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Asha Mirchandani – Managing Trustee

With a rich experience in the field of Advertising and Marketing, Asha has spent many years working in the corporate world – with ABC Consultants, and Bennett Coleman and Company. After this stint, she built up a strong background in the nonprofit sector working with various NGO’s for over two decades – 13 years were spent with an ngo – Vidya as an executive board member – worked in a voluntary capacity for the National Asso of the Blind, along with holding workshops for the visually impaired. In her capacity as Managing Trustee, at the helm of Children’s Hope, she supports the overall functioning of the organisation which includes strategic planning, corporate development, finance and marketing functions, in India.

Vinod Devichand – Trustee

After graduating in Electric Engineering from MNIT Jaipur, & post graduation from Roorkee University, Vinod joined Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board in the year 1969. Having served for 36 years in various organisations under Govt. of Himachal Pradesh & Govt of India, he retired as Chief Engineer in the year 2005.

With his valuable experience, Vinod has been actively involved in social & charitable work especially in the field of education in remote areas, of Kullu and Manali. He brings a wealth of his knowledge and experience to Children’s Hope along with great advisory inputs!

Richa Kulshreshtha – Executive Director

After graduating from St. Bede’s College, Shimla in 1997, Richa pursued her career in the aviation industry. Working there for seven years she developed an interest in education and worked for the next ten years with The Gnostic Center, an NGO excelling in developing courses for Higher Integral Education. A slow transformation motivated her to work in and for the community.

With a strong technical background and strength to explore and learn, she is now a part of Children’s Hope as an Executive Director since last four years. She looks after the operations of the organization, which includes supervising pan India projects, maintaining accounts, organizing fundraisers etc. Also, other technical work like maintaining website, database, social media and more.

Lavina Wadhwani Sareen – Executive Board Member

Currently engaged in Manufacturing and exporting high fashion garments for the last two decades, Lavina has been involved in social activities for many years including helping the elderly and children.

Currently associated closely with Children’s Hope for last 3-4 years, initially as a volunteer and now as an Executive Board Member. She completed her schooling from Loretto Convent Lucknow & Graduated from Isabella Thoburn college Lucknow; and Travel & tourism from New Delhi Polytechnic.

Indra Dhar – Executive Board Member

Born in 1960 in Kashmir, in a family of professionals. Indra Dhar has grown up in a family who could make a small social impact with their philanthropic values. Educated up to the level of M.Phil (Physics) she is currently the Trustee of the Sharika Trust and of The Aman Satya Kachroo Trust. She also runs her own unique IDI Exporters business, which is a leading hand knitting design company that provides employment to at least 1000 rural & low income urban women across Northern India. Her strong administrative and accountancy skills are very valuable to Children’s Hope.

Ravi Kanth Ganti – Team Lead for 30/30 Educational Initiative

Ravi Kanth Ganti works as the Chief Operating Officer of CHI-Ekalavya Schools and as Consultant for CHI 30×30 project in India.

Prior to joining as COO of CHI-Ekalavya Schools, he worked for ‘Byrraju Foundation’ leading a Science Education project for high school students in 100 adopted government schools across united Andhra Pradesh. He worked as a Non-Formal Education (NFE) expert for ‘World Education’ on a FAO-UN project. In this project, he was instrumental in working with nine partner NGOs across seven drought prone districts with the farming community across united Andhra Pradesh.

Ravi has spent 22 years working in the Education and Development sectors. He taught undergraduate and postgraduate students in a leading educational institution in Hyderabad for 8 years. He did his master’s courses in Microbiology and Human Resource Management. Ravi authored a paper titled ‘Empowering farming communities to collectively manage their Groundwater resources’ in a book published by Arghyam. This work was covered by ‘Sakaal Times’, a leading newspaper in Pune, Maharashtra.

Lara Shankar Chandra – Social Development Professional, India

A career social development professional in India with nearing 20 years of experience in child rights, community development, gender programming, housing and inclusive urban development. A published author with Penguin India, Chandra is a founder member and on the Advisory Board of Citizen’s Association for Child Rights (CACR) – an NGO working to ensure children’s rights in Maharashtra. She is also on the Advisory Board of Kriti Team – a development, praxis and communications organization. In the affordable housing and sanitation sector in India, Chandra has led strategy, initiated and managed coalitions, and forged multiple partnerships with Governments and bi-lateral and multilateral organizations for policy implementation, fundraising and intervention. Her passion continues to see her working on housing, women’s rights and land rights issues.