Mr. Arjun Rao, Vice Chairman
Arjun Rao joined the board in 2005, bringing in his expertise as the CEO of Value Labs. What inspires him about RDF is the commitment to serve children in rural areas, giving them the highest breed of education, and the strong base of values and character within the RDF family. He contributes strategic input at the board level and helps with funding.
Involved with the board since 1996, Vandita Rao has been the CEO of RDF since 2008. She is inspired by the rural childrens’ innocent and happy faces even though they have challenges every day! She contributes to RDF her time, energy and financial assistance.
Involved with RDF since 2006, Mr. Kumar was Treasurer from 2009 to 2012. He continues to be on
the Board as a Director. As Treasurer, he was instrumental in liaising with the school accounts teams
as well as the auditor to maintain the accuracy of RDF’s finances. He brings with him his expertise as Managing Director of Deccan Granites Limited. He provides strategic vision as well as financial assistance to RDF.
Mr. Kiran Addala, Director
Involved since 2009, Mr. Addala is a member of both the finance and education committees. Outside of RDF, he works as an Engineer/Manager for Infor. What inspires him about RDF is that it is transforming lives in the villages and working hard to educate children in these areas. Within RDF, he hopes to set up sustainable processes and systems, a long term donor base, and he will also aid in infrastructure consolidation.
Mr. Sridhar Chari, Treasurer
Mr. Chari is a BITS, Pilani and IIM-A alumnus, who has headed leading organisations like Nagarjuna Finance and Shaw Wallace. He has also been the Director, ICFAI, International Division. Currently Mr. Chari is an Organisation and Strategy consultant for 3 SME’s and an investment bank in Hyderabad and also a visiting faculty member teaching Engineering and Business Strategy at leading B-schools in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. Mr. Chari is involved in RDF’s financial management strategy, giving direction to budget and accounting processes and actively involved in fundraising efforts.
Involved with RDF since 2011, Mrs. Neena Rao has a unique blend of an interdisciplinary academic training, implementation (practical experience) and passion that is necessary to be effective in developmental work. She has handled large scale projects in Natural Resource Management, Rural Livelihoods & Sustainable Development, Environment & Rural Development Policies. She provides strategic analysis and insights to steer RDF’s sustainability and fundraising efforts.
Sudhakar joined the board in 2012. He is a seasoned business executive and entrepreneur with a highly successful track record in both small to mid-size corporations in U.S.A. Most recently, Sudhakar has founded Prime Technology Group (formerly Knowledge InfoTech) and has spearheaded its rapid growth since 2000, leading it from a U.S. into a multinational operation. He is
involved with RDF due to his deep belief in the power of education to transform rural communities and his desire to provide access to high quality education for such students.
Mrs. Deepika Rao, has in her long term association with RDF, helped RDF build new relationships, especially through her network in USA. Her efforts have led to successful fundraising drives in the US, which has helped RDF manage its education programs over the years.