Ronnie Screwvala is a first generation entrepreneur who started his journey by introducing India to multi channel TV viewing, by launching the first cable TV network in the country. From there, he went on to build a Media and Entertainment conglomerate spanning Television, Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Games and Digital, that he listed in 2005 for a market cap of $ 55 million and that The Walt Disney Company bought in 2012 for an enterprise value of $1.4 billion.
Ronnie puts a great deal of emphasis on Social Welfare. He founded a Foundation with a focus on Rural India and adopted over 200 villages in Maharashtra to work on their self-sufficiency in water, health, education and livelihood.
Onto his second innings after selling his stake to Disney - The Foundation - entitled SWADES, has a plan to impact one million in Rural Maharashtra in five years, with a clear exit/empowerment strategy from those villages, and building a model for others to follow. The Foundation has committed an initial amount of $50 million in its first tranche.
Zarina is the Founder Director of the Swades Foundation & works full time as its Managing Director. Zarina has featured in Business Today’s Most Powerful Women in Indian Business List for three years. She is on the advisory board of the Asia Society India, St Xavier’s College and W.I.F.T. India (Women In Film and Television).
Zarina Screwvala is recognized as a game changer in Indian Media and Entertainment. Zarina is one of the three founder directors of UTV, one of India’s foremost Media & Entertainment Conglomerates; now Disney UTV. Zarina has lead the creation and launch of highly successful broadcast brands including Hungama TV - India’s First Local Kids Channel which in 18 months became the #1 Kids channel in India as well as other leading channels including Bindaas, UTV Stars, and UTV Action. She also created and launched Astro Ceria - the first Local kid’s channels in Indonesia & Malaysia. Prior to that Zarina was a multi award winning Producer of over 3500 hours of highly rated television programming in multiple languages for every major Indian broadcaster.
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Mangesh has more than 27 years of General Management experience with P&L responsibility and in leading successful start-ups across multiple sectors and various organizations viz. Farm Inputs (Farm Machinery, Agri-Inputs, Animal Feeds & Micro Information), Retail and Micro Finance. Mangesh has rich experience in strategy formulation & implementation and worked for organic & inorganic growth of businesses.
Mangesh started his career in Sales & Distribution with Mahindra Tractors in 1987. He also headed the S&D of Agri Input Business at Godrej Agrovet. He conceptualized and started the modern retail businesses (Aadhaar and Nature’s Basket) at Godrej Agrovet Ltd. He has also worked in the Microfinance business at Fullerton India and later for Reuters Market Light at Thomson Reuters.
Before joining Swades, Mangesh was the Head, Animal Feeds Business at Godrej Agrovet Limited.
Chandra Shekhar Gowda is an international social development specialist with over 17 years of experiences in public health, child rights, social protection, women’s empowerment and private sector engagement.
He specializes in Implementation Science, managing large and specialized projects across India. He has headed Asia’s largest and most comprehensive community empowerment programmes among women in sex work that brought down prevalence of HIV from 22 percent in 2005 to 9.1 percent in 2012). Prior to joining Swades, he has been part of several international assignments providing technical support to national governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations as well as international NGOs. He has been instrumental in conceptualization and implementation of ideas that resulted in creation of new knowledge. He has worked in rural parts of Karnataka implementing comprehensive health intervention covering over 220 villages.
Some of his notable work includes recognition from the Indian Psychiatric Society, Karnataka Chapter for commendable work in working with HIV and Alcohol issues. Stigma Reduction Strategies won the development market grant for being innovative and also was adjudged one of the best practices that featured as case study in World Bank Website. Setting up of integrated community water plant in rural areas in partnership with communities and Gram Panchayat that led to scaling of model in other villages serving over 4000 families.
He has contributed to mobilizing resource that includes scanning for opportunities, assessing the fit, putting together partnerships and writing proposals. He was instrumental in securing grant from Development Market Place, UNDP/ICRW and was part of writing proposal to European Union, GFATM, Global Fund for women, UNEDF, UNDP, UNICEF and Corporate Foundations
A member of ‘Abolition of child prostitution’ Government of Karnataka, he believes in community empowerment and integrated approaches that contributes towards sustainable development.
Rahul comes in with a rich experience of 18 years which is an amalgamation of various functions like Training, Marketing, Operations and he started his HR journey in April 2007 with EXL.
He has a proven track record as HR Generalist profile which includes People Management, Performance Appraisal, Manpower Planning, Recruitment, MIS, Training and Development, etc. among other things. His expertise lies in partnering with Business units to develop overall business strategy and objectives and translating them into goals, plans and tactics.
He has completed his B.Com and MBA in Marketing from Pune University and has completed his PGCHRM from XLRI. Before joining Swades, Rahul was associated with MNCs like GE, EXL, WNS, Stream Global Services where he was the Director HR. Post Stream got acquired by Convergys in 2014, he was responsible for the HR Generalist profile for the West region in capacity of a Regional HR Business Partner, managing around 4500 employees based out of Mumbai, Thane and Pune.
Mr Rajesh Jain has a M.Sc degree in Applied Geology from IIT Roorkee and more than two decades experience in companies like ACCESS Development Services, Dte. of Petroleum, Govt of Rajasthan, Indian Institute of Craft & Designs, Rural Non- Farm Development Agency & Dept of Mines & Geology, Govt of Rajasthan. His expertise includes in conceptualization, implementation, monitoring of livelihood projects in rural areas and has also supported craft based livelihoods intervention in 7 tribal clusters of India being supported by Govt of India. He was also associated with Ode to earth, a craft based marketing initative at National Level and is a Member of the livelihoods Advisory Committee of the IFAD funded Mpower project in West Rajasthan. In his last assignment at ACCESS as Vice President, he was involved in Tourism and Rural Business Hub projects with leading foundations like Dell, RBS, HSBC, CITI, ICICI, IL&FS and World Bank.
Tushar has over 12 years’ experience in Strategic Consulting, Client and Relationship Management, Sales Management and Business Development. Prior to joining Swades, he has been associated with organizations like DASRA as Director Strategic Philanthropy Development & Wealth Partnership; with Deutsche Bank as VP Corporate Development; with Royal Bank of Scotland as Head of Sales Management; with JP Morgan as Strategic Planner; with Evalueserve as Lead, Strategic Consulting and Business Research and with IndusInd Bank as Manager Wealth Management.
Tushar is an MBA in International Business from IIFT, Delhi and Masters in Finance & Control.
Poonam Jethwani comes with 15 years of experience in handling positions of high responsibility in the Finance department in companies like United Health Group, Neoteric Infomatique Ltd., Otis Elevators Co. Ltd & Priya Group. Prior to joining us Poonam has been practicing as an independent financial consultant for multiple organizations.
A qualified Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary, Poonam is currently pursuing a Certification course in IFRS & Masters in Business Finance, both conducted by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
At the Swades foundation, Poonam is also responsible for implementing systems and processes, together with overseeing the entire finance and regulatory function.
Mr. Mishra has more than 20 years of professional experience with expertise in water resources management, soil and water conservation, drought mitigation, ground water recharging, water storage, drinking water and sanitation, etc. He was working with Reliance Foundation in various projects for the transformation of Rural Livelihood with sustainable technologies like rain water harvesting structures and construction of earthen dam resulting in water conservation. Prior to Reliance Foundation he was working with Action for Food Production as Sr. Hydrologist where he worked on various projects for the implementation of water resources, land reclamation etc. Mr. Mishra is an M.Tech in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in soil and water engineering.
Bejoy has over 19 years of experience in Projects & Maintenance, Project Procurement, Managing Construction, renovations and Vendor Management. He has been associated with organizations like Blue Sky Luxury Apartments Pvt. ltd. as Construction Project Manager(Srilanka), with Nilgai Foods Pvt. Ltd. as Head of projects & maintenance (Mumbai), with Ka- Restaurants as AVP Projects and Maintenance, with Mirah Group as AGM Projects and Maintenance, with YUVA(NGO) as GM.
Bejoy has done B.E. (CIVIL) from Mumbai University.
A master in social work with over 19 years of experience in managing programmes across various social & rural themes - proven expertise in managing programmes for Corporate Social
Responsibility, Rural development and Community development.
Tushar was the one of the first employees for Swades based out of Raigad and led the district team for 12 years. Thereafter, moved into community mobilization and resource mobilisation and now with the ‘Government Affairs and Partnerships’ team building a robust working partnership with the government and ensuring the people in our geography benefit from various government led schemes.
He presented a paper at an international conference in Hong Kong (2007) on conflict resolution among the target communities and was also the Indian representative at an international conference on ‘Rural Social Work’ held in China. He also participated in an International exchange program to Israel in 2010.
In 2013, he received Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition through Rotary International for his most valuable contribution to integrated community development in India.
Rajesh holds a PG Diploma in human rights from Indian Institute of Human Rights. He comes with over 11 years of experience across water & sanitation projects and is an expert in health and watershed programs, capacity building and providing technical Support to different stakeholders. Before joining Swades, Rajesh was working with Catholic Relief Services where he was in charge of watershed programs, providing linkages with different stakeholders & networking with Government, NGOs & Corporates.
Rajesh has also worked for emergency response programs for Bhuj earthquake, Tsunami in Tamil Nadu & Kerala, Maharashtra Floods and Andhra Pradesh Floods. He has also been rewarded with special recognitions for his dedicated services to the poor & the marginalized during Gujarat Earthquake Relief and for outstanding contribution to the CRS/India Tsunami response.