Board Members

Jeroo Billimoria

Founder, MelJol


Founder & MD Child and Youth Finance International

Jeroo Billimoria founded MelJol in 1991 and is part of the Programme Committee on MelJol’s Board. She is a pioneering social entrepreneur and the founder of several award-winning international NGOs. Her work has been featured in Business Week, The Economist and several books. Currently, she serves as the founder and managing director of Child and Youth Finance International. Her most recent initiatives include Aflatoun (Child Savings International), Childline India Foundation and Child Helpline International. She was also a professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Ms. Billimoria is a globally respected speaker and an advocate of economic empowerment for children. Her social and humanitarian work has reached the lives of millions of children around the world. Ms. Billimoria received an MA in Social Work from TISS and an MS in Non-Profit Management from the New School for Social Research University in New York.

Dr Lata Narayan

President, MelJol


Retired Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Dr.Lata Narayan is President of the Governing Board of MelJol and is also a part of the organization’s Programme committee. She has been a faculty member at TISS since 1984. She joined the Unit for Child and Youth Research in 1984 and shifted to the School of Social Work, Centre for Equity for Women, Children and Families in 2006. Since 2011, Dr. Narayan has been with the Centre for Lifelong Learning at TISS. She has worked on the thematic areas of children, social work, and human rights. The current thematic areas of her interest are youth, lifelong learning, and training methodology. Dr. Narayan also serves on the board of the Aflatoun Secretariat, Netherlands (where she represents MelJol) and (based in Vishakhapatnam)

Mr Jerry Pinto

Executive Secretary, MelJol


Journalist & Writer

Jerry Pinto is Honorary Secretary on MelJol’s Board and is part of the Programme Committee. He is from Mumbai and is a National Award winning writer and journalist. Mr. Pinto is a Committee Member of the Indian PEN and a member of the Poetry Circle, Mumbai. He is also a guest lecturer at the Social Communications Media department of the Sophia Polytechnic and has taught journalism at various colleges in Mumbai. Mr. Pinto received a liberal arts degree from Elphinstone College, University of Mumbai, and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai.

Mr Rishad Byramjee

Treasurer, MelJol


Director, Casby Logistics Group of Companies

Rishad Byramjee is the Treasurer on MelJol’s Board and is part of the Finance Committee. Mr. Byramjee is the Group CEO at Casby Logistics since March 1997 and spearheads all new logistics ventures for the organization, along with looking after the day-to-day operations of all existing businesses. He is also responsible for all new port-related ventures of the company along with formulating various strategies and future expansions. Mr. Byramjee is on the board of various international and public limited companies. He completed his masters in Logistics & Supply Chain Management from the Heriot-Watt University.

Dr. Denzil Saldanha

Board Member, MelJol


Retired Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Denzil Saldanha is part of the Programme Committee on MelJol’s Board. He is a retired Professor from the Centre for Studies in Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Mr. Saldanha’s research interests have been in the areas of social movements, voluntary social action groups, development organizations, and elementary, non-formal and adult education. He has taught, carried out research and contributed to policy-decisions in these areas for over three decades. Mr. Saldanha has been an active member in the National Literacy Mission Authority, various state and national level committees for policy-making, and planning sub-committees. He has also provided his expertise as a consultant to governments, funding agencies and multilateral organizations

Vijaya Chauhan

Board Member, MelJol


Social Activist

Vijaya Chauhan is part of the Programme Committee on MelJol’s Board. Currently retired, Ms. Chauhan was the former Programme Director at UNICEF and an activist for human rights. She has developed 5 year work plans, initiated innovative programmes, monitored activities at the field level and worked with youth groups at the grass root level. Prior to UNICEF, Ms. Chauhan worked with various volunteer organizations providing services to women, children, communities, and helping them to help themselves to increase their participation in the development process. Ms. Chauhan holds a postgraduate diploma in social work and has taken numerous continuing education courses in gender, sanitation, rural development, and research methodology.

Mr E. N. Venkat

Board Member, MelJol


Partner – Aavishkaar Venture Management Services

Venkat Narayan is part of the Finance Committee of MelJol’s Board. He has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services and Corporate sector. His specialties include Infrastructure, Project Finance and Corporate Finance in India. His experience along with his educational background gives him a multidisciplinary capability to look at a wide-variety of business situations and find ways to take them forward into the global marketplace. Mr. Narayan completed his BE (Hons) in Electrical & Electronics from Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani and his MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A).

Mr. Gaurav Doshi

Board Member, MelJol


Sr Vice President- India Infoline Pvt Ltd – IIFL

Gaurav Doshi is part of the Finance Committee on MelJol’s Board. Mr. Doshi`s association with the stock markets began after his graduation, He currently works with India Infloline Pvt Ltd and has previously worked with Mahico Private Limited, DSP Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and Standard Chartered Bank.
Mr. Doshi has addressed finance conferences during his time at Merrill Lynch and represented Morgan Stanley on Television for over 4 years. He used to write a daily stock market column for a financial newspaper. He is also a recipient of The Principal’s Special Award at The Stock Market Club. After completing his Graduation in B.com, Mr. Doshi completed his MBA in Finance from MET Educational Trust.