Board Members

Board Members

Board Members


Chairperson: Jayshree Vyas
Managing Director, SEWA Bank
A Chartered Accountant by professional education, she worked as a Financial Analyst with Central Bank of India. She has been part of the non-government financial sector to work with a clear focus on the financial inclusion and economic empowerment of socio-economically disadvantaged women for more than two decades. She has been leading Shree Mahila Sewa Sahakari Bank, Ahmedabad (since 1986) , a pioneer in providing access to financial services for working class women. The financial literacy programme, which has been snowballing as a major component of the larger financial inclusion agenda, was first initiated by Sewa Bank under her guidance in 2001. She was also instrumental in introducing the Micro Pension Scheme for women workers in the unorganized sector. A recipient of the ‘ Outstanding Women Entrepreneur’ award by FICCI in 1993-94, she has been a member of the board in the Gujarat Urban Cooperative Bank Federation, Central Depository Services Limited, a member of Advisory Committee of SEBI, and the Executive Director in Indian School of Micro Finance for Women, to mention a few.

Trustee: Girija Srinivasan
Development Consultant
An MBA in professional education, she has three decades of experience in microfinance, rural finance including micro-enterprise finance, micro insurance, community based financial institution(SHGs and Federations), project design, monitoring and evaluation , institutional assessment and gender. She started her career with NABARD and gradually moved to freelancing in India, Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. As a freelancer she has worked with agencies like IFAD, UNOPS, GTZ, KFW, NOVIB, ILO, DFID, SDC, SIDBI, NABARD and some leading NGOs in India. She was a member of the Task Force formed by the Government of Maharashtra on micro-finance. Besides, she has been contributing to the field of knowledge building in the sector by authoring several articles and books.

Trustee: Kalpana Iyer
Independent Consultant
A fellow from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, she worked with Canbank Financial Services Ltd, CRISIL, Citi Bank, and since 2007 she has been freelancing. In Citi Bank she held lead positions like Chief of Staff to Consumer Bank Head in India, Business Head, Women’s Banking and Microfinance etc. In the domain of microfinance, she has worked intensively on credit policies and credit processes for the leading MFIs of India, building new business models and creating opportunities, managing people, financial control and planning etc. She was member of the study team commissioned by FAO & UNTRS on ‘Enhancing Financial Services Flow to Small Scale Marine Fisheries Sector’.

Trustee: Sudha Kothari
Managing Trustee, Chaitanya
With a PhD in Sociology, she has rare blend of strong grassroot as well as institutional level experiences in the development sector spanning over three decades. She is the Managing Trustee of the well known development agency called Chaitanya, based in Pune since 1993. As a keen researcher, she has to her credit various dissertations and research papers on the empowerment of women. A recipient of several awards and citations, she is on the Executive Committee of the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration, Pune, a Trustee for the MicroSave India Foundation and member of Board at MicroSave India Private Ltd, Chair of Indian Foundation for Inclusive Growth (IFIG) and member of the Governing Board of various organisations.

Trustee: Siddharth Sinha
Professor, IIM Ahmedabad
A PhD in Finance from University of California, Berkeley, USA, Prof. Sinha taught for about five years in University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has been teaching in IIM Ahmedabad since 1992. He has significantly contributed to the knowledge domain in the areas like corporate finance, corporate governance and risk management. He was member of the committee on Power Sector Reform Review, set up by the Government of Odisha. He has several publications at the national and international level to his credit.

Trustee: Venkatesh Tagat
Development Consultant
Venkatesh Tagat has been a student of agriculture, having completed his Ph. D in soil and water management from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi. He worked as an agronomist at the Central Coffee Research Station, Chickmangalur. He later pursued a development-banking career by joining Reserve Bank of India and later on National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. He has had experience of working with village communities in the NABARD- KFW supported Indo German Watershed Development Program in Maharashtra. He has also designed and implemented tribal development programs in many states. He initiated the capacity development of producer organizations and prepared the road map for the promotion of FPOs in 2014. As part of a knowledge series by NABARD, he authored a paper on Financing for FPOs –focus on transforming agricultural lending which was published in 2016. Currently, he is nominated on the Board of management of AME Foundation, Friends for Women’s World Banking (FWWB), Sanghamitra Rural Finance Services, and Samunnati Agro Solutions.

Trustee: Vijayalakshmi Das
CEO – Friends of Women’s World Banking
A Postgraduate in Economics, she did advanced courses in Economics from the Economic Institute, Harvard Institute for International Development, and Women’s World Banking of USA. She worked with the Administrative Staff College of India (Hyderabad), AKRSP (Ahmedabad), and since 1989, she has been with FWWB India as Chief Executive Officer. She has served as a member in the Standing Committee on Gender Issues in Credit and Support Services of NABARD, Project Advisory Group of CGAP, Task Force on Microfinance of RBI, Governing Board MCRIL, Board of Indian School of Microfinance for Women, Governing Board of SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit, Board of Trustees APMAS and Appropriate Technology, India.