What does it take to be a leader with Rotary? Integrity, expertise, and a commitment to service—all the qualities that make Rotary members extraordinary. We look for these qualities in all our leadership positions, including our elected President and Board of Directors, who lead Rotary International, our appointed Trustee Chair and Board of Trustees, who run The Rotary Foundation, and our General Secretary and executive staff, who provide long-term oversight of the organization. Members of each Rotary club elect their own leadership.
Rtn. Zarir BathaPresident
Zarir K Batha, a well known advertising professional runs his own well known advertising agency, Batha Advertising (www.bathaadvertising.com). An all rounder, Zarir combines the creative flair of an adman with the down- to-earth realism of a businessman. Copywriter, planner, speech writer & event manager. He has organized International events like World Table Tennis Championships, Calcutta & World Festival of Sacred Music Bangalore. He was twice Secretary of The Advertising Club Bangalore. His other interests include theater & he has produced and acted in several productions. For the Rotary Club of Bangalore, he was Chairman, Membership Development Committee. He produced the Plantinum Club commemorative volume among other Rotary publications. He was one of the duo that bought out the weekly newsletter,’The Rotator’ for a record 215 consecutive issues. He was the Secretary of Rotary Club of Bangalore for 2011-12 & 2012-13. In 2013 he led a Friendship Exchange team from Rotary Club of Bangalore to the Rotary Clubs of New York. As International Service Director, 2014-15,he achieved several goals like a Sister Club Relationship with Rotary Club of Colombo East, a Friendship Exchange visit to Sri Lanka, a successful Kala for Vidya Event, fund raising for Nepal’s earthquake victims, the 80th year celebrations, & building 5 modern toilet blocks for Govt Schools. He was a member of the team to make Rotary Club of Bangalore a Hall of Honor Club which also welcomed RCB’s first Arch Klumph Society Member. The successful National 5th edition of ‘Rotary Idol’, his signature event, received the prestigious Dist 3190 Legacy Award for Event of the Year. Wife Dorothy is an Educationist and was till recently a senior faculty member of the Bishop Cotton Boy’s School, Bangalore. Daughter Shez is a well known Fashion Designer with her bridal boutique on High Street, Melbourne. www.shezahrin.com. Son-in-law Kane Glenister is Sr. Financial Analyst & Manager at PWC, Melbourne. Son Cyrus is a Manger at one of Melbourne’s prominent hospitality companies.
Rtn. Vivek PrabhuPresident Elect
Vivek Prabhu, joined the Rotary movement in 1994. He is a very keen Rotarian and is often seen to be taking active part in all the activities of the club. He has served the club in various capacities starting from co-chairman in the first few years of joining and as Chairman of various committees almost every year after that. He served on the Board of the club on past 5 occasions and joins the Board once again this year as the Vice-president. He is committed to serve the cause of mass education, vocational service, assistance to the physical & mentally challenged and the aged. The club magazine- The Rotator is another area of keen interest, topped off by fellowship both within the club and on the international level. He is passionate about rising funds for the Rotary Foundation & has been instrumental in convincing almost 150 members of the club to become PHFs. He is a good team player and loves to work in a group and enthuses and encourages all round participation. Born in Udupi in 1956, Vivek had his early schooling in Bangalore and later passed out of the premium institution, Sainik School, Bijapur. A textile Engineer by qualification he now heads a Mid-Sized family business/industry Group called Priyafil Group engaged in the manufacture of Synthetic Technical Textiles used in various applications ranging from agriculture, floriculture, aquaculture, household, automobile and bulk packaging. The groups' products are marketed all over India and exported to Europe, Middle East and the US. He also serves his industry's cause as the President of IMFMA and is an active member of other related industry& trade associations like AIFTMA, AIPMA, ITTA, KASSIA, FKCCI & FICCI. Vivek is married to Shalini, a doctorate in Kannada literature, who ably supports him in all his endeavours at home, office and as a Rotary Anne. She also serves as a regional panel member on the Central Film censor Board. They have three children, 2 married daughters Priyadarshini & Yashaswini and a son, Varun.
Rtn. Elizabeth CherianVice President
Prof. Elizabeth Cherian Paramesh is an Educationist, Public Health Expert and an Environmentalist and is currently the Director of Lakeside Center for Health Promotion. She is also the Managing Trustee of the Lakeside Education Trust which focus on Continuing Medical Education Programs and research on children's health and environment and geriatric care. Her research findings on Tobacco habits and effects for ten years along with her husband Dr H Paramesh has been instrumental in bringing the anti smoking legislation in public places in Karnataka. She has published several research papers in National and International Medical and Social Journals and has written chapters for medical text books.She is the Board Member of the WHO-Alliance for Health Promotion, Geneva.She represents the WHO Alliance for Health Promotion to the Rotary International UN office Geneva. She is co opted as the Board Member of the Geriatric Society of India. She is also the member of the Commonwealth Association for Health and Disability. She is a debater, and a poet and has several publications in English and Kannada to her credit. A rank holder throughout her educational career in Karnataka State, she is also an art enthusiast.She has been on the committees of several Governmental and Non Governmental organisations and has been a lead researcher for several international research programmes of the Padova University ,Italy and World Bank studies. She has won several awards and honours,noted among them being the Karanataka Rajyotsava Award for constructive services to society in education and social service in the year 2000 and the Best Poet of the year Award by the Poets International in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her contributions to society. She joined the Rotary Club of Bangalore in 2002 and has since served on various avenues of services in various capacities. During her term as Director of Community Services and Director of Youth services the club got the best service avenue award for the respective avenues. She has served as the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Bangalore in the year 2015-16 and was recognised as the Best Secretary among the Rotary Clubs of Bangalore. She has also been recognized for individual exemplary service award in all avenues of service by the Rotary International. She is married to Rtn Dr H Paramesh who is a Pediatric Pulmonologist, Allergiest,and Environmentalist and has a son Dr Roshan Cherian Paramesh who is a trained Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a daughter Dr Rashmi Cherian Paramesh who is also a Medical Doctor. As Vice President of the Rotary Club of Bangalore it will be her endeavor to plan and execute projects that are unique, sustainable, need and community based and those that leave imprints in society that time cannot erase and can be emulated by the future generations. Connecting Rotarians across the globe and reaching out to countries that need guidance and support for service projects is also on her agenda for the year.
Rtn. Girish RamanathanSecretary
R Girish joined RCB in 2012 with a clear objective to be involved in community service through fellowship. He has held various posts as Chair and Co-Chair in committees of Fellowship and International Service. As a passionate person committed to fellowship and service he has had a stint of 19 years in Round Table. He has served as an Area Chairman Area Seven Round Table India, National President - Round Table India( RTI), Chairman - Asia Pacific Round Table International and Treasurer Round Table International. As National President of RTI (2003-04) along with his team he successfully completed construction of 193 schools consisting of 605 classrooms with a spend of 9.15cr benefitting 37500 children pan India. A new leaf in RTI for that year was the US road show (M40M) which raised 1,10,000 US dollars and built 17 schools. Under the leadership the team extended 8 clubs in the country and 2 clubs internationally. He is a bachelors in Commerce, associated in multiple styles of work in verticals of Realty – Development, Healthcare, Education, Corporate Gifts and Marketing of Building Materials. R. Girish is married to Priya, she has been a proud member of Ladies Circle India a social organization for women for the past 18 years and has held various posts at the District & National Levels. Her passion to YOGA has won her the title as ARUL SELVI in KUNDALINI YOGA KAYAKALPA when she recently graduated from the school of Vethathiri Maharishi, Coimbatore. Her App- MAGIC IN A PAN has listed 155 varieties of dosas & 32 accompaniments. They have a son Vedanth Girish who has completed his Bachelors of Business in International Business & Entrepreneurship. JOINT SECRETARY This is the second stint of Narayanan Suresh as Joint Secretary in Rotary Club of Bangalore(RCB) which he joined in January 2009. He has previously served as Director (International Service), Joint Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms. Suresh also had stints as co-chair and Chair of Magazines and Bulletins Committee and Chaired the International Service Committee in the Year in which RCB became the 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club. Rotator had won the Best District rotary magazine in all the years he handled it. RCB got the Best International Service Award in District 3190 for pioneering initiatives like Nite of the Consuls, Friendship Exchange visit to Malaysia. A Master’s in Physics from the Central University of Hyderabad, Suresh also has a post-graduate diploma in Social Journalism from Times of India’s Center for Media Studies, Delhi. His classification is Technology Analyst. Suresh has worked as Science and Technology Correspondent of Times of India, Delhi and later as editor of many information technology and biotechnology magazines published from India and Singapore, including MIT’s Technology Review India, BioSpectrum ( India & Asia editions). Currently he is the Chief Operating Officer of Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises(ABLE), chaired by Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. In the current role, Suresh is involved in highlighting and showcasing India’s fast growing biotech industry, helping the 1000+ startups that are developing a variety of new medical solutions.
Rtn. Suresh NarayananJoint Secretary
Gowri Oza born and brought up in Madikeri (Coorg), did the basic education Madikeri & in Bangalore. During the college days, a keen sports lover, had taken part in various sports events. Participated in college and intercollegiate levels. Swimming was one of the passion and have won medals in swimming at the state and the national level competitions. Had been in the NCC and had represented Karnataka in the Republic day Parade also had done some basic mountaineering courses. Had been a member of the Ladies circle (women's wing of the Round Table). Joined Rotary in 1998.Have held the chairmanship of different committies and have served the Rotary as a board member twice earlier. Husband Late Snehal Oza was also a Rotarian, has two children, Ashwini a renouned jewellery designer. She runs a successful jewellery firm ARNAV & CO along with her husband Chetan and has 2 children. Son Akarsh is an Architect, runs an architectural firm in Bangalore along with his wife Lavanya, who is also an architect, and are blessed with a daughter and a son. Last year as the Director of Youth services, brought in the sports element into the rotary schools. Keen in enthusing the school and college students to take part in the sports activities. In the new world of computers I see there is a necessity for children to get on to the field and do some physical activities.
Rtn. Subramanium ChitturTreasurer
Subbu Chittur hails from Bombay, where he completed education. He is double graduate in Science and Law and a Fellow member of the ICAI. Later he worked in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and was Finance Controller of an MNC. On his return to India he started a company manufacturing textiles. He is also a freelance trainer and helps people in various areas of leadership, Entrepreneur development, Career guidance, Financial Planning. He has been associated with Toastmasters International since 1986. Started the 1st Toastmasters Club in Bangalore called Garden City Speakers Forum in 1991. Due to his initiative and untiring efforts there are now 600 clubs in India. He was Divisional Governor and was Awarded DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster) award by Toastmasters International. He was also recognized as an Outstanding Toastmaster. His association with Rotary started in 1971 when he joined the Rotaract Club of Sion(Mumbai). He held positions of President and Area Governor. His joined Rotary started in 2001. Since then he has been regularly active as Chairman of various committees, Director New generation and Treasurer. He has also held positions of Chairman in various committees in the District. He has played a major role in conducting RYLA’s for the club and District and also was seriously involved in the conduct of the RYLA for 25000 students. His wife is a member of the Inner Wheel and his sons have been DRR’s in Dist 3190. His aim always is to make a difference in every role he takes.
Rtn. Rohidas Vittal BhatSergeant at Arms
Rohidas V Bhat joined Rotary Club of Bangalore in the year 2000 and from then he is greatly involved in most of the activities of the Club. He has worked as a Co-chair, Chair and also as Director on the Board. He enjoys very much the service as well as the fellowship. He has overall working experience of more than 4 decades in Banking and Financial services and presently working as Executive Director for Star Global Currency Exchange Private Limited, A Group Company of Wirecard AG Germany. It is one of the leading and fast growing Authorized Dealers in Foreign Exchange (AD Category II), accredited by Reserve Bank of India to buy and sell foreign currencies and prepaid cards with a strong value system. He is married to Ann Meghana who is a home maker, she is also a member of Inner Wheel and worked as President of Inner Wheel Club of Bangalore. She is an active member of Maharashtra Mandal and worked as President of Stree Shakti, ladies wing of Maharashtra Mandal. She was also a Treasurer for Charitable Trust of Inner Wheel Club and member of Implementation Committee besides taking of the responsibility as Chairman. He is blessed with a son and a daughter. Son has completed his Engineering in Electronics and Communication and presently working in Bangalore for a start up company. Daughter has completed her MSc. MEd. and pursuing her PhD and working in Mumbai.
Rtn. Sanjay UdaniDirector - Community Service
Sanjay Udani is a Bangalorean all the way ... born, schooled and driving his thriving business in this bustling new-age Indian metro. As managing partner with Udani Opticians - a retail optical chain and eye-fashion boutique, since 1930, Sanjay has an eye for cool eye-wear. He is also the Founder Trustee of Legacy School - an internationally benchmarked new generation educational institution on Hennur Road. As a second generation Rotarian, Sanjay Udani served across various committees, and was the Director of Vocational Service, and chairing Youth Service committees in addition to Co-chairing Fellowship. He has been actively involved with various service organizations. He started his long stint in social as a Leo from Leo Club of Bangalore Host, in the year 1979. Since then he has been involved in myriad service activities in various capacities, eventually turning President and Leo Advisor of the Club. His involvement with the Lions Club of Bangalore Host goes as far back as 1987. He has held various positions since, including that of Secretary and President. He continues to serve on the Club’s Board. Sanjay Udani has also been actively involved with the Bangalore Round Table since 2005 and was the chairman of 41ers club no. 89. Sanjay is a people-person and party lover. Married to Krishna who is actively involved with the Legacy School, his family is completed by Nidhi their older daughter - an electronics & communications engineer and the younger twins Udit who is an Engineer in Industrial Management & Urvi who is an Architect.
Rtn. Ravikumar NadimpallyDirector - Vocational Service
Ravikumar Nadimpally joined Rotary Club of Bangalore in 2010, and has since been involved in numerous activities of the club in the capacity of Chair – Interact Committee, Co-chair – Community Services, Co-chair – World Community Service, Co-chair – Vocational Awards Committee, Sargent At Arms (SAA) and as member of the committees. Ravikumar is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Modern Family Doctor Private Limited, a company which operates India’s largest and most trusted chain of Family/Primary Healthcare Clinics under the brand name – “the family doctor” & “the family pharma”. He has 28 plus years of innovative experience in Sales, Marketing, Business Development, HR, General Management, Strategic Planning, Operations and Program Management. Ravi has previously worked with leading organizations like iSOFT Health, IBA Health, MEDICOM Solutions Middle East, Oman Computer Services Oman, WIPRO Infotech and ORG Systems. Ravi is also the Co-founder of PROSIT InfoTech Private Limited a start-up specialized in the healthcare informatics vertical and associated services. He is married to Meena Kumari – a homemaker plus a centre-head/teacher at ‘Sambhavam’, a school for autistic children. He has two sons. Uday is a Medical Doctor and Rohan a Lawyer. Ravi’s interests are in reading, travelling, meeting new people and pursuing ways and means of giving back to the society thru’ service to humanity.
Rtn. Musten JiruwalaDirector - Youth Service
Musten Jiruwala, Entrepreneur, Leader, Actor - hailing from Dahod, Gujarat, Musten Jiruwala - Founder and CEO of TechMust Software Pvt. Ltd is a self-made man. His tryst with business started at the tender age of 16 and his grit, determination and focus is evident in all that he does. Getting into programming as early as in 1981, he has mastered the craft of software development and has become a force to reckon with when it comes to developing software systems for the print publishing industry. He created the very first Desktop Publishing System for all Indian languages named Script which revolutionised the Indian language publishing in late 80s to mid 90s. His Arabic, Urdu, Chines and Indian language publishing system created for a major German company received rave reviews. He is a self-taught engineer and is continually learning newer and newer technologies to deliver the latest and best software to his clients across Europe, America and India. In his career spanning 35 years, he has travelled around the world and executed projects for overseas clients. Learning is a passion with him, be it technology or dance. (He taught himself English by reading Sidney Sheldon novels aloud!). He joined Rotary Club of Bangalore in 2011 with an intention to serve the community and has since served as co-Chair of International Services Committee, co-Chair of Fellowship Committee, Chairman of Communications Committee and Chairman of Fellowship Committee. He firmly believes that easy availability of clean safe drinking water is the solution to many social problems of today and of the future. His single-minded focus and never give-up attitude is also the reason behind his association with RCB’s fundraiser event Kala for Vidya since he joined the club. It is also the reason behind how he overcame his stage fear(!) and became an amateur actor doing various plays, TV Ads, voice-overs and even acting in a TV serial. Writing poems is a form of expression to him and he loves to recite his own poems to his friends and strangers alike. He is married to Ann. Tasneem Jiruwala, a microbiologist, a Creative/Dance Movement therapy facilitator and an avid trekker. He is blessed with two children - daughter Naquia, who is running her own event management company and son Habil who is doing his graduation in Media Studies.
Rtn. Vineetha ChinnappaDirector - International Servi
Vineetha Chinappa. Vineetha joined Rotary Club of Bangalore in March 2013. Since her induction to the RCB, she has served as the Co-Chair and Chairperson of the International Service Committee, before becoming a Director of the same. She did her schooling in different parts of the country and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Stella Maris, University of Chennai. Vineetha Chinappa is a holiday planner and Founder of Equinox Unearth, bespoke holiday experience planning team that was founded in 2006. Equinox Unearth designs holidays to suit your style – corporate and leisure. She is also part of an advertising firm for over two decades - Renaissance Advertising, a fully accredited agency known for their creative work in print and media. As a Rotarian she has been actively involved with Kala for Vidya, an initiative that connects the passion for art with the desire to educate the underprivileged. She was largely instrumental in the Sister Club associations, with Srilanka, Petlinjaya and the Phillipines. As the Chairperson of Vocational Services, her committee achieved many ‘firsts’ that year. Her hobby and passion is traveling, the less traveled path. She has a son, Rajat Bopaiah, who is a lawyer and a Partner at ALMT Legal, a full service law firm, and Seema Sukumar, her daughter-in-law, is also a lawyer and Partner at J Sagar Associates. Her mantra: Be the kind of person you would like to meet…
Rtn. Ranga RaoImmediate Past President
Ranga Rao has schooled in Vizag, colleged in Orissa and completed CA in Bangalore by 1982 and presently is practicing. He was the Secretary of the Rotary Club of Bangalore at the centenary year of Rotary, and served on the Board for 5 years in several capacities. Married to Kanchana, an accomplished Montessori teacher, they both are proud parents of Meghna - who has completed her Post Graduation in Biotechnology in Leeds and now married and residing in US - and Akshar - who is undergoing his internship for CA at B K Ramadhyani & Co. Both, Ranga Rao and Kanchana have undergone a memorable stint with Round Table where service and fellowship have personified living and life style. Presently they are enjoying the Rotary landscape since 2000. He as a practising Chartered Accountant who has a firm with large commitment towards “end-to-end services” for several subsidiaries of US, UK, China & Romania companies. The traditional Audit and Tax of corporate and other sectors continues. Ranga Rao is the original team member of Rangashankara the theatre space in JP Nagar. He has led the theatre trust to adopt sound policies, achieve financial reliance and adhere to complete statutory compliances. Rangashankara is one of the most popular theatre destinations of the world today. RR as he is known among friends, like to meet people, practice green values, be a part of the wild life in India and overseas. He loves his farm where organic methods are embraced. He is a member of Bangalore Management Association, FKCCI, Bangalore International Centre.
PDG. Rtn. Prabhashankar K.N.Additional Director
K. N. Prabhashankar, known to his friends as Prabha, is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He did his schooling and Bachelor of Commerce from Bangalore and completed his Chartered Accountancy in 1977. After serving for two years as Finance Executive in a Canadian Company, he decided to set up his own practice. He is the Senior Partner with Ashok Kumar, Prabhashankar & Co., Chartered Accountants, specialised in Corporate Audits, Taxation and Project Funding. He has associate network across the country. He is a fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and also member of Institute of Internal Auditors. Prabha joined Rotary Club of Bangalore in 1986. He served the Club as Chairman of various Committees, Treasurer, Director, Secretary, before he served as the President during 1993-94. During his year as President, Rotary Muthappa Attavar Hospital and additional classroom facilities for K.G.Bydarahalli School were built. He has served Rotary District 3190 in various capacities. He was the District Chairman for various committees, District Secretary, Chairman for the 23rd Rotary District Conference in the year 2000, Assistant Governor and Member of the Nominating Committee to nominate District Governor. He has participated in many Districts as Discussion Leader including the District Leadership Development programme. He was Group Study Exchange Leader to IOWA, USA during the year 1999-2000. He was the District Governor of District 3190 for the year 2003-04. Under the leadership of Rotary International President Rtn. Jonathan Majiyagbe with the theme Lend a Hand, he gave an exceptional leadership to the District. The District created a history in conducting number of blood donation camps and the community service was at its peak. He set new benchmark then for District 3190 towards contribution to the Rotary Foundation. The District contributed US$ 115,000 as Annual Giving with a per capita of US$ 45, which was almost 90% higher to previous year. The total contribution to the Rotary Foundation during his year was US$ 170,000. He represented Rotary International President for the District Conference at Kolkata Dist. 3290 during the year 2004-05. He was the District Trainer for the Rotary year 2005-06. He is also a recipient of Distinguished Service Award and Meritorious Service Award from Rotary Foundation and Presidential Citation from the Rotary International. Prabha is married to Mukta, who is active and lends continuous support in his Rotary activities. They have one daughter Shilpa who has completed her Post Graduation in Business Management after completing Bachelor of Commerce. She is married to Ketan Pishe a businessman and Shilpa extends support to his business. Prabha and Mukta are blessed with one grandchild Anika.
PP. Rtn. Ram Kumarr SeshuAdditional Director
Ram Kumarr Seshu - Author and Founder of Born to Win Learning Services, is dedicated to building a generation of Winners by getting people to be I CAN People working in WE CAN Teams. Actively involved with Leadership and Success processes for the past 3 decades, he has spent over twenty years in the Service Industry of Marketing and Advertising Communications. He joined the Rotary Club of Bangalore in 2003 and has since then been the Co-Chair for Youth Services, Chair of the Fellowship Committee, Chair of the Programs Committee and Chair of the Vocational Awards Committee. He has served on the Board of RCB as Jt. Secretary, Director International services, Director Community Services, Secretary and Vice- President. During his stint as Secretary of RCB- he was recognized as the Best Secretary in the District. At District 3190- he has served as Deputy District Trainer, Chair of the Conference Programs Committee, Chair of the Empowerment Committee. A popular Speaker, he has been invited to address the Districts of 3150 - District Assembly, 3201 - AGTS, 3160 - ICGF on Public Image and 3230 - PETS. A Certified Facilitator of Leadership Management International – USA, he has a team of over forty Certified Facilitators for the Born to Win program which is being rolled out successfully in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad. Ram holds a Masters in Economics – Econometrics, Bombay University, he is passionate about Universalization of Education and spends his spare time working in this area. A Distinguished Service Awardee of Round Table India, an award given for service beyond the call of duty. He has spent over 300 man-days of Training to coach and mentor CEOs who are members of that organization in understanding the nuances of Leadership. Ram is married to Ann. Dipti, a trained Counselor and Facilitator and Maitri is their daughter.