Who We Are
Board Of Trustees
Prof. Trilochan Sastry (Founder and Trustee) has a Bachelors in Technology from IIT, Delhi, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA. He taught for several years at Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad after which he moved to IIM, Bangalore. Earlier he was Dean at IIM - B and now he is a faculty there. He has taught in other Universities in India, Japan, Hong Kong and United States and has published several academic papers in Indian and International journals. Has received national award for research and teaching.
Prof. Jagdeep S. Chhokar (Founder and Trustee) has a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, USA and is a former Director In-charge of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He had earlier worked with the Indian Railways as a mechanical engineer and manager for over a decade, and as international marketing manager with a public sector organization for four years. He has also taught at Universities in Australia, France, Japan and the US.
Dr. Ajit Ranade (Founder and Trustee) has Bachelors in Technology from IIT, Mumbai, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Ph.D in Economics from Brown University, USA. Has taught at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai for the five years, before which he has also taught at other Universities in the USA. Has also published several academic papers and has participated in several national and international seminars. He was Professor ICRIER, New Delhi.
Prof. Sunil Handa (Founder and Trustee) has Bachelors in Engineering from BITS, Pilani and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Is a leading industrialist who has founded Core Healthcare and Core Emballage, Ahmedabad. Has set up the Eklavya Education Foundation with the mandate of significantly contributing to school education in India. Has taught several times as a visiting faculty at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Kiran B. Chhokar (Trustee) is a Cultural Geographer with a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University (USA) and a BA and MA from Aligarh Muslim University. She heads the Higher Education Programme at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and has been visiting faculty at Portland State University, USA. Dr Chhokar is co-editor of Asian Women and Their Work: A Geography of Gender and Development (1998) and of Understanding Environment (2004), and is the series editor of the EnviroScope series of thematic manuals for college teachers, developed in collaboration with the World Resources Institute, USA. She is currently working in collaboration with the University of Central Lancashire, UK, on developing a blended learning programme on Ecotourism, Conservation and Development. She is also founder member of Mahila Swaraj Abhiyan, a network of organizations in Gujarat working to promote value-based governance in society particularly through elected and other women leaders.
Ms. Kamini Jaiswal (Trustee) is a senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India. She is also the Secretary of the Center for Public Interest Litigation.
Mr. Jaskirat Singh (Trustee) has a Bachelor in Technology degree from IIT BHU, Varanasi. He is Founder and CEO of Webrosoft Solutions (P) Ltd, providing IT services. He (along with ADR) is recipient of NASSCOM social Innovation Award 2011 for most innovative use of IT to process and disseminate election candidates information to voters all over India.
Dr. Vipul Mudgal (Trustee) is the Director of Common Cause which makes legal and policy interventions. He also heads the Inclusive Media for Change Project, which works to highlight the issues of India marginalized, and is based at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS). He has earlier held senior editorial positions at the Hindustan Times, India Today, BBC World Service and Asia Times in India, the UK, and South East Asia. He got his Ph.D. in Media Studies from University of Leicester as Nehru Centenary Fellow. He works on the intersections of media, democracy and political violence.
Prof. Devanath Tirupati (Founder) has obtained a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Taught for several years at the University of Texas. Published extensively in areas such as technology, manufacturing management. Has been a consultant in the semi-conductor industry in the USA. Recipient of the U.S. President's Young Investigator award and research excellence award of the University of Texas. Currently a Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad.
Prof. Brij Kothari (Founder) has a Ph.D. (1996) in Adult Education from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA, Masters in Communications from Cornell University, and M.Sc. Physics from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India. Presently he is an Associate Professor at IIM, Ahmedabad, in the Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation. Academic interests include literacy, primary education, and use of information technology in international development. His work on Same Language Subtitling on TV for mass literacy has received several recognitions, including: i) Tech Laureate, Tech Museum of Innovations, San Jose, CA (2003); ii) Winner, Development Marketplace (World Bank's global competition; 2002); iii) Best Social Innovation in Education, Institute for Social Inventions, London (2000); and iv) Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship at Stanford University (2003-2004). Geographically, he has field experience in India, Bhutan, Ecuador, and the United States.
Prof. Rajesh Agarwal (Founder) is a graduate in commerce from St. Xaviers College, Calcutta. He is also a qualified Chartered and Cost Accountant. He has worked as a faculty member at theInstitute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) for seven years prior to joining the faculty of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) in 1997. He is on the Board of Friends of Women World Banking, India and Education Support Organisation, Ahmedabad. He now works with ICRISAT in Hyderabad.
Prof. Pankaj Chandra (Founder) has a Bachelors degree in Technology from Benaras Hindu University Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania,USA. Has taught at the Wharton School and at McGill University, Canada for several years. Publications have appeared in leading research journals. Worked with industry department of the World Bank. Consultant to several manufacturing organisations. He was professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, for several years and is now Director of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.
Prof. Sudarshan Khanna (Founder) has a Post graduate in industrial design from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad. Professor at NID, teaching courses in design and community related design pertaining to crafts people and artisans in India. Recipient of National Award for science popularisation for children. Worked with several nongovernmental and development organisations. Currently a Board member of the International Toy Research Association at Sweden.
Dr. Prem Pangotra (Founder) is professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). He specialises in Urban Management, Environment Management and Impact Assessment; Infrastructure Planning and Financing; Local Economic Development Planning; Public Finance; and Transportation Policy. He was previously a faculty member at the University ofKansas, California Polytechnic State University, and Director, School of Planning (CEPT), Ahmedabad. He has published two books and several research papers in international journals on infrastructure planning and urban management. At IIMA, Dr. Pangotra is a member of the Public Systems Group. He teaches graduate courses in Environment Management, Infrastructure Development and Financing, and Public Finance. He has been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects related to urban management, transportation policy and environmental management. Dr Pangotra has received several national and international awards and scholarships including the Honoured Faculty Award from the School of Architecture and Environmental Design of California Polytechnic State University during 1990-91.
Prof. P.R. Shukla (Founder) has a Ph.D. from Stanford University, USA. Specialises in environment, energy and policy modelling and analysis. Current areas of interest include global climate change policies, energy and environment policies for developing countries, and environmental implications for international trade. Worked extensively with government, private and international organizations. Published extensively on energy and environmental policies.
Maj. Gen. Anil Verma (Retd.) - Head
An Army Officer, who retired after 37 years of distinguished service in the Indian Army. During his tenure in the Army, he has held various staff and command appointments all over India in different terrains and operational conditions. He was awarded G0C-in-C Commendation and Chief of Army Staff Commendation card twice for his distinguished service.
He did his schooling from St. Xavier’s Delhi, B Com (Hons) from Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi and MSc (Defence Studies) from Madras University. He is an alumnus of Defence Services Staff College, Wellington. He has widely travelled in India and abroad.
His hobbies are golf, yoga, music and reading. He joined ADR in December 2013
Pradeep Agarwal - Manager - Finance & Accounts
Pradeep is a Commerce Graduate from Calcutta University. He also holds Income Tax Practitioners’ Certificate from Income Tax Department, Lucknow. He has been associated previously with number of Non-Profit Organizations i.e., Society for Participatory Research in Asia(PRIA) , Hedwig Robert Samuel Foundation, Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat . He has an experience of more than 15 years in the field of Finance Administration.
Mashqura Fareedi - Program Manager
Mashqura is an alumnus of Nirmala Niketan, College of Social Work, Mumbai University. She has worked on issues of governance and sustainable development - involving peoples’ participation in planning/policy making and environmental legislation - for about 10 years.
Nilesh Ekka - Senior Researcher and Functional Analyst
Nilesh is an Electrical Engineer. Before joining ADR, he has worked as an IT Professional and later in the field of sustainable development, mainly working in the field of providing low carbon renewable energy solutions and analysing energy policies.
Shivani Kapoor - Senior Program Associate (Legal Research)
Shivani has a LLB from Bharti Vidya Peeth, Pune, and LLM in Human Rights, Constitution and International law from Amity Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. She also holds one year advanced diploma in human rights, IPR and business law separately from Asian school of Cyber Laws, Pune. She has previously worked with a Delhi based NGO called SAFMA for two years as an intern.
Lakshmi Sriram -Senior Program Associate (Political Party Watch)
Lakshmi is a Bio-medical Engineer with a Master's degree in Medical Imaging from the University of Aberdeen, UK. She has worked as a research assistant in the UK for a year and at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad for a year before volunteering for ADR in 2009.
Deepak Negi - Senior Program Associate (Mumbai)
Deepak is an alumnus of Tirpude College of Social Work, Nagpur University. He has graduated in Commerce from Mumbai University. He is deeply passionate about working on the issues of good governance and judicial, police, political, electoral and democratic reforms in India.
Aparna Lall - Senior Program Associate (Communications)
Aparna has done PG Diploma in Journalism from Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, MA in Ancient History from JNU and BA in English Hons from LNMU. She has been in the field of Journalism from 2005 and worked with the leading media houses, namely HT Media Ltd, Press Trust of India (PTI) and The Statesman.
Sushmita Samaddar - Program Associate
Sushmita has a graduate degree in Political Science from Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University. She is deeply interested in public policy and issues of development and justice. She had interned in the Central Information Commission and the Association for Democratic Reforms in 2011 and followed it up with an internship in Pradan, an NGO working in livelihoods and development.
Gaurav Mani - Program Associate
Gaurav, a recent graduate in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay, has earlier worked as Research Associate for Financial Research Group at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (a research institute of RBI). He has been actively engaged in policy commentary and research & analysis in the areas of economics, contemporary politics, governance and election.
Atul Angik - Program Associate
Atul is B.E in Polymer Science & Chemicals from Delhi University. He has earlier worked as Head of Policy & Research for a Member of Parliament from Jamui, Bihar, and as Policy Analyst for a MLA in Bihar for 2 years. He was also a Derivatives Trader (Stock Market) between 2009-2010.
Anirudh Dutta Gupta - Senior Software Analyst
Anirudh has done his B.E.(Computer) from Delhi College of Engineering. He has 6+ years of experience in the IT industry, primarily in web design and developing Java based applications. In his spare time, he likes to read and watch films, and also takes an avid interest in the volatile political scenario in India.
Zeeshan Khan - Senior Program Executive (Communications)
Zeeshan Khan has done his B.A (Hons) in Sociology from MJPR University Barielly. Completed one year Diploma of Computer Application, Hardware and Networking From HCL CDC Noida.
Hemant Singh - Assistant Program Associate (Political Party Watch)
Hemant has done BA (Prog) from Delhi University and is currently pursuing his Masters in Political Science (MPS) from IGNOU. He also holds a one year Professional Diploma in Computer Applications & Programming (PD-CAP) and a Diploma in Basics of Computer Programming.
Navin Singh Moni - Assistant Program Associate (Election Watch)
Navin is a Graduate (BA) from Delhi University. He also has a Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming from Irish institute Haldwani Uttarakhand. He holds keen interest working towards improving electoral politics of the country.
Vivek Chandra Bhatt - Assistant Program Associate (Election Watch)
Vivek is pursuing his B.A from Kumaon University Nainital Uttarakhand. One year diploma in computer applications & programming, one year diploma in Hardware and Networking from Jetking (Delhi).
Aman Soni - Senior Program Executive (Election Watch)
Aman has completed a certificate in Computer Applications Processing (C-CAP).He is currently pursuing graduation from Delhi University.
Ashok Bisht - Program Executive (Election Watch)
Ashok Bisht has done B.A. (Prog) from Delhi University. Oneyear diploma in computer Applications Programming from F-Tec. He has previously worked with Global Ent. Data Analysis Pvt. Ltd. as a Data Analytics Operator.
Bhavana Arya - Program Executive (Political Party Watch)
Has a 6 months Certificate Course in Computer Applications. She is currently pursuing B.A from Delhi University and has previously worked with Mindmill software ltd. company as a Data Entry Operator.
Nancy Srivastav - Program Executive (Election Watch)
Has a one year Diploma in Computer Applications and currently pursuing B.A from Delhi University.
Nitesh Mishra - Program Executive (Election Watch)
Nitesh has completed his B.A from IGNOU and has a 6 months Certificate Course in Computer Application. He has 3 years of work experience and before ADR he was working with the C. P. W. D as a Computer Assistant
Prem Prakash - Program Executive (Election Watch)
Prem has a bachelor degree in History from Nainital University. He has also done one and a half year course in computer hardworking networking. He is currently pursuing post graduation in History from Nainital University.
Sachin Kumar-Program Executive (Election Watch)
Sachin has done his BSW (Bachelor of Social Work) from IGNOU and has a 6 month certificate course in Computer Application. He has previously worked with PSI(Population Services International) as a Program Associate.
Salman Ahmad - Program Executive (Election Watch)
He has done B.A (Hons) in Economics from Delhi University and pursuing Masters in Sociology from IGNOU.He has also completed one year diploma in computer application programming.
Sarita Bisht - Program Executive (Election Watch)
Has a one year Diploma in Computer Applications and currently pursuing B.A from Delhi University.
Suraj Singh - Program Executive (Election Watch)
Suraj singh has done 12th from CBSE board and pursuing B.A programme 1styear from delhi university. He has done 6 month basic computer course
Rakesh Kumar - Accounting Technician (Accounts and Admin)
Rakesh is Bachelor of Commerce from RDVV University Madhya Pradesh. With a diploma in Tally MS Office, he has 3 years of Experience in Accounting and Administrative functions.
Ramesh Singh - Administrative Assistant
Ramesh is Office, Administration and Banking Assistant at ADR.
Pratap Singh - Office Assistant
Pratap is Office Assistant at ADR.
1. Ford Foundation
55 Lodi Estate,
Delhi 110030, India
Hivos Regional Office, Flat no. 402, Eden Park
N. 20 Vittal Mallya Road
Bangalore - 560001, India
3. Omidyar Network India Advisors Private Ltd.
61B, 2 North Avenue
Maker Maxity, Bandra-Kurla Complex
Bandra (E), Mumbai 400 051, India
4. Some Eminent Individuals
5. Caring Friends
- Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah, Former Chief Justice of India
- Justice Jeevan Reddy, Former Supreme Court Judge and Chairman of the Law Commission
- (Late) Justice B.J. Divan, Former Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court
- (Late) Justice P.D. Desai, Former Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court
- Justice T.U. Mehta, Former Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court
- Mr. V. T. Shah, Former DG Police, Gujarat
- Mr. Julio Rebeiro, Former DG Police, Maharashtra
- Admiral Ram Tahiliani, Former Head of the Indian Navy, and President of Transparency International
- Mr. J.M. Lyngdoh, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
- Mr. T.S. Krishnamurthy, Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
- Mr. C G Somiah, Former Comptroller and Auditor General of India
- Justice Shiva Shankar Bhatt, Former Justice of the Karnataka High Court
- (Late) Mr. L.C. Jain, Former Member Planning Commission; Former High Commissioner to South Africa
- Mr. T R Satish Chandran, Former Chief Secretary; Karnataka, Former Governor Goa
- Dr. Samuel Paul, Former Director of IIM Ahmedabad
- Dr. Narayan Sheth, Former Director of IIM Ahmedabad
- Mr. Ramachandra Guha, Eminent Historian and columnist
- Mr. P.S. Appu, IAS, Former Secretary to the Government of India
- Mr. P.V. Shenoi, IAS, Former Secretary to the Government of India
- Mr. K C Sivaramakrishnan, , Former Secretary to the Government of India
- Mr. I.C. Dwivedi, Former DG Police, Uttar Pradesh
- Justice Sachidanand Awasthi, Former Judge of the MP High Court
- Mr. B.G. Deshmukh, Former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India
- Justice Chandrashekhar Dharmadhikari, Former Justice of the Mumbai High Court
- Mr. D.M. Sukhtankar, Former Chief Secretary; Maharashtra
- Lt. Gen. Y.D. Sahasrabuddhe, Former Director General Army Service Corps
- Justice S.C. Verma, Former Lokayukta U.P.
- Justice Kamleshwar Nath, Former Judge of Allahabad High Court
- Justice D.K. Trivedi, Former Judge of Allahabad High Court.
- Shri R.C. Tripathi, Former Secy. Genl. Rajya Sabha
- Shri S.A.T. Rizvi, Former Secy. Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India.
- Prof. Banwari Lal Sharma, Formerly of Allahabad University
- Prof. S.K. Agarwal, Former Vice Chancellor Agra University.
- Dr. Bhumitra Dev, Former Vice Chancellor Gorakhpur and Ruhelkhand Universities
- Dr. Veer Bhadra Mishra, Retd. Prof, BHU
- Prof. Waseem Barelwi, Renowned Urdu Poet and Social Activist
- Shri Prakash Singh, Former DG BSF & DGP U.P
- Shri Ram Arun, Former DGP, U.P.
- Dr H.K. Paintal, Former Professor, Lucknow University
- General (Retd) Shankar Roychowdhury, Former General, Indian Army
- Ms Aruna Roy, founder member MKSS