Our Board Members


Ms Meenakshi Balasubramanian — Chairperson

Date of joining SEFD (Self Esteem Foundation for Disabled) — Since incorporation 9th April 2011
Profession—Chairperson –MBA Foundation (A NGO for rehabilitation of Differently able) for past 16 years.
A commerce post graduate, A veteran in the field of disability management for past 30 years. Has been a training and employment expert for differently able youngsters. Also a senior and highly experienced person in rehabilitation for differently able. She is a recipient of many prestigious awards like National Hellen Keller award, Harmony Award from Ambani Foundation ,Swami Vivekanand National award for her invaluable contribution to this field.

Mrs Meenal Mandlik—–Director Social Marketing

Date of joining SEFD—since incorporation 9th April 2011
Profession—Ex Banker
A Science graduate, Worked as a banker with State Bank of India as a marketing executive, resigned in 2007(After24 years of service).Since then been associated with the cause of betterment of differently able. Served as a volunteer in MBA Foundation. Has done a diploma in Social Entrepreneurship. She is also a member of some other social organisations like inner wheel club and Maharashtra Chamber of commerce. She has been appreciated and awarded by some social and cultural organisations for her efforts in the social cause.

Mr Amit Dholakia –Director

Date of joining (SEFD) :- 25.05.2017.
Profession—Managing Director –Dholakia Group
Managing Director—Orritel Group of Hotels
The Dholakia Group has been in operation since the last 43 years and has been primarily real estate developers and builders for the last 18 years. They as a group have now moved from real estate development to value added real estate with business model based on demand-supply gaps .
The Orritel group has exclusive resorts in the state and also service apartment & SPA’sin the cities. Many other varied business like Fashion stores etc…A well-established name in the hospitality Industry.
A member of many social & cultural organisations. Supports many NGO’s through CSR activities and also on a personal level

Mr Prakash Chawla — Director

Date of Joining (SEFD) : – 29.9.2018
Profession:- Managing director AAK Kamani Pvt ltd
AAK KAMANI PRIVATE LIMITED is one of the leading manufacturers in the field of specialty oils and fat products in India. Their products include a whole range of specialty vegetable oils such as Hydrogenated vegetable fats, Margarines, Dairy Fat Replacers, Confectionery fats and Exotic butters.
A member of many social & cultural organisations like the Rotary Club etc . Supports many NGO’s through CSR activities and also in personal capacity

Mr Ganesh Shanbhag  – Director Finance

Profession:- Chartered Accountant by profession

41 years’ experience in rendering Professional services In the filed of accounting, auditing and taxation matters for individuals, firms, LLPs, Companies, Trusts and Societies

Hon, Secretary – The GSB Scholarship League, Mumbai ,Member of Executive Committee and Vice Chairman of Finance Committee of GSBS Medical Trust, Mumbai, Past President of Rotary Club of Mumbai Sion

Cheryl J Thornton – Advisor to Board

Advisor to the board since Jan 2020.She has broad multi –sector experience having spent more than 20 years in the not for profit sector.

Presently Cheryl is the Regional head of people-UK,Middle East and South Asia for the Fred Hollows Foundation ,a top 50 global International NGO,and is an adjunct Trainer at PWC Academy Middle East.

She holds several Board and Community leadership roles as deputy Chair for the Australian Institute of Company Directors Advisory Committee Middle East.

She sits on five judging panels for Industry awards including CIPD Middle east people awards,MEED SME awards,Ta’atheer Social Impact awards amongst many others.

She is also a mentor for Cherie Blair Foundation Uk

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