Board Members

Chairperson – Aloysius Irudayam SJ: He is currently the Program Director for Advocacy Research and Human Rights Education at the Institute of Development Education, Action and Studies (IDEAS), located in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He has over 40 years’ experience and expertise in the field of human rights and development, working with marginalized communities. He has vast experience in community mobilization and training, particularly with Dalit and Adivasi communities, and is closely associated with various networks engaged in advocacy and lobbying for promoting their rights at national and international levels. Besides school text books on human rights education, he has published advocacy research studies on critical issues concerning Dalits and Adivasis. He has also previously served in important positions such as Director of IDEAS, Madurai and Director of the Indian Social Institute, Bangalore.


Managing Trustee – Annie Namala: As the Executive Director of CSEI, she has over 25 years of experience working with Dalit communities. She has worked extensively in building community-based organizations, networking, training and advocacy.  Having worked for over 20 years in South India, she then shifted to New Delhi to engage in policy and advocacy work with bilateral and UN agencies particularly in the arena of child rights and the right to education.  She worked as the Senior Social Policy Advisor (part-time consultant) for the UNICEF Regional Office in Kathmandu from January to June 2010. As member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) for the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, she chaired the sub-group on equity and inclusion. Currently she is member of the National Resource Group (NRG) for the Mahila Samakhya programme.


Treasurer - Dr Sanghmitra S. Acharya: She is an Associate Professor teaching in the Centre for Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She has done considerable work on public health and medicine, as well as population studies, and is one of the pioneers in exploring issues of social exclusion in the health sector. She has sat on a number of academic boards and committees, including as a member of the Standing Committee, Programme for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her extensive publications include “Caste and Patterns of Discrimination in Rural Public Health Care Services”, and “Impact of Structural Adjustment Programme on Vulnerable Groups in the Less Developed Countries – An Analysis of Situation in India”.


Member – Satyendra Kumar: He is a development professional who has been working in the field of human rights research and policy advocacy for past 10 years, primarily focusing on the social, economic and cultural rights of Dalit and Adivasi children and youth. He has worked with a number of Dalit and Adivasi organisations at both the grassroots and national levels for several years. He has been intensively engaged with civil society organizations led by marginalized communities in Bihar for the promotion and protection of Dalit and Adivasi human rights, and currently heads the CSEI Bihar unit as State Director.