Vineet Kharat, President
A well-reputed media person among his circle of clients and professionals, Vineet also has experience of over 26 years of being associated with various NGOs that have worked with children, youth and the elderly. Peepal Foundation took birth in the compassionate heart and mind he always had towards the lesser privileged to empower them through various initiatives. Came 2001, Vineet added a new dimension to his work having founded Peepal Foundation. Vineet brought forth a mature perspective to Peepal Foundation having been associated with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), SPIC MACAY (Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture), Eklavya Nyasa NGO (which works for the well-being of children of commercial sex workers, alcoholics and single parents), SSP (Swayam Shikshan Prayog) working in the area of women empowerment, Mitra Foundation (promotes renewable energy and environment care).
Dr. Trupti Mehta, Vice President
Dr. Trupti Mehta, a doctor by profession and working as Director — Administration with a leading hospital in Pune, Dr. Mehta has been involved with Peepal Foundation since its inception. Her association with SPIC MACAY which promotes Indian Classical Music and Culture gives her an understanding of intangible variables in human development and happiness. She has actively conducted free OPD (Out Patient Services) at Sadhu Vaswani Mission for over 5 years.
Roopa Rampura, Treasurer
Ms. Roopa Rampura, a multimedia specialist and philanthropist, has been associated with various causes viz. environment, girl child, and child development. She is well-known in the NGO segment for her ‘Development Centre’ model for underprivileged children. Caring for animals is her second nature, having adopted injured stray dogs and cats and looked after their well-being over several years.
Ranjit Jadhavrao, Secretary
Ranjit Jadhavrao is among the top language translators in Pune, having taken to language skills as a young boy watching his father work passionately on several translation jobs for a top publication. Ranjit is a voracious reader, and this adds a sharper edge to his work in translation.
Ranjit’s rich experience includes his working spell in a leading corporate publishing house in Pune, having worked on a broad spectrum of assignments for over 21 years.
Soon, he was bitten by the entrepreneurship bug and set up his own business in language translations, designing and printing. Ranjit is an avid trekker and loves exploring our beautiful country. He has been associated with the founders of Peepal Foundation for many years and enjoys sharing his time with Peepal-related projects.
Shailendra Yashwant, Hon. Member
Mr. Shailendra Yashwant, a co-founder of Greenpeace India, is a renowned environment journalist and activist. He has been involved with Greenpeace on an international level. He is also the founder of Mitra Foundation, a Bangalore-based NGO working in the field of environment.
Shirish Kaulgud, Hon. Member
Mr. Shirish Kaulgud, a reputed businessman and owner of a leading IT company in Pune is well-known for his promotion of Art and Culture across Maharashtra. He has been a key resource and guiding force at SPIC MACAY Pune for the last 2 decades. He is an honorary member of the Peepal Foundation since its inception.
Punam Dharkar, Hon. Member
Punam Dharkar comes with vast experience in various fields of work. She has worked as a copywriter with various top advertising agencies in Mumbai. Later, in Pune, she was a visiting faculty in creative advertising sessions at Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communications. She also simultaneously took up a second career in leadership training for a few years, in an MNC.
She is now involved as a founder member of a very successful group called Swap for pre-owned household items that you can buy, sell, exchange, lend, borrow and give away. She is a mentor with and well-wisher of Peepal Foundation, a mentor at Ishanya Foundation for guiding students who learn to develop skills that can make them job-ready. Besides, she is part of a scrap band called Band Baja De where lyrics are written to promote waste segregation, adhering to traffic safety rules, and cleanliness, which are sung to Bollywood tunes at traffic lights, bastis, and at related events. She also plays the role of the secretary of her housing society having worked on several projects for uplifting the ‘brand value’ of the society.