Mr Bodhi S.R. is a Dalit and Tribal Social Work Scholar. He has completed MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai and M.Phil from NIMHANS, Banglore. Mr Bodhi is an Assistant Professor at TISS. He has been on a Linnaeus-Palme International Exchange Programme, University of Gavle, Sweden. He has more than 28 national and international articles and seminar paper publications to his credit. His few project work are (i) Mapping Adivasi realities across India with special focus on land holdings, socio-cultural, politico economic status, citizenship and struggles (ii) To advocate for a distinct tribal epistemology in Indian academia. Mr Bodhi is the Editor of Indian Journal of Dalit and Tribal Social Work, also a Member of International Journal of Management and Social Sciences, IRDA, Ranchi. Mr Bodhi is the Member of Advisory Committee on Tribal Development, Ministry of Rural Development and Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Government of India, New Delhi. He is the Convener of Tribal Intellectual Collective India and Dalit and Tribal Social Work International Collective. Mr Bodhi is the board member of Insight Foundation, Delhi and North East Research and Social Work Network, Korkrajhar.
Ms Chetna Birje (Adv.) is a social activist, researcher and a lawyer. Her educational background is LLB from Mumbai University, Personal Management, Computer Management and B. Com from Mumbai University. She has been involved with the National Mission for Empowerment of Women as a Senior Researcher at New Delhi and Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), State Coordinator, at Mumbai. Adv. Birje also worked as legal office for Prisoner Rights including the juveniles. She has been part of various fact finding teams on the issues of Dalit Rights, Atrocities against Women, Human Rights to name few. Adv. Birje is an eminent trainer on various subjects; recently she was been invited by the legal forum in the USA to present her paper. She has various Publications to her credit in the areas of law and human rights.
Mr Dhiraj Rankhambe is MA in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from K.J. Somaiya College of Arts & Commerce. He has received formal training on subjects like Large and Small group Conflict Resolving Techniques, How to make International Trade Fairs effective for Community Based Enterprises and Art Based Therapy Program to name a few.
A professional having more than 2 decades of rich experience in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Livelihood Development, Disaster Management, Fair Trade Action and Advocacy, Care-Protection-Development of Children and People Leaving at risk, Youth Skill Development and Employability, Community Development and Fund Raising.
He has been a trainer to the senior cadre of Public Sector Units through the National CSR Hub. He has expertise on subjects like Organization Development Processes, Strategic Marketing for Community Enterprise products, Setting up livelihood program a transition from microfinance to livelihood and to enterprise, a process of change, Strategies for effectively engage with children and people leaving at risk, How to build employees engagement in CSR, How to build strategic CSR for your organization, Strategic Disaster Management Response, Recovery and Rehabilitation.
His work has been acknowledge in the areas of building Public Private Partnership with government ITI, Affirmative Action programs, HIV/AIDS awareness campaign through volunteers, Youth Earn and Learn Program, Developing CSR engagement for Employees and Supply Chain and CSR as Business strategy. He had been the member of the CII Western Region Committee on Affirmative Action and Skill Development and member of several NGO’s.
Mr Rankhambe have been the Head CSR Advisory/ Vice President with Consulting Companies, Global Head CSR at Crompton Greaves Ltd., Manager CSR western and southern region with DLF Ltd, Program Officer Easter Region and Head of Tsunami Relief & Rehabilitation programs with Railway Children UK, Program Officer – Community Business Enterprises with International Resources for Fairer Trade (IRFT), Territory Manager, Marketing with SPANCO Telesystems Ltd., Research Investigator with Phd Scholar from the Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands.
Mr Rankhambe facilitated the learning of African Delegation on the understanding “Why Asian Community Based Enterprises (CBE) is more successful than that of African”. He represented IRFT at the international partners meet hosted by “Traidcraft Exchange/ PLC” in New Castle, UK and Indian CBO’s at the 6th Biennial IFAT Conference held at Arusha, Tanzania. He represented Crompton Greaves Limited at the 9th Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility held at Kuala Lumpur.
Mr EN Venkat, is a Partner at Aavishkaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) and leads its first regional fund – the Aavishkaar Frontier Fund (AFF). Founded in 2002, the Aavishkaar – Intellecap Group now manages assets of over USD 650 million and have directed over USD 1 Billion of Capital to entrepreneurs working on scaleable inclusive businesses. Mr Venkat has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services and Corporate sector in different parts of Asia. He brings a multidisciplinary capability to a variety of business situations and finds ways to take it forward into the global marketplace.
Ms Kshama R. Kaushik has Master’s Degree from Tata Institute of Social Science, with specialization in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work. She has done B.Ed in special education from National Institute of Mental Health, Mumbai. She has been recently honored as the fellow of Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Presently she is the Board Member and Chief Functionary of Rajstahn Mahla Kalyan Mandal (RMKM) Ajmer, Rajasthan. Ms Kaushik has been passionately working in Rural Rajasthan on the issues of Education, Health, Microfinance and Livelihood Development since the year 2000. She is an rehabilitation expert for children with special needs and a trainer on inclusive education. She is a speaker on disability issues and inclusive education. She has been involved in developing modules on ‘Preparation Learning Disabled Children’ at Rajasthan State Institute of Research and Training. She has been part of the National Consultation on 11th Five Year Plan, represented Rajasthan State Delegates. Kshama is being part of the Ajmer District’s, PCPNDT Committee, Educational Grievance Committee, National Trust Local Level Committee, Violence Against Women at Work Place Committee. Ms Kaushik is an national resources in the field of Disability Education and Empowerment and her work has been appreciated with several District, State and National Level Awards to her credit.
Ms Surekha Jagtap joined as a founder trustee in 2006, currently she is the advisor to EDREST. She completed her BSW from Nirmala Niketan, MSW from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, LLB from Mumbai University and also qualified the National Eligibility Test (NET) of UGC. She has worked with NGO’s focused in the areas of Women Empowerment, Child Rights, Joint Forest Management, Community Health, Civic issues and Counseling. Ms Jagtap is a resource person and an eminent trainer on the topics of Women and Law, Violance against Women, Child Sexual Abuse and effective handling of cases of women and child at risk. She has been the trainer to the Senior Police Officers of Mumbai and across Maharashtra, Police Training Academy, Mahila Dakshata Samitee, Family Counseling Center, Govt of Maharashtra, NGO’s and Academic Institutes. She has been the resource person and a trainer to the counsel member of Bhutan. Ms Jagtap was the member of Special Cell for Women and Children, Committee to design the Strategic Document on Violence against Women.