The Jal Seva Charitable Foundation is governed by a Board in coordination with the Executive Team.

Board Members

Sumit Bose: Chair

Sumit Bose was the former Union Finance Secretary & Revenue Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Thereafter, he was a Member of the Expenditure Management Commission and a Member of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee. In the Ministry of Finance, he was also the Secretary, Department of Expenditure from May, 2011 to August, 2012 and Secretary, Department of Disinvestment from February, 2010 to May, 2011. He was Secretary in the Thirteenth Finance Commission, from August 2007 to January 2010. Earlier, between 2004 and 2007, he was the Principal Secretary, Finance in the Government of Madhya Pradesh. As Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, between 1998 and 2003, he undertook the task of launching the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He has also served as Secretary, School Education in Madhya Pradesh between 1994 and 1996. Bose has also been the Vice-Chair of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, Chairman of the Board of Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, not-for-profit legal think tank and Public Interest Director of the Bombay Stock Exchange since May 2016. He also serves as an Independent Director on several companies. Educated at the Doon School, Dehradun (class of 1970), St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and the London School of Economics, he joined the Indian Administrative Service (MP cadre) in 1976.

Dr. Sara Ahmed: Board Member

A PhD in Environmental Sociology and an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University (England), Dr. Sara was Senior Program Specialist, with IDRC’s agriculture and environment programme. Previously, she has worked on the political economy of water in India for 20 years and various non-governmental organizations in India vulnerable to drought, flood, and coastal storms. She was also the Chair of the International Gender and Water Alliance and sat on the steering committee of the Forum for Policy Dialogue on Water Conflicts in India.

Dr. Belinda Bennet: Board Member

Dr Belinda is the CEO at Change Alliance. She previously led South Asia operations for its parent organisation, the leading British and Irish development agency, Christian Aid. She managed a staff of 90 and a budget of £11 million in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to deliver development programmes alongside 100 local partner organisations. Over three decades of working for and with international development agencies, national civil society and community-based organisations and citizens’ groups, she has developed sector-leading expertise and experience in shaping and leading inclusive development approaches.

Mathew Cherian: Board Member

Mathew Cherian is B.E. (Honours) in Civil Engineering from BITS, Pilani Rajasthan & holds a PG Diploma in Rural Management from the first batch of Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand, Gujarat. After engineering, he was engaged with oil exploration, with Schlumberger and ONGC. After IRMA, he worked in the area of rural development with cooperatives, in association with the National Dairy Development Board. He was a consultant to voluntary agencies and to the National Wastelands Development Board. His further assignments include the post of National Director, Oxfam, UK and India, Programme Director, South Asia, Plan International, and Executive Director, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). He has founded Charities Aid Foundation in India, Credibility Alliance, a network for accountability and Resource Alliance (to train in fundraising) and founded Human Rights Network. He also serves as Member of the NGO Task force of the Planning Commission, Member of Grants Approval Committee of the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Member of Core Committee of National Human Rights Commission. Mathew Cherian currently serves full time as Chief Executive of HelpAge India based in New Delhi and serves on the international boards of HelpAge International and Guide Star International.

Ravi Narayanan: Board Member

Currently, Vice-Chair of the Asia-Pacific Water Forum, Mr. Narayanan is also International Mentor to the Japan Water Forum and Chair of the International Steering Committee of the Water Integrity Network. Previously, he was a member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure (the Camdessus Panel) and the UN Millennium Task Force on Water and Sanitation. He is an associate of the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India. He was formerly Asia Director for Action Aid and Chief Executive of WaterAid. He was awarded an honorary CBE by the UK Government in 2009 for water and sanitation services to poor communities in Asia and Africa.

Shankar Narayanan: Board Member

Mr. Narayanan is currently the Senior Social Development Specialist with the Social, Environment and Water Resources Development Unit of the Sustainable Development Department in South Asia Region of World Bank. A development professional with hands-on project implementation and project funding support experience of over 25 years in India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Ethiopia, he holds a MBA degree from Institute of Rural Management (IRMA), Anand.

Nitin Pai: Board Member

Nitin Pai is co-founder and Director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent networked public policy think tank. Prior to setting up Takshashila, Nitin spent more than a decade with the Singapore government shaping its media & communication strategies in the age of the internet and social media. He was closely involved in Singapore’s national broadband initiatives and liberalisation of the telecom sector. Nitin was a gold medalist at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy from where he obtained a Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree. He was a Singapore Airlines-Neptune Orient Lines undergraduate scholar at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and is an alumnus of National College, Bangalore. Nitin is a columnist with Business Standard and his articles have been published in a number of national and international publications. He relocated to India in August 2012 to commit his energy to the Takshashila project.

Executive Team

Archana Rathore: Director – Finance and IT

Archana brings two decades of experience primarily in the private sector. Archana completed her Chartered Accountancy in 1998, and has since worked in diverse organisations, commencing with the BBC Media Action Trust. Most recently, Archana was with Dentsply India Private Limited. She joined Dentsply as their Financial Controller, and for the past six years has been their Business Controller. Her core competencies include Financial Management, Project Management, Financial Analysis, Budgeting and Forecasting. During her leisure, Archana likes to read and cook.

V. K. Madhvan: Chief Executive

Madhavan is the Chief Executive of WaterAid India. Following a Master’s in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 1991, Madhavan commenced working with the Urmul Rural Health Research and Development Trust in Bikaner district of north-western India where he worked in various capacities till 1998. Since then, Madhavan has worked with ActionAid and The Hunger Project and subsequently spent eight years working in the Kumaun region of Uttarakhand with the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (Chirag). In his years as a development professional, Madhavan has worked on an integrated approach to rural development – community health, primary education, natural resource management, on and off-farm livelihoods and investing in young people. Prior to assuming his role as Chief Executive of WaterAid India, Madhavan was Managing Director of Skills Education Private Limited, a company that provides youth with access to information, skills and opportunities leading to employment. Madhavan was a TED Global Fellow in 2009 and a TED Senior Fellow in 2010. Madhavan is an avid reader and enjoys music.

Avinash Kumar: Director, Programmes & Policy

Avinash has a Ph.D. in modern history from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has also been a Charles Wallace post-doctoral Fellow at School of Oriental and African Studies, London University and has 14 years of work experience behind him. He has been a member of key national networks on a range of development issues and has also been instrumental in founding some of the new networks around the right to education and governance. Avinash was previously associated with Oxfam and has extensive experience in basic services, governance, policy advocacy, research and campaigns. He is currently Director, Programmes & Policy at WaterAid India.

Vikas Kataria: Director, Resource Mobilisation

Vikas has professional experience of about two decades primarily in banking and more recently in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to joining WaterAid, Vikas has served in reputed organisations in leadership positions. Vikas was associated with CARE India as Executive Director for Fundraising, Marketing and Communications, where he was responsible for building up resource mobilisation and brand for the organisation through various channels. Prior to this, he worked with HelpAge India as Director, responsible for building strategic alliances, partnerships and CSR initiatives. Before venturing into the world of not-for-profit organisations, Vikas worked with Citibank NA for over a decade holding different portfolios and in his last role with Citibank as the Vice President, he lead niche industry initiatives involving business development. Vikas started his professional career with General Motors Acceptance Corporation and Cipla Ltd.

His strong desire to make an on-ground impact and involve in the transformative work for the vulnerable and needy pulled him to switch full time in the development sector a few years back. His work on development side includes strategic projects with emphasis on sustainability and scalability. He is a double post graduate in Business Economics and Psychology, a certified CSR professional and a trained ‘Social broker’ to deal with multi-stakeholder projects. Apart from his professional interests, Vikas likes to play golf and read books. He tweets as @Vikas1_Kataria.