# The Secretary/ Chief Functionary of the organization, Mr. John Suresh Babu Mahanthi is a Post Graduate and having tremendous experience in voluntary sector since last 15 years. He is trained in several issues like education, health, Community Organization and Development (COD), Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Participatory Poverty Assessment (PPA), Micro Credit, watershed management and computers. He is the recipient of 'Rippan Kapur CRY Fellowship' for working with child shepherds during (1995-1997).

He is also awarded with ‘Rashtriya Gramina Vikas Nidhi (RGVN)’ Fellowship for promotion and strengthening of Self Help Groups (SHG’s) with women in rural areas of Vizianagaram district during the year 1998-99 (for one year). He is also participated in number of seminars and conferences on development issues included Human Resource Development. Mr. Suresh is young, energetic and service oriented person. He was associated with so many organizations working in coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh for considerable time of five years. During this period of his association with the poorer sections of the society, especially tribals and the fisher folk, he felt the necessity of working with them in a focused manner. After consulting the other like minded persons in the field, he floated RDWS in 1991.

John Suresh Babu Mahanthi
Secretary & National Director