Rise Against Hunger India Team
Dola Mohapatra is the Executive Director of Rise Against Hunger India. Mr. Mohapatra was assigned the responsibility in 2015 to establish the Indian regional hub for the organization’s meal packaging and meal distribution programs. He has been instrumental in building a strong foundation for the organization that has now completed 3 years and has attained all legal and statutory registrations required for an Indian charitable organization.
With more than 25 years of rich and extensive experience in international and national NGOs, Mr. Mohapatra has led large-scale teams, built public profiles in the social sector and developed operations across the globe including India, USA, Thailand, East Timor, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone and various other locations. He served as Regional Director of ChildFund International, as well as the CEO/Executive Director of ChildFund India in Bangalore. He is the co-founder of WorkMatterz, a Management Consulting firm that provides HR and Management support to startups, business enterprises, national and international non-profits. He has been living in Bangalore for over 15 years, serving the disadvantaged community and raising CSR funds for water, sanitation, education and health projects.
Mohapatra graduated with an MA in English Literature from Sambalpur University, a MSW in Labor Law from Santiniketan (Visva Bharati), and a MPhil in Social Work from Delhi University.
As the Director – Program Operations, Samuel is responsible for overseeing program development, execution and reporting. He also plays a key role in expanding program initiatives across the country by setting up operational systems, processes, developing program protocol and standards.
With more than 20 years of experience in international and national not for profit organisations, Samuel has traveled extensively within India serving the deserving communities. He has designed, developed and implemented result-based programs in areas such as childhood malnutrition, youth development, food security and livelihoods. Samuel is also a passionate fund raiser and has raised substantial funds from corporate and individuals in his previous assignments. His interest also lies in contributing to the organisational development and coach/mentor his team members. As a social development professional his aim is to contribute professionally to the organisation for achieving overall goals.
Samuel is also a gifted musician and worked in Telugu Cinema Industry as a music director and music programmer for a brief period. He has been able to effectively use his creative talent in enhancing the social missions of the organizations he has been associated with by making music promos and videos. He loves to travel and explore new places. He was an NCC cadet and has a ‘C’ certificate with ‘A’ grade to his credit.
Academically, Samuel is a gold medallist in MA Sociology from University of Hyderabad. He also holds a Master’s Diploma in Development Management, from the prestigious SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. Samuel is a certified master trainer in communication and presentation skills, from iACT Bangalore.
Ms. Manali Bhavsar is the overall in-charge of our Mumbai Chapter. She is primarily responsible for overseeing meal packaging events in Mumbai region; cultivating and managing donor relationship in Mumbai area; monitoring field level meal utilization and exploring new projects for sustainable community development.
Manali is from Ahmadabad, but has been a resident of Mumbai for over 10 years. She has been inclined towards the social field since childhood. as both her parents have been working in social sector for several decades. Since childhood, Manali has been interacting with diverse communities and groups in Indian states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and other interior parts of India. While visiting these areas, her interest revolved around assisting local communities in organizing their immediate needs of livelihood, health, education with sustainable environmental interaction approach.
Manali has done M.Sc in Extension Education (Social research & Communication) from SNDT Women’s University Mumbai. She has worked with local, national and international organizations on project and regular basis focusing on areas such as value education, sustainable livelihoods, life skill training for adolescent girls and young women, women’s empowerment through promotion of Self Help Groups, land rights etc.
S V Hemant Kumar
Srinivas Venkata Hemant Kumar, or Hemant in short handles all Finance and Accounts related matters of Rise Against Hunger India. He is based out of Bangalore. He also handles our vendor relations, procurement, logistics and related matters pertaining to meal packaging events.
Hemant has done his Masters in Business Admin in Finance and Marketing and has handled accounts and finance functions in various organizations such as SANGAMA, Eenadu group and TB Alert India. Hemant has a deep interest in social work and in his personal capacity, he has actively volunteered in organizing community support activities like blood donation camps, cleanliness drives, community festivals etc.
Sudhir Kumar is our donor engagement manager, whose primary responsibility is to ensure that our donors and supporters are provided the best experience during their engagement with us. This involves responding to donor requirements in a timely manner, and making sure Rise Against Hunger India fulfills its commitment to donors at all times with authentic and accurate information.
Sudhir comes with over nine years of fundraising and marketing experience including both fund development and communication. He has raised funds from a variety of marketing channels for causes such as protection of children’s rights, care for people living with leprosy, and people who are physically challenged. As part of his job assignment, he has handled multiple functions such as direct donor acquisition, data mining, brand creation, collateral development, lead generation, and donor engagement strategies.
Perash Kumar Pal
Perash is our key point person for field level engagement with program partners. He is responsible for coordinating, monitoring, and reporting about all our field level activities. Perash also is responsible to build new partnership by pursuing new grant opportunities and ensuring proper implementation of our community empowerment programs focused on food security and sustainable livelihoods.
Perash comes with 17 years of experience in community development programs in Bihar, Odisha and Rajasthan. He has worked in a number of projects dealing with education, child health and nutrition, child rights, livelihood and Disability. He led led cross functional teams managing long term projects in rural parts of India. After spending nearly 15 years with World Vision India in different capacities, he was working with IPE Global as their District Scholarship Mitra (DSM) in Dholpur, Rajasthan to ensure completion of higher secondary education among girl students.
Rise Against Hunger India Trustees & Adv Board
Hatim is a founding trustee and the Settler of Rise Against Hunger India. Hatim works for Cisco Systems as IT Operations Manager and Global Extranet Service Manager. Hatim has been with Cisco Systems India managing IT Infrastructure Services for Cisco’s Offshore Development Centers which is spread across 500 offshore sites globally. With an overall experience of about 16 years, Hatim has held various roles on IT Enterprise Infrastructure built for Cisco offices across India & SAARC; managed various IT Acquisition Integrations and also played Client Experience Lead role for Cisco India.
Over and above his full time job, Hatim leads Cisco Connected Disability Awareness Network (CDAN) for APJC (Asia Pac, Japan & Greater China), an Employee Resource Organization (ERO), which supports Disability within the Organization as part of Cisco’s Inclusion and Collaboration Organization. Leading CDAN is not just a responsibility for him but is his passion and takes pride in being part of the CDAN APJC community as he is able to connect and fulfill the needs of the differently-abled to build Assistive Technologies with a lot of focus on Accessibility to be integrated into Cisco Products. Apart from focus on Assistive Technologies, he also helped in introducing other tracks in CDAN community like Partnering with External Organizations, PWD Forum, PWD Talent Acquisition, Inclusive Environment and Disability Awareness.
Hatim is very passionately involved in other Giving Back activities & events including mobilizing and leading an active citizen support group in his neighborhood apartment association that conducts a number of volunteering activities from time to time.
Hatim is a successful entrepreneur dealing with real estate, mall-management and other ventures. His company, Integrated Mall Management & Retail Solutions, works in many locations in southern India providing onsite management to many well-known malls, properties and commercial hubs.
Hatim is an inspirational leader who takes personal interest in social activities that uplift the deprived population. He spends personal time in various humanitarian activities. He travels extensively on work and has gathered wide-range experience in diverse areas. His passion is visible during volunteering activities where he puts his heart and soul.
An MBA graduate from a leading management institute in India, Hatim has previously worked with one of the major private banks of India. Originally from Mumbai, he has now made Bangalore his home. He is a serious long-drive enthusiast and is planning to do cross-country driving from Kanyakumari to Kashmir to beat the current record.
Mary Paul, is a veteran social work practitioner and a well known counselor. She has been a recipient of the Sadguru Gnanananda National award for excellence in social service in 2002.
Mary was the Founder Director of Vathsalya Charitable Trust, a prominent child welfare agency that worked with adoption and foster care as its major programs for nearly 2 decades. She took a break from Vathsalya in 1991 to spend more time with family during which time she founded an organization named Kutumba , a group foster care institution for the disabled. Kutumba offers residential services to physically challenged girls from the rural areas of the four southern states of India. The children and youth are sent to appropriate centers for skill training and their emotional care and nurture is provided at the Home. Kutumba also runs a music school for the economically under-privileged, a daycare program for preschoolers and a vocational training program for under privileged women.
Mary is a post graduate in social work from Bangalore University, with Diplomas in secular and Christian counseling. She lives in Bangalore with her family.
Vineet Handa, is the founder of Kaizzen Communications a reputed PR, Marketing and Communications enterprise in India which he launched in 2008.
Vineet brings with him a vast and multifaceted experience and relationships in the areas of financial services, lifestyle, Retail, IT, Healthcare, Energy, Trade, Real Estate Sustainable Development and Research. His penchant for entrepreneurship struck once again in the year 2010 when he founded another successful company specializing in experiential marketing and events management in the name of Craftsman Solutions Pvt Ltd. In 2017 he became instrumental in leading yet another venture with his investments in a young, emerging advertising firm called OFactor Communications.
With the learning’s from these three successful ventures and decades of experience in the field of Communications, he took lead in a study project with EY (A leading consulting firm) on Sports development and its impact on livelihood in North Eastern Indian states.
A career with over 18 years of journey in Public Relations, Brand Communication and Outreach had started with a tenure at ABCL way back in 1997. Before the formation of Kaizzen, Vineet served a two years term as Associate Director, TERI “The Energy and Resources Institute” Delhi, and held various senior positions at Genesis BursonMarsteller and CMCG – two of India’s leading communications companies.
As part of his long-term career as a communications professional, Vineet has handled various high-profile relationships, crisis and communications for events and corporates alike. Some of them are ESPN Star Sports, Channel V, HBO, Cartoon Network, National Geographic Channel, BBC, UCB, ICL, IIFA Awards, Yale University, HP, Accenture, Ericsson, Sony, Sony Ericsson, GSK, Lakme, Bridal Asia, Tag Huer, Christian Dior etc. Due to the immense value and insight he has brought into the field of communication, brand building and PR, Vineet has been honored as top 100 PR professional of India. Under his able leadership, Kaizzen has won many awards over past few years.
A science graduate with a post graduate education in International Business Management, Vineet is the complete package of Marketing prowess, dynamic personality and a poised, confident attitude that makes for an efficient leader.
Ray Buchanan: A vision to end world hunger
In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now). After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself.” Over the past three decades, that principle has driven Ray’s mission to eradicate world hunger.
As a divinity graduate student at Duke University, Ray began working with the poor and hungry. He continued that work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his master’s degree in divinity, and as a pastor at five rural United Methodist churches in Virginia. As a pastor, Ray joined the effort to save the lives of starving Ethiopians during the 1973-75 famine in Ethiopia.
Driving Ray’s hunger work is the recognition that “ending hunger is more than just feeding people.” So Rise Against Hunger “focuses its feeding programs in areas where we can see transformational development,” he says.
Ray embodies the ideal of a servant leader. And he understands that volunteers and organizations working together can build a global movement that will stimulate the political will to marshal the resources that are essential — and available — to eradicate hunger.
Rise Against Hunger has realized positive, annual growth mainly through expansion of the meal packaging program into new communities. Rise Against Hunger continues to further Ray’s legacy of commitment both to domestic and international crisis response including relief from famine, natural and manmade disasters and health epidemics.