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 Boardand 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, IAS (Retd.)
Trustee, BAIF
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.

Mr. 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)

Mr. Bharat Kakade  
President and Managing Trustee, BAIF

Mr. Girish Sohani
Trustee and Principal Adviser, BAIF


Dr. Ashok Pande 
Group Vice President – Scientific Research and Livestock Development, BAIF

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

Executive Committee of Management

(Operations Management Team)

Mr. Veerbasappa Dyasa
Programme Director and Regional Director, West

Dr. Raviraj Jadhav 
Programme Director and Regional Director, North

Mr. Rakesh Warrier
Programme Director and Regional Director, East 

Dr. Jayant Khadse
Research Director and Campus In-Charge of BAIF Central Research Station, Uruli Kanchan

Ms. Pritam Chandak
Executive Finance Director

Mr. Pramod Takawale
Programme Director – Agricultural Research

Dr. Rajashree Joshi
Programme Director

Mr. Jayanti Mori
Joint Programme Director, Gujarat

Mr. Babasaheb Pakhare
Chief Thematic Prog. Executive (Const. Tech. & Infra. Mngt.)

Mr. Lekhraj Singh
Chief Programme Executive, Rajasthan

Mr. Sudhir Wagle
Chief Programme Executive, Maharashtra

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

Mr. Surendra Verdia
Chief Programme Manager, Rajasthan

Dr. Vitthal Kauthale
Chief Thematic Programme Executive
Farm Research & Seed Programme

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

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

Mr. Waman Kulkarni
Chief Thematic Programme Executive
Natural Resources Management

Dr. Rajesh Jadhav
Chief Campus Executive

Invitees to Executive Committee of Management

Mr. Vinay Kumar Mishra
Additional Chief Programme Executive
Uttar Pradesh

Mr. Sanjeet Sinha 
Additional Chief Programme Executive

Mr. Gopal Reddy
Additional Chief Programme Executive
Andhra Pradesh

Mr. Vinod Gudgunti
Additional Chief Programme Executive

Mr. Sandip Kakade
Additional Chief Programme Executive
Odisha and Chhattisgarh

Mr. Dharmendra Kumar Tiwari
Additional Chief Programme Executive

Mr. Pawan Patidar
Additional Chief Programme Executive
Madhya Pradesh

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.

BAIF Internal Committee

Ms. Lalita Joshi, Presiding Officer
Ms. Suneeta Kuvalekar, Member
Mr. Sanwarmal Chejara, Member
Dr. Prasad Kulkarni, Member
Ms. Ashlesha Deo, Member
Ms. Preeti Karmarkar, External Member