Managing Committee

Mr Naveen Jha

President

Naveen Jha is one of India’s prominent social Impact leaders. As a former CEO of Deshpande Foundation, he has launched one of the largest Startup incubator and Skilling Center in India and has mentored over 100+ organizations. Naveen has pioneered several education models unleashing entrepreneurship and leadership among youth. He has orchestrated many innovations and mentored several renowned large-scale organizations and startups working in the field of Ed-Tech, overhauling systemic change, imbibing scientific temper, and building skills cumulatively impacting half a million youth. His other known works also include: refining large scale farm value chains, innovating lean financial models for water harvesting, and have impacted over a million farmers.

Naveen is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded several startups ranging from vegan lifestyle products to sustainable farming sciences working with several others. Naveen has also been advising various philanthropic foundations, State Governments, and Think Tanks on social Innovation and entrepreneurship. Naveen is the recipient of the British Chevening Gurukul Fellowship and has also served at the Karnataka Knowledge Commission.

Naveen is passionate about education and empowering the rural youth of India. He has been an enthusiastic supporter of KSV for many years and has served on the Managing Committee since 2012. He has been serving as President since 2014.

Vice-president

This position is currently vacant.

Mr Adam Woodward

Secretary

Adam is a passionate and committed Social Entrepreneur. He has been a key component in facilitating the growth and development at Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya.

Adam’s studied Horticulture and has a keen interest in Permaculture, Ecology, Natural House Building Methods, Landscape Design and Green Living. At present he is the Director of KSV and a committed Social Entrepreneur who shares the vision that a better world is possible; he oversees all the activities and development at the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya.

Treasurer

This position is currently vacant.

Mr Arun Bellary

Member

Arun Bellary, who is originally from Dharwad, started his career at Bell Laboratories in 1982 as a R&D scientist and worked his way up at Fujitsu and DSC Communications. He obtained MSEE from SMU and MBA in M&A from Thunderbird University, Arizona.

Arun has held several senior management positions in MNCs such as Corporate VP of PMC-Sierra Inc., Founder, Chairman & CEO of Metro-OptiX, VP & GM at Ericsson, and VP at Pirelli Optical Network Systems. His first start-up was Optilink and in 2013 he launched ASARVA Chips & Technologies.

In 2007 Arun became involved with KSV as a donor and volunteer. He was invited by the founders to join the Managing Committee, and served as President from 2010 to 2014.

Mr. K.L. Patil

Member

Mr. K.L Patil is a lawyer who graduated from Karnataka University Dharwad where he obtained a Bachelor’s in law. He has been working in the High Court and other local courts since 1977.

Agathe Meurisse-Fortier

Member and cofounder of the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya

Born in Paris in 1972, Agathe studied drawing at L’Atelier Clouet in Paris and the History of Art at the Sorbonne before leaving for India in 1995. Agathe has also studied Bengali at the Vishwa Bharati University at Shanti Niketan in West Bengal and Hindi at Varanasi. Since then, along with her husband Mathieu Fortier and their four daughters, she has spent many years in India and now devotes her time for the well-being of the KSV’s children.

Mr Mathieu Fortier

Member and cofounder of the Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya

After studying anthropology at Laval University in Quebec City, Canada, Mathieu has travelled extensively in India. Here he studied Indian languages (Hindi, Bengali, and Kannada), Indian Classical Music, and Hatha Yoga. He now devotes his time to work related to KSV and Young Musicians of the World (Canada).

Mr Avinash Patil

Member

Avinash, who hails from Dharwad, completed his B.Com from Karnataka University, Dharwad. For several years he worked at KSV as the Accounts Manager. He has since taken up other employment but is still very much connected with the organization especially in his capacity as a Managing Committee member.

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