Our Board

Dr. Kalpana Sankar

Managing Trustee of Hand in Hand India and
Chairperson of Hand in Hand Inclusive Development and Services

Dr. Sankar is a double doctorate with a Ph.D in nuclear physics and in gender studies. Also the co-founder of Hand in Hand India, Dr.Sankar has been involved in the women’s self-help group movement in Tamil Nadu for over two decades. She has been a consultant with UNOPS, UNDP, Christian Aid and Wetlands International on Gender and Microfinance. She has authored several books on child labour, microfinance and women’s empowerment. Dr. Sankar was honoured with the ‘Nari Shakti Puraskar 2016’ instituted by the Ministry of Women and Development, Government of India on International Women’s Day (March 8th, 2017) for her contribution to the empowerment of vulnerable and marginalized women.

Mr. Subhash Chandra Wadhwa


Mr. Wadhwa holds a Masters in Economic Statistics from Delhi School of Economics. He is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers, Mumbai. He was formerly a Chief General Manager with NABARD, Head Office and the Managing Director at Agricultural Finance Corporation. He is a Senior Consultant on Agriculture and Rural Development, Rural Finance, Rural Cooperatives, Microfinance, Micro Enterprise Development, Livelihood, Poverty Reduction, and his services are availed by UNDP, UNOPS, IFAD, AFDB, World Bank, DFID, SDC, Government of India, Banks and NGOs. Besides his intensive experience across many states of India, Mr.Wadhwa has also worked in Kenya, Malawi, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Sierra Leone, Myanmar and Macedonia.

Mr. Harishankar Mani


Mr.Mani holds a Bachelor degree in Physics and Law. He has 24 Years of practice in property rights and has specialized in Arbitration & Conciliation Proceedings, Trademark, Civil Suits, among other areas of expertise, on the original Side of the Madras High Court. He has done Trademark branding for several leading brands including Milka Group of Companies, Saravana Stores, KrishSrikkanth, and Milkyway. He is a Regular Speaker in Seminars conducted by ICAI, ICSI and University of Madras. He has attended International Conferences in Brussels, Berlin and Kathmandu representing the Indian Liberal Group, India.

Mr. Amuthasekaran Nachiappan

Managing Director

Mr. Nachiappan is a postgraduate in Sociology. He started his development career with Vivekananda Kendra, a social service organisation based in Kanyakumari, India. His experience spans grassroots’ action, education, and monitoring and evaluation. Mr. Nachiappan has extensive project experience in watershed management, natural resource development, rural development and promotion of renewable energy such as biogas, solar energy and wind energy in rural areas. He has also monitored several NGO projects for Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India.