Governance

YUVA has a two-tier governance system comprising of a General Body and a Governing Board.

The General Body of YUVA comprises eminent academicians, social work professionals, and development practitioners with a range of thematic expertise and skills which adds value to the organisation in terms of conceptual thinking.
They deliberate on the overall positioning of YUVA in the development context and give suggestions for future directions.
The General Body is the key policy-making body of YUVA that follows certain clearly-defined guiding principles. The General Body of YUVA has 62% representation of women.


The YUVA Governing Board consists of distinguished academicians and social work professionals who bring their diverse skills and experiences to the governance of YUVA.
This body has a key role in upholding the organisation's values and ensuring that the objectives of the organisation are being achieved. The Governing Board plays a proactive role by conducting regular meetings, raising pertinent questions related to the strategies adopted, developing succession plans, and reviewing the budgets.
The YUVA Governing Board for 2014-2016 has 10 members and was elected on 30th August 2014.
YUVA Governing Board ( 2014-2016)
Mr. Amitabh Behar – President

Amitabh Behar is the Executive Director of the National Foundation for India (NFI). Amitabh's areas of interest are governance and civil society. Over the years he has worked on issues promoting governance accountability and social action. He is one of the leading experts of people centered advocacy and was the Executive Director of the National Centre of Advocacy Studies (NCAS). He is the Co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), the Convener of National Social Watch Coalition and earlier the Convener of the Wada Na Todo Abhiyaan (Don't Break Your Promises Campaign) in India. He sits on several organizational boards including Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability (CBGA), Navsarjan and mobile creche. Amitabh has earlier worked with the Ford Foundation and the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation.

Mohan Surve- Secretary

Since 1985, Mohan Surve has been engaged with local and state level organizations such as Youth Organizations, Voluntary Development organizations, Credit Cooperative, Housing Cooperative and Federations. He started his work on the issues of slum youth, street children in urban areas. After the post-graduation in Social Work he led networking processes of rural organizations in Maharashtra to advocate human rights of rural poor and build capacities of grassroots organizations. During calamities he monitored relief and rehabilitation interventions. Has experience of working with Government projects. He has created a cadre that have evolved innovative alternative livelihood models such as nature farming for small farmers, learning enhancement centers to deliver quality education for the neglected children.

He is known for conducting participatory trainings, strengthening management of social organizations, facilitating organizational change processes, creating educational literature, designing and executing campaigns on social issues. Currently he is the CEO at Vikas Sahyog Pratishthan, Governing Board member of YUVA (Rural) Association, Chairman of Samruddhi Credit Cooperative Society, President of Shravan Housing Cooperative Society, and has been associated with various issue base national networks.

Ms. Archana Shrivastava – Treasurer

Ms. Shrivastava is an independent Trainer, Researcher and Consultant. Her competency areas are advocacy and policy related work, networking and partnership building, training and capacity building, program development and management, research and evaluation and organisation development process facilitation. She has worked extensively to promote and ensure rights of various population groups such as children, women, slums and pavement dwellers, disaster victims, unorganised labourers and persons with disabilities. She also specialises in qualitative research through PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal) ensuring community participation in information collection, situation analysis and people’s planning processes. She has been accredited by Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science (ISABS) as process facilitator for human interactions.

Ms. Berna Lysa John – Member

Ms. John holds a Masters degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. on digital activism and its relevance to socially excluded communities. She is the Head of Outreach for the HLP Secretariat. She began her career in 1998 with YUVA, Mumbai, working on issues of urban poverty, governance, housing and women’s rights. In 2006, she joined ‘Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’ (Don’t Break Your Promises Campaign), helping create what is now one of India’s strongest advocacy networks, which brings over 3000 organisations and 500000 supporters together to monitor and support government efforts on the Millennium Development Goals and National Development Goals. Following this, Ms. John served as International Campaign Director with the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), working with civil society organisations across 83 countries to address poverty and inequality through nationally organised and globally linked initiatives such as ‘The World We Want’ and ‘Africa at the Table’.

Mr. Gagan Sethi – Member

Mr. Sethi holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda, and is a recognised OD consultant and Leadership and Governance trainer. He was the Founder Managing Trustee of Janvikas, an Ahmedabad based training and support and incubating organisation and currently is its Chair. He is also the current chair of Dalit Foundation, Navsarjan and the Human and Institutional Forum (HIDF) and also the Vice President of Centre for Social Justice and Sahjeevan (an Environment Organisation in Kutch, Gujarat). He is the Director of YUVA Consulting and on several diverse Boards of non profits like KMVS, DRISHTI, South Asia Women’s Fund, Nirantar, Wassan to name a few.

Ms. Kavitha Krishnamoorthy – Member

Ms. Krishnamoorthy has a Masters in Social Work. She has vast experience on child rights and was formerly Director of YUVA’s urban programmes. She is currently based in Bangalore, where she has initiated an organisation Kilikili which works on Inclusive Play i.e. children of all abilities playing together.

Dr. Nandita Shah – Member

A feminist activist and researcher, Dr Nandita Shah is co-director of Akshara, a women’s rights organization based in Mumbai. She has over 25 years of experience strengthening the women’s movement locally, nationally and internationally both through her activism and writing. Her expertise in building different public private partnership has led to institutionalized initiatives with police, transport authorities and local municipality for creating safer cities for women. She has been able to mobilize sustained support from celebrities, different advertising and PR agencies on probono basis to enhance the reach of the feminist agendas. Past six years, she has been an active member in the International Council of the World Social Forum which is one of the important platforms for alternative voices globally. Dr. Nandita Shah has completed her Phd from University of Amsterdam in social science and her post graduate academic background is in Women’s Studies and in Social work.

At present she is on the civil society advisory group of UN Women.

Ms. Nisreen Ebrahim – Member

Nisreen's primary interests are micro-enterprise and livelihood issues for the marginalised. She set up the Rangoonwala Foundation (India) Trust. Currently as it's CEO, she leads the multi-sectoral programme which covers community services, health, education, livelihoods and disability. Nisreen has a post-graduate degree in Management and over twenty years of experience in the development sector in India.

Mr. Rajendra Joshi – Member

Mr. Joshi is the founder and 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 in 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 November 26, 2008. He is a Director of Incube Social Venture Fund. He is also Chair of YUVA Urban Initiatives.

Ms. Seemantinee Khot – Member

Ms. Khot currently works as a consultant to FAO/UN on agriculture projects in South East Asia; besides guiding a number of Corporates in formulating CSR policies, implementation and reporting. She was previously the Head of CSR in the Suzlon Group of Companies, Pune. She is Chair of YUVA (Rural) Association. She has worked for more than 27 years for the welfare of women farmers in the country and in the development sector. This includes managing and advancing the implementation of comprehensive development programs, coordinating multi-stakeholder analysis and facilitating need-based and learning-oriented development programs, both in India and overseas. Her experience in planning, executing and monitoring grassroots level development programs, strengthening community-based organisations, and empowering them to promote sustainable natural resource management comprises a significant part of her current profile.


The Board of YUVA does not comprise any staff member. YUVA follows the practices of good governance and does not provide any honorarium or remuneration to its Governing Board members.