Team -

What we do

 

After the avoidable Carlton Towers fire tragedy that took place in Bangalore city on the 23rd of February 2010, grieving relatives and survivors of this horrible tragedy came together to form a movement, one which would initiate awareness, spread a message across the country and ensure that one would never have to see a day such as this again.

From only survivors and people who had lost their loved ones, Beyond Carlton has now grown to become a movement of fire safety concerned citizens who are aiming to change the way India looks at fire safety and enables her citizens with fire-safety awareness. As responsible citizens, it is our duty to take it upon ourselves to do our bit and avoid a fire damage and death due to ignorance.

Beyond Carlton aims to make India 100% fire safe.

TEAM

 

Board Of Trustees

Beyond Carlton is a registered charitable trust that has trustees who are family members of those who lost their lives in the Carlton Towers tragedy or were injured on 23rd Feb 2010. Also as trustees, it includes citizens who want to make a difference to fire safety in India.

 

Uday Vijayan-Managing Trustee & President

 

Uday

Uday Vijayan is the Managing Trustee and President of ‘Beyond Carlton’. After the loss of his young son in the Carlton Towers fire tragedy at Bangalore on 23 Feb 2010, Uday felt the need to reach out to other families who had similarly lost a loved one in the fire.

The idea for doing so was to not just share their grief but also work on getting accountability for the accident. In addition, Uday along with the others wanted to spread awareness and seek accountability in fire accidents. For over 13 years now, Beyond Carlton is a go to citizens body, focussed on Awareness, Advocacy and building Associations. Uday frequently speaks on issues to do with fire safety at various forums. Professionally, Uday is a senior marketing and brand development professional currently involved as a Co-Founder & CMO of a start-up that aims to change the way homes do their laundry.

He has, over his career spanning 30 years, worked with large global advertising and communication agencies and  headed the marketing function of large organisations. He has helped provide direction for global communication agencies to enter the Indian market.

Gopal Devanahalli


Gopal

Gopal has over 30 years of professional services experience. Since Oct 2022, he serves as the Group President, Strategy & Business Development for Manipal Education & Medical Group. Prior to that, Gopal held several roles as - CEO of Manipal Education Americas for three years, based in New York; CEO of MeritTrac Services, a leading assessments company which is part of the Manipal Education portfolio; and COO of Manipal Health Enterprises where he was responsible for operating the various hospital units and incubating new growth engines. He has been with the Manipal Group since April 2014.

Prior to Manipal, Gopal spent over 15 years at Infosys, a leading technology company, and seven years in Kotak Mahindra Finance (now Kotak Bank), where he worked across Consumer Finance & Corporate Finance.

At Infosys, Gopal played various roles ranging from managing a business, developing corporate strategy, and business development. He was Vice President, Products & Platforms in his concluding role at Infosys. Gopal served for three years as an Independent Board Member at Infosys BPM Limited until August, 2022.  Gopal has an Engineering Degree in Computer Science, from BITS, Pilani and a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta. He has also obtained the Corporate Director Certification from Harvard Business School.

Nitin Dubey

 

NitinNitin Dubey is one of the founding trustees of Beyond Carlton and a survivor of the Carlton Towers fire. He used to work on the top floor of the building and sustained severe smoke inhalation injuries in the fire accident. After recovering, Nitin was one of the people that Uday Vijayan, the Managing Trustee and President of Beyond Carlton, reached out to.

Together with other survivors, family members who lost a loved one that day, fire safety professionals and other citizens who wanted to contribute to the goal of fire safety, Nitin helped strategise and execute the various initiatives undertaken by Beyond Carlton, like establishing accountability for the accident and pushing for more stringent fire safety laws. An architecture graduate from RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, Nitin has a post graduate degree in real estate development and strategic consulting from University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia.

However, his childhood ambition of establishing a career in music led him to also study music and audio production at The University of Sydney, and the life-changing experience of the Carlton Towers fire firmed up his decision to pursue his passion. Nitin has since relocated to Mumbai, where he is now a successful music composer for advertising and feature films, having worked with some of India's top advertising agencies and production houses on campaigns for brands like Cadbury, Honda, Colgate, Samsung, Airtel, Vodafone, Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki. He continues to be dedicated to the cause of fire safety and is a strong proponent of fire safety cognizance and preparedness in the local community.

Vasanthi Hariprakash


vasanthi

Vasanthi Hariprakash is an award-winning journalist, show-host, podcaster, speaker and media entrepreneur. She is the founder of Pickle Jar, a media company that creates podcast shows for disruptive brands and value-driven nonprofits. In the past two decades, Vasanthi has worked in bustling newsrooms and studios of NDTV 24x7, the New Indian Express,

All India Radio Akashvani and Radio City 91.1 FM as a reporter, a primetime breakfast show host, anchored international documentaries (BBC World News' One Square Mile). She is a podcast host and has also been involved with the curation of on-ground and virtual film festivals. Her deep interest in rural India and democratic processes has seen her travel solo into 16 states of India in the last 11 years.

In her writings and columns, Vasanthi highlights nuances of a changing India, but yet-to-change social divides, gender norms - all via interactions with everyday Indians like cab drivers, teachers, writers, those in tech jobs et al. Vasanthi is also a political commentator, who has been invited by news-houses such as CNN News 18, NDTV, The News Minute and The Wire to make sense of Indian elections, like in the recently-concluded Karnataka elections.

She has received awards and accolades including the India Radio Excellence Award for India's Best English RJ in 2007, the Rotary Vocational Excellence Award 2013 and the Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity in Journalism in 2020 for her reportage on women during the Karnataka elections, and recently won the Laadli Jury Citation l 2023 for her Op-Ed column Window Seat in the Deccan Herald. Vasanthi is known for connecting with her audiences and switching between five languages with ease. She sings ghazals, shlokas and half-forgotten tunes, and lives the philosophy of going where life takes her and taking what life gives her.

R. A. Venkitachalam


Venkitachalam

R.A.Venkitachalam (Venki) is currently the Vice President - Public Safety Mission at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), Venki is responsible for advancing the cause of Public Safety, and UL's mission across the developing world. The establishment of Safety Councils in India as a platform, the first one for UL outside of North America, was spearheaded by Venki with the intention of facilitating constructive dialogues between multiple stake holders involved in tackling Public Safety challenges.

In his earlier role as the Managing Director for UL's Emerging Markets, and for a period of over 10 years, Venki led the growth of UL in South East Asia, India, Middle East and Africa. During this period, the development of the ‘In India For India Strategy’, leveraging the ‘Public Safety Mission’ to build local relevance, has been one of his many contributions. He also led UL in making significant investments in the region, expanding UL’s geographic footprint as well as its technical, laboratory, and service range and capabilities.

Prior to working with UL, Venki held various senior positions (including at the CEO level) with leading MNC / Indian companies covering Consumer, Capital Goods, and Telecom sectors.

Venki has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Masters in Industrial Management from IIT Chennai. He has, in addition, been part of the Executive Leadership program of School of Management, Yale University. Venki has been a speaker at several forums in India and overseas on issues pertaining to Public Safety, and General Management.

Executive Council

The Executive Council consists of citizen members who take an active part in driving the Beyond Carlton Mission and implementing its programs.

Amitha Singh

 

Amitha

Amitha Singh is the Executive Director, Head of Communications and Branding at NAB Innovation Centre India. Amitha is an accomplished marketing leader with over 30 years of comprehensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience. Amitha is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and known to create inspiring environments where everyone feels a sense of belonging. Amitha is also a recognised mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation and Wadhwani Foundation, a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader, and an Executive Council Member with Beyond Carlton. With an incessant curiosity to explore she looks for solutions in a constantly changing and dynamic environment and enjoys mentoring and contributing towards people’s growth. Besides her two daughters and her partner.

Amitha is passionate about creative writing (she is a published poet with her debut book in 2017 - A Simple World, A Simple Rule: And Other Poems) sports, travel, food and reading.

Anup Karanth

 

Anup Karanth is a Disaster Risk Management practitioner and he provides technical support to a wide range of Disaster Risk Management programs in India, supports the implementation of ex-ante and recovery projects, and offers knowledge and learning resources / technical solutions to clients and development partners. He has over two decades of work experience and has actively supported the design and implementation of disaster recovery and risk mitigation projects, strengthening institutional mechanisms, and capacity building for disaster risk reduction/emergency management in South Asia and South-East Asia region. His areas of interest are building sciences, risk assessment, seismic risk management, school and hospital safety, code implementation & regulatory aspects, urban climate change resilience and public safety.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Environment Planning, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Technology from the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University, Ahmedabad, India.

Cheryl Rebello - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

 

Cheryl Rebello is a social entrepreneur and businesswoman.

She has played a core role in the institution building work of organisations devoted to social purpose. At Janaagraha, Civil Defence, Meta-Culture, and CherYsh, she contributed to the mission and vision. - of urban governance, citizen safety, conflict resolution, and rural development. This included, program development, multi-stakeholder engagement, advocacy and youth leadership.

She has spent five years in urban governance, ten years in Civil Defence engagement, and six years as founding member and CEO of CherYsh an NGO devoted to rural development.

Currently Cheryl is Principal Associate in the business of imported furniture.
She continues her active contribution to social change.

Cheryl is Trustee with the South Asian Symphony Foundation, Bangalore. The Trust is dedicated to peacebuilding in the South Asian region using the medium of music.

Danielle Antonellis

 

Danielle Antonellis is the Founder & Executive Director of Kindling, a US-based nonprofit with the mission to connect fire safety knowledge to local and global humanitarian and development efforts to reduce the unequal impact of fire on people, property and livelihoods in vulnerable communities around the world.

A passionate safety and resilience consultant, Danielle has a proven track record of establishing and leading cross-discipline and cross-region teams to tackle intractable problems. Before founding Kindling, Danielle worked with Arup for 6 years as a Senior Fire Safety Engineer on a wide range of projects across various sectors. She was based in Arup's Boston, Hong Kong and London offices. Danielle established and led Arup's global City Fire Resilience network, development of Arup's Framework for Fire Safety in Informal Settlements, and she was on the Arup team supporting Expert Witness Barbara Lane for Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, the deadliest residential fire in the UK since WWII. Previous to Arup, Danielle was a Fire Suppression Systems Researcher and Technical Advisor at Johnson Controls (formerly Tyco). Danielle has a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Sai Apabharana

 

Apabharana is an Associate Partner at Factum Law, Bengaluru. As an Advocate, she represents her clients including multinational companies, individuals and start-ups in various courts of law, tribunals and alternative dispute resolution forums on issues ranging from company law, real estate law and intellectual property rights. 

Having enrolled as an Advocate in the year, 2017, Apabharana‘s significant representations include defending a Non-Banking Finance Company and overseeing the implementation of a Scheme of Compromise and Arrangement before High Court of Karnataka involving stakes of Rs. 354 crores and representing 150 homebuyers against a real estate developer company before the Real Estate Regulatory Authority, Bangalore. 

Apabharana has also represented children and women survivors of sexual abuse in legal proceedings. She has also contributed to the authorship of Standard Operating Procedures for the Police, Prosecutors and Medical Examiners for handling cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. In addition to conducting training for protection officers, counsellors and voluntary organizations on matters involving women and child rights, she has also conducted sessions for internal complaints committee of government entities, such as ISRO and multinational company on matters involving Sexual Harassment at Workplace. 

Sumit Khanna


Sumit

Sumit Khanna is Chief Executive Officer for Factory Mutual Insurance Company(FMIC), India Reinsurance Branch. He is responsible for developing and executing business strategies for profitable underwriting through risk control functions. He was earlier Chief Underwriting Officer and also responsible to set up FMIC India reinsurance branch and operationalize it in India.

Previously, as Global Services Executive of Asia Pac, Sumit was responsible for managing the network of World Reach partners in South Asia. He was responsible for managing International Codes & Standards activities in India along with industry experts to contribute towards improving the National Building Code and National Standards for loss prevention. He also worked with clients for risk improvement from fire, earthquake, flood, and wind perils.

He is a fire protection engineer from the National Fire Service College, Nagpur and has a Master’s in Business Administration (Finance) from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies. He has certifications from Chartered Insurance Institute, UK. Prior to joining FM Global, he worked for Bharat Aluminium Company (BALCO), Vedanta Resources Plc, as head of fire service and Underwriters Laboratories (UL India Pvt Ltd) for certifying & reviewing Active & Passive Fire protection systems.

In his own time, Sumit contributes towards the cause of fire safety through an NGO Beyond Carlton, Bangalore. He has collaborated in the past with organizations such as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Fire & Security Association of India (FSAI), Institution of Fire Engineers (India) (IFE) and the likes for different projects.

Sumit has presented at several national and international seminars and conferences on various subjects related with climate change and loss prevention to build a resilient society.

Vidya Goggi

 

AshokVidya has a BE Electronics, VJTI, Bombay Univ and a Masters in Management Studies(MMS), Bombay Univ. She has worked in Mumbai and Bangalore with : Tata Sons Ltd (Mumbai), Satyam Consulting, Indiainfo.com, & Siemens Information Systems Ltd.

Specialities - Business research, feasibility studies, management consulting, quality management systems (ISO, SEI-CMM, P-CMM), Business process improvement & process management.

Since taking a break from full time work, she has been actively engaged in her own Apartment (570 units) Managing committee as election officer, secretary, special projects, legal and various other committee member roles. In the process creating volunteer groups for many causes being Fire safety or enrolments in Electoral roll , Apartment Voting , ward representative teams etc. She has played a very active role in setting up fire safety training and awareness among her apartment residents and got them to participate actively.

She then extended the Apartment Management role by joining BAF( Bangalore Apartments Federation) Governing Council to up the community and citizen engagement on apartment and civic issues since 2017. Her large ongoing role in BAF is in all spheres of apartment issues and policy. As also engaging in various partnerships with NGOs or Corporates to deliver initiatives to members.

Other activities that Vidya is involved with are as Founding member (2019) of Bengaluru Navanirman Party(BNP) and part of ward committee and engagement.

She is a Competitive (global rated) Scrabbler (Also Governing council member for Karnataka State Scrabble Association & Scrabble Association of India during 2017-2020 for promoting scrabble and organizing tournaments). She is also pursuing handmade jewellery as a commercial hobby.

A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history

M.K. Gandhi

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