Our team

At WaterAid India, we have a talented and passionate group of professionals committed to make clean water, decent toilets, and good hygiene accessible for everyone, everywhere.

Board members

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Sumit Bose

Sumit Bose, IAS (Retd) was the former Union Finance Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Thereafter, he also served as Member of the Expenditure Management Commission and Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Review Committee. He was also Secretary, Thirteenth Finance Commission. Sumit has a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from London School of Economics and a MA in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1976 as part of the Madhya Pradesh cadre. Currently, he serves as an Independent Director in several companies.

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Ireena Vittal

Ireena Vittal serves as a Senior Advisor at Aspada Investment Advisors. She has been associated with renowned corporates, such as ZyFin Research, McKinsey & Co, and Nestle. Ireena has over two decades of experience as a recognised thought leader looking to build large scale, profitable businesses. She serves as an independent director at Tata Industries, Wipro and Zomato. Ireena is an independent strategic advisor with interest in agriculture and urban development in India. She has also co-authored several studies on agriculture and urbanisation. Ireena holds an MBA diploma from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

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Dr Sara Ahmed

A PhD in Environmental Sociology and an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University (England), Dr Sara was the senior program specialist with International Development Research Centre’s agriculture and environment programme. She has worked on the political economy of water in India for over two decades with various non-governmental organisations on communities vulnerable to drought, flood, and coastal storms. She was also the Chair of the International Gender and Water Alliance, and was a part of the steering committee of the forum for policy dialogue on water conflicts in India.

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Mathew Cherian

Mathew Cherian is a civil engineer from BITS, Pilani and was amongst the first batch of Institute of Rural Management in Gujarat. During his initial years, he worked on oil exploration with Schlumberger and ONGC. His further assignments include senior management posts in Oxfam (UK and India), Plan International, and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). He founded Charities Aid Foundation in India, Credibility and Resource Alliance and also the Human Rights Network. He served as Member of the NGO Task force of the Planning Commission and currently is the Chief Executive of HelpAge India.

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Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai is the Co-founder and Director of Takshashila Institution, an independent centre of research and education in public policy. Prior to setting up Takshashila, Nitin spent more than a decade with the Singapore government shaping its media and communication strategies. He was a gold medalist at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from where he obtained a Master’s in Public Administration. Nitin is a columnist with Business Standard and his articles have been published in a number of national and international publications.

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Ravi Narayanan

Ravi Narayanan is currently Vice-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, International Mentor to the Japan Water Forum and Chair of International Steering Committee of the Water Integrity Network. Previously, he was a member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure and the UN Millennium Task Force on water and sanitation. Ravi was formerly the Asia Director for Action Aid and Chief Executive of WaterAid. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the UK Government.

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Shankar Narayanan

Shankar Narayanan is currently the Senior Social Development Specialist with the Social, Environment and Water Resources Development Unit of the Sustainable Development Department, South Asia Region, World Bank. A development professional with hands on project implementation and project funding experience of over 25 years in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Ethiopia, he holds an MBA from Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand in Gujarat.

Senior management team

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VK Madhavan

Chief Executive

Following a Master’s in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1991, Madhavan commenced working with the Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust in Bikaner. Since then, he has worked with ActionAid and The Hunger Project and subsequently spent eight years working in Uttarakhand with Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag). Prior to joining WaterAid India, Madhavan was the Managing Director of Skills Education Private Limited. He is also a TED Global Fellow and a TED Senior Fellow. An avid reader, he enjoys music and tweets as @vkmadhavan.

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Archana Rathore

Director - Finance and IT

Archana brings on board two decades of experience primarily in the private sector. Post completing her Chartered Accountancy in 1998, she has worked with diverse organisations, commencing with the BBC Media Action Trust. Most recently, Archana was with Dentsply India Private Limited as their Business Controller. Her core competencies include financial management, project management, financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting. Archana is fond of reading and cooking.

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Avinash Kumar

Director- Programme & Policy

Avinash is a Ph.D in Modern History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. A Charles Wallace Post-Doctoral Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies in London University, he has 14 years of work experience. A member of key national networks on a range of development issues, he has also been instrumental as a founder of some new networks on the right to education and governance. Previously associated with Oxfam, Avinash has extensive experience in basic services, governance, policy advocacy, research and campaigns. He tweets as @Avinashkoomar.

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Vikas Kataria

Director - Resource Mobilisation

Vikas has over two decades of experience in the banking sector and recently moved to the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining WaterAid, he was associated with CARE India as the Executive Director for Fundraising, Marketing and Communications. He has also worked with HelpAge India as a Director, responsible for building strategic alliances, partnerships and initiatives for corporate social responsibility. A double post graduate in Business Economics and Psychology and a certified CSR professional, Vikas likes to read and play golf. He tweets as @Vikas1_Kataria.

FAQs

How are our Directors chosen?

Directors are appointed after an approval by the Board of Directors and the appointment is ratified in the Annual General Meeting. They are selected on the basis of their specialization and expertise in the WASH sector and/or corporate governance, as well as on the basis of their willingness to devote time and effort to our cause.

How long are the Directors chosen for?

The Directors are chosen for a period of three years that is renewable for one tenure.

Who choses your Chief Executive?

The Chief Executive is identified, selected and appointed by the Board of Directors.

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WaterAid works in 13+ states, 32 districts and 4 towns of India.