Directors & Committee Chairs
Current Chair
Madu Bishnu
 
 
Madhumita Bishnu or Madu as she is called by all Rotarian friends all over the world, aged 53 is Past President of Rotary E Club of Melbourne, RID 9800, Australia. Joined Rotaract in 1992 and was a member for 9 years and joined Rotary in 1999 as a member of Rotary Kalighat, then RID 3290, India and later changed to RID 3291. Served the Rotary club in all capacities and was the President of Rotary Calcutta Uptown, RID 3291, India between 2012-13. I joined Rotary E Club of Melbourne, RID 9800, Australia in 2013.
 
A member of several Rotary Fellowships and Action Groups. Joined Educators Fellowship in 2016 and currently Chair. Secretary in Rotarian Singles Fellowship, President Elect, Administrator, VP (East & Bangladesh) & Secretary of ITHF, Past Chair of Editors & Publishers, Secretary of newly formed Rotarian Genealogy Fellowship, Member of Environment Fellowship of Rotarians, Social Media Director of IFRM and have performed in World Choir during the Interfaith Services in several RI Conventions. Member of RFPD, Member of Authors & Writers Fellowship, Member of Blood Donors Fellowship, Member of Wine Appreciation Fellowship, Member of Rotary Action Group for Peace, Membership Manager of Cruising Fellowship, Member of Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery, Member of Social Network Fellowship, Photography Fellowship, Global History Fellowship, Social Media Director of Bird Watching Fellowship. Member of Rotary Action Groups Slavery, Family Safety, Safe Homes
 
Attended 25 RI Conventions since 1998 consecutively, including Sargent-at-Arms duties. A Rotary Volunteer and a TRF Cadre member. Was a Site Visitor for 3H projects on CLE at Manila in The Philippines, Dhaka in Bangladesh, street children’s education programme in Kisumu in Kenya, computer literacy programme in Hubli in India and literacy programme in Pune in India, Site Visitor for E Learning in Aurangabad in India. Was a Technical Coordinator for Education & Literacy on behalf of TRF as Cadre Member between 2009-12. Madu is PHF + 2 and a Bequest Society Member +3.
 
As a Rotary Volunteer, has taught English in schools run by Rotary Agrabad in RID 3280 in 2006 and school run by Rotary Chittagong Midtown in RID 3280 in 2008, 2010, 2012 for two months each time. Also taught English in Dadu Elementary School in 2017, 2018, 2019 in Taichung in Central Taiwan
 
With a Masters in Islamic History from University of Calcutta, has worked in the Corporate Social Responsibility (health activities for women and children) in Ambuja Cement Foundation located in Sankrail in Howrah District of West Bengal state.
 
Madu’s hobbies include travelling, photography, cooking, reading and listening to music.
 
 
Past Chair
 
 
 
Dr Royston Flude (PhD Education, University of Manchester) joined the Rotary Family as a Founder of the Rotaract Club of Lymm, Cheshire in the UK. He went on to be the President of the Lymm and then the Manchester Rotary Clubs. In 1911, Manchester was one of the four Founding clubs of the UK. He became a Founding Member of the Rotary Club Genève International with responsibility for Youth Engagement. The first English speaking Rotaract & Interact Clubs were founded in Switzerland. He is President of CSPOC (www-spoc.org) a United Nations accredited NGO focused on self-sustaining solutions by integrating inputs in Health, Education & Enterprise.
A polymath and Change Manager who has been Executive Vice President of a multi-billion-dollar Technology Incubator in New York and is currently focused on the development of strategies to maximize valuation using Complexity Science. As a futurologist, he sits on a number of global think tanks and endeavors to provide insights into the opportunities and existential threats to the next generation`s world of tomorrow. He has senior level links with governments in the USA, the European Union and the Pacific Rim including China and Taiwan.
 
Education is his passion, which he believes is crucial for the nurturing of partnerships and social engineering for a more harmonious world. The education (SDG4) and empowerment of women (SDG5) is key to this objective, as a universal purpose driving progress for humanity. By mentoring key staff and students at Ecolint in Geneva, the largest and oldest international school in the world, and the introduction of Switzerland`s first Interact Club Royston collaborated to embed a spirit of selfless service and engagement with the UN SDGs at youth level. In May 2019, following nomination, thirty-eight participants were recognized with the Princess Diana Award for social and community action.

Director
Prof. Dr. Shilpagauri Prasad Ganpule 
 
  1. Dr. Shilpagauri Prasad Ganpule (M.A., M. Phil., Ph. D., SET) is a Professor and Coordinator, Research Centre for M. Phil. and Ph. D. in English, Prof. Ramkrishna More College, Akurdi, Pune for last 27 years.
  2.  She is an Invitee member of the Faculty of Humanities, Savitribai Phule Pune University, and a Member of the Advisory Board of ELTIS and SIFIL, Symbiosis World University.
  3. She is the Principal Investigator (Maharashtra State, India) for the Hedra Research Associates, Austin, Vienna’s EU Project ‘Covid-19 and the Lexicogrammar of Pain’.
  4. She is a former member of the Academic Council and Faculty of Humanities, Savitribai Phule Pune University,
  5. She is a Co-Editor of LANGLIT an online International peer reviewed journal.
  6. She successfully completed Courses at Harvard University, Arizona State University, edX, and Catalyst, USA.
  7. She received the ‘Best Research Paper Award’ in the international Conference held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
  8. Dr. Ganpule took the initiative in making collaboration between the Departments of English of her college and HongKong Polytechnic University, HongKong and conducted Business English through Animation Course.  
  9. She presented papers and chaired sessions in the international conferences held in HongKong, SriLanka, Mauritius, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Singapore, Russia,  Italy, Indonesia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and France.
  10. She has written 6 books, edited 8 books and published more than 70 research papers in international journals and books.
  11. She has taken initiative in the production of teaching material for the visually impaired students of Bachelor of Arts, SPPU since 2012.
  12. She is a motivational speaker and a free-lance writer who has published many articles in the Indian Express, Daily Sakal and Daily Loksatta .
  13. As a Research Supervisor of Savitribai Phule Pune University 11 students have successfully completed MPhil and PhD under her able guidance.
  14. She is a recipient of many awards.
  15. 6 International Conferences and 1 State Level Seminar were successfully organized under her able leadership.
 
Contribution to the World of ROTARY:
  1. She joined RC Chinchwad in 2001. She held different positions ranging from Service Project Director, Youth Director to Vocational Director. She got the Best Rotarian Award and Best Director Award many times. She organized Free Haemoglobin Check up Camps, Rubella Vaccination Camps, RYLAs, and Soft Skills Development Programmes.
  2. She is working in RID 3131 since 2014 in different committees namely Women in Rotary, Public Image Committee and Literacy Committee as Zonal Chairs and Co-coordinator. She received the Special Award for her outstanding work in Women in Rotary and Literacy Committee by the District Governors.
  3. Her poem was appreciated by RI President Kalyan Banerjee.
  4. She is the President of Rotary Club Chinchwad – Pune, RID 3131, India (Club No. 50476) in its Silver Jubilee Year. She was felicitated at the hands of RI President Rtn Shekhar Mehta for 100% API Club on 19th July, 2021. She got an Award of a Five Star President at the hands of PRID Rtn Kamal Sanghvi, RI Chair, Membership for Women Membership Growth on 29th August, 2021.
  5. She initiated 1 Interact Club and 1 Rotary Community Corps.
  6. She is a member of different RI Fellowships, namely, International Fellowship of Rotary Educators, Rotarian Action Group for Peace, Cadre Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention.
  7. She is the Founder of the Fellowship, namely, Rotary Think Tank: Poets, Writers, Speakers, Bloggers and More!
 
Shilpagauri is happily married with PP Rtn Prasad Ganpule, Project Management Consultant and Civil Engineer. He is a visiting faculty to a number of Architecture Colleges. Prasad is the Director of NGSE Committee in 2021-22, RID 3131.
Shilpagauri is blessed with a son. Sameer has done his Masters in Advertising, Branding and Communication from West London University, United Kingdom. He has started his own firm name Bornkreative and provides services to local and global customers.
 

 

Secretary
Ian Smith
 
 
Ian Smith has been a teacher of History, Economics and Business Management in the state, independent and international sector for 25 years. As Vice Principal at Surbiton High School in the UK, he was responsible for pupil care, character development and an entrepreneurial mindset in teaching and learning. 

Since 2015, Ian has been working at Ecolint (International School Geneva), the oldest and largest international school globally, teaching the International Baccalaureate, promoting trans-disciplinary learning and leading entrepreneurial community network initiatives across the Ecolint Foundation. He is an international moderator and judge for the Princess Diana Award having volunteered for the organisation validating youth action for ten years. He is a teachSDGs global ambassador and brought WE Day to the UK as part of a UK Education delegation to Canadian charity Free the Children (now the WE Movement) with Holly Branson in 2012. As European ambassador for the UK-based Wildhearts organisation he co-created the inaugural UN Global Entrepreneurial Leader Summit in November 2018. 
 
In 2013, Ian was conferred with a lifetime honour, the Queen`s Award for the Promotion of Enterprise, for his services to UK education. He has an MBA in educational leadership and is a honorary fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. Ian is a Board member of the Geneva Rotary club, leading youth engagement and Interact.
 

Founding Chair
Dr. Charles Grant
 
 
Dr. Charles Grant is the former Chairman & CEO of Continuing Education Association International (CEAI).  He spent 35 years in education and was a teacher and administrator for ten years in a Texas public school system prior to spending 25 years in community college education. He has served as an Instructor of Management Development, Director of Continuing Education, Dean of Continuing Education, Vice President of Instruction, and ten years as a College President. Dr. Grant holds, an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from San Jacinto College, a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree from Sam Houston State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from Texas A&M University.
 
He is past President of the North Shore Rotary Club, past Assistant Governor for Rotary District 5890, and past Chairman of the Worldwide Rotaract Committee, a program of Rotary International. He also was the Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team Leader to Sydney, Australia. Additionally, he is past Chairman of the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce, and most recently served as the President  & CEO. He served on the board of the Economic Alliance - Houston Port Region for eight years and held the position of Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board. He is a member of many civic and educational organizations.