Our Members on board: Mumbai
We have got amazing individuals from a range of functional areas willing to support NGOs.
A renowned leader in the advertising industry with over two decades of industry experience. A management graduate from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Umesh began his career with Lintas (now known as Lowe). Post that, he joined Contract Advertising, an organization where he eventually became the CEO in 2008. Over these years, Umesh has worked on the brand strategies of Bajaj Auto, Philips, HSBC, Cadbury, Asian Paints, Shopper’s Stop, Times of India, Amazon and a few NGOs among others.
Taproot India, where Umesh is the CEO, is one of the most talked about and awarded agencies in recent times. Among the agency’s big and important brands are Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Airtel, Marico, TOI and Birla Sun Life. Their ‘I am Mumbai’ campaign for Mumbai Mirror had won a Gold Lion for Film Craft at Cannes in 2012. More recently, Taproot won the Outdoor and Design Lions at Cannes. At Spikes Asia in 2013, Taproot was declared Agency of the year.
Umesh has been a jury member for the Abby and EFFIE awards and an Executive Committee member of the AAAI. In 2012-2013, he was a member of the CII National Committee on Retail. Presently he is on the Consumer Complaints Council of the Advertising Standards Council of India and is a Mancom member of the Advertising Club. He is also on the Advisory Boards of two NGOs and two startup companies.
An engineer by profession, been in the leading edge of high-tech product development (ranging from industrial products for aerospace/defense to compute solutions for storage systems to graphics systems for devices) for the last two decades. Leadership roles spanned across functions and across geographies including US/UK/Poland/Israel/China/India.
Passionate about volunteering and continuous learning involved with numerous NGO’s in education space.
Prabhakar has over 30 years of experience in the advertising industry and is currently Director – Business Strategy with Percept, one of India’s premier entertainment, media and communication firms. He has worked across continents with country assignments in South Africa, East Africa, Greater China and Asia. In 2012 he was a finalist at the prestigious Cannes Lions.
Prabhakar has an MA in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the University of Mumbai. In his spare time he plays jazz guitar and was earlier a Polydor and HMV recording artist. He also qualified in classical piano from the Royal Schools of Music, London.
He was earlier on the board of Love Humanity, an NGO dedicated to prevent child abuse.
A seasoned I.T professional with 17+ years’ experience in I.T industry, Amit Kothari has extensive experience working with and delivering solutions for several Fortune 500 companies. Post Graduate from NMIMS, Mumbai and a BE (Electronics) from Mumbai University, Amit Kothari has significant work experience in U.S as well. His core expertise lies in technology consulting for enterprise applications covering Social, Media & Cloud platforms. He is currently heading Center of Excellence for a large US based MNC.
Rajeshwari (Rajee) is a professional with over 2 decades of experience and expertise in Process automation, Organizational change management, Business Process Transformation, Program management and IT-Operations strategic alignment. She is an alumnus of INSEAD, and a qualified Cost Accountant with experience in Financial Services / Insurance & Media sectors. She is currently Heading Technology and Vice President with Radio Mirchi, India’s leading Radio Channel and a group Company of Times of India
Rajee is fitness freak and is passionate about initiatives in the health, wellness, Women & child welfare sectors. She supports the cause of Isha Vidya. She is also associated with All India Pickle Ball Association in providing marketing and management advice
For more details please visit her LinkedIn profile
Sarath Chandra Divella
Sarath is Country Head of Lionbridge Technologies, the world leader in Localization services.
A post graduate from IIT and IIM Ahmedabad, Sarath started as a management trainee with the Unilever group. In his corporate career spanning 28 years, his major stint was at Unilever where he worked in various functions like Profit Centre Management, Operations Management, Business Development, Commercial Management and Project Management.
Sarath has a passion for teaching and is the founder of the Nalanda program, which is a comprehensive training program for project managers in Lionbridge. He has taught in management institutes, and conducted courses in project management and finance management. Apart from teaching, he takes active interest in NGO activities. He also has a good understanding of NGO operations and challenges, and in the light of his corporate experience provides them with practical solutions for some of their challenges.
Following is the exhaustive list of the current Whiteboard engagements as a Lionbridge Team
NGO: Educate girl
Support : Developing mobile tracking application for their Team Balikas, Developing Visual RTE chart for SMC ( school management committee), Mentoring COO of Educate girls, Supporting on Retention improvement plans of Team balika by provide skill and competency improvement, life skills
NGO: Ekam with Support : On Website design, Application for Donor tracking, Supporting for Dimagi Pilot for neo natal care ( Pregnant women tracking from -9 months to 18months)
NGO: Umang with Support on: Communication and Marketing Strategy
NGO: SShrishti, with Support on: Helping CEO on strategy, Mentoring CEO
NGO: Give India,with Support on: Developing .NET application for Feedback,
NGO: JWG with Support on : Website design and development
NGO: I volunteer – White Board. with Support on : Website design for Whiteboard initiative, Supporting Gyan sessions with infra and trainers.
NGO: Milaap with Support : Provide introduction to decision makers to create awareness among corporate employees on productive micro lending under the philosophy of “ Don’t give fish, Teach fishing and provide a fishing rod
With over 30 Years of experience in IT industry Pravin Gandhi, a Post Graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology USA, has worked with reputed organizations like TCSS and has been a consultant to many more like CMC Ltd etc. With expertise in Software Product Development, Distribution, and Branding, Social Media, Web-content, Creating Company/Product Identity &Training on Communication Skills he has been a very active volunteer with the Whiteboard helping NGO’s on a range of management issues.
For more details please visit his profile at http://pravingandhi.com/profile.htm
A Chartered Accountant by profession Shishir Parikh has over 30 years of experience in the field of financial services. Currently working as an Independent Financial services professional. His previous assignments as CFO Infrastructure Ltd & Senior Vice President GTL Limited are only a few of the Key highlights on his professional journey.
Please visit his LinkedIn profile for more details
Currently working as CEO at PTechBiz Consultancy, Pramod has more than 27+ years of experience in working with Domestic and overseas customers in field of Software Product development, Implementation of enterprise level applications & Setting up and managing Onsite and Offshore Development centers. His contribution to the social sector has been equally impressive through his association with the Rotary International since 1993.
Please visit his LinkedIn profile for more details
Amita Chauhan is the Director Corporate Affairs at Violet Arch Capital Advisors. Prior to joining Violet Arch, Amita has more than 12 years of work experience with non-profits of which 8 years were with GiveIndia where she worked on diverse projects like the Mumbai Marathon and online fundraising. Amita has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communications from Boston University’s College of Communication.
Location: Whiteboard Mumbai