Rati Forbes is a Director of the Forbes Marshall Group and heads the Forbes Foundation. She has been recognised for her social initiatives both within the company, and in the wider world. She chaired the Confederation of Indian Industry's western region cell for social development, whose main objective is to sensitize corporate entities to their social responsibilities. She is listed as an Independent Director on some listed companies. She also serves on the boards of several foundations and non-profits across India. Rati graduated in Psychology (Honours) and Sociology from the University of Bombay (now Mumbai) and she earned a master's degree in Sustainability Management and Leadership from Cambridge University. She has also taken special courses in human resources, organisational behaviour and strategic philanthropy.

Rati believes change is the only constant, and it is the same for every organisation. Change is necessary for the growth, development and naturally organisation sustainability too.

  Mr Forbes has been one of the founder-directors of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy. For over five decades, he has contributed his time, expertise, and resources to institution-building. Giving back to society has been a cornerstone of his core philosophy.

As Chairman Emeritus of the Forbes Marshall Group, he functions in an honorary capacity on policy matters. As a leading figure of industry, he has also been President of MCCIA and Chairman of the Confederation Indian Industries (CII), President of the Pune chapter of the IIM-Ahmedabad Alumni Association. In recognition of his significant contribution to the philanthropic sector in India, he was a Ford Foundation nominee for a visit to five Asian nations to study their philanthropic concepts.

  Bahram is one of the founding partners of the law firm AZB & Partners and one of India's foremost infrastructure and project finance attorneys. Bahram has also been acknowledged as a leading project finance lawyer by most international legal publications for over a decade. He has previously been a partner in Little & Co, UK and CZB & Partners. He has an LLM from Columbia University, NY and in addition to practising in India, is also a member of the New York State Bar.

Bahram has also been involved with the micro finance space through Grameen which is a poverty focused, not for profit Company that provides micro-finance exclusively to Below Poverty Line women in eastern U.P. and Bihar.

On the CAP board Bahram oversees its legal advisory panel.

  Nawshir is an independent director on the boards of Thermax Ltd, Exide Industries Ltd., Kolkata, Tata Power Ltd and some of its subsidiaries. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Since 2003, Nawshir has been involved in the movement for improved governance in the corporate sector.

Nawshir was with SR Batliboi & Co/Ernst & Young, from 1967 till his (early) retirement in April 2003. Nawshir has contributed to the governance and accounting professions, being a speaker or the chair at conferences in India and abroad, and authoring a number of professional publications.

Nawshir is also actively involved with the Indian Red Cross. He says the one common theme in all the NGOs that he has worked with, is that they have not developed the skills for arranging sustained funding.

  Aditya is the Chairman of Everest Industries Ltd, India's fastest growing building solutions company for ready-to-install building and construction material. He has 24 years of experience in real estate, construction, manufacturing, and information management.

With philanthropy being as large a part of his family legacy as corporate enterprise, Aditya is actively involved in several social causes. He serves as an advisor/director/trustee in the following organisations Everest Foundation, Salaam Bombay Foundation, University of Pittsburgh's International Business Center (USA), Shri Mahesh Shikshan Sansthan (Jodhpur), Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy, The Head & Neck Cancer Institute of India, and Inner Courtyard. He is a member of Rotary Club of Bombay, YPO Bombay, and Aspen Institute's India Leadership Initiative.

  Nyrika is Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company Pvt Ltd. She has a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Colorado College, Colorado. She read Law at University College, London and qualified as a solicitor in the United Kingdom. Prior to her current role at Godrej and Boyce, she worked at various law firms including AZB & Partners, Mumbai; the Chambers of Darius Khambata, the former Advocate General of Maharashtra; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in New York, and White & Case LLP in London.

Nyrika strongly believes in environmental sustainability and the cause of animal welfare, and is actively involved with various non-profit organisations promoting these causes.

To be on CAP's Board was a great privilege for me. CAP has travelled from a small, single table office, to premises of its own matched with expanded services. A large number of NGOs across India look to CAP for guidance and solution of their problems.
Burjor Thanawala
Former Director - CAP

Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy