Members of the Trust
Commodore H G Harsha
Commodore H G Harsha, an Electronic Engineer with dual Masters in Science and Management, served the Indian Navy on Nuclear Submarine and Aircraft Carrier in various capacities before retiring in 2008 as Principal Director at Naval Headquarters, New Delhi. Since then his contribution to the mainstream society has been an eclectic mix of responsibilities in the corporate realm as well as in the social and developmental sector.
As Functional Domain Consultant with Tata Consultancy Services from 2008-2018 he was instrumental in the design, development, integration and testing of Control systems for Nuclear Submarines.
Actively involved in the Art of Living activities since 2001, he has held key positions in the operations, IT and administration. He was instrumental in the design and implementation of mobile and web-based applications for national outreach being used by over 20,000+ Teachers. He is involved in numerous social projects including river rejuvenation; model villages in collaboration with various state governments; sanitation, natural resource management and education in rural India; women empowerment and campaigns on substance abuse. He was a member of the core committee at the historical Art of Living Silver Jubilee celebrations at Bangalore – 2006 and the landmark Art of Living World Culture Festival at Delhi – 2016.
As Chairman & Managing Trustee, Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Trust, Commodore H G Harsha brings his expertise and experience to strengthen the vision of taking the group of SSRVM Institutions to a new level of excellence.
Smt. Rajita Kulkarni
Smt. Rajita Ji was the Trustee of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir from 2009-13 and again from April 2017. She guides the strategy, academics and administration of these institutions ensuring value-based, holistic and stress-free education to children and young adults. As the President of World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) – Brussels, Belgium. She leads a global Board of Directors comprising Members of European Parliament, CEOs, and international experts from business and development. Rajita Ji took over as the President of the prestigious Sri Sri University in India in April 2017. Before that, she served as a member of the Board of Governors of Sri Sri University from 2009. Rajita Ji is a certified Integral Associate Coach by Integral Coaching Canada ( www.integralcoachingcanada.com ). Ved Vigan Maha Vidya Peeth – India, As the Governor of Finance she oversees the administration of 425 educational institutions in India that reach free education to over 55000 children 20 states of India. She supports and guides the team in forging collaborations, fundraising and financial governance. As a member of the Board of Art of Living Health and Education Trust – Washington, USA(AOLHET), Rajita is involved in supporting the mandate of holistic education around the world.
Citibank, N A.- Asia Pacific Region – Before committing her life to the full-time service of society in 2010, Rajita Ji was a banker for 18 years with Citi. She held many international leadership positions in her career, last of which was Asia Pacific Head of Customer Advocacy & Training for the Retail Assets Business of Citibank. Her portfolio responsibility was annual revenues of 750 million US dollars, 16000 employees and over 800 branches across 12 countries. Rajita has authored a book “The Gift of Life” an anthology of poems and co-authored two books “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – One World Family” and “The Great Women of India”. Thousands of readers find inspiration in her writings on life and leadership on her blog rajitakulkarni.blogspot.com
Rajita is a humanitarian, an educationist, a writer, a global leader and a leadership coach President, World Forum for Ethics Business(www.wfeb.org), President, Sri Sri University(www.srisriuniversity.edu.in), Trustees Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Trust(www.ssrvm.org), CEO TLEX Europe and Asia(www.tlexinstitute.com), Board Member, AOL Health and Education Trust(http://www.artoflivinghet.org), Governor of Finance Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth(www.vvmvp.org)
Ms. Jaina Desai
Ms.Jaina Desai is a lawyer by profession and has dedicated her life for the past 15 years to the cause of the Art of Living founded by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. A deep believer in the role of spirituality, human values and inner peace in solving societal conflicts, She is a Director of the Art of Living. She is the trustee of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir Schools which run 95 educational institutions in India, the Middle East, and Nepal. She also serves on the Governing Board of Sri Sri University in Odisha, India. She has headed the Secretariat of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with a special focus on International Affairs and Digital Media Communications for the last 13 years having a vast experience in the area of International Relations. She is a teacher of the Art of Meditation and the Happiness program of the Art of Living and often teaches in Europe. She has been a speaker and moderator at several editions of the International Women’s Conferences of the Art of Living. She has represented the International Association for Human Values at several seminars and conferences including the Global Network for Rights & Freedom’s Geneva Conference in February 2015. She has been Director of the Art of Living Silver Jubilee, 30th and 35th-anniversary events held in Bangalore, Berlin, and New Delhi respectively. An avid reader and well-versed in 5 languages, she lives at the Art of Living center in Bangalore, India.
Sri Sridharan Swaminathan
Sri Sridharan Swaminathan is a Professional with a financial and legal outlook. Started his career as a member of the Madras Stock Exchange since 1992, Served for a term of 4 years as an elected Director of the governing council of the Madras Stock Exchange and Vice-President between 1996-97. In 1992 he ventured in the Development and Real Estate vertical, as a Director , M/s.Sabari Builders Private Limited with the on board experience took over the realm at M/s.Sonex Realty Private Limited (presently Newry Properties) a Hong Kong based group Promoted by Sri. Manu Makhija having global presence in varied fields, since its inception in 1997 till date and ensured steadfast growth for the company. He spearheads, manages and administers the entire Indian operations of the Company. As Trustee of Makhija Foundation – managed by the Newry Group, has been instrumental in establishing the two Schools under one banner “Shrishti Schools” Vellore viz. ShrishtiVidyashram with CBSE Syllabus &Shrishti Matriculation spread on a 30 acres campus with a total strength of about 2400 students, Actively involved in the INCEPTION AND MANAGING OF Manu Makhija Memorial Shrishti School, a school for the under privileged. Presently 400 children are benefited. A member of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI – Chennai). Presently The Vice President of the Chennai Chapter.