Bindu Vinodhan

The founder of Mauna Dhwani and the captain of the ship, Bindu Vinodhan’s core expertise lies in change and transformation at the personal, leadership and organizational levels. After two decades leading organizational and leadership development functions in the corporate sector, she set up two organizations: (1) Mauna Dhwani and (2) The Institute of Leadership Learning and Transformation (TILLT), an organizational development consultancy which enables leaders and organizations take exponential leaps towards transformation. The profits from the latter fund the operations of the former.

Mauna Dhwani’s initial projects were in the rehabilitation space helping women survivors of trafficking, rape and violence develop entrepreneurial skills and integrate back into society with self-confidence and esteem. As a passionate classical dancer, Bindu has also developed dance movement therapy exercises for survivors as well as autistic children. She is currently working to provide sustainable livelihood for below poverty line villages in India.

Bindu holds a Bachelors Degree in Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Education from Oxford University, specializing in Learning Technology. She is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach and is trained and certified on high impact leadership development interventions from Cranfield University.

Lijo Chacko

After an illustrious career in the Navy constructing and operating attack submarines, Lijo finally spotted the coast and decided to leave the sea for land. He has since then dedicated his life to social work.

He drives and assists many organizations/initiatives in the social space. Apart from Mauna Dhwani, Lijo is also the Executive Director at Government to Citizen Changemakers Foundation, Executive Trustee at Synergy Educational and Charitable Trust, Trustee at Gurupuraskar Foundation, Head of CSR of Synergy Marine Group, member of the Band of the LILA Foundation for Translocal Initiatives, Director at Ureka, to mention a few. He is also the Chair of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam Foundation, a US based charitable entity.

An avid outdoorsman, he can roll on skates, control a puck on ice and ski on water as well as snow laden slopes. He has also para-dropped from aircrafts and takes Laser boats for spins. His climb of the Mt Everest has been published in Malayalam (a regional Indian language) by DC Books.

He is a graduate of the Naval College of Engineering and the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. He also holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Marine Engineering from the Centre for Marine Engineering Technology and in Management from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers. He is also an alumnus of the Yale University.

Ramkumar R

Ram is like the person who has an old remedy for most things. And they seem to work. He has about two decades of experience driving change and transforming businesses in the corporate sector and has successfully led a wide variety of functions such as strategy, business consulting, solutioning, marketing, capability creation and product development. He leverages this rich experience to drive social transformation projects at Mauna Dhwani. He is currently working on the revival of dying weaves in Odisha to provide sustainable livelihood for below poverty line villages.

Ram is a Gold Medallist in Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering. He is a recipient of the Young Leader and Torch Bearers awards from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad where he did his masters in management. He has been recognized among top 1% of the alumni across all batches and has been featured in ISB Portraits, a book celebrating top alumni achievements.

Ram is also a well-known and awarded Indian classical musician who has been performing concerts for more than 25 years. He also blogs and writes articles on music for leading art magazines and portals.

Gobinda Dalai

Gobinda is like the army general whose mere sight motivates the troops into action. He has a vast experience driving social impact projects and has won many awards and fellowships. Apart from his work at Mauna Dhwani, he is the founder and executive director of Yuva Vikas which leverages collective experience of young visionaries and development workers to fast track development processes.

He has worked as a consultant with companies like EY and Nexleaf Analytics in the areas of faecal sludge and separate management, renewable energy and climate financing in clean cooking. He is the recipient of India Africa Young Visionaries Fellowship 2014 for his innovation in saturation-based habitat development model named "Gram Nirman" which is led by the spirit of entrepreneurship. He has served as Head, Habitat Program in one of the leading rural development organisation named Gram Vikas and was instrumental for effective socio-technical support for biggest social housing project in India named Odisha Disaster Recovery Project in the areas of disaster resilient housing, water and sanitation.

He was earlier a consultant to the Government of Odisha for district planning, UNICEF Consultant on Right to Education, Community Health Fellow. He has been an active part of the campaign for the development of his state named 'Odisha Nirmaan" which encourages HNI Odias to contribute back to their native village.

Pravin Mitkar

Pravin’s passion for social work is infectious. After running an entrepreneurial venture in the e-commerce space, Pravin followed his passion and started working in rural development. While he was working as “Youth for India” fellow, chosen to work in Odisha state with tribal farming communities, he observed that most villagers are farmers, with small land holdings. An absence of appropriate, viable and competitive marketing facilities often restricts small and marginal tribal farmers in deriving maximum benefits from their efforts.

Yet, he felt there was great potential to change all this. He came up with a solution that uniting all farmers under the umbrella of a ‘Farmer Producers Company (FPC)’, a legal institution where members must be the persons actually engaged in the activity (in this case farming). It would enable them to have more ‘bargaining power’ while the sheer volumes of their produce would bring the market to them, not vice versa.

He has mobilized 500 tribal farmers to set up a farmers' producer company for enabling the much-needed ecosystem for the fair price for farm produces. He is now supporting 41 Farmers' Producer Companies in associating with Govt. agencies like NABARD.