Board of Trustees
The Akshaya Patra Foundation (TAPF) is a public, charitable, secular Trust, registered in Bengaluru. The Board of Trustees comprise missionaries of ISKCON Bengaluru, corporate professionals, and entrepreneurs.
Our empowered teams spread across India, the USA and the UK play a large role in understanding the complex issues faced by children and spreading our cause through well-defined processes.
COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
At Akshaya Patra, we firmly believe that good governance and ethics are the necessary foundations of any Non-Governmental Organisation. In pursuit of the same, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees play a primary role in ensuring good governance and functioning of the Foundation.
The Foundation’s Board comprises of Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors. Presently, there are eight Trustees and seven Advisors in the Foundation’s Board.
Madhu Pandit Dasa
Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Madhu Pandit Dasa was born in Nagercoil, India. Armed with a B.Tech in Civil Engineering from IIT-Mumbai, he dedicated himself to the service of humanity while doing his M.Tech from IIT-Mumbai in 1981. In 1994, he initiated an integrated social development project for the benefit of rural people in Karnataka's Mysuru and Mandya districts. He set up a prototype organic farm based on environment-friendly farming methods, and an internationally-accredited farmer-training centre, on 110-acre land by the banks of the river Kaveri in Srirangapatam. Inspired by his spiritual guru, Srila Prabhupada’s message, he initiated the Akshaya Patra school lunch programme alongwith Sh. Mohan Das Pai, to provide mid-day meals to children studying in five government schools in Bengaluru. He was instrumental in designing the first centralised and mechanised kitchen of Akshaya Patra, to provide mid-day meals to underprivileged children in Government schools of Bengaluru Rural District, in July 2000. Currently, he is involved in devising strategies for innovative new models, governance, visionary guidance and in envisioning the path forward for the programme implementation.
Vice Chairman, The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Chanchalapathi Dasa, populary known as "CPP" did his Masters in Electrical Communication Engineering from Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. While pursuing his Bachelor’s degree, he came across with the teachings of Srila Prabhupada’s and met with Madhu Pandit Dasa to carry forward the mission together. He became a full-time member to fullfill the vision & aspiration of his spiritual guru Srila Prabhupada. Comitted to the cause since 1984, he is currently involved in strategy, growth, and governance of Akshaya Patra.
Advisor–Group Corporate Affairs - Manipal Education & Medical Group
Abhay Jain has been serving as a trustee of the foundation since its inception. Born in Rajasthan, India, Mr Jain completed his graduation in Science from St. Joseph’s College and his Bachelor of Law from Bangalore University. He also holds a PG Diploma in Management. He is one of the largest distributors of polymers in South India and has served as Vice President in Birla Group of Companies. Presently, he is Advisor, Group Corporate Affairs, of Manipal Education & Medical Group, and Member of the Board - Jain University, Bengaluru. The impressive networking skills he brings to the table, are a valuable asset to the Foundation.
Jaganmohan Krishna Dasa
Trustee, The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Jaganmohan Krishna Dasa was born in the Prakasham district of Andhra Pradesh. He holds a Bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. In 2005, he served Akshaya Patra as a Programme Coordinator for the Jaipur unit, where he was involved in kitchen development from inception. He has also been involved in the operations of the Vrindavan and Gujarat units; and helped set up and run the Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara & Nathdwara kitchen projects. Having a keen faculty for design and innovation, Jaganmohan Krishna Dasa implemented various development initiatives in Akshaya Patra's kitchens. Keeping with the latest in food technology, he studied and implemented innovative alternatives from Germany and Sweden. Presently, he serves as the President of Akshaya Patra's Gujarat region.
Raj P Kondur
CEO of Plank Labs
Raj P. Kondur has been a Trustee of The Akshaya Patra Foundation since April 2002. He is also the member of Akshaya Patra’s Audit Committee. Raj is the CEO of Plank Labs, a technology and media business incubator and holding company. Raj previously co-founded and was Managing Director of Chrys Capital, India’s largest independent private equity fund with over US$ 4 billion under management. He was also a partner at Ascent Capital, another of India’s leading private equity firms. His prior experience includes several years in the US with Morgan Stanley (M&A, and private equity), and AT Kearney (management consulting). Raj is a former professional tennis player and attended college in the US on a tennis scholarship. Raj has a BBA degree from Georgia State University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ratnangada Govinda Dasa
Trustee, The Akshaya Patra Foundation
Ratnangada Govinda Dasa, born in Bengaluru, India, has a long history of social work. He initiated many developmental programmes for promoting human values and character-building among the slum dwellers and their children. He was also instrumental in starting Akshaya Vastra, an initative for distributing free clothes to the underprivileged. In 2004, he helped build the second kitchen of Akshaya Patra in Hubballi, Karnataka. He then spearheaded the implementation of Akshaya Patra’s programme in Rajasthan, which led to kitchens being set up in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Nathdwara. He also travelled extensively to rural areas of the most backward district of Rajasthan – Baran, where he developed Akshaya Patra’s first decentralised feeding programme. This initiative led to a significant improvement in the living standards of the local tribes and is widely recognised as a highly successful social intervention. Ratnangada Govinda Dasa also serves as a member of Akshaya Patra’s Management Council.
T.V. Mohandas Pai
Chairman, Manipal Global Education Services
Mohandas Pai has been serving as a trustee of The Akshaya Patra Foundation since its founding days. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of Manipal Global Education Services Private Limited and Advisor to the Manipal Education and Medical Group. He actively interfaces with key leadership at Indian regulators to improve the business ecosystem. His focus areas are Education, Information Technology and Human Resource Development. Among his many laurels are ’Best CFO in India’ award from Finance Asia in 2002. Apart from being a strategic visionary of the Foundation, he is also a patron donor.
Founder & Chairman, Exfinity Venture
V. Balakrishnan joined Akshaya Patra Board of Trustees in June 2006. He presently serves as the Chairman of Akshaya Patra Audit Committee. He has significant experience in leadership positions in the Finance domain, with expertise in Corporate Finance, International Taxation, Risk Management and Mergers & Acquisitions. He is also a Founder and Chairman of Exfinity, a Private Equity Fund focused on investing in the technology space. He is also the Chairman of MicroGraam, which is a peer-to-peer lending platform that empowers rural entrepreneurs with access to loans from socially-minded investors. Mr Balakrishnan holds a B.Sc. from the Madras University and is an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and Institute of Company Secretaries of India. Also a recipient of the 'Best CFO' award from CNBC and Finance Asia