Board Of Trustees

  • Board Of Trustees

Mr. Rajendra Joshi

Founder and Managing Trustee of Saath

Rajendra Joshi is the founder and now, Managing Trustee of SAATH. He has initiated and developed the Integrated Slum Development Program, written and published papers on recycling of construction material, pro-poor accountability in WATSAN and on Integrated Slum Development. He has received the Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2009, Nagrikta Puraskar in 2004 by the Ahmedabad Management Association, has been a finalist for Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007 by the UNDP, CII, Schwab and Khemka Foundation; Listed amongst 50 “Pioneers of Change” by India Today in July 2008; is an Ashoka Fellow, September 2008; and was awarded the Karmaveer Puraskar, by iCONGO, as a Real Wealth Creator for the communities on the 26th November, 2008.


Mr. Gagan Sethi

Organisation Development Expert and Human Rights Activist

Mr Gagan Sethi is a Development educator and practicing Organizational Development expert and a Gender trainer. As founder of Janvikas, he has helped set up several strategic organizations in the country, for example Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangathan, Sahjeevan, Drishti, Centre for Social justice, HID forum to name a few. He was appointed as member of monitoring group by NHRC to monitor human right violations. His professional expertise lies in Human and institutional development training and designing. He has helped many feminist organizations with their internal change processes and He now focuses on governance and accountability of nonprofit. He also continues his association as mentor to Centre for Social Justice and as a promoter and resource person for Centre for Governance Studies. He is in the Board of many other organizations in India, with Saath Charitable Trust being one of them.


Mr. Piyush Desai


Mr. Piyush Desai has served as the Chairman and Managing Director at Gujarat Tea Processors And Packers Limited. Mr. Desai is a Tea maestro, tea tasting and evaluation expert and visionary in the Tea industry. He is instrumental in setting high standards of quality at Wagh Bakri Tea Group with deep knowledge and insights in the Tea industry. He serves as President of Western India Tea Dealers Association. He serves as the Chairman of the Federation of the All India Tea Traders Association (FAITTA). He has been Independent Director of DLX Ltd. since January 2016.


Ms. Gazala Paul

Founder Samerth

Gazala Paul is a post-graduate in Coexistence and Conflict Management from Brandeis University, Massachusetts. She founded Samerth, an Ahmedabad based NGO to promote participatory development among marginalised and vulnerable communities. Her area of expertise has been on raising the awareness of educators about war and peace issues and conflict resolution strategies and to promote conflict resolution education in zones of conflict, educating for tolerance and reconciliation, and overcoming entrenched attitudes of prejudice and hatred, with required intensive efforts at a people-to-people level, with educators and other leaders of civil society has been my work in Gujarat, North-East of India, Sri Lanka and Northern Ireland and helping young people in changing their attitude for essentially making peace take root and preventing future outbreaks of conflict.


Mr. P. K. Ghosh

Ex-Principal Secretary, Urban Development Department, Government of Gujarat

Mr. P K Ghosh is the current Chairperson of Saath’s Board. He is a retired IAS officer, and has also been Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Gujarat and Ex-Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).