Executive Board

Children’s Hope India Board

Maya Rajani – President and Board Member

maya_rajani_thumbMaya Rajani is the owner and President of Infocache Corporation, a data management services company. Her presence on the board provides experience in strategic planning, corporate development, and marketing. Maya is the current President of CHI.

Nisha Bharwani– Board Member and Treasurer

Nisha After graduating from the prestigious St Mira’s College in Pune, Nisha worked in the retail sector. Upon moving to the U.S., she worked in the Publishing and Distributing Industry for several years. At present she manages the family software business, and serves as the treasurer of Children’s Hope India.

Kavita Gugnani – Board Member

kavita_g_thumbKavita Gugnani has served on the Board of Children’s Hope India since 1999. She works on the Project Committee to review proposals for new projects, monitors fund utilization, and serves as a liaison for CHI’s flagship project Asha Prayas.

Dina Pahlajani – Co-founder and Board Member

dina_pahlajani_thumbDr. Dina Pahlajani is the Co-Founder of CHI and has been an active board member of since 1992. She was the organization’s first President and served again in 2007. She is actively involved in developing program plans, creating strategic partnerships, and coordinating the development of CHI’s programs. Dr. Pahlajani has a private pediatric clinic in Hicksville, NY where she treats infants, children, and adolescents, and is the co-chair of the Nassau Pediatric Society Charity Committee.

Kavita Lund – Board Member

kavita_lund_thumbKavita Lund is an active board member of Children’s Hope India. She has a strong background in the nonprofit space and has been on CHI’s board for the last 18 years. Kavita served as Vice President for three years, Treasurer for six years and was the previous acting President for CHI.

Lavina Melwani – Co-founder and Board Member

Untitled-3Lavina Melwani is an award-winning journalist who has written for several international publications including India Today, The Hindu and WSJ. She publishes the online arts portal Lassi with Lavina, and blogs for the Smithsonian. A co-founder of CHI, she is its past president and is involved in all aspects of CHI since inception, including fund-raising, publicity, and social media.

Sagorica Rudra – Board Member

sag__thumbSagorica Rudra has been a board member of CHI since 1994 and currently serves as Secretary. Her principal activities for CHI focus on fundraising, including co-chairing golf events and leading the silent auction for the annual gala.

J.Nami Kaur – Board Member

nami_thumbNami has led external communications for IBM with a focus on IT and industry analysts for the media & entertainment, consumer electronics, healthcare and life sciences industries. She serves as an advisor for the social media and website team of CHI. Nami holds an MBA in Marketing from NYU, and an MS in Computer Science & Mathematics & BA in Physics from the State University of New York.

Radha Vanjani – Co-founder and Board Member

Radha-pic063Radha Vanjani is the President of Teachers Placement Group as well as a founding member of CHI. She has served as a treasurer of CH in past years and is currently the head of the Journal Committee for producing the Annual Gala and the CHI newsletter. Radha travels to India every year and visits CHI projects regularly. She has a Masters in Nutrition from MLB college in Bhopal, India.

Advisory Board

Ravi Akhoury
Madhur Jaffrey
Tinku Jain
Bhushan Khashu, M.D.
Poonam Khubani
Mohit Assomull
Prakash Melwani
Raju Mirchandani
Daryl Rand
Sunil Sani
Sarat Sethi
Haresh Tharani