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Board Members 2018-05-08T11:16:54+00:00

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 board member 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.

Rishad Byramjee

President, MelJol


Director, Casby Logistics Group of Companies

Mr. Rishad Byramjee is the president on the Governing Board of MelJol and is the part of the Finance Committee.Mr. Byramjee is the Managing Director of the Casby Group of Companies since 2003. Established in 1857, the group is a market leader in stevedoring and other port services in India.Prior to taking on his current post, Rishad was actively involved in the operations of the family business.In 2002 he gained a Master of Science degree with a specialization in Logistics and Supply Chain.He leads the diversification and expansion program at Casby and has successfully initiated new businesses such Solution Design, Warehousing, and Refrigerated solutions.He is also involved in the growth of the other Group offerings that include Construction & Real Estate Development, Financial Advisory Services, Digital Security & Surveillance, telecommunications, and Software Development.

Dr. Lata Narayan

Executive Secretary, MelJol


Retired Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Dr.Lata Narayan is the Executive Secretary on the  Governing Board of MelJol and is also a part of the 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 social work education and practice, youth, lifelong learning and dance movement therapy.

Gaurav Doshi

Treasurer, MelJol


Senior Vice President, IIFL Alternate Asset  Advisors

Mr.Gaurav Doshi is the Treasurer on the  Governing Board of MelJol and is part of the Finance Committee. Mr.Doshi’s association with the stock markets began after his graduation, He currently works with IIFL Alternate Asset Advisors 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 Education Trust.

Dr. Denzil Saldanha

Board Member, MelJol


Retired Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Dr.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. Dr. 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.He has been an active member of 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

Jerry Pinto

Board Member, MelJol


 Journalist & Writer

Mr.Jerry Pinto is a part of the programme Committee.Mr.Pinto is from Mumbai and is a National Award-winning writer and journalist.He won the Windham-Campbell prize awarded by Yale University, the USA in 2016 and the Sahitya Akademi award for his fiction.He is a trustee of Sound and Picture Archives for Research on Women(SPARROW) and of the people’s Free Reading Room & Library, Mumbai. He is also a guest lecturer at the Social Communication 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.

Vijaya Chauhan

Board Member, MelJol


Development Professional

Ms.Vijay Chauhan is part of the Programme Committee on MelJol’s Board Currently retired, Ms.Chauhan was the former Programme Officer at UNICEF for a major part of her career .She has also been  activist associated with various Human Rights movements. Developing action-oriented work plans with the communities and ensuring implementation through Government machinery as well as with the support from the NGOs and people themselves has been a key aspect of work .she travels widely to monitor and support the implementation of programs at a field level. Prior to UNICEF, Ms, Chauhan worked with the various voluntary organization providing services to women, children, communities, and helping them to help themselves to increase their participation in the development process

Mohan Tanksale

Board Member, MelJol


Retired Banker

Mr.Mohan Tanksale is a career banker with over 4 decades in Indian banking industry and has led three major Indian Public Sector banks in this span. During his illustrious career, Mr. Tanksale has spent time and contributed in every area of banking. He retired as Chairman from one of the top 10 banks in India, Center Bank of India, in 2013.Given his wealth of experiences, he was immediately roped in as the Chief Executive of the Indian Banks Association (IBA), during which he successfully represented the entire banking industry for the period December 2013 to August 2016.

Mr.Tanksale was awarded, Person of the Year for his contribution to financial inclusion by SKOCH Foundation. Mr.Tanksale is also a proud recipient of the Golden peacock Lifetime Achievement Award. Mr. Tanksale holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Master ‘s Degree in English Literature and is a Fellow Member of Management Accountants of India ( FCMA); has completed Professional course of Company Secretary (Inter) from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and is a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance (CAIIB).

Rewati Bhagwat

Board Member, MelJol


Development professional

Ms. Rewati Bhagwat has more than thirty years of global experience in directing macro, regional and local level social services in the field of women, child, and Youth Welfare.She has worked as team leader in children’s Aid Society in Canada. She has advocated for Child Welfare and provided leadership in achieving excellence in the protection of children. Ms. Bhagwat was the CEO of MelJol. Her area of expertise has been programme design and management, Organizational  Governance, Developing policies and procedures for organization, staff management development.She has served as a task force member for Child Participation in Aflatoun Program globally.She has also been working with corporates in helping them create the right organizational culture focused on Diversity and inclusion and Women ‘s Safety.Ms. Bhagwat is also serving as a Board member of Abhivyakti Media for Development, Nasik

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