Advisory Board

Madison Cox

Vice President,
Pierre Berge Yves Saint Laurent Foundation

Paris, France

 

Madison is the Vice President of the Pierre Berge Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris. A garden designer by profession, he additionally serves as an Executive member of the Board of Directors of the American Schools of Tangiers and Marrakech, Morocco and is also the director of the Majorelle Foundation, an exotic garden complex in the city of Marrakech. He has worked all over the world, from the United States to Europe and Morocco and has authored three books on gardening. Madison recently initiated Aangan’s Garden Project in Mumbai’s Observation Home at Dongri - a rehabilitation and vocational program for children in conflict with law and a model that Aangan aims to replicate in other Observation Homes.

 

 

 

Rajnish Dhall

Founder & CEO,
Micro Housing Finance Corporation

Mumbai, India

 

Rajnish completed his P.G.D.M from IIM (Ahmedabad), after which he worked with American Express Bank in a variety of roles and locations (Mumbai, Singapore, London) for 15 years. He left the Bank as a Senior Director in 2006 and returned to Mumbai to work in the social sector and initially joined Aangan, looking after its financial, administrative, fundraising, legal and accountancy matters. In 2008, he set up Micro Housing Finance Corporation www.mhfcindia.com , an organization dedicated to providing housing loans to urban low income families - especially those from the informal sector - who are excluded by the mainstream financial system. He is also on the Justice Dhanuka court appointed committee to look into the infrastructure of Mumbai municipal schools, and on the Board of Ummeed (an NGO which helps children with development disabilities).

 

 

 

Dr Gayatri Menon

Sociologist, Azim Premji University
Bangalore, India
 

Gayatri is a sociologist who teaches on the faculty of the School of Development at Azim Premji University. Previously, she taught in the sociology departments at Franklin and Marshall College and Cornell University. She is a co-editor of Accumulating Insecurity: Violence and Dispossession in the Making of Everyday Life (University of Georgia Press, 2011). Gayatri has worked for several years in India on issues related to livelihood challenges facing the rural poor in Maharashtra and on biodiversity and agricultural practices in Garhwal. She received her PhD in 2009 from Cornell University. She also holds a BA in Development Studies from Mount Holyoke College (USA). Her association with Aangan dates back to 2002.

 

 

 

Anurag Kashyap

Indian film director and screenwriter
Mumbai

 

Anurag Singh Kashyap is an Indian film director and screenwriter. As a filmmaker, he is known for Black Friday, a controversial and award-winning Hindi film about the 1993 Bombay bombings, followed by No Smoking, Dev D and Gulaal, Udaan, That Girl In Yellow Boots. His feature film debut Black Friday won the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd Annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles in 2005 and was a nominee for the "Golden Leopard" (Best Film) at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival in 2004. Anurag was listed on the The DNA power list: Top 50 influentials, a list of 50 most influential Indians in 2011. At Cannes, he has been honoured by the French government. The French minister of culture, Aurélie Filippetti, conferred the “Chevalier dans ’ordre des Arts et Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) on the filmmaker at a ceremony held in the Palais des Festivals.

 

 

 

Miel Sahgal

Director, Sanctuary Asia

 

Miel Sahgal is a Director at Sanctuary Asia, an organisation committed to communicating the rationale for wilderness protection. She has worn many hats at Sanctuary over the past two decades, including writer, editor, manager, event planner, strategist and general go-to person. She also worked closely on the initial setup and operations of Kids for Tigers, a nationwide conservation campaign in schools. Her current area of interest is the quality of urban childhood, with a focus on reconnecting children with nature. She has a BA in Environmental Science from Bryn Mawr College.

 

 

 

Mustafa Doctor

Advocate, Bombay High Court
Mumbai

 

Mustafa Doctor is an advocate practicing in the Bombay High Court. He specializes in civil litigation, and over the last 20 years, has represented NGO's such as the Bombay Environmental Group and SPAARC, as also various citizen groups and bodies in a number of cases pertaining to environmental, forest and urban town planning issues, and issues pertaining to human and civil rights. He has also been appointed as amicus curiae by the Bombay High Court on several occasions to assist the court in cases relating to the administration of BMC schools, river water pollution, urban noise pollution and town planning. Mustafa is also a member of the board of  the Praja Foundation, an NGO involved in the work of establishing accountability and transparency in governance.

 

 

 

Dr Priyamvada Narayanan

Resident board-certified general and forensic Psychiatrist
New York, USA

 

Board-certified in General and Forensic Psychiatry, Priyamvada earned her MD from McGill University. She completed her residency training at the New York University Medical Center in addition to completing her fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York. Furthermore, Dr Narayanan has been an attending psychiatrist at Riker’s Island Correctional Facility - the Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program - and has assisted the Outpatient Program at the Bellevue Hospital Center, New York. She has been a part of Aangan’s Advisory Board since 2010.