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NAGAR is governed by a Board of Trustees that manages it in a voluntary capacity.

Mr. Anand Akerkar (Chairman) has been a Public Relations consultant to the State Government and non-profit organizations, since 1960; held important positions internationally; Retired as CEO, World Trade Centre (Mumbai) in 1995; and is currently on the Board of Council for Fair Business Practice, Mumbai.

Mr. Dinesh Ahir is a practicing Chartered Accountant; Trustee of Action for Good governance and Networking in India (AGNI); Chairman of Br. Nath Pai Shikshan Prasarak Mandal.



Mr. Gerson Da Cunha worked for 27 years in advertising (Lintas) and marketing (Hindustan Lever); 11 years in UNICEF (Latin America and New York); 20 years in citizen action in Mumbai; advisor in communications and marketing to the ministries of information & broadcasting, civil aviation & tourism, health & family planning.

Ms. Nayana Kathpalia is a qualified librarian; worked in the field of urban renewal for 8 years as a volunteer with INTACH, Delhi; an active volunteer Trustee of the O.V.A.L. Trust; OCRA Trust; Horniman Circle Garden Trust since 1995; Executive Committee Member of UDRI; Co-authored and edited several publications.

Ms. Kunti Oza is a Chairperson of Clean Mumbai Foundation; active participation in civic issues related to Solid Waste Management, road safety and traffic issues, greenery, conservation of Mumbai’s heritage and Urban Development; active in A ward for all pilot projects for cleanliness.


Ms. Neera Punj is a Joint Secretary of the Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens' Association (NPCCA) since 1995; successfully coordinated 'Clean-up Churchgate' project and 'Churchgate revival'; advocates for protection of Public Open Spaces and rightful use of those spaces.


Ms. Meher Rafaat was on the Government appointed V. M. Lal committee to recommend measures to check vehicular pollution in Mumbai; was on the Bombay High Court’s Coordination Committee to oversee the operation of the Flying Squad instituted to apprehend polluting vehicles; actively involved in conversion of taxis to CNG and in phasing out of old and not road-worthy heavy vehicles, protection of reserved open spaces and campaigns against illegal hoardings; is a founder member of AIMZ (Association of Inter-married Zoroastrians) working for the rights of Parsi women married out of Parsi community and their children.

Mr. D. M. Sukthankar (IAS Retd.) an expert in Urban Affairs and Municipal Administration; Retired as Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, having held several important positions; continues to be on important positions on a number of important Committees appointed by the Central and the State Governments; non-executive Director of some reputed companies; Chairman of AGNI (Action for Good governance and Networking).

Mr. Atul Kumar, B. Com, M.B.A. (USA); a finance professional with 37 years’ experience in business and industry; for over a decade, worked actively on civic issues particularly on protecting open spaces and heritage conservation of the south Mumbai art deco precinct; a Trustee of OVAL Trust & Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Welfare Trust (NPCCWT); passionate about conservation, nature, civic and governance issues.

Ms. Parul Kumtha is an Architect committed to conservation of natural heritage and barrier free access to public spaces. Her firm Nature Nurture Architects & Planners is empanelled as Access Auditor with the Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan (Access India Campaign) of the Government of India. As a visiting lecturer at Sir J.J. College of Architecture, she is a dissertation guide and teaches courses in Urban Studies, Conservation of Natural Heritage and Universal Design. She is an advocate for the rights of Persons with Disability as parent-founder and President of the support group Forum for Autism, Mumbai.

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