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About Impact India Foundation - Leadership

Mr. Ramesh Sarin - Chairman

Served as Managing Director Voltas Ltd., one of the largest Tata companies and Chairman of several companies including ITC Ltd. (Tobacco, Printing, Hoteliering & General Exports), Bhadrachalam Paper Boards, Coats of India (Printing Inks), Carrier Aircon Ltd, Roche Products Ltd. (Pharmaceuticals). Executive Committee Member of All India Management Association, Confederation of Indian Industries and other prestigious bodies. Named amongst the top 100 Businessmen in India

Mr. Jayant K. Banthia - Vice-Chairman Former Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, has held several important positions in the Government. Mr. J K Banthia, who has a master's degree in demography from the London School of Economics, was posted as the Additional Chief Secretary of the Public Health Department, Chief Executive Officer of a Zilla Parishad, and Collector, Bhandara, Director of Census Operations under the Ministry of Home Affairs, where he was promoted as Registrar General and Census Commissioner and held the post till May 2005. Prior to his posting in the State, Banthia was on a UN deputation to Nigeria as the Chief Technical Adviser to the United Nation Population Fund for four years. On January 6, 2010, he returned to the State Government and was appointed Commissioner, Family Welfare.

Dr. (Mrs.) Pheroza J. Godrej Art-historian & Founder, Cymroza Art Gallery, Member, Executive Committee, National Culture Fund, Ministry of Culture, Trustee, Indira Gandhi Naitonal Centre for the Arts, New Delhi; Chairperson, Advisory Committee, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, Hon. Secretary, Museum Society of Bombay; Member, Executive Board, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology; Member, Confederation of India Industries, Women Empowerment Committee.

Mrs. Usha Thorat Usha Thorat was formerly the Deputy Governor of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) - a position she held between 2005 and 2010. She was Director, Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Development, set up by the RBI, from 2011 to 2014.

She is currently the Vice-President of the Bombay Natural History Society and a Trustee of the Indian Cancer Society. Ms Thorat completed her MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics (1971) and joined the Reserve Bank of India in 1972.

Mr. Anil Shastri Mr. Anil Shastri, son of the late Prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri, is a Special Invitee to the Congress Working Committee, which is the highest decision-making body of the Indian National Congress. He was a Member of Parliament and Minister in the Ministry of Finance, government of India, and a Member of the Standing Committee of the International conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP). Mr. Shastri is currently the Chairman, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Delhi, amongst many others. Mr. Shastri has received an Award from Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan, USA, 'in recognition of unending devotion and dedicated service to the high purpose of International Education'.

Mr. Samir Shah Mr. Samir Shah currently runs an investment firm in Mumbai working with international funds and local companies on investments and strategy. He is an active investor in early stage companies across sectors ranging from technology, water, renewable energy, consumer retail, education and healthcare, among others. He works closely with many of these companies on an ongoing basis and is a Board Observer on many of these companies.

He has been actively involved in global capital markets for the last 25 years, investing/trading across asset classes, strategies and sectors based in in Hong Kong and New York. During that period, he has worked with Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers and Deutsche Bank prior to setting up and founding a multi-strategy investment fund in Hong Kong.

He received his MBA with distinction from The Wharton School (University f Pennsylvania), is qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and has a law degree from Mumbai University.

Mr. Y. H. Malegam Mr. Y. H. Malegam, former Managing Partner of S.B. BillimoriaILLIMORIA & Co., and Co-Chairman of Deloitte Haskins and Sells, Chartered Accountants.

Mr. Peter T. Hassan Advisor - Strategy & Planning, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was eminent Corporate Affairs and Management Consultant, former Advisor - Industries, with Cabinet Rank to the Government of Andhra Pradesh, Consultant to major national and international MNCs and Organisations.

Dr. Ninad S. Gaikwad MBBS, DORL, MS (ENT), DNB.

He is a full time Associate Professor in ENT at Seth G. S. Medical College, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He is on the Advisory Board of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India of which he is an active member. His preference is for cases pertaining to otology (ear) and correction of laryngotracheal stenosis. Dr. Gaikwad has volunteered many times on Impact India's Lifeline Express.

Dr. Kulin Kothari Ranked First in MBBS, Bombay University, Gold Medallist at the M.S. and D.O.M.S. examinations; received extensive training in cataract, glaucoma and refractive surgery in the U.K., U.S.A. and Germany. Senior Opthalmic Surgeon, Chairman & Medical Director, Bombay City Eye Institute & Research Centre and Managing Trustee, Vision Foundation of India.

Dr. Taral Nagda MS (Orth) DNB, D'Ortho

He is a Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon with rich experience consulting at Institute of Paediatric Orthopaedic Disorders (IPOD) Clinics, Saifee Hospital Charni Road, Parel Hospital Mumbai, Parakh Hospital Ghatkopar and Jupiter Hospital, Thane. Dr. Nagda has volunteered for many camps including operating on rural patients from Impact India's Community Health Initiative in rural Thane District, Maharashtra.

Dr. Mansing Pawar M.D.S. (Mumbai) He is the Chairman, Clinical Board of Studies, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik. His positions include Professor and Head, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics and Dean, Government Dental College and Hospital, Mumbai; Member, Dental Council of India; Dean, Faculty, MUHS, Nashik; and Member Senate, Academic Council, Dental Faculty, MUHS, Nashik. A dynamic administrator Dr. Pawar is all for the provision to and sustenance of outreach dental services in underserved rural areas. His team has served over 10,000 patients in Impact India's Community Health Initiative in rural Thane District, Maharashtra.

Dr. (Mrs.) Vinita Puri MBBS. MS (General Surgery), M.Ch. (Plastic Surgery)

She is Professor and Head, Department of Plastic Surgery at Seth G. S. Medical College, King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. She has many years of teaching experience, is published widely and has won the N. H. Antia Award 2008 for best publication in indexed journal by the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India. She is an Executive Committee Member, National Association of Burns India, Member, Board of Studies, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences 2006 and Member, Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2002. She is a Clinical Fellow at the Dept. Of Plastic Surgery - Gyeong-Sang National University Hospital, South Korea, April 1998. Dr. (Mrs.) Puri has volunteered many times on Impact India's Lifeline Express.

Professor R. Rangasayee BSc in Speech Pathology and Audiology from AIISH Mysore, MSc in Speech and Hearing from AIISH Mysore, P.G. Certificate in Linguistics - University of Madras, Certificate in Clinical Instruction - U.C.L.A. USA, Diploma in Differential Psycho diagnostics of Deaf children - Institute Voor Doven, Netherlands

He is the Director of Ali Yavar Jung National Institute for the Hearing Handicapped, (AYJNIHH) Mumbai, and an Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist with 34 years of experience at various levels including at a State Medical College, Regional Rehabilitation Centre and AYJNIHH. He is a recipient of the USAID Fellowship, Rajiv Gandhi National Award, National Technology Award amongst many other Awards. He has launched several schemes and courses including the telephone Disability Information Line, Inclusive Vocational Training, Web-based Training for the Deaf and a Post Graduate Diploma Course in Media and Disability Communication. Prof Rangasayee is Chairman and Member of several national and international academic bodies. Over the years the AYJNIHH team has served many patients on Impact India's Lifeline Express as well as in the Community Health Initiative.

Dr. (Mrs.) G. Subbulakshmi MSc. (M.S. University, Baroda), PhD (M.S. University, Baroda), Post Doctoral (CFTRI, Mysore)

She is a qualified, senior and highly respected Nutritionist with rich experience covering seven States of India with a focus on rural areas. She has been the Director of the Research Unit, College of Home Science, S.N. D. T. University Mumbai, Principal of Colleges belonging to Birla Education Trust, Pilani, and Sardar Patel University, Gujarat, amongst other senior positions. A Ford Foundation Fellow, Dr. (Mrs.) Subbulakshmi has been the recipient of many awards including the Fulbright Award. She is a Life Member of Scientific Associations, including Scientific Adviser for the Nutrition Society of India and Association of Food Scientists and Technologists of India. Her publications are extensive and include research on Nutritional and Clinical studies on Traditional Foods: Use of Traditional Herbs for therapeutic purposes as well as subjects such as the Nutritional profile of unconventional sources of Foods, Food Safety and Quality Assurance and Nutrition Education.

Prof. Dr. Rohini V. Chowgule Professor of Medicine & Consulting Pulomnary Physician, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Bombay University, Mumbai.

Dr. Roop Gursahani Consultant Neurologist and Epileptologist, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi MS FAIS FICS FACS MNAMS Professor, Head and Neck Surgeon

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi is Professor and Head and Neck cancer Surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Dr Chaturvedi did his medical schooling and post graduation in General Surgery at Banaras Hindu University. He was adjudged the best Intern and the best post graduate during his tenure in Banaras Hindu University. Later, he decided to work in field of surgical oncology and received his formal training at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. He has been invited as visiting faculty in 22 institutions in 18 countries. He is member of several prestigious national and international organizations and is the editor of the Textbook of Head and Neck Surgeryand has authored 6 book chapters and more than 100 papers in international peer reviewed journals.

He is Principal investigator of several clinical trials and his main area of interest is early detection of oral cancer. He is the recipient of the Robert Maxwell Byers award of the American Head and Neck society in year 2010. He was nominated as Council Member of the prestigious International Academy of Oral Oncology. He is one of the founding members of South Asian Federation of Oncology and in the steering committee of the Eurasian Head and Neck Oncology Society. He is the founder and treasurer of the Head Neck Cooperative Oncology Group.

Dr Chaturvedi has tremendous interest in Public Health issue especially related to Tobacco control. He started the famous Voice of Tobacco Victims Campaign ( which was instrumental in ban on Gutka all over India. He received WHO Director General’s award in 2010 for this campaign. He represented India as Global Cancer Ambassador to New York to lobby with UN representatives for the special UN summit on Non Communicable diseases. He was awarded Outstanding Young Indian award for his public health initiatives. He is also the recipient of the Judy Wilkenfield Award for excellence in Tobacco Control by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Washington, USA. Recently he was conferred British Medical Journal award popularly known as Oscar of Medicine. On world CSR day he was conferred coveted Social Innovation & Iconic Leadership Award (2016).

Mrs. Zelma Lazarus - Founder Director and subsequently Chief Executive Officer, Impact India Foundation Zelma Lazarus is the Chief Executive Officer of Impact India. As General Manager Corporate Relations of Voltas Limited, a large Private Sector enterprise in India, she has had substantial experience in all aspects of public affairs. Her work experience is over 40 years.

She was World President of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) for the year 1998; the first Asian Woman to head this prestigious body. IPRA constitutes the most genuinely international group of Public Relations Practitioners in 90 countries.

The basic prerequisite of Impact, which she leads successfully, is awareness. A nationwide communications package for India was therefore designed by her for a wide and diverse audience, from the slum dweller who is the potential beneficiary, to the industrialist who will financially support the programme.

She was invited by the Government of India to become a member of the Planning Commissions Working Group on Health, Education and Communications for the preparation of the Seventh and Eighth Five-Year Plans for the country.

She was commissioned by the Government of India to serve on the Film Censor Board.

An inspirational orator, she has been on the world speakers' circuit, delivering lectures at United Nations Headquarters, at various international seminars, universities and public platforms. She has appeared on live programmes on Television channels in many countries and several hundred articles have appeared about her in international dailies and journals including Newsweek, Chicago Tribune, Elle, The Times (London)...

She has completed a Senior Management Course on "Leadership" at the Ashridge Management College, U.K., and has edited several publications worldwide. She is a winner of several awards:
  • The United Nations Award for Excellence in Public Service for the "Lifeline Project"
  • The "Woman of the Year" Award from Zonta International
  • The Rotary Club Public Award for Leadership in creating India's first mobile Hospital Train
  • The Distinguished Golden World Trophy for Excellence in Internal Communications from IPRA in London; IPRA's Golden World Trophies for Excellence in Consumer Affairs and again, for Excellence in Public Service worldwide
  • The prestigious Silver Bell Trophy at the PR World Congress for "The most outstanding PR Campaign in the country"
  • The Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry's Good Corporate Citizen Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibilities by Association of Business Communicators of India (ABCI) in 2005.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of India(PRSI) IN 2007

Dr. Rajnish Gourh, Chief Operating Officer Dr. Gourh is a trained public health professional with diverse experience of more than 9 years in health space. He is committed to positive and substantial changes in Public Health.
Dr. Gourh has worked with Madhya Pradesh Government, SEARCH, (Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health) and on The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) projects. He headed Impact India's Lifeline Express (the world's First Hospital Train) for more than 5 years, which delivers free of cost Quality Health Services in rural and remote areas of India.

The vast experience of working with the Lifeline Express project exposed him to the Government Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) at village level in more than 15 states and international Public Health platforms to deal with diversified situations and problems while co-ordinating with political representatives, administrative officials, Indian Railway and corporate officials.

Dr. Rajnish Gourh, succeeds the Late Mr. P. M. Rajasekharan, Chief Operating Officer, since 1st March 2016.

Mrs. Neelam Kshirsagar - Head, Project Developmet Joined Impact India Foundation from 1 March, 2001. Neelam brings to the position much experience that will help Impact in its efforts for the prevention and cure of disablement. She has worked in various capacities in the fields of social communications, research, education and training mainly with Doordarshan, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and the Aga Khan Education Service, India.

Neelam is a Trustee of the Process Work Institute of India (psychotherapy and social action) and an activist with Action for good Governance and Networking in India (AGNI), mobilizing citizens from all classes towards civic action.

Neelam has travelled abroad on various scholarships and has attended several seminars on the many aspects of social development.

Her interests include organizing workshops, conflict resolution, yoga , meditation, integrating dreams and a growing interest in "ageing".

Mrs. Olga Monteiro - Manager - Corporate Affairs & Projects Co-ordinator Joined the IMPACT team on 1st April 2002 as Manager, Administration and was soon elevated to the position of Manager, Corporate Affairs, given her ability to build easy rapport with people at every level, and develop long term relationships, personal skills, excellent communication, presentation, interpersonal skills and well organised, with a strong attention to detail.