Pudumai Penn is a non-profit organisation headquartered in Chennai, India. It is registered as a Society under Tamilnadu Societies Registration Act 1975. Its affairs are administered by a board of trustees. The Pudumai Penn Foundation board is supported by a think-tank of experienced professionals from diverse fields, dedicated to advising the board and implementing strategies aimed at furthering the objectives of the organisation.
Board of trustees
Vanaja is the Managing Trustee of Pudumai Penn Foundation which she conceptualized and formed in April 2014. An IT professional for 30 years, Vanaja is experienced in enabling startups, and establishing the processes and systems needed to make them run successfully. Vanaja joined ThinkSoft Global Services in 2000 as part of the Executive Board of Directors, helping develop the company into a $37 million global organisation by 2014. She has also worked with Citibank and IBM Global Services as well as in startups in telecom and software development.
Arvind is a retired Indian Administrative Service Officer of the Tamilnadu cadre. Arvind entered the IAS in 1967 and has held a number of different positions in government in Tamilnadu as well as in the Central Government of India. He has over 35 years’ experience promoting industry in Tamilnadu through state Industrial Development organisations and has also been Chief Executive of several companies in the Public and Joint Sectors.
Mohan has extensive experience in the finance sector, having worked for India’s largest banks – State Bank of India and one of its largest finance corporations – ICICI. He started his own brokerage firm in 1987 and became a member of Bangalore Stock Exchange. In 2000, Mohan joined the board of Thinksoftglobal Services Limited and served as a full-time Director till 2013.
Gita joined the Board in May 2018, bringing with her over 25 years of corporate experience in consulting and coaching. Gita’s specialist skill in learning and development, with special emphasis on psychometric tools, render her an expert in identifying individuals’ working styles and drivers that impact performance – a skill she brings to bear in coaching and mentoring our girls. Gita is a certified ICF® Coach, experienced in coaching and guiding individuals to unlock their potential and accelerate personal and professional growth through self-discovery. She is a board member of the Chennai Chapter of the International Coach Federation©, serving as Treasurer since 2006.