Board of Trustees


Mr. Thomas Paul
Managing Trustee

Mr. Thomas Paul holds a Masters degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai. After working for a private firm in Gujarat for 10 years, he moved on to the social development sector and was the Superintendent/Director of the Methodist Technical Institute at Vadodara, Gujarat. He later took over as the General Secretary of Skills for Progress, an all India association of nearly 200 private vocational training institutions across India.

For the last 12 years he has been supporting various international organisations as a free lance consultant. His main forte has been community development and livelihood training for marginalized children and youth. His passion has been to help people realize and unleash the God given potential within them.

He is a founder Trustee of Development Focus along with Dr. Gladys Sumitra and Dr. Sethu.


Dr. Gladys Sumithra
Trustee & Treasurer

Dr. Gladys Sumithra is a PhD (Economies) from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, she taught graduate & post-graduate students in Bangalore University for 5 years before moving to the government sector. She was on deputation from state government to: Indian Institute of Science - as visiting scientist for 3 years;  International Energy Initiative - as Director, Training , for 3 years. After serving for 25 years, she retired from govt service as Senior Director, Planning Dept, Government of Karnataka, and was reappointed post retirement, as Senior Scientist in the office of the Additional Chief Secretary for Public Works and Housing.

Dr. Gladys Sumithra was/is on the Governing Board of several Churches, Schools and non profit organizations in Bangalore. These include Hon. Treasurer - Hudson Memorial Church, Inter-Diocesan  Administrative, Finance, & Property Board; KNH, Student Christian Movement of India, Richmond Methodist Church; Bishop Cotton Schools, Baldwin Institutions, Regional Executive Board of Methodist Church; Finance Committee of United Theological College, Ethics committee of Kidwai Hospital and International Energy Initiative; OUTREACH and Hon. Secretary - Medico Pastoral Association.

Dr. Gladys Sumithra is Founder Trustee and Treasurer of Development Focus


Dr. Hannah Anandaraj
Trustee

Dr. Hannah Anandaraj holds a doctorate in Social Sciences and has expertise in Social Work with a focus on Medical and Psychiatric Field. Dr. Anandaraj worked as a Reader (Associate Professor) in Osmania University. She has many publications to her credit. She guides research students and has participated in several national and international conferences related to social development.

Dr. Hannah Anandaraj has served on boards of several organizations and committees, such as: Children in Crisis, Shivananda Rehabilitation Home, Lepra India and Bethel Agricultural Fellowship. She was the Chairperson of the board of World Vision India for 4 years and was on the World Vision International Board for 3 years.

She joined as a Trustee of Development Focus in the year 2011.


Dr. P. Sethu
Trustee

Dr. P. Sethu is is the Founder Executive Trustee & Director of Indienhilfe, Bangalore - a charitable organization that empowers children belonging to economically and socially weaker sections in different states of India. He is actively engaged in the Social and Development sector at the national and International level. He has travelled extensively to the rural parts of India. Analysing and finding solutions for empowerment of communities especially among the children, youth and women is his passion for the last 3 decades.

Besides serving on the Board of several Organizations and Institutions, he renders consultation on Administration, Finance and project launching. Dr. Sethu has organised national and regional events, seminars and Conferences and has also led International and National delegations in India and abroad.

Dr. P. Sethu is a founder Trustee of Development Focus.