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.


Dr. Dinesh Awasthi

Expert – Entrepreneur Education, Research and Training

Prof. Dinesh Awasthi, an Economist by training, is Vice Chancellor, L. J. University, Ahmedabad. He was a Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. Till recently, he was Editor ‘ANVESAK’, a Research Journal, at the Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Ahmedabad. He was also a Professor and Director, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India, better known as EDI, Ahmedabad from 2003 to 2015.

Prof. Awasthi has over 60 research papers and eight books, 31 research reports on SMEs and technology entrepreneurship, to his credit. Prof. Awasthi has chaired and has been Member of a number of Committees set up by Government of India, Government of Gujarat and several Non-profits.

Prof. Awasthi has also worked as a Consultant to several UN agencies like ILO, UNIDO, UNDP and other multilateral bodies like The Ford Foundation, WS Atkins, DFID, UK.  He has extensively travelled across the globe in connection with various professional assignments.



Prof. Chetan Vaidya

Urban Development Expert

Prof. Chetan Vaidya is an Architect-Planner with over 30-year experience. He is presently short- term consultant for UNDP/UN Habitat, India to mainstream SDGs into urban sector in India. He is former Director of the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) New Delhi. The NITI Aayog had nominated him as Chairperson of Working Group of “City Governance and Smart Cities” as part of National Development Agenda@75 (Year 2022).  The Government has appointed him as part time Independent Director of Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO).  He was Director of National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India during 2008-12. He worked as Dy. Project Leader, Indo-USAID Financial Institutions Reform and Expansion Program (FIRE) during 1995-2008. Prof. Vaidya has wide academic, research and consultancy experience in Urban Development and Architecture.


Veena Padia

Director, District Mineral Foundation

Veena Padia has demonstrated leadership experience in providing strategic advisory expertise and directing the development and implementation of widespread programmes and organisations through insights into domain of financial literacy & financial inclusion, livelihood, micro-finance, education, and health with gender and socially excluded communities as a cross cutting for each of the component . She holds more than 18 years of relevant experience, with skills in influencing and leading change management and empowerment initiatives in partnership with private-sector CSR divisions, government agencies and international donors and NGOs such as DFID, USDA, ADB, World Bank, CARE, Citi Foundation and IFAD. Veena Padia is currently on full time assignment as Strategic Advisor with Government of Gujarat for setting District Mineral Foundations, formulating strategy, result indicators, program implementation arrangements & developing system & procedures for Mining affected area and community.

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