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. Vivek R. PrabhuPresident
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. Dr. Elizabeth Cherian ParPresident Elect
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. Vincent P. RajVice President
Son of an Army Officer, Vincent P Raj, was born and brought up in Bangalore Cant. did his schooling at St Aloysious, graduation at Govt. Science College and a PG diploma at St. Joseph's College of Commerce. As an athlete and a sports enthusiast, he represented his School and College as a student. He has now channeled this interest into cycling, which sees him as a Founder member of IFCR Dist 3190 (International Fellowship of Cycling Rotarians). He was equally active in youth and charity activities at his Parish. Starting his career in a Poultry Organisation in 1975, he went on to set up his own enterprise in 1986 and made a name for himself as a poultry breeder of repute. Year 2005 saw him move from this industry to Hospitality, establishing a string of pubs and restaurants. Currently, he plays a mentor role to these establishments which is now managed by his son. Apart from that, he is also into breeding Ostrich, the first of its kind in India. Since the year 2002, as a member of Rotary, he has officiated as co-chair and chairman of Rotaract Committee, Fellowship committee, Vocational Service and Community Service. Donning the cap as Director of Youth Service and another time, as Director of Vocational Service, he led the club to win The Best Club Award in its category on both occasions. What he likes most is organising Blood Donation Camp as often as possible and seeing youngsters donate blood copiously. He firmly believes, Rotary to be a perfect channel to give back to the society that has given him so much and made him what he is today. He is married to Ann Vasundara Raj, a past President of IW. Their daughter, Vineesha, is a teacher at an International School and is married to Deva, a Chemical Engineer & a budding Music Director. They have a daughter named Veda. Their son, Vinith an entrepreneur, is married to Roshni a senior editor at Routers and they have a son named Vivaan. Thus completing the three generations in his family.
Rtn. Musten JiruwalaSecretary
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, Chinese 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 38 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 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, Chairman of Fellowship Committee, Director International Services and Director Youth Services. 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 with son-in-law Ugesh Sarcar, the mysticain and son Habil who has graduated in Media Studies is now working for an event management company.
Rtn. Sukhen PadmanabhaJoint Secretary
Sukhen Padmanabha heads the five decade old practice of M/s. K.P. Padmanabha & Associates. It is an architectural and engineering design firm having a diverse functional portfolio consisting of educational campuses, corporate interiors, production facilities, residential, infrastructure and automobile facilities. The firm provides services in architecture and all allied services including landscaping and interiors to be a one stop solution. While the founder Mr. K. P. Padmanabha was involved in the cricket stadium, Sukhen is involved in design of the metro stations in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. The Company has a desire of being involved in a structure that should last for 500 years. Sukhen Padmanabha is an Architect with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from USA and a bachelor’s degree from Bangalore. He is a green building certified architect and is passionate about energy conservation. Sukhen Padmanabha is involved in serving society through various organisations. He is married to Ms. Bina, an Interior and landscape designer. Their daughter Ms. Shefalika is pursuing Architecture at RV College, Bengaluru. At Rotary club of Bangalore, Sukhen had an enriching time as Director Community Services in the years 2014-15 and invigorating experience as Director Youth Services in the year 2016-17.
Rtn. Ravi Kumar NadimpallyTreasurer
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. Omana MathewsSergeant At Arms
Omana Mathews joined RCB in 2013 with the objectives of being involved in Service activities as well as making friends from different walks of life. She has served in the International Services and Vocational Services as Co Chair. Also she has actively participated in Fellowship Committee and has been in Community and Youth Services Committees. She believes in serving the community and making a difference to many lives in the areas of Health and Education. Omana has a Masters in English Literature and has a worked in Corporate sector for nearly 30 years – in companies like Lipton, Autodesk and IBM. In her stint at IBM, which was around 24 years, she worked in the areas like Customer Service, Sales and Partner Relationship in Skills Development and managed the IBM Global Client Briefing Centre. She has had the privilege of hosting IBM Chairman Mr Sam Palmisano and his wife Missy Palmisano along with the Board members of IBM Corporation. She also had the highest honour of hosting late Dr Abdul Kalam, Former President of India and show cased the latest technology of IBM at their Experience Centre in CBC. She also had the rare opportunity to work in Chile Chamber of Commerce in Valparaiso, Chile as part of the CSR programme of IBM. This added to her immense learning experience of not only working with the Chilean client but also working with colleagues from 12 other countries who came for the CSR programme. Understanding the cultural nuances and adapting to complex situation has molded her to a better leader professionally as well as personally. She is the known in IBM for her zeal in delivering her job which ever role it may be – sales or operations. At IBM, she was in the Women Empowerment programme and she walked the talk and worked with integrity, which stood her in good stead throughout her career. She received many awards and accolades towards her outstanding contribution in her roles. She is also known as – ‘Always dressed well, but she can dress you down’. Omana hails from Kollam (Quilon), Kerala. Though settled in Bengaluru, her heart and soul is back home where her mother lives. She has 3 siblings and the nieces and nephews are her life. Travelled extensively but she feels there is much more to see and experience in this world. She has a special affinity towards old people and have adopted a few of them and now looking to add a few more in her kitty. She believes in ‘Never say No’ and be non-judgemental.
Rtn. Deepak NakraDirector - Community Service
Rtn. Deepak Nakra joined Rotary Club in 2007 and has since then chaired and co-chaired various committees like community services, youth services and international services and has been a member in the other avenues of service. He was also involved in helping the Rotary Theatre Club come to life in 2017. Deepak is the promoter and Chief Executive Officer of Trivium eSolutions Private Limited, a software company based out of Bangalore and having a subsidiary company in Munich, Germany. Trivium partners with some leading organizations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria to help them design and develop their critical software products in the areas of Financial Services, Industry 4.0 and Enterprise Mobile. Deepak did his BSc. in Physics Honours from St. Stephens College in Delhi and then changed over to computer science and completed his Masters in Informatics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He returned to India after a stay of ten years in Germany, during which time he also worked in the IT field. He has been living in Bangalore since 1991 with his wife, Dr. Margret Nakra, who has taught in a college of pharmacy, worked as a research scientist in the pharma industry and is now very actively involved in an NGO, Viveka Center for Emotional Support, that provides free and confidential counselling to people facing difficulties in life. Deepak and Margret have two grown up children. Their son Nikhil lives in Munich and runs Trivium’s Germany office, and daughter Maya is a special educator for children with learning difficulties. Deepak has travelled widely around the world. He is very passionate about how he runs his company in an ethical and professional manner, nurturing the employees to becoming successful technology professionals as well as good citizens by encouraging them to actively participate in the company’s CSR activities, especially in the area of literacy. Margret and Deepak have a small farm in Coorg where they do some hobby organic farming.
Rtn. Raghunathan R.Director - Vocational Service
R Raghunathan joined the Rotary Club of Bangalore in Feb 2003 and has been involved in number of club activities that have included Fellowship, Rotator , Programs ,Youth Services , Vocational Services. He has served as Joint Secretary, Editor of the Rotator for 2 years , Director – Youth , Chairman – Fellowship and involved in club programs for number of years. Raghu has over 25 years of experience in the Information Technology Industry in Business Management and Sales & Marketing. He has been employed in leading multinational companies including IBM, SAP, Qlikview , Hyperion. He has been instrumental in setting up and managing operations for several companies and has to his credit a well established track record of achieving revenue and profitability targets. His main interest are in cutting edge technology and is currently working on a Startup in the area of Cloud Security and Business Analytics. His education spanned a number of cities in India with schooling at Hyderabad Public School , Bachelor of Science from Madurai University and a Master of Science Program in Math & Statistics from University of Massachusetts , Amherst. He belongs to 2nd generation family of Rotarians and his father was the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Srirangam and mother ,Past President of Inner Wheel Club of Trichy and his uncle , Past District Governor and Editor of Rotary News, Chennai. He is married to Supriya , a teacher by training and employed at Bethaney School.He has 2 children , son Abhijit employed at Coffee Day and Daughter , Archita studying final year B.A. degree at St Josephs College. Raghu’s Interest include Business Analytics and Technology, Traveling and Reading,
Rtn. Vijay RaoDirector - Youth Service
Vijay P. Rao joined RCB in 2007 and has since served as Chair and Co-chair of various committees in the International, Community and Vocational Avenues of Service. As a newcomer to Youth Service he plans to build on the excellent foundation established by his predecessors. Vijay moved to Bangalore from Washington D.C. in early 2005 having lived the previous thirty years in the U.S., of which twenty-five were in New York City. Prior to moving to the States he was raised and educated in Salisbury (now Harare), Nairobi, Rangoon, Ottawa and Delhi. After completing his MBA from Columbia University, Vijay embarked on a career in financial/strategic/business management, first at a global music company in New York and later at a telecommunications company in D.C. Once in Bangalore, he began providing business consulting services to foreign companies seeking to enter the Indian market. Vijay is very grateful to RCB for affording opportunities to serve the community and, importantly for a newcomer to Bangalore, for the chance to meet and befriend the warm and welcoming Rotarians who make up our Club. He also thanks the generosity of his fellow Rotarians for enduring his appearances in various staged entertainments at RHF without too much protest. While not much of a sportsman, he is nevertheless happy to have realized his dreams of solo skydiving, downhill skiing and becoming an PADI-certified advanced open water scuba diver. Vijay’s partner, Rochelle Pinto, is an academic who, after completing her doctorate from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, published her book, “Between Empires: Print and Politics in Goa”, taught postgraduate and doctoral level courses at the Center for the Study of Culture and Society in Bangalore and at Delhi University, and is presently conducting research on legal traditions relating to land in Goa.
Rtn. Kamalcharan S. R.Director - International Servi
S.R. Kamalacharan is a 4th generation Lawyer successfully practising in Bengaluru. Having started practice in the year 2001, he specializes in Civil, Corporate and Commercial laws including arbitration, real property and intellectual property laws. He leads his team of Associates in negotiating international contracts relating to technology transfer, technology and knowledge and IP creation. He has also advised the Government of India and Departments of Science and Technology and Atomic Energy in the formation of an international joint venture to build and operate the largest evisaged telescope on Earth - the Thirty Meter Telescope. He is a fourth generation Lawyer and a Partner in M/s Sundaraswamy & Ramdas, Advocates, one of the oldest law chambers in the City. He joined Rotary in the year 2006 as one of the then youngest members in the Rotary Club of Bangalore. He is no stranger to Rotary and the Rotary world having lived his entire life knowing Rotary and its ideals. Kamalacharan is a third generation Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Bangalore. He has been actively involved in the activities of the Club and has been co-chair and chair of various committees over the years. He is passionate about service to society particularly leaning towards helping young people in education and vocational training. Leadership training, development of strong leaders amongst the youth, international Rotary partnerships and exchanges are other areas of his interest. Born on 1st April 1978 in Kolar Gold Fields, he completed his early schooling in St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School, Bengaluru, pre-University from MES College, Bengaluru. He got his law degree from University Law College, Bangalore University in 2001. Kamalacharan is married to Ranjitha, who holds uniquely holds dual qualifications of being an Engineer and an Advocate. They have one son Keshav Bhargava who is 7 years old and studies in St. Joseph’s Boys’ High School.
Rtn. Zarir K. BathaImmediate Past President
Zarir K Batha, a well known advertising professional runs his own reputed 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 Secretary of The Advertising Club Bangalore for two terms. His other interests include theater & he has produced and acted in several productions. He produced the Plantinum Club commemorative volume among many other Rotary publications including The Rotator for 269 issues.. He was the Secretary of Rotary Club of Bangalore for 2011-12 & 2012-13. In 2013 he led a Friendship Exchange team to the Rotary Clubs of New York. As International Service Director, 2014-15,he achieved several goals like a Sister Club Relationship with RC 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 and was a team member to make RCB a Hall of Honor Club. ‘Rotary Idol’, his signature event was conducted nationally in 2016. He was a successful 83rd President of Rotary Club of Bangalore 2017-18 and his year was marked by many firsts at the club level, District and national level and globally. The Guinness World Record, formation of Rotary Bangalore Abilities, Rotary Theater Club & Mega Tree Planting are some examples. For RCB he won a record of 42 awards and The Best Club Award at the District Awards 2017-18. Wife Dorothy is a well respected teacher and spent many years at Bishop Cotton Boys School. Daughter Shehzarin is a Fashion Designer with her popular 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 Manager at one of Melbourne’s prominent hospitality chains.
PP Rtn. Dr. Pradeep RaoAdditional Director
Dr. Pradeep M Rao, Consulting Pathologist & Consultant in Fetal Medicine , has been an active Rotarian , since 1990. He is Medical Director of Dr. Rao’s Genetic Lab & Research Centre, Rajajinagar. He was the President of RCB in 2001-02. Been on the Board of RCB as Additional Director, to guide several Boards. Has held several Leadership positions in the Rotary District - Chairman of Dist Conference and Assistant Governor amongst others. Married to Dr. Chandrika Rao, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, they have two daughters – Medha and Sudha. Medha- Consultant in Marketing Communications, is a budding entrepreneur. She is married to Gurudatt – is an industrialist, manufacturing Precision Automobile components for the European Market. Sudha – Lawyer by qualification is “following her passion” in Food Industry as Pattisarie specialist. She is married to Tejas Adiga, Corporate Lawyer with Trilegal, a well known law firm in Mumbai. Dr. Rao’s hobbies include Travel, Golf & Photography (Avian & Wild Life).
PP Rtn. Ranga Rao V. S.Additional Director
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.