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.
Mrs. Vandita Rao, Chief Executive Officer
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.
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. Whatinspires 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 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.
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.
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.
Dr. E. Haribabu, Professor of Sociology, is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Hyderabad Central University. An alumnus of IIT, Bombay; having taught and guided research students at IIT, Kanpur; he has been teaching interdisciplinary courses on Science, Culture and Technology and Culture and Society. He has also led prestigious international projects supported by the European Commission and the International Development Research Council. He was also awarded a research grant from the Rockefeller Foundation on application of molecular biology for rice crop improvement.
Capt. J. Rama Rao was in the Indian Navy from 1953-1975. Post retirement, he has promoted various agricultural industries, been Chairman at CII and member of the Managing Committee at FAPCCI. Since 1996, he has taken up environment conservation, being President of Society of Preservation of Environment & Quality of Life. He is also the Founder Chairman of ‘Forum for a Better Hyderabad’, which has taken up projects such as protection of the Hussain Sagar Lake, Himayathsagar and Osmansagar reservoirs, drinking water sources in the twin cities etc.
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, Apollolife, 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 International and 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.
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.