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KSMT’s Advisory Council guides the overall philosophy and direction of the Trust. The Advisory Council members share the common goal of perpetuating the memory of Sakshi Nayar through initiatives that support Sakshi’s passion for the arts.
Kavita Nayar –  is acknowledged for her contributions in the field of visual art. Kavita is an eminent artist of international repute. She has held successful exhibitions in various parts of the world and has been the recipient of several grants and scholarships in recognition of her work. Kavita is also a visiting faculty for Fine Arts at Jamia Milia University and has been a source of inspiration and mentor for many a young artists.
Pawan Nayar –  is an accountant by profession and has been working for National Thermal Power Corpn (Public sector undertaking, Govt of India) since 1978. He has worked in the areas of Concurrence, audit and accounts. Even though he has a finance background, Pawan has been deeply attached and involved with the world of visual and performing arts and has always encouraged youngsters to pursue it with dedication.
Sushma K. Bahl - Author of 5000 Years of Indian Art, and former Head, Arts & Culture, British Council India, Sushma K Bahl is an independent arts adviser, writer and curator of cultural projects, based in Delhi. She led on the festivals of India in the UK and South Korea besides artists’ residencies and collaborative cultural projects in India and in South Africa, Germany, U.K. and Bangladesh amongst others. She has conceived and curated a series of art exhibitions including Fair & Furious based on the theme of women, Contemporary Chronicles in Miniature Art that included work by artists from India and Pakistan, Ways of Seeing that won the best curated group show IHC Art India Award, Vistaar and Convergence that focused on an interface between art & craft/design and Annanya an overview of contemporary Indian art. Sushma was an invited speaker at the Opening Asia Seminar and working group meeting at Seoul, South Korea in 2003 and spoke at the Asian Critics Conference held there in 2006/7. She was the Guest Director for XI Triennale-India 2005, Project Consultant for Bharat Rang Mahotsav X11, a Jury Member for the 14th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2010, and curator for India- ASEAN artists’ residency & exhibition in 2012. She has edited and written for catalogs and artists’ books including those on Thota Vaikuntam, Paresh Maity, Satish Gupta, Sarla Chandra, and Shuvaprasanna. Sushma Bahl is a trustee and advisory board member of a select few cultural institutions in India and abroad. She is currently working on a couple of international projects.
Sangeeta Gupta Poet, Painter & Film Maker Sangeeta Gupta started her artistic journey with intricate drawings and poems to her credit. Her drawings have been conferred with the Annual award for painting by the All India Fine Arts & Craft Society, New Delhi, in 2005 & 1998. She has also received the Hindprabha award for Indian Women Achievers by Uttar Pradesh Mahila Manch in 1999, Udbhav Shikhar Samman 2012 by Udbhav Samajik Sanskritik aivum Sahityik Sansthan, Delhi for her achievements in the field of art and literature and was awarded "Vishwa Hindi Pracheta Alankaran" in 2013 by Uttar Pradesh Hindi Saahitya Sammelan & Utkarsh Academy, Kanpur. She was bestowed with Women Achievers Award from Indian Council for UN relations on the eve of International Women’s Day in March, 2013.
Ashok Alexander – Ashok led the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’ India office from its inception in 2003, until 2012.  There, he created Avahan, the Gates Foundation’s flagship India AIDS prevention program.
Avahan worked with groups most at risk to HIV – primarily men and women involved in commercial sex work, and their clients.  Avahan was driven by a team drawn mainly from the private sector, with no prior experience in public health, backed by strong technical support.  In three years Avahan rolled out community led prevention in more than 600 towns in six states, and across the national highway system. Avahan became the largest private prevention program ever undertaken in HIV/AIDS, and is considered today a global model of scaling up health delivery. 
Often, the solutions to many public health problems are known, but the pathways to scale are not. Avahan showed how business thinking could be used to scale up public health delivery.
Ashok’s team took the business model behind Avahan to new public health prevention areas such as maternal and child health and infectious diseases in Bihar, India’s poorest state. Subsequently, he introduced similar programs in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest and also underdeveloped state.
Over a decade, Ashok led the growth and expansion of the Gates Foundation’s first country office, with grants spanning health, sanitation and agriculture. The portfolio of grants that he oversaw amounted to over $1 billion across India, involving scores of grantee organizations.
Ashok came to the Gates Foundation from McKinsey and Company, where he spent 17 years in the firm’s New York and India offices.  Ashok is a graduate of St Stephens College in New Delhi and has a post-graduate degree from the Delhi School of Economics, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. 
Currently, Ashok is at Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also engaged in launching Antara, a non-profit dedicated to health delivery at scale.
Anjali Alexander – is the Chairperson of Mobile Creches, an organization known for its pioneering work and expertise in Early Childhood Care and Development, especially, with children of migrant construction workers.
After completing her Master’s from the Delhi School of Economics, she taught Economics for nine years at Indraprastha College in Delhi. Apart from the academic and administrative responsibilities she was deeply involved in street theatre focusing on women’s issues. Thereafter she was away for six years in the USA where she worked on local community issues.
She returned to Delhi in the early 90s and was introduced to Mobile Creches at the project site of the India Habitat Centre in 1994. She has, since, been fully committed to Mobile Creches in various capacities on the Governing Board, always providing support to the Executive Director. Anjali’s focus areas include Board Development and Governance; Organizational Strategy; Policy Advocacy; Resource Mobilization and Communication
Sankar Krishnan – Sankar is a former partner of McKinsey & Company, who led McKinsey’s healthcare practice, initially in India, and then in Greater China. Sankar left McKinsey to set up as an independent consultant in the not-for-profit/ development sector in India.
In his 14 years at McKinsey, Sankar focused on leadership development, particularly in healthcare, and was the global Dean of the key leadership development program for consultants.
Since leaving McKinsey, Sankar has focused on developing sustainable solutions to developmental challenges in healthcare and education. He has worked with a leading multinational foundation in India to assess the impact of their programs for AIDS prevention. He is a strategic advisor to a well-respected non-profit institution for the hearing-impaired. He was a member of the Working Group to develop the 12th Five Year Plan for the State of Kerala. He continues to help global clients develop top team effectiveness, is lead faculty on some of McKinsey’s worldwide leadership development programs, and serves on the advisory boards of several organizations.
Sankar was selected by a leading Indian business magazine Business Today in 2001 as one of the Top 25 leading young achievers in the country. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad .
Annat Jain - is the founder and Managing Partner of Acropolis Capital Group, a New Delhi based Private Equity firm investing in Indian companies. Prior to this, Annat founded and led Avenue Capital Group’s South Asian investment and asset management operations. Annat has worked in business development and alternative investments with global firms for more than a decade. Annat received a Masters of Public Administration (International Finance) from Columbia University in New York, and a Masters and Bachelors of Architecture from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
Mukesh Nayar - is a Lawyer by profession running his own firm dealing with Corporate and Trade laws since 1975.He believes in giving strength to human values for which education is very important and is involved with organisations which are dedicated towards education.
Mahima Nayar – Mahima Nayar, is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Disability Studies and Action, School of Social Work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has completed her PhD in social sciences from Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. She has worked extensively in the fields of gender, violence and mental health. She has a strong commitment to the developmental sector and has diversified her education to cover the various aspects of human life through her education in social sciences as well as mental health.
Antara Paralkar Mehta - Currently working as a level two teacher, she has great ability to communicate and interact with both children and adults. Her key areas of strength lie in planning, understanding and implementing of ideas and activities successfully.

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