Meet the Timbaktu Collective Board

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  • C.K.Ganguly, Chief Functionary

    C.K. Ganguly was born and brought up in Bombay and Bangalore and was motivated by the call of Jayprakash Narayan, as many young people were at that time, and moved to the villages of Andhra Pradesh in early 1978. Since then he has been involved with human rights issues (especially economic, social, cultural and environmental) […]

  • Mary Vattamattam, Chairperson

    Mary, a social worker from Kerala, co-founded the Timbaktu Collective. She has played key role in promotion of four cooperatives of rural poor women and their federation with a membership of over 20,000. She also co-founded Mahila Aikya Vedika (District Women’s Forum), Anantapur and spearheaded the formation of federation of unions of Agricultural labuorers of […]

  • John D’Souza, Treasurer

    John D’Souza is an IEC (Information, Education and Communications) professional who along with other media people and social activist founded the Centre for Education and Documentation, which he has been leading for nearly four decades. John has also been closely associated with the leaders of Timbaktu Collective since 1982, and was a part of the […]

  • Jayapadma R.V., Member

    Jayapadma is a rural development manager with over seventeen years of experience. She has worked with non-governmental development organizations and communities, managing development projects and enabling their interface with government and other external agencies. She has worked in close collaboration with institutions in development policy and practice. Her professional expertise spans strategic and gender sensitive […]

  • Garima Bhatia, Member

    Garima is a chemical engineer by training and a nature lover by passion. After working for ten years in the automotive industry trying to control emissions from diesel vehicles, she decided to shift gears and fully indulge in her multiple interests, of which bird watching and travel are at the top of the list. She […]

  • Pradeep Esteves, Member

    Pradeep has been involved in development activities for over three and a half decades. The first two were at the grassroots, which were, according to him, the best part of his involvement. He continues to be a development activist and wears multiple hats. At present he supports and facilitates change processes, organisational development and takes […]

  • M. Annapurna, Member

    Annapurna, an engineer from Manipal, started working for Andhra handloom cooperatives in the early 1990s with Uzramma and supported setting up Dastkar Andhra, an NGO that supports livelihoods of vulnerable handloom weavers in rural India. She then went to the Netherlands’ Maastricht University for a PhD in handloom weaving as sustainable socio-technology. She is currently […]

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