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Dr. Kalpana Sankar


Dr. Kalpana Sankar is a microfinance and gender expert with over two decades of experience. She holds doctorates in nuclear physics and gender studies respectively. Passionate about the empowerment of women, she co-founded Hand in Hand in 2004. She has been pivotal in replicating the model globally across 8 countries and across 16 states in India. She is also Managing Director of Belstar, one of India's top ten microfinance institutions.

N. Krishnan

Managing Trustee

Mr. Krishnan has almost three decades of experience in marketing and sales, as well as in development sector. Having worked with blue chip FMCG companies, his expertise lies in strategy, sales and consumer marketing. In the development sphere, he specializes in design and management of impactful programmes in the areas of Maternal & Child Health, and HIV reduction.


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


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 counsellor for teachers and parents and has developed various alternative teaching methods using music, storytelling and dance.


A Chartered Accountant with over 39 years of experience in FMCG,IT and business consulting. Aside from his roles in IT, he holds several honorary roles in Chambers of Commerce in Tamil Nadu


Mr. A. Nachiappan’s experience spans education, monitoring, evaluation and grassroots 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. He is currently Senior Vice-President at Hand in Hand India.



Mr. M.S. Sundararajan is an economist and was previously Chairman & Managing Director of Indian Bank. His core expertise lies in investment banking, project finance, corporate restructuring and capital markets. He won the Golden Peacock Award for Indian Bank in October 2009.


Mr. N. Srinivasan was formerly Chief General Manager of NABARD. He is an expert in microfinance and livelihood development. He has worked with World Bank, IFAD and UNOPS on various projects. He is a founder-member of Alliance for Fair Microfinance, and chief author of the State of the Sector Report 2008 on microfinance.


Mr. K.N Krishnamurthy was formerly General Manager and Special Director in automotive major Ashok Leyland. With over 38 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, he has also served with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) in various capacities. He is currently the Chairman of the Indian Roads and Transport Development Association (Southern Region), the Vice-Chairman at Revettec India Limited, and Director of Sunera Solar Engineering Private Limited.