Dr.Y.V. Malla Reddy
Director - Ecology and HRD,Accion Fraterna RDT - Ecology Centre
Dr. Y.V.Malla Reddy is the Director of Accion Fraterna Ecology Centre (AF Ecology Centre) located in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh. AF Ecology Centre is a sister organisation of Rural Development Trust. Anantapur is chronically drought-prone District in South India. AF Ecology Centre has been currently involved in promoting Sustainable Agriculture and training the rural youth in Job-oriented skills. It is working with about 60000 small & marginal farmers and farm labour spread across 230 villages. Malla Reddy has been working with this organisation for the past 35 years, in various capacities starting from a grassroot social organizer. He has done an MBA and a Ph.D in Human Resources Management. He was a Fullbright Scholar under Indo-American Environmental Leadership Programme in the year 2006. Besides long years of experience at grass root level, he has also been serving in some important policy making bodies of Government related to agriculture and rural development, including as a member in AP State Water Conservation Mission, a member in AP State Land Water Trees Authority, Andhra Pradesh Farmers Welfare Commission, AP State Watershed Advisory Committee etc. He is presently a member of Task Force appointed by the Planning Commission for proposed legislation for the Voluntary Sector. He is in the Board of Many Voluntary Organisations. He has authorised a book titled “ANANTHA PRASTHANAM” Published in 2006.
Kalyani Menon Sen
Director - Ecology and HRD,Accion Fraterna RDT - Ecology Centre
KALYANI MENON-SEN is a feminist researcher and activist who has been working for over twenty-five years on issues of women's rights, particularly the impacts of neoliberal economic policies on women. She has contributed to critiques of urbanisation policies in India and the development of tools and methodologies for economic literacy for grassroots groups. Her focus is on building links between advocacy for change in macroeconomic policies, and communities who are directly experiencing a crisis of survival. She has written and campaigned on issues of violence against women, particularly state violence and its linkage with economic policies. Kalyani is a member of Gender At Work, an international collective of practitioners working on gender issues in organisational settings. She is also associated with INSAF, a coalition of action groups and organisations who are challenging and resisting corporate globalisation.
Director Jan Vikas
Organizational Development interventions.
He has helped many feminist organizations with their internal change processes.
He now focuses on governance and accountability of non profit.
He also continues his association as mentor to Centre for Social Justice and as a promoter and resource person for Centre for Governance Studies.
He is in the Board of many other organizations in India, like YUVA, NIRANTAR. Drishti, ECONET, WASSAN, Navsarjan et al.
Shri Chaturvedula.Uday Shankar
Trustee – WASSAN and Advisor NRM,Centre for World Solidarity
Shri Udayashankar has been a development professional in the fields of natural resources management and and rural energy. He worked with AFPRO a reputed development agency in India, for a long period. He is passionate about potential contribution and roles of Civil Society Organizations in India and also concerned about transparency and accountability of public systems and CSOs. Gandhiji never distinguished between national character and personal character of any person including himself. Transparency and accountability demand nullification of the concept of privacy in any one's life and that of any Nation. That was why Gandhiji's life was an open book.
Dr. Vijay Rukmini Rao
Independent Consultant and Executive Director, Gramya Resource Centre for Women
Dr V Rukmini Rao is an activist promoting women's rights, child rights and accountability in government. With a Ph.D in Psychology from University of Delhi, she has worked at the National Labour Institute, New Delhi, Public Enterprises, Centre for Continuing Education in the Ministry of Industries and with NORAD, Norwegian Development Agency. Living in New Delhi, she became involved in the campaign to stop dowry deaths of young newly married women. After involving with protest movement, she founded Saheli Resource Centre for Women in 1981 with a group of friends to provide a safe place for women who needed support. The group provided feminist counselling and practical help to women facing domestic violence to rebuild their lives. Through the 1980s, Saheli as part of the women's movement was involved in bringing about new legislation to promote women's rights (change in rape law, anti-sati legislation, PCPNDT Act and Section 498A recognizing domestic violence for the first time). Rukmini moved to Hyderabad and worked with the Deccan Development Society, Medak district to promote the rights of dalit women farmers and increase food security and bio-diversity. She also worked as the Executive Director, Centre for World Solidarity. Since 1997 she is working with Gramya Resource Centre for Women to prevent female feticide and infanticide. Currently as the Executive Director of Gramya, she supports a number of voluntary organizations across the country to promote women's right to land. She has travelled widely in Europe promoting understanding of development issues and has campaigned for women's rights. She has served on several state and national government committees including the 10th and 12th Five Year Plan working groups. Awards: Woman of the Year 2014, recognition by The Week Magazine L’oreal Paris, Femina Award, 2015, for Social Impact
Trustee-WASSAN, Executive Director Jana Jaagriti (Ananthapur)
P Balaram hails from an agriculture family in Penukonda Mandal, Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh. After completing his masters in sociology, he started his career as development activist in Anantapur district in 1979. During 35 years of his career, he gained experience in different sectors – unions of agriculture labors; theater as a means of ensuring rights for marginalized farmers, environmental protection and drought proofing mechanisms. Currently he heads a voluntary organization “Jana Jaagriti” that promotes community based natural resource management programs, watershed management, rights over common pool resources and groundwater management.