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We are committed to contribute in unique ways to support our mission of reaching the poorest and tackling poverty

Who we are

Board Members

“Self-reliance for rural community is our goal. And while doing so, we should always be compassionate and sensitive to the conditions in which they live.”

SRIJAN was founded in 1997 by Ved Arya to make a difference in the lives of the rural poor through direct action. An opportunity to meet and observe the Gandhian way of life of Baba Amte and his wife Sadhna Amte, convinced Ved that educated professionals are needed to uplift rural communities with self-sustaining livelihood opportunities.

An alumnus of IIT Kanpur and IIM Ahmedabad, Ved left a career in the technology sector in pursuit of a mission to bring relief and self-reliance to the underprivileged. SRIJAN started out with small projects in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with support from donors such as Tata Trusts and The World Bank. Today SRIJAN is making a difference to the lives of over 2,73,411 rural families from 2,311 villages spread out in 7 Indian states with active collaboration from Government agencies, private and institutional donors.

In 2016 he founded the Buddha Fellowship Program –  a unique platform offering a complete eco-system for young emerging leaders from India’s premier educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs, an opportunity to build development enterprises

Nivedita Banerji

Founder Member, Samaj Pragati Sahayog

Mukti Bosco

Founder, Healing Fields Foundation

C. Babu Joseph

Former Chief Executive Officer, Axis Bank Foundation


Integrator PRADAN

Rohit Bhasin

Former Senior Partner and Member, PwC India Leadership Team

Prasanna Khemariya

Chief Executive Officer

Namita Pandey

Chief Human Resources Officer

Stutilina Pal

Program Director

Purushottam Dhakar

Program Director

Rupendra Kumar Sharma

Program Director

Ansuman Tripathy

Finance Manager