Board of Directors
|Chair||Chetna Vijay Sinha|
|Expert Director||Vijaykumar Keskar|
|Expert Director||Deepali Gavali|
|Chief Executive Officer||Rekha Kulkarni|
|Board of Directors|
|Manjusha Suryavanshi||Rekha Katte|
|Vanita Pise||Rajashri Doshi|
|Rani Bangar||Rohini Bad|
|Satyabhama Khade||Rohini Karande|
|Ashwini Pawar||Suvarnadevi Patil|
Chetna Sinha, Founder/Chair
Since founding Mann Deshi Foundation in 1996, Chetna has received numerous awards, including fellowships at Ashoka and Yale (2002). She has been recognized as India's Entrepreneur of 2013 by the Schwab Foundation and by Harvard as a Bridge Builder.
Rekha Kulkarni, Chief Executive Officer
Since 2000, Rekha has advanced from clerk to CEO. She has lectured at the Reserve Bank of India and international universities.
Vanita Shinde, Chief Administrative Officer
Vanita joined Mann Deshi in 2006 and now oversees the administration of the Mann Deshi Bank, from planning and assessing programs, to coordinating with domestic and international partners.
Sushma Shendge, Chief Financial Officer
Sushma joined Mann Deshi Bank in 2004, was trained by the Reserve Bank of India, and now coordinates all of the Bank's branches. She also oversees relations with RBI and other large banks.
Best Eco-Tech Bank, 2014
Maharashtran Urban Co-operative Bank Union
Emerging Non-Profits, 2014
ICICI Foundation, Dasra, and CNBC's Inclusive India Awards
Best Innovation Award, 2013-2014
National Rural Livelihoods Mission
Gateway Speaker, 2013
Chetna Gala Sinha spoke on founding the first bank and business school for rural women.
India's Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2013
Schwab Foundation, sister organization to the World Economic Forum
Out of a pool of 205 applicants, Chetna Sinha was chosen as the most inspirational agent.
Social Impact Award, 2013
L'Oreal Paris Femina Awards
Financial Inclusion Award, 2013
awarded to HSBC India for its partnership with Mann Deshi on capacity building and financial literacy
SAKAL Madhyam Samuh, 2013
for Chetna Sinha's contributions to female empowerment
"Beti" Movement Award, 2010
Ninth GR8! Women Awards
celebrates Mann Deshi's work for the second time
Recognition of Contributions to the Cooperative Sector, 2012
Sahakar Bharati Pune
Kusumtai Chaudhari Smruti Puraskar, 2011
Kusumtai Chaudhari Mahila Kalyani, Mumbai
Social Innovation Honors, 2010
for impact on the livelihoods of women in Maharashtra
Social-Impact Peer Grant, 2010
Anita Parikh Award, 2009-2010
Rotary Club of Bombay
Rajarshi Shahu Gaorav Puraskar, 2010
Rajarshi Shahu Chhatrapati Memorial Trust, Kolhapur
Bravery Amodini Award, 2009
for transforming the lives of thousands of poor women in rural India
Rani Laxmibai Puraskar, 2009
Cyclo Transmissions Ltd, Satara
Smt. Sushiladevi Deshmukh Smruti Mahila Puraskar, 2007
Maharashtra State Cooperative Banks Association, Mumbai
CII-Bharti Woman Exemplar Award, 2006
went to three women in India, including Self-Help Group leader and Mann Deshi Bank client, Vanita Pise
Microfinance Process Excellence Awards, 2006
Planet Finance India, ABN Amro N.V.
winner for western India, for transparency and impact
Jankidevi Bajaj Award for Rural Entrepreneurship, 2005
Indian Merchants' Chamber
a national award for expanding women's rights, education, and social status
International Innovation Award, 2005
Mann Deshi won first among 128 applicants from 38 countries for serving low-income communities with market-based strategies.
Bridge Builder, 2003
for innovation and achievement
World Fellow, 2002-2003
Chetna Sinha was selected to live and lecture about her social innovations at Yale for a year, in the first class of Yale World Fellows.
Citizen Based Initiative Award, 2001
Ashoka Innovators, McKinsey & Co.
for its creation of female cooperatives and asset building
Shri Nanaji Deshamukh Award, 1999
Rajiv Sheth Sabale Foundation
for work with drought-affected women
Shri Naganath Nayakawdi Award, 1997
Jyotiba Phule Samajik Sanskrutik Pratishthan
for work among Dalit women
Ashoka Fellowship, 1996
for life for Chetna Gala Sinha
Governor of Maharashtra Shri P. C. Alexander Award, 1994
Vasantrao Naik Krishi Sansthan va Gramin Vikas Pratishthan