The governing body is responsible for the management and administration of all affairs of the society. All directors serve selflessly with no compensation; not even sitting fees or travelling costs. All are donors themselves.
Superior governing practices are necessary to handle developments. A well thought out Governance Manual guides operations. Retired members are encouraged to remain involved in the organization’s activities through their continued membership of the society.
We have seven exemplary individuals on our board who work for the society pro bono.
G.K Swamy – Founder & CEO
Swamy has a Master’s degree in Economics from the Madras University. After a long and successful career as an Economist spanning 35 years, he chose to spend his retirement years in the verdant Himalayan foot hills; in 1997 he relocated from Bombay to Uttarakhand.
He and his wife Chinni chose to devote their time and resources to provide constructive interventions for the empowerment of this backward rural community. He has been a true Captain – leading from the front, never losing focus and practicing exemplary standards of code of conduct which practices are now woven into the very fabric of our work culture.
His wife Chinni heads the “Stree Shakti” wing of the Society, which deals with the creation of designer handmade patch worked quilts and other quilted products with the help of over 160 women hailing from villages around Purkal.
Swamy is a regular donor over the years.
P.N Narayanswami (Mohan) – Chairperson
Mr. Narayanaswamy heads his own travel company (Travel Scope India) based in Delhi.
He has been a supporter of PYDS for several years and has introduced many valuable people to the Society who have helped further the cause. His organization Travel Scope supports PYDS with annual contributions. They have been instrumental in providing mentorship and employment opportunities to our Post 12th students who wished to make a career in the tourism sector.
He became the 2nd Chairperson of our Society after our Founder Chairperson Mrs. Praveen Langham decided to retire to permit our Board’s new policy of ensuring retirement by rotation.
Mrs. Padmini Sambasivam – Director
Mrs. Padmini Sambasivam, Principal, Welham Girls’ School, Dehradun, received her entire education from Chennai. As a student, she was consistently ranked among the top 3, and was a recipient of the National merit scholarship. She graduated with a Major in Zoology, from Stella Maris College, a premium institution in Chennai. Her deep interest in research and Sciences spurred her on to acquire a Masters degree in Environmental Toxicology, from the Post Graduate Institute Of Basic Medical Sciences, University Of Madras.
She then went on to do her M.Phil in Genetics, where she got an opportunity to work and interact with senior scientists. This experience honed her analytical and problem solving skills to a large extent. As part of her professional requirement, Mrs. Sambasivam went on to do her B.Ed & MA in Education to equip herself as a trained teacher.
Preet Dhupar – Director
Preet Dhupar is the Chief Financial Officer for IKEA in India. She joined IKEA India in April 2014.
Prior to this Preet, was working at BBC Global News India as their Chief Operating Officer. She worked in the BBC in various roles for 14 years. She has also worked with companies such as KPMG, Caltex and Becton Dickinson.
Preet is a qualified chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience in various industries and geographies; exposure to multiple facets of finance and a strong knowledge of global accounting principles and Indian tax laws and practice.
In her personal time, she likes to devote her time in contributing to society. She is a voracious reader and an amateur theatre artist.
She has benefitted the Society immensely by introducing us to many Corporates.
Vijay Toley – Director
Mr. Vijay Toley is the Executive Director of Tex Corp Limited and a Director in various Group companies in India & overseas.
He completed his B.Sc. from Institute of Science Nagpur & finished his M.Sc. in Physics IIT Delhi in 1972. He was also a National Science Talent Scholar. Subsequently, he studied Packaging Technology from Indian Institute of Packaging, Mumbai and worked there for a few years.
Later, he completed his PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad in 1977.
He has been working in various organizations in various capacities & since 1990 been heading operations and technology functions of the Group.
He is keenly interested in working with NGOs and organizations in different fields such as educating the girl child, water conservation, renewable energy, environment & wild life etc. He has been supporting us for nearly a decade now. He has introduced us to many Corporates and friends who are now supporting our cause.
Anoop Seth – Director
Anoop Seth is a post graduate in Management from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani. He has held senior positions in Financial Services with ABN Amro Bank, AMP Capital, Bank of America, IDFC and Standard Chartered Bank as well as in Industry with Bechtel Corp and Reliance Industries. He is currently Deputy Managing Director of IL&FS Energy, the Power arm of IL&FS, a premier Indian Infrastructure house.
Suman Bose– Director
Suman Bose is managing director & CEO of Siemens Industry Software India.
Bose studied finance and marketing at XLRI Jamshedpur and general management at arvard Business School. Before Siemens, he was country director, India at Dassault Systemes.