Board of Directors

Sarosh J. Ghandy, Chairman
Sarosh Ghandy is a graduate (1958) in Metallurgical Engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, USA. He joined the Tata Engineering and Locomotive Co. Ltd. (now Tata Motors Ltd.) as an Asst. Metallurgist and over a period of 14 years rose to become the General Manager of the Jamshedpur Works of Telco. He joined the Telco Board as Executive Director from 1973 to 1999. He resigned from the Telco Board to take up the Managing Directorship of a subsidiary of Telco, TELCON till his retirement in 2002. Mr. Ghandy has dedicated his life to supporting Social and Educational Services at the highest level and was the Chairman of eight related organizations. Additionally he is on the board of ten Business organizations.

Late Elaine Marie Ghosh, Founder
Regretfully Elaine passed away on November 28th, 2013. She began her career in 1974 as a financial analyst with Citibank N.A. and served as a banker for 10 years. In 2004/05 she was the Consultant for all administrative functions & Facility Manager for the start-up India operations of Macromedia Research and Development. She also ran a Premises Consultancy and among other projects, set up the head office of Ujjivan Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, a microfinance company that provides financial services to urban poor women. In 2007 she started Parinaam Foundation as a non-profit Section 25 company to provide social services to poor urban families. She was a strong environmentalist with a special interest in water and tree conservation.

Mallika Ghosh, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
Mallika Ghosh has been Chief Operating Officer of Parinaam since 2010. Previously, she spent seven years in Advertising. Her last job was as Head of Film Division, South India for McCann Erickson. Giving it all up, she took the plunge into the social sector, bringing in youth and professional integrity to a fledgling Parinaam. She took over as Executive Director in November, 2013 after the passing of her mother and Executive Director, Elaine Marie Ghosh. She has been instrumental in building Parinaam's programs and creating the strategic vision under which it operates today. Along with Elaine Ghosh, she developed the Financial Literacy Program (Diksha) and the Academic Adoption Program. She is personally involved in all its activities and provides the day-to-day support that the Foundation needs.

Lt. Gen (Retd) Arjun Ray, PVSM, VSM, Director
General Ray served the army for 38 years and his career spanned two wars, two insurgencies and a socio-political campaign to win over alienated communities in Ladakh. As a Core Commander, he redefined the role of the Armed Forces from winning wars to preventing wars. He has authored Kashmir Diary: The Psychology of Militancy, considered to be a purple primer to understand the mind of a terrorist. His second book, Peace is Everybody's Business was published last year. For distinguished service and contribution to nation-building he was awarded the Param Vishist Seva Medal, and was India's nomination for the Commonwealth Award in 2002 for women's empowerment.
He is presently the CEO of the Indus Group of Schools in Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad.

Raghavendra Singh, Director
A professional with almost 20 years of experience in the Finance, Development and Automotive sectors. He was previously a Director with Ujjivan Financial Services, during which time he also began his association with its not-for-profit arm, Parinaam Foundation. He co-authored Parinaam's Academic Adoption Program and is passionate about making a meaningful difference in the lives of poor families by making quality education available to bright young children, thereby enabling them to comprehensively overcome the generational poverty divide.
Raghvendra is currently a financial consultant based in New Delhi.

Ittira is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (1976) and a global corporate and institutional banker for 36 years, having worked with Citibank in India, Arab Bank plc in the Middle East and Europe Arab Bank plc in Europe. After returning to India in November 2012, he is based in Bangalore providing financial consultancy and assisting not-for-profit organisations.

Maneesha heads Corporate Citizenship for Citi South Asia and is responsible for the management of Citi's social responsibility activities, non-profit relationships and the Citi Foundation grant investments, in the region. In her fifteen years of experience in microfinance and livelihoods she has worked in credit ratings, trainings, consulting, banking and philanthropic investing. Prior to Citi, Maneesha was the Programme Director for RBS Foundation India and has also been a relationship banker handling a number of microfinance credit clients for ABN AMRO Bank (now RBS). She started her career in the development sector at Micro Credit Ratings International Limited (M-CRIL) where she undertook credit risk assessments of microfinance institutions across the region and also delivered financial management trainings to the sector. Maneesha also serves on the Board of Railway Children India. Academically, Maneesha holds a Masters in Development Finance from IDPM, Manchester and is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.