S. Ramadorai, President
S. Ramadorai has been in public service since February 2011 having recently completed a 5 year term in the area of Skill Development. He was CEO of Tata Consultancy Services from 1996 until 2009. Mr. Ramadorai is currently the Chairman of AirAsia (India), Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Tata Technologies Limited and Tata STRIVE. In March 2016, he retired as the Chairman of the Bombay Stock Exchange. Given his keen passion to work for the social sector and community initiatives, he also serves as the Chairman on the Council of Management at the National Institute of Advanced Studies and the Chairman of the Governing Board at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. In recognition of Mr. Ramadorai’s commitment and dedication to the IT industry he was awarded the Padma Bhushan (India's third highest civilian honour) in January 2006. Among his many interests, Mr. Ramadorai is also passionate about photography and Indian classical music.
Sudha Gopalakrishnan, Vice-President
Sudha Gopalakrishnan is one of the founders of Sahapedia, as well as Vice President of Sahapedia's governing body. She has over thirty years of experience in areas relating to policy, management, documentation and research pertaining to multiple aspects of Indian arts and heritage. She received her PhD in Comparative Drama and Masters degree in English Language and Literature. She has prepared three successful nomination dossiers for the recognition of three heritage expressions—Kutiyattam, Vedic Chanting and Ramlila—as UNESCO Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. Sudha was Mission Director, National Mission for Manuscripts, from 2003-2007. She has published 8 books (including original writing, translation and edited volumes) and contributed papers in national and international publications.
J.K. Gupta, Treasurer
J.K. Gupta is the Chief Financial Officer of Tata Technologies, and the ex-Vice President of Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS). He served TCS in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CMC Limited till its merger with TCS in October 2015 and is credited with successful transformation of CMC Limited from a PSU to a successful private enterprise upon its privatization in 2001. Mr. Gupta has around 37 years of professional experience with leading organizations in Information Technology, Media & Entertainment, Steel and Consumer durables industries. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from FMS, Delhi and is a Fellow member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India. In addition, he holds a law degree from Delhi University. He has earned many accolades for academic excellence including Gold medal by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.
Vaibhav Chauhan, Secretary
Vaibhav has trained in managing and conserving heritage. A founder member of Sahapedia, he is its secretary and is responsible for resource development and operations. Vaibhav has top-up degrees in sustainable tourism, digital marketing, IPR, CSR and management from institutions that include IIT-Bombay, National Law University and Harvard Business School. He has worked with the National Mission for Manuscripts and Sangeet Natak Akademi. His passion is to leverage technology to reach travellers, students and enthusiasts. He curates specialised tours in north India, and created India’s first Mobile App (Android) on museums.
Mala Ramadorai is a person of many interests; the foremost is, of course, Classical Music. Having started very young with Carnatic Music it was much later that she changed tracks. The plunge into the Hindustani Style necessitated a temporary suspension of Carnatic Vocal to avoid a transfer of training from one style to another. Now the two reside side by side drawing the best from each other! Small informal engagements with the son's school led to a curiosity with the teaching/learning process. Realizing that formal training in this area would help Mala went back to school! Soon education became a passion-having gained experience in school management, teacher training it was quite a natural transition to corporate employee engagement. Passionate about bringing about awareness to Indian culture, Mala is now engaged in conducting a series of workshops on Indian music, differences and similarities in north and south Indian music and so on.
Osama Manzar is a global leader on the mission of eradicating information poverty from India and global south using digital tools. He is a social entrepreneur, author, columnist, impact speaker, angel investor, mentor, and sits on several government and policy committees in India and on international organisations working in the areas of Internet, access, and digital inclusion. With over 20 years experience, Osama has worked in the areas of journalism, new media, software enterprise and ended up creating Digital Empowerment Foundation that works in India to digitally empower the masses with a footprint of 150 locations and interventions in more than 10 countries, mostly in South Asia.
Ranjit strongly believes in social entrepreneurship towards betterment of human health, education, environment, and culture and skills development and is consistently driving these initiatives and projects. Ranjit has initiated and is learning growth projects for human interest, social development, and innovation in social business, environmental conservation and market consolidation. He is hoping that his emphasis on promoting environmental preservation and focus on innovation to integrate the sector with Social Economics.
Ruchira (Chatterji) Ghose is Tagore National Fellow at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts in New Delhi. She studied Economics at Cambridge University UK, where she took the tripos and her doctorate, teaching and researching at Cambridge for several years. Her book on the Behaviour of Industrial Prices in India was published in 1989. On her return to India after many years abroad she made a conscious decision to move from Applied Economics to Arts Management and research in Art, Craft and Design. From 2010-2015 she headed the National Crafts Museum of India where she oversaw a major rejuvenation project. She is currently working on a project on Indian Textiles under the aegis of the Tagore National Fellowship.
Shyam Saran, 69, is a former Foreign Secretary and has served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change. He is former Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board and currently Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. Saran was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest national award, in January 2011 for his contributions to Civil Service. He writes and speaks regularly on foreign policy, climate change, energy security and national and international security related issues.
R. Ramanan is the Mission Director of the Atal Innovation Mission - a national Innovation initiative NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) set up by the Government of India. R Ramanan was previously Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of CMC Ltd., a subsidiary of the globally acclaimed Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). His illustrious career in the IT industry spans more than three decades when he joined TCS in 1981 after graduating from IIT Mumbai in Electrical Engineering. Ramanan played an instrumental role in the growth of TCS with a variety of responsibilities ranging from software product development, technical marketing, global business development, and general management of large delivery centers of TCS. He is an avid reader, a music enthusiast and a poet in his free time.