Advisory Council

Vidyadaan will be guided by an Advisory Council and would comprise of professionals from various domains. Vidyadaan would benefit from the wise counsel of mature professionals with domain expertise in

  • Corporate Governance & Compliance,
  • Fund Raising,
  • Financial Reporting,
  • Communications,
  • Human Capital,
  • Impact Assessment,
  • Monitoring and Evaluation, etc….

These are professionals who want to give back and are on the lookout for right avenues. Vidyadaan would benefit from such mentors to help expand it’s horizons, establish the big picture, bring technical and industry expertise, deploy public funds prudently and, importantly provide fundamental business skills to build the organisation on a strong and sustainable path.

Members of the Council
Mr. Mathew Cherian, CEO, Helpage India

mathewMathew Cherian is Chief Executive of HelpAge India, a leading advocacy and caregiver non-profit for the elderly.He is based out of New Delhi and has been associatedwith many non-profits across India. He is an engineering graduate from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.He is among India’s first rural managers from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand. He has been Director, Oxfam, in India and Executive Director, Charities Aid Foundation. His most recent big initiative was the Credibility Alliance, which works to establish accountability and transparency in Civil Society. He is also Chairperson of Voluntary Action Network India (VANI).

He is currently on the Board of HelpAge International, Guidestar International, Care International and Sightsavers, all well-known non-profits.He is Member of the National Council of Senior Citizens and the National Foundation for Communal Harmony. He is the current Independent Commissioner for Geriatric Health with India’s Ministry of Health.

Mr.Deenadayalan, CEO, Centre for Excellence in Organisation 

DEEN, alias S.Deenadayalan, enjoys working with the so called natives who have intelligence. But to most of OUR framed views, they are ORDINARY PEOPLE. Deen sees EXTRA ORDINARY TALENTS in them.

Hence, Deen, has no frames, no qualifications  (whatever he had, he would like to forget it and if possible surrender it). He believes in unlearning and does not believe in RESUME READING  – as resumes are not real reflection of the individual.

He is the founder of CEO (“Centre for Excellence in Organisation”) based out of Bangalore and has offices in India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. He is also involved with varied NGO’s and Social Entreprises.

Mr.Harish Vagadia, Director, MM Engineers Pvt Ltd