is the CEO and Founder of Swayam Krishi Sangam (self-help society), a Grameen
Bank Replication Project in one of the poorest parts of India. Mr. Akula has
several years of work and research experience in microfinance and rural
development. He has worked as a community organizer with the Deccan Development
Society in India, was a Fulbright Scholar in India, and was a researcher with
the Worldwatch Institute, a policy institute in Washington, D.C. He holds an
M.A. from Yale and is completing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University
of Chicago. He has been awarded an Echoing Green Public Service Entrepreneur
Fellowship for his work with SKS.
Dr. Vithal Rajan
is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors. He has over twenty years of
experience in rural development. He is a currently the CEO of Polyene Film
Industries, a company that promotes solar energy in rural areas. He also serves
on the Vision 2020 task force for the AP State Government. He was a
founder-member of the Deccan Development Society and served as its chairperson
for several years. He was also a founder-member of the Confederation of
Voluntary Organizations (COVA) that focus on urban poverty in Hyderabad.
Previously, Dr. Rajan served as a Program Officer for the World Wide Fund for
Nature in Switzerland. He has published widely on many aspects of rural
development and holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and a B.A.
Sitaram Rao, Advisor. Sitaram is a Chartered
Accountant (CPA equivalent) and Cost Accountant who has held Chief Executive and
senior advisory positions with several finance and international marketing
companies including the DCL Group (India), Muscat Finance Company (Sultanate of
Oman), Laila Group (India), and Paradigm Infotech (USA). He has also served as a
visiting faculty member at Management Development Institute (Delhi), Industrial
Finance Corporation of India, Computer Maintenance Corporation, and the State
Bank of India. Mr. Rao holds degrees in both Commerce and Law from Bombay
Jennifer W. Meehan, Consultant. Jennifer is a US citizen who
has been based in Asia for nearly 6 years.
She worked at The Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and Singapore before
joining CASHPOR, the Asian Network of Grameen Bank Adaptors, as Financial
Advisor in June 1998. Now working
independently in Tokyo, her focus is in equal parts microfinance and social
investing. She serves on the
Editorial Board of CASHPOR's quarterly newsletter and is a consultant for the
Calvert Social Investment Foundation on its Asian and African portfolios.
She has also been invited to serve on the Management Board of the
Aavishkaar India Micro Venture Capital Fund, a newly launched social venture
capital fund to finance rural innovations in India.
She graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a
degree in International Economics and is currently a Level III candidate in the
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Program
Chief Operating Officer.
The COO is Mr. Y V Raghunatha
Reddy, with over 17 years experience in mainstream banking and micro finance.
Prior to joining SKS, he was the Associate Vice President of KBS Local Area
Bank, promoted by BASIX. He has a Masters in Fishery Science from the University
of Agricultural Sciences at Bangalore and is a Certified Associate of the Indian
Institute of Bankers.
District Manager. Srinivas Chakravarthy has over three years of experience in
working with micro finance organizations. He is an MBA with specialization in
Systems Management from the Sri Venkateswara University in Tirupathi.
Manager. Dinesh is with SKS as a Project Manager and is responsible for all the
technology efforts. Previously, Dinesh worked for with NFO Worldwide, as a
Senior Research Executive servicing national (Cadbury’s, Coke, Nickelodeon,
Nestle, and TetraPak) and international (Samsung, Turner International)
companies in quantitative and qualitative research. Dinesh has a B.Sc. from
Osmania University, where he majored in Electronics, and has done his management
program from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He has over 4 years of work experience in the corporate sector.
Mr. Vinay Chawla
His current focus at SKS as a consultant is development and implementation of a
smart card solution to integrate rural field-level transactions with a suite of
microfinance back-end applications. Vinay is a Manager for KPMG Consulting in
the U.S. where he focuses on IT professional services work for major
telecommunications carriers (wireless, wireline, and Internet services). His
functional areas of specialization include network engineering, software quality
assurance, and e-commerce software implementations. Prior to joining KPMG, Mr.
Chawla attended Northwestern University where he received his Bachelor of Arts
degree (with Honors) in Political Science.