Shabana Azmi

Chairperson of ActionAid Association

Ms. Shabana Azmi is a national award-winning theatre and film...

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Shabana Azmi

Ms. Shabana Azmi is a national award-winning theatre and film personality with over four decades of experience in acting. She is involved in various social movements and campaigns for rights and justice, particularly for women and minorities. Shabana Azmi has been awarded the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Prize, 2006 by the Gandhi Foundation, London. Shabana Azmi was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2012 by the Government of India. She has also won the prestigious Padma Shri in 1988, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Secularism in 1994 and several other national and international recognitions for her contributions to Indian cinema, theatre and to social causes. She was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha by the President of India in 1997-2003.

More recently, Power Brands awarded Shabana Azmi, the Bharatiya Manavata Vikas Puraskar for being one of the greatest and most versatile thespians of Indian cinema, for being a champion of women’s education and a consistent advocate for civil and human rights, equality and peace and for empowering lives every day through the Mijwan Welfare Society.

Shantha Sinha

Vice-Chairperson of ActionAid Association

Professor Shantha Sinha is a Professor of Political Science in...

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Shantha Sinha

Professor Shantha Sinha is a Professor of Political Science in Hyderabad Central University, Andhra Pradesh. She was the first Chairperson the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), where she served for two consecutive terms. The NCPCR was set up in March 2007 under the Commission for Protection of Child Rights Act, 2005.

Professor Shantha Sinha has tirelessly worked for the universalization of school education and the elimination of child labour. She is the Founder Secretary Trustee of MV Foundation, a registered trust based in Andhra Pradesh.

In recognition of her efforts, Prof Shantha Sinha was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998 and the Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership in 2003.

Dipali Khanna

Treasurer of ActionAid Association

Ms Dipali Khanna is a former civil servant with forty...

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Dipali Khanna

Ms Dipali Khanna is a former civil servant with forty years of work experience in varied Government organizations. She has a close understanding of government processes and procedures in the matters of preparation, execution and monitoring of annual plans and budgets; appraisals, clearances and approvals to projects, expenditure and cash management and audit of financial accounts. She was a member in the Kelkar Committee, Ministry of Defence for Public-Private Partnership in Defence production process. She has been on the boards of several organizations under different Ministries, including that of Defence, Power, Tourism and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. Dipali Khanna continues to serve as independent member in the Boards of several organisations.

Vijay Shunglu

Member, ActionAid Association

Mr. Vijay Shunglu is former Comptroller and Auditor General of...

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Vijay Shunglu

Mr. Vijay Shunglu is former Comptroller and Auditor General of India. He has more than three decades of experience as a civil servant with special expertise in finance and auditing. During his service with the Government of India he had held several key portfolios with State Government level including that of Principal Secretary – Finance, Commercial Taxes; Secretary Planning; and at the Union Government level such as Joint and Additional Secretary in the Ministries of Commerce, Finance and in the Cabinet Secretariat, Special Secretary – Power; Secretary in the Department of Company Affairs, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

Vijay Shunglu has been the Chairperson of several Committees constituted by the Government of India, such as the Empowered Group – Common Wealth Games, High Level Panel Energy Distribution Companies, Sardar Sarovar Relief and Rehabilitation Oversight Committee, Advisory Board of the Power Grid Corporation, India and Assets Reconstruction Corporation.

He is also the Chairperson of Delhi Public School Society.

Kamla Bhasin

Member, ActionAid Association

Ms. Kamla Bhasin has been a foremost feminist activist of...

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Kamla Bhasin

Ms. Kamla Bhasin has been a foremost feminist activist of India for the last four decades. A social scientist by training, Ms. Bhasin has been actively engaged with issues related to development, education, gender, media and several others since 1970. Currently, she works with Sangat – a South Asian Feminist Network, with JAGORI (of which she is a founder member), Women’s Resource and Training Centre and Jagori Rural Charitable Trust as an active member; and with South Asians for Human Rights as a member. She is also co-chair of the worldwide network, Peace Women across the Globe. Ms. Bhasin and Sangat coordinate One Billion Rising events around South Asia enabling thousands to join the campaign and RISE and DANCE. She has also had an active association with Food and Agriculture Organization, New Delhi and supports campaigns to end poverty and strengthen women at the South Asia-level. She has worked with the rural poor on issues of agriculture, economics and educational activities. She has been a prolific writer too, with many books and articles to her credit. She also likes writing songs for women and children. In addition, she is an acclaimed trainer on gender rights.

Poguri Chennaiah

Member, ActionAid Association

Mr. Poguri Chennaiah is an activist who has been engaged...

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Poguri Chennaiah

Mr. Poguri Chennaiah is an activist who has been engaged with the rural poor, especially Dalits and agricultural workers, for nearly three decades. He has been instrumental in taking up the cause of agricultural labourers through various campaigns for land rights. He has also organized a very strong agricultural workers’ union, bringing together many activist groups and giving them the vision and direction to become social movements without affiliation to any particular political party.

He is the National Advisor of National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) and founder member and Secretary of National coordination– Andhra Pradesh Vyavasaya Vruthidarula Union – a federation of agricultural workers, marginal farmers, fisherfolk, shepherds, forest workers and rural artisans.

Rita Sarin

Member, ActionAid Association

Ms. Rita Sarin is Country Director of The Hunger Project...

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Rita Sarin

Ms. Rita Sarin is Country Director of The Hunger Project (THP) in India, and leads a nation-wide alliance of more than 60 organizations implementing strategies to empower women in local democracy. She has had long innings while working on issues of women’s rights, gender equality and local self-governance. Prior to joining THP, Ms. Sarin worked for the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for 15 years where she established and supported a network of 120 NGOs in 18 states.

Ms. Sarin was awarded the World of Difference 100 Award by The International Alliance for Women  – an International umbrella organization of women’s networks representing more than 50,000 women worldwide whose mission is to empower women economically. She was also honoured as one of the 25 women leaders at the Women of Excellence Awards by FICCI Ladies Organization.

Jayati Ghosh

Member, ActionAid Association

Professor Jayati Ghosh is one of the world's leading female...

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Jayati Ghosh

Professor Jayati Ghosh is one of the world’s leading female economists. She was Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and currently teaches Economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA. She has authored and edited 19 books (including the co-edited “Elgar Handbook of Alternative Theories of Economic Development, 2014, “India and the International Economy” OUP 2015 and “Women Informal Workers in the Global South” forthcoming with Routledge) and nearly 200 scholarly articles. She has received several national and international prizes, including the International Labour Organisation’s Decent Work Research Prize for 2010. She has advised governments in India and other countries, including as Chairperson of the Andhra Pradesh Commission on Farmers’ Welfare in 2004, and Member of the National Knowledge Commission of India (2005-09). She is the Executive Secretary of International Development Economics Associates, an international network of heterodox development economists. She has consulted for international organizations including ILO, UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-DESA, UNRISD and UN Women and is member of several international commissions. She writes regularly for popular media like newspapers, journals and blogs.

Poonam Muttreja

Member, ActionAid Association

Ms. Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population...

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Poonam Muttreja

Ms. Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI). She has over three decades of experience in the socio-development sector. Before joining PFI, Ms. Muttreja worked with the McArthur Foundation as Country Director where she was responsible for the Foundation’s population and reproductive health grants in India. More recently, Ms Poonam, conceived and promoted the popular Indian television serial, “Mai kuch bhi kar sakti hoon”, meaning, ‘I, a woman, can do anything’. Ms. Poonam has also been a member of the Family Planning 2020 Reference Group, which is a global movement that supports the rights of women and girls around the globe to empower them to decide for themselves whether, when and how many children they may want to have. She is currently a civil society representative from India for the FP 2020 country engagement group. Earlier in her career, Ms. Muttreja worked with UNDP as Advisor to the Country Representative. In Cambridge, Massachusetts, she directed an environmental programme concerned with orienting policy-makers on issues of development, environment and poverty. She has taught courses on social action and human development at Hampshire College in Maine and Earlham College in Indiana. As the Founder Director of the Ashoka Foundation, Dastkar and Society for Rural, Urban and Tribal Initiatives, Ms. Muttreja has made an active contribution to the NGO sector in India.

Shantanu Consul

Member, ActionAid Association

Mr. Shantanu Consul, a 1974-batch Karnataka-cadre IAS officer, started his...

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Shantanu Consul

Mr. Shantanu Consul, a 1974-batch Karnataka-cadre IAS officer, started his career as Deputy Commissioner of Bidar in Karnataka in 1982.  In addition to several positions that he held with the Government of India, Mr. Consul also served as Secretary, Border Management under Ministry of Home Affairs; Secretary, Ministry of Mines and Minerals; Secretary, Department of Drinking Water Supply of the Government of India. While serving as Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training in the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions. In the year 2010, he was appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office as a member of the VK Shunglu Committee probing alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

He retired from IAS in October, 2010.

Sandeep Chachra

Ex-Officio Secretary, ActionAid Association; not a voting Member

A social anthropologist by training and a development activist who...

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Sandeep Chachra

A social anthropologist by training and a development activist who has lived and worked with indigenous people and Dalit communities in India, Mr. Sandeep Chachra is currently the Executive Director of ActionAid Association. He also acts as Secretary and ex-officio member of the Governing Board, with no voting powers.

Prior to this, Mr Chachra was the International lead for ActionAid International’s, just and democratic governance and economic justice theme. He has worked in several capacities in ActionAid International and other development organisations for the last two decades. His publications include “Whose Freedoms? MDGs, as if people matter!”. He has written several papers, and developed resource packs for activists, including the most recent paper, “India and the National Question”.

Sandeep Chachra is an active part of a collective in developing the Global Economic Literacy and Budget Accountability platform (http://www.elbag.org/) and the South-South Peoples Solidarity Forum (http://www.southsolidarityforum.org/). He has been involved with the work of peasant movements in Asia and Africa and has been a keen supporter of developing social movement platforms. He is also working on developing the South Asia processes for the World Forum of Alternatives.

Sandeep Chachra also volunteers time as the National Advisor on Homelessness and Urban Poverty to the Supreme Court Commissioners of India on Right to Food case.

Currently, Sandeep Chachra is also the Managing Editor of “Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy” (SAGE Publications). The journal seeks to renew debate on the agrarian question and to respond to challenges of the twenty-first century namely food, energy, climate and economic crises.