ORF Advisory

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Salil Mohanty

Mr. Salil Mohanty is a Senior Vice President at one of the world’s leading investment banking, securities and investment management firms. He has over 22 years of experience in Operational transformation in the manufacturing, technology infrastructure and financial services domains.

Since the past 2 years he has been working with people from the LGBTQ+ community through his role as a leader of the LGBTQ+ Network in his firm, where he is focused on empowering the people from the community through training and employment opportunities.

Salil has roots in Odisha, was born and raised in Gujarat and has been living in South India since 2004.

Shri EL YANGER AIER

IFS (Retd.)

Mr. El Yanger Aier is a ‘forester’ by profession. After a short stint of working with the Govt. of Nagaland and Banking service (2 years in SBI as PO), he joined the Indian Forest Service in 1988.

Allotted to Odisha cadre, he worked in Odisha for the past 33 years (covering all the districts of Odisha), before his retirement on 31st December 2020. His favorite area of work is the community empowerment & community participation in biodiversity conservation. When he was a DFO, he spearheaded a team of community in successfully conserving and managing Blackbucks and peacocks in Ganjam district of Odisha.

Recognising their commendable efforts, the Government of Odisha awarded them the highest Forestry Award during the year 2005 & 2006 consecutively. At the time of his retirement, Sri Aier was the Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests – cum – Director (Commercial) and Director (Operation) of Odisha Forest Development Corporation – the oldest and the largest Forest Corporation in India.

Mr. Nirbhay Lumde

Director, Corporate Social Responsibility – CGI, Asia Pacific Region

Mr. Lumde serves as the Corporate Social Responsibility Lead for CGI Asia Pacific. A professional with over 19 years of work experience in the areas of technology, education, women empowerment and sustainable initiatives. A graduate in Political Science and an alumnus of IIT Bombay.

Mr. Lumde is a Certified ‘Systems Thinking’ leader from Cornell University. And an author of a book: ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in India: A Practitioner’s Perspective’ and contributed multiple chapters in the areas of Tech4Good and Tech4Education He is also an eminent Columnist with CSR journals: CSRTimes.Com, IndiaCSR.In and TheCSRJournal.

He has been a prestigious awardee of the CSR Author of the Year Award 2018 & CSR Professional of the Year Award 2016.
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Dr. Pankaj Khora

Dr. Pankaj Khora is a highly respected luminary for his ingenious ideas for reforms in general medicine. His visionary leadership to make quality healthcare affordable for all has drawn much recognition.

He has done his MBBS from MKCG Medical College, Berhampur and MD in General Medicine from CMC Ludhiana , Punjab. He is currently serving as the professor in KIMS hospital; continuous in making tremendous reforms for about 34 years in his career acrossvarious non-commercial and commercial hospitals in Odisha. A philanthropist at heart, Dr.Khora contributes substantially to ORF in facilitating imparting quality healthcare facilities to the marginalized communities. Along with that he specializes in treating Lifestyle disorders and Geriatric patients.

Ms Saira A S

Ms Saira Achsah Sunny is a passionate volunteer and compassionate human being. She always looks for opportunities to serve the communities with her available resources, skills, and time. She holds a master’s degree in Tourism Administration from Garden City Deemed to be University Bangalore. Though she has studied tourism but always lean towards education and training and that leads her to work in one of the reputed educational institutions in Bhubaneswar. She is an experienced trainer, content writer and a good communicator. She loves travelling, cooking and baking. She is striving hard to bridge the digital divide and promote STEM education for girls.

Ketoki Basu

Ketoki is a Registered Valuer, IBBI, Independent Director, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India with a specialization in Financial Strategy from the Open University Business School, UK.

She has more than 3 decades of experience in Accounting, Management Consultancy and Training, having held various positions in corporate houses, consulting firms, and educational institutions.

She is currently an Independent Director, Raichur Power Corporation Ltd (a joint venture between BHEL and KPCL). She has successfully cleared the proficiency examination conducted by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA). Ketoki is a speaker at conferences and workshops organized by professional bodies besides being a regular faculty for courses at The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. For the last few years, she has been a jury member for FKCCI’s business plan competition MANTHAN. She also trains corporate executives at various levels of management in different aspects of Finance and Accounting.

Ketoki, is Founder, Ketoki Basu & Associates (www.ketokibassociates.com), a Bangalore based firm that deals with financial strategy, product costing, business planning besides other financial support functions. The firm works with organizations of diverse functions, from start-ups to mid-size and assists organizations in the finance function.  
Danny Forest (That’s Me!)

I’m a polymath with an obsession for learning. Professionally, I’ve been a software engineer, writer, and photographer. I’ve started 7 businesses, two of which are still operating – Power Level Studios and Forest Co. Most of my work experience resolves around my software engineering career and more recently around my writing career.

With software engineering, I’ve touched on all aspects, but mostly specialized in backend, data, and video games. You can find out more on my LinkedIn page.