BAIF Development Research Foundation is registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950 and is also recognised as a Scientific Research Organisation.

The BAIF Governance comprises of the Board of Trustees, Board of Management and the Executive Committee (EC). BAIF Trustees are eminent Administrators, Industrialists, Scientists and Development Professionals with rich experience, who guide the organisation in fulfilling its mission, ensure its technical and financial performance and safeguard its interest and reputation. The members of the Board of Trustees also constitute members of permanent Sub-Committees / Working Committees such as the Executive Committee of BAIF Trustees (ECT), the Finance Committee and the Human Resources Committee. Some of the Trustees are also Directors on the Board of the BAIF Institute for Sustainable Livelihoods and Development (BISLD), an Associate Organisation of BAIF.

Board of Trustees

Mr. Hrishikesh Mafatlal

Chairperson, BAIF
Chairman and Chief Executive
Arvind Mafatlal Group of Companies
Business philanthropist

Mr. Sunil Lalbhai

Chairperson – Finance Committee and
HR Committee of BAIF Trustees

Chairman of the Board and Managing Director,  Atul Ltd. of the Lalbhai Group of Industries

Mrs. Rajashree Birla

Trustee, BAIF
Padma Bhushan; Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives
and Rural Development; Corporate Philanthropist

Mr. Kishor Chaukar

Trustee, BAIF
Former Managing Director, Tata Industries;
combines managerial expertise with strong development antecedents; held key positions in Tata Group

Dr. Anand Deshpande

Trustee, BAIF
Founder Chairman and Managing Director, Persistent Systems

Dr. Anil Kakodkar

 Trustee, BAIF
Padma Vibhushan; Eminent Nuclear Physicist and former Chairman, Atomic Energy
Commission of India; Chairman, Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission, Mumbai

Mr. Deepak Mehta

Trustee, BAIF
Vice Chairman and Managing Director,
Deepak Nitrite Limited

Dr. Devendra Raj Mehta

Trustee, BAIF
Padma Bhushan; IAS (Retd.),
Founder and Chief Patron,
Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti

Mr. Pratap Pawar

Trustee, BAIF
Padma Shri; MD and Managing Editor,
Sakal Papers Limited, a reputed newspaper in Western Region

Dr. Rita Sharma

Trustee, BAIF
IAS (Retd.); Former Secretary – Rural Development, Government of India;
Board Member, Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi

Mr. Sharad Upasani

Trustee, BAIF
IAS (Retd.); former Chief Secretary,
Government of Maharashtra with rich experience in Public Administration and    Public Sector Corporations

Dr. Bharat Kakade

President and Managing Trustee, BAIF   
Sustainable Development; Innovative Approaches on NRM; Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Mr. Girish Sohani

Principal Adviser and Trustee, BAIF
Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Development

Board of Management

(Strategic Leadership Team)

Dr. Bharat Kakade

President and Managing Trustee, BAIF

Mr. Girish Sohani

Trustee and Principal Adviser, BAIF

Dr. Ashok Pande

Senior Advisor
Scientific Research and Livestock Development Programme


Mr. Shrinivas Kulkarni

Group Vice President
Finance, BAIF

Mr. Sujit Gijare

Group Vice President
Human Resource and Administration, BAIF

Mr. Baregal Shivarudrappa

Vice President, BAIF
Regional Director, South Region

Dr. Alok Juneja

Vice President
Programmes and Livestock Development, BAIF

Dr. Jayant Khadse

Vice President, Livestock Development and Scientific Research

Ms. Pritam Chandak

Vice President, Finance

Executive Committee of Management

(Operations Management Team)

Mr. Veerbasappa B. Dyasa

Programme Director and Regional Director, West

M.Sc. (Microbiology).

Joined BAIF in 1985. Domain expert with special focus on project coordination, management and review, field monitoring and evaluation, financial systems management, human resources development and liaisoning with stakeholders for institution building.

Dr. Raviraj Jadhav

Programme Director and Regional Director, North

Mr. Rakesh Warrier

Programme Director and Regional Director, East

Engineer by profession with an advanced degree in Planning and Development.

Joined BAIF in 2012.  Project design, development, planning and implementation; Coordination, documentation, review and field monitoring. Overseeing BAIF’s Eastern Region comprising of Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Mr. Pramod Takawale

Programme Director – Agricultural Research

Dr. Rajashree Joshi

Programme Director

Ph.D. (Economics)

Joined BAIF in 2006. Development Specialist engaged in multi-state project development, coordination, networking and partnerships with CSR Organisations, mentoring of Development Fellows and Student Interns, Tribal and Holistic development, Climate Action Programme, Women empowerment and Nature-based Solutions.

Mr. Jayanti Mori

Joint Programme Director

Agriculture Graduate with Post Graduation in Sericulture.

Joined BAIF in 1995. Coordinated the Tribal Development Programme in South Gujarat including fostering and empowerment of farmer producer organisations, and consolidation of the programme across the country under the Tribal Development Fund of NABARD. Currently, coordinating various Government and CSR Projects in Gujarat and liaisoning with various stakeholders in the state.

Mr. Babasaheb Pakhare

Chief Thematic Programme Executive (Construction Technology and Infrastructure Management)

Civil Engineer with specialisation in ferrocement technology   

Joined BAIF in 1989 Construction technologist and infrastructure domain expert overseeing construction facility management and town planning initiatives of BAIF in diverse locations. 

Mr. Lekhraj Singh

Chief Programme Executive, Rajasthan

Mr. Sudhir Wagle

Chief Programme Executive, Maharashtra

Post Graduate in Rural Development.

Joined BAIF in 1988.  Expertise in tribal development of Maharashtra.  As Head of Maharashtra Programme, engaged in programme implementation, stakeholder engagement, resource mobilization and team development.

Mr. Sanwarmal Chejara

Chief Finance Executive, BAIF

Mr. Dharmesh Bhavsar

Chief Finance Executive, BAIF Livelihoods

Mr. Sandip Yadav

Chief Programme Manager and State Head, Uttarakhand

Mechanical Engineer; Specialisation in law and rural management. 

Joined BAIF in 2018. Heading the Uttarakhand Programme with a specific mission of sustainable development of this challenging mountainous region apart from liaisoning with Policy makers and Corporates in the NCR Region.

Mr. Surendra Verdia

Chief Programme Manager, Rajasthan

Dr. Vitthal Kauthale

Chief Thematic Programme Executive (Farm Research and Seed Programme)

 Ph.D. (Agriculture Development)

Joined BAIF in 1992 Engaged in Sustainable Agriculture research with focus on cactus pear fodder species as a source of livelihood in arid and semi-arid regions; Research Guide for Ph.D. in Environmental Science at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.

Mr. Yogesh Sawant

Chief Thematic Programme Executive
Farm-based Livelihood and Climate Action

Mr. Raosaheb Kote

Chief Thematic Programme Executive
Natural Resources Management & Climate Action

Mr. Sanjay Patil

Chief Thematic Programme Executive (Agrobiodiversity)

B.Sc. (Tech. (UDCT)

Joined BAIF in 2005 Leads the Agrobiodiversity Conservation and Management Programme with focus on indigenous food crops, their documentation and promotion through community seed banks. Successfully registered 35 rice and sorghum varieties with PPV & FRA, Government of India and facilitated National Plant Genome Saviour Community Awards for seed conservationists including Padma Shri Award for woman conservationist. Member – Research Advisory Committee, ICAR-NBPGR, Government of India.

Dr. Manojkumar Aware

Chief Thematic Programme Executive
Animal Nutrition & Climate Action

Dr. Vinay Kumar Singh

Chief Thematic Programme Executive
Sustainable Agriculture, Poultry and Goatery

Dr. Sachin Joshi

Chief Thematic Programme Executive – Animal Genetics, Breeding and Genomics

 Post Graduate in Veterinary Medicine

Joined BAIF in 2014.  Coordinates advances in Animal Sciences with focus on popularisation of Sexed Sorted Semen Programme among smallholders. Also oversees the Livestock Genomics Programme.


Mr. Waman Kulkarni

Chief Thematic Programme Executive – NRM and Climate Action

Agricultural Engineer with post-graduation in Agriculture Extension.

Worked with BAIF from Aug 2009 to June 2013. Re-joined in 2022. Natural Resources Management and Climate Action Specialist with special focus on climate change adaptation and mitigation through watershed management, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, training and capacity building and liaisoning with various stakeholders.

Dr. Rajesh Jadhav

Chief Thematic Programme Executive – Chief Campus Executive, Jind Semen Freezing Laboratory

Specialization in Veterinary Medicine

Joined BAIF in 2007 Heads the ISO 9001:2015-certified bovine germplasm production centre – BAIF Maharishi Dayanand Embryo Transfer Technology Research Centre at Jind, Haryana.

Invitees to Executive Committee of Management

Mr. Vinay Mishra

State Head, Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Ritraj Singh

State Head, Karnataka

Mr. Bayina Peddi Raju

State Head, Andhra Pradesh

Mr. Gopal Reddy

State Head, Telangana

Mr. Sanjeet Sinha

State Head, Bihar

Mr. Sandip Kakade

State Head, Odisha and Chhattisgarh

Mr. Dharmendra Tiwari

State Head, Jharkhand

Mr. Pawan Patidar

State Head, Madhya Pradesh


BAIF Employees and Associates – 6423 comprising of researchers, domain, financial, human resources, technology and development communication experts and field extension cluster-based network.

Whistle-blower Policy

Whistle-blowing is a structured process, which encourages and facilitates Personnel to report without fear, through an appropriate forum, any wrongdoing, unethical or improper practice, which may adversely impact the reputation of the Organisation.

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BAIF Internal Committee

Ms. Lalita Joshi, Presiding Officer
Ms. Suneeta Kuvalekar, Member
Mr. Sanwarmal Chejara, Member
Dr. Prasad Kulkarni, Member
Ms. Ashlesha Deo, Member (BISLD State Branch Representative)
Ms. Preeti Karmarkar, External Member

Central Monitoring and Vigilance Cell

Dr. Prasad Kulkarni
Mr. Jay Prakash Sharma