Our organization is guided by experts from a wide variety of fields.  They are independent and voting members of the Board of Directors.

Dr. Vinod Prakash (PhD, Economics), North Bethesda, MD

Member since 1988
Dr. Vinod Prakash is a retired World Bank economist and the founder of IDRF.  He has been working pro bono for the last 25 years to help alleviate poverty and enable sustainable development in India. He provides strategic oversight to leverage maximum benefits from donor dollars and shapes programs so they address the interlocking needs of the less privileged.

Mr. Dileep Thatté (MS, Chemical Engineering; MBA) Gaithersburg, MD

Vice President
Member since November 2013
Mr. Thatté is a very active volunteer in the Indian-American community, working with IDRF, India Development Coalition of America, and his own organization.  He brings to IDRF great insight into grassroots development, communications, and management.  Before joining the board, he provided valuable advice as an informal adviser.

Dr. Prem Garg (PhD, Engineering-Economic Systems), Potomac, MD

Member since August 2014
Dr. Prem Garg retired from the World bank in 2007 after serving as the Director for the Quality Assurance Group and also in a variety of operational and executive positions for 35 years.  He is recognized as a leader in providing innovative approaches to development programs.  Prem Garg received his doctorate in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.

Dr. Sasala Challa (PhD, Endocrinology), McLean, VA

Member since October 2013  
Dr. Challa is a small-business owner and a very active volunteer in the Indian-American community, supporting local senior citizens and children in US and India. Dr. Challa brings to IDRF enthusiasm, experience, and accounting skills.

Dr. Neelam Chitre (PhD, Physics), Potomac, MD

Member since August  2011
Dr. Chitre has been a long-time supporter of IDRF.  She has unwavering confidence in its sustainability.  IDRF continues to benefit from her analytical and independent thinking, which plays an important role in the organization’s strategic planning and governance.

Ms. Malati Gopal (EdS, Education Administration and Instructional Supervision), Fresno, CA

Member since July 2011
Ms. Gopal has been an IDRF volunteer and donor since her time as a graduate student in Washington, DC.  She is highly experienced in administration and organizational compliance with government regulations. She is committed to strengthening IDRF’s governance, administration and outreach through effective use of IT tools.

Ms. Reena Goyal (Bachelors in Engineering, Masters in Business), Bay Area, California

Member since August 2016
Ms. Goyal is a business operations executive in Bay Area. She is a big supporter of girl’s empowerment through education and skill development. Over last 12 years, she has been actively associated with many charities and has managed several projects to support girl’s education in India. While working on such a project in 2012, she first hand witnessed the impact of IDRF’s work and has been associated with IDRF since then by raising funds and supporting various projects.

Dr. Raghu Korrapati (PhD, Computer Information Systems; PhD, Commerce and Management), Columbia, SC

Member since November 2013
Dr. Korrapati has over twenty five years of experience in management and computer information systems.  Education is his passion; he brings to IDRF his vast experience as a student, professor, author, and public servant in the state of South Carolina.

Dr. G. R. Verma (PhD, Mathematics), Kingston, RI

Member since July 2011
Dr. Verma is among IDRF’s top donors. He visits India every year, devoting his resources to rural women’s education, self-empowerment and social reform. IDRF benefits tremendously from his extensive experience in development. He guides NGOs in India to create scalable projects that can accelerate social development.