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Janvikas has been closely governed and guided by a set of eminent personalities of the country. Some of the great leaders from development sector as well as other sectors have contributed to the shaping of organization since its inception. We acknowledge the contribution of our previous board members who have inspired us to take the path of “Social Change”. The board has evolved and now members of our board strive to keep Janvikas relevant to the changing times.

Gagan Sethi

He is a development educator and practising Organizational Development expert and a Gender trainer. As founder of Janvikas, he has helped set up several strategic organizations in the country, like Kutch MahilaVikasSangathan, Sahjeevan, Drishti, Centre for Social justice, HID forum to name a few. He was appointed as member of monitoring group by NHRC to monitor human right violations. His professional expertise lies in Human and institutional development training and designing.

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Vijay Parmar

Since his student life, he engaged as a volunteer with Behavioural Science Centre (BSC) in human rights quest for Dalits and underprivileged. After graduation, he joined BSC full time to work with the communities, while pursuing studies in law and management to equip himself for effective work at micro and macro level. Later as Director of BSC, he was instrumental in designing and setting up Peoples Organizations, womens savings & credit cooperatives, CBOs and NGOs. Since 2000 he is associated with Janvikas – HIDRC in different capacities. He took the mettle of Janvikas in 2007 as CEO and over the years played key role in strengthening Janvikas and its institutional field across the country. His continued to support large number of POs, CBOs, NGOs working on the issues of caste, communal and ethnic discrimination, youth, livelihood and governance in small NGOs. Currently he is Managing Trustee of Janvikas.

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Syeda Hameed

s a leader from the community, she has raised issue affecting Muslim women in several countries. She is founder member of Muslim Women’s Forum & South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), founder trustee of Women’s Initiative for Peace in South Asia (WIPSA) & Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation. She has contributed immensely in policy making in her role asMember National Commission for Women, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Member of Planning Commission at different points in time.

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Farah Naqvi

She is a writer and activist working on public policy and the rights of the most marginalized from both a development and justice perspective. She works on minority rights, (in particular, the Muslim community), Dalit rights, gender issues and women’s education. Farah Naqvi is one of the founders of Nirantar (a Delhi-based NGO working on gender & education), a Board Member of Oxfam India and on the Board of PAHAL (a rural women’s media collective based in Bundelkhand which published KhabarLahariya. She has authored a book, Waves in the Hinterland exploring connections between rural women, education, rural media, democracy and citizenship. She was Member, Planning Commission Steering Committee (Women and Child), Working Group (Minority Affairs) and Working Group (Youth Affairs & Adolescents) for the 11th five-year plan, and was Member, Steering Committee on the Empowerment of Minorities for the 12th five-year plan.

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Tushar Dayal

He is Chairman & Managing Director of TML Industries Ltd. since 1992. A qualified as a Chartered Accountant, he has worked with multiple companies. His passion towards social justice issues draw him in active engagement with following organizations in different roles in Aatapi Seva Foundation (promoted by TML), Hunnarshala Foundation, Kutch, IRFT (International Resources for Fairer Trade, Mumbai), Shroff Foundation Trust, Vadodara and Vadodara Vipassana Samiti.

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 PGJ Nampoothiri

After graduation in Civil Engineering, he joined the Indian Police Service (IPS) in 1964 and was allotted to the Gujarat Cadre. During his thirty-four years of service, he had worked as Superintendent of Police in Junagadh, Godhra and Vadodara and as Commissioner of Police at Ahmedabad. He was on deputation to the Central Bureau of Investigation for fourteen years and served in various capacities. After retirement as Director General of Police, Gujarat in 1998, he took up the assignment as Special Rapporteur to the National Human Rights Commission in Gujarat and continued till March, 2007. He is a recipient of the Police Medal for Meritorious Service and the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service. He has co-authored ‘Lest we Forget’ with Mr. Gagan Sethi based on their work during and after communal violence of Gujarat 2002.

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