Dr. Vithal Rajan
Inauguration of Convergence
Vithal Rajan, Officer, Order of Canada, BA Hons (McGill), PhD (London School of Economics), F.I.N.S, is a Canadian national and OCI. He has worked as a mediator for the Church in Belfast in the 1970s; and later as a member of the founding faculty at the School of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, UK; as Chair of World Studies, International School of Geneva; as Director, WWF-International, Switzerland; as founding Executive Director, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, Sweden (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize); and as founding Councillor, World Future Council, London, Hamburg and Brussels. In India he served as Senior Faculty, Administrative Staff College of India, Board member of Environment Protection Training Research Institute [EPTRI] of GoI. He was founder-chair of Permaculture Association of India; Deccan Development Society [working for poor rural Dalits in Telangana]; Confederation of Voluntary Associations, Hyderabad [working for communal harmony]; SKS Micro-Finance; and ASP Dalit-Bahujan Cooperatives Federation. He is founder-trustee of AME [Agriculture Man Ecology] India Foundation.Bangalore; and Advisor to Yugantar, an NGO working with GoI on the PURA/RURBAN project in Warangal Dist, Telangana. He is Director, KCP Sugar & Industries Corp, Chennai; and Visionary Lighting & Energy Pvt Ltd.[VLE] Hyderabad [supplying solar-powered LEDs for poor households]. In 2006, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for life-long service to humanity.