OUR PEOPLE


Dr. Philip Lewis - President

Dr. Philip Lewis is the Proprietor of Electro Mech Corporation (EMC). He is a qualified professional Mechanical Engineer from London University. He did his graduation from Imperial college of Science and Technology, London and also A.M.I. (Mech) Mechanical Engineering from London. He got his Doctorate from City University, Los Angeles, California. He started his career as an entrepreneur about 45 years ago by establishing a small scale industry to cater to the needs of industrial establishments in and around Bangalore. Today the same establishment comprises of 4 units in Rajajinagar and Peenya and has diversified into the processed Sea Food export market manufacturing - 'Surmi'. Dr. Lewis is a recipient of several awards including national award from Intervention Promotion Board, New Delhi for promoting Tension Gauges. He has also held several positions such as All India President, National Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (NAYE), New Delhi; President, Karnataka Small Scale Industries Association (Kessia), Bangalore-1983 and President, Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FKCCI) 1992. Dr. Philip Lewis has served on various boards in the capacity of Director, President, Trustee and Committee Member. To name a few, National President, Federation of Indian Small & Medium Enterprises, Director – Industrial Co-Op. Bank etc.



Mr. J.A. Martins - Treasurer

Mr. J.A. Martins is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (F.C.A.) and of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (F.C.S.). His professional expertise spans over 30 years. Mr. Martins heads the audit firm, J.A. Martins & Co. that specialises in rending services to developmental agencies, educational institutions, non-governmental institutions and companies. The specialization is in matters relating to audit and assurance, compliances under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act and Income Tax Act, capacity building, financial accomplishment services, and strengthening of local institutions through design of financial systems and their implementation. He also offers his services as a resource person to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, international agencies and national organizations with regard to Financial and Legal Framework applicable to Non-Governmental Organizations and Governance thereof. The firm provides audit and assurance services to several prominent national and international organizations in India. He has authored the book titled “Legal and Accounting Framework – Guidelines for Charitable Societies and Not for Profit Organizations including FCRA”, which has been greatly appreciated by the development sector.



Ms. Neelam Makhijani - Secretary

Providing dynamic and strategic leadership, Ms. Makhijani has served as ChildFund India’s Country Director and CEO for over three years. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from London University, pursued Excellence in Leadership course from Harvard University, and has pursued many other leadership courses in UK. Prior to joining ChildFund India, Ms. Makhijani led a global organisation based in the UK, Resource Alliance. Neelam has worked in the UK for more than 14 years with major organisations such as Help-Age and Oxfam GB. As a thought leader and expert communicator, Ms. Makhijani has been invited to speak at various forums, conferences and panels in over 30 countries. Ms. Makhijani is passionate about fundraising and inspiring change for maximum impact. Within just couple of years, she has revitalized ChildFund India’s core operations by strengthening the organization’s ability to fulfil its mandate to children throughout India. She has also spearheaded the organization collaborations with some of the most notable corporates in India. Ms. Makhijani has been instrumental in extending ChildFund’s reach in India and strengthening its foundations for its long-term future development. Under her leadership, ChildFund India has taken a new direction and is moving forward with clear vision, strategy and renewed spirit.



Mr. Prashant Verma - Member

As a Country Director of ChildFund Cambodia, Mr. Prashant Verma is providing leadership and management support to the organization, and works closely with the International Program Director and other senior managers and the Sydney-based International Program Coordinator to lead and manage ChildFund’s operation in Cambodia. Mr. Verma has about 25 years of rich field experience in more than eleven countries in Africa (East, Central and West) and South-East Asia Regions with leading international organizations on Senior Management positions and has led large teams on Child Rights, WASH, Livelihoods Security, Education, Community Health & Nutrition and HIV & AIDS sectors. He has a proven expertise on facilitation of change-management-processes, securing large grants, developing innovative program design, internalizing partnership, right-based-approach, result-based M & E systems, galvanizing advocacy and delivery of most effective and efficient programs using updated theories of change. He was identified for a Senior Leadership High Talent discourse and rated as an Outstanding Performer. A recipient of two International Awards and honoured with Post-Graduate qualifications in the fields of Business Administration, Public Health Administration, Development Economics and Management Certificate from renowned Indian and British Universities.



Dr. Nirja Mattoo - Member

Dr. Nirja Mattoo is a development professional with over 30 years of experience in managing projects on social entrepreneurship, livelihood, education, health, and corporate social responsibility with national and international NGOs. Currently, she is working at S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research, a premiere business school in Asia, as Chairperson for the Centre for Development of Corporate Citizenship (DOCC) with an objective to sensitize management students influencing practice and promoting value based growth; provide management inputs to the social sector; and create awareness amongst businesses for social responsiveness. She has scaled up DOCC program through strategizing system and processes, building partnership with NGOs and Corporates across geographies. Dr. Nirja Mattoo has a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and PhD in “Role of Women in Managing Development Programs of Panchayat Raj Institution in Maharashtra” from University of Mumbai. She has received various recognitions including Team MBA Award U.S.



Mr. Geoffrey Petkovich - Member

Mr. Geoffrey Petkovich is the Asia Regional Director for ChildFund International. Based in Bangkok Thailand, Mr. Petkovich provides senior leadership to improve the lives of children and families and leads a regional management team across 5 countries. Leading a staff of over 500 people and responsible for a budget of 50 million USD, Mr. Petkovich is responsible for overseeing the design, program implementation and evaluation, management of key partnerships, and dissemination of knowledge to improve children’s lives. Prior to joining ChildFund International in September of 2010, Mr. Petkovich spent more than 10 years working with Catholic Relief Services covering Asia, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Middle East and Eastern Europe. He has worked in the sectors of complex emergency response, disaster risk reduction, micro-finance, child protection, and early childhood and primary education.



Mr. Isam G. Ghanim - Member

Mr. Isam G. Ghanim has 29 years of international development experience, including executive leadership positions with various international organizations at the country, regional and global levels in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Currently, Mr. Ghanim is the Executive Vice-President, responsible for providing strategic leadership to ChildFund Programs and Global Operations, directly providing strategic leadership and oversight to Global Program Development, three Regional Offices, the Emergency Management Unit and 22 Country Offices. Previously, Mr. Ghanim served as Vice-President of Global Operations and Regional Vice President for Africa with ChildFund. Prior to joining ChildFund, Mr. Ghanim was the Vice President responsible for providing leadership to all CARE-USA Program Technical Units at their organizational headquarters. His position oversaw the development and deployment of technical and financial resources supporting more than 40 countries, with a program value of over $450 million. Mr. Ghanim also played a leadership role for the acquisition and deployment of technical and financial resources and coordinating mechanisms for learning, knowledge sharing and advocacy. Mr. Ghanim worked as Regional Director for Asia and Europe and as Deputy Regional Director for East Africa and the Middle East, and directly led program strategy and performance in major large-scale humanitarian crises. Mr. Ghanim holds a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development (University of Khartoum), complemented by Advanced Training in Business Administration (University of Khartoum) and the Strategic Management of Non-Profit Organizations (Harvard Business School Executive Education).



Mr. James Tuite - Member

Mr. James Tuite was appointed in September 2006 as the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO) at ChildFund International. He is responsible globally for the finance, accounting, assurance, treasury, legal, office administration and human resources of this $240 million organization with offices in 25 countries around the world. Previously, he worked at the Population Council for 12 years as the Chief Financial Officer and Secretary-Treasurer. Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Tuite traveled extensively with the overseas programs of Save the Children as an Auditor/Operations Analyst for over 3 years. He is a Certified Public Accountant and worked for the Boston Office of Coopers and Lybrand. He also worked as a volunteer in Korea. He speaks fluent Korean. Mr. Tuite is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and former Chairman of the Board of InsideNGO. He holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston and an MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Neelam Makhijani - Country Director/ CEO

Thilakaratne Karunarathne Mudiyanselage – Program Director

Jaydeep Das – Human Resource & Administration Director

Bincy Antony – Finance Director