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Founded in 2009, Maya CARE is supported through personal funds by working professionals – Abhay Joshi and his wife Manjiri (Gokhale) Joshi. Maya CARE services are available FREE of charge. However, appreciation in the form of voluntary donations from individuals/groups/companies is welcome.

Maya CARE has a network of co-ordinators and volunteers running help lines in Mumbai and Pune.

Maya CARE volunteers include college students, homemakers, working professionals and active senior citizens who visit senior citizens in their own homes to provide services. None of us can ever replace a family member. But as professionals struggle to meet the demands of an active work life, each of us at Maya CARE have pledged to make up for their absence with integrity, responsibility and patience.

Founders
 
Dr Vidya Gokhale

Dr Vidya Gokhale, Founder Director, Maya CARE

After a 30-year career in medicine, Dr Vidya Gokhale retired as Professor of Pharmacology from BJ Medical College, Pune. She then acquired a degree in Indian classical dance (Bharatnatyam) and founded her own institute ‘Nritya Sadhana’. In her 70s, she continues to impart dance lessons to young students and is actively involved in Maya CARE operations.

 
Abhay Joshi

Abhay Joshi, Chief Patron, Maya CARE

Abhay Joshi has over 25 years of corporate managerial experience including eight years in training school and University students in Science, Maths and Engineering subjects. An accomplished educationist, Abhay’s mentoring has transformed struggling students into confident achievers performing to the best of their abilities. On the professional side, Abhay provides consultancy for start-ups as well as established businesses in the areas of pre-sales, planning, service management, service assurance, contract management, customer management and delivery management of complex projects/ solutions.

Abhay’s past assignments include: Head, Customer Delivery, Tech Mahindra, UK, Head, Professional Services, NSC Global, UK and Lecturer in Engineering, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, India.

Abhay has been a School Governor at Radcliffe School, Milton Keynes UK and President of Lions Club International (Milton Keynes, UK). He is a certified private pilot.

 
Dr Kiran Bedi

Manjiri Gokhale Joshi, Founder Director, Maya CARE

A training and management specialist based in the UK, Manjiri has a Masters degree in Mega-project Management from Said Business School, University of Oxford. She and her husband Abhay Joshi founded Elephant Connect assisting businesses, charities, governments and students achieve their goals through training, project consultancy and tutoring. Manjiri was among the 12 professional experts selected among 13,000 applicants by Linkedin and Virgin Media to judge, train and mentor entrepreneurs pitching for a £ 1 million fund from Sir Richard Branson. She is a recipient of the British High Commission Chevening scholarship (2006). She has authored 3 books:Inspired - Lessons from 23 contemporary inspirational leaders (co-author Dr Ganesh Natarajan), Westland 2006; Crushes, Careers and Cell phones, Foreword- former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, Vitasta 2011; Bosses of the wild, Lessons from the corporate jungle, Foreword-Mr K V Kamath, Chairman, ICICI Bank, McGraw Hill 2013. Among her past assignments are: Learning & Development Specialist and Head, Project Management (Primal) at Informa PLC, London, Programme Manager, GlobalLogic, UK, National Management and Head, Corporate Communication, ICICI Lombard, Mumbai, Head, Contact Centre and Head, Human Resources, Zensar BPO and Assistant Editor, Dataquest, New Delhi.

 

 
Board of Honorary Advisers
 
Dr Kiran Bedi
Dr Kiran Bedi  is India’s first and highest ranking (retired in 2007) woman officer who joined the Indian Police Service in 1972. She has worked with the United Nations as the Police Advisor to the Secretary General, in the Department of Peace Keeping Operations. She has represented India at the United Nations, and in International forums on crime prevention, drug abuse, police and prison reforms and women’s issues. Dr Bedi is a recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award (also called the Asian Nobel Prize). She is the founder of two NGOs, Navjyoti and India Vision Foundation which reach out to over 10,000 beneficiaries daily.
 
Dr Kiran Bedi
Vishakha  Mulye is MD & CEO of ICICI Venture. She has over 16 years of experience in the areas of equity investing, corporate strategy, treasury & markets, structured finance and corporate & project finance. From 2005-2007, she was the CFO of ICICI Bank. She was elevated to the Board of ICICI Bank's general insurance subsidiary, ICICI Lombard General Insurance. Vishakha was selected as a 'Young Global Leader' for the year 2007 by the World Economic Forum and named one of the 'Most Powerful Women in Indian Business - 2007' by Business Today. She was awarded the India CFO Award, 2006 instituted by IMA for excellence in finance in a large corporate. Vishakha is a member of the Aspen Institute's 'India Leadership Initiative'.
 
Dr Kiran Bedi
Anita Pratap  is an award-winning international journalist, author and documentary film maker with stints as the South Asia Bureau Chief of CNN based in New Delhi, Time Magazine, India Today and the Indian Express. She won the prestigious Chameli Devi Jain award as well as the American George Polk Award for excelling in Television Journalism. She won the Lifetime Award for Journalism in 2007. 
She has authored two bestsellers – ‘Island of Blood’ and ‘Unsung’. She is the co-founder of the NGO “Women’s Energy Forum” headquartered in Vienna and is a board member of the Women-without-Borders. 
Anita currently lives in Tokyo, where her husband, Arne Walther, is Norway’s Ambassador to Japan.