Jal Bhagirathi Foundation was settled as a Public Trust on January 15, 2002 by Her Highness Rajmata Krishna Kumari
Board of Trustees:
Chairman: HH Gajsingh II, Maharaja of Jodhpur-Marwar
HH Gajsingh II is an international celebrity, many books, publications and films have been made on and about him. He has served as Indian High Commissioner in the West Indies, concurrently accredited to Trinidad & Tabago, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St. Lucia St. Vincent & Commissioner to Antigua, St. Kitts, Montsarrat, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands. He has also been Member of Parliament and served in the Rajya Sabha.
HH Gajsingh II has been Chairman Rajasthan State Tourism Development Corporation, Government of Rajasthan, Recipient of the Hadrian Award, presented by the World Monument Fund and of the IATO'S Hall of Fame Award. He is the Founder of numerous well known philanthropic institutions & Charitable Trusts, among them being: For the education of Women: Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls Public School, Jodhpur and Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls' Hostel, Desuri, Jalore. For Health Care: Rajdadiji Hospital, Managed by Apolo Hospitals Group, Jodhpur and the Head Injury Foundation. For Rural Development: HH Maharaja Hanuwant Singh Trust and Vanishing Herds Foundation. For Heritage, Culture and Art Conservation: Mehrangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur. For Rehabilitation of Army Widows and Personnel: Veerni & Sahyog Projects. HH Gaj Singh II is the Chief Patron and Chairman of: Mayo College Ajmer, Chopasni School Jodhpur, Chopsani Shiksha Samiti Jodhpur, Hanwant Educational Society Jodhpur, BJS Educational Society Jodhpur, Aravalli Management Institute Jodhpur, Jodhpur Nagrik Society (JODHANA). He has also held positions in Trusts, Associations and Philanthropic Organizations as Founder President of Indian Heritage Hotels Association Jodhpur, Convenor: Rajasthan Chapter of Indian National Trust for Art, Culture and Heritage (INTACH), Trustee: Jaipur Virasat Foundation, Ambassador: Federation of International Polo, Member: Indian National Committee of the United World Colleges, Mumbai, Member National Tourism Advisory Council, Fellow: Paul Harris Rotary International.
Vice- Chairman: Mr. Rajendra Singh
Rajender Singh also known as the 'water Gandhi" is the recipient of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award from the President of Philippines, also called the 'Asian Nobel Prize". He is the Chairman of Tarun Bharat Sangh and the Founder-Chairman of Jal Baradari, which is a National Network of voluntary organizations. Rajender Singh has a rich experience of 25 years in community driven water resource management during which time he has catalyzed communities to buld 20,000 water structures in more than 1500 villages spread over 8500 sq.km in Alwar, Dausa, Sawai Madhopur, Karoli, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Ajmer, Udaipur and Bharatpur.
As a result of these efforts five seasonal rivers in the northeastern Rajasthan area, Ruparel, Arvari, Sarsa, Bhagani and Jahajwali that had dried up have now become perennial.Rajender Singhji has mobilized communities to regenerate forests by reviving the customary laws of the communities. Under his leadership, Forest Protection Committees have been set up in 90 villages in Sariska and 32 committees in Sawai Madhopur, Karoli and Jaipur. A people's sanctuary "Bhairondev Lok-Vanyajeev Abhayarany", spread over 12 sq.km has been set up in Bhanvta-Kolyala villages in Alwar. Through his determination, vision, hard work and dedication, Rajender Singh has transformed the life of people in 1058 villages of Aravali hills. Shri Rajender Singh is member of many High Powered Committees in the Government of Indi among them are National Ganga Basin River Authority- Prime Minister Office, Expert Empowered Committee- Ministry of Water Resources, Literacy Mission- Ministry of Human Resource Development. Rajender Singh is receipent of nemereous awards among them are: Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar by Government of India, Rotary India Award (by Rotary International, Jamla Lal Bajaj Award by Jamla Lal Bajaj Foundation, Sanskrit Award by Sanskrit Prathisthan, Man Of The Year by The Week, Nisarg Mitra Award by Rotary Club Of Bombay, Vikhroli, Siri Ram Washeshran Award by Siri Ram Washeshran Devi Bhatia Memorial CharitableTrust, Ashok Gondhiya Award by Young Men's Gandhian Association Rajkot, Tiger Conservation Award by Tiger Trust India, Krantiveer Award by Rajvanshi Trust- Ujjain, Acharya Tulsi Samaj Vikas Award by Acharya Tulsi Samaj Vikas Adhyanan Sansthan, Sanskrit Samvardhan Award by Shrimad Rajchandra Adhyatmik Sandhan Kendra, Esso Honour For Tiger Conservation, Diwaliben Award by Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Charitable Trust, Vivekananda Award, Man of the Year, Rotary International Award by Rotary International, Felicitation by Ministry of Rural Development, Godavari Gaurav Award, SamajKarya Gaurav Puraskar by Keshav Gore Smarak Trust, Maharashtra Foundation, Rajarshi Shahu Maharaj Puraskar by Shahu Smarak Trust, Kranti Agrani Puraskar by Abasaheb Lad Trust, Maharashtra
Managing Trustee: Mr. Prithvi Raj Singh
Mr. Prithvi Raj Singh is a Founder-Trustee and Chief Functionary of Jal Bhagirathi Foundation since its establishment in 2002. His visionary leadership, imagination, insight and boldness built the organization from its nascent stages to its present stature. He provided strategic management, clear sense of direction and introduced sound principles of systems and processes that have been primarily responsible for the incredible growth of the organization impacting thousands of people suffering from drinking water distress.
He is a full time voluntary social worker and development specialist involved in numerous philanthropic organizations. He is also the Founder member and Managing Trustee of Jal Marudhara Foundation, an organisation involved in creating availability of safe water and rural livelihoods, he is Managing Trustee of Khetri Trust and Trustee of Jal Baradari, a national level water advocacy platform. He is Member of the Rajiv Gandhi Water Mission, Member of the Steering Committee of the European Union State Partnership Water Program and many other Government Committees on Water Resource Management. He fostered partnerships of JBF with International Organizations such as United Nations Development Program, Italian Development Cooperation, European Union, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, Transparency International etc and managed projects in 400 villages covering 3,000 sq kms of the Thar Desert that has benefited 400,000 people.
Trustee: Maharani Hemlata Rajye
Maharani Hemlata Rajye is the Managing Trustee of Rajdadiji Hospital, a prominent healthcare center in Jodhpur, Trustee of Meharangarh Museum Trust, Jodhpur which manages the Meharangarh Fort, considered a leading Institution in India for conservation of Indian Art and culture. She is Founder Trustee of Maji Shreechauhanji sahiba Trust which operates a charitable hospital and provides health care to the poor communities in Jodhpur, Trustee of HH Maharaja Umaid Singhji Trust and Trustee, HH Maharaja Shree Hanwant Singhji Charitable Trust, which is a prominent local NGO working in Jodhpur District addressing empowerment of women, health care and operates a leading school for girls in Jodhpur.
She is also the Director, Jodhan Investment Finance Corporation Pvt., Ltd, Director, Jodhpur Jawarharat Pvt Ltd and Founder Director of Marudhar Hotels Pvt. Ltd which owns and manages some of the most prominent Palace Hotels of India including the famous Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur.
Trustee: Ms. Kanupriya Harish
Kanupriya Harish is a development professional who has done Master of Philosophy (MPhil) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Sustainable Environmental Management at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. She joined Jal Bhagirathi Foundation during its nascent stages in 2004 and has substantially contributed to its growth in various positions held by her in the Foundation.Kanupriya Harish was appointed Project Director in 2007 and became a Trustee in 2009. As the operational head of the organization she has implemented and managed a large portfolio of projects across 300 villages to revive traditional water harvesting systems through facilitation and capacity building of community institutions to address drinking water scarcity, climate change, enterprise development and setting up small water enterprises
Addressing safe water and sanitation, women empowerment, rural livelihoods and advocating for policy reform to ensure pro-poor concerns are integrated in policy formulation. Kanupriya Harish has supported the research project "Social Participation in Water Management and Governance: Critical and Global Perspectives"for Fullbright Scholar Dr. Kate Berry, University of Nevada, Reno. She has authored chapter titled "Strengthening Traditional Wisdom and Resilience in India's Thar Desert" published in "The Nature of Drylands: Diverse Ecosystems, Diverse Solutions"; a publication by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Co-authored chapter titled "Applying Bottom-up Participatory Strategies and Traditional Methods of Water Harvesting in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan" published in "Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security: Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks" - Hans Günter Brauch; Úrsula Oswald Spring; Czeslaw Mesjasz; John Grin; Patricia Kameri-Mbote; Béchir Chourou; Pál Dunay; Jörn Birkmann; (eds); Springer Publication 2010.