As the President, Ms. Jindal works towards building India that will empower its youth to unleash their potential; build bridges between its rural hinterland and urban economy; strive for a higher quality of life for people in and around the areas of JSPL’s operations; leverage the power of education and vocational training; pay utmost attention to healthcare for the underprivileged and celebrate India’s values, arts, culture and traditions and preserve its heritage.
Co-Founder of NextGen
Abhishek is the Co-Founder of NextGen, one of India's largest CSR Management companies. NextGen currently works with more than 150 companies across the entire CSR lifecycle right from project design, partner selection, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, impact assessment and compliance. Currently NextGen is managing CSR projects worth INR 1000 crore annually. NextGen is the first and only VC funded company in the CSR space in India. NextGen has built India's first of its kind cloud, mobile and big data enabled IT Platform for CSR Management currently being used by Fortune 500 companies, donor agencies and more than 1000 NGOs to collect, monitor and report social impact at the last mile on a real time basis.
Abhishek did his engineering from BITS-Pilani and MBA from IIM-Bangalore. He was chosen as part of the Forbes 30under30 in India and as one of Young Achievers in the technology space by Vogue India. He has been covered and quoted in Economic Times, Mint, Wall Street Journal, Forbes amongst others.
General Secretary, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (JAC) Society
Mr. Amod K. Kanth is a social entrepreneur, an institutional development expert, and a former- highly compassionate and incisive police leader with more than 34 years’ experience in pro active and innovative governance. He is best known as a voice and redeemer of the marginalized and un-reached living in sub- human conditions in various parts of the country. For the past 22 years, Mr. Kanth has also been engaged in raising Prayas JAC Society, a national level organization of international acclaim, envisioned to restore lost childhood of “Children in Need of Care and Protection”. As the founder Secretary of Prayas JAC, he played a very crucial role in the delivery and convergence of the most intensely felt-needs of the poor and deprived children, youth and women with various policies and programs of Indian government agencies, UN systems and civil society action groups for building an integrated socio systemic environment for them. This organization has now emerged as a model good practice with national and international recognitions not only for its pro-poor and child development activities but also for the socio-economic empowerment of the marginalized communities in different parts of the country. Today, through 231 centres spread over 08 States/UTs from Andaman & Nicobar Islands to Arunachal Pradesh, Prayas directly serves nearly 50,000 beneficiaries.
Recently, as the Team Leader of the National level study on Child Abuse (the Indian chapter of the UN study on the Global Violence against Children)sponsored by the Govt. of India, Unicef and the Save the Children UK, he has helped singularly in the national level policy and program development in the country. He has also led the UNODC sponsored project on Victims’ Assistance and Law Enforcement in Counter Trafficking besides a number of action projects, such as, Government of India supported SSA project and the USAID sponsored programme on Alternative Education directly mainstreaming about 9000 out- of-school children. His core interest lies in institutional development and cooperation, creating livelihood options, social service and social action for the vulnerable groups and programme management. He has played catalytic roles in promoting various development institutions within and outside the government for social change and socio-economic transformation. His understanding of the socio-economic dynamics and challenges of Bihar (during his 22 months study leave from police service to work for the homeless led him to set-up a number of action projects for the marginalized children, youth and women in areas of alternativeeducation, livelihood options and child protection in the districts of Motihari, Samastipur, Nalanda, Bagaha and Patna with promotion of local initiatives and participation of the state government.
Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia
Mr. Ashok Sajjanhar, who has Honors and Masters Degree in Physics from Delhi University, commenced his service career as a Staff Officer in one of India’s largest Public Sector Banks – Bank of India. Switching to a career in diplomacy, Mr. Sajjanhar has held various significant positions in Indian Embassies in Moscow, Teheran, Geneva, Dhaka, Bangkok, Washington, Brussels and Astana. Mr. Sajjanhar was awarded the President's Gold Medal by the Government of Kazakhstan, the National Award by the Government of Latvia, and Title of ''Ambassador for Peace'' by the Universal Peace federation, an Organisation in consultative status with the United Nations, New York. Mr. Sajjanhar’s professional interests include International Trade and during his assignment in Geneva from 1988 to 1992, he made significant contribution while representing India in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade negotiations. He continued to negotiate on behalf of India up to 1994. Mr. Sajjanhar has held the position of Director, Indian Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi where he introduced many innovative methods in training curriculum. Mr. Sajjanhar has been an active participant in various International Seminars organized by UNCTAD and WTO. He has participated as Resource Person and Speaker at several Conferences on the Multilateral Trading System in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Papua New Guinea, Seoul, Geneva, etc. A keen proponent of Indian culture, he was the Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre in Moscow where he was instrumental in ushering in a new paradigm in cultural diplomacy. Mr. Sajjanhar was the Deputy Chief of Mission as well as the Deputy Permanent Representative of India to UN-ESCAP during his assignment in Bangkok from 2000 to 2003. He was Deputy Chief of Mission in the Mission to European Union, Belgium and Luxemburg from 2005 to 2007 and Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Sajjanhar is fluent in English, Hindi and Russian and has a working knowledge of French and Persian. His other interests include reading, music and Indian culture. His wife Mrs. Madhu Sajjanhar is an economist and educationist by training and is a keen painter. They have a son and a daughter, both of whom are keenly interested in and proficient in music.
MBBS PhD FCCP
Associate Professor, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, India and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA
Head, Centre of Excellence for Translational Research in Asthma & Lung Disease
Anurag Agrawal is a principal scientist at the CSIR Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB), where he leads the Center of Excellence for Translational Research in Asthma & Lung disease (TRiAL) and the CSIR program for Enabling Affordable Community Health through Information Technology (EACH-IT). He graduated in medicine from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1994, followed by specialization in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, and Critical Care from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, (2003) and a PhD in physiology. After serving as a faculty member at Baylor, he joined IGIB in 2007. His research in respiratory health has covered a full spectrum from molecular pathobiology to informatics and epidemiology, leading to his being awarded the Shanti Swaroop Bhatnagar award for Medical Sciences in 2014 and the Wellcome Trust India Alliance senior fellowship in 2015. He has previously received the Lady Tata Young Researcher Award and the Swarnjayanti Fellowship of the Department of Science and Technology. Dr. Agrawal believes health data analytics to be the new frontier of medicine and is actively engaged in promoting the confluence of medicine and informatics through research and as an academic council member of the Public Health Foundation of India.
Educationist and Social Activist and former actress
Ms. Rawal has obtained a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Worcester in England. She has done her doctoral thesis on using drama to enhance life skills in children with learning disabilities. She has been a leading expert in this field. She has recently written a book titled Learning Disabilities in a Nutshell: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia. She describes the book as an introduction to various forms of learning disabilities to parents.
Ms. Rawal has now taken her specialty to the practical level. For the last few years she has been training primary school teachers in Gujarat on using theatre as a means to develop life skills. She works under the auspices of the Gujarat Council for Educational Research and Training.
Ms. Rawal is married to actor Paresh Rawal, and also directs and acts in plays starring her husband. Paresh and Swaroop have two sons Aniruddh and Aditya