Geeta Venkadakrishnan

State President, West Bengal Non-Profit NGOs Council


Geeta Venkadakrishnan is an award-winning civil society leader and social sector consultant with over 25 years’ experience in India. Geeta is the Director of The Hope Foundation and in charge for the implementing agency of Hope Kolkata Foundation working with vulnerable children and women. She has been involved as a Social Expert to NGOs and Corporate CSR in designing, planning, monitoring and implementation of sustainable projects. She has facilitated strategic plan development, conducted feasibility and baseline studies, impact assessment, social audit and social perception research. Prior to founding Hope Foundation, she was involved with Child In Need Institute, GOAL Ireland and in Action aid India. Geeta is also a representative in the ICC (Internal Compliance Committee) for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, ITC Foods Division, Ulberia 2016-2020 and a honorary member in the women’s cell at Central Research Institute for Jute and Allied Fibres, a unit of Indian Council for Agriculture Research, West Bengal and in ESI Hospital Joka in Kolkata, M Junction service Ltd . Among many awards and recognitions includes: - • Received Aparjita Award for 2020 under “You Inspire “from Sanmarg a leading newspaper. • ICC Social Impact Award 2020 for promoting education from Indian Chamber of Commerce. • Rastriya Swayiamsiddhi Samman from JSPL Foundation 2019 • Received West Bengal Leadership Award 2019 from World CSR Day and World Sustainability. • Received Inspiring Award in the year 2019 from Britt World Wide one of the largest worldwide company spread across the world. • Received World CSR Award for implementing projects in Kolkata 8th December 2017. • Humanitarian Award in the year 2015 from The Hope Foundation Ireland, for creating impacts in the life of 30,000 children directly and 3 lakh population in setting up 9 protection children homes for boys and girls one hospital for the street people , 5 skill training center ,bringing positive impact in 34 wards in Kolkata & Howrah in 35 government schools for special need children , and 34 slums on Health and Education . • For working in Bhuj for earthquake victims by providing relief assistance, earthquake resistant house which was funded by Govt. Of Ireland for one lakh population and also during Tsunami disaster in rescuing and re building the livelihood of the people of Nagapattnam, Tamil Nadu for two lakh population. • For actively in night rounds with her team in Kolkata for rescuing and rehabilitating children and women who are neglected or trafficked or victimized in the city till today. • Received Award from Rotary International District 3291 for Vocational skill for the underprivileged youth in the year 2016. • Received best service towards Child Health from American Indian Foundation 2015. • 2014 Bharat Udyog Ratan Award from Global Achievers, GOI New Delhi • 2012 Karmaveer Puraskar from International Confederation of NGOs on Life Long fight for Social Justice, New Delhi • Good Samaritan award from Commissioner of Kolkata police in the year 2012. for rescuing and rehabilitating children through day and night rounds. As an independent consultant, Geeta has earlier conducted baseline, Impact assessment study for GAIL, Tata Housing, Indian Oil, Haldia Petrochem, RITES, STC, Cadbury India, ONGC, a Social return of investment for Sterilite Copper Ltd etc. and conducted feasibility study for Essar Group. Geeta has participated and presented in a number of national and global events on social development, child trafficking, women’s empowerment, sustainable livelihood etc. She holds a post-graduate degree in Social Work and Psychology and PG in Hospital Management, PG Management on People Living with STD/HIV/AIDS (International Health and Research center, Jaipur) Graduation from Calcutta University and School education from Kendriya Vidyalaya Airforce, CBSE, New Delhi She was volunteering four years in her school and college years at one of the Asia largest leprosy center in Gandhi Prem Nivas, Titagarh, West Bengal under Saint Mother Teresa. She is fluent in English, Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam and Tamil. She lives in Kolkata. She is married to Mr H. Venkadakrishnan who is an MBA in Banking & Finance working in BMW industries. The couple has one son Harish Venkadakrishnan who is working in Deloitte.

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