Dr. Sunder S. Thakur (Sheel), Managing Trustee
Born in Tewaripur, UP, Sheel was educated in Bombay. He left for higher studies at Columbia University, New York, after completing his Mechanical Engineering. On receiving Doc. Eng. Sc.(Operations Research) from Columbia, he joined IBM as a management scientist and worked in different Corporate and HQ strategic & operational planning functions for many years. In between, he taught computer courses at the City University of New York for two years, as an IBM Visiting Professor.
Sheel was a key member of the IBM management team, which started IBM Global Services in Bangalore. While here on assignment for six years, he established the Bangalore Chapter of Project Management Institute in 1998 to train and certify project managers. He has started his own consulting firm, and plans to spend time between India and USA.
Mr. Krishna K. Bess
Born in 1958 at Jabalpur, Krishna joined the State Bank of India in 1982 after completing his Masters Degree in Electronics for Jabalpur University. He earned additional diplomas in Banking and Information Technology. His experience of more than 20 years in various capacities like development of human resources, leading the change from manual banking system to fully computerized environment and managing the implementation of technological advancements have been the highlights of his tenure at the State Bank of India.
Krishna has been associated with the Committee for Technical Up gradation of the State Bank in Madhya Pradesh and has led his team in successful implementation of various key tasks viz. networking, computerization of branches, installation of ATM’s, Financial Messaging Systems and various other similar areas. He is an individual with excellent coordinating skills and leadership capabilities. Krishna has actively participated in REaD meetings with Asha representatives and RK College administrators in Kanpur during 2002-9 and visited Tewaripur in November to participate in North India Team meetings to start a Community Center in Timul Kendra Tiwaripur.