Our Team

Trustees

  • Dr Kalpana Sankar

    Trustee

    Dr Sankar has been involved in the women’s self-help movement for long and has been a consultant on gender and microfinance issues to global development organisations. She has been involved in the women’s self-help group movement in Tamil Nadu for the last 18 years. She is a double doctorate in Physical Sciences and in Women’s Studies and Self-Help Groups.  She is currently the Chairman and Managing Trustee of Hand in Hand India and is also the Global Adviser for Hand in Hand.

  • Amuthasekaran Nachiappan

    Trustee

    At present, the Senior Chief Operating Officer (SHG & Group Administration) at Hand in Hand India, Mr Nachiappan’s experience spans education, monitoring, evaluation and grass-roots activities. He started his career with the Indian social-service organisation Vivekananda Kendra. He has worked on watershed management, renewable energy for rural areas and rural development issues.

  • S.Chandrasekar

    Trustee

    Mr Chandrasekar has more than 25 years of corporate experience. His career graph includes stints at AF Ferguson, Coopers & Lybrand, National Finance Company – Oman.

    A visiting faculty in several B Schools, Mr Chandrasekar has had a diverse exposure in team management.

  • S. Chinnappan

    Trustee

    Mr Chinnappan has vast experience in gender issues, microfinance and self-help groups, and is the founder of the Tamil Nadu-based NGO Kalvi Kendra. He also edits Muttram, a government-sponsored monthly magazine for self-help groups. He has worked in the policy-making team for Dutch development organisation Cordaid.

  • Dr Mangala Ayre

    Trustee

    Dr Mangala Ayre is an educationist with over 30 years of experience, specialising in kindergarten and pre-school teaching. She is a frequent lecturer and counselor for teachers and parents and has developed various alternative teaching methods using music, storytelling, and dance.

  • P. Kottaisamy

    Trustee

    With over 15 years of experience in development work, financial services and business, consulting, Kottaisamy has contributed towards the enterprise transformation and change management programmes of several firms. He has specialized in process transformation and business architecture, offering development and governance of not-for-profit development programmes.

  • M.S. Sundararajan

    Advisory Trustee

    M.S Sundararajan is a banking consultant, economist and was previously Chairman and Managing Director of Indian Bank. His core expertise is in investment banking, project finance, corporate restructuring, and capital market. He won the Golden Peacock Award on behalf of the Indian Bank in October 2009.

  • K.N. Krishnamurthy

    Advisory Trustee

    Mr Krishnamurthy is a former General Manager and Special Director in automotives major Ashok Leyland. With over 38 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Mr. Krishnamurthy has also served with the Confederation of India Industries (CII) in various capacities. He is currently the Chairman of the Indian Roads and Transport Development Association (Southern Region).

  • N. Srinivasan

    Advisory Trustee

    Formerly Chief General Manager of NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development), Mr Srinivasan is an expert in microfinance and livelihood development. He has worked with the World Bank, IFAD and UNOPS on various projects. Mr Srinivasan is founder-member of Alliance for the Fair Microfinance, and chief author of the State of the Sector Report 2008 on microfinance.

  • Dr Kalpana Sankar

    Trustee

    Dr Sankar has been involved in the women’s self-help movement for long and has been a consultant on gender and microfinance issues to global development organisations. She has been involved in the women’s self-help group movement in Tamil Nadu for the last 18 years. She is a double doctorate in Physical Sciences and in Women’s Studies and Self-Help Groups.  She is currently the Chairman and Managing Trustee of Hand in Hand India and is also the Global Adviser for Hand in Hand.

  • S. Chinnappan

    Trustee

    Mr Chinnappan has vast experience in gender issues, microfinance and self-help groups, and is the founder of the Tamil Nadu-based NGO Kalvi Kendra. He also edits Muttram, a government-sponsored monthly magazine for self-help groups. He has worked in the policy-making team for Dutch development organisation Cordaid.

  • Dr N. Jeyaseelan

    Trustee

    Dr Jeyaseelan has two decades of rural banking experience. He has been a consultant to UNDP, UNOPS, GTZ, Agricultural Finance Corporation, Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women Ltd., various microfinance institutions and Water Partner International (USA). He is currently the Group CEO at Hand in Hand India.

  • Dr Mangala Ayre

    Trustee

    Dr Mangala Ayre is an educationist with over 30 years of experience, specialising in kindergarten and pre-school teaching. She is a frequent lecturer and counselor for teachers and parents and has developed various alternative teaching methods using music, storytelling, and dance.

  • K. Thiyagarajan

    Trustee

    Mr Thiyagarajan has 10 years of experience in cost effective construction and five years of experience in the social sector. He has planned and constructed various buildings for Hand in Hand India. He is currently the Additional Chief Operating Officer, Compliance Officer-PR & Establishment at Hand in Hand India.

  • Padma Shri Dr Hanumappa Sudarshan

    Advisory Trustee

    Dr Sudarshan is a social worker who has for over 30 years worked towards improving the health of rural and tribal people in India. He is the founder of Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra and Karuna Trust. Dr Sudarshan has been awarded the Padma Shri and the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize).

  • Arun Kumar Gopalaswamy

    Advisory Trustee

    Prof Arun Kumar Gopalaswamy is currently Professor, Department of Management Studies at IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Chennai and an adjunct faculty at School of Management, AIT, Thailand. His research specialisation is in empirical research in Finance, while his teaching modules include Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Banking, Financial Accounting and Advanced Corporate Finance. Apart from teaching and research, Prof Arun conducts workshops and authors books on management accounting and financial management.