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.



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 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 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 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


R A Venkitachalam is Trustee at BEYOND CARLTON. He is an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai, with a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Masters in Industrial Management. He has been a part of the Executive Leadership Program of School Management, Yale University.

Venki has established and grown large enterprises, both Indian and MNC, across categories and markets. His present focus is to – Support entrepreneurs as mentor, and champion the cause of Public Safety. Venki, as he is generally referred to, is currently engaged with IIT Gandhinagar as Advisor.

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 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.

Sowmya Kumar


Sowmya Kumar has over 13 years of experience at law firms (Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai and IndusLaw, Bangalore & Mumbai) and consultancies (PwC, Bangalore). A graduate of NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad (2008) and University College London (2014), she was earlier a Partner in INDUSLAW’s Employment Law Practice Group and Anti-Bribery & Anti-Corruption (ABAC) practice groups. 

Her experience spans several areas in employment law and general corporate advisory. In addition to being a sounding board for the HR department of several clients, she has also conducted trainings and created bespoke awareness programs on various employment law matters.

Her articles and writings have been published in national and international publications and she has also been recognised in industry publications (Legal500 Asia-Pacific, ALB, etc.)

Her other interests include Indian art, dance, watching cinema and theatre

Sumit Khanna


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 is a BE Electronics engineer (VJTI), and has a Masters in Management Studies(MMS), from Bombay University. She has worked in Mumbai and Bangalore with: Tata Sons Ltd (Mumbai), Satyam Consulting,, and Siemens Information Systems Ltd. Bangalore. Her roles as Consultant and Productivity & Quality Head have encompassed diverse work areas of business research, feasibility studies, management consulting, quality management systems (ISO, SEI-CMM, P-CMM), business process improvement and process management.

Since taking a break from full time work, she has been actively engaged in her own residential building (570 units/apartments) Managing Committee - as election officer, secretary, special projects, legal and various other committee member roles. In the process she created volunteer groups for many causes like Fire & Life Safety, rationalisation of GST for apartments, unfair policy rollback, enrolment of apartment residents in electoral roll , apartment voting , pet policy, Covid and other emergency response, etc. She has played a very active role in setting up fire safety training and awareness among her apartment residents, and now 650+ apartment residents participate actively in the annual fire safety training.

She joined BAF( Bangalore Apartments Federation) Governing Council to enhance community and citizen engagement since 2017. During her six-year tenure in BAF governing council - the member base of BAF grew from 80 to 1250 apartment associations. Her role in BAF encompasses apartment issues and policy. She has also liaised with various political representatives, government departments, NGOs, corporate and other institutions, media, etc. on policy advocacy and implementation for various partnerships. One such collaboration is the BAF and Beyond Carlton partnership to enhance fire safety awareness in residential areas.

Vidya is also a competitive (global-rated) Scrabbler. She has been a Governing Council member for Karnataka State Scrabble Association & Scrabble Association of India ( 2017-2020 ) for promoting scrabble and organising tournaments. She also designs handmade jewellery as a commercial hobby.

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M.K. Gandhi

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