Mr. Joe Madiath, Founder-Executive Director of Gram Vikas, is now stepping down from this role with effect from June 30, 2014, after completing more than 35 years of service and contributions. Today, Gram Vikas is recognised nationally and internationally as a premier NGO working to imrpove the live and livelihoods of tribal and other marginalised communities in Odisha, and beyond. Its contributions in providing water and sanitation to rural households has been phenomenal.
The Governing Board of Gram Vikas initiated a search process for Joe's successor last year and Mr. Shubhasis Pattnaik has taken over as Executive Director of gram Vikas with effect from May 1, 2014. Mr. Shubhasis is an engineer, MBA from XLRI (Jamshedpur) and has 12 years of experience at senior positions in Infosys. He brings with him considerable project management expertise and a commitment to improve the lives of the poor and the marginalised. We do hope that Gram Vikas will scale new heights under his leadership and you will continue to provide your valuable support to Gram Vikas and Shubhasis, as you have done in the past.
The Head Office of Gram Vikas shifts to Bhubaneshwar to enable better coordination with state government and other stake-holders by end of June 2014.
Joe wants to promote a Centre for Excellence in Academics and Sports for tribal children at Mohuda campus.
A Khel Vikas programme of sports has already been launched for the past 18 months. Under Joe's leadership, we look forward to an innovative initiative to provide opportunities for tribal children to excel in academics and sports.