Managing Committee

  • Ashika Mehta, President

    Ashika Mehta has served as President of the Managing Committee since April 2012. She is a private psychotherapist and support group coordinator at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai and previously practiced at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute as a counselor and a social worker. Ashika received her Master of Social Work from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Vassar College.

  • Amruda Nair, Vice President

    Amruda Nair has served as Vice President of the Managing Committee since April 2012. She is the Head of Corporate Asset Management at The Leela Group and Publisher of The Leela Magazine, the company’s in-house luxury-lifestyle magazine. Previously, Amruda served as a corporate advisor at the Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels. She received her Master of Management in Hospitality from Cornell University, her Bachelor’s Degree in International Hospitality Management from the CHN University in the Netherlands, and her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Jaihind University in India.

  • Maneck Davar, General Secretary

    Maneck Davar has served as General Secretary of the Managing Committee since April 2010. He is the sole proprietor of Spenta Multimedia, the largest custom publisher in India, and Chairman and Managing Director of Mumbai Boat Show, Blue Water Publishing, and Liquid Publishing. Maneck also serves as Chairman of the Society for the Protection of Children in Western India.

  • Girish Dand, Treasurer

    Girish Dand has served as Treasurer of the Managing Committee since September 2013. He manages G.K. Dand & Co., an accounting firm, and serves on the board of several private companies. For over 20 years, Girish has given his services as an honorary auditor to more than 15 charitable organizations. He received his Bachelor’s degree from R.A. Podar College and became a chartered accountant at the age of 22.

  • Sudarshan Loyalka, Founder

    Sudarshan Loyalka was the original Founder of AAWC. He is the Managing Director and Board member of several public companies. Sudarshan received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle.

  • Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat

    Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat has been a member of the Managing Committee since March 2004. He is a former Chief of Naval Staff of India and has received both AVSM and PVSM medals in honor of his service. Vishnu graduated from the National Defence Academy of India.

  • Ramchandra Patil

    Ramchandra Patil has been a member of the Managing Committee since December 1998. He is a Manager of a public limited company and has advocated for the rights of slum residents of Kurar Village for many years.

  • Jagdish Joshi, Committee Member

    Jagdish Joshi joined the AAWC Board as a committee member in July 2016. He was a member of the Indian Administrative Service and held important positions in the Government of Maharashtra and the Government of India. He served on the Board of many Public Sector companies including as Managing Director of two. After his retirement from Government in 2004 he worked with the TATA’s and developed and implemented a CSR programme funded by the TATA Sons. He has been a director on the Board of a number of companies in the private sector. He is an alumnus of St Stephens College, Delhi University where he studied Economics, and has a Diploma in International Law. He also has a post graduate degree in Strategic Studies from the National Defence College, New Delhi.