To pursue his Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from the Bangalore University, he moved to Bangalore in 1992. He then worked as an Education Coordinator promoting education among the Dalit children in the rural areas through an NGO.
In 1995, Mr. Gopinath (fondly known as Gopi) joined APD as part of the Urban Community Based Rehabilitation Programme, helping community staff to ensure education, rehabilitation, social inclusion and employment among people with disabilities living in Bangalore slums. He has served at various positions in APD over the last 18 years and is presently the Executive Director – Operations.
He has presented papers on disability and development at various seminars and workshops in India, UK, and Netherlands. He also facilitated various training programs on development and has been a part of many project evaluations across the country. He also served as a study centre supervisor for CBR courses from the Bangalore University.
He believes strongly in the innate potential of each person and leverages community participation in all his development work. His work is focused on creating a platform for marginalized communities to access their rights in society.