Head Held High Foundation’s (HHHF) goal is to catalyse the transformation of illiterate villagers into capable workers on the one hand, and create employment and business opportunities on the other, to enable work to occur in villages, creating sustainable rural economies.
Our mission is to eradicate rural poverty globally, beginning with India.
We will accomplish this by:
– Providing breakthrough training to equip villagers with knowledge and skills to access higher levels of employment opportunities and ultimately integrate them in the global economy
– Fostering innovative, transformative, and scalable ways to create employment in the villages
Our immediate goal is to catalyse the transformation of 2 million villagers in India by 2022 and move themout of the poverty trap.
We are inspired by the notion of a world of abundance – a world where there is no lack, no poverty. Webelieve that everyone can and must contribute to make this dream come true.
Tushar Arun Gandhi
Sanjoy K Roy
Anand Sudarshan is a front-runner, with experience in the information technology industry for almost two decades, followed by a tremendous stint in the field of education, that enabled him transform Manipal Global Education into a leading higher education, services and training entity out of India. Anand believes that education can truly bring about transformation in both, individuals, and communities. He is active on several industry forums, and is the founding member of EDGE, a higher education forum and think-tank. He continues to engage with the central government on committees on education policy, especially ones that focus on the use of technology for enhancing equity and access to education at all levels.
Arsh Maini is the Strategy Director for the Africa, Middle East, Asia and ANZ (AMEAA) region for Serco Group plc (a FTSE 100 company). He is an Executive Director on the Board of the Division, and a member of Serco’s Global Management Team (GMT).
Arsh, with his 15 years of consulting, and industry experience in corporate strategy, is responsible for
AMEAA’s strategic growth plans-both organic and inorganic, planning, delivering mergers and acquisitions, as
well as ensuring an optimal operating model to meet both growth, and profitability targets. His focus also
includes new markets and services strategy aimed at expanding the AMEAA footprint.
As a management consultant with Deloitte Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Arsh has helped set up PwC’s
outsourcing advisory practice out of New York. He has also advised global corporations on initiatives
new market entry, commercial due diligence, operating model development and merger integrations.
Arun Katiyar is a content and communication consultant with a focus on technology companies. He serves as a mentor for start-ups and as a Venture Catalyst for a US$ 100 million fund that supports entrepreneurs in the mobility space. Arun is currently engaged as a consultant with the Business Integrity Initiative Foundation, a not-for-profit organization working to create an integrity index for Indian businesses.
With over 30 years of experience in the media, he has been the editor of two magazines from the India Today
Group, and was also the founder and COO of their online business. He was the head of the country’s first
FM radio station (Radio City) and was the VP Operations for Microland’s technical support business. In 2005
led SEraja, a start-up, the brainchild of Ramesh Jain.
Arun has produced a rock album for CBS (Bedlam – Ronnie Desai), is the author of a book for Harper Collins
Publishers (Bombay – A Contemporary Account of Mumbai) and was part of the team that created the Tour of
Nilgiris (www.tourofnilgiris.com). Arun has presented his ideas on urbanization and the environment at the
invitation of UN Habitat’s Asian headquarters in Japan.
Ashutosh Vaidya is the Global Delivery Officer for Dell’s Applications & BPO Business. Prior to joining Dell, he successfully navigated Wipro’s BPO business through the recent economic turmoil, posting strong growth in profits and revenues for the last three years. His rich experience of 27 years in the technology industry spans a variety of businesses, including products, solutions and services across global markets.
Ashutosh is an electronics engineer from the National Institute of Technology, Bhopal. He is also a graduate
the Indian Institute of Technology, Ahmedabad. His experience portfolio includes leadership assignments in
U.S. and successful stints with IBM, Microsoft and HP.
Ashutosh has a keen interest in providing support to those, who are enthusiastic and committed towards
their personal goals, but are unable to do so due to lack of resources.
Neeraj Shaabi is an experienced professional from the software industry who has spent more than 20 years of his career working in companies like Microsoft, IBM, Unisys and other major corporations. He presently heads TIBCO Software Inc.’s operations across Asia and is responsible for the operations of its 7 offices in the region.
While he brings a strong set of skills and experiences across financial, management and operational areas,
Neeraj sees his real strength as a people’s person who can lead teams and organizations by adopting the
'Servant Leadership' style. He is most passionate about empowering, developing and coaching people and helping those
around him to reach their fullest potential. He is keen to accommodate time within his busy schedule to
contribute effectively to Head Held High. It is really his passion and sense of purpose that has attracted
him to this institution since its inception.
An engineer for Mysore University, CV Prakash, has successfully overseen and launched 5 business ventures. When he was barely 31, CV Prakash founded TRR Software – a business that introduced the technology of Optical Mark Reading scanning solution for education testing in India, which went on to virtually having all of the Public Service Commissions and a majority of the Universities as their clientele. He later launched TRRS Imaging, a Character Recognition technology.
Indecomm Global Services was his next stop – where all his earlier experiences came to the fore – the
services and technologies were offered to customers overseas – USA, Australia – Business Process Outsourcing –
with a difference. Indecomm then emerged as the fastest growing player in its segment and CV Prakash
award from STPI, Bangalore. He was instrumental in setting up Centillion Solutions & Services – a JV of
Indecomm with Centurion Bank of Punjab. Prakash exited from Indecomm in 2007.
By then he was already working on his plan for the ‘Inclusive Sector’ and set up Gradatim IT Ventures –
has been flooded with accolades and has been feted widely. CV Prakash is very conscious of his social
responsibilities and he later successfully set up the ‘Village BPO’ where he has turned non-employable,
literate youngsters into employable, English-speaking young men and women.
CV Prakash is often invited to deliver keynote addresses in various national level meets and professional
bodies. He is also a member of various global forums like AIIM (Association of Imaging and Information
Management) and TWAPI (The work and Process Improvement Association).
Simon graduated in Economics from the University of Warwick and then started working in the Financial Services Sector at Barclays Bank in the UK, spending 20 years with them building new distribution channels, and leading Group strategy projects.
In 2004, Simon made the move to insurance, leading Prudential’s UK’s direct distribution capabilities and
designing a new model for the 21st century ‘Man from the Pru’. In 2008, as CEO of Aviva Singapore, he led
business to triple and double profitability in 2 years enhancing customer and staff satisfaction. He later
to Kuala Lumpur where he has joined Hong Leong Bank as their new COO for Distribution.
Simon is passionate about contributing more to the world he lives in, and to Head Held High. He is looking
forward to using his leadership skills, employing a structured approach and leveraging his professional
to help and support the development of the foundation.
Sudip is an IT industry veteran with an experience of over 3 decades. Sudip started his career in the IT industry at HCL in 1979. Thereafter, he joined Wipro in 1983 as one of the founding members of its IT group. He quickly moved up the ladder to various V & C level positions. He grew the Enterprise Solutions business from US$160 million to US$1.4 billion in 6 years. While at Wipro, Sudip successfully consummated two global acquisitions.
He joined L&T Infotech as the Chief Executive Officer in September, 2008. During his tenure, L&T
Infotech grew from US$380 million to US$600 million+ and expanded its business into new markets like South
Africa, Australia, Canada, etc. After leaving L&T Infotech, he began working as an independent
Strategy, HR processes & Systems.
He serves on the Board of Directors of IFB Industries; he is a member of the Karnataka Government Industry
– KIG 2020 & is on the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. He
also a member of the Executive Council of NASSCOM. He holds a B.A. Hons. in Economics from SRCC, Delhi
University and Diploma in Management from AIMA, Delhi.
Sumir’s education (Bachelors in Economics and a Masters in Development Studies) prepared him for engagement with an activist organization in Rajasthan involved in making the government more responsive to its poorer citizens--specifically through bringing in transparency in government expenditure on welfare programs, and years later, helped enact India’s Right to Information and Employment Guarantee Laws. This stint allowed Sumir to see the power to bring about change through well directed activism and the immense desire for improvement in rural youth.
Sumir, presently, is actively involved in electoral reform, promoting waste segregation and recycling and
philanthropy directed at financing lifesaving medical procedures and disability.
Sumir is currently involved with his family's 3 decade old apparel business in India, which has focused on
creation of apparel brands for the Indian market since the 1980s designed for youth, children and women
He is also the managing director of the group’s apparel manufacturing activities - the labor intensive
manufacturing of clothing for export to the Euro American markets, which employs large numbers of primarily
women employees. The acute scarcity of skills has made him focus on training and the resultant power to
lives with focus on multi-stake holder efforts, to bring together cooperative action brands, unions, and
involving manufacturers in the apparel supply chain.
Tushar Arun Gandhi is the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, and the son of journalist Arun Manilal Gandhi. Born on a train between Mumbai and Kolkata, he was raised in the Mumbai suburb of Santa Cruz.
Tushar A. Gandhi is the Founder President of the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation, Chairperson of the Australian
Rural Development Foundation, and the Board Member of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Foundation, USA.
Indu Champati owns and runs The Bodhi Tree, a company dealing in commercial and residential real estate.
In the past she has set up and successfully run a trendy restaurant in Bangalore, called Civet, for 5 years.
Passionate about wildlife and nature, Indu has set up and managed two wildlife lodges (in Kabini and Bandipur) in the eco-tourism space. Each resort employs close to 65 - 70 locals. Employees are taught the nuances of House Keeping, Food & Beverage, Service and Production, Front Office, etc. and the concept of what a holiday for city folk is and why they need a holiday through organized training programmes. Employees also undergo spoken English classes.
With her background in eco-tourism, Indu consults for Tata Coffee’s Plantation Trails in Coorg involving local people.
Traveling around the world for wildlife, birding and nature is a passion -- from the Arctic to Antarctica and the seven continents of the world to see wildlife, Indu has set foot on all seven continents.
Another passion is the Kabini Foundation, an NGO set up in Kabini which works towards conservation of wildlife and nature with the involvement of locals. Each year, the foundation provides scholarships to 50 to 60 youth to pursue education beyond the 10th standard.
If you wish to get in touch with Indu Champati, you can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prasad Menon serves as Director on a number of Tata Boards, including Tata Industries, Tata Chemicals, TRF Limited and Tata Foundation. He is the Chairman of the Board of Tata Consulting Engineers, Tata Projects and the Tata–Singapore Airlines Joint Venture in addition to being a Director on the Board of Axis Bank, SKF India and Sanmar Group.
Prasad Menon has over 40 years of diverse experience in premier multinational and Indian companies, across the Chemical and Power industry. He started his career with the Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) where he served for 20 years, followed by Nagarjuna Fertilizers. He joined the Tata Group in 2000 and served as the Managing Director at Tata Chemicals, and subsequently with Tata Power.
Apart from his Board responsibilities, Prasad Menon is actively involved in various advisory committees in the areas of Academics, Sustainability and Corporate Governance. He serves as an active Member of the Advisory Council of IITB-Monash Research Academy; Member of the Governing Council of Centre for Environment Education-Nehru Foundation for Development; Member of the Advisory Board of the Grantham Institute - London; Member of the Advisory Board of The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI); and is on the Advisory Council of CII-ITC Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development. He was recently inducted on the Board of Wildlife Trust of India.
He holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
A multi-faceted career-oriented woman cum home maker, Mala Rehan has spent several years teaching Science, Maths and English at JN Petit, Welham Girls High School (Dehra Doon), St Peters School, RK Academy and G D Somani School (Mumbai).
A qualified teacher and journalist, Mala has been writing for various magazines and newspapers. She moved into the field of Computers and Marketing with NIIT, then a fledgling company in computer education. She then shifted into the training division, to serve as a senior corporate trainer.
Mala has conducted software and programming training for companies like Indian Railways Institute for Civil Engineers, (IRICEN) , Goa Shipyard Ltd, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Kirloskar Brothers Ltd. Has also had experience in managing computer education centers in smaller organizations like Boston Computer Co.
Mala has had training and experience in the career guidance of young adults.
Her career breaks, inevitable in the life of a female home maker, have given her many opportunities to indulge in social service. A member of the Poona Women's Council since 1978, she has been actively involved in several projects, including setting up of their school science lab, setting up and running mobile crèches, editing and bringing out their newsletter for many years, and have served on the Managing Committee for six years.
She is also involved in Action for the Rights of the Child (ARC), Childline Pune, both organizations concerned with the welfare of underprivileged children.
Arun Maira has held leadership positions in the private as well as the public sector, and therefore has a unique perspective on how they can work together to build a better India. He has led three rounds of participative and comprehensive scenario building for the future of India: in 1999 (with Confederation of Indian Industry), 2005 (with World Economic Forum), and 2011 (with Planning Commission for 5 years).
Arun worked for 25 yrs with the Tata's group at senior positions and was on the board of TELCO (now Tata Motors). Later he joined Arther D Little Inc, an international management consultancy, USA, and advised companies on growth strategies, and handling transformational change.
He was also the Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group, a position he held for eight years. He has been Chairman of Axis Bank Foundation and Save the Children, India. He was also a board member at the India Brand Equity Foundation, the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, the UN Global Compact, and WWF India. Arun has been involved in several government committees and organisations, including the National Innovation Council. He has been on the board of several educational institutions and has chaired several national committees of the Confederation of Indian Industries.
In 2009, Arun was appointed as a member of the Planning Commission. At this minister-level position, he led the development of strategies for the country on issues relating to industrialisation and urbanisation, and drove the formulation of policies and programmes in these areas. He also advised the Commission on its future role.
He has written several books , namely Redesigning the Aeroplane While Flying: Reforming Institutions;Remaking India: One Country, One Destiny;Transforming Capitalism: Improving the World for Everyone, and Shaping the Future: Aspirational Leadership in India and Beyond.
Manish Dahad has over 20 years of experience in a wide variety of professions ranging from social entrepreneurship, management consulting, partnership engagement, leadership development and IT. She brings fresh and new perspectives to the area of social change.
Manisha is passionate about 2 areas: Collective Change and People’s Potential. She has initiated projects and enterprises (namely Centre for Social Brilliance , and World Changers & Co) that have inspired, mobilised and mentored social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to create new business models and have social impact.
She has also developed a strong network of entrepreneurs & built relationships with senior executives from global companies (Accenture, Barclays, M&S, Unilever, BT, Novartis, Kroll, Colliers CRE, RBS), NGOs (Save the Children, VSO,NEST, LDA) and social enterprises (Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Turquoise Mountain, MaFoi) in the UK, Denmark, Afghanistan and India. Working as a management consultant at IBM, Manisha engaged in large IT and business transformation projects of telecom companies that combined strategic advice, programme management, business process re-engineering & implementation capabilities.
Manisha has an MBA from London Business School, a Masters in Science and Technology from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, a leading engineering institute in India and is a trained Visionary and Executive Coach from Coaches Training Institute and Visionary Network. She is also an active visionary speaker and consultant on social change.
Sanjoy K Roy
Sanjoy Roy is the Managing Director of Teamwork Arts which he established in1989, and has offices in several cities across the world. Teamwork Arts produces TV shows, Films and documentaries, and also designs and produces 23 annual Arts Festivals across 21 cities in 13 countries.
He has directed and produced over 1000 hours of a wide range of films and television shows, including drama series, game shows, newsmagazines, and lifestyle programmes. He received the National Award for Excellence and Best Director, for the film `Shahjahanabad The Twilight Years’.
He is currently the festival director for Shared History Festival in Johannesburg and Durban, Eye on India – Chicago and Seattle, Celebrating India – Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and is the producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, META – The Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards, Kala Utsavam – Singapore, Kahani Festival, India and The Ishara International Puppet Festival.
He has produced or directed over 50 theatre productions, which have toured across Austria, Germany, Singapore, South Africa and UK and has won a number of awards including the Herald Angel Award and the Spirit of the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. His latest production `Guide’ based on RK Narayan’s novel and film premiered this summer to excellent reviews.
An advisor for arts for numerous governmental organizations across the world, he designed and directed the closing of the Commonwealth Games Arts Festival 2006 – Melbourne & was an advisor to The Kennedy Centre’s, Maximum India Festival.
He is the founder trustee of Salaam Baalak Trust working to provide support services for street and working children in the inner city of Delhi and the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.
Paritosh is a consultant with exposure in several aspects of businesses: Technology, Sales, Marketing, Business Partner Program, Global Service Delivery, Product and offerings Management, Innovation and Research.
He is currently consulting with startups in the product and technology sector, and also in the social development sector: NGOs and social enterprises..
During his 3 plus decades of work, he has held senior positions at Accenture, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Patni, besides having entrepreneurial experience at two Startups.
Prior to starting his own consulting services, Paritosh was Senior VP & Global Head of one of the Business Units of Patni. In addition he conceptualized and led Global Innovation and Research Labs at Patni, scaling it to a team of 120+ in 15 months.
Paritosh holds a B Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and an MBA from AIMA, Delhi.
Sunil is the current Managing Trustee, and a
co-founder of the Head Held High Foundation. He is the Founder Trustee of the Foundation
Life, a trust designed to be a catalyst in the transformation of lives.
Sunil Savara is also Chief of Strategy at Automated Workflow Group. He is charged with
growth of the organization, having headed it earlier for many years.
He was the founder of Image Microforms & Systems Pvt. Ltd, an Office Automation
which he ran for a decade. Later Sunil was an IBM consultant hired to increase IBM
share in the ECM and BPM markets in India. He successfully increased sales manifold and
established an IBM footprint in the Asian marketplace.
Sunil has a Bachelor of Commerce from Sydenham College, Bombay University, having
at St. Xavier’s High School, Bombay. Sunil is passionate about life, human dignity,
bridge, snooker & table tennis. He speaks at various Business Process Management
industry events, conducts workshops on personal transformation, and was a Charter Member