Ms. Christy Abraham, is a dynamic leader, with more than 25 years of experience, working on a range of development and human rights issues. She is passionate about rights of poor and excluded groups and communities, and has worked on issues of Disability, HIV and AIDS and Women’s Rights. She has also got substantial experience in fund raising and donor communications and management.
Starting her career in Ashraya Children's home in 1986, Ms. Christy moved to ActionAid in 1990 and served in several key roles providing leadership for national programmes including as the Regional Manager for Karnataka and National Theme leader for HIV and AIDS. Prior to moving to APD, Christy was with ActionAid International Secretariat as International coordinator of women’s rights. She brings with her significant grounded experience in mobilising communities, formation of Networks, Community Based Organisations and building community perspectives on rights and justice. Through her intense efforts, presence and passion for social sector, she is a well known person in the development sector. She is on the Board of few National organisations, including Ashraya. She has facilitated and supported publications of 25 research papers and findings across multiple domains in development.
A post graduate in Social Work with specialization in Management, she has received further trainings in Leadership Development by Chulalankorn University Bangkok, Thailand and by Maxwell School of Public affairs, Syracuse University, USA. Christy is not unfamiliar to APD. She had collaborated with APD in 1990-96 while working on a Project funded through ActionAid and brings old familiarity and memories with her from days with Late Ms. Hema and Late Mr. Naidu.
As the Chief Executive Officer of APD, Ms. Christy provides executive leadership for the effective functioning of the Organization duly articulating appropriate strategies, plans and oversees the program activities to meet the aims and objectives of APD.
While serving the Karnataka Welfare Association for the Blind (KWAB), between 1986 and 1999, he was responsible for establishing two Rural Community Based projects for persons with disability He has been working for the cause of disability for the past 25 years and spearheaded the establishment of two rural projects for Karnataka Welfare Association for the Blind (KWAB).
Basavaraju, joined APD in 1992, has head of Urban community programmes and developed programmes for persons with disability living in urban slums of Bangalore, with the focus of inclusion and empowering individuals and their families to meet their needs within their own communities. This Programme grew fast into one of the largest initiatives of the organization and in the Urban Slums of Bangalore.
He had the opportunity to share his learning in several national\International forums on the various issues concerning the development of disability sector in several seminars and conferences held in India as well other countries, including UK, Sweden, Netherlands, South Africa and Australia
His interest and commitment enabled him to found an organization of organizations, as its Founder Secretary, “Disability NGOs Alliance [DNA]” as registered Society. DNA aims to build the enabling environment and unified voice for the growth of the Disability sector, though its engagement with Government and Civil Society Organizations for ensuring just equitable opportunities for PwDs in the country.
Heading APD since 1997, Mr. Basavaraju presently working as an Executive Director- Strategy/ RSO & Advocacy/District Management - provides strategic direction, to ensure that APD realizes its articulated mission.
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.
He joined APD in 1979 as a clerk, he constantly strived to improve his mobility through the years and now his dearest possession is his “motor vehicle” that enables him to move around the city.
Babu has played various roles in accounts and administration over the years. In his earlier role as Director of Finance and Administration since 2009, he ensured integration and computerization of the entire commercial functions of the organization. He was also instrumental in initiating training program in computers and accounts for youth with disabilities.
In his current role, Babu brings in leadership with his versatile skills and in depth awareness of the organization – and leads the Overall Administration/Procurement and the Trading division of the Horticulture Unit. As a Senior Leader, he is also responsible for creating second level of succession in Leadership within the Organization thro’ a structured ‘Coaching & Mentoring’ Program for the Middle Level Management in APD.
He is passionate about empowering the disabled with self-confidence and a positive attitude towards their disability, this he does by citing his own example.
He has worked in various Accounting, Finance and Commercial roles with companies in India and abroad. He brings in over 25 years of rich, varied and deep leadership experience to help APD with Finance and Compliance function to get to newer levels of excellence.
SLN is responsible for all aspects of Finance, Accounts and Compliance Function.”
With her core strengths in delivery leadership & governance, people management, customer service/relationship management – she has joined APD to provide leadership to the Support functions, viz. HR, Donor Assurance, IT , MIS & Quality.
Over the years he has been the Principal of Training Center, heading livelihood program both Institutional and Community based, facilitating the effective and appropriate livelihood opportunities for Persons with Disability. He is also involved in training to the staff of APD as well as to other NGOs on leadership and the promotion of livelihood for the disabled. He has participated in several symposia and presented papers on vocational training for the persons with disability. Recent year, he holds the responsibilities to implement the District Disability Development program in three dist of Karnataka state.
Mr. Hiremath now heads the overall Administration of the organization and facilitating to meet the Admin requirement of all programs and Management. He also plays a vital role in Interfacing with Government to increase the better relationship and collaborate for ensuring more resource spending on Disability by the government.
He loves to play volley ball, badminton, carom and chess, likes to travel and enjoys the beauty of nature.
Starting as a teacher of Science and Mathematics, she now manages the rural and urban education programs for the organization.
Usha has a flair for languages and can speak 5 Indian languages comfortably. She is always open to learn and loves to take on new challenges.
She has been involved with education programmes of APD and has developed and executed a number of programmes that are running successfully in APD. She also has trained thousands of teachers in inclusive education and deaf education across Karnataka.
Now she is in to a new role to unlearn and learn all over again .She now takes care of new initiatives, that is start and implement all the new projects of APD . Her quest to learn and contribute continues in the new avenues.
Mr. Ganesh Shivaram Hegde began his journey at the Association of People with Disability (APD) Bangalore in 1992. He did his B.Sc (Agriculture) and later post graduation in Environmental Science. Ganesh leads the Horticulture Training Unit of APD which is unique and only one of its kinds in India.
The Unit has been in existence since 1987 and the programme has seen over 1800 persons with disability find gainful employment in the areas of gardening, horticulture, cookery, sustainable agriculture, and allied fields. The beneficiaries are largely people with loco motor disabilities, deaf persons and people with learning disability, in the age group of 18 to 30 years, who drop out from school and are from the poorest of poor families from different regions of Karnataka.
The Horticulture programme promotes ecology/green environment and is also therapeutic. Ganesh is undoubtedly one of the very few individuals who have expertise in both the areas of horticulture and disability.
During his tenure with APD, he has trained many gardeners, gardener specialists, supervisors and entrepreneurs. He has also supported several other NGOs to initiate horticulture therapy projects to reach out to more people with disabilities.
Ganesh presently runs all livelihood programmes of APD for gainful employment like horticulture, industrial training centre, employment lead training, job readiness programme, and all departments connected with them for mobilizing youth with disabilities.
Started career as teacher in High School as teacher & from 2000 to 2003, worked as State level resource person in Grama Panchayath members Capacity Building Training programme about Karnataka Panchayath Act-1993, through the satellite programme at State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) Mysore. Govt. of Karnataka.
From April 2003 to April 2007 he has moved rural NGO called Grameena Abhudaya Seva Samsthe (GASS) at Doddaballapur, Banglore Rural District worked as Programme manager for CBR programmes.
In 2007, Mr. Janardhana joined APD as Project coordinator of the Urban Community Based Rehabilitation Programme. His Specialized areas are Advocacy and Peoples Organization programme and CBR & helping community staff to ensure education, rehabilitation, social inclusion and employment and rights among people with disabilities living in urban slums and rural villages.
He has served at various positions in APD over the last 9 years and presently working as Assistant Director for Early Intervention (EI), Community Mental Health (CMH) & Spinal cord Injury (SCI). His is overall responsible for directing & managing of all EI, CMH and SCI programmes of APD institutional, Districts and RSO’s to ensure efficient, effective & appropriate rehabilitation, Early Intervention and early education to children under EI and Rehabilitation and Livelihood opportunities to people with spinal injuries
He has resource person for National, State and District level seminars, Workshops and trainings on CBR, CMHP, Disability, Human rights, Child rights and advocacy and lobbying from state to Village level and Master trainer for Census 2011 Govt. of Karnataka.
Passion: - His passion is community approach and community mobilization.
This outreach program aimed to empowering individuals and their families to become independent in managing disability in their own communities.
Mr. Guru has been involved in developing a new program called Resource Support to Organizations to promote disability development work in Karnataka both in institutions and communities through NGOs and institutions.
He now runs the comprehensive Education programs in Bangalore Urban, Chikkaballapur, Davanagere and Bijapur districts of Karnataka and is responsible for evolving, planning and managing different rural and institutional initiatives that is aimed at ensuring effective and appropriate opportunities in education, medical rehabilitation, skills training, employment for persons with disabilities.
His overall responsibility is for directing & managing of all education Programmes of APD institutional, Districts and RSO’s to ensure efficient, effective & appropriate education opportunities for children with disabilities to achieve inclusion in society.
Over the years he has participated in several symposia and presented papers on CBR approaches & practices, Promotion of inclusion of persons with disability. He also facilitated various training programs on development, project planning and Monitoring & Evaluations. He also serves as a guest lecturer for CBR courses from the Bangalore University through CBR Network.
He is a Common Purpose graduate and leader in the Landmark Forum.