Governing Board-Tri-Impact

Mrs. Geeta Athreya

Ms. Geeta Athreya is a renowned philanthropist who has devoted her life to social development and human welfare. Currently, an independent Development Consultant, she has helped bring about substantial global reforms while working with government and local bodies in the domains of Health and Education. She has been at the foreground of India’s social development movement and has been an important subsidiary with several Bilateral and Multilateral aid and donor agencies.

As a dynamic speaker and an impressive personality, she has represented in various international events such as the Third World Summit for Children, Greece, 2001; International Union of Health Education Conference, Amsterdam, 1991; communication for Development Conference, Kathmandu, Nepal. Ms. Athreya also has contributed several articles on Health Communication and Child Rights.

Since her association with GoodWeave India Trust, Ms. Athreya has added dimensional value to the organization by bringing more than 30 years of development experience to her role as a board member.

Prof P.C. Joshi

Prof. P.C. Joshi, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, is a Professor of Social Anthropology at the Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi, India. His area of specialization is Medical Anthropology, and he focuses on Anthropology of Disasters, Anthropology of Development, and on issues related to Social Exclusion and Adverse Inclusion.

Prof. Joshi was a delegate of the European Union at the United Nations Framework Climate Change Conference held at Poznan, Poland, in 2008. He was the first president of the Society for Indian Medical Anthropology and Executive Member of the Ethnographic and Folk Culture Society based in Lucknow, India. He is a life member of the India Anthropological Association and a Life Fellow of the Indian Association of Social Psychiatry. He is the Editor of the Society for Medical Anthropology Bulletin.

Prof P. C. Joshi, among other honors and distinctions, was a recipient in 1987 of the Indira Priyadarshini Vriksha Mitra National Award as a founder member of Friends of Trees. He received the Inter-University Centre Associateship Award in Humanities and Social Sciences

from 1996–1999. He also received a Certificate of Honour at the First France-India Meet on Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, and Psychotherapy in 2007. Plaque of Appreciation from Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Xavier University Ateneo de Cagayan de Oro City, the Philippines in 2008, and Certificate of Appreciation on his research on disaster impacts in Asia and Europe by the Faculty of Public Health, the University of Indonesia in 2009. He also has the distinction of discovering a Palaeolithic site in Delhi in 1983

Prof Joshi has co-authored nine books, over 157 articles, book chapters, and reviews in the area of Medical Anthropology, Traditional Medicines, Shamanism, Impact of Disasters, Lifestyle Diseases, and Antibiotic Resistance. He has worked on many research projects and submitted over 14 research reports to various funding agencies and government policy planning agencies. He has worked in interdisciplinary areas with psychiatrists, psychologists, epidemiologists, and other researchers on various topics and co-authored many papers. His papers have appeared in journals such as World Development, Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Man in India, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Indian Journal of Medical Research, Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and National Medical Journal of India.

Prof. Joshi is an eminent expert in qualitative participatory research in India and an expert on unsettled populations such as migrant workers and counseling techniques.

Prof Joshi has been guiding Tri-Impact on various fronts such as participatory qualitative research related to supply chains and building linkages with various academic institutions.

Mr. Vimal Shah

Mr. Vimal Shah is the founder of Goodwill Impex Limited that he founded in 1995. He launched the company and managed its growth throughout the last 25 years. Goodwill Impex is a Public Incorporated Company based in Jaipur. Mr. Shah attended trade shows in over 25 countries and interested in buyers supplying them with high-quality garments. He has maintained healthy customers and vendors base for his company resulting in 80% of the customers continued their business relationships with the company for more than 20 years. The company supplies apparel to some of the leading global players of Japan, the USA and South America.

Mr. Shah is also the President of the Garment Exports Association of Rajasthan (GEAR), having over 300 active members. He is also the permanent invitee of the Apparel Export Promotion Council, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Mr. Vimal Shah is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Apparel Training and Design Centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Mr. Vimal Shah has been an inspiring guiding force for Tri-Impact in its Child Labour Free Jaipur Initiative aimed at providing capacity building and supply chain improvement support to all small and big manufacturing units.

Mr. Manoj Bhatt

Mr. Manoj Bhatt is the Founding Trustee and CEO of Tri-Impact. Mr. Bhatt holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University; New York, USA, another Master’s in Political Science from HNB University; Uttaranchal, India and a certificate in Asset-Based and Citizen Driven Development from Cody International Institute, Canada.

Mr. Bhatt has more than two decades of professional experience in leading systemic change and building organizations. He started his public service journey as a student leader, orator, and chief editor of the magazine of a peaceful public movement in 1994-95 in Uttar Pradesh, which convinced the parliament of India to create the mountain state of Uttaranchal for its sustainable development. Mr. Bhatt created a network of thousands of grassroots elected community leaders, including women leaders, to learn from others, study the local needs and work with the

newly born state government to evolve its decentralized governance system sensitive towards the fragility of the Himalayan mountains. He also conceptualized and convened a mountain children forum of south Asian Himalayan regions to promote the exchange of ideas among mountain youth. Mr. Bhatt represented the Central Himalayan region in the Rio+5 Earth Summit – special session of the UN General Assembly in 1997 organized to review and appraise the implementation of Agenda 21.

Mr. Bhatt managed and led one of the largest non-profits in Indian Himalayas called SBMA in partnerships and support from more than fifteen prestigious global development agencies. Mr. Bhatt also founded and directed RACHNA, a network of non-profits working to build green communities by empowering local entrepreneurs and businesses.

Mr. Bhatt is awarded numerous honors and awards for his exceptional public service and entrepreneurship, including the Ashoka Innovators for the Public Fellowship Award, Ford Foundation International Fellowship, and Climate Change Leader Award under the British High Commission’s Leadership for Environment and Development program. He was a Future Generations USA Fellow, working with world-class leaders and professionals leading exemplary and high impact social change in different parts of the world. Mr. Bhatt was also a Fellow of the Rainer Arnhold Fellows Program of the Mulago Foundation, USA. He applied theories of sustainable and scalable change in different settings in the USA, India, and Nepal.

Mr. Bhatt speaks at various national and international forums and panels organized by groups such as UNICEF, UNFSS, CRB, and BBC.

Mr. Bhatt was selected as one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs working in the apparel sector as Fabric of Change leader. He was also invited for the Ashoka Globalizer program that enables the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to scale their social enterprises and reach new markets. The program links initiatives ready for a global scale to the financial, strategic, and intellectual support they require to go global.

Mr. Bhatt was a member of the Technical Committee of ISEAL Alliance that represents the global movement of sustainability standards.