Mr. Kalyan Kumar Banerjee: Chairman
Kalyan Kumar Banerjee graduated in Electrical Engineering from IIT Delhi and has a Masters in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur. He is among the ten co-founders of Mindtree, a Global IT leader company. As part of Mindtree, Kalyan has conceived and explored Knowledge Management, the Culture and Competence Initiative, and its Leadership Development program. Kalyan was instrumental in defining a learning culture, introducing communities to foster a learn and share ecosystem, teaching systematic innovation, and building programs for lifelong learning. Prior to Mindtree, Kalyan worked in Wipro’s R&D for thirteen years, most of it on the UNIX kernel.Having worked in the growth and transformation of the computer industry for 26 years, Kalyan joined Centurion University as Pro -Vice Chancellor in June 2012 to bring changes in the academia of Odisha. He is also the Founder Director of Klorofeel Foundation, an organization having intrinsic focus on delivering effective and inspiring education for the under-served. He is also associated with startups like Reap Benefit, Walnut, Vidya Kshetra, iAccept, Spaneos, Rise High Public School, Posibolt and Showhow2. He thrives to build people through the process of peer learning, making sense of out of diverse signals, systems thinking and with a strong reason to believe that everyone has potential and purpose.
Prof. Haribandhu Panda: Managing Trustee
Prof. Panda is an Engineer and MBA. Currently he is the Vice Chancellor of Centurion University of Technology and Management. Prof Panda has extensively worked in research and consulting projects along with academia. He had worked with organizations like AMUL, NDDB, SRTT, Gol-MoRD, IDBI etc. His work stint with PSUs in India includes HAL, SAIL and NTPC. Dr. Panda had a stint abroad in Thailand and France. His distinguished academia excellence includes teaching at IRMA and in AIT, Bangkok. He was also the Dean at KSRM (KIIT School of Rural Management) and was the first director of HDF School of Management, Bhubaneswar.
Mr. Bismaya Mahapatra: Founder & Trustee
An MBA from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. Has worked in grassroots development and industry for nearly 27 years with Harsha Trust, PRADAN, Tata Consultancy Services and Renaissance.
Mr. Niroop Mahanty: Trustee
Mr. Niroop Kumar Mahanty served as Vice President of Human Resources Management of Tata Steel Limited. Mr. Mahanty serves as Director of Steel City Press Limited and Kalinga Aquatics Limited. He served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Timken India Limited He holds B.A. (Hons) from St. Stephens College, Delhi University and M.B.A. from University of Colorado, USA. After thirty years working for Tata Steel, Niroop joined RM Associates, a consultancy as Partner. He currently advises several companies on HR and allied issues. A regular speaker at HR seminars, Niroop has been invited to speak and chair at international conferences on numerous occasions where he has spoken on large scale change management, compensation management, future of HR etc. Besides, Niroop is the President of a Children’s trust and is a third degree Reiki healer. The Kudy Mahanty Children’s Educational Opportunities (KMCEO) , a trust being settled by him, has been working with the purpose of furthering college education amongst the meritorious and needy students of Jamshedpur to offer the “Kudy Mahanty Scholarships” to deserving candidates to enable them to meet their scholastic goals.
Prof. Latha Ravindran: Trustee
Dr. Latha Ravindran has been working as a faculty with Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar since 1988. She teaches core courses such as, Micro-economics and Macro-economics. She also has worked on various assignments of World Bank and other International donors on displacement, rehabilitation and livelihoods.
Mr. Manas Satpathy, Trustee
An M.Tech. in Water Resources from IIT Kharagpur and former Executive Director of PRADAN, a national level NGO. He has more than 27 years of working experience in Rural Development.
Mr. Sujit Mohapatra: Trustee
A post graduate in English from University of Hyderabad and degree in English Literature from Delhi University. He is the Founder and Secretary of Bakul Foundation-Yes We Can -Be the Change, an NGO defining the concept of “Volunteer Capitalism” where the Volunteers inspires and brings more people to volunteer. His core concept is to help people realize their power and their role in bringing about a change in society. Within a very short span of time, more than 2000 individuals have been actively involved in this movement. He started with the pledge campaign which motivates others to get involved and made them also believe in the possibility of success. He coined the passion of volunteerism which works with enthusiasm so that more meaningful intervention can happen. Sujit is felicitated as Odisha Youth Inspiration Award 2015 and Odisha Living Legend Award 2015.