About us


Paul Gerard Dsouza is a freelancer with 20 years of experience in inventing.

His inventions range from agro-machines to watch escapements, perpetual calendar,large date mechanisms and other inventions for the visually-impaired.


T.R. Raghunandan is the Founder and Mentor at Avantika Foundation. He was formerly Joint Secretary – Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India and Secretary-Rural Development Karnataka before he took voluntary retirement from the Indian Administrative Service (after 26 years). He is now a public finance expert and an anti-corruption activist. He was also the member convener of the 2002 working group that came up with a series of reform recommendations on decentralisation. He is presently a consultant and adviser to international development agencies on local government policy, fiscal decentralisation and capacity development in local governance. He has been an advisor to the GPOD project since its inception. With his extensive interaction with Panchayats all over the country and especially in Karnataka, he is almost synonymous with the decentralisation agenda.



John Zachariah is a B.A. graduate with honors in Economics. He began his career with Harrisons and Crossfield UK Ltd. in 1969 after which he moved to International Instruments in 1980. In 1986 he moved to Brookebond Ltd. (subsidiary of Unilever) where he spent most of his career specializing in Purchase and Commercial domains. Since his retirement he continues to be a consultant with Hindustan Unilever Ltd. and CapGemini in matters of infrastructure development and facilities.