Governing Body & Staff

CINI employs over 1,900 staff. Additionally, it relies on trained community-based workers, contributing on the basis of a honorarium or as volunteers.

Governing body

CINI is guided by a Governing Body, enlisting the membership of competent and committed individuals, who contribute expertise from a variety of professional fields. The Governing Body leads CINI in adopting strategic decisions relating to institutional governance, reviewing progress in programme implementation and distilling learning from field experience. It holds overall responsibility for transparent financial control, and equal and inclusive institutional management.


Dr. Samir Narayan Chaudhuri

Secretary and Founder Director

Since 1970, when he trained as a paediatrician at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Dr. Samir Chaudhuri has been committed to treating and preventing malnutrition in children, an effort that in 1974 led him to founding Child in Need Institute (CINI), together with a multidisciplinary team of Indian professionals. He has served as a consultant, researcher and advisor to various national and international agencies in India and other countries of Asia and Africa. His work has been recognised by a number of awards, including the ABP’s Sera Bangali Award (Kolkata, 2013), the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Global Humanitarian Award (Ellis Island, New York, 2008), the World of Children Awards, UNICEF (New York, 2007), the Italian Parliament Commission for Infants Award (Rome, 2005), the Ross Award, Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research (Calcutta, 1995), the Catherine Freyman Prize in Social Pediatrics, AIIMS (New Delhi, 1970).

Mr Kalyan Shankar Mondal

Prof. Kalyan Shankar Mandal


Prof. Kalyan Sankar Mandal is Professor of Sociology, Public Policy and Management Group, at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He earned a PhD in Sociology from the Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai. In a career spanning over 25 years, he has taught at various institutions, including IIM Calcutta and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He was Visiting Indian Council of Cultural Relations Chair Professor at the Sociology Department, Lund University, Lund, Sweden during the 2013-14 academic year. Prof. Mandal’s area of expertise is in Sociology of Development, Rural Sociology, Sociology of Agriculture and Food, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Poverty, Social Welfare and Social Policy.

Ms Sunanda Bose

Smt. Sunanda Bose

Member, Governing Body

Smt. Bose graduated with Honours in Chemistry from Presidency College and has been involved in voluntary social work since 1981. She was Treasurer and Vice President of Nari Siksha Samity. She also served as Honorary Joint Secretary, All Bengal Women’s Union, where she was instrumental in opening free legal service clinics for ten years. Through her initiative, the organisation was accredited by the State Legal Services Authority, West Bengal, in 2002. Smt. Bose has been involved in managing legal awareness camps and legal aid clinics. She has worked for the repatriation and restoration of rescued victims of trafficking to their homes in West Bengal and Bangladesh.

Amit Da

Mr. Amit Kr. Dasgupta

Treasurer, Governing Body

Mr. Amit Kr. Dasgupta was one of CINI’s senior most staff members, involved in programmes, management and policy formulation. With 35 years of experience in social service, he started his career young, as a programme supervisor, and served as Deputy Director of Administration until his retirement.

Mr Saugata Roy

Prof. Sougata Ray

Member, Governing Body

Prof. Ray’s two and a half decade-long experience spans across diverse roles, as a frontline executive in Maharashtra CPSE, a senior strategist in Indian multinational corporations, a researcher, an author, an educator and an institution builder, the director and the chairman of audit committees in corporate and NGO boards, a consultant to corporate and international development agencies. He has served as the President and Chairman of the Parivaar Education Society governing body. He specialises in strategy, internationalisation, entrepreneurship and innovations of emerging economy firms. He is currently focusing on corporate sustainability, and the corporate role in inclusive development and social entrepreneurship. Prof. Ray is setting up a Centre and Laboratory for Sustainability Initiatives at the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta.

Mr MN Roy

Dr. Manabendra Nath Roy

Member, Governing Body

With a background in electronics and telecommunication, Dr. M. N. Roy has held key positions in the government during his career in the Indian Administrative Services spanning more than three decades. He was Additional Chief Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal, in 2010 and Principal Secretary, Panchayat and Rural Development Department, Government of West Bengal, from 2002 to 2010. He is now a member of the expert committee on Panchayats and advises state governments on the application of digital technology in health care.

Dr. Charulata Banerjee

Member, Governing Body

Dr. Charulata Banerjee is a doctor based in Kolkata working with ENN as Regional Knowledge Management Specialist (Asia). Dr. Banerjee is in the field of Public Health with specific focus on Maternal Child Health & Nutrition. She has completed MBBS from University of Mysore and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Care & Hospital Management from IISWBM, Kolkata. She has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with community health programs at the local, national and regional level. She has immense expertise in dealing with policy matters and publishing reports in peer reviewed journals on maternal & child health backed by a strong knowledge of ground level issues on the same.

Smt. Saswati Banerjee IAS (Retd.)

Member, Governing Body

Smt Saswati Banerjee did her M.Sc. in Chemistry from Science College, Kolkata. She retired from the Indian Administrative Services as Secretary to the Government of West Bengal. She worked mainly in the areas of Rural Development, Sc & ST Welfare, Cottage & Small Scale Industries and Power. She is known to have done many innovative works in the field of women empowerment and self help groups..