Core Management Team

Badrish Singh Mehra (Ph.D)
Executive Director

Dr. Badrish Singh Mehra has been the Executive Director of CHIRAG since November 2017. Badrish ji has a Doctorate (Ph.D) in Wildlife Science from Saurashtra University, India. He has over 25 years of work experience with organisations like Wildlife Institute of India (WII), WWF – India; and International work experience in environment and development sector in Philippines and Northern Ireland and with University structure in Papua New Guinea.

Bipin Kabdwal
General Manager, Finance and Administration

Bipin da, has been with CHIRAG since 1988. He currently leads CHIRAG’s accounts team, manages the finances and also looks after the administration. Bipin da has a Masters in Economics and Commerce and is the repository of the organisation history.

Dr. Mahendra Singh Bisht
Senior Team Leader, The CHIRAG Hospital

Dr. Bisht leads the CHIRAG Rural Health Center, in Sargakhet.  He holds a degree in Ayurvedic Medicine. Dr. Bisht joined the medical team in the year 2003 and has been catering to the health need of the local community as well of CHIRAG staff.

Sundar Singh Nayal
Senior Team Leader, Education

Nayal ji has been part of our team since 1993. He leads CHIRAG’s activities in the education sector. He has a Master’s in Botany and a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He has been a pioneer in establishing CHIRAG’s education outreach programs in over 95 Government Primary Schools and has been supporting CHIRAG Girl fellowship program.

Surendra Negi
Team Leader, Livelihoods & Spring Recharge

Surendra Negi started working at CHIRAG in 1988. He currently leads our Spring Recharge and Livelihoods teams and has vast experience in managing and operating processing units. Surendra da has a diploma in civil engineering.

Ganga Joshi
Team Leader, Forestry 

Ganga Joshi joined our team in 1991. Over the years, she has worked with the village outreach and communication team as well as with the education team. She is currently in charge of the Forestry and fodder team. Ganga has also worked with the joint forest management teams in Nainital and Almora district and she holds a Master’s degree in Sociology.

Sumit Arora
Principal, The Chirag School

Sumit currently leads The Chirag School in the capacity of a School Leader. He holds an MA in Education from the Azim Premji University. Before working with CHIRAG, Sumit was working as a consultant in India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) Pune, where he was training and coaching school principals. He has a cumulative experience of 8 years in education and has worked with organizations including Pratham Education Foundation and Teach for India. Prior to that he was an investment banker with UBS. He likes to spend his free time reading and trying to cook. A love for mountains and children is what attracted him to The CHIRAG School.

Sanjay Joshi
Team Leader, Documentation & Communication

Sanjay currently heads up the CHIRAG’s documentation and communication system. He is ensuring that all projects are well documented with data, photography and video. He has a Diploma in Computer Application. He worked in CHIRAG since 2010. He has over 15 years experience in development sector.