Chief Executive Officer
Anup Nair brings with him over a decade of experience in Sales and Marketing functions within Public, Cooperative and Corporate Sectors. Anup is a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management and has worked with Procter and Gamble, Gillette and GCMMF. He was also a Senior Marketing Consultant to Kudumbashree Mission before founding LEDS. Ashoka Foundation conferred him Ashoka Fellowship in 2011 for his initiatives in the social economy sector.
Associate Vice President- Capacity Building
M L George is a sales professional with three decades of service with AMUL (Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd). George started his stint as a marketing executive with the company that lasted for seven years. He thereafter managed sales operations for Amul in Kerala, and has vast knowledge and experience in the sector. George currently heads the capacity development function for Local Economic Develpment Society.
Rajendran is a mechanical engineer a post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) and is pursuing a Global MBA from INSEAD. He has over fifteen years of experience in various organizations as AMUL, Tetrapak, IRMA and Indian Rare Earths Limited, in functions such as procurement,corporate planning and research.
Jojo is a computer engineer with over 9 years experience in the IT sector. He has varied experience in Enterprise Application Development in the areas of requirement analysis, design and development, and deployment with object-oriented models of various internet based business. He has a wide experience in the roles of project management and handled responsibilities of client and business interactions.He was part of various Government of UAE IT Projects.
Lakshmi Menon is a handicraft and design expert who works towards providing sustainable livelihoods to artisans specialising in eco friendly and handmade products. Lakshmi possesses a wide range of artistic and professional design experience in India and in the U.S., backed by relevant academic qualifications. By giving a contemporary touch to various traditional art and craft forms of India, she has contributed significantly to reviving traditional crafts such as Hay Art, Handmade Paper, Water Hyacinth, Screw Pine, Bamboo, Jute, Clay and Wood, Jewellery etc.
Sajeer Abdul Rehman is an engineer by qualification and has worked as software engineer for 3 years and has been working in the social sector for the past 8 years. He has worked in evolving a social enterprise based on Bamboo as a raw material with URAVU. He has worked in the Industrial Design Centre IIT Bombay for developing bamboo based products. He has worked with KABANI. The Other Direction on community centered tourism and evaluating the role tourism is playing in the economy, lives of people and environment.
Renjith Rangaraju is a creative designer and brand strategist with over 12 years of experience with advertisement agencies and new media design houses. Renjith has specialised in strategies and designs for online branding and internet based campaigns, and had the opportunity to work for clients such as Microsoft, Armani, Alliance Cornhill, Nissan Micra, Prestige and Reliance.
With a post graduate degree in Mass Communication, Aysha Shamsuddin has been working in the development sector for the past two years. She has worked with two leading NGOs - Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action(YUVA) - a Mumbai based NGO which deals with issues confronted by urban poor and Arunodhaya Migrant Initiatives (AMI)- an NGO which deals with issues of transnational Migrants.Being primarily into research, she has carried out studies on various policy initiatives like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act(MGNREGA), Right to Information Act(RTI) and Basic Services For Urban Poor (BSUP). She was also one among the forty selected participants of UNICEF India Internship Programme 2008. A study conducted by her on Right to Information Act which explored the scope of RTI in promoting good governance through collective social actions was published by YUVA