Mr. Arjun Rao, Vice Chairman
Mr. 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 quality of education, and the strong base of values and character within the RDF family. He contributes strategic inputs at the board level and helps with funding.
Mrs. Vandita Rao, Chief Executive Officer
Mrs. Vandita Rao 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.
Mr. Uttam Kumar 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 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. Over the past 2 years, he has been instrumental in leveraging MNCs like Infor, Invensys and Cognizant towards infrastructure development in Rollakal and Redlawada schools. He will continue to monitor ongoing infrastructure projects in the schools and also provide technical expertise for streamlining systems.
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 SMEs 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.
Mrs. Neena Rao involved with RDF since 2011, she 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.
Mrs. Deepika Rao has in her long term association with RDF, helped 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.
Mr. Arun Kumar Dukkipati is a Mechanical Engineer from Bangalore University. He brings with him 40 years of experience in international collaborations, large scale business development, and project and quality management systems. He is leading AGI Glaspac as President for over 20 years and is also Director at Garden Polymers Pvt. Ltd. He also holds Executive Committee positions at leading industry federations such as FAPCCI, Employers Federation of Southern India and Indian Institute of Packaging.
Mr. Francis Joseph, Director
Mr. Francis Joseph has more than 20 years of Management experience in School Education; in areas that include School Set-up & Operations, Human Resource, Technology, Organizational Development and Strategy Planning. He has extensively worked in establishing and managing more than 40 schools for one of India’s largest singly owned/managed & non-franchised educational group as its COO in India & Middle East (till year 2011), from where he started as a Teacher in year 1993. He was also instrumental in developing many technological initiatives and revolutionary practices in schools, both in India and abroad. He is also a recipient of the “Limca Book of Record” (Edition 2013) for managing the fastest school admission process (10 days) in the country. He was also selected as an emerging edupreneur in India (year 2013) for an incubator programme conducted by the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (U.K.) for his efforts in affordable and low-cost education in smaller towns and villages.
Dr. Anita Patibandla is a Doctor from the esteemed Osmania Medical College. Besides devoting time to her medical practice, she has been instrumental in organizing health camps and free clinics for underprivileged communities. She is also the Chairperson of the Adolescent Committee of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society of Hyderabad. An active Rotarian, she has also conducted service activities for the Rotary Club, Banjara Hills.
Dr. Savita Date Menon, Director
Dr. Savita Date Menon is a renowned Clinical & Health Psychologist trained at Mumbai University. She is also a Health & Wellness Expert and is Head R&D, Apollo life, a company she helped create for the Apollo Hospitals group. She has trained several institutes and organisations such as Tata Management Development Centre, XLRI Business Management, IIM, CII etc. She is associated with Special Olympics at International level and in Bharat as the Global Clinical Advisor for conducting Health and Psychological Screening for Intellectually Disabled Children.
Mr. Turjya N. Ganguly is a legal advisor and advocate, having obtained his LLB from Government Law College, Mumbai. Besides pursuing law and criminal jurisprudence, Mr. Ganguly is an avid sportsperson too. He was an Equestrian Showjumper and Steeplechaser in Junior National Championships and has represented Hyderabad in Inter-Zonal Basketball Championship. He is also an avocational weight lifter and pursues long distance biking.
Mr. Y.R. Mohana Rao brings with him a wealth of experience & expertise in Human Resources, Industrial Relations, Admin, Legal, Human Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility in Banking and MNC Agri Business Companies. As a Human Rights Lead for Monsanto India, he has been the recipient of various prestigious global awards for innovative field safety and child labour rehabilitation initiatives. Post retirement, his continued passion for bringing about positive changes in the Agri sector has made him join Efresh Portal, an organisation set up with a mission of empowering Agriculture, Food Processing and Food Safety with online and onsite services, as its Vice President. He is also an active Rotarian supporting service projects.
Mr. Hemant Agarwal is a noted advertising professional, heading Associated Advertising. With offices pan India, he has played a crucial role in several brands achieving national prominence. He has made innovative forays into allied activities such as design and publication of a detailed tourist guide for Andhra Pradesh – Rail Yatri – India’s largest circulated English publication, with several distinguished contributing writers. He is Founder Member of the Advertising Club, Hyderabad – a federation of agencies & clients; Member, Executive Committee, AAAI – the apex body of advertising agencies in the country.