his his outstanding scientific contribution in the field of agriculture



Dr. Verghese Kurien (2006-07)

Dr. Verghese Kurien is the father of the White Revolution in India, the architect behind 'Operation Flood' the world's largest dairy development programme. He was the chairman of the Gujarat Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd. (GCMMF) and his name synonymous with 'Amul' right from Kaira District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Limited (KDCMPUL), to his stint with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), the National Tree Growers Federation (NTGF). Dr Kurien has been steadfast in his mission that the standard to measure success would be the benefit that actually reached the village women.




GLOBAL CITIZEN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT KARMAVEER PURASKAAR, 2010

Dr. David M. Dror (2011-12)

Dr. Dror is a Swiss national residing in India. He has dedicated himself to developing and implementing a micro insurance model that could deliver financial safety directly to grassroots communities. Years of field-work in low-income settings confirmed that poor people had nowhere to turn for the insurance knowledge required to organize their own Micro insurance Units. He established the non-profit Micro Insurance Academy to provide structured Technical Assistance, to "help communities manage risks from the ground up". This micro insurance solution offers an answer to inevitable calamities, while simultaneously ensuring it is customized to the needs of poor, allowing their participation in insurance design/administration. It is socially responsible to people. He has been felicitated with numerous awards and grants and also has had his articles published in various journals.

June Connolly (2010-11)

June Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland and completed education in the U.K. She is a writer and a poet. She began volunteering for various causes since early childhood and grew up in post war Ireland and England facing many hardships. She has worked with social health helping run both a home for orphans as well as for alcoholics. She is an animal lover. After retirement she trained with the Woodgreen animal Shelter, U.K. and returned to India where she was supervising and monitoring care for countless animals that were sick, injured and abused from the streets. She can be seen feeding stray dogs on the streets, counseling people on how to care for their pets or solving animal related problems in the community. There are even times where she can be seen fighting for the rights of animals with overloaded bullock carts drivers at busy traffic lights. She is an inspiration for an individual who is 74 years and has dedicated her life to the welfare of the society.



LIFELONG FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH CITIZEN ACTION KVP

Sanjoy Ghose(Posthumous) 2011-12

Sanjoy Ghose was an Indian visionary and a rural development activist known for his pioneering contributions to community health and development media. He did his PG in rural development from IRMA. He was very active in the National Service Scheme - taking his fellow students to remote tribal villages in the hilly tracts abutting in Thane district- to experience first-hand the poverty and exploitation of the tribal communities. Sanjoy chose to work in a small rural development trust, Tribhuvandas Foundation, in Anand, Kheda district, over much over visible and better paying jobs. In 1986, he set up his own NGO- URMUL Rural Health and Development Trust - in the desert district of Bikaner in Rajasthan. While working with URMUL, he won the Hubert Humphrey fellowship and wrote extensively about his grassroots experiences. Recognizing the potential of writing in mainstream media to highlight rural development issues, Sanjoy conceived CHARKHA Development Communication Network, an innovative non-profit organization that works towards the social and economic inclusion of rural marginalized communities through the creative use of media. On October 24, 1994, CHARKHA was formally initiated in New Delhi- with the goal of spinning action into words and a vision to contribute towards building a harmonious, inclusive society empowered by knowledge. After launching CHARKHA, he decided to work in the insurgent prone Upper Assam. He is believed to have been killed by United Liberation Front Of Assam (ULFA) militants in the river island of Majuli on the Brahmaputra river around July 4, 1997. Thirteen years after his untimely demise, both his creations, URMUL Trust and CHARKHA continue to survive and grow in the "rural development sector". He spent his life realising his mission -"To change the world and make a difference in the lives of the ordinary people" and both his organisations continue to do so.


Dr. Chandrakant Puri (2010-11)

Dr. Chandrakant Puri is a professor cum director of the Centre for study of social exclusion & inclusive policy. He completed his MSW and Ph. D. in Rural Development (in the areas of tribal development) and started working with primitive tribal people in Maharashtra in the year 1992. He has implemented various developmental projects including the Self-Help Housing project which was nominated for the World Habitat Award in 1995. The entire project completely transformed 2 tribal hamlets, forming 36 youth and mahila mandals and developing leadership through training programs. Dr. Puri coordinated a Baseline Socio-Economic Survey & Plain Table survey of 8000 families under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project -II to be affected by the transport project, which became basis for the Resettlement & Rehabilitation Policy for Urban Poor that was sponsored by the World Bank. He has developed the curriculum for MA in Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy and NGO Management focusing on the field work intervention and continues his field intervention and research with tribal. He has been awarded prestigious Asiatic Post Doctoral Fellowship for the research "National Draft Policy of Tribals". His work with prisoners of Ratnagiri Special Prison resulted in Mumbai University awarding him the Gold Medal in the year 1989-90. He has travelled worldwide to present his research and work with tribal communities. His dream is to see that all tribal's in the state of Maharashtra live with dignity.

Sumithra Prasad (2010-11)

Sumithra Prasad has dedicated her life to selfless social service despite facing seemingly insurmountable personal challenges. The General Secretary of Dorai Foundation, an NGO, she has extensively worked on several issue based projects ranging from Advocacy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Child Labor, Individuals with HIV, People with Development disabilities, Leprosy, Domestic Violence, Female infanticide, Inclusion, Mental Health, Multiple Intelligences, Rehabilitation of commercial sex workers, Rural empowerment, Self Advocacy and Transgender assimilation. She conducts capacity building programs, leadership initiatives, motivational workshops, de-addiction camps and community based rehabilitation projects. She has positively influenced parents of children with special needs through counseling, mentors youth in the areas of personality development and social sensitization. A profound Media Activist, she has written and directed over 50 documentary films on various social issues to create awareness, disseminate information and propagate change. Her work has been recognized by the Government of Uttar Pradesh - Lakshman Mela, Sun Dance Film Festival, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, National Confederation of Parents Association and the National Trust. She is also the recipient of Sadguru Gnananda Award for promotion of social service consciousness and Sewa Jyothi - Award of Honor for the extensive community work done in Punjab.

Virendar Mohan Trehan(2009-10)

A multifaceted personality, Mr. Virendar Mohan Trehan has devoted much of his time to propagate the cause of science and technology, telecommunications and social harmony in the country. Being a social scientist, the welfare of society has always been his utmost priority. To promote the spirit of fraternity, amity, peace and harmony throughout the world, Mr. Trehan founded Foundation for Amity & National Solidarity (FANS). The objective of his organization has been to promote friendship and harmony amongst all Indians and with his diverse endeavors, he has been successful in achieving the same. Through FANS, he has been able to raise scholarships in kind, for the underprivileged children to help them with their studies. He has also been associated with several NGOs like Hindustani Panchayat Sangathan (HPS), All India Satsang Mandal, Archana Punarvas Kendra (established by FANS); be it as a member or founder. In recognition of his spirit of entrepreneurship and contribution in the field of telecom technology, popularizing science and propagating national integration and social harmony, several awards and honours have been conferred upon Mr. Trehan, latest being  the prestigious Award of Presidential Gold Medal presented to him by the Indian Science Congress Association on January 3, 2008 at Visakhapatnam by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri  Manmohan Singh for propagating the message of Amity, Peace and Harmony for the entire fraternity and for being a Social Scientist par excellence LIFELONG

Pamela Gale Malhotra(2008-09)

Mrs. Pamela Malhotra is the Co-chairperson and Secretary of the Sai Sanctuary Trust. She has years of experience behind her as the primary caretaker of animals at Sanctuary. She has been both the author and subject of several articles/interviews/film documentaries on the environment, philosophy, politics and education. Graduated Summa cum Laude (Valedictorian) at the Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA with a double major in Political Science and History, she is also trained in Chemistry, Pharmacology, Abnormal Psychology; Reiki Master healer, Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Vibrionics therapy. She also continues charity work, as the only health professional in remote villages in the Himalayas and in Kodagu District.




Mr. Alyque Padamsee (2007-08)

Mr. Padamsee is the CEO of AP Advertising Pvt. Ltd. For 14 years, Mr. Padamsee was the Chief Executive who built Lintas India to be one of the top agencies in the country. Known as the Brand Father of Indian Advertising, Mr. Padamsee has built brands like Liril, Park Avenue, Jet Airways, and the sensational Kamasutra. Mr. Padamsee is also the guru of the English Theatre in India, and is famous for his Theatre productions. The Advertising Club of Bombay named him "Advertising Man of the Century". He is also the only Indian to be voted into the International Clio Hall of Fame, the Oscars of World Advertising. He works as a Social Activist for the Citizens for Justice & Peace Committee, which works on communal harmony, the Citizens Action Group, Citizen's Council for a Better Tomorrow, the BBC Trust on an Eradication of Leprosy program among others. The President of India has conferred on him the Padmashree Award.



GOVERNMENT CITIZEN KARMAVEER PURASKAAR

Dr. Mahesh Gaur(2011-12)

Dr. Mahesh Gaur, an Associate Professor in the Govt. Bangur P.G. College at Pali, has gone beyond just teaching and research and is associated with various charitable organisations in the fields of social justice, environment, poverty and drought. He has helped in organising several training cum workshops on environment related issues. He is engaged in and around 52 drought and famine affected villages at grassroots level, promoting sustainable and traditional methods of resource use especially water, local biodiversity and use of alternative appropriate technologies. He is actively contributing to the propagation of education for the girl child and associated with the Marudhar Shikshan Sansthan for imparting education upto middle level. He promoted techno-scientific vedic and old Indian Knowledge to the masses through Wider Association for Vedic Studies. As a member of the The International Environment Forum, he has contributed to advancement of environmental stewardship and sustainability at all levels . He is also associated with Society for Conservation Biology, which promotes conservation of Biology. He has been a member of Governing Board and Social Science Working Group (Asia Section) Dr. Mahesh Gaur has been awarded the Millennium Award in the field of Environment and ATREE Awarded Subscription Grant Awards.

Dr. Manoj Sharma (2010-11)

Dr. Manoj Sharma is currently a Professor of Radiotherapy in Maulana Azad Medical College. He has worked arduously to help reduce the misery and suffering of the late stage cancer patients in hospitals and has contributed greatly to clinical cancer research. He has moved people and organizations, institutions and individuals to spread cancer awareness messages throughout the country on a regular basis through media. He aims to create awareness in large section of people especially from the illiterate class, to get the affected people to the cancer treatment in early stages so that cancer can be cured and to get more cancer treatment centres. He has been writing in news papers, lecturing in the social clubs of schools and colleges, has written several books and done their distribution, along with pamphlets, with the help of various NGOs, friends, Rotary and LION for bringing out cancer awareness. Through this, he has been able to include cancer in National Rural Health Mission. He is an advisor to the Govenment of NCT of Delhi for its Cancer Control Programme.

Abha Singh (2010-11)

Abha Singh is presently working as the Director Postal Services, Maharashtra and Goa, overlooking administration of more than thousands of Post Offices, departmental employees and GDS employees. She runs an NGO called "Rannsamar" through which she provides legal assistance to the slum dwellers and other needy people who are fighting against injustice in the society. She has also been making efforts to provide alternate sources of energy by putting solar panels in Post Offices to run computers in rural areas. She has taken special initiatives to appoint women for delivering post in Uttar Pradesh. She has been trying to bring attitudinal and behavioral change and has helped in improving the perception of the government in the eyes of the public. She believes that if the mechanism of governance becomes free from corruption and attitudinal elements; it can promote the cause of social justice in the most optimum manner, which shall be comprehensive in its coverage and scope. She was the only women to reach the Lead India Finals and was awarded a leadership course at London School of Economics. She is also assisted her husband Mr. Y.P. Singh in directing a film titled 'Kya Yahi Sach Hai - Is this the Truth' to invoke emotions of the dishonest, once they see the gory effect corruption can have on the system.

IAS OFFICER

Parimal Rai (2011-2012)

In order to ensure development it is important for a leader to take risks, generate support from multiple stakeholders, drive decisions and ensure directed timely action. Mr. Parimal is motivated to create greatest good for the largest number. He is a hardworking, meticulous and decisive IAS officer, who has created a legacy of remarkable achievements in fields of water conservation and supply, high quality education in government schools, infrastructure development and progress for multiple sections of society across various parts of India. As Administrator of Lakshwadeep, he improved the school access for girls and enabled University level distance education to improve the quality of education on the island archipelago significantly. His contribution to development of Lakshwadeep is best epitomized by him ensuring clean drinking water. He spearheaded the project to bring potable water for the masses. The greatest benefit of the desalination plant at Lakshadweep has been its resultant impact on the reduction of the incidence of water borne & other diseases. Due to the successful commissioning of this project, around 10,000 people of Kavaratti island were assured of clean, safe and cheap potable drinking water. Believing firmly in conservation, he drove rainwater and road run off harvesting to significantly improve the water resources in the prime Capital region, thus establishing the model for planned urban water usage.

ARMED FORCES

Major General Ian Cardozo (2010-11)

Major General Ian Cardozo was born in Mumbai and studied at St. Xavier's School and College. He subsequently joined the National Defence Academy Khadakvasla. He was wounded in the battle of Sylhet due to a mine blast & had to cut off his own leg due to his unit's medical facilities being destroyed by enemy artillery. He was fitted with an artificial leg at the Artificial Limb Centre, Pune and decided to make himself physically as fit as non-disabled officers and was the first war-disabled officer to command an infantry brigade and subsequently an Infantry Division, both in J&K. He is credited as being the officer who opened up promotion for war disabled officers to do courses, to be promoted and to command formations in peace and field. On retirement from the Army, he joined an NGO that worked for disabled children and also the Disabled Rights Group that campaigned for the rights of disabled persons. After seven years of work with the Spastics Society of Northern India he was appointed as the Chairman of the Rehabilitation Council of India where he serves till date. He swims regularly and has won several gold, silver and bronze medals in national swimming competitions for the disabled. He is also on the Council of the United Service Institution of India and the Board of Action for Ability, Development and Inclusion, an NGO that works for the development of the disabled of India.

D R Kaarthikeyan (2009-10)

An Agriculturist turned lawyer-turned IPS officer, Dr. Kaarthikeyan served the nation with great distinction in many capacities in India and abroad. He has been Director of CBI, Director General of NHRC and CRPF. Presently he holds important positions in many sectors, be it corporate, social or spiritual organisations. He has been traveling all over India and abroad promoting Peace, Religious Harmony, Spirituality, Human Rights and respect for Environment. His work to society has been widely recognized over time and there is an endless list of honours conferred upon him for the same. A few important awards to his credit are-the ‘Humanitarian Award’ from the Integral Yoga International, USA for outstanding achievement in service to humanity; “For the Sake of Honour” by the Rotary Clubs; Rajiv Gandhi Award for Harmony by the Interfaith Harmony of India, Atma Jyothi by the World Academy of Spiritual Sciences; Jewel of Delhi by the All India Conference of Intellectuals; President’s Medal for Distinguished Service and many more by various civil society organisations. He has a successful track record to date and is widely respected for his commitment and quality of service in various spheres in various fields of activity.

IPS Officer

D R Kaarthikeyan (2009-10)

An Agriculturist turned lawyer-turned IPS officer, Dr. Kaarthikeyan served the nation with great distinction in many capacities in India and abroad. He has been Director of CBI, Director General of NHRC and CRPF. Presently he holds important positions in many sectors, be it corporate, social or spiritual organisations. He has been traveling all over India and abroad promoting Peace, Religious Harmony, Spirituality, Human Rights and respect for Environment. His work to society has been widely recognized over time and there is an endless list of honours conferred upon him for the same. A few important awards to his credit are-the ‘Humanitarian Award’ from the Integral Yoga International, USA for outstanding achievement in service to humanity; “For the Sake of Honour” by the Rotary Clubs; Rajiv Gandhi Award for Harmony by the Interfaith Harmony of India, Atma Jyothi by the World Academy of Spiritual Sciences; Jewel of Delhi by the All India Conference of Intellectuals; President’s Medal for Distinguished Service and many more by various civil society organisations. He has a successful track record to date and is widely respected for his commitment and quality of service in various spheres in various fields of activity.

J.M.Lyngdoh (2006-07)

James Michael Lyngdoh will forever be associated with the credible, successful, and free elections held in difficult circumstances in Jammu & Kashmir and Gujarat in the aftermath of the 2002 riots. He has used his authority with calm gentleness and surgical efficiency to protect the rights of the weak from opportunistic politicians. His remarkable rectitude, impeccable integrity and unassuming nature have set standards for probity in public life. He ensured fair and transparent conduct of the electoral process as Election commissioner and set standards for fair electoral polls





Harsh Mander(2006-07)

Harsh Mander had served in the Indian Administrative Service for about 20 years in various capacities including district collector, managing director SC/ST Finance Corporation. He has been described by his peers as 'frank, fearless and committed with indomitable courage' when it came to defending the oppressed and weaker sections of the society. He resigned from the IAS in the aftermath of the Gujarat riots as he felt the call of his conscience and duty was greater than the oath of office. He took effective stand during the Gujarat carnage of 2002, and broke the conspiracy of silence around the pogrom.





PANCHAYATI RAJ KARMAVEER PURASKAAR

Vijaytai Prabhakar Patil (2009-10)

A dynamic and inspiring personality, Vijaytai Prabhakar Patil, is the name behind the success of Vadgaon Budruk Gram Panchayat. Vadgaon Budruk gram panchayat has won various taluka, district, division and state level awards in the field of forestry, health, sanitation and education. It has stood out as a leader amongst the 28000 odd other panchayats of Maharashtra. This panchayat has revamped the entire face of the village, converting dusty roads to concretes, equipping the village with solar energy, providing healthy sanitation and proper education at school level. All this has been made possible by the leadership of Vijaytai Prabhakar Patil who has transcended all boundaries of caste, gender, religion and age to bring about this spectacular change. She has stood strong constantly as a motivation for all the villagers to bring about this change.

(Announced in 2008-09, in association with ISS) It will be given to citizen Laureates who have been instrumental in initiating and implementing good self governance policies, at the rural level to make Panchayati Raj system more efficient.


CORPORATE CITIZEN KARMAVEER PURASKAAR

  • Corporate Citizens for Holistic Media Initiatives

Pradeep Gupta (2009-10)

Pradeep Gupta is the chairman of CyberMedia group, one of the largest speciality media houses in South Asia. He is an alumnus of IIT- Delhi and IIM- Calcutta. He has been involved in the social development sector in various capacities and has taken initiatives as a social agent through his media properties.  His company focuses on nurturing the industries that have or might facelift India at the global arena. His social intervention plan in the IT/BPO industry cannot be ignored where he championed the issue of disability and changed the outlook of this booming sector to make it accessible to the disabled. Moreover, he is currently involved in making all Indian websites disabled-friendly. His ‘Getting Girls to School’ programme results in 1500 girls entering education every year. He has also been awarded with Helen Keller award.

Chairperson- Indu Jain(2008-09)

Ms. Indu Jain is Chairperson of The Times Group and the President of The Times Foundation, which she founded and carefully guides. The Times Foundation has garnered international acclaim for its, often pioneering, activities in the field of development. Under her direction, The Times Foundation runs Community Services, Research Foundation and Times Relief Fund for disaster relief like floods, cyclones, earthquakes and epidemics. Ms. Jain is also the founder President of the Ladies wing of FICCI (FLO) and the Chairperson of the Bharatiya Jnanpith Foundation. Ms. Jain is also the guiding force behind The Oneness Forum, formally launched by the President of India in 2003. Spreading the message of 'Peace Within First', she spearheads a movement to spread the principles of peace globally.



CSR Head - Pooran Pandey(2008-09)

Pooran Pandey has been working as Director, Times Foundation based at New Delhi, fostering a collective voice for the civil society in making the society just, equitable and sustainable. Over the years, he developed expertise through exposure in varied fields in facilitation, co-ordination and liaison with government agencies at all levels, donor agencies, civil society organizations, NGOs, media and corporate houses with a CSR mandate. He has worked as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Voluntary Action Network India (VANI) based at New Delhi from 2004 - 2006. As the CEO, he was responsible for overall operations of the secretariat based in Delhi and has been performing multi-dimensional roles in execution and administration of plans. Recently, he led the launch of TEACH INDIA, India's biggest volunteer driven educational program for underprivileged children, with a core team in four metros, to address the educational needs of underprivileged children. Currently, he is leading setting up rural assets for Tsunami victims in Chennai and Earthquake affected victims in Jammu, besides leading the launch of group's flagship educational project in Bangalore.

  • Corporate Citizens for Holistic CSR Initiatives Karmaveer Puraskaar

Nakul Anand (2009-10)

Nakul Anand is the Divisional Chief Executive - Hotel Division, ITC Limited. An Economics Honors graduate from Delhi University and an AMP degree holder from the Bond University, Australia, he joined ITC Training Program in 1978. In a career that spans over nearly three decades he is widely recognized for his excellent man management and team-building abilities besides infusing a spirit of action and a result oriented work culture. Mr.Nakul Anand firmly believes in value bases strategies and is highly regarded and respected for his work on environment, health and safety.

Holistic Csr Initiatives-Csr Head

Niranjan Khatri (2009-10)

Mr.Niranjan Khatri is presently the General Manager at Welcomenviron Initiatives, ITC.  He truly believes that all citizens are equal in dignity and hence must promote the values of equality and human dignity. His mantra in life is to ‘Be the Change’ and make a difference. Mr.Niranjan has been involved in providing vocational training to orphans, educating and sensitizing them for employment. More than 200 orphans have been trained and absorbed by the hotel units themselves and elsewhere. He has also been working for people with disabilities and provided them with employment opportunities within his organization. He has also been responsible for the development of a Domestic Help Training Program (DHTP) for creating a paradigm shift to move from Corporate Social Responsibility to Individual Social Responsibility. In all his initiatives, bringing in new ideas has always been a challenge that he has very well exploited for the betterment of the society.

CEO - Ajay Bijli (2008-09)

As the founder and the trustee of PVR Nest - the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) wing of PVR Ltd, Mr. Ajay Bijli has provided the vision to PVR's CSR social intervention plan. The vision includes establishing PVR Community Centres for the youth, children and families to come together for their joy, happiness and fulfilment. Under his guidance, the PVR CSR team encourages dialogues and partnership with civil societies, people, organizations, corporate bodies and NGOs. They have evolved successful activities like Childscapes, Street to School, PVR Ki Paathshala, Green PVR, Green films, PVR e-Cycle, PVR Lifeline, Childwatch and other interesting activities.




CSR Head-Deepa Menon(2008-09)

Deepa has worked extensively with the development sector and with diverse civil society organizations in different capacities. She has worked in Katha, Heinrich Böll Foundation India, ActionAid International, SARI/Equity. As CSR head of PVR Cinemas, her vision is a just society with Dignity and Respect for poor children around the multiplexes. The PVR Pathshaala is an initiative that has been nurtured by her, along with others like Childscapes, Street to School, Green PVR, Green films, PVR e-Cycle, PVR Lifeline and Childwatch. These initiatives are instrumental in touching almost 275 children today; a number will only grow by leaps and bounds in the near future.



CSR Head-Mamta Saikia , CEO- Sunil Mittal (2007-08)

Mamta has long been part of the development sector, before taking charge of Bharti Telecom's CSR Operations. The woman behind the brand CRY (Child Relief and You) and its immensely successful fund-raising strategy, she has also worked as an independent consultant for various international development agencies, including Oxfam, ICCO and People For Animals. She went on to completely revamp Bharti's philanthropic strategy, winning both accolades and respect for the company's CSR efforts. Now leading the 'Satya Bharti School' Project, one of the country's most ambitious development projects, Mamta Saikia takes on this role just as effortlessly as the multifarious ones in the past.




  • Corporate Citizen for Holistic IT Initiatives

Mr. P. Sridhar Reddy (2007-08)

Mr. Reddy is the founder of Rs. 500 Crores Pioneer Group with interests in Engineering & Technology. Mr. Reddy launched Pioneer in IT consulting, evolving original products as well as turnkey solutions for clients no less than State Governments, MNC Corporations and large PSUs. He currently pilots Ctrl S Datacenters Ltd., a tier IV disaster recovery Center and establishing property development company Iconic Designs Pvt. Ltd. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work, including a citation from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for developing innovative e-governance solutions





  • Corporate Executive Karmaveer Puraskaar

Venkat Changavalli (2010-11)

Venkat Changavalli is the Chief Executive Officer of GVK Emergency Management and Research Institute (EMRI), a not-for-profit organization with a vision to respond to 30 million emergencies and save 1 million lives annually. He is an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and has done B.Tech (Chemical) from NIT, Warangal. Mr. Changavalli has made outstanding contribution in the field of Emergency Management Services, Public Health at national and international levels. Under his leadership, 108 services started in Hyderabad in August 2005. In less than 5 years, the service reached out to 9 states (400M population) with 2,600 ambulances. In these 5 years, GVK EMRI has responded to 10 Million emergencies and saved over 260,000 lives. His passion to contribute to the EM services in the nation has resulted in EMRI developing public health care infrastructure (EM Rooms in CHCs) and human resources (EM Training of Government doctors and nurses). His effort to ensure that Emergency Management & Care Services are given, free of cost, to every individual has been appreciated and written about by several leading national and international publications. His insights gained through experiential learning are now taken as recommendations in various other countries. Mr. Changavalli has received awards for his yeoman services including Pranadata Award, Microsoft Citizenship Partner of the Year Award, HEAL Leadership Award, AAEMI award for the Moral Courage Shown in Leading EMRI, to name a few.

Subha Rajan Tampi (2010-11)

Ms. Subha Rajan joined CII Confederation of Indian Industry in 1990. She was the first CEO of the OIFC (overseas Indian Facilitation Centre), jointly organized by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs Diaspora. She has been a part of the world economic forum and the India economic summit. Currently, she is the Director of CII and is involved in Counseling, CSR, Trade, Economic Promotion and Nation Building activities. She has spent most of her life living with and supporting the down trodden and under privileged all over the world. She has worked with the lepers in the only leper colony in the world in Liberia and also with the physically and mentally challenged in Africa's remote villages. In India, she has been with slum children and has specially worked for the interest of the girl child. She has travelled the entire length & breadth of India visiting remote schools in for away villages & interacting with women and children. She has also helped burnt girls to get plastic surgery. She also counsels inmates in Delhi Jails. She works for the promotion of India and has helped build the Indian Image abroad. Besides, she has been actively involved with circle of animal lovers and has helped sterilize stray dogs and help stray animals. She also takes interest in the environmental issues and has been a spokesperson for the issue of global warming

Dr. Villoo Morawala Patell (2009-10)

Dr.Villoo Morawala-Patell is the Founder, Chairperson and Managing Director of Avesthagen Limited. Her company is based on unique model that focuses on the convergence of food, pharma and population genetics. A convergence that leads to continuous and path- breaking innovations in predictive, preventive, personalised healthcare. Whether she is wooing investors, building a patent portfolio, critiquing multinational pharmaceutical firms or tackling hereditary diseases in her native community, she brings a unique mix of dynamism and intellectual verve to the table.  With the success and immense recognition to her work and name, she certainly takes women empowerment to a whole new level.


Meera Sanyal (2008-09)

Meera H. Sanyal is Country Executive - ABN AMRO Bank, India & Chairperson, ACES. Meera is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, UK and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Meera is an active participant in various Sustainable Development initiatives of the Bank that focus on children, women and environment. She is the Chairperson of ABN AMRO Foundation India, set up in 2006, works closely with microfinance institutions in some of the poorest regions in India, building their capacities for effective delivery of microfinance services. The most unique feature of AAFI is its comprehensive approach in addressing the issue of financial inclusion. Going forward AAFI has planned various initiatives to achieve its ambition of being a catalyst in making the poor self reliant, while balancing the goal of revenue generation.



Arun Maira (2006-07)

Arun Maira, with an unusual combination of hands-on-leadership and consulting experience, is a thought leader on the subject of transformational change and leadership. Arun Maira is deeply engaged with collaborative processes for addressing issues of development in India and abroad, and the role of business corporations in these processes. He has been promoting Corporate & citizen social responsibility in the corporate sector at CII and other forums and with effective writing in newspapers





Anu Aga (2006-07)

Anu Aga has been acclaimed for her masterly handling of Thermax, making it one among the few woman-headed multinational companies in India. She is the first Corporate Citizen who promoted 1% of profits for charitable causes, involved with various charities. She is among the rarest of CEOs who took a stand and publicly spoke out during the Gujarat Violence of 2002, and personally visited the relief camps. She has contributed significantly to freedom of the press in India.






  • Corporate CEO's Foundation Karmaveer Puraskaar

Chetan Sharma (2011-12)

Chetan Sharma is the Founder of Datamation Group of companies, one of India's oldest and reputed Knowledge Management, Consultancy and ITES company, employing over 3600 people mostly from the marginalized and deprived rural backgrounds. Datamation, since its inception 22 years ago, focused on empowering underprivileged, especially women and youth in order to ensure their rightful place in the Society. As a social enterprise, Datamation set for itself ambitious and innovative strategies for ensuring sustainable livelihoods for the marginalized. Chetan was able to replicate the success of ITES in Consultancy, Research and Evaluation services with the deployment of innovative, scaleable and cost-effective models for supporting Govt's and Private sector's initiatives in Rural Development, FMCG, Small & Medium Enterprises, Education, Health Care, Livelihood, Skills development, Water and Natural Resources Management. He set up Datamation Foundation that also celebrates life and times of his late mother; under the aegis of two flagship programmes Jeevika-in the domain of Gender and Livelihoods' and `Jalanidhi-in water sector. Datamation Foundation partners extensively with the Govt. in implementation of Livelihoods, Skills enhancement, Micro-finance, Health and water sector programmes in National Capital Region (NCR), Rajasthan and Central Uttar Pradesh. Datamation Foundation's outreach till date covers more than 150,000 women and grass root functionaries. Chetan is a Member of the National Task Force on evaluation and monitoring set up by the Ministry of Human Resources-Govt. of India. He also serves as member of the Apex Committee on e-Governance set up by the Department of Information Technology-Govt. of India; apart from serving on the Boards of numerous non-profit and corporate entities lke South Asia Fund Raising Group. He aims at creating more than 15,000 employment opportunities for the marginalized in the next 3 years, a target on which he is pretty much on course.

Lynn de Souza (2010-11)

Lynn de Souza is the chairman and CEO of Lintas Media Group. She is also a certified veterinary nurse trained in Australia, a master trainer for the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), and a life member of the Bombay SPCA(Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and of PFA Goa. She feels and stands strongly for animals and animal rights. She is a full time animal rights activist and also Chairperson and Managing Trustee of the Goa SPCA, which she set up on ancestral land owned by her and donated to the Central Government. Being an animal lover it is very painful for her to see the cruel and inhumane treatment and killing of animals, she works in her own small way to do what she can for all the lives she loves so much. She believes that, any relationship with animals and children is very real - there is no manipulation or second-guessing involved and that is very refreshing. In April 2003, she wrote a book titled 'It's A Dog's Life'. Lynn is also the Vice President of the Advertising Agencies Association of India and in this capacity, she is working hard towards achieving strong self regulation in the humane and fair treatment and depiction of animals in advertising and media content.

Satya Narayanan (2009-10)

Mr.Satya Narayanan displayed the conviction to start a viable enterprise in education when he decided to become an entrepreneur in education. As the founding chairman of Career Launcher India Ltd., he has nurtured various students by helping them achieve their dream career. An ambassador of education, he has been successful in improving vocational training in the country by entering the industrial training institutes and providing quality education to poor students in Andhra Pradesh as a part of the Indus World Schools (Andhra Pradesh). Recently he has bagged a project from Ministry of Rural Development for employability skills training of 6400 rural below poverty line youth in 20 districts across Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. His organization, Career Launcher, is a registered training partner of Gujarat Knowledge Society to undertake vocational training courses for the underprivileged in Gujarat. He has been involved in promoting responsible corporate citizenry that revolves around encouraging ethical entrepreneurship.

Ashok Kurien (2008-09)

Ammada Trust is funded primarily by Ashok Kurien, who has ensured that the Trust's work to help the needy will continue even after him. The objectives of Ammada Trust, registered with the Commissioner of Charities as a public trust in March 2001, are to help the poor and needy, irrespective of caste or creed, in areas of health, education and self-improvement. The Ammada Trust has supported more than 3000 health cases and 200 small entrepreneurs, sponsored the education of close to 1000 children and helped nearly 300 NGOs in addition to several community based projects. Ashok Kurien is also a Patron of the Maharastra Dyslexic Association, and regularly counsels children and parents at a number of learning disability schools/institutions.



GLOBAL INDIAN KARMAVEER PURASKAAR

Marian B Noronha (2011-12)

Mr Marian Noronha, Founder of Turbocam International, an aerospace manufacturer, has led the company from a start-up in 1985 to 450 employees worldwide and sales of over 80 million dollars. His company supports charitable work in India at a significant level. He spent much of his college years working in slums in Mumbai and villages in Maharashtra. His company created jobs in Goa as a solution to poverty; the Indian company now exports to several countries and supports local orphanages. Mr Noronha has, with help and funding from Turbocam, redeemed 42 slaves and their families in western Nepal, raised funds in the US and bought several pieces of land, establishing 92 ex-slave families in new villages. The villages are named Prem Nagar, Asha Nagar and Vishwas Nagar. He built and continues to support four schools with over 500 children. He has developed, funded and installed water drilling, pumpline and treatment systems in Nepal, India and Ghana. His company was awarded the Freedom Award by U.S. President George W. Bush in 2007 for extraordinary support of employees who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2009 Business N.H. magazine named him the Business Leader of the year in New Hampshire, U.S.A.

Asha Glynis D'Souza (2011-12)

Asha is an amazing person with a servant-leader's heart, a development strategist's mind, a world citizen's vision, and a commitment to social justice that inspires those around her. Asha has previously been engaged in work for children's rights and the empowerment of women in Philippines, Cambodia and India. She then worked with the International Labour Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on the eradication of forced labour and trafficking and the protection of rights of migrant women workers. Back in India, disturbed by the socio-economic condition of poor families, mainly Harijans in the neighbourhood of Orchha called Ganj, she launched a social enterprise that allows these families to reap the economic and cultural benefits of tourism. The Orchha Home stay, an eco-tourism initiative, has proved to be an effective livelihoods programme - the incomes of the host families have more than doubled in a few months, allowing them to repair their homes, educate their children and access medical care. Besides, receiving people from different countries and cultures in their neighbourhood has been a sort of 'window on the world' for those who would never have the opportunity to travel and is gradually leading to better hygiene, more egalitarian man-woman relations, more stimulating parenting and greater care of the environment.

Angeli Kapoor (2010-11)

Angeli Kapoor Puri is an artist, business entrepreneur, socialite and a social worker dedicated to several causes. She has made an impressionable mark in the field of Jewelry as an International designer. Artistic creativity is in her soul and as such she has made significant contributions in many fields. She is the promoter of Miss India Angel World contest and advocates women's rights. She is the founder of Angel Foundation which fights for the cause of female foeticide and crime against women. She believes that there is nothing more satisfying for her than saving the life of a girl child. The Angel foundation aims at not only saving the life of girl child but also helping her to live a life of dignity by being financially independent. She organizes various shows and exhibitions through which the money is raised for her foundation.

Kayzad Namdarian (2009-10)

Kayzad Namdarian’s story is both of exposure and donation towards action. He led an effort to expose a new-tech, new age approach to Civil Action through the Internet by starting an online Internet group. He has actively worked for various causes like World Hunger, notably Child Hunger, and has constantly been involved in spreading awareness about special charity websites. His efforts have been successful in igniting world’s sympathy towards the cause of Hunger in a new way and this is evident from the big charity contributions that have been a result of his work. Working with a mantra of ‘being aware, spreading awareness and then undertaking action’, he has helped people FEEL and done as much good for the society as he possibly can. 

Mallika Dutt (2009-10)

Mallika Dutt has been a pioneer in the field of human rights for more than two decades.  She has worked tirelessly to reduce global pandemics like violence against women and HIV/AIDS, and to remove obstacles to women’s full participation in society from the grassroots level to UN global public policy.  While women’s rights have been a primary focus of her work, Mallika has also been at the forefront of advocating for immigrant rights, racial justice, and religion and peace, particularly in the aftermath of September 11th. For the last decade, Mallika’s commitment to advancing human rights has been implemented through her creative and visionary leadership of a new kind of non-profit organization, Breakthrough: building human rights culture, which she launched in 2000 with the path-breaking album and music video, Mann ke Manjeere, an album of women’s dreams. . In keeping with Mallika’s vision that men and women must be joint partners to end the pandemic of gender-based violence, Breakthrough’s Bell Bajao campaign calls on men and boys to take proactive action to intervene in situations of domestic violence. Mallika believes that an effective human rights approach is needed to uplift the voices of those who are marginalized and abused, and simultaneously involve all sectors of society to find meaningful solutions for lasting change. 

Dr. Venkat Pulla (2008-09)

Dr Venkat Pulla has been a practicing social worker for the last three decades. A graduate of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Community Development, he has taken social work into varied situations with his practice. Along with a number of his colleagues, his work in Strengths-Based Practices (SbPs) concentrates on the inherent strengths of individuals, families, groups and organisations deploying peoples' personal strengths to aid their recovery and their empowerment. Dr. Venkat Pulla has founded the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practices, which innovates and advances a variety of training methodologies that actively interact and manage change. He is currently the Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers and is a member of the accreditation panel for schools of social work in Australia. To Venkat, there is only one perspective of human rights: 'That no one is ever abused, harmed and ever violated'


Dr. Sailesh Rao(2008-09)

Dr. Sailesh Rao is the Founder and President of Climate Healers, Inc., a non-profit corporation registered in California, USA. The primary goal of Climate Healers is to design and deploy meaningful and sustainable grassroots solutions to combat global climate change. Prior to founding Climate Healers, Dr. Rao, a serial entrepreneur, founded and led a number of successful ventures in the field of communications technologies. He was responsible for developing the world's first single-chip real-time MPEG video encoder, the IEEE 100BASET2 Ethernet standard, and the IEEE Gigabit Ethernet on Copper (1000BASE-T) standard that is currently deployed in millions of computers worldwide. Climate Healers has designed an incentive based scheme to drive the adoption of solar cookers in communities, providing solar cookers, LED lights and mobile phones at no cost to community members. Climate Healers is funded by patrons, who are typically individuals and organizations interested in solving the climate crisis with grassroots approaches that also have the potential to empower and emancipate the 2 Billion people at the bottom of the pyramid. Their contributions can be viewed as a voluntary carbon offset mechanism and are used exclusively for the project

Pavan Sukhdev (2007-08)

Pavan Sukhdev is the Managing Director in the Global Markets division of Deutsche Bank AG, based in London. He was deeply involved in the evolution of India's currency & interest rate markets from 1993 to 1998. He pioneered the introduction into India of an 'Overnight Index Swap' (OIS), now India's most liquid interest rate derivatives instrument. He has also been deeply committed to environmental protection in India and has pursued this interest through his contribution to various organizations including Green Indian States Trust (GIST), Bombay Environmental Action Group (BEAG) and India Environment Trust.




GLOBAL CITIZEN KARMAVEER PURASKAAR

Parimal Rai (2011-12)

In order to ensure development it is important for a leader to take risks, generate support from multiple stakeholders, drive decisions and ensure directed timely action. Mr. Parimal is motivated to create greatest good for the largest number. He is a hardworking, meticulous and decisive IAS officer, who has created a legacy of remarkable achievements in fields of water conservation and supply, high quality education in government schools, infrastructure development and progress for multiple sections of society across various parts of India. As Administrator of Lakshwadeep, he improved the school access for girls and enabled University level distance education to improve the quality of education on the island archipelago significantly. His contribution to development of Lakshwadeep is best epitomized by him ensuring clean drinking water. He spearheaded the project to bring potable water for the masses. The greatest benefit of the desalination plant at Lakshadweep has been its resultant impact on the reduction of the incidence of water borne & other diseases. Due to the successful commissioning of this project, around 10,000 people of Kavaratti island were assured of clean, safe and cheap potable drinking water. Believing firmly in conservation, he drove rainwater and road run off harvesting to significantly improve the water resources in the prime Capital region, thus establishing the model for planned urban water usage.

Kumi Naidoo (2010-11)

Kumi Naidoo is the Greenpeace International Executive Director. He was born in South Africa and became involved in his country's liberation struggle at the age of 15. He was very active in neighbourhood organization, youth work and mass mobilizations against the apartheid regime. In 1990, Kumi returned to South Africa from England to work on the legalization of the African National Congress and directed the training of all electoral staff in the country. Kumi became the founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO), an umbrella agency for the South African NGO community and organized the National Men's March Against Violence on Women and Children in 1997. Kumi was involved with the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, which is dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. He was the founding Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), served as Chair of the civil society alliance 'Global Campaign for Climate Action' (GCCA) and also served as a board member of the Association for Women's Rights in Development.

Loralee Martha-Mae Lee (2010-11)

Loralee Martha-Mae Lee and David John Lee are residents of France. Loralee has written a book on their family story named 'Three Indian Orphans Touched by Destiny' which is a very inspirational story. This book highlights how international adoption brings human beings together across national boundaries. Through this, they wanted to show that the barriers to adoption are psychological and institutional, and that "being an international adoptive family" is really just being a family. This very global Canadian/British couple adopted three Indian orphans who have today become international Indians and true citizens of the world. Adopting a child is very clearly a citizen action, impacting only a few lives but doing so profoundly. On the global scale there are so many children needing adoption and so many childless parents yearning to adopt. They feel that if they could adopt a hundred children, they would. They believe that more than leaving things to governments and high profile charities, individual citizen actions can have far more powerful impact, not just on individual lives but on the relationship between nations and cultures.

David John Lee (2010-11)

David John Lee and Loralee Martha-Mae Lee are residents of France. This very global Canadian/British couple adopted three Indian orphans who have today become international Indians and true citizens of the world. Adopting a child is very clearly a citizen action, impacting only a few lives but doing so profoundly. On the global scale there are so many children needing adoption and so many childless parents yearning to adopt. They feel that if they could adopt a hundred children, they would. They believe that more than leaving things to governments and high profile charities, individual citizen actions can have far more powerful impact, not just on individual lives but on the relationship between nations and cultures. Loralee has written a book on their family story named 'Three Indian Orphans Touched by Destiny' which is a very inspirational story. This book highlights how international adoption brings human beings together across national boundaries. Through this, they wanted to show that the barriers to adoption are psychological and institutional, and that "being an international adoptive family" is really just being a family.

JITMAN BASNET (2009-10)

Jit Man Basnet is a prominent Human Rights activist in Nepal. He is presently working for Lawyers Forum for Human Rights as their General Secretary. Mr.Jit Man Basnet has never hesitated in even putting his life at risk for his work. He was abducted by Maoists in 2002 and arrested by Royal Nepal Army in 2004 but that was never a hindrance to what he believes in and works for. He has continuously worked towards creating awareness about human rights and civil rights and has always stood and raised his voice against social injustice. In his campaign against impunity and for justice, he even went on Hunger Strike for victims. He believes that social justice is for human beings and that it is our responsibility to preserve justice in the society. (Dedicated to the memory of Anita Roddick - Founder of Body Shop for beginning a business purely to lead social change and promote citizen action) Instituted in 2008-09, it is given to a global Citizen Noble Laureate who has dedicated her/his life to the pursuit of social justice by addressing social issues around the world.

Claudia Ciesla (2009-2010)

Claudia Ciesla is a German supermodel who has featured as a face for big names like Mercedes, CULT Magazine (Italy), Oktoberfest Munich, Times of India, The Telegraph (India) and many others. She certainly believes in multi tasking as she possesses various talents like singing, dancing, sports, athletics, music and martial arts. She was awarded the Brand Ambassadorship of Lovely Professional University. Apart from being a successful model, she is a person with a humane heart, who feels very strongly about social causes. Claudia is majorly supports Khushii (Kinship for Humanitarian, Social and Holistic Intervention in India), which is a national organization working for the enlistment of poor and destitute communities in both rural and urban areas in India. 

Princess Francoise (2009-2010)

Her highness, Princess Francoise is currently the CEO for the Heart for India Foundation – a foundation that feeds 1300 children everyday at a school for the poor at Namangalam, close to Chennai. The work at Namangalam School has progressed, with many projects and its success has seen it officially listed by the Government of Tamil Nadu as a “Model School” for India. Not just this, Namangalam School has now become an inspiration for the other schools of similar nature. From providing the basic amenities to children to improve their education standards, her organization has constantly worked towards supporting them. She has devised numerous charity projects under her Association of the friends of Romania that provides housing facilities for the orphaned and elderly. Along with her husband, she is now working towards supporting her charity and creative projects involving films, music and television.

Lindsay Levin (2009-2010)

Lindsay is founder and Managing Partner of Leaders' Quest and founder and Trustee of the Leaders’ Quest Foundation. Lindsay's long-standing interest in the impact of inspirational leadership, combined with her passion for development issues and for bringing together leaders from different disciplines and perspectives, led her to found Leaders' Quest in 2001. This foundation has a core mission to act as a catalyst for positive change in the world by inspiring, developing and connecting leaders who want to make a difference in their organisations, communities and the wider world. By working at grassroots level with global leaders, she endeavors to enable positive change in disadvantaged communities through innovative, transformative and action-oriented leadership development programmes. It exists to improve the quality of leadership and the way in which leaders have impact. Lindsay has a keen interest in international development; she is an active supporter of several NGOs including Oxfam, Action aid and a number of Community Based Organizations in Asia and Africa. Lindsay is also a Trustee of NEF (the New Economics Foundation) a “think-and-do tank” working on issues of social justice, environmental sustainability and collective well-being.


Real Wealth Creators for the Communities

Tulashi Ballav Dash (2011-12)

Since 1992, Tulashi has been working for the socio-economic development of the tribal people, enhancing their capacities to earn better and lead a dignified life. He started by forming a SHG (self Help Group) of 120 women, to develop the social, economical, political and cultural aspects of the tribal community. Today 470 women from 60 villages have become members of this SHG and a SHG Federation has been established. Tulashi enhanced the capacity of these women by providing trainings on SHG Management, Leadership, book keeping, Microenterprise, Microfinance, Income generation activities and guided them to lobby and advocate for different issue related to livelihood of their community. Thanks to his efforts, 7 women from this SHG have become SARPANCH of different Panchayats, 30 women have become Word Member& 17 women are now Palli Sabha Members. The SHG has been giving loans to the tribals, thereby ending exploitation at the hands of moneylenders and releasing 600 acres of land. The money also empowered the tribals to have better access to health facilities. The SHG federation helps the community in the field of marketing. The federation has been instrumental in generating alternate livelihood options for lepers, thereby taking them away from begging. The Federation also helped 20 families to generate income through goat rearing and 150 tribal women through country chicken rearing activities. Tulashi also formed 3 thrift and credit co-operatives and 1 weaver's self reliant co-operative, with 91 women and 21 youth weavers as member. He provides trainings on co-operative management, marketing, product development, dyeing and design development to the weavers. He is also in liaison with the cluster development programme of the Govt of India for betterment of weavers community and linking them to the international and national buyers for their product.. Tulashi is also working for promotion of farmers club for sustainable agricultural practices. He has been instrumental in increasing the income of the tribal community of Sambalpur-Odisha(Orissa) manifold.

Nileema Mishra (2011-12)

Nileema Mishra, a Magasaysay awardee from a small village Bahadarpur, made up her mind to work for the upliftment of her village, at the age of 13. With a master's degree in Psychology, she joined the great social scientist Dr. S. S. Kalbag at Vigyan Ashram, Pabal. With 8 years experience in village development, she founded the Bhagini Nivedita Gramin Vigyan Niketan, at Bahadarpur in 2000. A follower of Gandhiji, Nileema cannot just stop waiting for the opportunities to come, she creates opportunities. She started by organising the reluctant village women into Self Help Groups. The movement which started with few SHGs in Bahadarpur, today has reached to more than 2000 groups. She encouraged women to make and exhibit eatable items. With help from Caring Friends, a warehouse has been constructed at Parole to store these goods in bulk, giving the women an opportunity to earn better. Now women have their own small outlets in four districts She also organised computer classes, quilt making and embroidery classes for women, which increased their income manifold. Knowing the determination and skills of women in entrepreneurship, she formed "Mahila Vyapari Sanghatana", a business association being managed completely by women. Aware of the plight of the farmers in her area, Nileema organized them into self-help groups and arranged interest-free loans for them. She started "Microfinance" program, not only to address the various needs of the farmers but also of poor tribals & slum dwellers from Dhule, who were being exploited by the money lenders. She arranged a revolving fund to cater the needs of the community. She has empowered Gramsabha by giving them rights to recommend an applicant for the assistance from Revolving fund and Gram Nidhi. Over the course of the last ten years, Nileema has faced a number of challenges but has stood firm by her convictions. She has a vision of self sustained village and she is working with all her zeal to realise her dream.

Rahul Barkataky (2010-11)

Rahul is currently the CEO of Sewa Trade Facilitiation Centre (STFC). He has been a successful social entrepreneur who has co-founded and nurtured two high impact social enterprises in the last 10 years. He has 13 years of work experience in the development sector in India. He started his professional work life with Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in 1995, a centre of excellence of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in Ahmedabad. The passion to do something for the environment made him take this decision. He co-founded CFM in 2006 with the objective of creating wealth for artisan communities in India. He launched an innovative financial inclusion program for artisans and local entrepreneurs network with support from eBay Foundation in 2008. As the CEO of STFC, his mandate is to achieve a turnover of Rs 10 crores by 2012 and in the process create wealth for 3500 artisan shareholders in 80 villages across 3 Districts in Gujarat. He believes that economic empowerment of disadvantaged communities should be a priority for the development sector in India. And by economic empowerment he not only means access to credit, but promoting micro-enterprises at the village level so that people can tap locally available resources to create wealth, not only for themselves but also for the community at large. He had been awarded the Ashoka Affiliate in 2004 amongst his other recognitions.


Lakshmi V. Venkatesan(2010-11)

Ms. Lakshmi Venkatesan founded Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), with the objective of fostering entrepreneurship among the under-privileged youth who lack resources to start their own ventures, in spite of having adequate knowledge. She brought in the concept of mentoring of the first generation young entrepreneurs and modified it in Indian context. BYST's successful partnerships with the corporate sector, government agencies and the NGOs have made it as a unique and successful tri-lateral partnership in India. BYST provides twin assistance of money and mentoring along with a whole range of other business development services to young entrepreneurs, turning job seekers into job creators, which is the need for the economic environment in India. BYST has empowered a number of women, people from ethnic minorities as well as the physically challenged people. BYST has created a model for corporate executives to accept their social responsibility and participate voluntarily in the process of nation building.

Siva Cotipalli (2009-10)

DhanaX was co- founded by Siva Cotipalli in 2007, along with the team of zealous and extremely competent financial experts. After graduating from BITS-Pilani and IIM-Kozhikode and working for five years, Siva wanted to build a business that would benefit millions of poor Indians, and thus came up with the idea of DhanaX. He strongly believes that doing well and doing good need not be conflicting objectives. In a country like India, with wide, unequal distribution of wealth, Siva has built a unique platform for the “haves” of India to help “have-nots” without getting involved in charities. DhanaX is a social lending site that matches lenders with investable savings and low-income borrowers who have no access to initial capital for their enterprises. Nevertheless, the project is a for-profit social enterprise and not a non- profit organisation. Dhanax encourages people to repay loans and not to fall in the vicious circle of debts.

Rajendra Joshi (2008-09)

Mr. Rajendra Joshi has been working for 24 years in the development sector at grassroots, program, organizational and policy advocacy levels, on issues affecting the urban poor. He has formulated strategies for city and state level implementation and translated these into programs and activities, achieving measurable success. He has promoted and sustained institutions that are working at state, city and community levels. He has provided leadership to such institutions, accessed and managed resources and fostered collaborations. Mr. Rajendra Joshi established Saath as an NGO in Ahmedabad in February 1989. Under his leadership, Saath has grown to an organization that now works in 8 towns and two districts of Gujarat and 6 districts in Rajasthan. Today Saath has 180 employees and an annual budget of about Rs. 5 Crores.



Vipin Sharma(2008-09)

For the past 25 years, Vipin Sharma's work and interest has been closely linked to access to resources, capital, services and markets for the poor. As a development banker, technical resource provider and practitioner, he has been concerned with broadening the scope of development interventions to affirm the rights of poor people. His work in NABARD, at RUDA and at CARE, and more recently as the CEO of ACCESS, has been primarily focused in this direction. He played a significant role in linking the first SHGs to formal financial institutions in 1992. A significant global initiative that he led is the structuring of the Microfinance India summit. Over 25 years, by both design and default, his work has increasingly focused on the challenges that the poor face. He has been able to work at various levels - projects on the ground, technical support to governments, building national platforms and informing and influencing policy. Over 3 Million women have been benefited in small or big ways, encouraging bigger ambitions for ACCESS.

Vikram Akula(2006-07)

Vikram Akula is the CEO and founder of Swayam Krishi Sangham (SKS) Microfinance, an organization that offers microloans and insurance to about 350,000 poor women in impoverished areas in 11 states of India. He has created community wealth through effective micro finance models, where communities benefit with livelihood and enterprise at lowest interests,remembering that washers, barbers and tailors contribute more to the country's GDP (gross domestic product) than the IT sector.





Crispino Lobo (2006-07)

Crispino Lobo, being passionate about making a difference in the lives of the marginalized and under-privileged, chose to commit himself to working in rural areas. Together with Fr. Hermann Bacher, he organized the large-scale and highly successful watershed development initiative in Maharashtra called the Indo German Watershed Development Program (IGWDP). As co-founder of the Watershed Organization Trust (WOTR, founded in 1993) and the Programme Coordinator of the IGWDP, he has been instrumental in supporting and building up the capacities of 403 NGOs across the country as well as directly touching the lives of over 5,90,000 people..Crispino's outstanding contribution has been to translate vision and passion into scalable accountability-based, outcome- oriented systems and processes. The approaches and management systems he has developed have been widely adopted across the country and are now being adopted abroad in development projects of a similar nature. He now heads the Sampada Trust and plans to extend its financial and entrepreneurship support services across the country, wherever poor women and youth need a partner in their struggle for betterment.

Dr.Marcella D'Souza(2006-07)

Dr Marcella D'Souza has been serving the people from the mountains of Peru to the arid plains of India. In the South Andes she organized a large-scale community-led, indigenous knowledge- based health care system. In Maharashtra, Marcella was responsible for developing a pedagogy for empowering women through self-help group formation and federation at the village level, as well as mainstreaming women into the decision making structures of the village. 55,000 women from 1100 villages have directly benefited from these efforts. Over 65,000 women benefit from access to financial and technical resources through the Sampada Trust, a micro-finance institution founded by her. She has been instrumental in developing a pedagogy for the empowerment of women, and creating the means for women to be creators of community wealth.



DIALOGUE INDIA-iCONGO KARMAVEER PURASKAAR FOR PROMOTING CITIZEN ACTION, 2011

Anita Bhargava

Anita and Sanjay realized that there are many residential problems in cities of India, which were caused by multiple stakeholders, including residents, and blaming authorities or filing PIL's was not the answer. In January 2010 Anita started "Let's do it Delhi" as a citizen initiative. The support was enormous and companies like KPMG gave one full time employee to work on the initiative for 8 months, the Asmita Theatre group did several Nukkad Natak's ,NIIT did a website, Sesh Design did free poster design. The Delhi health minister Kiran Walia provided certificates to school children who participated in clean ups. As a result 50000 people participated in 125 clean up events across the city. But soon Anita and Sanjay found that this initiative has created awareness but the city became dirty again. They realized that there is a need to change underlying systems. In association with MCD, Anita managed to get them to come on Facebook where citizen could complain on designated garbage sites and have their complaints redressed. These initiatives have now been made more inclusive with Gram Vaani, an IIT Delhi enabling anyone with a mobile phone to complain. They also created a drive which includes public urinal system and citizens are involved for this cause. Anita and Sanjay are currently working on one ward of Delhi where they want to transform the ward by making it malba free, poster free, garbage free, street sweeping done well, drains cleaned and desilted on schedule, and over time open defecation free, slum free and parking problem free.

Sanjay Bhargava

Sanjay and Anita realized that there are many residential problems in cities of India, which were caused by multiple stakeholders, including residents, and blaming authorities or filing PIL's was not the answer. In January 2010 they started "Let's do it Delhi" as a citizen initiative. The support was enormous and companies like KPMG gave one full time employee to work on the initiative for 8 months, the Asmita Theatre group did several Nukkad Natak's ,NIIT did a website, Sesh Design did free poster design. The Delhi health minister Kiran Walia provided certificates to school children who participated in clean ups. As a result 50000 people participated in 125 clean up events across the city. But soon Anita and Sanjay found that this initiative has created awareness but the city became dirty again. They realized that there is a need to change underlying systems. In association with MCD, they managed to get them to come on Facebook where citizen could complain on designated garbage sites and have their complaints redressed. These initiatives have now been made more inclusive with Gram Vaani, an IIT Delhi enabling anyone with a mobile phone to complain. They also created a drive which includes public urinal system and citizens are involved for this cause. Anita and Sanjay are currently working on one ward of Delhi where they want to transform the ward by making it malba free, poster free, garbage free, street sweeping done well, drains cleaned and desilted on schedule, and over time open defecation free, slum free and parking problem free

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