Social scientists, scholars, social activists, writers

Governing Board Members

Duarte BarretoDuarte Barreto


Dr. Duarte Barreto, President, CEC, is a social scientist. He is executive trustee of FEDINA (Foundation for Educational Innovations in Asia), since 1996. Dr. Barreto also is former Deputy Director of Indian Social Institute, Bangalore.


S. GunasekaranGunasekaran S.


Dr.  Gunasekaran  S., a researcher and writer, is Assistant Professor, Centre for Historical Studies School of Social SciencesJawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.


Dominic D'SouzaDominic D'Souza


Mr. Dominic D'Souza, Treasurer, CEC, is Associate Director, Laya, Visakhapatnam. He is also involved in the governance of other NGOs - founder member, and currently on the Governing Board of YUVA (Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action), Mumbai; Chairperson of YUVA-Rural, Nagpur; Trustee of National Youth Foundation (NYF), and Samvada, Bangalore. He is also an elected Executive Council Member of the Asia South  Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPABAE), Philippines.


Dr. Surinder S. Jodhka, an eminent scholar and writer, is Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is on the Boards of Institute of Rural Management, Anand and Indian School of Political Economy, Pune.



Deendayalan E.


Mr. Deenadayalan E., a social activist, has long association with the human rights movement in the country. Mr. Deenadayalan returned to serve CEC in its Governing Board after a stint as its Executive Director in 1992. He is the founder member of The Other Media.


Sobin George


Sobin George, a researcher and writer is Assistant Professor with the Centre for Studies of Social Change and Development, Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore. He holds a PhD from Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His areas of research and writings cover marginalities, social gradients of health, health seeking behaviour and labuor rights. For details, see

Ms Kirti Pathak, a Finance Expert, is based in Delhi

Arati Pandya 

Executive Director 

Ms. Arati Pandya is Executive Director, Centre for Education and Communication (CEC) as on 02 May 2017. She is an Ex-officio member of its Governing Board. Arati comes with over 20 years experience in the development sector working on issues like women’s empowerment, gender equity, social exclusion, child protection, disability, livelihood security, education and health, women workers in the informal sector and Fair Trade. She has extensive experience on programme/project management, conducting research  and process documentations. She has an M.Phil in Economics..

General Body Members

The Governing Board members are part of the General Body. The other members of the General Body include:


Sreerekha M S, women's rights activist and writer, is an Assistant Professor, Centre for Women's Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi.

Jaya Srivastava, women's rights and child rights activist, is based in Delhi.