The strength of SATHI as an organization is its field team, which constitutes nearly ninety percent of the total workforce. The leadership within the organization also comprises individuals who have gone through the rigour of field work and risen through the ranks. The nearly 130 strong team is guided by the vision of the Founder and strategic and professional inputs from a distinguished Governing Board.

The Founder

Passionate about children and their well-being, Pramod Kulkarni founded SATHI with an initial focus on providing immediate care and opportunities of resettlement for run-away children. Experience and research convinced him that run-away children could be settled back with families. An action-oriented individual, he decided to demonstrate this possibility - in large numbers and at a national scale.

Pramod’s interests in the voluntary sector goes back to his years in Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad where he was pursuing his Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Before this, he had completed his Masters in Statistics from MS University, Baroda. Even as he was pursuing his PGDM, he approached some NGOs in Gujarat with an intention of working with them,  but was turned down. But the firmness of his belief to work in the development sector only grew stronger.

He eventually joined PRADAN, an organization which believed that professionally educated individuals must work at the grassroots level to address development challenges. During his stint here, Pramod was thoroughly exposed to practical realities of communities and their issues, but was able to combine his management skills and data driven approach to find solutions. While in PRADAN, he started another organization Prerana, which worked on the issue of irrigation in the dry and rugged North Karnataka districts. Prerana was incubated in PRADAN before becoming an independent entity.

Working with children started almost by accident, with a handful of children on Raichur railway station, resulting in the formation of a new and dedicated organization, SATHI. Since the last 25 years, his zeal and commitment has helped SATHI grow into a national organization and bring national attention to the issue of railway children.

Pramod Kulkarni, Founder SATHI

His broad vision, which pertains to the child protection sector rather than one organization’s goal or objective, continues to guide SATHI to this day.

He has deservedly earned recognition and several awards. He received the National Award for Child Welfare from the Honourable President of India in November 2015 on behalf of SATHI.

Pramod is also extremely passionate about supporting young and meritorious, but economically disadvantages students pursue their academic aspirations. Towards this, he has been at the core of organizations such as Vidyaposhak and Prerana Nurture Merit. He also devotes time to teaching voluntarily in Government schools in Bangalore.

Though he has relinquished formal positions in the organization, he continues to advise and drive SATHI and other organizations to reach greater heights and serve the needy children of this country.

Governing Board

Dr. Lalitha Iyer
M. Sc, PhD


Retired banker, author, researcher and expert on Behavioural Sciences

Mr. Mandar Nayak


Independent consultant, researcher and lecturer 

Prof. G Raghuram B Tech, PGDM, PhD

Member Director of Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore and Former Professor and Dean, Public Systems Group, IIM Ahmedabad

Mr. Rajeev Dar
B. Tech, MBA


Entrepreneur, Social Worker and Chairman of Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals

Dr. Neela Dabir


Dean – School of Vocational Education, Tata Institute of Social Sciences

Mr. Sumit Bose
M. Sc, MA, IAS


Former Union Finance Secretary & Revenue Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Government of India
Vice Chairman, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP)

Mr. Vikas Maniar
MA (Elementary Education)


Faculty at Azim Premji University

Mr. Basavaraj Shali
MA (Sociology)


Social Worker with over 25 years of experience and operational head of SATHI

Core team 

The core team comprises individuals within the organization who are tasked with leadership responsibilities in the day-to-day operations, but also have the ability, willingness and ideas needed to take the organization forward.

Rajashekhar M Program Manager

Chandramouli KM Finance Manager

Rohit Shetti Advocacy & Networking Officer 

Shweta Kanungo Documentation Officer

Akash Shukla Program Officer, Delhi

Mohd. Abrar Project Coordinator, Kanpur

Prasoon Shukla Project Coordinator, Patna

John Peter Project Coordinator, Vishakhapatnam

Ishwar Kumar Project Coordinator, Kolkata