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Our Board

CAF India has an independent board, chaired by respected industrialist and philanthropist Mr. Arun Bharat Ram. The board comprises six other prominent business and NGO leaders.

  • CAF India Chair
    Som Mittal, Former Chairman and President, NASSCOM

    Som-Mittal

    Mr. Som Mittal has been the President of NASSCOM from 2008-13 and steered the industry through one of its most challenging phases. Under Som's leadership, the industry crossed the USD 100 billion milestone and significantly expanded its value offerings. Som has held corporate leadership roles in the IT industry at companies such as Wipro, Digital, Compaq, Larsen & Toubro, Escorts, Denso and HP. A B.Tech from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Som has served as a member of the Indian Prime Minister's Committee on National e-Governance, as board member Institutes of Technology and the Global Advisory Council of the WITSA. He now advises companies, CEOs and senior leaders on growing business, particularly in developing economies and in co-creating policies with Governments.

  • Lalit Nirula, Director, LMN Investments & Agriculture Pvt. Ltd

    Lalit Nirula

    Lalit Nirula is a second generation member of a family that has been in the hospitality industry for 76 years. Their food chain, Nirula’s was considered leaders in their field of family foods, being the largest Indian owned restaurant chain in the Indian sub-continent. Currently, Lalit is the director of LMN Investments and Agriculture Pvt. Ltd, a company with investments in real estate and financial instruments. He is a past president of the National Restaurant Association of India and the Hotel and Restaurant Association of North India. With a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from St. Stephans College, Delhi University Lalit graduated as a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from Cornell University in January 1966. His personal commitment to education and social progress has kept him actively involved with a number of educational institutions and charitable organisations.

  • Shravani Dang, Advisor, Thapar Institue of Engineering & Technology

    Shravani Dang is an Independent Board Director and an experienced business, public affairs and CSR leader with over two decades of quantifiable achievements. Her expertise in marketing, especially digital marketing, branding communications and CSR has made her an A lister by Campaign India and named as among the top Indian communications professionals by Reputation magazine. Shravani’s experience base is in multinational companies across Technology, Financial, Not-for-profit and Industrial sectors, in both complex and large organizations with staff strength ranging from 10 to 100,000 and includes stints in HCL, CARE, CSC, Fidelity and the Avantha Group. Till March 2019, she was Vice President –Marketing & Communications at the Avantha Group. Currently, she serves as Advisor to the Avantha Group, a broad-based industrial conglomerate. She is also senior Advisor to Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology –TIET, (previously Thapar University). TIET is a globally ranked private varsity and ranked among the top higher education institutes in India. Additionally, she is co-founder and board member of the Asia Pacific Association of Communication Directors (APACD) and its elected Treasurer. Well networked and reputed, Shravani is a frequent contributor to publications and speaks on multiple forums. She holds a Masters in Mass communications, an undergraduate degree in Sociology and has specialized in Marketing in a Digital World from UIUC, USA.

  • Madhu Bala Nath, Country Representative (India), EngenderHealth

    Madhu Bala Nath is presently the Country Representative (India) for EngenderHealth which promotes quality services for reproductive health and family planning in four Indian states. Madhu has spent most of her three-decade long career with UN agencies, working on HIV/AIDS, reproductive and sexual health and women empowerment. She has also served as Senior Adviser at the UN Women headquarters. She has served on the advisory board for Women Power Connect, International Centre for Research on Women and at present for Girl Rising in India, as well as, the HIV/AIDS Alliance. She is also an independent director on the board of HPL Electric India.

  • Ajay S. Mehta, President, Board of Trustees of Seva Mandir and Vidya Bhawan

    Ajay S. Mehta joined the Indian Railways in 1980 after working briefly for the government-instituted Commission for Controls and Subsidies. In 1985, he joined Seva Mandir and took on the role of chief executive from 1990 to 1999. Following this, he served as the general secretary of the Association of Voluntary Organisations for Rural Development (AVARD) for a span of two years. In 2001, he moved on to The National Foundation for India (NFI) as the executive director. After a 10-year service, Ajay joined the State Planning Board of Rajasthan till 2013. Currently, he is the president of the board of trustees of Seva Mandir and of Vidya Bhawan.

  • Navin Bahl, Chartered Accountant

    Navin Bahl is a Fellow from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has worked with Ernst & Young in London and Scandinavia and as the head of finance at large industrial organisations in India. Navin has 35 years of experience as a practicing chartered accountant. Besides being a trustee of various charitable trusts like the Blind Relief Association of New Delhi, he is also the president of the Association for Advancement and Rehabilitation of Handicapped Children, which is running a school in Vasant Kunj for handicapped children. Navin also holds the office of treasurer and trustee of Cord which is working in 600 villages to empower rural women through self help groups, micro-credit banking and income generation activities.

  • Vasvi Bharat Ram, Past President of FLO 2017-18

    Vasvi-Bharat-Ram

    Vasvi Bharat Ram is the Past President of FLO 2017-18, the women’s wing of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). FLO is the premier women’s business organization in the country and implements a number of National Initiatives to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women at all levels and works on policy and advocacy with the Government to strengthen the position of women in society. Vasvi has been working towards the cause of women empowerment for many years. She is a strong advocate of equal participation of women in economic activities across all strata. In the past, she has also held the office of the Chairperson of the Young FICCI Ladies Organization (YFLO), Delhi, in the year 2010-11. She has held the post of and ‘Spouse Forum Chair’ in the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), Delhi and has won International awards for the same. In addition to spearheading FLO, Vasvi is the Joint Vice Chairperson of The Shri Ram Schools, which have been consistently rated as one of the top schools in India. Under the aegis of Shri Educare Limited, she has been instrumental in setting up The Shri Ram Millennium Schools and The Shri Ram Early Years play schools in the National Capital Region. She is on the Board of the SRF Foundation and SAVE the Children India, both of which work towards providing a better quality of life to the under privileged children of our country. She is a member of various Education Forums including the FICCI School Education Committee and the Forum of Progressive Schools. Vasvi earned a degree in Bachelors of Arts from Delhi University and did her post-graduation in Business of Fashion Management from the London College of Fashion in London. She has also completed a number of executive education programs from globally renowned universities, including one from the Harvard Business School in Boston. She started her career as an entrepreneur making wrought iron furniture, home accessories and artefacts working with and providing a livelihood to local women artisans. Outside of work, Vasvi enjoys reading, travelling, music and theatre. She and her husband live in New Delhi with their two daughters.

  • Sanjay Patra, Chartered Accountant

    Sanjay-Patra

    Dr.(CA) Sanjay Patra has experience of 30 years in the Voluntary & Non-Profit Sector. He is currently the Executive Director of the Financial Management Services Foundation (FMSF) and has served with this organization since 1998. In the year 2005-07 he was a member of the Task Group formed by the Planning Commission for drafting policy on the Voluntary Sector. He has also been a Resource Person in many National as well as International Workshops specializing in the areas of Financial Management, Governance and Legal aspects of the Voluntary Sector. Till date he has facilitated more than 500 workshops. He is also a visiting faculty for Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Greater NOIDA. He also teaches stewardship at Haggai Institute, Hawaii. He is a firm believer and flag bearer of Accountability & Transparency in South Asia. Over the years, he has engaged in major research, training and has also authored books on financial audit & written several articles. Some of them include “Finance & Legal Handbook on Voluntary Organizations”, “FCRA 2010”, “Handbook on Financial Audit and Reporting in NGOs”, and “Handbook on Social Audit in NGOs”. He is also the author of Interface (half yearly journal of FMSF), Ecommuniqué “Standards & Norms”and Governance Tool Box Series. Dr. Patra also coordinates the online Programme, NPO Governance Programme which is run by Financial Management Service Foundation (FMSF). A recognized social activist and writer, Sanjay has been a member of a number of committees of the Government of India and several national and international nonprofit groups working on civil society issues. He also provides support to Voluntary Associations Network of India [VANI], which provides an interface with the government. He is also a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, with a Ph.D degree on commerce.