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    Sarthak Educational Trust | Empowering The Differently Abled

    National Advisory Board


    Krishan Kalra, President, NAAI and Former President, AIMA

    An engineer by training, Krishan Kalra worked in the corporate world for 38 years, followed by 7 years as additional secretary general of FICCI and another 3 as secretary general of the Phd chamber. He is past president of all India management association. He has also served on the board of governors of IIMC Kolkata for 5 years and as a member of the Phd chamber mg. Committee for nearly 20 years. Since early 2010, Mr Kalra does only voluntary work in the areas of skill development, health care, environment conservation and empowerment of the differently abled.

    Ranjan Chopra, MD, Team Computers

    Shri Ranjan Chopra is the Managing Director of Team Computers, a 25-year-old company with 1100 members. After graduating from IIT Kanpur in 1983, he worked in Philips and Apple. He has a keen passion for music and plays the saxophone. He has built a platform called Zorba, where great musical experiences happen.


    Lov Verma, Former Secretary, DePwD, Government of India

    Lov Verma is a retired officer of the Indian Administrative Service of the 1978 batch, Uttar Pradesh Cadre with extensive administrative experience of more than 37 years spanning a wide range of assignments, including 3 years as Secretary to Government of India. He has served at senior positions in the Government of Uttar Pradesh in the State Departments of Health, Finance, Industry, Public Works and others and have done field assignments as District Magistrate and Divisional Commissioner in UP. He also served as Principal Secretary to the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.

    He played a seminal role in the successful campaign for eradication of Polio, introduction of free third line treatment for HIV/AIDS patients and the mainstreaming of accessibility issues for persons with disabilities in India. While handling delivery of health services, he engaged with issues of financing, personnel, creation of infrastructure and extensive coordination with multilateral agencies in the field of public health. He superannuated on January 31, 2016 as Secretary to Government of India, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disability, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

    Sandeep Bhargava,CEO & Founder, Leap Edtech

    Sandeep Bhargava ji is the former Executive Vice President, Vodafone India Ltd. Further, Experienced with a demonstrated history of working in the Corporate Affairs & Public Policy domain in telecommunications industry professional. He is also :

    • • Member-Executive Council PECOSA(College Alumni)
    • • Chairman-Telecom Committee for European Business Group
    • • National Advisory Board Member-Sarthak Educational Trust
    • • Vice President-National Abilympics Association Of India(NAAI)


    Reva Nayyar, Chairman, Board of Community Friendly Movement

    Mrs. Reva Nayyar is serving as Chairman on the Board of Community Friendly Movement & as Director in Essel Social Welfare Foundation. She is also chairperson of Bal Sahyog. Mrs. Nayyar has over 30 years wide experience in Public administration and Human resource management with varied exposure to governance at the center and state level as well as in State public sector undertakings and the Union parliament.

    Ajay Kanchan, Chief Editor & CEO, Media Today

    Mr. Ajay is CEO of Media Today, which is one of the pioneers of media monitoring and evaluation of media coverage in India and also the director of Delhi based Centre for Advocacy & Communication.

    He is a versatile Bollywood director with 32 Years of experience in journalism, corporate communication, and development sector. His works such as ‘Poison on the Platter’ and ‘Aisa Kyon Hota Hai’ earned great praise and awards. His “Innovative Communication Project on HIV/AIDS” was ranked as one of the three “Most Innovative Communication Projects in the World” by the UN Conference on Children and Media in Rio in 2004.


    Dr. Sudhir Gupta, Vice President, NAAI

    Dr Sudhir Gupta is the former director of Cygnus Medicare Private Limited, New Delhi, India. Prior to this, he was The President, Board of Governors, Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Delhi.

    Supriyo Gupta, CEO, Torque Communications

    Supriyo Gupta is a leading communications consultant, entrepreneur and media specialist with over a decade of experience in journalism and over two decades of public relations consulting to India’s leading companies and a host of Fortune 500 firms. Over the past decade and a half, he has built two leading public relations firm, including Torque Communications. Supriyo founded Digilogue Communications, a digital venture with investment from Silicon Valley investors.


    Anuradha Bhavnani, Former Regional Director, Shell Foundation

    Over the years, Anuradha have worked across sectors from Oil and Gas, Energy , Waste to value, Urbanisation ,Sustainable cities and, Agriculture . She has supported and co-created early stage pioneering social enterprises and led Non Executive Board roles with Not for profits and For profits. A Business professional with a wide range of experience with Large Corporations and Social Enterprises. My strength is in strategic leadership ,co-creating pioneers, stakeholder management ,change management, creating inclusive business and finally connecting the dots. Over the last 13 years she have worked at the Shell Foundation (UK based Registered Entity) with social enterprises, not for profits, Incubators ,accelerators, DFIs and Multilaterals & Government to build social enterprises from early stage to scale, building ecosystems and creating sectoral reform to impact millions.

    Raj Kapur, Advisory Board Member, Sarthak

    MR. RAJ KAPUR has a chequered career in the corporate world in India for a period of almost 40 years. Starting as a Management Trainee in July 1974, and superannuating in 2016, as the Chief of JCT Electronics Limited, which was the largest manufacturer of Electronics and part of the Thapar Group of Industries, where he continues to be advisor for new projects. During the course of his career, he worked in diversified industries like BILT (Paper), SEHGAL PAPER (Snotex Tissue), STERLING STEELS & WIRES LTD. (Steel Wire) and JCT ELECTRONICS LIMITED (Electronics)

    He Served as President of ELCINA, the association of Electronics Manufacturers in India. He was on JBCs of Indo - Russia, Indo-Turkey, Indo-South Africa and Indo-Romania Trade of FICCI. He was a part of the Task force set-up by the Government of India, PM’s office for development of Electronics manufacturing in India. He also served on the Executive Council of Electronics and Software Exports Council (ESC). Also he was a part of the advisory group to the Government of India for WTO related issues.

    He is actively involved in service of the society by being on the Advisory Board of SARTHAK – A reputed Educational Trust in the space of Advocacy, Skills training and Employment to the disabled. He serves on the board of National Abilympic Association of India (NAAI) as a National Secretary which is in the space of organizing competitions of skills amongst the disabled. NAAI organizes competitions of skills display by the disabled. He is a Founder and Principal Associate of StepAhead Consultants, a consulting group in the space of Strategy, Marketing . Growth and Restructuring.


    SK Gupta, Former DDG, Department of Telecommunication, GOI

    Mr. SK Gupta is retired from DOT and presently working with Sarthak from last one year in the capacity of National Advisory Board Member. He works closely with operations, finance and program team to ensure the development graph rising.

    Siddhartha Rastogi MD, Ambit Investment Advisors Pvt Ltd

    Rastogi ji has over 2 decades of financial services experience & heads the Asset management arm of Ambit Group, a full service Investment bank. Siddhartha is a forward looking thinker and writes regularly on life & living and Investments in various magazines & online journals. Siddhartha also head the CSR division of Ambit Group. He is author of 8 minute decision a book which helps one to effective decision making.

    Siddhartha Rastog
    Atul Bhatnagar

    Atul Bhatnagar, Former COO, NSDC

    Atul Bhatnagar is the former COO of NSDC. He left in Nov 2015 and found his inner calling to become an Advisor to Start-ups and Not-for-profit organizations in the field of Skill Development, Education, Renewable Energy and Fintech. He is currently associated with Pan IIT Alumni Reach for India (PARFI), Sun Moksha, Prepmyskills, Sri Sri Rural Development Program (SSRDP) and is also an Adjunct Professor at NIST, Berhampur, Odisha.

    Dr (Brig) RK Gupta, Paediatrics, Indian Army

    Mr. Brigadier Dr. R.K. Gupta currently a consultant in paediatrics and a medical administrator.

    Graduated from MAMC Delhi followed with a post-graduation from Pune University. Obtained his doctorate in paediatrics from Gujarat University. He joined the Indian Army in 1965 and after some years in forward areas and active participation in 1971 war, joined field of paediatrics followed by medical administration.

    After voluntary retirement from the army in 2001, he was appointed the position of Medical Director of the Batra Hospital and held that position for 6 years; followed by working as a professor and head of department of paediatrics at a medical institute in Bareilly. Has been associated with the National Disaster Management Activity as an expert in many committees for preparation of national guidelines for chemical/biological disasters, floods etc.

    Associated with Sarthak for nearly 2 years and specially involved in its early intervention programs.

    Dr (Brig) RK Gupta
    Bhushan Punani

    Bhushan Punani, Executive Secretary, BPA

    Dr. Bhushan Punani is at present working as General Secretary of the Blind People’s Association, Ahmedabad, one of the most leading disability development NGOs in the country. He is also President of the International Council for Education of Persons with Visual Impairment (ICEV), West Asia.

    He joined BPA after completion his Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (SPA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and the completed his LL.B as well as PhD from Gujarat University and Course in Vocation Rehabilitation from Haifa University, Israel.

    He has worked as members of number of national level national level committee including the one that drafted national legislation for India. He is also the member of Central Advisory Board as per provisions of Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. He is also member of Advisory Committee on Accessible Elections appointed by Election Commission of India.

    Recently, he was conferred National Leadership IIM Bangalore Singhania Award as well National Accessible Voting Award – both awards presented by H E President of India, Shri Ram Kovind. He was also honoured with Distinguished Alumnus Award of Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

    Prof. M P Poonia, VC, AICTE

    Dr. M.P. Poonia is specialized in the field of Mechanical Engineering (IC Engines, Gas Dynamics, Ref. & AC), Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development. He is M.Tech (Thermal Engg.) and Ph.D (IC Engines) from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He possesses a vast experience of 30 years. He has published more than 90 research papers in National and International Journals & Conferences and published 10 books and developed 02 Lab Manuals. He has guided a number of M.Tech and Ph.D dissertation. Dr. Poonia is a Member of ISTE & Society of Automotive Engineers.

    Dr. MP Poonia is presently serving as Vice Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education since 20th January, 2017.

    Prof. M P Poonia
    Dr. SM Gupta, GCPO, Startek

    Dr. SM Gupta, GCPO, Startek

    Dr. S.M.Gupta steers the Human Resource function for 46,000 strong workforce of Startek, spread across 13 countries and 46 global locations as the Global Chief People Officer. He brings with him over 30 years of HR experience across IT, ITES, Telecom, Retail, Oil and FMCG sectors. He has been instrumental in the company winning numerous distinct HR awards from Aon, SHRM, BW Business world among others. A distinguished speaker and a thought leader at various forums and associations, SM is committed to working towards creating a progressive workplace, and is a true believer in inclusion and diversity.

    Deepak Chhabra, MD, Tupperware

    Deepak Chhabra is managing director at Tupperware India. In his more than two decades of experience, he has held leadership roles in companies such as Crocs, Reliance Retail, Skechers, and Asics, among others. Chhabra, who has a postgraduate degree in footwear technology and in marketing from Footwear Design and Development Institute in Delhi, started his career in 1996 with Phoenix International as regional manager. He joined Tupperware after Crocs India, where he was CEO and managing director for three years. He has been instrumental in ramping up business at Crocs as well as building operational infrastructure of Reliance Retail.

    Deepak Chhabra, MD, Tupperware