Board

Tilak Mikherji President
Co-Founder & Chairman: Sigma Research, India; Co-Founder, Chairman and Senior Partner, Median Consultants, Dubai. Started career with ORG (now Nielsen), spent 5 years with IMRB, a few months with ULKA (Now FCB ULKA) and then joined Mode in 1986 and continued till April 30, 2008 with TNS Mode and finally TNS India. Now, founded Median Consultants, Dubai; helped set up Sigma Research and Consulting, Delhi. He is an MSc (Hons) in Mathematics from BITS, Pilani. Tilak has about 30 years of social and marketing research experience in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other countries such as the Maldives, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. He was a director on the board (and stakeholder) of Mode / TNS Mode / TNS India (1986 - 2008), and the de facto Managing Director of MRC-MODE Bangladesh (1996 – 2002) and TNS Lanka (2004 – 2008). He was the co-founder promoter of GfK ME, Dubai and Saudi Arabia (in 2008), and was its Chairman, till August 2012. He is the co-founder promoter, and Chairman and Senior Partner of Median Consultants, Dubai. Tilak has had as clients virtually all MNC companies in the commercial sector, and a wide range of international multi and bi lateral donor and development agencies and Government departments in the social development sector. His papers (co-authored) have been published / presented in many Indian and international fora. He was instrumental for the phenomenal growth of the Social Research Unit of TNS India, and the dramatic turnaround of TNS Lanka during 2004 – 2008 (including the setting up of a social research unit that was a major contributor to this growth), apart from engineering the growth of various SBUs of TNS India e.g. Mumbai. To know more about Tilak Mukherji, please visit the website www.sigma-india.in
Kiran Aggarwal Vice President
Smt. Kiran Aggarwal is a retired Senior IAS Officer (1964 batch) who had served as Secretary to the Government of India, Principal Adviser [Planning Commission] and Additional Secretary in Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions. She has rendered distinguished services in the Department of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Urban Affairs and Employment, Department of Urban Employment & Poverty Alleviation, etc. She was also the chairperson of the Kiran Aggarwal Committee constituted in October 2013 to Review the content and Duration of Induction Training of IAS Officers. The committee submitted its report in February 2014 to Department of Personnel and Training, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievance and Pensions.
Anil Singh Treasurer
He is the Secretary General of SANSAD (South Asian Network for Social & Agricultural Development). The organizations vision is to make South Asia free from hunger and poverty. To know more about the organization please visit www.sansad.org.in .
Usha Rai Secretary
Smt. Usha Rai, who mainstreamed women issues in the media. Right from the first major report by Phulrenu Guha and Veena Majumdar on the status of Women in the country, to Ela Bhatt’s Shram Shakti report on the women in the unorganized sector, she has been focusing with sensitivity on women’s issues. Among the major women related stories she has broken are the rape of Bhanwari Devi of Rajasthan, atrocities on Usha Dhiman of U.P, assault on Jain Sadhavis in M.P. and an investigative report on the widows of Vrindavan. Usha Rai started her carrier as a press reporter thirty-nine years back. She has since then published many books and specializes in the Development and Education sector, Women’s Issues, Environment and Rural Development as well as NGO movements. She is also the founder member of the Indian Women’s Press Corp in New Delhi. At present she is serving in the coveted post of a Deputy Director, Press Institute of India. Usha Rai, a pioneer in writing on women’s empowerment issues has been focusing on the falling sex ratio of the girl child due to sex selective abortions. She is the recipient of the Chameli Devi Award and FAO UN Award
Sumita Ghose Member
Sumita Ghose is the founder and executive director of Rangsutra, an organization of Craftspeople who own shares and have a stake in the company. She has close to 20 years of experience of working with rural communities in remote areas of India in order to bring about social and economic change. From forming women's health collectives and self-help groups aimed at economic self-reliance, to mobilizing village communities to run primary education programs for their children, Sumita has worked extensively at the grassroots. Sumita has a master’s degree in economics from Mumbai University, India. She has a second masters in conflict resolution from the Eastern Mennonite University in the US as a Fulbright Fellow. Sumita is also a recipient of the MacArthur and Ashoka Fellowships in India. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the India Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. To know more visit www.rangasutra.com
Tasneem Ahmadi Member
Supreme Court Lawyer
Prashanto Sen Member
Prashanto Chandra Sen completed his B.A in History (Hons.) from St. Stephens College, University of Delhi. He went on to do his LLB from the University of Delhi and completed the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) Course from the University of Oxford, UK. He began his career as an associate in Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff And Company. Thereafter, he worked under Dr. A.M. Singhvi, Senior Advocate and subsequently under Mr. C.A. Sundaram, Sr. Advocate. He is now practicing independently and has put in 18 years of practice. His core area of practice consists of civil/commercial litigation. He has been involved in cases relating to land acquisition, mining, electricity, environmental law, municipal law, labour law, service law and commercial/contractual law. He was one of the four Additional Standing Counsels for New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) for seven years which is the premier Municipal body in New Delhi responsible for Lutyen’s Delhi. Currently, he is also on the panel to represent the Competition Commission of India (CCI) in various cases. He appears in a number of fora apart from the Supreme Court and Delhi High Court. He has also been appearing in the National Green Tribunal (NGT), Appellate Tribunal for Electricity (APTEL), Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), Mines & Minerals Tribunal and Competition Appellate Tribunal (COMPAT). He has also been involved in international commercial arbitrations under the aegis of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and London Council of International Arbitration (LCIA).
Mathew Cherian Member
Mathew has worked in the area of rural development with cooperatives, in association with the National Dairy Development Board. He was a consultant to voluntary agencies and to the National Wastelands Development Board. His further assignments include the post of Director, Oxfam, UK and India, Programme Director, South Asia, Plan International, and Country Representative, Charities Aid Foundation. He is the Founder of Association of Third Sector Researchers in India, Resource Mobilization Network in India, Campaign for Human Rights (Dalits and Tribals), and CAF India. Mathew serves full time as Chief Executive of HelpAge India.
Harmala Gupta Member
CanSupport was founded in 1996 by Harmala Gupta, a cancer survivor. Its purpose is to reach out to people with cancer and bring about a holistic and lasting transformation in their lives. CanSupport runs 12 Home Care teams – comprising doctors, nurses and counselors trained in palliative care – provide symptom control and pain relief and emotional and spiritual support to 750 patients with advanced cancer at any given time. They work in collaboration with various healthcare institutions in Delhi, including the Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital (IRCH) at AIIMS. CanSupport also run supportive Day Care programmes and peer based self-help groups for cancer patients and their families through experienced and dedicated volunteers. A telephone helpline, manned by trained staff, offers information, referrals and confidential emotional support to those who cannot visit in person (+91-11-26711212, Mon-Fri, 9.30am – 5.30pm ISD). Till date, CanSupport remains the largest home-based Palliative Care organization in the country and the only one providing comprehensive Home Care services to the whole of Delhi & the NCR. More than 18,000 people (patients and their families), largely from the underprivileged sections of our society, have already benefited from this care. All CanSupport services are free of charge as they are aimed at the most needy. For more, information please visit: www.cansupport.org .
Pritpal Marjara Member
Pritpal Marjara is the Managing Director of Population Service International in India. Mr. Marjara holds a Master's degree in Information Technology. Mr. Marjara has over 15 years of diverse professional experience in social marketing, behaviour change communication, research and Information Technology. Mr. Marjara began his career as IT professional developing software programs. He started his career in development sector at PSI where he managed complex health programs in diverse geographical, social and cultural setting in India. He had progressive responsibilities, culminating the program leadership, within PSI's `Avahan` program with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which involved the delivery of services in management and treatment sexually transmitted infections in the areas with high prevalence of HIV. He speaks in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. To know more visit www.psi.org.in .
Rajdeep Sardesai Member
Rajdeep Sardesai is a senior journalist and author of the best-selling book, '2014: The Election that Changed India'. With 26 years of journalistic experience in print and TV, Sardesai was managing editor of the NDTV network before he set up the IBN 18 network with channels like CNN IBN as founder editor. He began his career with the Times of India and was the city editor of its Mumbai edition at the age of 26. He is presently a consulting editor with the India Today Group and anchors a prime time show on India Today. Specialising in national politics, Sardesai has won numerous awards for journalistic excellence including the prestigious Padma Shri for Journalism in 2008, the International Broadcasters Award for coverage of the 2002 Gujarat riots, and the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Award for 2007. He has also won the Asian Television Awards 2014 for Best News Presenter in Asia for the coverage of the 2014 general elections. He has been News Anchor of the Year at the Indian Television Academy for eight of the last ten years and his programme Big Fight won the Asian TV award for best talk show twice in a row. He has been the President of the Editors Guild of India and was also chosen as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000. Sardesai writes a fortnightly column across several newspapers, including the Hindustan Times. An Oxford blue at cricket, he completed his Masters and LLB from Oxford University after graduating in economics from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai.
Salman Haidar Member
Former Indian Foreign Secretary and Ambassador to China. During his tenure Ambassador Haidar has served as the Indian ambassador to the United Kingdom and Bhutan, and as first secretary and deputy to the ambassador in Afghanistan. From 1977-80, Haidar was the minister/deputy permanent representative of India at the United Nations in New York. In New Delhi, he also served as Secretary East, and spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs and later chief of protocol, among other diplomatic positions. Ambassador Haidar has also been a senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace, Washington DC. A native of Aligarh, Salman Haidar joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1960 and retired as Foreign Secretary in 1997. He has served in Egypt, the UK, Afghanistan and the United Nations. He was India’s ambassador to Bhutan between 1980 and 1983.

Staff

Mario CEO
With many years of administrative and training-related work experience, he brings to Charkha a mature understanding of managerial and coordinating practices that are expected to facilitate the efficient and effective use of the available resources, while streamlining Standard Operating Procedures in Project and Office Management.
Sanjay IT Admin
A part of the Charkha family since its early years, Sanjay maintains the organization’s website, creates the bimonthly e-newsletters and resolves any impediments at work – whether administrative, Accounts and Finance.