Dilnavaz Variava: Founder & Managing Trustee
She is one of the first graduates from IIM Ahmedabad, and has been a director of various companies. From 1973 she has played a leading role in environment conservation as CEO of WWF India, Vice President for 20 years of the Bombay Natural History Society and as a member of the Govt of India’s National Committee for Environmental Planning & Co-ordination, National Conservation Strategy Committee and National Board for Wildlife. She was Chair of the Working Group on Ecological Foundations for Sustainable Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra High Level Expert Committee. She is also President of an educational trust running schools for over 3500 rural children. Dilnavaz has retired from business responsibilities to focus on these interests.
The Board is assisted by Advisers who have recognized skills in their fields of expertise. The present Advisers appointed by the Trust consists of (in alphabetical order) :
Head Office & Centres
The Sahayak Trust has its Head Office in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Its Institute for Rural Education has a Maval Centre in Pune district and a Vidarbha Centre based in Wardha, Maharashtra. The Trust’s training and education programmes are based on need assessment for rural communities. Current educational programmes are focussed on health and nutrition through Organic Kitchen Gardens for Nutrition, but a variety of educational programmes have been run by The Sahayak Trust’s Institute for Rural Education mainly in Vidarbha, and in Pune and Nashik districts of Maharaashtra.
Professional Faculty :
- Director – Rajesh K R, Masters in Social Work.
- Senior Trainer – Atish Gaikwad, B.Sc (Botany)
- Communications Executive – Aditi Naik, Masters in Communication and Media
- Executive Assistant – Aarti Pawar, M.Com
Project Coordinator – Mr. Pramod Shinde, MBA in Social Entrepreneurship , Master of Social Work, Post Graduate Diploma in Communication & Journalism
- Part time Training Faculty and Research Associates are recruited as needed for specific education programs.