Rekha Mody
Founding Trustee
Habiart Foundation, Divya Chaya Trust & Stree Shakti - The Parallel Force

Neeru Poddar
Trustee
Winner of Priyadarshini Award for Promotion of Crafts
Aditi Mody
Trustee
Ex-Country Director, US - India Business Council
Isha Patodia
Researcher
Rekha Mody, social worker and activist is committed to Women Empowerment, working actively in SAARC & ASEAN Countries. A networking expert, she believes that collective thought and action can move mountains. A firm believer in the fact that the role and contribution of women will get even stronger in the future, she provides them with knowledge, information and skills to overcome all challenges.

Apart from her social work, she is a connoisseur of art, a writer and social entrepreneur with the experience of starting a FM Radio station in 1994 in Kolkata.

She is the founder of Divya Chaya Trust established in 1984, Habiart Foundation 1987, Stree Shakti - The Parallel Force 1998. She feels that women all over the world are interconnected on various underlying gender issues. With this thought she started the Global Women Forum in Singapore in 2010 aiming to network with women from SAARC & ASEAN nations. Collectively all her efforts are aimed at Self Reliance, Equity, Equality and dignity for women.

She has edited 'A Quest For Roots', a book of more than 300 posthumous biographies of women from India significant in South-Asian history. It is an attempt to rediscover and recount women’s histories that are inspirational and relevant even today.

Rekha Mody has also served on the Board of United Way, New Delhi from 2008 and Women Founders Collective USA, 2006. She is also Trustee of Women International Trust.

Currently she holds the position of Vice President, Mahabodhi Society of India and is actively highlighting the role and contribution of Women in Buddhism with a photographic exhibition in national and international forums.


Aditi Mody serves on the Board of Trustees of Habiart Foundation.

Aditi Mody is currently the Deputy Director at the University of Chicago’s India Center based in New Delhi. In her current role Aditi is responsible for developing and supporting programs at the Centre; supporting the work of University faculty and students; and expanding opportunities for collaboration with research institutions, other stakeholders and alumni in the region.

Aditi served as Country Director for India with the US-India Business Council (USIBC), US Chamber of Commerce, from 2006-2011. At USIBC, Aditi was responsible for establishing the India office of the Council; assisting in advocacy of specific initiatives at the Council as well as developing member relations, business development and marketing of the Council in India. She had previously served as USIBC’s Assistant Director of The Knowledge Trade Initiative (KTI) in Washington DC.

Prior to joining USIBC, Aditi worked as a Consultant with the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) in New Delhi as well as at the Asian Development Bank in New Delhi.

Aditi serves on the Women Leadership Board at the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In January 2006, she participated in the prestigious World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos and showcased a collection of Indian Contemporary Art as part of the India Everywhere campaign. She has also been on the National Screening Committee for the 2010-2011 Fulbright-Nehru-CII Fellowships for Leadership in Management.

Aditi holds a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago. She was awarded the prestigious International House Residential Fellowship for 1998-99 academic year at the University of Chicago. She graduated with Honors from the University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.


Isha Patodia - Researcher

Isha has studied at Loreto House and has a degree in Business Management from Brunel University, UK. A young Turk, she has International filmmaking exposure and has been deeply connected with art, with over 50 successful exhibitions, camps, workshops in India, Singapore & London. She has also launched a Luxury Management Company namely Bon Vivant. The world of fashion and art is merging and Isha Patodia is positioning herself on the cusp of this trend.

At Habiart she is focused towards building a long term relationship with other organizations, local and international, including museums, art schools, galleries and government institutions to work together on regular art events, educational programs and special exhibitions.

Further Isha is engaged in encouraging art philanthropy in India by reaching out to private and corporate sponsors.

Today, the foundation is also at the forefront of Indian efforts to seek an intelligent dialogue with the arts of our region. The Saarc nations of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka and Maldives have a common cultural base and it has long been felt that Saarc Art Forum to encourage inter-cultural art exchanges is much needed. The national character of Habiart Foundation's art efforts and its links with important art centres across the country have been instrumental in its endeavor to bring awareness to the creation of such a forum. Art exchanges with Nepal and Bangladesh are already underway and links with other SAARC countries are being slowly developed.