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

Sumit Bose

Sumit Bose

Mr. Sumit Bose was the former Union Finance Secretary and Revenue Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India till his retirement from the Indian Administrative Service, in March 2014. He was also Secretary in the Departments of Expenditure and Disinvestment, Ministry of Finance.

Currently, he serves as an Independent Director on the Boards of several companies and on the Boards of various non-profits such as Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Foundation to Educate Girls Globally, Parivaar Education Society, Charities Aid Foundation, Bharatiya Rural Livelihoods Foundation and Peepul and is the Chairperson of Jal Seva Charitable Foundation.

Mr. Bose was educated at the Doon School, Dehradun, St Stephen's College, Delhi, and the London School of Economics.

Ireena Vittal

Ireena Vittal

Ms. Ireena Vittal is an independent consultant and advisor. She was a partner with   McKinsey & Co, for 16 years. Currently, she is an independent director on several boards including Wipro, HDFC, and Godrej Consumer Products Limited. Ms. Vittal is also on the boards of several non-profits including the Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, Janaagraha, and Foundation to Educate Girls Globally. Prior to McKinsey, Ms. Vittal worked at MaxTouch and Nestle. She is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta

Dr Sara Ahmed

Dr Sara Ahmed

Holding a Ph.D. in environmental sociology from the University of Cambridge, Dr. Sara Ahmed was a faculty member at IRMA (1992-2002) and a Senior Program Specialist, with International Development Research Centre’s Agriculture and Environment programme in Asia (2009-2015). With more than 30 years of experience on gender, water and governance issues in India,  Dr. Ahmed is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research – Pune and the Founder of the Living Waters Museum, a virtual repository on India's water heritage. She serves on the boards of Utthan and Samerth Charitable Trust.

Mathew Cherian

Mathew Cherian

Mr.Mathew Cherian holds an engineering degree from BITS Pilani and is an alumnus of India’s 1st batch of rural managers from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. Mathew was the former Chief Executive of Helpage India where he served for 17 years till his retirement in 2020. He is a Trustee of Guild of Services, Centre for Advocacy and Research, and is the Managing Trustee of Guide Star. He is also the Chairperson of Care India which works with 5 million marginalised women and girl children.

Nitin Pai

Nitin Pai

Mr. Nitin Pai is Co-founder and Director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent networked public policy think tank. Prior to setting up Takshashila, Mr. Pai spent more than a decade with the Singapore government shaping its media & communication strategies in the age of the internet and social media. He was closely involved in Singapore’s National broadband initiatives and liberalisation of the telecom sector.

Mr. Pai is a gold medallist from Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from where he obtained a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree. He was a Singapore Airlines-Neptune Orient Lines undergraduate scholar at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and is an alumnus of National College, Bangalore. He relocated to India in August 2012 to pursue his passion with the Takshashila project.

Ravi Narayanan

Ravi Narayanan

With degrees in Physics (Hons) from Delhi University and Engineering (Masters) from Cambridge University, Mr. Narayanan began his career in the Corporate sector in the UK and India before moving to the "not for profit" sector. In the latter, he was formerly the Asia Director for ActionAid and Chief Executive of WaterAid, UK. He was awarded an honorary CBE by the UK Government in 2009 for water and sanitation services to poor communities in Asia and Africa

Senior management team

VK Madhavan

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 @CeWateraidindia.

Archana Rathore

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.

Vikas Kataria

Vikas Kataria

Director - Resource Mobilisation

Vikas has over two decades of experience in the banking sector and has recently moved to not-for-profits. Prior to joining WaterAid, he was associated with CARE India as the Executive Director for Fundraising, Marketing & Communications and HelpAge India as a Director; building strategic alliances, partnerships and initiatives for CSR. Vikas has also worked with Citibank NA for over a decade holding different business portfolios and with General Motors for about five years. A double post graduate in Business Economics & Psychology and a certified CSR professional, Vikas likes to read and play golf. He tweets as @Vikas1_Kataria.

FAQs

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.

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

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

Know our niche and why our work on water, sanitation and hygiene matters.

Our work

Explore the themes of our work and why they matter.

Our reach in India

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