Board of Trustees

Ayesha Khan

Ayesha Khan is a Physics graduate (1993, MSU, Baroda) with post-graduation in Mass Communication and Journalism (Pune University-1996). Over the years, she worked as a journalist earlier in the Indian Express. Later she  continued to write and contribute to public causes or associate with friends who actively campaigned for larger public causes in various capacities. She has been working at the American Consulate in Mumbai as a political specialist.

Biswaroop Das

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A former Director and Professor at the Centre for Social Studies, Surat, Dr. Das has written on issues related to regional and urban planning, city slums, urban migrants, NGOs, urban poverty, rehabilitation of displaced groups, ethnographic accounts, research methods and impact of micro finance on poor. He has been a Visiting Professor at the […]

Dr. James Regina C. Dabhi

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James Regina C. Dabhi, S.J. was director at NAVSARJAN – Xavier’s cell for human development, Surat.  Earlier he served as research Director at the Human Development and Research Centre, St. Xavier’s college, Ahmedabad. He has worked as Country Director of Afghanistan Research and Development Institute (ARDI) based in Kabul, and taught in the Government universities in Afghanistan in subjects like sociology, social research and development management. He also has served as the executive Director of Indian Social Institute, an institute for Research, Training and   Action   for   Socio -Economic Development and Human Rights in New Delhi.  He was a visiting faculty at Amrut Modi School of Management, Ahmedabad University. He is also part of the professional team from 2014 to facilitate the credit courses based on applied behavioral science for P GX for Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has written number of articles and books on education, Not for Profit Organisations, democracy, gender and inclusive development. His academic studies include BA in Philosophy and Sociology, M.Sc. from London, School of Economics and Ph.D. in Sociology of Organisation on NGOs culture and effectiveness.

Durai Fernand S.J.

Fr.Durai Fernand SJ, He has done his BSc, MSc Mathematics from St. Xavier’s College, Gujarat University and thereafter M. Ed. He had been Principal of St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Loyola Hall Ahmedabad and St. Xavier’s Higher Secondary School, Gandhinagar. He had been the coordinator for Province Commission for Education. He was awarded the […]

Deeptha Achar

Deeptha Achar is a Professor at the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, MS University. Her Ph. D research was on Representations of Africa in 19th Century British Boys Fiction, from CIEFL, Hyderabad. She has co-edited Towards a New Art History: Studies in Indian Art (New Delhi: DK Printworld, 2003), Discourse, Democracy and Difference […]

Vinayak Jadav S.J.

Vinayak Jadav S.J. teaches Literature and Journalism at St. Xavier’s College, Ahmedabad since 1999. A  post-graduate in Gujarati Literature, and Masters in Journalism (Marquette University, U.S.A.), he has founded Adilok magazine for tribals and publishes it since 2008. Hon. Governor of Gujarat recently released the published version of his doctoral thesis: ‘Gujarati Literary Journalism: […]

Thomas Parmar

Studied commerce and law from The M.S. University of Baroda and is a practicing lawyer for the last 30 years especially on social benevolent laws.

Robert K. Arokiasamy S.J.


Robert Arokiasamy S.J. obtained his doctorate in Economics from the Sardar Patel Institute of Economic and Social Research, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. He was engaged in economic modelling and data analysis, at Centro de investigacion del sureste, Villaermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. He was also a Visiting Fellow, Research and Information System, Ministry of External Affairs, Government […]

Stany Pinto S.J.


After finishing his doctoral studies (Sociology) from the South Gujarat University (Surat), Stany Pinto has plunged himself in participatory developmental interventions among the tribals in north Gujarat. He is a training expert in developmental issues concerning the tribals.

Dr.Lancy Lobo

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He pursued post-graduate studies at the Department of Anthropology, and M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology, both from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He has published over 50 articles in professional and other journals; 24 books (individually, jointly and edited) and scores of mimeographs based on research studies over 30 years. Earlier he was Professor and then Director of Centre for Social Studies at Surat. He was an International Visiting Fellow at the Woodstock Centre, Georgetown University, Washington DC during 1999 and 2000. He is the secretary of the Centre for Culture and Development Trust since 2001.

Professor Lancy Lobo is the founder director of the Centre for culture and Development since 2001.